REVIEW: Afari Skincare

I’ve tested out many cleansers over the years but Afari Skincare‘s Priming Cleanser is an outstanding one, made even more so as I know how much love, time and passion has gone into creating this luxe local brand. Margaux Knuppe  is the founder of Afari Skincare (you can read an interview I wrote earlier in the year here). I tried out their Priming Cleanser and Protecting Day Cream SPF30:

In a continent recognised for its rich heritage of traditional healers, and its wealth of naturally restorative elements and biodiversity, we embarked on a journey to find an indigenous botanical with regenerative skin benefits

I’m always looking for multi-purpose products to both save me time but also (and more importantly) address my skin concerns like collagen production, hydration, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. The key ingredient in all Afari Skincare products is an indigenous shrub that grows naturally in the Limpopo region. The sap contains soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for generations by traditional healers for skin ailments.

A great synthesis between female harvesters in rural Limpopo and ground-breaking scientific research led to the discovery of Bulbine frutescens, a small shrub indigenous to the dry valleys of Southern Africa

‘Decadently lush’ are words that spring to mind when using this cleanser. My skin feels pampered after using the gel formula that lathers up easily and smells pretty damn fine too!

The day cream sinks in easily, contains a protecting high SPF and is safe to use around the sensitive eye area.

My approach to applying products can be a bit heavy-handed, which means I go through my creams and serums way too quickly. We actually don’t need gallons of product on our faces, so I love Afari‘s airless pump bottles, which dispense just the right amount. An airless pump reduces the amount of oxygen entering the bottle which makes your product last longer, plus it means less preservatives are needed. And there’s no need to grab scissors to squeeze out your last drops!

AFARI SKINCARE

Because the 100% recyclable, earth-friendly containers don’t need gravity to dispense the product, there is no chance of spillage from the nozzle. So one day when we’re allowed to travel again and/or head to the gym, they’re perfect for popping in your bag!

Afari Skincare products are available online here

PS I have a feeling Bulbine frutescens is going to be the next beauty must-have ingredient…watch this space!

Happy Thursday

Cath

REVIEW: Nivea Hyaluron Cellular Filler

Nivea Hyaluron Cellular Filler

Dry skin, age spots, uneven skin tone and firmness are four niggling skin concerns I share with many of my friends who are in the same age bracket, so when NIVEA’s premium advanced anti-age range landed on my desk, you can imagine my delight! The range includes NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Anti-spot Treatment Serum, Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir, Day Cream SPF15 and a Night Cream. Here’s what I thought…

The NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity range contains a powerful combination of Hyaluron, Collagen and Elastin to tackle tell-tale signs of ageing like loss of firmness, deep wrinkles and dark marks. The reality of growing older means skin deteriorates faster with a decline in three specific things:

1.Hyaluronic acid (needed to enhance moisture content, revitalise skin’s outer surface layers for smooth and radiantly hydrated skin)

2. Collagen production (an essential protein that provides elasticity, as one of its benefits is its ability to promote vibrant glowing skin)

3. Elastin (a protein found in connective tissue responsible for giving structure to skin and organs. It works together with collagen to keep connective tissues to hold their shape)

Scientific results show that after continued use of NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity, there was a 20% increase in collagen production, Hyaluron levels increased by almost 30% and skin’s elastin increased by a whopping 64%!

I loved all four, but the star of the show is NIVEA Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir, heaven indeed!

NIVEA Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir

NIVEA Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir

Before use, one gives the glass bottle a gentle shake so that the elixir enriched with a Triple Oil Complex and a water phase combines before applying one or two drops to your face and neck area. It’s non-greasy, sinks in easily and leaves my skin feeling incredibly hydrated, smooth and firm. I Absolutely love the Elixir and would buy it again and again and hello, the price point is great too! (R325)

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Anti-Spot Treatment Serum

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Anti-Spot Treatment Serum

At first, I thought ‘anti-spot’ meant helping with problematic skin as in pimples but the treatment serum addresses age spots specifically. With the help of the three-star ingredients to stimulate skin cells to produce their own Hyaluron, Collagen and Elastin plus a highly effective melanin inhibitor developed to slow down the production of melanin which reduces the appearance of existing age spots and dark marks. I have been using two pumps both morning and night before applying the day/night creams and have already seen great results with the age spots on my hands! Results say with regular use, after three months they’ll be even more visibly reduced, so watch this space! (R289,99)

