Is there a more perfect time to pretend to be a mermaid than in the heat of the summer? ‘Cause darlin’ it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me! Okay, maybe we’re a little too old to buy one of those mermaid tails for the pool but we CAN make a DIY Seaweed Mask and still feel like a mermaid + with a real job on the side.
I recently discovered the many benefits of seaweed for our skin, too. Why seaweed?
For even more information, Mommypotamus did such a great job breaking down all the reasons seaweed is awesome for your skin.
This mask also contains Bentonite Clay.
Guys, if I’m being honest you could use bentonite clay ALONE for amazing skin. I don’t even know where to begin with how wonderful it is but it unclogs pores and shrinks them. It also controls the production of oil. These two combined make it one powerful acne fighter.
“Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.”
And here are just SOME of its many uses:
- Digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc. (Kaolin clay was common ingredient in medicines like Maalox and Rolaids for years)
- Helping with skin and allergy issues
- To help provide minerals for the body
- To help speed recovery from vomiting and diarrhea
- In oral health preparations
- Externally for all types of skin problems and to speed up healing
Besides making an AWESOME face mask, bentonite clay can be used for a whole range of health issues. Other great options include making a detox bath from the clay, or even “remineralizing” your teeth with a rinse.
For more information visit Wellness Mama’s post on “Health Benefits of bentonite Clay”
But we’re talking about a DIY Seaweed Mask today, so let’s get to it
- One capsule of Fucus Vesiculosus – called Bladderwrack on Amazon.
- Two TBS of Bentonite Clay
- One TBS Aloe Vera Juice
- One small piece of cucumber shaved (optional)
- 3 drops of lavender oil
- 1 drop of peppermint oil
- 1 drop of Eculpalyptus oil
NOTE: Many of these items are optional. Like I said, the seaweed or the bentonite clay could act as a stand alone mask themselves. The other items are extra to amplify the benefits of the mask.
Let’s talk about the other ingredients real quick.
Aloe vera. We all know this green juice is good for sunburns. But it has so many other beneficial properties for our skin like providing moisture without clogging pores, accelerates wound healing, fights aging with Vitamins C and E, reduces acne, and much more.
Cucumber. You know how in movies they always put cucumber slices on people’s eyes? That’s because it naturally lightens dark circles – hooray! It can also rejuvenate the skin, open pores, and reduce puffiness around our eyes.
Essential Oils. I specifically chose these essential oils because of their skin benefits, but also because seaweed smells pretty terrible and it helps cover the “seaweedy” smell.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- If using cucumber you can use a cheese grater to get smaller pieces
THINGS TO NOTE:
- DO NOT mix in a metal bowl of any kind. It decreases the affect of the bentonite clay.
- DO NOT use pregnant if you are pregnant, nursing or have a thyroid issue because of the high iodine content.
But I want more…..”
Okay, here are some bonus DIY seaweed masks!
Seaweed + egg white + almond oil =lightening
Seaweed + honey + yogurt =moisturizing
As my pastor likes to say, “is that a good word?” I hope you find this a good word, and that it helps you with any skin issues. Let me know how it goes! Follow up with this DIY Ocean Salt Scrub for your face that I copied from Lush.