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Hey lovelies, 

I decided to take a break from blogging to refocus and refresh. I knew I wanted a little change but I didn’t know what that was going to be. I sat with it for a few months and it came to me! Besides being obsessed with serums, facial masks and pretty lipsticks, I am most passionate about anti-ageing. I also love empowering others. We could all do with a little more love. Ad who better to give it to us then ourselves? And so, the focus of my blog has been sharpened into anti-ageing and self-love. This is what I know most about, so this is what I will be sharing. I hope you enjoy the ride.

I’ve never been exposed to French brand, Filorga but I am happy to say that it’s is one of the best brands I’ve tried in 2018.

I was recently sent a peeling lotion as well as a dreamy face cream, and I am loving both. Here are my thoughts on the brand so far…

Filorga Re-Oxygenating Micro-Peeling Lotion

Chemical exfoliators are my favourite kind of exfoliators because you don’t have to spend time physically scrubbing to get smooth, clear skin. Exfoliating is vital for getting rid of dull and dead skin. When I’m busy and the week runs away from me and I forget, I can see an immediate difference.

I’m a sucker for a good smelling product, and this Re-Oxygenating Micro-Peeling Lotion is divine! It engulfs your senses in its heavenly floral scent. The plastic bottle that houses the liquid is the ultimate in packaging. It dispenses liquid like salon acetone pump bottles, ensuring there is no wastage and screwing off or on of lids. Place your cotton wool pad over the pump and push down either 1 or 2 times. Swipe over your face and et voila! My skin always tingles after application. I only ever use it at night, followed by a moisturiser. If I want a double whammy, I use Kiehl’s Overnight Peel and come the morning, my skin is positively glowing!

This cocktail includes 6 acids at 6% that gently exfoliate and refresh the skin. Glycolic acid to reduce wrinkles, Phytic acid to tackle dark spots, Citric acid for a more even complexion, Salicylic acid to help reduce pores, Mandelic acid for radiance and Gluconolactone, to provide a gentle resurfacing effect. It also contains pure Hyaluronic acid which boosts the synthesis of hyaluronic acid providing skin hydration and an intense plumping action, NCTF – a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, co-enzymes and antioxidants to regenerate the cells for a revitalising effect as well as polysaccharides that stimulate the synthesis of  Cytoglobin which helps to oxygenate and regenerate cells.

I know it’s easy to promote products when you’re being sent them (and you don’t have to fork out your own cash for them) but this bottle lasts really long and is worth it! If you’re new to acid toners, I would say this is a perfect place to start, as it has a low acid content. If you’re an acid toner junkie, give this bad boy a try.

R520 for 150ml available from Edgars, Red Square, Takealot or at a discount here.

Filorga Lift-Structure Day Cream

This day cream is an anti-ageing day cream and claims to firm the look of skin, performing a lifting effect to help redefine the appearance of facial features. Formulated with active ingredients derived from aesthetic procedures, the ultra-lifting moisturiser delivers visible lifting and smoothing action to help re-contour the look of skin, while Plasmatic Lifting Factors® (comprising Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid) work to tighten and plump the appearance of features. With intensive firming properties, it contains a duo of botanical active ingredients to help restore tone and firmness back into the neck and cheekbones.

I generally don’t like face creams – I think they’re boring. I prefer serums, facial oils and gels. But this cream, I actually love. I’m pretty sure that it hasn’t lifted my skin (does it contain ingredients with anti-gravity properties?) but my skin looks plump and hydrated, and feels refreshed and soft. It’s the softest cream I’ve ever used and I love applying it to my skin. My skin loves it and soaks it up. The cream gives an instantly dewy feel and over days my skin looks soothed and a little plumper. It’s genuinely fantastic.

R1100 for 50ml available from Takealot (currently discounted to R1020) here.

Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon is a gorgeous revitalising treatment gel-cream that claims to transform skin overnight by optimising nighttime skin recovery. It contains exotic sounding ingredients like Persian silk tree extract to reduce the sign of skin fatigue, wu-zhu-yu extract to give you a shot of radiance and Australian kakadu plum extract (rich in antioxidant vitamin C) to improve and brighten skin tone. The best part about this cream? Besides promoting great skin it promotes restful sleep (as you might have gathered from the name). It contains motion-activated microcapsules of soothing French lavender essential oil, along with calming sandalwood and patchouli, to soothe the senses with aromatherapy to help promote deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin.

How to use?

Used as the last step in your skincare routine, just smooth it over your face and neck. It can be used as layered over your serum, oil or any concentrate and is okay for use around the eye area. If you need more hydration you can layer it over your normal moisturiser. The beautiful, lavender infused white textured gel-cream will melt into your skin and help hydrate, brighten and revive your skin while you sleep. 

