We’d like to tell you more about the special ingredients in this little jar of natural goodness. At ishga, we fondly refer to our Anti-oxidant Marine Cream as our ‘hero product’ and for good reason. It’s one of our earliest creations, painstakingly developed by our team of scientists, and loved by customers worldwide.
It’s natural, seaweed skincare at its finest, and a combination of the best, natural ingredients from across the ages. It’s a best-selling, multi-award-winning product for a reason, and will deliver a real transformation for your complexion. Let’s look at the ingredients.
Fucus Serratus Extract
Our uniquely processed seaweed extract is made from the marine plants that grow in the waters around the island of Lewis. They harness the vitamins, minerals and antioxidant power of the ocean. All that natural goodness is retained in an odourless extract that forms the basis for all of our products.
Combined with Hebridean sea and spring water, it delivers no less than a whopping 86 vitamins and minerals, all present in just one jar of Anti-Oxidant Marine cream.
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter
Commonly known as shea butter, this important component comes from the abundant shea tree that grows in Africa, and provides a nutritious fruit resembling plums. The ‘butter’ comes from the kernels inside the fruit, and has been used since ancient times to help with skincare. Cleopatra kept jars of pure, unrefined shea butter to hand, and we use it as one of the pillars for moisture in our cream.
Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil
Macadamia trees are native to Australia, and Aborginal people expressed oil from its nuts, to mix with ochre pigments and clay, for face and body paint showing clan symbols for the ‘dreaming’. The oil was also used for skin rejuvenation and mixed with other plant extracts for healing.
Shea butter and macadamia oil are a rich source of Omega 6 and 7, helping our cream absorb excess oils, and then replacing them with natural moisture that will leave your skin feeling plump and smooth.
Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil was used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat swellings on the body and was even effective on ulcers or tumours. For centuries it was known for its softening, hydrating, rejuvenating and nourishing properties, and is known to slow the effects of aging. It’s a worthy addition to our cream.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Aloe Vera is one of the oldest plants on record, not only as a skincare saviour, but also for its use in early medicine and health. The ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Greeks used aloe vera to treat burns, wounds and to reduce fever. Cleopatra (she really was the earliest influencer) used it in daily skin treatments too. It’s in our cream to soothe and heal.
Cucumsis Sativus Fruit Extract
Commonly known as cucumber, this fruit extract contains a lot of phytonutrients. What’s a phytonutrient? They’re chemicals produced by plants that contain lots of those all-important antioxidants. And those are what help prevent damage to cells throughout the body.
In early European medicine, the fruit’s water retentive ability gave it a reputation for keeping cool. 17th century physicians used it in the beds of their patients to keep them ‘as cool as a cucumber’. They were used in early skincare, having a reputation for curing ‘red noses and pimples’, and as early cleansers and moisturisers, alongside other tonics like rosewater.
Citrus Bergamia Peel Oil Expressed
Citrus fruits are thought to have originated in India, and spread to Africa and the Mediterranean area by Arab traders in the 2nd century. Citrus peel helps prevent and fight wrinkles, acne, pigmentation and age spots. The free radicals in the fruit peel are important, but they’re also really rich in antioxidants, which will detoxify and prevent damage.
The peel is impressively full of pectins, phenols and hydroxycinnamates, which are all wonderful for your skin, helping it to become softer, and retain a glow. Natural acids will help cleanse and lighten your skin, remove dead skin cells and stimulate new growth.
Created by us to work for you
So there you have it! In one very pretty, little glass jar, you have natural goodness from many different corners of the ancient world, all combined with an age-defying power from our Hebridean waters. So much care and attention goes into our products, which are all made at ishga’s headquarters on Lewis. In our Anti-oxidant Marine Cream, we’ve created a gorgeous combination that works incredibly well, and will make you look and feel at your most radiant.