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The top 5 products to try from Syrene, a natural skincare brand out of New Zealand

As the first New Zealand skincare brand to launch at MECCA, Syrene offers a collection of natural, skin-loving products with ingredients sourced from the sea (and are all made locally in New Zealand). They’re a brand that care about the environment (they're part of the blue beauty movement which is about protecting the ocean) and are also making a conscious effort to be a more sustainable business.

Since their launch in 2016, Syrene has pledged to ‘turn the tide’ on ocean waste, helping to clean up our environment and remove plastic from the oceans to use in their packaging. This is done by recycling plastics collected from oceans, beaches and rivers and turning it into product packaging. To date, they’ve already helped remove 180,000 plastic bags from the oceans. The brand pledges to use Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) in all product packaging by September 2020. Keen to get to know this Kiwi skincare brand? Here are our top five picks to get you started.

AQUA HYDRATING MASQUE

We’ve hit that point in the year where masking is a necessity if you want to protect your skin from the arctic blasts that come with winter. This richly hydrating overnight mask has a gel consistency (so is light enough to wear to bed) and helps to restore the moisture your skin naturally loses throughout the day. The brand created this with a dehydrated complexion in mind. It melts into skin with ease and helps to protect skin from environmental stressors — that can bring about early signs of ageing — thanks to the inclusion of seaweed extract. Other ingredients like marine collagen, glycerin and manuka honey all help to stimulate skin regeneration, improve overall elasticity and give skin its best shot at retaining moisture, resulting in plump and dewy results.

AQUA INTENSE CREAM GELEE

This luxe night cream is packed with ingredients that all play a part in giving your skin long-lasting antioxidant protection, resulting in a healthy skin barrier. An ingredient you might not be familiar with in this one is kawakawa: a native New Zealand leaf with natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to soothe troubled skin and also holds traditional Maori significance, having been used to heal cuts, wounds and bruises.

Like all Syrene’s products, this cream also contains seaweed extract and marine collagen to help with overall skin strength and elasticity, slowing the formation of free radicals responsible for ageing.

AQUAGEL OIL TO FOAM CLEANSER

We’re a big fan of oil cleansers all year round, but especially in the cooler months (and as part of a double cleansing routine). This oil-to-foam cleanser is gentle enough for all skin types and helps to clear out clogged pores as well as melting away every skerrick of makeup, SPF or dirt that’s landed on your face throughout the day. The inclusion of glycerin in this cleanser helps to keep oily skin concerns like acne at bay while working to hydrate the complexion by drawing water from the air into the skin’s outer layer. And you guessed it, this one contains seaweed extract too (hello, antioxidant protection while you’re cleansing).

AQUA RESTORE EYE ESSENCE

You’ve probably heard of an essence, but have you ever come across an eye essence? Syrene know that the eye area is often the first to show age given it’s so fragile, so they’ve created this restorative essence to give your delicate eyes some TLC. From helping to restore skin elasticity to reducing the appearance of dark circles and combating puffiness, this essence really brings your eyes into focus. Key ingredients include squalane, which helps enhance elasticity while smoothing and softening skin, and antioxidant-rich marine collagen which stimulates skin regeneration. Apply to the area under the eyes with small tapping movements morning and evening.

AQUAGEL REFRESHING TONER

This gentle toner includes seaweed, manuka honey and marine collagen. It also contains sea salt which deeply cleanses pores, balances oil production and is packed with minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium. Apply this after you’ve cleansed and before your oil, serum or moisturiser and it’ll assist with removing any excess residue or dirt left in the pores. The unique formula also helps to improve skin’s tone and texture leaving it soothed, rejuvenated and balanced. Keep up regular use and it will continue to enhance skin’s moisture content and help soften and firm the complexion over time. Want to know more about essences? Check this out.

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