I’ve talked before about how eating seaweed for healthy skin is a great practice. Sea kelp is widely known for its benefits inside the body and is often sold as a dietary supplement. However, kelp also has great benefits for the skin and hair as well. Sea kelp is a nutrient-rich organism (it’s algae, not a plant) with many minerals to purify, detoxify, tone and moisturize the skin and hair.
Sea kelp powder comes from the stem-like part of the kelp. The sea kelp is harvested from deep, cold ocean waters and dried in the sun. Once dried, it is ground into a fine powder, which can then be added to a number of skin and body care formulas and treatments.
Chlorophyll is found in abundance in sea kelp, and it helps to detoxify the skin and body. It can penetrate through the skin, bind to the toxins stored in cells and draw out impurities as it also opens up clogged pores. This is one of the reasons bath soaks with sea kelp powder are so popular. Results of sea kelp powder baths are detoxified skin that is left toned and moisturized.
Sea kelp also contains essential fatty acids, which nourish the skin by restoring its elasticity. Sea kelp’s amino acids and proteins are excellent for helping to add moisture back to the skin and scalp. Sea kelp powder can be added to shampoos to combat dry scalp and to promote healthy hair growth.
It’s easy enough to use seaweed for health skin. Sea kelp powder can be added to almost any body or skin care product including bath teas, body wraps, body scrubs, soaps, oils, or lotions. It can also be used on its own by simply adding it to a bath or combining sea kelp powder with water to make a paste for a facial or scalp masque. Due to its strong scent, it is recommended to use less than 1% in your formula.