Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide capsules

When it comes to capsule skin care Elizabeth Arden wins hands down; their Ceramide capsules have been around since the nineties and last year a high performance Retinol capsule launched and now, its newest innovation Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum have dropped and they sure pack a powerful punch!


Vitamin C is a highly effective ingredient for skincare and Elizabeth Arden have used their innovative capsule technology to create a serum that is 178 times more potent than traditional vitamin C. As Vitamin C is known for its unstable properties, Elizabeth Arden have solved the problem of packaging the serum by encapsulation which has been proven to prolong the stability of ingredients. It is an oil soluble formula to complement the skin’s moisture barrier (rather than traditional water-soluble Vitamin C), which means it lasts longer and is also able to penetrate skin better.


If brighter, even toned and radiant skin is what you’re after, Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum with their winning formula are well worth incorporating into your beauty routine. So what are the key ingredients?

CERAMIDES: Helps protect skin against loss of moisture and help keep the glow

VITAMINC C: Easily absorbed, ultra stable and helps with pigmentation communication

CLARY SAGE: Soothes and protects skin against free radicals

VITAMIN E: Supports Vitamin C efficacy and prolongs potency

EMOLIENT OILS: Helps repair and protect skin

AVOCADO, SUNFLOWER SEED & OLIVE OILS: Impart skin with moisturising and skin conditioning benefits


Results show that after one application, 86% of women saw an instant improvement in skin radiance and luminosity, while in clinical studies 97% of women saw a clinical reduction in the appearance of dark spots, and 100% of women showed a 78% clinical improvement in skin tone*. Not too shabby for stats, agree?

I like the four P’s which sum up the capsules perfectly!

PURE: hermetically sealed to keep active ingredients fresh, no added preservatives

POTENT: water-free formulated means a higher concentration of active ingredient

PRECISE: Pre-measured mono-dose that takes the guesswork out of skincare

POWERFUL monodies preserves the efficacy of active ingredients

I’m a huge fan of capsules as the mono-dose means the perfect amount with no wastage, allows for a more targeted treatment, addresses dullness and brightness, are travel friendly as no spillage, take up zip zero space and best of all the capsules are biodegradable. As I said, the capsules are super easy to work into your existing beauty routine and I generally use them between a moisturiser and sunscreen; just a heads up – the consistency is a little runnier than the other capsules, so be careful when twisting off the top. They have a satiny finish that is non oily =LOVE!

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules  Radiance Renewal Serum



Have you tried these out yet? Let me know what you think.

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum available at all Elizabeth Arden counters

ZAR1025 for 60 capsules and ZAR599 for 30 capsules

That’s it for today so happy Wednesday…all day!!


Q & A with Dr Alek Nikolic on SK.IN INGREDIENTS SERUMS


I’m constantly on the look out for beauty products that address skin tone, firmness and texture because let’s face it, growing old has it’s good points, but fabulous flawless skin ain’t one of them; enter beauty brand ingredients! Cape Town based medical aesthetic practitioner Alek Nikolic is the genius behind these potent and powerful serums targeting anti-ageing concerns. I caught up with Alek to find out more about his line ingredients:

Dr Alek Nikolic for ingredients

How long have you been working on these five products and what was your incentive in creating them?

I have been working on these serums for 3.5 years to get them to a point to fill bottles. The reason for this length of time was the formulation and the concentration of the ingredients is my own creation.

Where did your inspiration come from?

After I used retinol on my own skin for the first time, I noticed visible changes. People are generally afraid of using retinol or vitamin A due to the skin reactions, which led me to investigate ingredients in more detail and in turn to formulate my own range with two main focus points: The first is that doctor prescribed cosmeceuticals are traditionally only available at doctors’ rooms (aesthetic medical practitioner, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, etc.) limiting availability to the general public. There is a good reason for this as the ingredients and their concentrations can produce unwanted side effects which if they develop, would need medical attention. I wanted to create a brand that contains high concentrations of doctor prescribed active ingredients but at the same time limit or reduce the ability for skin reactions. This would allow great skincare to be available to everyone. So, my focus was the ingredients used for the skin and this is how we derived on the name of the brand: = skin ingredients.

The second main reason is I felt a number of brands don’t offer a combined targeting ingredient and skin barrier repair ingredients in one serum or product. I am a firm believer that we all have to some degree or another a compromised skin barrier, even if we take diligent care of our skins. Exposure to pollution, smoking, unhealthy eating, laptop and computer screens, cell phones, visible light, etc. all contribute to the stress on the skin barrier.

We can apply the best ingredient on our skin but if our skin barrier is compromised, ingredients won’t reach its full potential. I wanted to create a range that not only had a targeting ingredient (such as vitamin A or vitamin C) but that it also ingredients to repair and maintain the skin barrier throughout the day and night.


I got to try out MARVEL, GLOSS & BOUNCE

Tell us a bit about the names

I know they are a bit quirky, but we wanted to go with a ‘superhero’ kind of theme but at the same time indicate what they will do for the skin:

FLASH is for the HPR (Hydroxipinalcalone retinoate) because of its ability to restore the skin to is more youthful state but in a ‘flash’.

