Treatment of the week: Take a seaweed bath for younger-looking skin
Splashing around in a bath full of slithering, slimy seaweed does not sound like the height of luxury. But when I was asked to try out the Hebridean seaweed bath in the new luxury spa at Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow, I jumped at the chance.
Seaweed has long been known for its antiseptic, skin-soothing properties, offering relief for skin conditions such as psoriasis, from which I suffer.
I had envisaged my bath would leave me smelling like a trawlerman, but it didn’t. As my host left me to undress in my bath chamber — candlelit and warm — what struck me was the pleasant smell from the bath: salty and wholesome.
Natural healing properties: Seaweed is said to have anti-ageing qualities and can even reduce cellulite
I stepped tentatively into the hot water, which was filled with a squid-like shrub of the seaweed. As I slid down, my muscles relaxed instantly, the intense heat and tendrils of seaweed enveloping me.
It was a little disconcerting at first, but once relaxed, I picked up the seaweed in clumps and rubbed it into my skin. The slimy texture felt deeply moisturising.
Infused with minerals and sea salt, its natural healing properties are said to have anti-ageing qualities and can even reduce cellulite — it left my skin very soft and smooth to the delight of my wife.
A week later, my psoriasis was much less inflamed and itchy. It wasn’t a cure, but it made a huge difference.
You can buy powdered seaweed from health shops to put in the bath. And I guess if you can spot and harvest it on a beach and soak it clean for your own bath, you could try that.
Personally, I would recommend this treatment wholeheartedly.
Seaweed Bath, 30 minutes for 25, spaatblythswoodsquare.com, 0141 240 1622.