Benefits of Seaweed Skincare

Seaweed is one of the world’s most naturally abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Used throughout the ishga skincare range, our seaweed extracts and powders deliver powerful anti-ageing, hydrating and skin-renewing properties.

Our unique seaweed extract is the cornerstone of ishga’s range of natural and organic skincare. It’s extracted directly into Hebridean spring water using a low temperature extraction process, which protects the beneficial compounds and enzymes. Our process has been independently tested with outstanding results, rich in polyphenols for healthy skin.

Antioxidant polyphenols provide protection against environmental damage to the skin by neutralising free radicals. Seaweed is an incredible marine plant which has been proven to regenerate skin cells, support collagen, contain detoxifying effects, supply a potent source of antioxidants, promotes hyaluronic acid production, and is a powerful hydrator for all skin types. It's also an extremely resillient plant, and these properties transfer to our skin to deliver protection and healing.

Used throughout the ishga range, our mineral-rich extract is blended with organic ingredients and essential oils to create each product. From our bestselling moisturiser, our Anti-oxidant Marine Cream, to our award winning natural cleansers and body oil, our seaweed extract delivers effective results from the first use.

Hebridean Spring & Sea Water

ishga only uses Hebridean spring and seawater collected locally by our team. Unlike many skincare ranges, we do not use any tap water. We collect our mineral-rich water from the surf as the waves break on our island’s beautiful beaches. The coastal waters surrounding the Outer Hebrides are recognised as being amongst the most pristine in the world, and to reflect this, they’ve been given the highest quality classification available by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

Water has always been at the core of ishga (our name is derived from the Gaelic word for water) - it’s at the heart of all living matter. Historically, on the Hebridean islands of Scotland, great importance was attached to locations where it flowed, and in particular, certain natural springs were noted for their different healing properties.

Our spring water is sourced from a remote location among the hills and lochs on The Isle of Lewis. The spring is lively and contains a bottom of natural blue clay. According to local folklore, it was used throughout the ages for its healing and therapeutic properties. Excellent for skincare, the water contains a potent mineral content, which includes potassium, magnesium and sulphates. We carefully take only what we need from the spring to ensure our process is as sustainable as possible.