With love from the Hebrides: the story of ishga

From the pure, pristine shores of the Hebrides comes ishga, an anti-ageing skincare range combining the natural resources of the Hebrides with locally sourced, nutrient-rich and sustainably harvested seaweed. Designed specifically for the spa market, the organic range includes a capsule collection of luxury retail products and targeted professional spa treatments.

Gaelic for water, ishga infuses healing spring water with a potent extract of Hebridean seaweed. Renowned for its antioxidant, anti-ageing and health properties Hebridean seaweed contains a host of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids which are excellent for skincare. Respecting the natural environment, ishga has an exclusive licence to harvest seaweed throughout the Western Isles and works in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA to ensure the harvest (both manual and mechanical) is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Seaweed Extract

Hebridean seaweed extract is the cornerstone of ishga; it’s 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 by the European Commission FP7 project under the supervision of University of Reading which revealed it to be one of the most potent of those 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, thistle oil, Hebridean sea salt, aloe vera and lemon peel 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.

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The Products

Anti-ageing, hydrating, protecting and nourishing, the retail range includes 18 products, including a men’s range and 2 hand poured candles.  2018 brings the launch of new lines including: ishga lip balm and seaweed capsules.

 The Treatments

ishga specialises in anti-ageing face and body therapies including its signature seaweed bath with mineral sea salts containing over 85 natural trace minerals which is excellent for cellulite and detoxifying.  The typical spa menu features core treatments including: rejuvenating facial designed to revitalise and repair, hot stone massage, a body wrap and salt and oil scrub.

Background

The origins of ishga can be traced back to 2010 when Blythswood Square first introduced detoxifying sea weed baths to the spa menu using fresh Hebridean seaweed. Supplied by the Hebridean Seaweed Company, directors Malcolm Macrae and Martin Macleod the keen to develop the concept and matched Macrae’s background in pharmaceuticals with his wife Joanna’s expertise in beauty therapy. From formulation to the extraction process, branding and packaging, ishga grew into a full range that is now available in spas across the UK and through retail outlets in USA, Netherlands and Asia.

www.ishga.com

Fiona Faherty

Is an Irish Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle writer. Internationally published who's love of fashion and beauty is show through her work.

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