Menopause is a stage of live a woman enters at a certain point of her timeline. An interesting thing is that very few women are cognizant of their new body situation. The aggravation from the side effects caused by menopause could be detrimental to woman’s both physical and psychological well-being.
Without doubt, the more you know about menopause side-effects, and the more you remain curious about your bodily transition from one stage of life into the menopause stage of life, the happier person you stay and become.
Skin and menopause are related. Being aware of the changes inside your skin will prepare your mind to take proactive steps towards your well-being.
This post is about Irish Sea Moss aka Sea Moss or Irish Moss (in latin Chondrus Crispus) which is harvested from a certain type of red algae. Sea moss gel has been used in the food industry to create drinks and food options for years. But not all cultures have taken advantage of the rich mineral content of sea moss. The time has come to embrace the magic of sea moss and introduce it into your own lifestyle.
Skin Changes During Menopause
Many women begin their journey into menopause with a limited knowledge about their skin condition. You need to understand what your skin is losing with the onset of menopause, and how you can supplement, correct and maintain the healthy skin. In fact, when you become aware of your skin changes and respond to them proactively, you will feel liberated. By embracing your personal needs and changes within the skin, look for the solutions that match your needs the best way. And this calls for your open-minded attitude and self-education.
Each woman is unique. Hence the effects from menopause will vary in their strength and manifestation. However, the changes that take place within a female physical body and skin do have many similarities.
Keep in mind that once the hormone estrogen begins its drastic dive during perimenopause, its levels really become critically low in menopause. Being aware of this fact alone, a woman could and should plan out her action steps in things like figuring out a new skin care routine, address diet concerns, and definitely put physical activity on her daily calendar.
Learn about the changes in your skin complexion during menopause.
Menopause Skin Changes
So, what are some of the most comment changes in skin during menopause?
Lower collagen and elastin production lead to saggy and wrinkly skin
A more pronounced manifestation of dark circles and dark spots due to thinning of the skin.
Skin dryness and sensitivity become more evident due to a huge drop in estrogen.
Occurrence of a dry skin is a complaint of a huge majority of women. Though, some women do report that their skin becomes prone to acne.
As collagen production drops with each year after a person turns thirty-years-old, it is important to know how to maintain and even increase collagen within the body and the skin.
Further into the post, you will discover that sea moss contains superior oil-balancing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties for any woman to enjoy during her life in menopause.
Health Benefits Of Sea Moss
To reiterate, sea moss is a species of red algae, and you need to make sure you consume clean options of this superfood of the sea. Natural products do not guarantee their non-toxic sourcing. But making some inquiries and googling will help you to land the best options of the sea moss, be it food or skin care product or supplements.
Now, to the top 6 sea moss benefits for the body.
Gut health benefits from eating sea moss gel. As the science shows, sea moss and its gel-like consistency sooth the lining the digestive system. Besides, sea moss creates a so-called prebiotic effect. It means that it thwarts off bad gut flora and promotes friendly gut bacteria inside your body.
Immune system benefits from sea moss consumption. As this type of red algae contains a lot of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E), our human body fights off infections more effectively with the help of antiviral and antimicrobial properties of sea moss.
Your skin health could benefit from using sea moss skin care products thanks to its superior anti-inflammatory, hence anti-aging properties properties. And thanks to its impressive moisturizing and calming properties, sea moss skin benefits cannot be underestimated.
Heart health is part of the high fiber diet and good weight loss management system. This type of red seaweed has an ample quantity of fiber to support healthy blood sugar levels which has positive effect on the entire cardiovascular system. Sea moss consumption may lower bad cholesterol which is one of the players of heart disease.
Weight loss benefit comes from the ample amount of fiber in this type of seaweed. When you consume foods containing sea moss, it triggers the satiety factor in your brain. You feel fuller longer, and as a result, you snack less.
Increased energy levels comes from high content of the vitamin B complex. B2 or Riboflavin helps to break down food inside your body. B9 or Folate supports the integrity of your DNA and cellular structure. And vitamin B12 plays its part in formation of red blood cells.