The 50 ml container retails for R1295 and you can get about 95 uses from it (roughly three months).

The new kid in town from Skinceuticals is their Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier Serum. It’s a beautiful, hydrating serum containing the star ingredient hyaluronic acid, but is different from their other star product, Hydrating B5 Gel.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier Serum

This multifunctional corrective serum helps amplify the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid levels by 30%, containing a  concentration of pure hyaluronic acid, plus proxylane, licorice root and purple rice extract. These bad boys (which are actually very, very good boys) help deliver surface hydration to skin and help to improve smoothness, firmness and plumpness. Ideal for all skin types, this paraben-free and dye-free serum-gel also reduces the look of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds (smile or laugh lines) and marionette lines (the lines that run down from the corners of the mouth ). H.A. Intensifier is also perfect for extending the longevity of injectable hyaluronic acid fillers.

Both the H.A. Intensifier and Hydrating B5 Gel contain Hyaluronic Acid, but they are different. H.A. Intensifier is a corrective serum that works to increase the skin’s own hyaluronic acid levels by stimulating hyaluronic acid synthesis, prompting your skin to make more of its own, preserving the existing hyaluronic acid and hydrating instantly. Hydrating B5 Gel is a moisturizer. It combines vitamin B5 with Hyaluronic Acid to strengthen the skin’s barrier and bind moisture to the skin. This oil-free serum will boost and enhance the effects of your daily moisturizer.

My thoughts

I use this in the morning after my CE Ferulic serum. It has a lovely berry colour to it, but doesn’t look purple when you apply it. It’s super lightweight and is absorbed quickly, but still provides intense hydration – my dry areas feel and look so much better. It’s so important that your skin stays hydrated during the day, otherwise your foundation fades in irregular patches. This gel serum ensures my skin stays nicely moisturised all day long.

The Hydrating B5 Gel is recommended for all skin types and those with sensitive, dehydrated and acne-prone skin and can be used alone or with your daily moisturizer for extra hydration. H.A. Intensifier is recommended for all skin types and dehydrated or ageing skin types to help improve the skin’s firmness, elasticity and plumpness.

If you’re new to the world of Skinceuticals and you’ve heard good things about either their Hydrating B5 Gel or their H.A. Intensifier, I’d say try either. If you’re extremely dehydrated, start with the H.A Intensifier and move on to the B5 Gel after your bottle has finished. Otherwise, go straight to B5 Hydrating heaven – I’m obsessed.

Available at select dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aesthetic spas or online here.

 

With 15% pure Vitamin C, Vichy’s LiftActiv Brightening Skin Corrector is the ultimate solution for tired and dull looking skin. The formula contains a blend of powerful active ingredients which include pure Vitamin C and E and Hyaluronic Acid, and is free of perfume, texturizing agents and silicone.

The Vichy LiftActiv Brightening Skin Corrector is ideal for 35-50-year-olds who are looking to boost the skin’s natural radiance. Did you know that your skin can be exhausted due to a heavy workload, change of seasons, pollution, important life events, sun stress, lack of sleep or nutritional imbalances. How, you ask? By provoking dryness, imperfections, causing dark spots, a dull complexion or uneven skin texture. 

The most incredible thing about Vichy’s skin booster bottle is that its so powerful that you only need to use it 3-4 times a year and it’s for all skin types.

Why should you use it?
Broadly speaking, antioxidants help to fight skin damage linked to external factors in our environment, such as UV rays – linked to 80% of premature cutaneous ageing. They do this by halting a phenomenon known as free radical damage, which is triggered by these factors and has been shown to accelerate visible signs of ageing.Vichy LiftActiv Brightening Skin Corrector boosts the antioxidant capacity of your skin on application and protects your skin from oxidative stress, and therefore being a powerful partner in your anti-ageing routine. Put 4-5 drops of the product in the palm of your hand. Apply with fingertips to a cleansed and dried skin, mornings only. Wait for 3 minutes before you apply your regular moisturiser.
 
My Thoughts
I am obsessed with antioxidants. I religiously use Skinceuticals C E Ferulic because a plastic surgeon once told me that as long as I use that and sunscreen, my skin is completely protected against sun and oxidative stress – which are the main contributing ageing factors. Plus my skin has never looked better. The amazing thing about Vichy’s LiftActiv Brightening Skin Corrector is that you only need use it 3-4 times a year (although if I didn’t have C E Ferulic, and this was my only antioxidant, I’d use it more often) and the price point is easy at R385 for 10ml. That might sound like a lot for a little, but you only need 4 drops at each application. A heads up – drop 4 drops in the palm of one hand and don’t rub it in with the other hand and then on your face. Some how the second hand absorbs product and then there isn’t as much for your face. I love it!
 
Available at Dis-Chem, Clicks, Foschini and major pharmacies.