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Sea-Med Instructions

Sea-Med™ Natural Organic Seaweed Therapy

A natural treatment traditionally used for Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rosacea and dry & itchy skin and scalp conditions.

Some important findings on the skin healing properties of Seawater

  • Research in the International Journal of Dermatology, first published in 2005, noted that seawater, a rich source of magnesium, improves skin barrier function, promotes the retention of moisture in the skin and reduces inflammation in atopic eczema.

Ehrhardt Proksch MD, PhD, Hans-Peter Nissen phD, Markus Bremgartner MD, Colin Urquhart PhD International Journal of Dermatology Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 151–157, February 2005.

  • Research published in the medical journal Skin Research and Technology* indicates that seawater also has valuable healing properties for troubling skin conditions. Results of a study carried on volunteers with irritant contact dermatitis showed the salt and potassium chloride found naturally in seawater ‘seals’ the damaged skin, reduces TEWL (trans epidermal water loss) and speeds up the healing process. Minerals and amino acids naturally present in seawater help draw out impurities and as toxins are removed, healing time speeds up during flare ups.

Yusuke Yoshizawa, Hanafi Tanojo, Seong Jin Kim, Howard I. Maibach, Skin Research and Technology Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 36–39, February 2001

Meanwhile, the British Association of Dermatologists has found that eczema in children improves when parents introduce sea swimming into their exercise regimen. A study conducted by the organisation into children with eczema caused by allergies found that seawater baths reduced their symptoms.

Instructions

Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment for Eczema-like symptoms

• ease the itch • help to heal scratched skin • gently exfoliate dry skin • allow new clear skin to appear

Adults

IMPORTANT: either do not shower during the treatment phase or follow your shower with a bath in a Sea-Med Natural Seaweed Therapy bath.

Have a bath with Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment, ideally before bed every day. Simply shake 2 heaped tablespoonfuls of Sea-Med™ through a sieve into a bathtub of lukewarm water. Then just lie back and have a long relaxing soak with your neck muscles in the water. Afterwards gently pat yourself dry. This way a residue will remain, allowing Sea-Med Natural Seaweed Treatment to rehydrate your skin overnight. Bathe like this every day.

Ongoing Maintenance - adults If your skin improves bathe with Sea-Med Natural Seaweed Treatment every alternate day for one week and once a week thereafter. Always use lukewarm water. If you feel the slightest sensation of dry skin, have a Sea-Med bath that night. If you are under severe stress bathe 5/6 days in a row. Always soak in a Sea-Med bath after swimming in chlorinated pools.

Treatment for Hands Sieve one heaped tablespoon of Sea-Med in a basin of tepid water. Sit with your hands in the basin for half an hour before bed. Remove hands from basin. DO NOT RINSE. Pat hands lightly dry and go to bed, leaving an invisible residue of Sea-Med to rehydrate your skin overnight. Repeat daily and maintain any improvement by repeating this treatment any time you feel a sensation of dry skin on your hands.

Treatment for Feet & Legs

• As a foot spa: for eczema-like rashes, hard or dry skin, athlete’s foot, leg ulcers. Sieve one heaped tablespoon of Sea-Med in a basin or bucket of lukewarm water. (Even more effective if used in an electric foot spa). Soak feet or feet and lower legs for a minimum of twenty minutes. Make sure the water is only lukewarm, not hot. Pat dry and if possible leave the feet and legs uncovered for improved hydration. Continue weekly.

• As a paste: for severe cases. Mix Sea-Med into a paste with lukewarm water and apply to the feet and heels. Cover with clingfilm and replace socks. Leave for several hours or overnight. Rub off by hand in a basin of warm water. Pat dry. If treated overnight the problem can improve after 3-4 nights. Maintain any improvement with a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment foot spa twice a week.

Children For babies and toddlers 4 weeks – 3yrs At bedtime sieve 1 heaped teaspoonful Sea-Med into a small baby bath or 1 heaped tablespoonful Sea-Med into a shallow adult bath. Make sure the water is lukewarm, not hot. Allow the child to play and relax in the water for as long as possible, but for at least 20 minutes. Gently pat dry so that an invisible residue left on the skin will work to rehydrate the skin overnight. For children over 3 years At bedtime sieve 2 heaped tablespoons of Sea-Med into a lukewarm bath. Let the child play and relax in the water for at least twenty minutes. Pat dry to allow an invisible Sea-Med residue work overnight to rehydrate the skin.

Ongoing Maintenance – children After the treatment phase it is recommended to give the child a bath with Sea-Med in lukewarm water once or twice a week to keep the skin moisturised. Always give a bath with Sea-Med after swimming in chlorinated pools. If your child is stressed or upset, give a Sea-Med bath that night. Skin flare-ups are often stress related and bathing with Sea-Med is recommended in the following circumstances:

Moving house: Give a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment bath every day coming up to, during, and after the move for at least a week until everything settles down then give 2 baths a week for a month or two.

Starting playschool / new school term: Bath every night for a few nights before and for the first 2 weeks at least.

Exam time: Run a lukewarm Sea-Med bath every night in the week running up to exams.

Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment for skin with Psoriasis-type symptoms

• ease the itch • gently exfoliate dry scaly patches • allow new clear skin to appear

Skin showing signs of psoriasis cannot be cured but if you follow the instructions and maintenance programme you may keep the irritation and the visible signs at bay.

Plaques on trunk, arms & legs

IMPORTANT: either do not shower during the treatment phase or follow your shower with a bath in a Sea-Med Natural Seaweed Therapy bath.

Mix Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment to a paste with hot water and allow to cool to blood temperature. Cover white, dry, scaling areas with the paste and wrap in clingfilm. Leave for 45-55 minutes. Run a lukewarm bath and sieve in 2 tablespoons of Sea-Med. Remove clingfilm, get into the bath and gently sponge away the paste. This will remove the dead, dry skin leaving bright red or purple blotches but usually no itch.

Lie back in the bath with the muscles in the back of the neck in the water so you are fully relaxed. Pat yourself dry to leave a healing residue on the skin. Repeat daily. The blotches may gradually decrease in size and finally disappear. The length of time this takes varies from person to person but it usually takes at least four weeks. Reduce the baths to one every other day for a week, then twice a week for 2 weeks.

Psoriasis-type symptoms on on the palms and soles

Mix Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment into a paste with warm water. Apply to the feet and heels. Cover with clingfilm and replace socks or wear cotton gloves. Leave on for several hours or overnight. Remove in a basin of warm water, rubbing the dry paste off with your hands. Pat dry. Repeat for 3-4 nights then have a foot spa daily to maintain any improvement.

Psoriasis-type problems on the scalp (Always do a patch test behind the ear if you have tinted hair).

Mix Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment to a cream with hot water and add one-third natural yoghurt. Mix thoroughly and allow to cool. Cover the hair and scalp with the mixture and cover with clingfilm, leaving the ears and forehead exposed. Leave on for one hour then wash out with Sea-Med™ Organic Seaweed Shampoo Bar. Repeat after 3 days, but leaving on for only 30 minutes. Repeat after a further 3 days as before.

Ongoing maintenance If you experience some improvement you can try to keep irritation and the visible signs at bay by following the maintenance programme. Soak in a lukewarm Sea-Med bath every 5th day. Always soak in a Sea-Med bath after a stressful day. If your skin feels at all dry have a Sea-Med bath that night – don’t wait until tomorrow. Take a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment bath after swimming in chlorinated pools.

Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment for Acne-like skin outbreaks

• help to clear spots, blackheads, whiteheads, acne • remove scarring • allow new clear skin to appear

Face Seaweed is well-known as a traditional treatment for problem skin on the face. Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed does not hide or suppress the spots but makes an effective mask as it draws out impurities from the skin.The recommended treatment will take about 3 weeks or 9 -11 applications. The important thing is to keep on using it – don’t give up when you see more spots appearing. Beneath each spot lie a lot more just waiting to come to the surface, which means your skin is clearing.

Mix 2 teaspoons of Sea-Med to a cream with hot water and allow to cool to blood temperature. Apply with a wooden spatula or the back of a wooden spoon. Leave on for 4 minutes (first time), 2 minutes thereafter. Sponge off with warm water. Splash your face with cold water to close the pores. Apply moisturiser.

Use a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment mask on alternate days for 3 to 4 weeks. When you mask on Monday your skin may be much worse on Tuesday. By Wednesday those spots may be starting to die but some more could start to appear. On Thursday, because of Wednesday’s mask, your skin may be much worse. By Friday those spots may start to die but again some more could start to appear. The good news is that after the first week some people are totally clear. Others may have to keep going for up to 4 weeks.

Ongoing maintenance - face

Week 1: Use a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment mask on alternate days. Have 3 mask-free days.

Week 2: Use a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment mask on alternate days. Have 3 mask-free days.

Week 3: Use a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment mask on alternate days.

After this use once every 6-10 days to keep the skin clear.

Scarring If you have acne scarring on the face use a Sea-Med mask daily for 2 minutes. Scarring can clear in 6 – 8 weeks.

Reddened skin and spotty outbreaks Sea-Med can be very successful in the treatment of reddened and spotty skin. Use a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment face mask as described above every day, leaving the mask on for 2 minutes. It can take 6-7 weeks for the skin to improve after which you should use a mask twice a week.

Back Mix 2 teaspoons of Sea-Med to a cream with hot water and allow to cool to blood temperature. Apply over area and cover with clingfilm. You may need someone to help you do this. Leave on for 20 minutes. Shower off with warm water followed by a quick cold shower to close the pores. Week 1: Follow this treatment on alternate days for a week. Have 3 treatment-free days. Week 2: Repeat treatment on alternate days.

Ongoing maintenance – back To help keep the back clear, soak in a Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment bath from time to time. Simply shake 2 heaped tablespoonfuls of Sea-Med through a sieve into a bathtub of lukewarm water. Then just lie back and have a long relaxing soak with your neck muscles in the water. Afterwards gently pat yourself dry. This way a residue will remain, allowing Sea-Med™ Natural Seaweed Treatment to rehydrate your skin overnight.

Scarring: If you have scarring from spots and pustules on the back use the Sea-Med paste treatment every day for 4 minutes before showering. Scarring can take 8 –10 weeks to improve.

 
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