Coastal Clean-Up

We love our beaches so it drives us nutty to see them covered with litter.

“Covered?” Somebody might say. “The word ‘covered’ seems a little extreme.”

Sad to say, that’s the truth of  the state of our urban beaches. I wrote about a recent beach cleanup at Vancouver’s Wreck Beach, organized by Surfrider Foundation, an international non-profit group that has dedicated itself to protecting oceans, waves and beaches since 1984.

It was a drizzly day in January so I didn’t expect to see much in the way of garbage because I figured it had been a few months since hoards of humans had been using the place. Boy, was I wrong.

Large pieces of trash that included metal piping, thick coils of rope, old lawnchairs, and rusted barbecue parts were hauled up those 500 steps from the beach to the road by some passionate volunteers. These same volunteers roped up a designated area to pick up cigarette butts. This area was about the size of half an ice rink and guess how many butts were picked up? Five thousand!

 

As volunteers picked up cigarette butts in the area (clean-ups are done in a specific-sized area so data entry parameters remain consistent) and, when they looked back to see their footprints in the sand, long-buried butts would pop up to the surface. Astonishingly, there is a designated smoking area on the beach with a container for butts nailed to a post with the hope people use that, instead of treating the beach like a giant ashtray.

Cigarette butts make up most of the litter on our Lower Mainland beaches. And side from just being ugly litter, they're dangerous as the toxins in the cigarettes leach out when exposed to water and then threaten marine life. It’s not just butts that are stubbed out on the beach; it’s butts that are left carelessly on the sidewalk and are flicked out of car windows that are flushed into catchbasins and storm drains when it rains. It’s litter, and it’s toxic.

Sealuxe is passionate about our oceans, we’re passionate about keeping them clean, and we want to give back to nature since nature has given so much to us. We’re proudly hosting our own beach clean-up this summer, and you are invited. Please check back here soon for more details (or sign up for our newsletter)!

Leftover Green Smoothie Recipe

Nutritious green smoothie made from food left-over in your fridge.

I used to have a problem - I was a chronic food-waster.

Every week I would stock my fridge with fresh fruit and veggies, intending to eat a heathy dose of plants yet every week I would throw out a ton of waste into the green bin.

I quit wasting food by making leftover smoothies and cleaned up my fridge at the same time.

This leftover smoothie recipe gives you a lot of bang for your blend. No produce is safe from the blender except for onions or anything in the onion family, most herbs because they are too strong and potatoes because ew!

Throw the following in a blender:

  • Two cups orange juice
  • 1/3 cup carrot juice
  • One apple
  • A handful of mixed greens
  • 2 spoon scoops of papaya fruit
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons of chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon papaya seeds
  • ½ teaspoon spirulina
  • ½ teaspoon dulse

Powder Power

Eight Things You Should Know About Using Sealuxe’s Powdered Face Masks

 

  1. Aside from our Seaweed Mask, our masks are not vegan. We've added goat milk powder to the Rose, Alabaster and Charcoal masks. Goat milk has the same pH level as our human skin which helps to balance and relieve inflammation. It also contains amino acids that helps to repair and moisturize. 
  2. All of our face masks contain seaweed. Seaweed has twice as many concentrated vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids than "super-food" and those benefits are easily accessed by skin cells. Seaweed also helps bring blood to the surface of your skin, which speeds up collagen production and cell repair.
  3. What's that smell?! This is one of the most common questions we hear about our masks. Sure, fresh seaweed doesn't exactly smell like roses, but it's good for you. And don't worry- you won't smell like seaweed after you've completed your mask treatment. The only trace will be the glow of your skin!
  4. There are no preservatives added to Sealuxe’s masks. This is why they are in a powdered form. No preservatives means no ugly chemicals for your skin to absorb. 
  5. Some people may experience a flushed/red face after using one of our seaweed masks. This is perfectly normal and disappears quickly. Seaweed contains niacin which speeds up blood flow and brings it to the surface. The skin flush you might experience means that the seaweed is working its magic. Having said that, some people won't get a flushed face (I don't anymore) but that doesn't mean it's not working.
  6. Our masks are nutrient-rich. They are made up of only 50% clay, which is added to help draw out toxins from your pores. The other 50% consists of botanicals and goat milk. I don't like the skin-drying properties of many commercially produced masks that contain a higher percentage of clay, so I made these four masks to eliminate toxins while boosting my skin health while giving it some moisture.
  7. These masks were not made for any specific skin type; the packaging is just a guideline on what each specific ingredient helps with. I made them based on what I like to use at different times of the month, or for changing seasons, or for when I experience breakouts. I like to constantly give my skin vitamins from different sources. I encourage you to try them all and to switch them up regularly. Your skin will thank you by looking great!
  8. If you find you made too much face mask, no problem! Just keep the unused portion in the fridge for up to five days. Treat it as you would any fresh food – use quickly otherwise it will lose its potency and need to be thrown out.

What Gives Seaweed its Superpowers in Skincare and Food?

Pacific northwest kelp forest

Make seaweed your new BFF - it's got A LOT to offer.

Sure it may be slick and stinky but that seaweed slime is your skin’s dream come true. It’s easily absorbed, giving your skin a feast of a high dose of vitamins and nutrients. It hydrates by building up your cell walls to lock in moisture. If those weren't enough superhero powers, it also fights off the villain Free Radicals! Marine plants are a game-changer in the world of skin care and you will want to love them as much as we do!

Harnessing super powers - say what!?

What happens when you take a constant pounding from the ocean, all the while being exposed to intense sun at low tide with your only food source coming through changing currents and tides? You adapt. You become resilient and restorative.

Seaweed’s nutrients are absorbed from the ocean water. It gives it a rich and diverse vitamin, mineral, and nutrient content in higher concentrations than any other land-dwelling plant. Sorry, superfoods, but you don’t stand a chance against seaweed!

Slice off an arm front from kelp and it grows back at a rate of two feet a day! The lightning speed of restorative ability of kep is what benefits skin cells. When they get this dose of good healthy, they are able to repair previous damage and produce more healthy cells with the assistance of the superpower of seaweed. Considering your skin sheds 30,000 to 40,000 cells a minute, you’ll want to have good and strong cell turnover.

Dried seaweed species

And now for some of our favorites...

There are more than 600 species of seaweed growing off our Pacific Northwest shores, giving SeaLuxe a smorgasbord of options to help with skin issues. We tapped into seven of our favourites:

Kelp (anti-protein builder)

Bladderwrack (combats inflammation and irritation)

Dulse (moisturizing)

Nori (nutrient-dense skin softener)

Wakame (nourishes and protects)

Irish Moss (conditions)

Spirulina (aids in toxin removal)

Just as important as what we use on our skin, is what we use internally. We eat seaweed every day, usually in our smoothies. Dulse and spirulina are our favorites because they add a rich, smoky flavour while supercharging our drink so we can work a long day with tons of energy. Click here for our simple nutritious smoothie recipe:

We are proud to use seaweed in all of our products with the exception of our Rose Nectar. Visit our SeaLuxe shop to find out more.