“I Went To Eire To Attempt Conventional Seaweed Bathing”

I’m sitting in a heat tub as seaweed fronds gently tickle my limbs.  A candle glints subsequent to the bathtub as the ocean crashes outdoors the window – I tip my head again and breathe … 

I’m on the West Coast of Eire on the Voya Seaweed baths in a bit city referred to as Strandhill – one of many browsing capitals of the UK, and fairly presumably the world. The seas listed below are among the purest on earth because of the currents, however I’m not right here to hold ten, I’m right here to expertise seaweed in all its types as a visitor of VOYA, the pure natural skincare and spa model based by Mark and Kira Walton, who give up their metropolis jobs to affix the household seaweed bathing enterprise and ended up founding a skincare model in 2006.

The advantages of Seaweed bathing

Seaweed bathing has been round for a whole lot of years and at the start of the 20th Century, there have been an estimated 300 seaweed tub homes in Eire, 9 of which had been in Strandhill. It’s an indigenous remedy in Eire and is lauded for its many well being advantages. The alginate, which is a jelly-like substance that the seaweed releases is claimed to be very helpful for pores and skin and is used as a remedy for a wide range of pores and skin and rheumatic situations. Many swear by a weekly seaweed tub to at the present time.

The advantages of seaweed bathing are many: 

  • re-mineralising the physique
  • detoxifying and helps take away undesirable toxins from the physique
  • hydrating and moisturising for pores and skin 
  • useful for therapeutic pores and skin situations equivalent to pimples, dermatitis, and eczema
  • helps soothe aches and pains, from arthritis and rheumatism however can be nice after a exercise to cut back lactic acid buildup
  • boosts the immune and lymphatic methods to enhance blood circulation

In trendy VOYA baths, a steam bathe earlier than bathing is advisable to open the pores earlier than soaking within the heat seaweed tub for 40 minutes. The baths are all particular person, except you need to e book one in all their twin bathing rooms to go along with a good friend and have a natter, there may be additionally a few luxurious suites on the roof which profit from plunge swimming pools and a view of the ocean …   

Seaweed is an excellent ingredient!

Seaweed is having a little bit of a second and I’ve been wracking my brains to consider one other ingredient you could eat, bathe in, but additionally embrace in your skincare routine. 

Over 80% of the seaweed plant is made up of minerals equivalent to calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron and is well-known for its excessive iodine content material, which all goes in direction of supporting the upkeep of wholesome pores and skin.  As well as, seaweed incorporates key nutritional vitamins equivalent to A, B and C and is nearly distinctive in that it is without doubt one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12. 

Totally different seaweed sorts have totally different benefits- and VOYA have executed appreciable analysis into the advantages of the totally different species with the Shannon Biotechnology Centre Institute of Expertise in Tralee so as to be certain that they’re utilizing the correct kind in the correct merchandise to get the perfect outcomes.

Checks present that not solely does it have a moisturising impact on the pores and skin, but it surely incorporates Algal polyphenols and carotenoids that are highly effective antioxidants, and advantages embrace safety in opposition to untimely ageing, improved pores and skin barrier perform and in some instances, sure sorts of seaweed can enhance collagen manufacturing by as much as 202% which in flip, improves pores and skin firmness and elasticity.

Seaweed harvesting sustainably

The following day, we head off to the coast to select some seaweed for ourselves.  John, who has been working with the model for a few years is our information and factors out the several types of seaweed as we make our approach down the reef to the water’s edge, selecting sea lettuce to nibble on the best way. 

VOYA are very happy with the truth that they harvest their seaweed on the West Coast by hand, with each bit being chosen by eye by the harvesters to make sure the highest quality at sustainable ranges, guaranteeing that the plant can regrow, and spawn once more versus being ripped from the seabed by the roots as is unfortunately an all-too-common follow.    It’s akin to pruning your backyard borders, to make sure the vegetation come again stronger season after season. 

We choose our seaweed and John sends it off to the drying homes to be was their best-selling product LAZY DAYS which allows you to re-create your very personal seaweed bathing expertise at dwelling.  This can be utilized 2-3 occasions over the course of the week and as soon as completed with, you possibly can pop in your flower beds or in your compost bin – seaweed is superb for the backyard!

Mark and Kira’s mantra when creating their model has all the time been “There have to be a greater approach” and one thing they ask themselves continuously when introducing new merchandise to the vary. They all the time use pure fragrances from vegetation and flowers and sustainably sourced natural substances and are extraordinarily proud to be licensed by the Soil Affiliation.  VOYA even have a thriving spa enterprise and you may expertise one in all their therapies close to you.  Within the meantime, I’d completely advocate a seaweed tub this weekend for rest and detoxifying forward of a brand new week. 

Merchandise to reap the seaweed advantages:

Angelicus Serratus physique oil – incorporates Fucus Serratus seaweed and rosehip and night primrose oil to lock in moisture and promote pores and skin elasticity.

Renewal eyes – 100% seaweed eye masks – incorporates Laminaria Digitata seaweed to assuage and hydrate the under-eye space – lowering puffiness and darkish circles – pop within the backyard after use!

Fennel Fusion – a scrumptious natural infusion of natural fennel seeds and seaweed!

phrases by Nicola de Burlet