Should you add seaweed to your eczema care routine? Spring break this year included a trip to the beach for our family. We feel very fortunate as the beach and humid weather has a positive effect for our son with allergies and eczema. Our beach had a lot of seaweed and although I didn’t like wading through it, I wondered about its health benefits. Then I happened across a magazine article discussing nature’s best beauty products. Seaweed was mentioned as an ingredient to soothe inflammation. I decided to do a bit more research and turns out adding products with seaweed may be worth a try.
Seaweed is rich with vitamins, minerals and amino acids so it’s nourishing for all skin types. It's also been shown in peer-reviewed, independent studies to have some benefits for atopic dermatitis. It seems in addition to the vitamins and minerals, seaweed is rich in phlorotannins shown to have promise for their anti-inflammatory properties. Seaweed is also high in omega-3 fatty acids essential to our skin health. Seaweed seems most beneficial to helping surface hydration. And anyone suffering with eczema knows hydration is key to keeping your skin barrier smooth and intact. Below we share some options for bathing and moisturizing products containing seaweed.
Seaweed Bath Co. – This skin care company has a wide selection of baths and moisturizers for your body made with seaweed. The website includes an informative blog that includes topics such as eczema and psoriasis.
Aalgo – This company located in Ireland carries seaweed bath powder. Per the website, “Our powdered seaweed gives you a bath which nourishes the body, improves wellbeing and above all clears the skin of rashes, dryness and any itchy skin problems in particular eczema and psoriasis, whilst stimulating the lymphatic system. It detoxifies the body leaving one feeling refreshed and revitalized.” They do ship worldwide.
Skin Fix – Skin Fix has some great moisturizers for eczema skin. The Moisture Boost Serum can be used on your face and includes red seaweed extract as one of the ingredients. Per the website red seaweed extract is “A natural source of Sodium Hyaluronate which plumps skin and leaves it healthy and dewy.”
Let us know if you’ve had good results using seaweed to calm the itch of eczema. As always, double check ingredients for any allergens and when trying a new product patch test before using all over you or your child.