Seaweed harvesting on the Isles of Scilly

The beautifully clear waters surrounding the Isles of Scilly have been a huge pull to rooting me on St. Martin’s, making a home and growing a family on this unique archipelago twenty-eight miles off the coast of Cornwall.

For me, sea swimming has been a way to find some time for myself as a busy mother of two, to reconnect with nature, to create some headspace and come home to my heart.  It’s where Phoenix & Providence began, with a desire to bottle the post sea swim skin glow.

Seaweed has long been used in beauty treatments, from the age-old Irish tradition of bathing in seaweed, to the modern day seaweed spa body wraps. Understanding how beneficial seaweed can be for all skin types led to this ingredient being at the core of Phoenix & Providence skincare.

Benefits of seaweed for your skin

Seaweed skincare for normal, dry, and maturing skin

Seaweed is packed with vitamins K, B, A, and E, that help improve skin tone, texture, and elasticity. High in Vitamin C, these natural antioxidants promote collagen production which help plump skin and smooth fine lines.

Packed full of humectants seaweed is beneficial as it helps skin hydrate and retain moisture. Find out which Phoenix & Providence seaweed skincare products are suited to normal, dry, and maturing skin here.

‘Phoenix & Providence products are absolutely divine! Smell amazing, so spa like and luxurious, and leave your skin feeling nourished and cared for.’

Charlene Scott, beauty therapist

Seaweed skincare for rosacea and sensitive skin

The anti- inflammatory properties of seaweed are beneficial for sensitive skin and skin prone to rosacea. Rich in minerals such as zinc, magnesium and selenium, seaweed can help soothe redness and repair skin. Seaweed is also a rich in iodine known to help skin cell regeneration. 

The Phoenix & Providence skincare products formulated for sensitive skin are free from essential oils. Whilst essential oils are a natural ingredient and widely used in organic skincare, they do contain irritants that are not suitable for sensitive skin.

You can find out which seaweed skincare products for sensitive and rosacea prone skin are recommended here.

‘I cannot recommend highly enough all P & P products. I have to be careful what I use on my skin following extensive and aggressive cancer treatments.  Phoenix & Providence is the best and the gentlest I have used. Seaweed has such healing properties and it shows. My skin is lovely and soft and supple, I would not use anything else now!’

Hal Small

Seaweed skincare for congested and acne prone skin 

Seaweed is beneficial for acne prone skin due to its anti- bacterial qualities and ability to help maintain sebum control. 

Acne can be experienced at any age and the tendency can be to use skin- stripping products. Phoenix & Providence skincare is gentle, natural, and effective, formulated to balance and nurture to skin’s microbiome.

You can find a product guide for seaweed skincare suitable for acne prone skin here.

“I’ve been using Phoenix & Providence skincare all week in the evening before bed since we got back from the islands, I suffer with awful acne but haven’t applied foundation for a few days now, coincidental? Don’t think so!’

Amy Oliver

Seaweed foraging on the Isles of Scilly

The seaweed used in Phoenix & Providence skincare is foraged from the shores of my island home, just one hundred metres from where the products are made. The harvesting of the seaweed takes a full lunar cycle - everything takes a little longer on island time.  The dried seaweed is infused in cold pressed organic oils, as well as being ground by hand.

The ingredients used are natural, organic, and kind to the environment, all seaweed is harvested by hand and the products made with love, sharing the island ethos of intentional living. 

A holistic approach to skincare 

Phoenix & Providence has been created for softer skin and a clearer mind, to take time for yourself, creating a sense of ritual with products that inspire presence and inner peace. Each product is paired with a simple breathing exercise devised by yoga teacher Morag Hensleigh, to infuse a sense of mindfulness and calm into everyday living. 

For more seaweed bathing ritual inspiration, head this way.

‘Best way to end the week and take some quality me time, is a dry skin massage using the heavenly Nourish Body Oil before soaking in a bath infused with relaxing scents and seaweed from the P & P salts, that transport me to the peace and tranquillity of St. Martin’s...’