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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.

INOAR has just launched a multi-purpose premium oil called Kálice (pronounced the same way as the Mother of Dragons). It contains Vitamin E as well as 7 precious plant oils and it can be used for hair, body and face. Don’t you love a good multi-tasker?


Let’s talk ingredients. Kálice contains Argan oil and Macadamia oil (good for heat protection, moisturising and eliminating frizz), Myrrh oil (a powerful antioxidant and great for dry hair and sensitive scalps), Ojon oil (which smoothes and softens rough skin and protects the hair from heat), Sweet almond oil (anti-ageing, reduces fine lines, promotes hair growth and gives an incredible shine), Jasmine oil (which helps to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks on skin) and Rosemary oil (beneficial for a dry and flaky scalp and may prevent premature baldness). The combination of these oils result in a moisturising, nourishing, restorative, antioxidant, softening, protective and emollient oil, for use all over your body. Because the oil is of such pure form, it penetrates and absorbs immediately into the skin, leaving you with a subtle glow.


Hair – put the oil in your hands and spread it all over your hair or at the ends. In true multi-tasker form, it can be added to your shampoo, conditioner or mask treatment for an added shot of moisture and hydration.

Body – apply all over your body by massaging it on, especially on the drier areas. You can also add a few drops to your regular body lotion to make it lighter and more ‘glowy’.

Face – put a drop on your hands and apply it alone or with your moisturiser. You can add a drop or two to your foundation, to give you more hydration and/or a dewy finish. You can also use it as a make- up remover, or to clean your makeup brushes.


Initially I was skeptical about using the same oil I would for my hair on my face. I assumed that I would suffer breakouts or be too shiny. None of that happened, and all I got was smooth, moisturised skin. You know what I love the most about it? The fact that I can use any excess on my hands after I’ve used it on my hair. Sometimes I pour a bit too much on my hand, and then don’t want to make my hair look greasy, so instead of getting messy and wiping it away with a tissue, I use it on my arms, hands or wherever I want to without fear that it’ll block my pores or be bad for my skin. Did I mention that it smells incredible?It smells deliciously floral and imparts your hair with this gorgeous scent. I also like that it has a dry finish on my body. The only thing I wish is that it came in a pump form, as the bottle is difficult for me to use, especially when there’s oil in my hands and I’m trying to close the lid. All in all I am a Kálice convert!

Available in over 3700 salons, Sorbet dry bars or order online here at R780 for 100ml.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous gift idea for someone special, I think this oil would be welcomed.

Like a good skincare junkie I am constantly testing and trying out new products. When I find a product that blows my hair back, I see if I can make it better by combining it with another mind melting product. It’s kinda like taking Spider Man and giving him Superman’s powers. These products together take skincare to a previously unknown level…

Hydrating B5 and Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask

I absolutely adore Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 and I absolutely love Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask. Put the two together and you have a match made in heaven, which works the best for dehydrated and dry skin.

NeoStrata’s Smooth Surface Daily Peel and Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate

This combo is killer. The Neo Strata pads contain glycolic acid which exfoliates and increases cell turnover to clarify pores, refine skin texture and improve skin tone. Just before bed, apply the Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, which continues the exfoliating/cell renewal theme, followed by your favourite facial oil or cream and you wake up in the morning with GLOWING skin. Most times when I use this combo, I get lots of compliments about my skin. 

Australian Gold Self Tanning Lotion and Caribbean Tan Darkening Drops

Australian Gold makes a good self tanning lotion that comes out looking super natural, never orange, and fades evenly. The only down side is that a) the colour is a little bit too light and b) the lotion is slightly tinted, but doesn’t have the strongest colour guide. I have a problem with sunless tanners that don’t have an adequate colour guide, because where am I rubbing it in my skin? By adding Caribbean Tan’s Darkening Drops, the colour is intensified and the colour guide is stronger. Winning. You can even mix the Darkening Drops in with your regular body lotion to create a customised colour for your skin tone.

Beauty Blender and The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist

Sometimes I’m too lazy to wash my Beauty Blender sponge. I also like the look of a more natural to medium application of foundation versus caking it on. Because of this I simply spritz some of The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist onto my beauty blender before I squeeze my foundation onto it, and hey presto! A beautiful looking complexion in 2 minutes flat.

Batiste Dry Shampoo and INOAR Kálice Multi Purpose Oil

I love dry shampoo because who doesn’t love something that extends the life of your blowdry/styling efforts? Also because of the volume it gives me, and this specific Batiste XXL variant gives gooood volume. By day 3, when my ends are looking a little dry, I just smooth on some INOAR Kálice, which is a blend of 7 precious plant oils, and which smells insanely delicious, and my hair looks healthy and shiny again!

Do you have any favourite product combinations?