Scientifically Validated - Clinically Crafted Beauty 

    Sometimes what you leave out is as important as what you put in. We believe product formulations should be about performance, and transparency, safety and sustaina­bility. The Sub & Tarctic range does not contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors, or GMOs. Our range is also Cruelty-Free.

    Manuka honey

    Manuka Honey’s unique properties include antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity, acting as a significant humectant, a source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that assist the body’s own fight against free radical damage.

    Manuka Honey supplies nutrients used in tissue regeneration. It contains minerals life plus a wide range of amino acids, vitamins and trace elements.


    Metalloproteinase (mmp’s)

    Skin aging is caused by both chronological ageing (unpreventable) and photo aging (sun induced aging). The primary environmental factor that causes photo aging is UV irradiation from the sun. When the skin is exposed to sunlight the activity of a group of enzymes (matrix metalloproteinase MMP’s) is increased. This leads to the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Collagen functions to provide strength and resilience to the skin, so when it breaks down skin loses its firmness and wrinkles are formed.

    Research indicates that plant derived phenolic compounds, like those found within Manuka honey assist in inhibiting MMP’s activity thereby slowing the signs of aging.



    Manuka Honey’s high antioxidant levels contribute to its efficacy to help aid in skin regeneration and reducing negative effect of damaging free radicals.

    Hyaluronic acid

    Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in the human body. Research indicates that the glucose present in manuka honey assists the body’s own synthesis of hyaluronic acid (HA).Hyaluronic acid has various functions of which one is to stimulate the production of collagen. Hyaluronic acid is also a significant humectant keeping moisture at the skins surface longer to protect against environmental damage and stress.


    Manuka Honey contains a natural polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps maintain the skins protective acidic barrier and works with the slight acidity of your skin to help exfoliate naturally assisting those prone to eczema, dermatitis or dry skin. PHA’s are reported to be less irritating than AHA.

    Natural keratin

    Works with the biological systems of the skin to stimulate cell growth and encourage production of the right collagen proteins to achieve wrinkle reduction while boosting the skin's own antioxidant defense systems. Our Keratin proteins are 91% identical to the skin’s own, giving it the unique ability to work with the body's biological systems stimulating cell growth.  The scientific basis for this therapeutic revolution has provided new insight into the role of keratin in repairing skin damage and wrinkles, and reversing the skin aging process.

    Using keratin in skin care products is definitely a very good idea. The outermost layer of your skin is mostly keratin, and within every cell in the skin a keratin structure is responsible for keeping the cell functioning well. Over the last few years some high profile medical research has shown that keratin protein plays a really important role in healing.

    Sub & Tarctic is the first (w)holistic beauty brand formulated with a wool-derived Keratin protein, a protein that is clinically proven to heal the skin.

    The use of keratin is a beautifully simple idea, and a remarkable innovation. The second action of the keratin is with the cells within the skin to help build healthy skin structure to improve long term skin health.

    Biological Skin Effects  of our Bio-active Sustainable Keratin

    1. Moisturisation – building skin structure to improve moisturisation, with increased cell proliferation leading to hyaluronic acid and collagen synthesis.
    2. Anti-oxidant protection – boosting the body’s master anti-oxidant glutathione to protect cells from within.
    3. Calms redness and irritation – through the suppression of prostaglandin E2


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