Seaweed has gained interest and recognition as a superfood and is a key ingredient now in many skin care lines on the market. While this superfood offers countless benefits to the body when used in a fresh raw form, over processing and incorrect harvesting can diminish many of these properties and benefits.
Processing methods used by some of these cosmetic companies are often inferior and involve wastage of much of the plant creating seaweed in a form which has been depleted of its nutritional value.
Beauty Through Balance Spa Products incorporate one of the fastest growing kelp plants(Intergrifolia Pacific Kelp – Organic) – indigenous to the Pacific West Coast and harvested in the most pristine areas North of Vancouver Island where there are no shipping lanes and reflects the purity found in the waters over 200 years ago
In order to capture the full value of the seaweed we use Cold processing which is highly advanced method and differs from cold pressing. It creates a seaweed extract that is over 98% concentrated..packed with vital nutrients, live enzymes, vitamins and more to feed the skin and body. Seaweed used in many other skin care products on the market tend to be 50% or less in concentration and have lost much of its value from incorrect processing methods.
The finished seaweed used in our products is in a thick liquid form over 98% concentrated pure whole seaweed and does not have a harsh or overly pungent seaweed smell however you will enjoy all the benefits of the seaweed in the skin care product due to its potency and purity.
Key Features on our eco-friendly harvesting:
- Hand harvested using experienced divers that follow very strict guidelines in properly and
- Harvesting only twice a year to avoid harvesting in the spring to protect herring and also between June to August during salmon runs.
- Harvesters remove the tip or first 9 feet of the seaweed which grows back in just 3 to 5 days. The fast growing nature of this specific kelp plant means no disruption of the eco-system and marine life that rely on the plant for nutrients
- Our harvesters work directly with the cooperation of the government and with maintaining aboriginal interests.
Sustainable Processing methods
Cold Processing is an advanced yet very gentle method which unlike other processing methods
maintains all of the seaweeds nutritional value without the use of any high temperature or pressure. The method of cold processing, using every bit of the seaweed leaving no wastage whereas other processing method such as cold pressing, dehydrated etc involves wastage of certain key active parts of the seaweed which in turn leaves a finished end product that contains a lower nutritional value.
Cold Processing used in our seaweed is highly nutritious maintaining the extensive mineral range in this seaweed plant.
Our process team power washes all incoming kelp with fresh water to remove surface salt and residues. Then, without any heat being applied, we start the cold processing
Please note that we do not waste any of the kelp tip we have harvested…..every part of the tip is processed!
- In order for seaweed to actually benefit the skin topically it needs to be processed in form that will maintain its nutritional value and ensure purity. Many skin care products that use seaweed are inferior due to processing methods that involve wastage of key parts of the seaweed plant and poor harvesting practices
All The Benefits of Seaweed without the Pungent Seaweed Smell!
Our Seaweed does not have this strong pungent smell as the stalks are processed 8 to 12 hours after picking before they begin to decompose. They are then washed with purified water and the cold processes is used to capture the seaweed in its freshest ,
live state. In addition we incorporate pure therapeutic grade essential oils into the formulas to create an amazing scent! Using Seaweed in skin care formulas that have been processed and harvested using the right methods will ensure that the seaweed is maintained in its live state. in this way there is no further decomposition to the seaweed and therefore no pungent off putting smell!
The benefits of using fresh and properly extracted seaweed in skin care formulas can be highly beneficial in helping to target issues such as; inflammation, dry/dehydrated skin, fluid retention, signs of age, replenishment of lost nutrients and much more!
Click here to read more about the fresh 100% Organic Pacific Seaweed used in development of Beauty Through Balance spa products. http://www.beautythroughbalance.ca/natural-spa-products/ingredients-profile/signature-intergrifolia.htm
Written By Sherina Jamal. Product Developer and Founder of Ancient Secrets Inc.