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Are There Benefits of Seaweed Soap?

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Kip Doyle, the managing editor at a weekly newspaper in Western New York, has over 12 years of experience researching and participating in sports and physical fitness. Doyle, who also writes about technology, music and pop culture, has been published by several newspapers, as well as websites like Punknews.org.
 Are There Benefits of Seaweed Soap?
Seaweed can be made into skin-soothing soap. Photo Credit paulbcowell/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

When you are swimming in the ocean, you likely don't want to come into contact with long, slimy seaweed leaves against your skin. Ironically, seaweed soap works very well for cleaning the body and revitalizing the skin. While seaweed is best known as vitamin-packed food, using it in soap may help exfoliate and nourish your skin.

Exfoliation

 Are There Benefits of Seaweed Soap?
Seaweed soap helps reduce acne breakouts and unclog pores. Photo Credit Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

Seaweed soap cleans the body as traditional soaps do, plus it exfoliates the skin. Gritty bits of seaweed within the soap remove dead cells on the skin. This reveals the newer skin beneath, helps unclog pores and reduces acne breakouts. The exfoliation encourages blood circulation around the skin, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance.

Gentle on Skin

 Are There Benefits of Seaweed Soap?
Seaweed soap doesn't result in dry skin. Photo Credit Choreograph/iStock/Getty Images

Even though it exfoliates, seaweed soap does not result in dry skin. In general, seaweed soap is all natural, containing none of the man-made chemicals in other soaps that can cause allergic reactions in some users.

Nourishment

 Are There Benefits of Seaweed Soap?
Seaweed contains beneficial minerals and vitamins. Photo Credit jeffrey waibel/iStock/Getty Images

Seaweed contains several beneficial minerals and vitamins that may nourish the skin during the exfoliation process, leaving the skin healthy looking and toned. These include vitamins A1, B2, B6, B12, and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron and zinc.

Animal Friendly

 Are There Benefits of Seaweed Soap?
Seaweed soap is made by blending vegetable oil fats with seaweed. Photo Credit shane partridge/iStock/Getty Images

Most soap is made with animal fat that reacts with a lye solution to create a cleaning compound. Seaweed soap is not made with animal fat; it is made by blending vegetable oil fats with seaweed. This can make seaweed soap a good choice for people who prefer not to use animal products or complex chemicals.

Considerations

 Are There Benefits of Seaweed Soap?
There are claims that seaweed soap can actually result in fat loss. Photo Credit Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images

While there are claims that seaweed soap actually results in fat loss, there is little scientific data backing that claim up. However, websites like Seaweed Skin Care note that seaweed soap may reduce cellulite and reduce stretch marks, but minimally, and only after extended use.

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