Essential Elements and Vitamins in Sea Moss
Here are some of the vitamins and minerals pure sea moss provides for a boosted and improved skin health.
Vitamin C In Sea Moss
Did you know that Vitamin C is an essential agent for collagen production? Without this super vitamin there’s no collagen. It’s that simple. Both your skin and bones need this protein for proper function and structure.
And sea moss has plenty of vitamin C you can enjoy especially during your menopause years. If you purchase sea moss gel, look for the organic sea moss products to avoid any heavy metals or other contamination inside the product.
In fact, sea moss can be incorporated into any skincare routine to rip the benefits of the incredibly rich content of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.
Vitamin E is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is powerful antioxidant with unique protective effect from photoaging. It means that vitamin E supports your anti-aging living by absorbing sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
In fact, a topical application of vitamin E can reduce UV-induced skin swelling, skin thickness, erythema, and edema.2,3
FACT: When you supplement vitamin C with vitamin E, the effect is of the two vitamins was associated with lower amounts of DNA damage after UV exposure.1
Sea moss is rich in vitamin E and could be added to your supplementation as well as a skin care option to achieve better results.
Sulfar In Sea Moss
High sulfur content in sea moss contribute to the antimicrobial properties and antibacterial properties of this natural ingredient. Hence those women with overreacting sebum production could benefit significantly by a topical sea moss application as well as sea moss capsules with organic ingredient. Keep in mind that sea moss foods are a potent option to boost your skin care routine as well.
Want to have a radiant skin at any stage of your life? Eat foods rich in vitamin A! This superhero vitamin with antioxidant properties is responsible for skin hydration which is critical to your skin’s health and radiance.
If you really would like to learn about vitamin A aka Retinol or Retinoic Acid, then read my post that has all details you need to know to make wise choices for your skin care products. You will learn to decipher the the lingo among retinoids, retinols and retin-A. It’s exciting what you can do to your skin care routine with the right facts and knowledge!
Retinol products can be really effective in helping the skin to get rid of dead skin cells, revealing a new layer of new, young cells on your face and neck. The actives in your skin care products you use during day and night routines can truly become more bioavailable to the skin on its cellular levels.
Did you know that Vitamin K helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity, plump looks, and smooth complexion? Behind all these fancy terms lies a simple fact that your skin will have less wrinkles, less predisposed to fine lines, and enjoy a more youthful look.
Potential benefits of vitamin K can be in reduction of skin pigmentation and age spots. What woman doesn’t want that?! But you need to keep in mind that you cannot “treat and beat” your face when it comes to any preventative measure.
For example, if you want to lighten the skin blemishes, age spots, and even under-eye dark circles, you need to protect your face and neck from the sun exposure. Quality sunscreen with non-toxic ingredients can help! Good sun blocking hat can protect you in a surely effective way as well.
Importance Of Your Skin Microbiome
Sea moss is a unique ingredient and a stand alone product that could protect your skin microbiome and minimize the effects of the outside agents like the sun, rain, and cold seasons like Fall and winter dryness.
As your skin’s health intricately depends upon a unique balancing act among its inhabitants like bacteria, fungi, anthropods and many others, eating from a variety of food groups, drinking live water, and choosing the right skin care products are some of the priorities for any woman. And with an onset of peri-menopause and menopause, your skin reacts to even small changes in the body in drastic and, often, visually unappealing ways.
That is why defining new parameters for your skin care routine could be in order. But don’t fret. Cold mind and hot heart is how you need to approach this next step in your life.
Clearly, sea moss offers a gentle, yet effective way to introduce a powerful way to fight free radicals and pathogens on the skin surface and within the skin layers. High vitamin content of vitamins A, C, E, K minimizes signs of aging and photoaging. Check out information on daily vitamins for women in menopause, you may find it informative and even liberating.
Is Irish sea moss good for certain skin types? Well, it can be used by anybody with sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin. In tandem with your optimal skin care routine, you can see effectiveness and positive results from the myriad of micronutrients that this spiny sea vegetable has to offer to the body.
