A breath of fresh air in the beauty world, Obiqo is a sea-inspired skincare range created by Kiwi, Phillippa Fletcher. Obiqo combines nutrient-rich sea kelp from New Zealand’s pristine waters with marine anti-ageing extracts and the powerful anti-oxidant properties of French organic sea lavender, to create a range of products that really are great for your skin.
I was lucky enough to be sent the range to trial a few weeks back and from the first pump of the Protective Day Cream SPF15 RRP $49.50 I was hooked. The lightly-textured Obiqo day cream balances protection from the sun with it’s nourishing blend of marine extracts while leaving my skin feeling smooth and soft. But the best bit? My makeup still applies perfectly over the top which is a rare occurrence when it comes to day creams.
Ingredients in the range include:
Sea Kelp is rich in trace elements, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, and has been used in beauty and health treatments for many centuries. Obiqo uses New Zealand common kelp (Ecklonia Radiata) which grows in abundant undersea forests around the pristine waters of New Zealand’s remote East Cape. To protect and sustain this important marine resource and habitat, harvesting is restricted to license holders, and the kelp is gathered when storms toss it ashore. The carefully harvested kelp is rain washed and sun dried before gentle, natural treatment to produce an extract made especially for Obiqo.
Sea Lavender is a coastal plant which grows in soils with a high salt content, and has developed a resistance to harsh environmental conditions including dehydration. Sea lavender peptides are rich in polyphenol anti-oxidants which are known to search out and destroy free-radicals that can cause skin damage and pre-mature skin ageing. The sea lavender used by Obiqo is farmed in France with the use of non GMO biological pest management and harvested under the supervision of the local agricultural authorities. The plant materials are certified 100% natural by ECOCERT (an international organic certification body represented both in the EU and in 70 other countries). The process to extract the peptides is natural, gentle and solvent free.
Marine Elastin Peptides contribute to skin regeneration, combating slackening, wrinkles and fine lines. Protecting the skin’s elastin is essential to maintaining the flexibility and firmness of skin. The elastin peptides also act as an anti-oxidant helping to slow skin ageing by combating oxidative stress.
Marine Collagen Hydrolysate plays an important part in maintaining optimal skin hydration and promotes skin firmness and radiance. It also has anti-oxidant factors helping to protect the skin against environmental elements and ageing.
Hyadisine a natural marine extract obtained by fermentation of microbial marine organisms collected from the rocky shores of Douarnenez Bay. This is an exciting new bio-active ingredient based on non GMO organisms. The exopolysaccharides have a high water retaining capacity which encourages a long-lasting moisturizing effect and wrinkle reduction.