Seaweed is one of the world’s most naturally abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids.
Used throughout the ishga skincare range our seaweed extracts and powders deliver many anti-aging, hydrating and skin renewing properties.
Hebridean seaweed extract is the cornerstone of ishga. It is extracted directly into Hebridean spring water using a low temperature extraction process, which protects the beneficial compounds and enzymes. Rich in Polyphenols the extract has been independently tested.
These Antioxidant Polyphenols provide protection against environmental damage to the skin by neutralising free radicals. Used throughout the retail and professional range, the mineral-rich extract is blended with organic ingredients and essential oils to create each individual product.
Cucumber extract, Macadamia, Jojoba Oil, Thistle Oil, Hebridean Sea Salt and Aloe Vera are some of the many natural ingredients used which nourish, hydrate and protect the skin.
In addition to Hebridean seawater, ishga utilises mineral spring water sourced from a healing spring on the Isle of Lewis. Excellent for skincare it contains a potent mineral content including Potassium, Magnesium and Sulphates.
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 and contains 83 elements of the periodic table. ishga uses Hebridean seawater in all products. The seawater is collected from the surf as the waves break on many of the beautiful island beaches.
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, however people were also aware that these were special spiritual places, endowed with magical virtues which could bring health from the heart of the earth.
Every product within the ishga skincare range includes water from one such historical Hebridean healing spring. The spring 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. According to local folklore it was used throughout the ages for its healing and therapeutic properties.
The sea salt used in ishga skincare products, 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 well-being.
The sea salt used is hand-harvested using the simplest of recipes. Sea water, heat and time create pure white crunchy sea salt flakes, ideal for use in our Sea Salt Scrub.