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Day Cream SPF15

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Day Cream SPF15 helps prevent photo ageing, dark spots, cell damage and boosts firming; (thanks to the cell-activating formula of Hyaluron, collagen and elastin booster that stimulates the skins synthesis process), it is super nourishing and hydrating and the slight iridescent sheen adds a radiant glow. The SPF15+ protects against UVA and UVB rays; I find day creams that automatically include an SPF is a bonus as you’re halfway there (it is recommended to pop an added SPF over your day cream if spending time outdoors). (R269,99)

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Night Cream

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Night Cream tackles the tell-tale signs of ageing in mature skin while encouraging skin renewal throughout the night (thanks to the cell-activating formula) plus shea butter which is high in fatty acids and vitamins, great for firming and soothing. (R269,99)

Would I recommend NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity range and use again? Absolutely! They are all currently available at Clicks. Shop here

Have an awesome Friday up ahead and happy day!

Cath

REVIEW: Johnson’s Vita-Rich Body Creams, NeoStrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel & Naturalmente

I always associate the Easter weekend with a change of seasons as autumn quietly steps into winter, so too does my beauty regime change up incorporating more nourishing products for the upcoming colder months. Johnson’s has added three body creams to their Vita-Rich range and they certainly are the answer for super dry skin!

The trio consists of a Revitalising Body Cream with added Grapeseed oil, non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores; Soothing Body Cream containing rose water extract renowned for anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin and Smoothing Body Cream with papaya extract, to slough off dead skin cells for a radiant and brighter complexion. They all smell rather delish and won’t compete with your perfume as once absorbed the smell disappears.

Johnson’s uses naturally derived ingredients, are non greasy, contain mineral and glycerin & gives 24-hour hydration. With a price point of R39,95 a tub, that’s not too shabby!

NEOSTRATA SMOOTH DAILY PEEL

If you’re looking for peels but not too sure where to start, consider exfoliating pads which contain the exact amount of product needed with every use. Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel is a Dermatologist approved home-system, with key ingredients Glycolic acid and patented Aminofil. The latter is an acid derivative helping brighten a dull complexion to increase luminosity. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules which can penetrate skin deeply for better results, and is often associated in treating scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Why is it important to look for products containing Glycolic acid? It is one of the best products to help with anti-aging concerns like a dull complexion, uneven skin tone, dark spots; you want to remove the dead skin cells that sit on your skin to help brighten skin and stimulate cell turnover thereby stimulating the production of collagen. As exfoliating pads have safe smaller amounts of glycolic acid in them compared to going for chemical peels, they are safe to use (even on sensitive skin), and used regularly they help smooth skin, texture improves and best of all for me, refines pores and you’ll experience fewer breakouts as they keep your pores clean.

Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel comes in a box of 36 dry pads and a bottle of exfoliant liquid which you pop into the tub so the pads can soak in the liquid. (I gave the tub a gentle shake about).The pads have a textured surface helping to buff dull dead skin, to help brighten skin. Using pads is an easy way of exfoliating, fuss-free and you literally wipe them over your face and then throw the pad away. For sensitive skin it is advised to do a patch test first, and only use the pads once a week; normal skin can use every day or alternate day. I’ve been using them every second day and at first I got a bit of a fright as two sun spots seemed to darken for a few days but then lightened and now my skin definitely looks brighter and more even toned. I am vigilant about using them only at night and popping on an SPF in the morning, something you have to get into the habit of doing every single day, no matter the season. It’s really totally useless using products and not complementing them with an SPF! (Eek I sound like my mother there and I did I listen to her?! Ummm no! So yip , I have sunspots which will never go away, but at least I can try and lighten them! Available online skinmiles here R869

NATURALMENTE BASIC DEEP HYDRATING INTENSIVE TREATMENT FENNEL & GERANIUM FOR HAIR

As I highlight my already dry coarse hair I’m always on the lookout for nourishing and moisturising products, so when my friend gave this to me to try (she knows how I bemoan my locks!) I was keen to give it a bash and try to incorporate organic products into my regime to balance out the other items I use.

The first thing you notice with Naturalmente Basic Deep hydrating Intensive treatment is the strong smell of fennel, something I can’t decide if I love or not (that sounds a bit weird I guess), but as the properties are fantastic for stimulating and healing I can live with it. It also contains geranium which adds a healthy dose of moisture. I comb through the treatment after shampooing and leave in hair while I get on with other things around the house; this is a good opportunity to pop on a mask, paint my nails and have a general me time for an hour or so before washing it out. It’s really helped with my frizz and I’ve grown to like the licorice-y smell, so went online and ordered a Naturalmente Balancing and Strengthening shampoo with aloe and sandalwood in it. The Naturalmente range uses natural and plant-based ingredients from certified organic farms and free from synthetics fragrances, no alcohol (a big plus for me as I find alcohol really dries out my hair), silicone and paraben free and packaging is completely biodegradable and vegan friendly.

