This is our story.
The Sea was my first Love.
Growing up in South Florida and the Florida Keys, the Ocean was a constant companion. The natural chemistry of the seawater healed, soothed and cleansed my skin. It was peaceful, calming and thrilling to be part of the physical ocean.
Photo: 1983 near Key West diving into the salty sea. Our ocean adventures included scuba diving, water skiing, fishing, hanging out, and relaxing on and under the waves. This connection with natural seawater had a positive impact on my physical health and mental outlook during these early years. The mineral rich waters of the Florida Keys imparted a healthy glow to my facial skin, cleared acne, and sped up the healing of cuts and scrapes on my body. The skin-loving sea minerals in the water intrigued my curiosity. Mentally the connection with the sea had a calming and peaceful effect on my attitude. This was a good thing being a teenager on and under the sea in the 80's.
Photo: Snorkeling in the Florida Keys 1985
Throughout history, the Romans, Greeks, and countless Island cultures have enjoyed the results to the skin from natural seawater with its healing and soothing properties. I too experienced these skin benefits first hand. Often, I would fill an empty two-liter coke bottle with deep Gulf Stream seawater, bring it home and pour this water over my face and head. This was part of my morning shower routine. The results, for my facial skin, were clear. As a teenager, the acne disappeared and at the age of around seventeen I was determined to one day, share this special seawater.
Photo: Coming into Islamorada, Florida after a shark tagging trip in 2012 aboard the Curt A Sea with the University of Miami Shark Tagging program. (kid shown was one of the participants aboard this trip)
We finally were able to share this special seawater, 25 years later, in 2013. After four years of focused technical research working closely with marine biologists, oceanographers, and cosmetic formulators, we brought the Sea Clean Foaming and Purifying Facial Wash to market. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in a unique skin care product that incorporates seawater, with its natural sea mineral composition, that is pure, safe, and effective for cleansing, soothing and bringing about a better complexion for your skin.
Currently, in 2016, we source our natural seawater through Biotech Marine, a leading French ingredient supply company. Biotech Marine harvests the pristine seawater and naturally refines it for shelf stability. We are left with pure and natural sea minerals. This seawater is harvested from the Gulf Stream current in the Atlantic Ocean. This is the same source of seawater previously used for our Florida Keys version of the Sea Clean Facial Wash.
During the early years of technical research, I discovered the ocean has hundreds of natural, health-promoting and beautifying compounds, to offer, in addition to seawater. Nutrients in the form of vitamins, amino acids, polysaccharides and other healthy compounds are extracted from specially selected seaweeds and microalgae. These nutrients are likely to have a positive result for your skin's health. It has been proven these extracts increase skin cell turnover, deeply hydrate, and nourish the skin. The SeaQuarius Sea Serum and our Sea Cream have high concentrations of these ocean-derived nutrients to enhance your skin's natural beauty.
Photo: The Ocean Quartet Collection
I am often asked how we came up with the company name SeaQuarius Skincare. The suggestion was my father's and I quickly dismissed it as silly. Soon after we came to realize "SeaQuarius" could be a unique identity with a meaningful story behind it. The zodiac sign Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer. In a similar manner as the water bearer offers this life-giving liquid we offer natural seawater. It is, after all, the base ingredient in the SeaQuarius Sea Clean foaming Facial cleanser as well as our Sea My Eyes Repair and Recovery Cream. Seawater also provides the original source of the bounty of rich sea minerals present in our Sea Cream Skin Nutrition and the Sea Serum Collagen Support Formula. The sea minerals from seawater are biologically concentrated into the living cells of the exotic seaweed we incorporate into these products.
Our mission, at SeaQuarius Skincare, is to remind you of your innate beauty as an adventurer and creator of the life you pursue. You are born with natural beauty, inside and out. Your physical beauty can be nurtured through our gifts from the Sea.
We Love the Ocean.
We work only with ethical marine ingredient suppliers. These organizations practice sustainable and environmentally friendly harvesting of sea resources and cultivating those resources, known as aquaculture. We are proud to partner with these forward thinking suppliers. These business relationships are a high priority for us because our foundation is built on loving and working to protect the fragile Ocean environment.
Photo: One of our ingredient suppliers harvesting seaweed by hand from the coast of France.