Scottish kelp is a key ingredient in Crème Du Loch products, which have taken the beauty industry by storm.
A winner in the Beauty Bible awards in 2021 and 2022, the products are infused with Highland spring water and loch kelp.
Crème Du Loch products add protection and hydration, smoothing away wrinkles, firming skin and revealing a youthful and fresh appearance.
In collaboration with leading biochemists, the company has over 40 years combined experience in the skincare industry.
Owner Dr Gary Sheard, who has a PhD in organic chemistry and natural materials, was inspired to develop the products after prompting from his wife, a devotee of an overseas and extremely expensive, skincare product.
“She loved the product but didn’t like the price so she asked me if I could make something as good but a lot less expensive,” he said.
Noting that the other product used Californian kelp, he decided to find out if kelp from the pure water of Scottish lochs could be used in the development of a new moisturiser. Although Yorkshire based, the family has Scottish relatives and holiday in Scotland on a regular basis, so using Scottish kelp seemed a natural move. Crème Du Loch was the eventual outcome.
Crème Du Loch currently has three age-defying products in their portfolio: a daily moisturiser, a daily face serum and a daily eye concentrate. The products can be purchased individually or as a set to use as an 'age-defying ritual'.
"We have had fabulous reviews,” Dr Sheard said.
Author and columnist Helena Frith Powell is just one of the fans of Crème Du Loch. Of the moisturiser, she said: “I love this cream. It’s really moisturising without being greasy, has a lovely consistency and makes my skin glow.”
Although the price is considerably cheaper than the product Dr Sheard’s wife initially used, it also comes in luxury packaging and reviewers appear to love the refreshing smell from the cucumber seed and rosehip oils incorporated in the product. The latter is known for reducing the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars and both are considered to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting skin regeneration.
Cranberry seed oil, Vitamin E and retinol, the holy grail in age-defying skin care, are also present, although the retinol is a low enough dose to prevent skin irritation.
The serum and eye cream contain a number of beneficial peptides which have skin tightening properties and also nourish and soothe the skin. Along with the moisturiser, they make for a powerful trio of products. All the ingredients are responsibly sourced, cruelty free and vegan friendly.
Like the moisturiser, the serum contains kelp from Scottish sea lochs. Packed full of antioxidants and minerals, kelp softens the skin and helps to retain moisture but all of the ingredients in the products have been chosen for their age-defying properties.
One reviewer of the moisturiser said: “I’ve used this for quite a while now and I keep using it because the results are so good. I've seen a marked improvement in my skin - it's brighter and I have fewer small wrinkles (I guess I'm in the 'more mature' category).
“Also, I have problems with a lot of moisturisers as I have dermatitis but I can use with no problems at all. Add to that, the company is a pleasure to deal with and I would not hesitate to recommend them.”
Another reviewer said: “The age-defying moisturiser from Creme Du Loch has a consistency that dreams are made of. I have combination-oily skin and I have areas that get very dehydrated.
“I was afraid this might be too heavy on my t-zone, but it is perfection. My skin has never felt more hydrated, my complexion has a healthy, dewy glow, and those pesky fine lines and wrinkles are not as prominent.”
Crème Du Loch’s age-defying products are available direct from the family run, British company.
Text adapted from an article by Nan Spowart.