Seaweed is a natural resource that grows in abundance in the pure unpolluted coastal waters of the Hebridean Islands of Scotland. It has been used for centuries for its natural healing and therapeutic properties and is known to contain a balanced combination of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and anti-oxidants that are considered essential for maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Seaweed as the main active ingredient in cosmetics is said to help tighten and tone the skin, stimulate blood and lymph circulation, deep clean, and increase the skin’s moisture levels and elasticity. Seaweed is increasingly becoming a popular choice in Spa and Thalassotherapy. It is now being recognised for its ability to revitalize, repair and moisturise the skin, promoting a healthy, glowing appearance. Seaweed is also reputed to help with skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis.
When we are young our skin is loaded with anti-oxidants which naturally protect our skin from the environment, especially sun damage. Our skin loses the ability to produce those anti-oxidants over time. Primarily due to sun damage, though there are other factors such as lack of sleep, pollution, stress, disease, and the use of irritating skin-care products. If we don't get enough anti-oxidant protection, either from our own body's production, from dietary sources, or from topically applying anti-oxidants, free-radical damage wreaks havoc - causing collagen to break down, DNA in our cells to mutate and impairing the skin's ability to heal.
The seaweed used in ishga skincare products contains high levels of natural Antioxidants known as Polyphenols. These antioxidants provide protection against environmental damage to the skin by neutralising free radicals. Under normal conditions, our bodies would work hard to replace these damaged cells with healthy new ones, but if the free radicals are not controlled or eliminated, the cells are not repaired. This results in dull, dry, wrinkled and uneven skin tone. Anti-oxidants help get rid of these free radicals before they do too much damage and reduce the signs of ageing.
MCF-7 Cell Line Analysis
MCF-7 cell line analysis measures the antioxidant response of a substance when tested in real cells in the laboratory. The level of anti-oxidant response observed gives an indication of how effective a substance will be in preventing free radical cell damage. The results of these tests show that a 1/10 dilution of Hebridean Fucus Serratus extract gave a significantly higher response when compared to the same concentration of tBHQ which is recognized as being a highly effective anti-oxidant.
The coastal waters surrounding the Outer Hebrides are recognised as being amongst the most pristine in the world, and to reflect this, they have been given the highest quality classification available by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency). The sea is rich in vital minerals. In fact, it contains 83 elements of the periodic table. Hebridean Spa uses Hebridean seawater in the skincare range. The seawater used is collected from the surf as the waves break on one of the many beautiful island beaches.
Hebridean Healing Springs
People have always been mindful of water, as it is at the heart of all living matter. Historically, on the Hebridean Islands of Scotland, great importance was attached to locations which held water. In particular, certain natural springs were noted for different healing and therapeutic properties. These locations always emanated a sense of beauty; but people were also aware that they were special spiritual places, endowed with magical virtues which could bring health from the heart of the earth.
Ishga cosmetics use water from one such historical Hebridean healing spring in the manufacture of all the products in the skincare range. The spring used is situated in a beautiful remote location among the hills and lochs on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis. This particular spring is a lively spring with a bottom of blue clay and according to local folklore it was used down through the ages for its healing and therapeutic properties.
Hebridean Sea Salt
Most table salts are highly processed and laden with anti-caking agents (some sea salts use anti-caking agents as well), and they are usually stripped of their naturally occurring trace elements. Hebridean Sea Salt, on the other hand, is a pure, natural, unrefined salt which retains over sixty naturally occurring trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc. All of which are essential for good health and wellbeing.
Hebridean sea salt is hand harvested using the simplest of recipes; Hebridean Sea Water, heat and time. Nothing added, nothing removed – creating pure white crunchy sea salt flakes, ideal for use in our sea salt scrub.