Despite seaweed's humble appearance, it's actually a health and beauty powerhouse. Seaweed works wonders for dry skin thanks to its hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. Combine a dash of seaweed with aloe vera gel, another calming ingredient, and you have a luxuriously creamy lotion that rivals any store-bought product. Even if you don't live by the ocean, you can find Irish moss, a type of seaweed, at many health-food stores.
Combine 1 tablespoon of flaked or powdered Irish moss with 1 cup of distilled water. Allow the mixture to soak for 20 minutes. This rehydrates and softens the moss.
Pour the seaweed and water into a pot, and then set it on the stove. Simmer the mixture on medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat if it starts to boil. When the mixture is ready, it will have a thick, jelly-like consistency.
Run the liquids through a strainer into a bowl. If the mixture is very thick, use a spatula to press the liquids through the strainer. Dispose of the solids left in the strainer.
Pour 1/4 cup of the seaweed mixture into a bowl. Combine the seaweed with 1/4 cup aloe vera gel. As you stir the ingredients, the mixture will lighten in color and turn into a thick paste. Let the mixture cool.
Add 2 tablespoons of almond oil to the mixture, then stir or whisk it in. The lotion will now be a light brown or cream color.
Add a drop or two of any essential oil, if desired, to make perfumed lotion. Stir well.
Pour the seaweed-aloe lotion into a jar with a lid. To use, massage the lotion into your skin and do not rinse it off.
Store the seaweed-aloe lotion in the refrigerator when you're not using it. The lotion should last for up to a week if kept cold. Discard the lotion if it develops a bad or rancid odor.