For the longest time, Asians have had and been known for their radiant skin. This is mostly because they invest a great deal of their time and money in taking care of it. People the world over have been inspired by the Asians’ keen interest in skin care; they yearn for the youthful skin that Asians have and have tried to adopt the same practices and use the same products. A large number of the Asians’ skin care products are rich in seaweed. Why? Because seaweed is packed with vital nutrients that can enrich your skin and breathe life into it. Nutrients and minerals make their way into the sea for years and eventually get incorporated into the tissues of seaweed, making it abundant with essential nutrients.
The plant is rich in antioxidants1 that aid skin cell regeneration, slow down signs of aging2, and make skin glow. The deeply nourishing properties of seaweed make it a perfect remedy for pigmentation, blemishes, and acne scars. This has expanded the humble seaweed’s popularity beyond the kitchen and made it a common part of skincare regimes, especially in the west.3
Here are a few power packed seaweed facial masks you can make at home. You could also choose to use powdered seaweed.
4 Seaweed Facial Masks For Gorgeous Skin
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1. Honey And Apple Cider Vinegar Seaweed Mask
This is considered an excellent remedy for skin pigmentation and dark spots.
- 3-4 sheets nori seaweed
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 bowl warm water
- Soak the nori sheets in the warm water until they are rehydrated. Ensure that the sheets are just mildly limp and not excessively soaked.
- Break the nori sheets into small pieces, and blend all the ingredients together to form a coarse paste.
- Apply this paste on your face and neck.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes to half an hour; then, rinse with cool water.
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2. Aloe Vera And Coconut Oil Seaweed Mask
This facial mask could be a great option if you have a chronic dry skin problem.
- 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp kelp powder
- Blend the aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and kelp powder.
- Add a small amount of water to get a paste-like consistency.
- Scrub the paste in circular motions over your face and neck for a few minutes. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water to reveal soft, hydrated skin.
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3. Yogurt Seaweed Mask
Do you have a bad tan after a beach vacation? This seaweed mask can be effective in making your skin tone lighter.
- 1 cup organic yogurt
- 2 heaped spoons seaweed powder
- Lemon juice
- Mix the organic yogurt and the seaweed powder; add a few drops of lemon juice to the mixture.
- Mask your face and other affected regions in an even layer of the paste. Let it air dry for half an hour.
- Wash the dry mask, scrubbing well to get rid of the unwanted tan.
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4. Daily Seaweed Mask
Use this easy-to-make seaweed mask daily, before you go to bed, to cleanse and hydrate your skin. It can be used as a face wash. You can also store this mask in a glass jar in the refrigerator, and use it throughout the week.
- Seaweed powder
- Essential oil (Rose/jasmine/chamomile/lemon/lavender)
- Mix one part seaweed powder with two parts water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make a mask.
- Simply rub this mask on your face for a few minutes, and rinse off with cool water.
These masks are excellent substitutes for store-bought facial masks that have harmful chemical-based ingredients. Use them regularly for healthy, blemish-free skin that is naturally radiant.
|↑1||Burtin, Patricia. “Nutritional value of seaweeds.” Electronic journal of Environmental, Agricultural and Food chemistry 2, no. 4 (2003): 498-503.|
|↑2||Chiu, A., and A. B. Kimball. “Topical vitamins, minerals and botanical ingredients as modulators of environmental and chronological skin damage.” British Journal of Dermatology 149, no. 4 (2003): 681-691.|
|↑3||Choi, Jae-Suk, Woi Sook Moon, Ji Na Choi, Kee Hun Do, Sun Hwa Moon, Kwang Keun Cho, Chae-Jeong Han, and In Soon Choi. “Effects of seaweed Laminaria japonica extracts on skin moisturizing activity in vivo.” J Cosmet Sci 64, no. 193 (2013): e205.|