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DIY | Seaweed Mask Recipe (with Kelp + Chlorella)!

posted in Skin & Body
11/11/2016
  • If you’ve never incorporated seaweed into your skincare routine, you’re in for a treat. It

I'm going to share with you the benefits that seaweed offers. If you just want the recipe, skip to the 5th or 6th slide for it! 
    If you’ve never incorporated seaweed into your skincare routine, you’re in for a treat. It

    I'm going to share with you the benefits that seaweed offers. If you just want the recipe, skip to the 5th or 6th slide for it! 
  • SEAWEED nourishes skin with vitamins + minerals (including over 70 trace minerals) that support collagen production, plus polysaccharides + antioxidants.

Researchers found that a 1% extract of Fucus vesiculosus  (type of brown algae/seaweed) supported collagen production when applied topically. This is huge as not all nutrients are well absorbed by skin.  Collagen is a perfect example – it’s molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, so it just sits on the surface until it is rinsed away. 
    SEAWEED nourishes skin with vitamins + minerals (including over 70 trace minerals) that support collagen production, plus polysaccharides + antioxidants.

    Researchers found that a 1% extract of Fucus vesiculosus  (type of brown algae/seaweed) supported collagen production when applied topically. This is huge as not all nutrients are well absorbed by skin.  Collagen is a perfect example – it’s molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, so it just sits on the surface until it is rinsed away. 
  • Some researchers believe the benefits of Fucus vesiculosus are due in part to substantial amounts of L-fucose, a polysaccharide that is also found in other types of brown algae/seaweed. The kelp used in this recipe - Ascophyllum nodosum – is confirmed to also contain a significant amount of L-fucose. 

     Research has also shown that a cream containing 1% chlorella – the other algae used in this recipe – had a beneficial effect on firmness + tone. I sometimes rotate kelp with chlorella.

  • Seaweed offers a broad range of minerals including macro-minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium + copper + over 70 trace minerals like selenium, iron, zinc, manganese + molybdenum.  Copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous + manganese are essential to the synthesis of collagen + unlike many organs, skin nutrition may be enhanced directly through topical application + this can complement dietary consumption, leading to a stronger, healthier protective barrier for the body.

  • BEFORE WE BEGIN | This seaweed powder has a not-so-appealing scent. It’s not very strong, but you may want to incorporate an essential oil to improve the fragrance while also imparting additional skin benefits.

For more information on seaweed + its benefits, VISIT | www.mommypotamus.com/seaweed-mask/

or, ya know, Google. 😜
    BEFORE WE BEGIN | This seaweed powder has a not-so-appealing scent. It’s not very strong, but you may want to incorporate an essential oil to improve the fragrance while also imparting additional skin benefits.

    For more information on seaweed + its benefits, VISIT | www.mommypotamus.com/seaweed-mask/

    or, ya know, Google. 😜
  • (+) 1/2 tsp kelp powder (the one used in this recipe is shown in the photo + it’s amazing, but it’s a little coarse. I sift mine with a flour sifter + use the coarse stuff to make body scrub.)
    (+) 1/2 tsp kelp powder (the one used in this recipe is shown in the photo + it’s amazing, but it’s a little coarse. I sift mine with a flour sifter + use the coarse stuff to make body scrub.)
  • (+) 1/2 tsp chlorella (what is used in this recipe is pictured; Spirulina can also be used but be aware that it can cause a temporary light yellow tint to skin)
    (+) 1/2 tsp chlorella (what is used in this recipe is pictured; Spirulina can also be used but be aware that it can cause a temporary light yellow tint to skin)
  • (+) 1 tbsp full fat yogurt – OR – 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (fresh if possible to avoid weird thickeners + preservatives)  – OR - 2 tsp skin nourishing oil (coconut oil is an option,  there are many, many more - RESEARCH) 
    (+) 1 tbsp full fat yogurtOR – 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (fresh if possible to avoid weird thickeners + preservatives)  – OR - 2 tsp skin nourishing oil (coconut oil is an option,  there are many, many more - RESEARCH
  • (+) 1-3 drops skin nourishing essential oil, if desired.
    (+) 1-3 drops skin nourishing essential oil, if desired.


  • If you want to add essential
oils but you're having a bit of trouble choosing one to use, check out my tip to find out which essential oil is best with your skin type! 
    If you want to add essential
    oils but you're having a bit of trouble choosing one to use, check out my tip to find out which essential oil is best with your skin type! 
  • (1) If using an essential oil, add it to the kelp/chlorella powder + stir until thoroughly combined. Add yogurt/aloe vera gel/oil + combine again. If needed, add more liquid until the mixture has a smooth, spreadable consistency. 

NOTE If using yogurt or aloe vera, I add water; With oil, I add more oil.

(2) Apply it to your face + neck (if desired). I use a circular, rubbing motion to gently exfoliate as I apply. Allow it to sit for 15-30 mins, then rinse. Follow with moisturizer.
    (1) If using an essential oil, add it to the kelp/chlorella powder + stir until thoroughly combined. Add yogurt/aloe vera gel/oil + combine again. If needed, add more liquid until the mixture has a smooth, spreadable consistency. 

    NOTE If using yogurt or aloe vera, I add water; With oil, I add more oil.

    (2) Apply it to your face + neck (if desired). I use a circular, rubbing motion to gently exfoliate as I apply. Allow it to sit for 15-30 mins, then rinse. Follow with moisturizer.

  • For the yogurt base, about 1 week if stored in the fridge. 

For fresh aloe, about 2 days in the fridge. An oil-based mask will last longer – at least several weeks in the fridge.
    For the yogurt base, about 1 week if stored in the fridge. 

    For fresh aloe, about 2 days in the fridge. An oil-based mask will last longer – at least several weeks in the fridge.

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