Sea moss is a type of red algae that grows on the Atlantic coastlines of North America, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands. Since the 1800s, the Irish have been harvesting it from their rocky shores to use as medicine.
Sea Moss is amazing, and I make it a part of my every day. The sea moss benefits for skin health are amplified when you include a mix of other nourishing foods.
A word of advice here, don’t think that by just applying some cream or serum that you’re going to magically look beautiful. Beauty starts from within, so you need to start nourishing your body from the inside out.
I am an advocate of eating lots of whole plant-based foods to nourish the cells. When I don’t eat well and look after myself, my skin and hair show the effects very quickly. But adding Sea Moss to my smoothies and teas are a great supplement for any nutrients I may be missing.
Here's what the experts say about the food and beauty ingredient.
"Sea moss is a bit of a skincare powerhouse," notes Dr. David Jack. "Being rich in sulfur, it has antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial functions, so is believed to help with balancing the skin microbiome (another major topic of discussion in the world of skin health this year!)." He explains that the high sulfur content also can decrease the excessive production of sebum (oil) in the skin. Together with the antibacterial effect on P. Acne bacteria, it may help reduce the severity of acne in people who suffer from this condition.
Because of its vitamin and mineral packed gelatin-like quality, many people use sea moss masks to soothe eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and burns. Studies have found that citrulline–arginine, a compound found in Irish moss, can improve cell growth and metabolism. This compound also releases amino acids that are essential for protein and collagen synthesis. Collagen is the protein that maintains smooth skin.
The minerals found in sea moss that benefit to the skin are also great for our health and for tackling our complexion concerns from the inside out. "Irish moss supplies many nutrients that are often missing from the average diet, such as vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, which are both essential to healthy skin and inflammation control," says Lisa Borg, nutritionist at pulselightclinic.co.uk. "Since most adverse skin reactions are of an inflammatory nature, this may explain the hype on using Irish moss for skin health."
She adds that the health benefits of consuming Irish moss regularly are most certainly due to its mineral content and particularly the balance between synergistic minerals, such as sodium and potassium. "Irish moss provides both minerals in a good ratio and I would suggest this is why people can lose weight [when consuming it] because their fluid balance evens out," she says. "It also supplies sulfur to support detoxification, Iodine to support metabolism, and antioxidants to help quench free radicals."
Dietician Sophie Medlin explains that Irish moss is a good source of iodine, which can be lacking in our diets. "It is a good source of fiber too, which is why it can have a laxative effect." Since fiber is a prebiotic, Dr. Jack adds that sea moss "may increase ‘good’ bacteria and decrease ‘bad’ gut bacteria to improve gut health."
So what are you waiting for? Experience the amazing benefits of Sea moss TODAY!