BOUNCE is our combination HPR and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (AT) or vitamin C and it will bounce the skin back to its original form.

GLOSS is based on the skin brightening effect of the AT or vitamin C.

PURE is based on the cleansing action of the salicylic acid, the fruit enzymes and the Zinc PCA.

MARVEL is based on the hyaluronic acid plumping and moisturising effect and the skin barrier repair effect.

Retinol is a confusing ingredient to understand – can you explain what type to look for in products and what type you used in your products:

Retinoids is a word used to describe a group of different vitamin A derivatives of which retinol and HPR are some of them. I chose HPR over all of the different retinoids because of its ability to reduce skin reactions. All vitamin A (except HPR) needs to be converted to retinoic acid before it can start ‘working’ on the skin. We have retinoic acid receptors in the skin and only retinoic acid can bind to these receptors and only once bound to these receptors can the changes start taking place. HPR is a retinoic acid ester (derived from tretinoin the prescription strength vitamin A) so no conversion needed. Furthermore it is the conversion process that causes the reactions to take place. The more steps needed the greater the reaction.

“Potent enough to target the errors of the past, powerful enough to get your skin working at its best again, gives you superpowers”

What age do you suggest your clients start incorporating these ingredients into their routine and specifically, Retinol.

This is dependent on the real age of the skin. People in their twenties can have fine lines and wrinkles appearing, so it’s not really an age thing but rather how their ageing skin is changing. Another approach is to start using active ingredients as a preventative approach. So generally speaking we should consider actives such as low dose HPR (flash 1) and vitamin C (gloss) in our twenties with a good SPF 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

Will you be adding to your range anytime soon?

Definitely yes. I am extremely excited about the new additions and do not want to give too much away except to say that the ingredient combinations and their concentrations are fairly unique and will be very effective.

I am also working on a professional treatment line that will allow satisfied serum users to have skin treatments to further enhance their skin at a professional therapist or doctors rooms. ingredients pure

Do you recommend PURE for everyone to cleanse their face or is this specific for oilier skin?

PURE is a solution applied after cleansing the skin and should not be used daily. We use medical strength salicylic acid and as such we recommend that it is only applied 2 to 3 times weekly depending on what the skin can handle. It has two main targeted effects:

  1. Acts as an at home chemical peel for hyperpigmentation, ageing prevention, treating existing ageing skin changes, smoothing skin texture.

  2. Works to diminish and prevent acne breakouts, reduces oil or sebum production and minimises pores.

I read somewhere your Hyaluronic Acid has a low molecular weight – what does that mean?

All our serums contain HA. PURE (solution not a serum) contains Hyalasome which is a cross linked HA. The cross linking prevents breakdown so it stays longer in the skin. The HA in our serums is a complex which is a mixture of low, medium and high molecular weight HA. Specifically, we have used 50 kDa, 320 kDa and 800 kDa molecular weights to make up the entire complex. The reason for these different molecular weights is to allow different absorption and penetration through all the layers of the skin: from epidermal to dermal. This maximises the benefits of the hyaluronic acid through the superficial to the deepest layers of the skin. The low weight penetrates deep into the skin and similarly the higher remains more superficially in the skin.

I love these serums as they can be incorporated into whatever other products in beauty routine- besides a moisturiser and an SPF would you recommend adding anything from within eg. collagen supplements or?

Collagen supplements are great but they need to be hydrolysed collagen and the concentration needs to be higher than 6000 mg. my recommendation to boost skin effects is to rather consider other treatments such as chemical peels and/or Dermapen/needling.

You’ve gone for biodegradable packaging and vegan ingredients- is it because it’s a Global’s trend or something you share on a personal level

We are very aware of the environment and specifically what we can do to help. We have also partnered up with Greenpop and are contributing a percentage of our sales to this organisation. We are busy working on allowing customers at checkout to add a small amount to their basket which will go directly to Greenpop as it is our mission to become as environmentally friendly as possible.

Do you have a personal favourite

My personal favourites are GLOSS and FLASH 3 which I use every day as well as the new additions which will be coming soon.

Can you tell us a bit about the skin analysis machine you use to monitor skin treatments

The skin analysis machine we use is the latest 7th Generation VISIA Complexion Analysis System to monitor progress with all of our skin treatments. For online I have developed a short and a detailed skin assessment (we call it the test): which allows online customers to get recommendations for their skin types and concerns. We are also very glad to help customers through email and recommend them to email me or Sam with their high res photos of their face and from there we can also recommend.

In all of our studies we performed the Visia over 4, 8 and 12 weeks to monitor changes and improvements. ingredients Dr alek nikolic

I was super chuffed to try out three of Alek’s serums: GLOSS, BOUNCE and MARVEL and can see a remarkable improvement in my skin; I’m going for my final skin analysis in a week’s time so watch this space….

All ingredients products are vegan friendly, have never been tested on animals and are free of parabens, sulphates, gluten, soy and nuts. ingredients is available on and selected skin clinics (enquire online).

