Skin Care Tip of the Week *DIY revitalizing seaweed mask*

Monday, August 15, 2011

For an hour facial I charge anywhere from $65- $80. Depending on skin type and specific skin care concerns I always include a facial mask.

Not everyone has the time or budget to fit in a facial so today I am going to show you how you can incorporate a little spa treatment at home. Although I do not use this exact home recipe on my clients I DO use it on myself and I LOVE the results...Plus its only a fraction of the price you will pay at a spa. Yeay for YOU!
Benefits of a kelp (seaweed) mask:
  • It is super high in vitamins and minerals
  • Helps tone and moisturize the skin
  • Soothes inflamed skin
  • Can help open up clogged pores
  • Helps to remove toxins from the skin

What you will need:
  • Kelp powder. You can find this at your local health food store in bulk.
  • Aloe vera gel. I prefer to use aloe squeezed straight from the leaf to avoid any weird preservatives.
  • Distilled water


How to make your own seaweed mask:
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of kelp powder with about 1 tablespoon of water. Mix until you have a paste.
  • Add the juice from one aloe leaf.
  • Mix everything together.
  • Apply to face and leave on for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove with warm water and pat your face dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.
Your skin will feel SO soft and refreshed! Don't worry if someone says you look a green swamp creature... as my husband likes to say. It is TOTALLY worth it :)

If you have any questions regarding this you can leave them in the comment section and I will be happy to answer.

If there is a specific topic or skin care concern that you would like to learn more about please let me know. You can mention it below or send me an email. I would love to hear your thoughts!



58 comments:

sherri lynn said...

I love the idea of a green mask! I get excited every Monday for your skip tips :) I really like that picture of you squeezing the aloe out of the leaf - I've never seen that done before! I think I need to get an aloe plant :)

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

Must try this! And I just spied a health food store right around the corner from our house...

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Oh, that looks good enough to eat Lindsay! LOL I can't wait to try that. I'll get some next time I'm at the health food shop.

Anne xx

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Ahhhh...that looks so nice! I really want to try it. I just never make it to get the supplies!

Anonymous said...

Great tip! Do you have to use distilled H2O or can you use regular tap water?

Alexa said...

AH I feel relaxed just reading this post!
xo
Alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

Lindsay said...

This is a good idea to try! I swear I have a running list of things to do from your blog. :)

jess | 4th + south said...

I love all of the skin care tips! I've been telling my friends about your blog and they all love it.. esp the skin care stuff! do you have any tips for reducing lines and little wrinkles? masks or moisturizers would be great!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Anonymous- Thank you! Yes you want to make sure you use distilled water. Tap water has a lot of impurities in it that have not been removed.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Jess- Thank you for such a nice comment! I will be doing a post on that soon..thanks for a great suggestion. Just remember to wear sunscreen everyday rain or shine and do not tan your face..that makes a big difference in preventing more or future damage to your skin.

Mongs said...

This is so good! Thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to try it! Haha...I can feel it on my face already

love,mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Carolynn Cecilia said...

Fabulous idea and I could really use one right now. Now, do you have any DIY swedish massage recipes because I could one of those even more.

Jessica said...

Hi,
Thanks for the tip...I'm always wondering though since I'm pregnant what is safe and what is not....I think I'm just overly paranoid!
So this one would be fine to try right?
Thanks!

Kelley said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. You definitely should try the style...it is really easy! Love this mask diy! I will have to try it out

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Jessica- Congrats on your pregnancy! Yes it is perfectly safe to use while pregnant

Brittany said...

Thanks for sharing, girl! I'm have a girls night in a few weeks so this will be a 'must-do'

Chelsea said...

This is so interesting! I think I might have to do this soon. Sounds like it would be awesome for my skin.

Collins @ Life. Mostly Sweet. said...

sounds easy enough...thanks!
and your husband sounds pretty sweet. :)

mary shouvlin said...

Lindsay, your skin care tips are always so wonderful (and greatly appreciated)!! Thanks for this! xo

Mimi said...

wow, thanks so much for sharing this with us! :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

A Northern Girl With A Southern Heart said...

I def wanna try this! Love the tip!

Coley said...

This is awesome, thanks! It saves so much moola, but sometimes it is nice to have someone else pamper you though :)

Coley @
www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

Meg {henninglove} said...

where can i get seaweed powder? i love doing a facial but you are right it is way to expensive but we still have to take care of our skin

sara tee said...

my face is so sensitive to home made facials and such, i wonder if my boyfriend will let me try it on him first.... :p

http://hiimsaratee.blogspot.com/

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Terrific, I've been wanting to make my own mask now for awhile. Marking for future reference!

Mama - "M" is for Mama Bear said...

Thanks for sharing! I've actually been looking for a good face mask that I can make at home!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Hmm, I'm pretty sure I'd rather spend the $80 to have you do this one for me! (Is that bad?) :)

Anna said...

