SKIN-SOOTH­ING SEA­WEED

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

It can be a slimy nui­sance when you’re swim­ming—or a de­li­cious snack!—and now sea­weed is the lat­est skin­care star. “It’s loaded with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, an­tiox­i­dants, and es­sen­tial fatty acids,” says Chris G. Adi­gun, M.D., a der­ma­tol­o­gist at Der­ma­tol­ogy & Laser Cen­ter of Chapel Hill in North Carolina. And it has ben­e­fits for all skin types: “Sea­weed can help the outer layer of skin stay strong and healthy so it can keep out ir­ri­tants, its an­tiox­i­dants pro­tect skin from dam­age, and it can calm in­flam­ma­tion,” says Ava Sham­ban, M.D., a der­ma­tol­o­gist and the founder of Sk­inFive Clin­ics and Ava MD Der­ma­tol­ogy in Los An­ge­les.

TO USE IT:

Face: If your skin is dry, red, or ir­ri­tated, try in­cor­po­rat­ing skin­care prod­ucts that con­tain sea­weed, kelp, al­gae, or their ex­tracts into your reg­i­men twice daily.

Body: Take a 10-minute bath a few times per week with a soak that con­tains sea­weed to re­lieve eczema symptoms such as itch­i­ness, Dr. Sham­ban rec­om­mends.

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