I got the idea for this seaweed face mask from over at Little Green Dot. This is a slimy, little peel off mask that I loved so much I did it twice, and also discovered my dog's love for slimy seaweed, which is among a few doggie superfoods, that I just learned about today.
So, if you're a regular reader of this blog you may know that I routinely inundate myself with self-help materials. It might be my favorite thing to explore the round-about ways our psyches decide things without any rhyme or reason, and I've found self-improvement and change takes a pretty significant push, just like changing your diet. or deciding it's time to clean up your beauty routine. You often start somewhere too advanced and have to slide back down to the beginning, and then back up again, and nothing seems to be changing or making sense, but little by little, everything is different.
I guess today, I had a day of that different. Not so suddenly or significantly, but more of a subtle development of completing tasks I don't necessarily like, and dealing with people's attitudes and realizing how they're feeling needn't have any impact on how I'm feeling. There's such a drop in society to lean hard on the negative, and the new events we discuss are often the horrible things that happen to us, and little else. And I get it, I'm not above complaining, but, and you're not going to believe this, but Willie Nelson said, "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." I think a positive thought can be as simple as choosing not to judge, or passing it off as someone is having a bad day, er bad life, cause that happens too. And maybe not everyone has copious amounts of time for self-examination, but luckily, I do, and I plan to spend all of it becoming a better person.
So turns out seaweed has a bunch of benefits for skin, including a high iodine content, which according to Mercola, "20 percent of the iodine in your body is held in your skin (if your skin is depleted of iodine, you will not be able to sweat)" A fact which is kind of nuts, but good to know.
"Just one sheet of nori has the same amount of omega-3s as two whole avocados. The omega-3s in nori help create a natural oil barrier on your skin, helping to reduce acne and dry skin, particularly helpful during these dry, heated winter months. Nori also helps reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds that affect how healthy the skin looks and feels." Dr. Oz
And just from personal experience, this mask is great for inflammation. Plus, it's full of chlorophyll, which is great for cellular regeneration, and keeping skin rosy.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 sheet of nori - torn into pieces
- 4-6oz of brewed green tea
- A dab of aloe vera
- On clean skin apply a small amount of aloe vera to prime skin.
- Take your pieces of nori and dip them front and back into the green tea until they get a little mushy.
- Putting this stuff on your face is a little like putting a puzzle together. Take your pieces and tear them to fit around your eyes, nose, chin, etc. It should stick pretty well to your skin, if not, add more tea.
- Leave it on to dry, you'll know when it's done because it'll start to pull away from your skin, and then peel off.