Let’s talk about organic skincare
Welcome to September!
Whilst our heads may currently be filled with golden leaves and pumpkin spice lattes as Autumn draws near, there’s something else on our minds here at Seaham Hall.
That’s right, this month is dedicated to all things organic, which seems like the perfect time to talk about organic skincare.
What is organic skincare?
We’re probably all familiar with the idea of skincare and the benefits of having a proper skincare routine. But it’s not just about the steps you take - the products you use are just as important. Organic skincare refers to the use of natural products which contain ingredients that have been foraged from nature or grown on organic farms.
Why use organic skincare?
Many popular skincare products contain toxic chemicals and perfumes that can irritate your skin. These types of products often don’t contain any of the nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy. Organic skincare brands tend to me more open about what’s actually in their products - in fact the ingredients will be the main selling point. And because all of these ingredients are natural, you don’t have to worry about any nasty surprises.
Organic skincare is also a more sustainable option if you’re trying to practise greener shopping habits. Because organic ingredients are usually either foraged or grown on organic farms, there are many benefits for wildlife, society and the earth in general. Ingredients are generally locally sourced, so you know where your products are coming from. At Seaham Hall, we’re very conscious about working with local or regional suppliers as often as we can, and this applies to the skincare products we use in spa treatments, too.
Our favourite organic skincare brand
When it comes to luxury organic skincare, ishga is our go-to. All of their products are ethically made in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, significantly lowering their carbon footprint.
They’re also certified by the Soil Association, meaning they have the organic seal of approval!
Let’s take a closer look at what goes into each ishga product.
The not-so-secret ingredient in ishga’s products is Scottish seaweed - in fact, seaweed is at the heart of their skincare range. Hand harvested from the shore, ishga work on a rotational basis to allow the seaweed to regenerate naturally.
But why seaweed? It’s one of the richest sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, as well as essential fatty acids. This means it can deliver powerful anti-aging, hydrating and skin-renewing properties.
Ishga don’t use any tap water, instead choosing to collect sea water by hand, being careful to only take what they need for production that week. The sea is rich in vital minerals and contains 83 elements found on the periodic table.
Every product in the ishga skincare range contains spring water, which is in a remote location among the hills and lochs on The Isle of Lewis. The bottom of the spring is blue clay, which according to Scottish folklore, was used throughout the ages for its healing and therapeutic properties. This spring water is therefore rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium and sulphates.
Our Head Therapist’s product recommendations
This award-winning face cream packs a punch, containing 86 different vitamins and minerals. Ishga’s signature organic moisturiser can transform any skin type, whilst smoothing wrinkles and helping to fight skin problems such as acne or a dull complexion.
The ishga Exfoliating Face Mask is super nourishing and brightening. It removes any old skin and debris thanks to natural seaweed granules, so that your skincare routine has a fresh canvas, leading to better results.
A good cleanser is an absolute staple in any skincare regime. Containing bergamot oil, citrus peel and vitamin E alongside seaweed and spring water, not only does this cleanser smell divine, it also contains natural healing properties thanks to its organic ingredients.
It’s also worth noting that ishga are in the process of phasing out plastic packaging, opting for more eco-friendly materials such as glass bottles, aluminium caps and biodegradable paper bags where possible - it's a win win!
Regenerate your skin with an ishga facial
Whether you're obsessed with all things organic or fancy giving our product recommendations a try for the first time, everyone can benefit from our ishga Regenerating Facial.
This express 60 minute facial uses signature products from ishga’s seaweed skincare range to cleanse, tone and deliver a surge of moisture to your skin - much needed as we head into the colder months. A truly rejuvenating experience from beginning to end, you’ll begin with an exfoliating mask and end with a relaxing scalp massage - pure bliss!