FAQs

Sea Cucumber Collagen

 

Sea cucumber is the superstar of Beche De Mar’s formula for a very specific set of reasons; it’s sustainable, eco-conscious, environmentally and skin friendly, stable, non-toxic, and (most importantly) performs miracles for your skin!

Some Science: Coppola et al (2020) affirm our reasons, stating that marine collagen, especially echinoderm (sea cucumber) collagen, is “the most promising natural biomaterial as scaffold in tissue engineering, as it is abundant, biocompatible, biodegradable, resembles the components present in the extracellular matrix and supports the connective tissue including skin, tendon, bone, cartilage, blood vessel, and ligaments’

Here’s a carefully curated list of our most popular FAQs:

Q. What even IS a sea-cucumber?

First and foremost, it’s definitely not a vegetable. The sea cucumber, despite its cucumber-like appearance which gives it its namesake, is a marine invertebrate known as an ‘echinoderm’, or more specifically, a holothurian.

There are over 1400 different species in the world, mainly in the warmer waters of the Asia-Pacific, inhabiting the harsh and exposed sea-beds.

The organism itself is abundant with collagen, as well as minerals, vitamins, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), peptides, phenolics, amino acids and antioxidants.
Due to its location and robust composition, the sea cucumber has been used for centuries by those in Asia, and the Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as both a nutritious foodstuff, often attributed to being an ‘ocean ginseng’, and a remarkable natural medicine for wound healing and disease prevention.
It is even being used in modern medicine and science for tissue regeneration of organs and muscle, as well as being famed for its anticancer and antimicrobial properties.

 

Q. How does sea cucumber heal and hydrate?

Sea cucumbers are found on shallow sea-beds, and if there’s any place that’s exposed to ALL the elements, it’s there. Facing harsh sun, temperature changes, corrosive salt and rough water, the sea cucumber must become impenetrable, armoured with a suite of self-repairing, water-retaining and moisturising abilities. Did you know that cutting one in half produces two more? That’s how brilliant they are at regeneration! In turn, when the collagen, which makes up the main component of the sea cucumbers structure, is extracted it retains all of those healing and hydrating abilities, which Beche De Mar makes the most of in their revolutionary formula.

Some Science: According to Coppola et al (2020) ‘Marine collagen acts as bioactive, biomimetic carrier for the loading of L-cysteine hydrochloride, facilitating the wound healing processes due to its glycosaminoglycans’

 

Q. Does sea cucumber extract have vitamins and minerals?

Quick answer: One. Big. YES.

Some Science: As Hossain et al. (2020) report, sea cucumbers contain an array of properties, including a vast range of minerals, particularly magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron, as well as vital nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin). Moreover, there is also a high constitution of numerous bioactive compounds, namely saponins, glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin sulfate, sulfated polysaccharides, fucoidan, phenolics, peptides, lectins, cerebrosides, and sterols.

The collagen itself is also full of essential fatty acids like arachidonic, linoleic, stearic, myristic, palmitic, EHA and DHA, alongside a rich profile of amino acids, including glycine, arginine, aspartic acid, alanine, tyrosine, threonine, phenylalanine, and glutamic acid.

It makes lots of sense why sea cucumber is widely sought after as an immunity- boosting nutraceutical, but what does this mean for your complexion?

Well, all these nutrients and amino acids combine within the Beche De Mar formula to create an impenetrable barrier for your skin, healing it on the go and protecting it from free radicals, pollution and harsh climates; rain, hail, wind or shine.

 

Q. Are there any other important properties or abilities in the extract?

If you didn’t think the sea cucumber could up the ante anymore, you’d be surprised to know that it certainly does up the ‘anti-.’

Some Science: In Bordbar et al.’s (2011) study, as is mentioned above by Hossain et al. (2020), the sea cucumber consists of many vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids. However, they also find that this humble marine organism has a considerable amount of medicinal and cosmeceutical benefits or ‘anti-s’.

Think:

  • - anti-angiogenic, anti-tumour, anti-carcinogenic, and anticancer = healthy and ageless skin
  • -  anti-coagulant and anti-thrombotic = scar and wound healing
  • -  anti-fatigue = revitalising and regenerative
  • -  anti-inflammatory = calming and brightening
  • -  antimicrobial and antiviral = bye bye acne, eczema and dermatitis
  • -  antioxidising = free-radical busting

 

Q. Is sea cucumber sustainably sourced?

The fishing and marine industry is unfortunately saturated with extremely harmful trawling processes, overfishing and environmental degradation that destroys habitats and puts many species of sea-life at a very real risk of extinction. Sea cucumber in particular is prone to illegal and unregulated black-market activity.

Because Beche de Mar endeavours to not only be kind to your skin, but to be kind to the oceans that give us access to the remarkable ingredient that is the sea cucumber, we source the gold standard in sea cucumbers from certified fisheries, which are harvested by hand in sustainable farming conditions. This is in a completely unaltered marine ecosystem with controlled conditions and supervision form expert marine biologists.

What’s more, our sea cucumber stocks are balanced at the optimum level, allowing them to fulfil their ecological functions, where they can reproduce, and maintain the ecosystem and food web around them.

 

Q. How is the collagen extracted?

Once the sea cucumber has been harvested, they are carefully transported to specialised labs where they undergo a meticulous and complex collagen extraction process, including enzymatic extraction, connective tissue isolation, heavy metal and toxin removal, ultracentrifugation and freeze-drying. All of which, in the end, leads

to the most premium, bioactive and pure marine collagen on the market, used exclusively in the Beche De Mar formula. (See graphic)

 

Sea Cucumber Collagen

 

Q. Is sea cucumber safe?

Unlike Bovine Collagen, Marine Collagen is free from any transmissible diseases and is far more stable and efficacious. What’s more, it is kind to all skin, even the most sensitive type! By combatting inflammation and oxidative stress, while also providing intensive hydration and repair, sea cucumber collagen prevents any chance of irritation.

