Body and hair care made with nutrient-rich sea kelp – sustainably harvested by hand 34 from the cool, fertile waters off the coast of South Africa. 35
Interview with Dr Nigel Christie
It was after completing his PhD in marine biology at the University of Cape Town that British scientist Dr Nigel Christie discovered the power of Ecklonia maxima for cultivating rich, healthy plants. He developed Kelp Products for agricultural use, and following its success turned his attention to exploring the potential of this sea kelp to nourish skin.
After researching all available seaplant products from around the world, Dr Christie saw an opportunity to develop a product that truly supported skin health. So he did just that. Using the same species of kelp from the clean waters off the west coast of South Africa, research and development began into the Dermikelp® range of body and hair care products. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Years ago we discovered that under the clean, cool waters of South Africa’s west coast lies a world of unspoiled natural beauty. Where the kelp forests grow, an entire ecosystem thrives – providing a safe and fertile sanctuary for sea life far away from major shipping lanes.
Anchored to the rocky seabed, the plants absorb nutrients from the ocean floor. With their tall tops basking in the sunlight on the surface of the sea, they then turn this into food through photosynthesis.
Sea creatures feed on the floating fronds, and the constant motion of wind and waves break micro-particles up for fish and filter-feeders, like mussels. At the same time, the giant swaying plant feeds on nutrients in the water – making it a sheltered and pristine habitat for life to flourish.
Thanks to nature’s delicately balanced underwater ecosystem, we’ve been provided with a precious resource. And with an unwavering commitment to sustainability 36, we don’t treat this gift lightly. That’s why we only take what can be replenished and employ responsible harvesting methods to ensure this splendid sea plant thrives for many years to come.
“There are many of species of kelp, but we focused on just one with the properties we were looking for.”
Dr Nigel Christie – Creator of Dermikelp
Almost 400 different species of kelp grow in oceans around the world. 42 But for these reasons and more, Ecklonia maxima is the sea kelp of choice for Dermikelp®.
The west coast of South Africa is where healthy Ecklonia kelp forests thrive.48Learn more about the benefits >
It’s in abundance
Kelp forests in parts of Europe are diminishing due to changing climates, while Ecklonia maxima is thriving 43 off the coast of South Africa. 44
It grows in clean water
Away from major shipping lanes, this part of South Africa’s west coast provides a clean and cool haven for healthy Ecklonia maxima to grow. 45
This sea kelp is naturally high in a blend of health-giving minerals and nutrients. 46
At Dermikelp®, our mission is to produce a range of nature-based products, but not at the expense of nature itself. That’s why all of our Ecklonia kelp supplies are sustainably harvested by hand, 48 promoting healthy forest regeneration to preserve this precious resource and its delicate ecosystem for the future.
Through our patented cell-burst process, we use every part of every Ecklonia kelp stem to make CEM-K – the active ingredient in Dermikelp® body and hair products. And rather than discarding the leaves, they’re processed for agricultural use – returned to nature as nutrient-rich plant food.
What’s more, all of our bottles are 100% recyclable and our products are proudly packaged by locals right here in the UK, helping to support British jobs and infrastructure.