Kelp is the large, brown algae you may have brushed up against swimming in the ocean. Among kelp's many health benefits when ingested, it is a mineral and nutrient dense anti-inflammatory for the skin (more about that in a bit).
Kelp is a large algae found in salt water. It can appear as green, brown, or red depending on the depths, and temperature of the water in which they live.
The largest sources of Kelp Forests are found in the Pacific Ocean, however, the Atlantic oceans' ice-cold waters produce rich, nutrient-packed kelp that is darker in color, and richer in minerals like iodine, magnesium, and iron.
The kelp we use is harvested by hand from cold, shallow, nutrient-rich saltwater close to the untouched shores of the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia (highest tidal range in the world). 200 billion tonnes flow in and out of the bay on a single tide... greater than the combined flow of all the rivers on Earth.
We use kelp in its purest form - raw, USDA organic, and unprocessed, so that the skin can absorb, and benefit from, all of its amazing properties.
Our kelp, or seaweed is dried using a low temperature passive solar drying method. This low impact drying process ensures that the marine plants are handled in a manner that preserves all of their valuable properties, without the salty, sea-scent. We then grind the dried kelp into a fine powder, which is optimal for applying it topically to the skin, and for exfoliating properties.
If managed with care, kelp / seaweed is a sustainable and rapidly renewable resource. All of the kelp we use is harvested responsibly by trained, experienced professionals to ensure the highest quality of kelp is harvested and that the procedure does no harm to the marine ecosystem.
Kelp's major benefits for skin come in its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Anti-oxidants are known to help protect your skin against UVA rays, Xtreme environments and daily pollution. Protecting your skin daily from external factors will help it maintain it's elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and keep it looking younger.
Anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and irritation from the environment, dryness, and existing skin conditions prone to flares or breakouts (ex: eczema, psoriasis, acne).
Kelp is also a moisturizer. Its high mineral content helps the skin (and hair) retain moisture, reducing the impact of temperature changes and exposure to nature's elements.
Nova Scotia Sea Kelp Soap - Fundy Clay and Mint $6.95
Nova Scotia Rescue Balm - Large Tin $10.95
Nova Scotia Salt-N-Sea Body Scrub - $13.95
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