This seaweed mask contains natural, nourishing and purifying ingredients: Organic Seaweeds (kelp, Agar Agar Bladderwrack), French Green Clay, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C (Calcium Ascorbate) and Peppermint Leaves. My combination skin really likes the seaweed (another favourite is Aqua Marina bar by LUSH) so I was happy to find a good facial mask I can stick with.
The actual product comes in a 83g/2.9 oz glass jar and looks like finely milled soft green powder. It's supposed to be mixed with water, but I mix 2 tsp of this powder with 3 tsp Aloe Vera Jelly 99% (Lily of the Desert) to get a rich creamy paste. The smell isn't the most fantastic, because seaweed smells kinda fishy- but it's not overwhelming either. Sometimes I'll add 2 drops of rosemary essential oil for a fresh scent. I apply the green paste all over my face avoiding the eye area, and then find something to do for the next 15 minutes while the mask works its magic. The paste dries quickly and behaves a lot like a mud mask. It turns hard so try not to smile- that can hurt. This paste penetrates the pores and draws out impurities while drying.
When 15 minutes has passed I gently remove the mask using a scrub glove and lots of water. It's easier to do this in the shower than over the sink. Once the mask is off I notice some pale redness on my skin, but no irritation or burning. The redness calms down in a few minutes and my skin is left so soft with a healthy (not oily!) glow.
I finish this treatment with a spray of cold chamomile tea (which I keep refrigerated in a spray bottle, so it's cold and refreshing when used). Witch hazel-, rose- or orange blossom water also work. I find myself using this mask mostly during autumn and winter for some reason. The jar lasts long if you use 1-2 tsp per treatment.
Suitable for vegans. Biodegradable.