R289 but Faithful to Nature products online here

And that is it for the day! Have you tried any of these products and if so what are your thoughts?

Happy Day

Cath

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REVIEW: Johnson's Vita-Rich Body Creams, NeoStrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel & Naturalmente Deep Hydrating Hair Treatment

Johnson's vita-rich body creams

I always associate the Easter weekend with a change of seasons as autumn quietly steps into winter, so too does my beauty regime change up incorporating more nourishing products for the upcoming colder months. Johnson’s has added three body creams to their Vita-Rich range and they certainly are the answer for super dry skin!

The trio consists of a Revitalising Body Cream with added Grapeseed oil, non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores; Soothing Body Cream containing rose water extract renowned for anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin and Smoothing Body Cream with papaya extract, to slough off dead skin cells for a radiant and brighter complexion. They all smell rather delish and won’t compete with your perfume as once absorbed the smell disappears.

Johnson’s uses naturally derived ingredients, are non greasy, contain mineral and glycerin & gives 24-hour hydration. With a price point of R39,95 a tub, that’s not too shabby!

Neostrata smooth daily peel

NEOSTRATA SMOOTH DAILY PEEL

If you’re looking for peels but not too sure where to start, consider exfoliating pads which contain the exact amount of product needed with every use. Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel is a Dermatologist approved home-system, with key ingredients Glycolic acid and patented Aminofil. The latter is an acid derivative helping brighten a dull complexion to increase luminosity. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules which can penetrate skin deeply for better results, and is often associated in treating scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Why is it important to look for products containing Glycolic acid? It is one of the best products to help with anti-aging concerns like a dull complexion, uneven skin tone, dark spots; you want to remove the dead skin cells that sit on your skin to help brighten skin and stimulate cell turnover thereby stimulating the production of collagen. As exfoliating pads have safe smaller amounts of glycolic acid in them compared to going for chemical peels, they are safe to use (even on sensitive skin), and used regularly they help smooth skin, texture improves and best of all for me, refines pores and you’ll experience fewer breakouts as they keep your pores clean.

Neostrata Smooth Daily Peel comes in a box of 36 dry pads and a bottle of exfoliant liquid which you pop into the tub so the pads can soak in the liquid. (I gave the tub a gentle shake about).The pads have a textured surface helping to buff dull dead skin, to help brighten skin. Using pads is an easy way of exfoliating, fuss-free and you literally wipe them over your face and then throw the pad away. For sensitive skin it is advised to do a patch test first, and only use the pads once a week; normal skin can use every day or alternate day. I’ve been using them every second day and at first I got a bit of a fright as two sun spots seemed to darken for a few days but then lightened and now my skin definitely looks brighter and more even toned. I am vigilant about using them only at night and popping on an SPF in the morning, something you have to get into the habit of doing every single day, no matter the season. It’s really totally useless using products and not complementing them with an SPF! (Eek I sound like my mother there and I did I listen to her?! Ummm no! So yip , I have sunspots which will never go away, but at least I can try and lighten them! Available online skinmiles here R869

naturalmente deep hydrating intensive hydrating treatment

NATURALMENTE BASIC DEEP HYDRATING INTENSIVE TREATMENT FENNEL & GERANIUM FOR HAIR

As I highlight my already dry coarse hair I’m always on the lookout for nourishing and moisturising products, so when my friend gave this to me to try (she knows how I bemoan my locks!) I was keen to give it a bash and try to incorporate organic products into my regime to balance out the other items I use.

The first thing you notice with Naturalmente Basic Deep hydrating Intensive treatment is the strong smell of fennel, something I can’t decide if I love or not (that sounds a bit weird I guess), but as the properties are fantastic for stimulating and healing I can live with it. It also contains geranium which adds a healthy dose of moisture. I comb through the treatment after shampooing and leave in hair while I get on with other things around the house; this is a good opportunity to pop on a mask, paint my nails and have a general me time for an hour or so before washing it out. It’s really helped with my frizz and I’ve grown to like the licorice-y smell, so went online and ordered a Naturalmente Balancing and Strengthening shampoo with aloe and sandalwood in it. The Naturalmente range uses natural and plant-based ingredients from certified organic farms and free from synthetics fragrances, no alcohol (a big plus for me as I find alcohol really dries out my hair), silicone and paraben free and packaging is completely biodegradable and vegan friendly.

R289 but Faithful to Nature products online here

And that is it for the day! Have you tried any of these products and if so what are your thoughts?

Happy Day

Cath