Seaweed may look gross when you spot it on the beach, but this slippery, stringy sea plant contains powerful ingredients that can benefit your skin. A seaweed wrap is typically made by combining seaweed with hot water and sometimes essential oils, clay and other skin care ingredients. A thick paste is formed and spread over your entire body. Your body is then wrapped in a heated towel, sheet or special blanket while the paste soaks into the skin. Seaweed body wraps are beneficial to the skin in several ways, so whether you’d like to drop excess skin after losing weight or rid your body of toxins, seaweed will do the trick.
Dead skin prevents your body from absorbing moisture. While you sweat during a seaweed wrap, not only are toxins removed from the body, but dead skin is loosened as well. The seaweed itself is chock full of proteins, vitamins, minerals and lipids that easily soak into the skin to add moisture.
Over time, your skin loses the ability to stretch and return to normal. This can lead to stretch marks and wrinkles. Seaweed contains antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamin A, all of which can help to rebuild the elasticity of the skin. It also makes your skin more supple by increasing blood flow to its surface, regenerates damaged skin cells, produces collagen to firm and tone the skin, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
If you’ve recently lost weight and have excess skin, a seaweed wrap can help with body contouring. It aids in shaping the excess skin so it’s smoother and less noticeable by direct diffusion of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, if cellulite is a problem, a seaweed wrap may help reduce the undesirable marks it leaves on the skin.