PERFECT POST! It's officially my blog highlight of a week when you post a new skin care tip. I actually finally tried your DIY vitamin C mask last night and loved it. From my previous comments I have recently been suffering bad skin, but got my hormones checked when you did the skin zone post and now I'm doing your face masks to get it back on track. I woke up this morning and some blind pimple lumps that looked like they would come up have disappeared overnight! Can't wait to try this one now (p.s my mum would be SOOO impressed you use such fresh aloe vera - she swears by the stuff)

Anna xo

http://www.lifesshinyprettythings.blogspot.com/

Jackie said...

I am so bad when it comes taking care of my skin the right way. I don't know exactly when I'm suppose to do facials or any of that. What's your suggestions as for a daily face routine?

Jackie

DesFruitsRouges said...

Wow thanks!! I was actually just about to get a facial... I definitely need it but it probably isn't part of my budget. I'll be trying this out!

http://desfruitsrouges.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

Um...wow! Thanks for this - totally awesome!

Tara said...

Holy smokes! I have a good feeling that my skin would love this (however I don't really care for seaweed myself!).

Thank you for the sweet comment! I wish my jewelry shop was open now, but hopefully very soon! Thanks for the visit though!

Is it possible to follow your blog through GFC? I love your blog!

Joanna said...

Great tips, yet again! I love reading about your skin care tips! Your skin glows so beautifully!

Amanda Browning said...

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing something we can all re-create at home. I will definitely be adding this to my natural skin care regime!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

I'm totally up for trying this, but how's the smell of this concoction?! I should have a "Delighted Momma" in-home spa night with some friends. :)

{The Perfect Palette} said...

wow - i need to try this

xo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Amy said...

This is awesome! I'm going to pin this!

amy day to day

Wendy said...

This is -so- cool! I definitely need to mix up a batch and try it out.

Anna of IHOD said...

Seriously! I never knew! Need to try this!

lovemins said...

hope ill find this in some shop here! looking forward to trying it :) thank you for sharing - as always!!! xoxo, saskia

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

oh, I will have to try this!! Thanks for sharing.

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

I've read so many positive things about plants from the ocean/sea. Not just to use as cosmetics, but to eat, too. Thanks for sharing this mask. I definitely need to include more seaweed, kelp, etc. into my life!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Thanks for sharing,sound great. Not sure if I can find kelp powder in Malaysia.

sam&charlie said...

i have a skin care question! :)
i'm curious to know more about ear coning? what is your knowledge and opinion on it? and is it wise to do it yourself with an ear coning kit? or to go to someone professionally? :)
thanks!
xo, samantha o.

miss.lauren said...

I was really excited when I saw this post and decided to try it out! I found trhe kelp powder (even though it looks different than your picture shows)at my local bulk foods store. While my face is super super soft now, I found the smell to be really nasty! I'm sure I will try it again, but not anytime soon ;) Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Sam- So funny but I actually JUST bought a little ear coning kit last week!! It has been sitting on my bathroom counter because I am so scared to use it ha! Once I get the courage to try it I will possibly do a post on it. I have heard so many wonderful things about it though.

sam&charlie said...

yay! please let me know how you like it! i want to do it so badly. where did you get your kit?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Sam- I got the cones and instructions from Sprouts health food store

Antropia Luna said...

Including seaweed in your diet on a regular basis can reduce FIBROID growth in women and help manage blood pressure.

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Samie said...

I cannot believe that I can now make my own seaweed mask at home. This is more preferable than receiving this treatment from a spa.
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Anonymous said...

Question; How often can a seaweed mask be used? weekly? Every other day?
Thanx in advance!! Sharona :)

Anonymous said...

Old post I know, but i saw a recent 2013 comment. A study at a university in japan had women put a similiar mask on their face, twice a day (for 5 minutes a day, i think) for six weeks. They claim it stimulated collagen production and thus the women had a less wrinkles. I've been doing it everyday and will try for 6 weeks. I'll let you kn the results. So far though ( a week into it) my skin looks and feel fabulous.

Jess777 said...

Will this mask help soothe papules from Grover's disease? I'm very desperate for help and relief. I've had this rash for nearly 4 months and just got a biopsy that reported "consistent with Grover's". My derm (3rd one) told me to try tretinoin cream to help smooth out the bumps, but I want to stay natural. Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Hi, just happened across your blog, I have the seaweed on my face now, but found your blog after I mixed with just regular water, but will be using my organic aloe juice next time. I think I will add 1-2 drops essential oil to combat the smell. My toddler granddaughter is staring at my face like, what's wrong?:)

SUAN CHEN said...

Hi, I did this last night with tea tree oil. My face feels amazing. Thanks for this really great recipe. Suan

Nhu Nguyet said...

Hi, thanks for the great tips. Can I make it ready and store in the fridge or I have to mix it every time as needed? I have a friend, she got a fresh seaweed mask from one of the spa. Since it's fresh, she doesn't need to mix with anything but just store in the fridge. When she needs to apply the mask on, she just take it out from the fridge and then store it again. So I was wondering if I can mix the whole jar and store in the fridge vs mix it everyday. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

hi, i was wondering what kelp powder you used? both whole foods and trader joes didnt have any

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