Discover the Cornish ingredients that go into our luxurious skincare

Cornwall has natural resources like no other. Undulating wild moorland, beautiful rugged coastlines and abundant winding hedgerows that form a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. 

The mild climate creates a unique ecosystem of fauna and flora and rich soil, producing minerals and botanicals that have inspired and motivated the formulations of Ma Natural Skincare. 

White Kaolin Clay 

Known locally as White Gold, Cornish Kaolin Clay has been mined in Cornwall since the 1700’s. We love it for its versatility as a cleanser and face mask, taking advantage of its mild yet mineral rich properties. The clay we use has an ultra fine, soft texture that is rich in silica and has a neutral PH.   

What skin types is Kaolin good for? 

Because of its gentle qualities it is especially beneficial for people with dry or sensitive skin types. 

How does Kaolin Clay benefit your skin?

Gently removing impurities - Cornish Kaolin is ultra fine and mild, working effectively as a facial cleanser, gently removing the top layer of dead and dull skin, at the same time it works to absorb impurities from your pores to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. 

Detoxing and cleansing - Your skin needs the natural oils to keep it healthy and supple. But often too much oil can result in blocked pores or dull looking skin. Being a very mild clay, Cornish Kaolin works well as a face mask with its ability to absorb excess oil, without the downsides of over drying or stripping out the natural oils that would otherwise cause dryness. 

Acne alleviating - By being mild and non irritating, Kaolin is able to gently remove impurities and excess oils from acne prone skin. When used either as a cleanser or face mask regularly, it can soothe irritated, red or inflamed skin. 

Sensitive skin exfoliation - It is often tricky and painful for those with sensitive skin to exfoliate. Cornish Kaolin, with its neutral PH, is a great alternative for those with sensitive skin to gently remove dead skin. With its non stripping properties, Kaolin will ease away the dead cells whilst maintaining your natural top layer of skin oils to give you a bright complexion and your skin supple and refreshed. 

Skin toning - Regular use of Kaolin as part of your natural skin care routine will bring multiple benefits, not least enabling relaxing rituals and spending time on your own wellness. Exfoliating dead skin and deep cleansing are two of Kaolin’s best properties, over time these lead to more defined, toned and healthy skin. Caring for your skin in this way causes pores to tighten and become less visible, whilst promoting skin cell turnover, which combines to leave your face fresh and radiant.  

Ma Natural skincare products featuring Kaolin

Sea Salt

So much of our lifestyle is enhanced by the ocean around the coast of North Cornwall. Whether surfing, swimming, or enjoying the produce from it, the coastline is a central part to our daily lives. It made sense that we should try and harness the immense power into our skincare. 

The salt from our seas is rich in minerals including sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur and potassium. All of which are critical for the development and maintenance of healthy and happy skin. .

How does Cornish Sea Salt benefit your skin? 

Skin glow 

One of the biggest benefits to using sea salt, is the glow that your skin is left with. Just like a dip in the ocean, the natural salt blast on your skin leaves you feeling youthful and soft. 

Natural Exfoliation 

Cornish Sea salt works brilliantly as a gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells. This paves the way for fresh new cells to regenerate and leaves you looking and feeling amazing. In addition its properties work well to remove toxins from the skin, leaving pores clear. 

Increases circulation 

The action of rubbing sea salt over your body invigorates the skin and helps to improve circulation. As with a full body rub, it is perfect for promoting blood movement around your body. Whether you do it yourself, or receive a salt scrub massage, you will come out feeling both relaxed and refreshed as the circulation boost helps remove toxins from your muscles and clear the way for cell regeneration. 

Reduced inflammation

The presence of sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur and potassium in the salt is a natural anti-inflammatory which works to replenish the skin, whilst bringing the added benefits of anti-aging properties, win win.

Ma Natural skincare products featuring Sea Salt

Rosehip 

Grown above the River Camel on the North Cornish coast, our Cornish rosehips take advantage of some of the best growing conditions in the country. 

Rosehips are jam-packed with vitamins A, C and F, which mean they pack quite a punch in the skincare world. 

Here are a few of the reasons why you can benefit from adding products with Rosehip into your skincare routine:

The powers of Vitamin C 

  • With more vitamin C than an orange or lemon, rosehips have powerful antioxidant properties. This means that they can be beneficial in helping to reduce the damage caused by free radicals to the skin from exposure to ultraviolet rays. Research demonstrates that the skin may benefit from extra cellular help in its regeneration process. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/drp/2012/135206/ 
  • Vitamin C also supports collagen production, which in turn can be helpful in reducing wrinkles and fine lines in the skin. 
  • Lastly Vitamin C can increase the ability for helping the skin heal and hydrate itself which can aid in alleviating dry skin. 

Vitamin A 

  • Vitamin A’s presence in rosehip oil is a useful factor in helping to reduce and reverse the damage done to the skin by expose to the sun
  • It can support the reduction in wrinkles and ageing of the skin 
  • It also has beneficial properties in reducing hyperpigmentation and darker spots on the skin. 
  • Lastly it is another natural ingredient in the treatment and alleviation of mild to moderate acne

Skin-loving fatty acids 

Rosehip oil is a good source of vitamin F. Vitamin F is a fatty acid made of linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. It also contains a selection of other beneficial fatty acids such as oleic acid, palmitic acid and gamma linolenic acid. This combination is an excellent source of moisturisation for the skin, and anti-inflammatory leaving it naturally hydrated and supple.

Our Cornish rosehip oil features the signature vibrant, intoxicating scent, which studies have shown can help with overall calming, lowering of blood pressure and enhancing blood oxygen saturation. 

Ma Natural Skincare products featuring Rosehip

Sea Buckthorn

The sea buckthorn bush knows what it’s up to. With long razor-like thorns it is perfectly set up to make anyone harvesting it really work for their fruit. Which is why we are incredibly grateful to have found Seth Pascoe at https://www.cornishseaberry.co.uk/, just down the road in Lostwithiel, as the supplier of one of our most prized and most effective ingredients. 

We take the sea buckthorn pomace from Seth, a by-product from his juice press, and repurpose it into a high-quality macerated oil, to use in our nourishing Bathing Oil base blend.  

Sea buckthorn fruit oil is a rich orange-red color, with a luxurious weight and feel. For us it is the perfect super-berry, packed with almost 200 different nutrients, to enhance your overall wellbeing. 

Similar to rosehips, sea buckthorn is packed with over 12 times the amount of Vitamin C than its other citrus cousins. This property alone makes it a 1st choice for reducing inflammation in the skin, boosting collagen and skin firmness, as well as brightening overall complexion. 

As if that wasn’t enough, fatty acids are also in abundance in our Cornish sea buckthorn. Amazing for healthy, glowing skin, it’s packed full of omega 3, 6 and 9. It’s also the only plant source in the land that contains the much sought after omega 7. Fatty acids promote a wonderous, radiance and their anti-inflammatory properties are unparalleled.

Without listing out all 200 nutrients, some of the other key highlights of the little Sea buckthorn berry include vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K, and folic acid, providing a powerful array of antioxidants and minerals that work in harmony to transform your skin.

Ma Natural Skincare products featuring Sea Buckthorn