This Weird New Superfood Is Better Than All The Rest!
Matcha, cacao, acai, and spirulina can all take a sidestep because there’s a new superfood on the health scene, and it comes through in ways the others don’t. From supporting your digestion to reducing inflammation, sea moss has major health and skin benefits, hence why it’s got a celeb following, including Kim Kardashian. Seriously you can even turn this new superfood into a homemade undereye mask. Here’s everything you need to know…
What is Sea Moss?
If the term sea moss has you feeling hella-confused and kind of grossed out, let celebrity nutritionist and wellness advocate Mona Sharma clarify, “Sea moss, also referred to as Irish moss, is a red seaweed found mainly on rocks along the North Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean.”
Mona told us that she was first introduced to sea moss during a visit to the Caribbean islands, where it’s commonly used in juices and smoothies for its many health benefits. She continues, “Today it is being touted as a superfood to support digestion, neurological health, and immune-boosting qualities and may support skin health too.”
The Health Benefits of Sea Moss
When we said sea moss had major benefits, we weren’t exaggerating. “Sea moss offers a variety of health benefits. Its primary publicized benefit is supporting the immune system since it contains antimicrobial and antiviral components along with vitamin C and antioxidants to boost health and reduce inflammation,” Mona tells us.
That’s not all, Mona continues, “It also contains a healthy dose of iodine and selenium to benefit thyroid health. Recent studies also show that sea moss offers prebiotic benefits to support the digestive system, fueling good bacteria in the gut.” Mona reminds us that whenever you support your gut microbiome, you’re also supporting your immune system, which is super important right now.
The Skincare Benefits of Sea Moss
Of course, anything that is that good for your body is bound to have a plethora of health benefits. Mona confirms, “Sea moss is not only great as a supplement, but it’s also showing up in new skincare products due to its high vitamin and mineral content to help support the skin’s microbiome.”
More specifically, she says that sea moss can help skin retain its moisture barrier and slow aging signs. Hence why it’s one of the key ingredients in one of our go-to night creams: the Tata Harper Crème Riche Anti-Aging Night Cream, $195, which is packed with sea moss, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin firm, supple, and radiant. We also love the Coco Kind Sea Moss Exfoliator, $17, as it sloughs away dead skin, balances oil production, all the while leaving your skin with a healthy glow and clean canvas.
Sea moss also known to be antimicrobial to help clear blemishes and acne-prone skin. Plus, it’s rich in sulfur and is non-comedogenic, which means not only will it help lower oil production, it’ll minimize blocked pores and lessen breakouts. In short: it’s a no-brainer for blemish-prone or oily skin. In fact, for makeup application.
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How to Incorporate Sea Moss Into Your Diet
First and foremost, Mona insists that “When buying sea moss online, it’s important to buy it from a reputable source” like the Algenist Irish Moss Algae – Vitamin C + E Supplement, $32. Mona insists she loves adding sea moss gel into her morning smoothie as it has a very mild taste. She says, “I love blending a ripe mango, ginger, hemp seeds, flax meal, sea moss, almond milk, and a bit of coconut water together for a yummy digestive skin-boosting recipe.”
If you can order dried sea moss, Mona suggests making it into a gel. In a gel format, it’s easier to add to water, teas, and even use as a skincare gel to give your skin a boost of hydration and surge of antioxidants. Here’s how:
Step 1: Simply rinse sea moss thoroughly and cover with purified water. Let it sit overnight, covered on your countertop. The next morning you’ll see it has softened and expanded.
Step 2: Add the sea moss with the water it soaked in (to keep the mineral-rich water), into a blender and blend at high speed until it forms a gel consistency. Mona says, “I start with about one cup of water and add more if needed to get the desired consistency.”
Step 3: Transfer the sea moss into a glass mason jar and store it in the fridge for use when needed. Mona likes to start her day with one teaspoon of the gel in a cup of hot water to sip on as a morning tonic.
We found this raw Sea Moss on Amazon, $16, which can be soaked to make 24 ounces of gel.
Mona’s Fave Sea Moss Hack
Mona spilled her fave hack with us and we’re definitely doing this as soon as our dried moss arrives. She says, “I love this 2-4-1 morning sea moss hack for a health and skin boost.” So, while Mona starts her day with a sea moss tonic, she has another handy hack up her sleeve: “While I do this, I place the cool sea moss gel under my eyes to get rid of any puffiness and hydrate my skin for the day. We all know makeup looks better on well-hydrated skin!” She’s not wrong. We love this multi-tasking hack for waking up your body and your eyes at the same time!
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