Using Sea Moss for Skincare
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Irish sea moss has a plethora of uses. Historically, it has helped in the production of many products in the food and pharmaceutical industries as well as the cosmetic industry. From a skincare standpoint, sea moss contains many micro and macronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, that help to make it a beneficial addition to anyone’s skincare regimen.
Sea Moss for Skin Imbalance
Sea moss has been purported to help balance the microbiome of the skin. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from bacterial imbalances that lead to pimples and acne. When applied to the skin, it can help decrease the preponderance of bad bacteria and normalize the skin or decrease the severity of skin ailments such as acne. It can also help to reduce the skin’s production of oil, further lending to its ability to improve acne and pimple situations.
What makes sea moss beneficial to skin health for this purpose? The answer is sulfur. Sea moss contains high levels of sulfur, and sulfur has been known to be a beneficial addition to skincare products claimed to help with acne. This is because sulfur is particularly good at killing bacteria that are known to specifically cause acne, such as the P. acnes bacterium. Sea moss can be particularly beneficial when used for this purpose as sulfur does not cause bacterial resistance, unlike other medications and skin care products that are used.
Sea Moss for Other Skin Benefits
Because it contains many micronutrients, sea moss has a bevy of uses for skin health. These nutrients include the aforementioned sulfur as well as magnesium, vitamins A and K, and calcium, all of which have some relation to proper skin health. For example, sea moss seems to be able to improve the appearance of wrinkles, prevent drying-out of the skin by acting as a moisturizer and protecting the skin from harmful agents.
It works by helping to condition the skin, act as a toner, and serve as a beneficial mask. Sea moss in nature helps to filter toxins out of the water; as such, when applied to the skin, some claim that it can pull toxins out of your skin. Accordingly, sea moss is used as a facial mask by many. Other uses cited include helping to improve symptoms related to psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, and dermatitis.
Sea moss can be a helpful addition to both your diet and your skincare regimen for the purposes of helping to balance out your skin. If you suffer from acne and have not had much success in topical skincare treatments, or even in oral medications, consider using sea moss. It just may be the answer you are looking for! And in addition to helping tame the inflammation on your skin, it might also help your skin to look fresher and more rejuvenated, less wrinkled, and overall healthier.
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