Recently I attended a launch for two new products, both of which are touted as anti-ageing, so I was super amped.

Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules

Exuviance describes their Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules as: “Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is an essential co-factor in collagen synthesis, known for its power to strengthen skin’s matrix, improve skin firmness and smooth wrinkles, as well as brighten spots for a more even, radiant complexion. A potent antioxidant, vitamin C helps neutralize oxidative damage from everyday environmental exposure to decelerate signs of aging.” 

How to use?

At night time, before your moisturiser – the serum sinks in really easily. I use it 2-3 times weekly, making sure to exfoliate beforehand for maximum product penetration. 


Vitamin C is formulated to restore firmness, smooth lines, brighten uneven tone and is the reason why my skin is glowing and more even. Whenever I use a capsule, I wake up in the morning to absolutely glowing, radiant and refreshed skin.

I am loving these capsules and would recommend them to anyone looking to soften fine lines or even out skin tone. The only thing I don’t enjoy (although I kinda do, because it makes me think of popping candy on my skin) is the bursting, stinging sensation produces on my skin (apparently this doesn’t happen to everyone). If it does happen to you, just mix one capsule into your night time moisturiser and apply to skin. Or don’t and enjoy the pain.

Oh, and if you travel, you will love these babies! There’s no need to carry the whole bottle, you can just pop a few of these capsules into your toiletry bag.  

Importantly, don’t eat them! They’re not for ingestion. They’re filled with serum for application only.

Even though I received them as a press sample, I would definitely use my own money to buy them in the future. Available at Dermastore here for R1160 per bottle.


NeoStrata® Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum

NeoStrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum is a silky serum formulated with a proprietary triple anti-ageing complex to help volumise slack skin, renew skin tone and smooth rough texture while improving overall signs of photo-damage. It is formulated for both those showing signs of early and more mature skin ageing. Not suitable for sensitive or rosacea skins.

How to use?

Apply 3-5 drops to your face after cleansing – morning and evening. 


The heavy glass bottle has an elegant ombré silver tint, and an easy-to-use dropper. The serum is a lightweight, slightly milky gel, which is absorbed in a flash, without any residue. It feels so gentle and refreshing to apply and my skin immediately feels luxuriously soft. After a month of use, my skin looks more plumped out and a little firmer.  A small amount goes a long way.

The Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum is formulated to rejuvenate ageing skin in three different ways:

Volumising slack skin with Aminofil, a patented amino acid derivative. This is supposed to plump and firm so the skin looks lifted. The effect is subtle and my skin looks soft and plumped up after a month of use.
Evening skin tone with gluconolactone to exfoliate. This molecule is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) which is gentler than AHA and with an added moisturising effect. I haven’t really noticed much of an overall lightening effect, but my skin is fair.
Smoothing skin with low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which moisturises and plumps skin up. My fine lines look a little less ‘liney’. I haven’t used the product for 3 months consistently, but I can confidently say that I have noticed an increase in my skin’s luminosity when I do use this product.

As with any other beauty product, in order for the “magic” to happen, consistency is key. Remember that while this will help to improve the skin laxity, no topical product alone can give the results of a tightening skin procedure such as fractional laser or a surgical facelift. This serum can also be used to enhance the results of these treatments.

Available at Dermastore here for R 1035.

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.

The gorgeous French brand Payot is back in South Africa, and they’ve relaunched with a neat concept.

In the 1920’s, founder of Payot Paris, Dr Nadia Payot created her first products.  Convinced that these products alone were not enough, she developed her first beauty recommendations and exercises and started performing facial exercises on her clients.

The Gym Beauté Payot includes 11 movements which are said to uplift features and smoothe out wrinkles. And the best part? They’re quick and easy and you don’t have to put on your gym gear!

Check out the Beauty Gym:


A comprehensive cleansing range, this facial collection is complete with five options from cleansing gels, to a toner and of course make up removers.

