All About Skin | pH formula

Last week I attended the launch for a very cool range of products from the pHformula brand. Who is pHformula you ask? They are a pharma-cosmeceutical from Barcelona, who find themselves between new generation cosmeceuticals and doctor’s practices. They offer products targeting concerns like ageing, hyperpigmentation, acne and chronic redness. You can also find them at medi spas with their skin resurfacing treatments addressing all of the aforementioned. (Most of the pHformula skin resurfacing products are not timed, neutralised or removed from the skin. Instead they are self-neutralising and left on the skin. This is quite a unique approach to skin resurfacing and seems gentler to me, as every peel that I’ve done had to be neutralised.) The great thing about them is that they offer customised, specific-to-your-skin treatments by testing your skin first to discover your tolerance levels.  With pHformula, one size does not fit all, and that’s what I like about the brand. They also offer home-care products as part of their treatments and a multifunctional, complexion correcting C.C. Cream.

The creams I want to tell you about today are so cool and nifty. Also really wonderful and full of active ingredients. pHformula believes that beautiful skin starts with vitamins. Because nutrition and beautiful skin are so closely linked, what better way to introduce a vitamin kick in the form of targeted facial creams? Introducing the Vita A, Vita B and Vita C 24 hour vitamin creams, all rich in essential vitamins at high concentration levels with a 24-hour moisture-retaining complex.

If you had to choose one, which one would you choose?

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Keep lines, wrinkles and dull skin at bay with Vitamin A


What it does:

Retinol is the term used for the entire vitamin A molecule. Applied to the skin, retinol is a beneficial cell-communicating ingredient and an antioxidant. Simply put, it helps skin cells create better, healthier skin cells.

Why it’s recommended by Dermatologists?:

Retinol has been shown to increase skin’s collagen production and glycosaminoglycan content, resulting in firmer skin with an improved texture and enhanced barrier function*. It is a fantastic anti-ageing product.

(Not everyone can tolerate retinol and may people’s skin cannot tolerate any amount of prescription retinoid without experiencing discomfort and desirable side effects. Retinol’s most common side effects include flaking, sunburned-like skin. You can manage this by applying retinol less frequently.)

Use this cream only at night. It can be used as often as your skin will allow.


Get a healthy glowing skin with vitamin B3


What it does:

Also known as Niacinamide, topically applied vitamin B3 has been shown to increase ceramide and fatty acid levels in skin, prevent skin from losing water content, and stimulate microcirculation in the dermis.

Why it’s recommended by Dermatologists?:

It can improve skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance skin’s barrier function*, help erase discolourations, and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture.

You can use this cream daily and nightly, with no hassle.


Retain your smooth, youthful skin with Vitamin C


What it does:

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with mutiple anti-ageing benefits.

Why it’s recommended by Dermatologists?:

Topically applied vitamin C has been shown to increase collagen production, strengthen skin’s barrier, reduce the appearance of skin discolouration, enhance skin’s repair process, reduce inflammation and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not.

You can use this cream daily and nightly.

*What’s all this talk about ‘barrier function’? Barrier function is one of the most important aspects of healthy skin, and is strongly endorsed by pHformula. A compromised barrier function can lead to breakouts, dehydration, sensitisation and premature ageing. Some products can compromise barrier integrity by stripping or over-exfoliating the skin.

What I love about these creams:

♥ They are full of active ingredients and really work! I used the Vita A cream two days in a row (silly me) and my skin started to peel about 5 days later. This is normal though, and now I know that I should only be using it once a week. When I use the Vita C cream, my face has such a radiant glow to it, which obviously I love!

The base of each cream is a 24-hour hydration formula, which in addition to hydrating your skin, combats drying effects of, for example, retinol.

 Because you need to surprise your skin from time to time, I love the concept of making a vitamin cocktail every other day to shock it (in a good way). You can use all 3 creams separately, but are also able to layer them to create a cocktail boost.

 I love the packaging, How cute! Vitamins for your face.

♥  The Vita A cream can be used as a spot treatment for unwanted guests on your face.

Available at selected salons, medi spas and doctors’ rooms. Vita A, B and C creams retail for approximately R800 for each 45ml bottle. If you want more info, go here to read more.