Sea moss, chondrus crispus, is a type of seaweed that is incredibly healthy for human usage, and is one of the most powerful superfoods in the ocean. It has been used for centuries and possibly longer in traditional medicine, and more recently it has been studied for its potential to treat cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. Sea moss is also high in nutrients, particularly minerals, including protein, vitamins, and antioxidants.
When it comes to marine superfoods, the health benefits of Irish Moss surpass almost every other algae. They include healthy mucus membrane support, digestive health, thyroid support, healthy weight management, mental and reproductive health.
Apart from its powerful anti-inflammatory effects, it’s packed with Protein, Fiber, Selenium, Iodine, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, and Zinc.
But beware, sea moss is also known as Carrageenan Moss. Carrageenan is in ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, or other processed foods. This is an extract from sea moss, that’s typically farmed in pools with no nutritional value and it’s used as a thickening agent or emulsifier.
Irish Moss/Sea Moss Skin Health Benefits
Not many skin care ingredients can help clear clogged pores, smooth fine lines, hydrate, and fade dark spots. Then again, not many skin care ingredients can thrive in the salty depths of the ocean. A few ways it helps the skin is it purifies pores, brightens, hydrates, and even protects against the sun.
When used topically, sea moss gel has been found to be a better humectant1 than even hyaluronic acid, a top skin hydrator.
Sea moss has special moisturizing properties: It contains high amounts of polysaccharides (called carrageenans), which act as a thickening agent that forms a protective yet non-occlusive film over the skin.
Many benefits of sea moss are attributed to its film-forming properties, making it an ideal moisturizer.
Due to its high concentration of zinc and sulfur, it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it helpful for managing dry skin and other skin concerns.
Helps protect the skin barrier
Sea moss leaves a film over the skin, this film is structurally similar to the skin’s own proteins. Because of this, the seaweed extract forms a protective seal over the epidermis.
Helps balance oil production
As mentioned, sea moss contains sulfur, which “also helps with oily skin as it can help with the overproduction of sebum,” says Rodney. “Products with sea moss can bring a much-needed balance while moisturizing and protecting your skin.”
Helps maintain a healthy complexion
Sea moss is non-comedogenic and it contains minerals that can help maintain a healthy complexion, it also has antibacterial properties that can help guard skin health. Sea moss may also help reduce wrinkles, hydrate the skin, and protect from environmental elements because it contains essential elements that make up the human body, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
How to Prepare Sea Moss Gel
Wash the sea moss from debris in spring water. Then soak your soaked sea moss in spring water for a few hours or overnight, when it’s ready you’ll notice it dramatically increased in size due to water absorption. Then remove the sea moss from the liquid, and transfer it to a clean, dry plate. If the water has lots of debris in it or is cloudy, discard the water and use fresh spring to make your sea moss gel.
- Add the sea moss to a high-powered blender along with the water. Use 1 cup of water to start and add more depending on the consistency you would like your gel.
- Blend until it is smooth, about 1-3 minutes. Transfer the Sea Moss into an airtight container/mason jar, and refrigerate. The sea moss gel will thicken in the fridge after 2 hours.
Where to purchase Sea Moss/Irish Moss
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