All skin types are considered. There’s both a gel (for for oilier skin types) as well as comforting milk cleanser (offering added hydration). For a radiance boost, reach for Lotion Tonique Reveil with its raspberry extracts, and to whisk away make up in seconds, there are two options of makeup removers. Eau Micellaire Express is a refreshing make-up removing water for face and eyes, while Demaquillant Instantane Yeux is a dual-textured make up remover that sweeps away stubborn waterproof products.

Purify with PATE GRISE

This heritage range developed by Nadia Payot lives on and still thoroughly treats and cares for blemished skins almost 70 years since formulation. At its heart is Pate Grise Special Edition, and it’s a miracle potion – especially if an acne spot needs quick healing. An emergency ointment that’s suitable for all skin types, it works overnight to help mature a blemish, meaning it won’t linger on your skin. To compliment the range, the Pate Grise Speciale 5 (a drying and purifying gel) is used on mature blemishes, as well as the Pate Grise Eau Purifiante (a Perfection two-phase lotion) for all-over complexion use, meaning you have a comprehensive treatment plan. And because Payot understands women with blemished skins want to use a high-coverage concealer with treatment benefits, the Stick Couvrant Pate Gris means a dose of shale extract (an ingredient in the famous Pate Grise) upon application. Two hydrating products (oily skin needs to be perfectly moisturised too) complete the range.

Quench thirst with HYDRA24+

The best treatment products for skin that needs hydrations, irrespective of its type, comes in the forms of fresh-feel, moisture- plumping creams that are light to the touch. Available in a selection of textures that are perfect for your skin type, Hydra24+ is the answer for women prone to taught-feeling and hydration-poor skin. A daily-use eye care treatment (Hydra24+ Regard Glacon) and a super-hydrating and comforting mask (Hydra24+ Baum en Masque) are essential to prevent water loss.

Illuminate with MY PAYOT

Radiant skin means healthy skin and a simple yet effective product range is Payot’s commitment to helping women achievement a flawless face. Straightforward, yet hard-working, the collection consists of day, night and eye care creams to increase skin’s radiance for a glow that’s more gorgeous by the day thanks to power ingredients like super fruit extracts.


Slack skin is a big issue for South African women as loss of firmness doesn’t target a specific skin concern, type or tone. It’s simply an ageing issue. This targeted treatment (laced with argan extract) for mature skins with decreased firmness and bounce, is a smart serum-cream and works by intercellular communication.

Smooth wrinkles with TECHNI LISS

No matter where you are on your anti-ageing journey, Payot has specific anti-wrinkle care products to fit your skin’s treatment needs. Starting from first wrinkles (Techni Liss First) through to deep wrinkles (Techni Liss Deep), the range has been specifically created to manage wrinkles as they appear and set in, dealing with them at every stage. Carefully considered ingredient-rich products are key to the range, like Techni Liss Booster, packed with hyaluronic acid that’s found naturally in skin to pep up vital collagen.

Sculpt with PERFORM LIFT

Stave off in-clinic anti-aging procedures with a skin remod- eling range to help to re-contour face, neck and décolleté. As the skin on your neck is a telltale sign of aging, Perform Sculpt Roll-On is an award-winning modelling gel that uses peptides to help muscles support this fragile area once more. A day and night cream as well as an eye treatment means the range is complete for a full offering that cares for mature women skins.


The era of global anti-aging treatments – those that work really hard to perform many skin care tasks in one applica- tion – has been with us for years. Payot has worked tire- lessly to ensure the formulation of Supreme Jeunesse Con- centrate is the of the utmost advanced, making this serum the solution to your skin’s total health and anti-aging needs.

UV protect with LES SOLAIRES

As South Africa as the second highest UV concentration in the world, Payot understands it needs to offer all South Afri- can women a full and high factor sun screen range. The Les Solaires Sun Sensi Crème Visage come in both a SPF 30 and 50+ variety.

You can find Payot at selected Dis-Chem and independent pharmacies nationwide. Go forth and explore! And don’t forget to do your exercises. 

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?

Vita range2


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.