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How to Make a Seaweed Facial Mask

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How to Make a Seaweed Facial Mask
How to Make a Seaweed Facial Mask

Seaweed facial-mask enthusiasts report that using this common, nourishing supplement on the face will smooth, tone and moisturize your skin. It's a well-known spa treatment -- one that you can create for yourself at home with a minimum of investment and effort. Creating your own spa treatments at home is an exercise in adaptation: Start with the basic seaweed facial mask recipe, then alter it, as needed, to suit your preferences. Store any leftover seaweed face mask in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but always discard after a week of storage or if the look or smell of the product has substantially changed.

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Step 1

Break sheets or pieces of dried seaweed with your hands until they’re small enough to fit into a coffee grinder.

Step 2

Grind the seaweed into powder; you need about 1 tablespoon of seaweed powder in all.

Step 3

Dump the seaweed powder into a small bowl, and add 1 tablespoon lukewarm water. Mix with a fork, adding up to another tablespoon of lukewarm water, as needed, to achieve a thick, paste-like consistency.

Step 4

Add 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon honey -- or both -- to the paste. Stir until well mixed. Add more water, if needed, to achieve the desired texture. You can also skip these ingredients entirely if you so desire, although the aloe helps heal any skin irritation you may have and the honey adds to the moisturizing effect of the mask and acts as a preservative.

Step 5

Apply the seaweed mask to your face, leave in place for up to 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry. Use this mask up to twice a week as part of your regular beauty routine.

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