The Atlantic Ocean off Spidéal, Connemara, is not just spectacularly beautiful, it is also the source of the world’s most nourishing natural skincare solutions. Nurtured by the purest marine waters in Europe, a perfect habitat to produce the rich natural sea algae that goes into every Ri na Mara skincare product.
I had always been passionate about natural skincare, researching natural treatments for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis when I worked as a staff nurse in a dermatology unit in London. I then studied cosmetic science, graduating a member of the Society for Cosmetic Scientists, but it was only when I looked to the pristine Atlantic Ocean that lapped the shores near my home in Galway that I discovered the route to naturally beautiful, healthy skin lay in seaweed. Equipped with my dermatological experience, my husband’s knowledge of aquaculture and seaweed, and the wealth of mineral rich seaweed close to our home, we launched the Rí na Mara skincare range in 2004.