Do you feel like you’re always too busy these days to pamper yourself? Well, the perfect solution is a homemade seaweed mask. When you haven’t got the time (or the money) to go to the spa for a facial, this great recipe is very similar to an expensive spa treatment but costs well under $1 for one application. So, how do you make this luxurious treat?
Seaweed – The Ultimate Skin Superfood
Ingredients that come from the sea are great for your skin. They have deep nourishing properties and are incredibly affordable when you use them in your own treatment recipes. If you have never used seaweed as part of your skincare regime before, you’re going to be amazed. Seaweed will nourish your skin thanks to its many vitamins and more than 70 trace minerals that it contains which will boost collagen production as well as supplying antioxidants and polysaccharides.
Studies have shown that when a 1% extract of a kind of seaweed/brown algae called Fucus Vesiculosus was put on the skin it was beneficial in boosting collagen production. This is important since not every nutrient can be absorbed properly by skin and collagen is one of the primary examples of this since it has molecules which are too big to penetrate through the skin and therefore it will simply sit on top of its surface until you rinse it off. It is believed that Fucus
Vesiculosus’s benefits could be down to its high L-fucose content which is a polysaccharide which is found in some other kinds of seaweed/brown algae. The kelp which is used to make this treatment (called ascophyllum nodosum) also contains L-fucose in significant amounts. Research has also proven that a 1% chlorella cream improves skin’s tone and firmness. Chlorella is another type of algae used to make this recipe.
Minerals And Vitamins
Seaweed has more minerals than almost any other type of food and these include macro minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper and phosphorous as well as more than 70 trace minerals like iron, selenium, molybdenum, manganese and zinc. These minerals are vital to collagen’s synthesis and enhance skin nutrition when applied topically, creating a healthier, protective and stronger barrier for your body. Kelp also contains carotenes, Vitamins B1, 2, 3 and 9, Vitamins C, K1 and E and all of these are known to be good for your skin’s health. These vitamins have antioxidant properties too which help the skin.
Blending Seaweed With Oil
Some nutrients in seaweed require a type of fat so that they can be absorbed, however in general most of the minerals found in seaweed can be absorbed better when they have a base of water. Yogurt, oil and aloe vera gel bases are all suitable for use with seaweed. You will probably also want to add some essential oil to the mixture too to make the fragrance better while adding more skin benefits.
How To Make A Seaweed Mask Using Chlorella And Kelp
½ teaspoon of kelp powder
½ teaspoon of chlorella (or spirulina)
1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel or full fat fresh yogurt or alternatively 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
A small amount of an essential oil such as rose, sandalwood, sweet fennel,frankincense or lavender
Add the chlorella and kelp powders to the essential oil and stir to blend. Add the oil, yogurt or aloe vera gel and blend once more. If required, add a little more liquid until you have a smooth mixture which can easily be spread. Use a spoon to scoop the mask out of the container and apply to the neck and face using the fingertips. Use a rubbing circular motion as this will help to exfoliate. Leave for up to half an hour then rinse off and moisturize.
Your face mask will last around 7 days in the fridge if it has a yogurt base but only around 2 days for an aloe base. Oil based masks last longer – up to a couple of weeks when refrigerated.