Sol + Sea plant-based skincare is New Zealand made from natural ingredients. Developed to protect, repair and restore your skin after enjoying the sun, sea and surf.

Packed with natural antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins and bio-actives, our formulation reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

This is antioxidant, anti-toxic, pro-ocean skincare for everyday use.

skincare FAQs

Why should I use Sol+Sea products?

Our sunscreen and skincare products are made from nature, for nature. Our marine life is suffering because of our choices. As ocean lovers, we’re hugely passionate about protecting the environment and our future, so our solution is to produce reef + marine safe skin care. We use mineral and natural UV filters, as well as plant-based ingredients, which have all been thoroughly researched to ensure they do not pose a threat the environment.

Our environment is amazing: it protects, repairs and restores itself from external pressures such as UV exposure, every day. Therefore we have used botanical extracts, marine bio-actives and native New Zealand ingredients to protect, repair and restore the skin.

How do antioxidants repair skin?

Free radicals or ‘reactive oxygen species’ (ROS) are caused by oxidative stress to cells. An increase in the amount of ROS present within the body and skin cells can be characterized by signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes and uneven pigmentation. Environmental damage such as UV light exposure increases the amount of oxidative stress within the cells, leading to an increase in ROS generation in the skin. This causes inflammation, oxidation at the surface of the skin, plus an increase in sebum secretion and melanogenesis (photo-induced aging). Antioxidant use is important to neutralise and eliminate the amount of ROS through oxidation reactions, which in turn stimulates collagen and elastin production to provide firmness and elasticity to the skin. The addition of antioxidants to the skin also helps to reduce melanogenesis and hyperpigmentation by improving blood flow.

What are marine bio-actives?

Marine bio-active compounds consist of proteins, peptides, carbohydrates and fatty acids. These bio-actives are often derived from marine microorganisms, plants and animals and contain some of the most valuable and beneficial bioactive compounds. They have a variety of biological functions including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-proliferative, anti-hypertension properties and more - which makes their properties valuable especially in skincare. These bio-actives function as active ingredients that are particularly useful in treating acne and wrinkles, providing UV protection and enhancing skin whitening and antioxidant properties to repair damage done to the skin.

Sol+Sea products incorporate the use of Tasmanian Kelp (seaweed) extract and New Zealand Wakame Seaweed Gel into our products. These ingredients contain phyto-actives, known to repair the skin and act to reduce inflammation. Marine bio-actives derived from these ingredients are also rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants to hydrate, soothe and repair the skin from exposure to the elements. They are also a rich source of micronutrients, which function to restore skin elasticity and brightness. Because they are derived from the sea, we are confident that their use is safe for both humans and the environment, and offers some of the best protection against exposure to the elements. We use ingredients from nature, to protect you from nature.

Should I use these products in winter?

Absolutely! Our products are designed for use all year around. Although the winter months are often accompanied by less sun exposure it does not stop the UV rays from penetrating into our skin. Our products are designed to defend against free radicals which cause oxidative damage to the skin which can have negative long-lasting effects. Our products use a range of UV filters that have great efficacy and safety for both your skin and the environment! The use of this along with several other naturally derived ingredients and the use of marine bioactives allows protection of your skin against oxidative damaging, providing anti-aging effects all year round.

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