DIY Seaweed Poultice & Tonic

DIY Seaweed Poultice for Soothing Inflammation While #maskne and skin irritation from mask wearing certainly aren't the most serious consequences of the pandemic, they can be very uncomfortable, especially for those of us who need to wear a mask all day. So we came up with an easy and realistic DIY solution y'all! A seaweed poultice! Anyone who suffers from inflammation should keep this in your arsenal.ย 

A poultice is a soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material or powders that you can apply to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation.ย  While the poultice is only the raw ingredients, the cloth comes in handy to hold everything and make it much easier to apply.ย ย 

The best part, aside from it feeling fantastic? You can infuse the leftover serum with essential oils and put it in the fridge to spritz yourself for the next week. You can also put the poultice in the fridge and enjoy it cold for the next two days. Or freeze them into ice cubs and rub on!

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What you need:
Glass Bowl (For steeping the poultice)
Boiling Water
Twine (or something to wrap the cheesecloth)
ย We used: Kombu, Hijiki, Nori, Dulse, Wakame and Kelp.ย ย But you can use anything you find at your local Asian grocer.ย ย 
Glass Spray Bottleย 



1. Cut a piece of cheesecloth 10x10inches

2. Combine your seaweed and crush or cut it to fit as much as you can in the center of the cheesecloth.ย  Once the seaweed is wet it's going to shrink up a bit.

3. Once you stuff the seaweed inside the cheesecloth, gather up the edges and wrap your twine (or whatever you string you used) to secure the algae inside the cloth.ย  Congratulationsย you just made a poultice.ย ย 

4.Place your poultice in the bowl and pour boiling hot water over it.ย  Allow it to steep for at least 30 minutes.ย  You want the water to cool and the seaweed to get nice and soft.ย  The heat will also activate the alginate, the mucus like substance that holds all of the key nutrients in the seaweed.ย  This "slime" works great as a tonic because it can deliver the nutrients into your epidermis where they can do the most work.ย ย 

5.ย While the solution is cooling, thoroughly wash your face.ย  Once cooled, pull the poultice out of the water and squeeze it out, rub the poultice in a circular motion to active more of the alginate and then apply it to your face, neck and dรฉcolletage.ย  Massage the alginateย into your skin and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.ย ย 

How to use:ย 

Keep your poultice in a clean container in the fridge for up to 2 days, when you apply cold, it feels fantasticย and help the pores look smaller. The remainder of the tonic can be stored in a spray bottle, in ice cube trays or in any other container that you can refrigerate, keep this solution for a week and spray your face and body after washing.ย ย 

How to use:
Wash your face and follow up with the poultice (or spray). Feel free to use with a sheet mask for a serious boost in skin health.