For far too long now, locally made, South African beauty products have taken a backseat to their international counterparts. Thank goodness this is rapidly changing. The South African beauty scene is at a very exciting place at the moment, and it’s so encouraging seeing all the new and very innovative formulas bursting onto the scene and being so well received by the public.
So, I decided to have a long, hard think about which South African beauty products I adore, and absolutely can’t live without. It was hard narrowing my list of 23 products down to just seven, but these are the beauties that deliver on their promise and get big thumbs up from me (and most of the beauty ed’s out there).
Placecol Clean Start Face And Body Wash Daily Cleanser R325 for a 500ml
Myself, my hubby and my teen daughter all love this body & face wash that has a gorgeous subtle scent, and light foam. It works to remove skin impurities and body odours, while hydrating the body. I, personally, have only used it on my face once or twice (and it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry at all), but hubby and teen use it on the face regularly, and really like it. I also love the big, 500ml pump action bottle that is super convenient. And the fact that it’s gentle enough for face and body is a BIG plus.
Environ Body derma-lac lotion R280
This is a staple that all the beauty ed’s and bloggers love. It has a runny, almost watery consistency and works to soften rough areas of skin on the body. It is particularly effective at eliminating dry skin on heels and elbows. A few years back, I gave a bottle to a friend who suffers with Keratosis Pilaris on her upper arms (those nasty hard, red bumps). After just one week of use, she said the improvement was unbelievable. I’ve also used derma-lac very successfully on my bikini line, to prevent ingrown hairs. This product is packed with skin-friendly, super gentle, exfoliation and hydrating agents such as Urea and lactic acid. And, if all that is not enough, this beauty is excellent at combatting very dry skin, brought on by climatic conditions (hello JHB winter). If you haven’t yet tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing, because this really is what we in the beauty industry refer to as a ‘transformative product’.
Purchase Environ at selected spas and salons or check out their website HERE for stockist details
Me&Youth Quick Makeup Fix R250
I’m all about makeup fixing sprays. Aside from the fact that they prevent makeup from slipping off your face halfway through the day, they also refresh the skin and add a gorgeous dewy glow. But, this little baby differs from the usual crop in that it can be also be used as a primer to feed and hydrate the skin, before foundation application. Obvs, it can also be used after you’ve applied makeup, and I find it especially effective at assisting me with blending and refining my makeup application. Because I’m, (cough) 42 yrs old, powder and concealer tends to settle into my fine lines – but, this baby prevents that. Ingredient wise, it contains rosewater, aloe vera and cucumber extract. Lastly, this beauty is perfectly sized, so fits into one’s handbag (or clutch). Purchase online at www.meandyouth.com and at selected salons.
Skin Creamery Two-Phase Skin Tonic R420
My love affair with the Skin Creamery brand continues. I swear, they are yet to launch a product (they currently have 5 in their range) that I don’t LOVE! I was most excited and somewhat intrigued to receive this unique, organic Skin Tonic that works to hydrate and condition, while restoring balance to the skin. To use, you shake the formula up, then use around 3 pumps of the product on face and neck (or any areas of skin that needs extra TLC). The texture is more watery than oily, and I find the best way to use it is to apply the product into the palm of your hand, then apply to the skin. You could also apply it onto a cotton pad and gently sweep over the face – this is the method I prefer. In my mind, this product is basically a hybrid between a serum and toner. Use it before you apply your moisturiser.
The man in your life will dig it too, as it’s ideal to calm the skin after shaving. Sun parched skin will also benefit as it has a cooling, soothing effect. Its three key ingredients are:
- Baobab fruit powder, which is high in Vitamin C
- Rose water that tones the skin, while balancing its PH
- Malachite, a mineral-rich crystal extract with powerful antioxidant properties.
This product is also an excellent moisturiser for oily skin. Purchase Skin Creamery online HERE
Six Glycolic Acid 8% Foaming Face Wash R415
I love any beauty product that contains Glycolic Acid, as it’s one ingredient that gently yet effectively treats all skin conditions from acne, fine lines and wrinkles, to dullness and oiliness. Glycolic acid works to rid the skin of surface dulling dead skin cells, leaving it looking smooth and radiant. This face wash also contains Vitamin E – an antioxidant – that also offers excellent moisturising benefits, coconut oil, and chamomile extract to soothe the skin. I like that it doesn’t lather very much (products that foam a lot tend to contains sulfates, and these are drying to the skin) easily removes all traces of makeup. You can’t use it on the eye area, so remove eye makeup beforehand. It’s so gentle; all skin types can use it. Six Skincare is available for purchase at selected salon and spas. For more info on six, see their website at www.sixskincare.com
Milk Solutions Tomato & Basil Smoothing Skin Scrub R299
The first thing you notice about this scrub is its delicious scent, which smells like freshly cut tomato & basil. Try resisting the temptation to eat it, because it’s meant to remove dead skin from hands and feet (but it also does a great job on dry, flaky knees & elbows). I really like that this gentle scrub is formulated with fine pumice in a rich creamy base, which applies beautifully and rinses off in a pinch. It leaves my hands and feet feeling smooth, soft and hydrated. It’s definitely one of my favourite scrubs – bonus that it’s a proudly SA brand. Purchase Milk Solutions online at www.milksolutionsbeauty.com , from www.zando.co.za or at selected nail bars and skin care centers nationwide.
Myhru High! Serum Intensive Vitamin Oil R680
This facial serum contains a concentrated blend of naturally potent oils, high in vitamins, antioxidants and omegas, renowned for their skin-renewing, and anti-aging properties.
You can use it one of two ways: in the morning, mix a few drops with your moisturiser (or foundation) and apply to clean skin. Come evening, apply a few drops onto the hands, rub together and press into the skin as an intensive nighttime treatment.
I love how this skin treatment is super rich and nourishing, without being at all oily or cloying. The formula is made up of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, Phenolic acids that include Ferulic, Caffeic and Gallic acids – all excellent antioxidants, and Omegas 3,6,9 that soften the skin and aid with the absorption of antioxidants. This serum can be used on all skin types and works to hydrate, nourish, restore, tone, protect and smooth the skin. It’s also free of parabens, fragrance, petrochemicals and colourants, making it a great choice for sensitive skins too. Purchase Myhru online at shop.myhru.co.za
I’ll be spoiling one reader with all seven products, totalling R2668 in value. To enter, leave a comment below this post telling me why you’d like to win this hamper. Please ensure you leave your email address (only I can see it) so I can can contact you, should you be the winner.
I’ll announce the winner on In My Bag Facebook (follow HERE) next week Tuesday 21 February.