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.
- If you can't find Irish moss in your local grocery or health-food store, you can buy it online.
- If your seaweed lotion gets too thick to stir, you can also combine the ingredients in a blender on the lowest speed.
- The seaweed in this mixture may give off a bad smell as you're preparing the lotion. This odor will fade completely once the lotion is finished. If the smell bothers you, prepare the lotion with a window open.
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.