Sea moss, also known as Irish moss, has recently been growing in popularity. All over the internet, you’ll see people adding in the gel-like product to their smoothies and green juices. Skincare brands have caught wind and added it to their products for all the high vitamin and mineral benefits it has. But what exactly is it (hint: it’s not actually moss), what are the benefits, and how often do you have to consume it?
What is sea moss?
Sea moss is an Irish red seaweed grown on the shoreline of Ireland. This type of algae is rich in sulfur, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It is a hero ingredient in balancing the skin microbiome by decreasing the excessive production of sebum (oil) in the skin. Sea moss actually contains 15 (calcium, sulfur, potassium, Vitamin A, to name a few) of the 18 essential elements that make up the human body.
What are the benefits?
Because sea moss has such great vitamins and minerals, it helps with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It’s also insanely hydrating and non-comedogenic, great for those who are allergic to scented products.
This powerful moss can supply nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids that are occasionally missing from diets — essential to healthy skin and inflammation control. It’s also a great source of iodine — a chemical element that impacts the thyroid function. It also helps with your fiber intake by increasing good bacteria and decreasing bad gut bacteria to improve gut health.
Are there any risks?
Short answer, not really. It is however important to buy good quality sea moss as bad kinds can have toxic metals like mercury and lead in them. Experts suggest investing in certified organic Irish moss only.
Where to buy
Ready to invest in sea moss? Check out our five favorite products below.
True Botanicals Nourishing Cleanser ($48): Packed with jasmine sunflower oil and vetiver root oil, this small but mighty cleanser works great on sensitive skin.
Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum ($24.80): Over 10 berries work overtime in this serum to neutralize the daily environmental damage that affects your neck.
Cocokind Sea Moss Exfoliator ($20): This exfoliator will help eliminate the dead skin cells on and around your neck — supporting the skin’s renewal process.
Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream ($54): Great for improving elasticity and firmness.
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack ($22): Super fruit antioxidants nourish the skin and help to minimize pores.
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