Seaweed is something new to us Indians. Those of us who are fond of Chinese, Japanese or Korean cuisine may be familiar with it, but otherwise we haven’t really thought about it either in terms of food or in terms of, you guessed it, skin care. In fact, some of you may even find the look of seaweed a bit off-putting. One of my friends is known to have famously (in our group) declared that she wouldn’t touch that mouldy, slimy looking thing with a ten-foot barge pole.
As you may have guessed, she had to eat her words (not literally, though). The qualities seaweed has and the wonders it can do for your skin have people even labelling it a superfood. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of what seaweed brings to your skin care regime.
If you want to get a bit technical or are wondering why seaweed is called a superfood – well, the list of nutrients in it does a great job of giving you that information. Seaweed comes with potassium, vitamin C, niacin, iron and choline. These ingredients can help your skin look younger, hydrate your skin, help fade scars, promote blood circulation and even help reduce the oiliness of skin. No wonder then, that everyone from the Hollywood elite to the common man is turning to this product of our oceans.
Those of us who suffer from acne have probably tried every remedy under the sun to get rid of it and then some. Here is where seaweed can help. As I mentioned earlier, seaweed helps reduce the oiliness of skin. This means that when pimples that eventually result in acne are formed, seaweed helps to reduce their swelling thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it acts as a great exfoliant so you can use it to get rid of dead skin.
Thanks to its nutrient content, seaweed helps not only unclog pores but also hydrate skin and leave it looking brighter and younger. You can make a seaweed powder with aloe vera gel and a couple of drops of geranium oil to make a face mask that will achieve all of this and leave you looking at your skin in astonishment.
If you are someone who knows how annoying and irritating eczema patches on your skin can be, you’ll definitely want to try seaweed. The powder when added to running bath water along with a bit of colloidal oat meal makes for the perfect remedy. Just soak in the water for a quarter of an hour and the relief you’ll experience will be worth it.
Seaweed has plenty of properties that benefit your skin. Whether you’re using the stuff directly or using products that feature it as an ingredient, you won’t be sorry you put your faith in this particular offering of the oceans.