How Seaweed Can Help Cure Your Eczema
Help! Can seaweed cure my eczema?
Is seaweed a miracle cure for eczema?
While you may have spent large portions of your time on beaches trying to avoid stepping in seaweed, your skin could be missing out. Despite its slimy appearance, organic seaweed has countless benefits for your complexion. Sometimes referred to as ‘nature’s cure’, seaweed’s detoxifying properties can be put to work to help clear up problem skin like eczema.
Eczema is the world’s most common inflammatory skin disease, and the Irish Skin Foundation estimates that one in 12 Irish adults have eczema. The red, dry, itchy skin caused by eczema can be difficult to shift, and is especially annoying for those who had hoped they might grow out of their childhood struggles with the condition.
Steroids are regularly prescribed by doctors and dermatologists, along with countless topical creams, to combat the redness and itchiness eczema leaves in the skin. While these are effective in some cases, others require completely alternative treatments. There doesn’t appear to be a one-size-fits-all cure for eczema out there, so it’s important to explore all avenues to see what works best for your skin.
The natural cure for eczema
Often sensitive, dry skin responds better to gentler, natural products, because harsh chemicals can wreak havoc when it comes to keeping your skin balanced. We introduce the mineral-boosting power of seaweed in most of our organic VOYA products, using only hand harvested seaweed from Ireland’s Atlantic coast. Seaweed naturally absorbs nourishment from the sea, leaving it richer in minerals and vitamins than any other known plant. The seaweed and algae extracts leave the skin naturally rehydrated and detoxified. So a good starting point for anyone suffering from eczema is adopting an organic skincare routine.
Seaweed baths take the treatment one step further, and it’s a more luxurious step than it sounds. You first enter a steam room, where the steam opens your pores so your skin can fully take in the benefits of the bath. You then step into the warm bath, where the steamed seaweed has released sumptuous oils, resulting in water that feels lovely against your skin.
The oils are complex polysaccharides, proteins, minerals and vitamins, which are readily absorbed by your open pores, and this has quite a detoxifying effect. Impurities removed are replaced by minerals, such as calcium, potassium, iodine and zinc, from the water by a process of osmosis. The iodine is particularly important for sufferers of eczema, as it is difficult to find in land plants, and during the bath, it has a chance to deeply penetrate the skin. This leaves skin feeling renewed.
Seaweed helps problem skin
Niamh Hooper of the Irish Independent has sung the praises of our seaweed baths for leaving her skin “silky smooth” and detoxified, despite her psoriasis. In addition, she says, the whole process was extremely relaxing. The bath takes roughly 50 minutes, and you can also replicate the experience at home using VOYA Lazy Days, which has been named one of Social and Personal’s Best Beauty Buys 2013 and Red Magazine’s Green Beauty Buy.
If you compliment your seaweed baths with a natural skincare routine using seaweed based products like VOYA you could be one step closer to banishing eczema for good.