Beauty Products With Sea Moss
Today’s consumer market has developed different ways to get supplementation and topical application of this natural ingredient by taking advantage of various delivery systems.
Dermatologists and skin chemists have been talking about sea moss as the skincare powerhouse. That is why this ingredient has been added on the radar of the skin care developers. Again, do read the Ingredients list for each new or previously used skin care product. Companies don’t notify you when they change, substitute or even totally reformulate their products.
As far as sea moss, look for these ingredients that are the synonyms to it: Irish moss, Irish sea moss, Chondrus crispus extract or sea moss.
Sea moss can boast of its moisturizing function and even compete with Hyaluronic Acid which is a super-duper amazing ingredient and product for your skin care routine. But the studies and tests show that film-forming properties of sea moss make it a unique and potent feature for skin protection.
One of the most amazing things about such protective barrier is that sea moss film is similar to our own human proteins. Wow!
Such non-occlusive film barrier allows the skin to maintain its moisture and be protected from the outside pathogens at the same time. Both of these features of see moss are crucial for a woman in menopause. Look for skincare products with clean, non-toxic ingredients that contain sea moss.
FACT: Sea moss is noncomedogenic, i.e., it does not clog the pores. Instead, a think layer of sea moss supports and protects your natural skin barrier for a healthier complexion.
Inflammation Fighting Properties
As mentioned above, sea moss adds to the skin’s antimicrobial functions thanks to high sulfur and zinc content. When you use sea moss face mask, it can successfully result in the reduction of the severity of acne and support a so-desired anti-aging effects. Hence, those women who suffer from eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions could enjoy a significant relief from using sea moss mask, as well as consuming this seaweed in the form of food. Anti-inflammatory compounds do their work inside-out!
Skin Products With Sea Moss And Non-Toxic Ingredients
Hair Care Products With Sea Moss Gel
The hair care products that incorporate sea moss gel are super incredible for thinning hair, dry hair, frizzed hair. In fact, when each hair strand is covered by the natural film formed by the sea moss mask, your hair gains a natural barrier against pollution, pathogens, irritants. As a result, your hair growth improves with time.
I’d highly recommend Mielle Sea Moss hair care line. Having used it for over six months, I really enjoy my hair manageability. And on the inside, clean, non-toxic and effective ingredients work their “magic” on the hair structure and strength.
Check out my detailed post about the effects the brown algae has on the hair health and growth.
DIY Hair Care Mask
You can use sea moss as a stand alone ingredient for the hair mask or add pure avocado oil, arabian oil, with a 1-2 drops of essential oils. Check out this post with carrier oils and essential oils with different properties. Just add this DIY hair mask to the clean, washed hair by massaging this unique type of seaweed into your scalp, hair strands and wash off after about 15 minutes.
I use raw sea moss sold in a jar for my skin and hair masks and recipes.
Check out my detailed post for more of homemade hair masks for your hair to address various hair issues.
How Much Sea Moss To Take?
Professionals recommend 1-2 teaspoons a day of sea moss. You can mix this natural food into your smoothies, salad dressing, or even soups. I buy sea moss that has natural flavors of superfoods and fruit incorporated into the texture of this seaweed. It allows me to take a spoon of sea moss and enjoy it as a dessert.
For those women who enjoy and need vegan and gluten-free diets, sea moss could become a high-density, nutritious food.
Who Should Not Take Sea Moss?
Like with any new food, you need to learn about its nutrition first and see if it is right for you. Here are the cautions that you need to be aware of when it comes to Irish sea moss.
- Pregnant women and breastfeeding women should not take sea moss.
- People with thyroid function problems should stay away from consuming sea moss or do it carefully with medical doctor advice. Much iodine in the body could be detrimental to the health.
- Like with any supplemental food, look out for any allergic reactions in your body after sea moss consumption. And if you feel and see any irritation on the skin, upset stomach, mouth/throat itch or burn, stop any consumption and see your medical professional ASAP.
Again, it is always advisable to consult your medical professional, dietician, naturopath doctor about your desire to introduce a new supplement food into your daily diet. Together, you will make the right choice that is optimal for your bodily health and well-being.
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