Used for generations to naturally detoxify the body, seaweed baths are an ideal beauty treatment during the summer months.
Not only does the slippery stuff help repair your skin, fighting signs of ageing and improving conditions such as eczema, it’s also been shown to reduce cellulite. As if we needed an excuse for a soak in the tub…
Here, Dom Bridges, founder of natural skincare brand Haeckels, explains why we need to start bathing mermaid style.
What are the benefits?
Studies have confirmed that seaweed bathing helps lower body stress and relieve skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema and acne. It’s also beneficial in the treatment of muscle aches and joint stiffness (rheumatism and arthritis), and excellent for some circulatory problems. Seaweed is also used in many toning, slimming and detoxifying beauty treatments.
Why does it work?
Seaweed is one of nature's sponges and absorbs concentrates and minerals from the sea. Since seawater and seaweed contain minerals essential to the function of human skin cells, it's understandable that their topical application can be of great benefit.
The transference of minerals works on the principle of osmosis, whereby the skin is capable of absorbing the nutrient-rich infusion through the cells. During a bath, the steam and hot water dilate your pores and blood vessels, allowing the skin to be more receptive to the minerals and vitamins from the bath.
How long should I soak for?
Forty-five minutes is usually long enough to balance your body pH, and encourage liver activity and fat metabolism. An improvement in your skin tone and colour will be almost immediately noticeable.
Check out SL’s picks of the top seaweed bath products to stock up on now. Beach season, here we come...