For the Garden Gal, seaweed conjurs up images of swimming in the ocean, snacking on sushi, and The Little Mermaid. Working at the Garden of Eden has opened up a whole new world (sorry, couldn’t resist!) to the benefits of seaweed in skin care. Beauty products containing seaweed have been found in China, Japan, and coastal Asian countries for over 600 years and seaweed soap has a number of loyal followers.
The secret is… the unique properties of seaweed make it an excellent soap for cleansing and revitalizing your skin. Not only is seaweed a vitamin-packed food, it can actually help exfoliate and nourish your skin.
Seaweed soap cleans the body as traditional soaps do, plus it exfoliates the skin. The gritty bits of seaweed within the soap remove dead cells on the skin. This action reveals the newer skin growth beneath the skin’s surface, while helping unclog pores and reducing acne breakouts.
Gentle on Skin
Even though it is an excellent exfoliator, it is gentle enough not to dry out your skin. Most seaweed soaps are all natural, containing none of the man-made chemicals in other soaps that can cause allergic reactions for those with sensitive skin.
Seaweed contains several beneficial minerals and vitamins that nourish the skin during the exfoliation process, leaving your skin healthy and toned. These include vitamins A1, B2, B6, B12, and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. Seaweed soap also encourages blood circulation around the skin, creating a rejuvenated appearance.
Cellulite and Stretch Mark Reduction
While there are studies that report using seaweed soap results in fat loss, there is little scientific data to back up that claim. However, websites like SeaweedSkin.com report that seaweed soap may reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, but minimally, and only after extended use.
Seaweed soaps are made by blending vegetable oil fats with seaweed. This makes seaweed soap a great choice for people who prefer products without animal ingredients or complex chemicals.
Now that you know all of the reasons to try seaweed soap, here are your options at Garden of Eden!
Reviva All Natural Seaweed Soap
At Garden of Eden, we are huge fans of anything from Reviva and this soap is no exception. Unlike most commercial soaps that contain animal tallow, this gentle soap features a pure vegetable base of palm and coconut oils. The scrubbing action of the seaweed’s grains help to remove hidden impurities in your skin and many people use it as part of an anti-cellulite routine. Stimulating circulation and helping to discharge toxins, this is a soap both men and women will love!
Swedish Dream Seaweed Soap
Just last week, we received our first shipment of Swedish Dream Seaweed Soap form Kala and… wow! It has already become a staff favorite and is the inspiration for this blog post. Along with its refreshing scent, the many unique benefits of seaweed are apparent after the first use. This soap is a gentle clarifier, removing impurities and leaving the skin ultra fresh and clean.
After reading the many secrets of seaweed soap, are you ready to take the plunge and try it for yourself? Stop by our store on Grand Ave. in St. Paul, order online or over the phone at 651-293-1300. Your skin will thank you!