CREDITS: courtesy of ingredients and photographer: Ian Reeves

That is it for this Friday..happy weekend



mincer vitamin c infusion moisturiser, face oil & hand cream

Despite it being the shortest month, February always feels like forever to get through to pay day as I’ve yet again spent way too many buckeroos over the festive season; I was delighted I had put aside a beauty range I was sent late last year which not only contains an anti-ageing ingredient one should always include in one’s beauty routine, but the price point appealed to me, (especially when one is feeling a little short on dosh!) MINCER VitaC Infusion Anti-Age Oil Serum for all skin types, MINCER VitaC Infusion Anti-Wrinkle Day/Night moisturiser and MINCER VitaC Infusion hand cream is what I’ve been using; here’s what I thought:

mincer vitamin c infusion moisturiser, face oil & hand cream

Vitamin C is one of the essential must-have ingredients when it comes to anti-ageing, as it is a collagen booster and helps with luminosity and firmer skin. After a stressful move and little sleep, I sure have needed some extra TLC for my bleh dry knackered skin. Vitamin C helps repair tired lacklustre skin as well as fighting free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation (and I spend way more time in the elements on the weekend by swimming and, my current obsession, SUPPING!)

mincer vitamin c infusion moisturiser, face oil & hand cream

The MINCER VitaC range includes Camu Camu, a superstar ingredient as its Vitamin C content is high, in fact depending on the ripeness of the berries, may contain up to 60 times the amount of Vitamin C in an orange. These berries hail from the Amazon and are an excellent source of antioxidants. Sea Buckthorn oil and Ginseng both rejuvenate and slow down the ageing process by nourishing and calming the skin. If you’re wanting a bright glowing skin, Ginseng is the ingredient to look out for as it has a high beta carotene content to help encourage a glow.

mincer vitamin c infusion moisturiser, face oil & hand cream

The gentle scented MINCER VitaC Infusion Anti-Age Oil Serum ticks the boxes for a super light consistency, sinking in easily, is non greasy and suitable for all skin types.

In 2016 it was recognised with a Glamour Glammies award as best rejuvenating cosmetic.

I have been using only a drop or two which covers my face and neck area, before patting in the MINCER VitaC Infusion Anti-Wrinkle Day/Night moisturiser that again has a fab lightweight consistency. Nowadays very few creams are used for day and night, as SPFs are generally added to day creams and more active ingredients to the night creams, but I’m not going to get all precious as a change up is good and as I said, the price point makes me happy, so in the morning I just applied my SPF over the cream.

The MINCER VitaC Infusion hand cream is just as good, leaving my hands feeling silky and smooth, thanks to added Shea Butter. I actually cannot rave enough about this Polish brand I have only just come across – it gets a huge thumbs up and yes, I woudl definitely repurchase!

MINCER VitaC Infusion Anti-Age Oil Serum ZAR 325

MINCER VitaC Infusion Anti-Wrinkle Day/Night moisturiser ZAR 260

MINCER VitaC Infusion hand cream ZAR 80 for 100ml

Available from Foschini

Have you tried out this range and what are your thoughts? Happy Thursday afternoon and …..roll on payday!!


REVIEW: NIVEA Q10 PlusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream

Nivea Q10PlusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream


When I read about NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream’s high dose of Vitamin C (and at the affordable price of R169,99!) I had to try it. Despite knowing when ingested, very little Vitamin C reaches the skin, I’m still an avid vitamin popper and incorporating Vitamin C, a highly effective anti oxidant into my skincare regime seems to be the answer to maintaining healthy skin. Here’s what I thought of the star product from NIVEA’s new Q10plusC range:

NIVEA Q10plusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream contains two powerful antioxidants Co-Enzyme Q10 and Vitamin C, (it doesn’t state how much Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) it contains on the packaging, but as it is one of the first top ingredients listed means it’s not too shabby), that work while your are sleeping. Beiersdorf research studies of skin cells show that this formula combination helps increase skins ability to absorb up to 50% more oxygen, which in turn stimulates energy production needed for cells to repair and regenerate.

Nivea Q10PlusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream

Because we lead busy stressful lifestyles our skin tends to suffer by looking dull and tired. Sadly, as we age everything slows down including the production of collagen and Q10, a substance where your cells produce energy needed for cell growth and maintenance. So thank heaves for this super combo of anti-aging ingredients to give skin a ‘pick me up’ after a night’s sleep!

Vitamin C, an essential nutrient for overall health, applied topically increases collagen formation and reduces the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain a healthy skin. Q10, a molecule essential to energy production, supports important processes in the cells like cell regeneration to collagen synthesis. So come morning time your skin will look super rested and radiant!

Nivea Q10PlusC Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream

I loved the lightweight cream spreading easily and absorbing quickly into my face and neck. And how cool is the aluminium tube making it super easy to squish out every last drop. It is 100% air tightpackaged, essential to potent ingredients specifically vitamin C, as it is relatively unstable and tends to degrade faster the more exposed to light and air.

The nozzle is small allowing a little amount to come out which is all you need! This should last you a month or two (I know peeps say three months but I love using products on my face and neck so it lasted me two months and at an affordable price I’ll be sure to buy it again!

Have you tried it yet? Let me know your thoughts

Happy Day