Sea moss offers innate benefits for the skin as it’s derived from red algae, a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals for both topical use and ingestion. Central to its impact on skincare are sea moss’ soothing effects for inflammatory conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
There are virtually 101 ways that sea moss can provide benefits to your face and skin health – here are some of them.
Acne or Oily Skin
Sea moss is so useful for people suffering from acne or oily skin. Its high sulfur content gives sea moss antibacterial, antiviral, as well as antimicrobial functions, helping balance the skin microbiome.
This high sulfur content, too, can reduce the excess production of sebum in the skin. Paired with antibacterial action against the acne-causing P. acnes bacteria, it may decrease the severity of acne.
Sea moss is also non-comedogenic, meaning it has been tested to not clog pores. What this means is it’s less likely to cause acne, although there’s no 100% guarantee on this. Note that dirt, dead skin cells, or sebum can all clog the pores and lead to acne.
Skin Aging and Wrinkles
Irish moss is also great for fighting environmental effects. Apart from sulfur, it also offers an abundance of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A and K – all known to help hydrate and protect the skin from the elements.
Here is where the magic of sea moss lies in minimizing signs of aging. Winter dryness is one common example. Sea moss may help reduce wrinkles, “quench” skin’s thirst and hydrate it, and protect it from environmental stressors as it contains these essential elements.
Eczema and Other Common Skin Conditions
Sea moss has 92 of the 102 vitamins and minerals that the human body needs. This is practically unrivaled among superfoods today, giving people essentially everything they don’t get from food or the natural environment.
Its anti-aging properties come with gradual and accumulated benefits for managing eczema, psoriasis, dry patches, and even imperfections like scars, stretch marks, and other common skin blemishes. Some sea moss-based products even promise to help with C-section scarring!
How to Use Sea Moss on Your Face and Skin
Sea moss can be easily incorporated into your daily or nightly skincare routine. It’s found in a growing number of face masks, moisturizers, and SPF products commercially offered today.
This superfood can be beneficial during the day or night. However, the antioxidant properties are particularly helpful during the day, when your skin is naturally exposed to free radicals from ultraviolet rays and pollution.
With sea moss’ high moisture levels, skin will appear more hydrated and healthier – almost instantly upon using it. For acne, though, it’s best to allow your skin two to four weeks to show improvements.
Both safety and effectiveness matter in using sea moss for your face and skincare. You might want to experience sea moss in a professional and pre-made formula, as their makers have conducted research and their ingredients are quality-sourced.
Since seaweeds can also accumulate heavy metals such as lead and arsenic, it’s so important to pay attention to how and where the ingredients are sourced. Well-formulated skin care products, too, are likely to combine sea moss with other beneficial ingredients to provide maximum benefits.
If you have access to high-quality sea moss and can create a gel on your own, feel free to explore making your own sea moss gel and turmeric face mask. This mask recipe combines the healing properties of sea moss and turmeric as plant-based, skin-friendly ingredients. Here’s a quick recipe:
- Prepare your sea moss gel by washing, soaking, and blending sea moss and turning it into a gel.
- Allow the sea moss gel to rest for about 10 to 14 hours. This way you will find that the face mask turns out to be more pliable and easier to mix.
- Add the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, add the chlorella, kelp, maca, turmeric, spirulina, and bentonite powders. If some ingredients are unavailable, it’s okay you can make do with what you have!
- Add the sea moss gel. Mix through the gel carefully until you come up with a smooth, consistent paste.
You May Also ‘Eat’ Sea Moss for Better Skin!
You may also incorporate sea moss into your diet for the skincare and overall health benefits. You may add it to your high-protein smoothie. You may also enjoy sea moss gel with your salads as dressing, puddings and other desserts, stews, and other dishes.
Supplementation is key to take advantage of sea moss benefits for optimum wellness. Organic sea moss capsules can be taken while you’re on the go, and even in conjunction with the occasional face mask or moisturizer every week. Find your rhythm and the best outcomes in your own case.