Some Science: Not only does collagen have a very weak immunogenicity generally, meaning our skin and body won’t reject it, but sea cucumber collagen in particular harbours a remarkably similar cellular matrix to our own human cells due to it consisting of mutable collagenous tissue (MCT). This makes the collagen extremely compatible, safe and the perfect ingredient to apply to our skin.

 

Q. Are your products vegan?

We offer pescatarian-friendly Sea Cucumber Collagen (Marine Collagen), which is sourced from the Sea Cucumber. It’s a sustainable, natural product of the seafood industry. We do not test on animals and produce in small batch’s. Those who follow a vegan lifestyle may choose to supplement with plant-based building blocks to support the body's natural collagen production.

 

Q. Are all your products natural/organic?

Just about! Our main ingredient that makes up a large amount of the serum’s formula is our all-organic sea cucumber collagen! When combined with the other ingredients, the serum is only 20% unnatural. Yep, that means that the grand majority of this miracle liquid in a bottle is squeaky clean! The primary synthetic ingredients, Matrixyl 3000 and Hyaluronic Acid (HA), are man-and woman-made versions of naturally occurring peptides and amino acids, respectively, produced by our bodies to maintain our skins' health and youthfulness. 

While Bache De Mar aims for its products to be as natural and unprocessed as possible, not all skincare ingredients are stable, effective, safe or available in their natural forms. Specifically, the natural versions of the two peptides in Matrixyl 3000 and the amino acids in HA are very unstable when extracted organically and actually degrade and disappear at alarming rates as we age! 

So, by incorporating Bache De Mar into your routine, you'll be adding the highest quality and radically effective synthetic versions of these ingredients to BOOST what remains and ultimately replace what is lost by your own body. You can rest assured knowing that we endeavor to formulate our products with only the best soothing, low-hazard, and skin-transforming ingredients. We strive to be as safe as possible for YOU while also being transparent with YOU and providing YOU with the most efficacious yet luxurious skincare available.

 

Q. What do you leave out of your formulations?

It’s not just what you put in skincare that counts, but what you leave out! Nowadays, it is very easy for skincare to plaster daring price-tags on products saturated with harsh chemicals, unnecessary fillers, and dirty cheap ingredients… all for the sake of a simple label and large-scale, low-cost manufacturing that squeezes as much money out of you as possible (and keeps you coming back with empty promises because you see no, or negative (eek!), results).

 

Q. What does clean formulations mean?

Well, we take the concept of quality over quantity seriously! Our serum, made on a small-scale and containing carefully considered and researched ingredients exclusive to Baché de Mar. As well as all top-tier in quality and their research-(not just review)-backed results, is made with YOU, your health and your skin at the forefront of our minds.

We create clean formulations, we are 100% Paraben-free, and avoid lots of other harsh, cheap, dirty, and unnecessary ingredients too. We're talking FREE FROM *take a big breath*: silicones, dyes, essential oils, heavy metals, GMOs, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, SLS, chemical sunscreens, retinyl palmitate (palm oil/ palm oil derivatives), BHAs/BHTs, formaldehyde, ethanolamine and more!

…All this is excluded without compromising YOUR skincare results because sacrificing quantity doesn't have to sacrifice quality! The minimal skincare trend is here, and here to stay, so we’re embracing that wholeheartedly!

 

Q. Is your packaging recyclable?

100% Yes, Bache De Mar is concerned about the environment and it translates its Eco "Attitude" into a "Responsible Recycling Packaging". Our bottles, boxes, brochures and shipping bags are all recyclable. When your Sea Cucumber Collagen Regeneration Serum is finished, you can easily separate the clean plastic bottle from the pouch that contained the product and dispensing components. These two elements can then be disposed of separately, each one in its proper recycling chain.

 

Q. Why do you use airless packaging?

Our first priority is always the safety and effectiveness of the formula. To protect our formulations we use the airless pouch system that helps to preserve our sensitive natural cosmetic ingredients from deteriorating. The exterior air contamination is eliminated, that’s why we have a sensible reduction of preservatives in our formulations. Our airless pouch bottle guarantees a dispense rate of more than 95%, so you can guarantee you get the entire product paid for.

 

Q. Where can i buy Bache De Mar?

At this stage, our products are exclusively available at www.bachedemar.com. If you would like to stock Bache De Mar in your store please contact renee@bachedemar.com.au.

 

 

References:

Bordbar, S., Anwar, F., & Saari, N. (2011). High-Value Components and Bioactives from Sea Cucumbers for Functional Foods—A Review. Marine Drugs, 9(10), pp. 1761-1805. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210605/

Coppola, D.; Oliviero, M.; Vitale, G.A.; Lauritano, C.; D’Ambra, I.; Lannace, S.; de Pascale, D. (2020). Marine Collagen from Alternative and Sustainable Sources: Extraction, Processing and Applications. Marine Drugs, 18 (4), 214. Retrieved from https://www.mdpi.com/1660- 3397/18/4/214/htm

Hossain, A., Dave, D., & Shahidi, F. (2020) Northern Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa): A Potential Candidate for Functional Food, Nutraceutical, and Pharmaceutical Sector. Marine Drugs, 18 (5), 274. Retrieved from https://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/18/5/274/htm