As I mentioned in my Local Lovelies post, we have so many amazing local beauty products that I wish more people knew about, so today I am sharing a few products that I am loving from my Favourite South African Skincare Brands. Aside from SKNLOGIC, I discovered quite a few of these products and brands at Kamersvol, which if you haven’t been to yet, you should definitely check out!
Starting off the with the two lesser known brands, WASS and SKNLOGIC.
The Thank You Night Repair Treatment Oil from WASS is an overnight oil that has been giving me plump and healthy looking skin by morning. WASS is a clothing/skincare/bodycare brand that I discovered at Kamersvol and actually hadn’t heard of before, but I am so glad I picked this up. I definitely want to try more from them! This oil reminds me of the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, although a thicker more nourishing version.
Next is SKNLOGIC, one of the first local brands I tried quite a few years ago when I fell in love with the Enzyme Exfoliate. The Enzyme Exfoliate is still one of my favourite products that I use quite often, I apply it as an overnight mask and wake up to clearer, brighter skin! So, I was excited to try this other *Exfoliate product which combines both physical and chemical exfoliants. I like that it isn’t too gritty which can be quite harsh on the skin, I also like that it includes papaya extract which works as a chemical exfoliant. Although I do like this product, I still prefer the Enzyme Exfoliate, which doesn’t include any physical exfoliators and does the work while I sleep.
I think everyone’s favourite local skincare brand of the moment is Skin Creamery!
The first thing that I love about Skin Creamery is the stunning glass packaging, I also love that they do refills! I had heard quite a bit about this brand and I really wanted to try the products, but I thought the prices were quite high, and always gave it a skip. So, when I saw them at Kamersvol and could actually experience the products and see if it was worth it, before buying, I did just that, and concluded that they were! They currently have five products, of which I have tried them all, and I am hoping for some new launches soon!
The Oil to Milk Cleanser feels so luxurious, I apply it to dry skin, massage and then rinse with water, and it dissolves immediately into a milky emulsion without leaving any residue behind. It removes makeup well, and doesn’t dry out the skin, so it works well as either a first or second cleanse.
My least favourite product is the Facial Cleansing Powder. I find it way too rough to use as a cleanser, and even as an exfoliator when my skin is sensitive. It is a powder that you have to mix with water to form a paste and then apply to damp skin, which also makes it quite messy. If you are looking for a powder wash, I can highly recommend this one from The Body Shop.
I have been enjoying using the Skin Tonic as an essence, after cleansing and before my serum, just pressed into my skin with my fingertips. It is soothing and hydrating, and a lovely addition to my routine.
The Facial Hydrating Oil is a super lightweight oil that is best mixed with a few drops of water and pressed into the skin. It is easily absorbed and I notice a visible difference in my dehydration lines after using this. Also, the bottle is huge, so it will take quite a while to finish!
Lastly I have The Everyday Cream, a lightweight but moisturising cream that can be used on face and body. This cream is pretty expensive, so there is no way I would use this on my body, but I am loving it as a hand cream, especially because it is face friendly, so it won’t irritate my skin when I am applying my makeup or face skincare. It has a natural comforting scent, and I am definitely pleased with this one, I even bought a second.
I just love the print of Lulu & Marula!
I had these Lulu & Marula products on my Birthday Wishlist last year, and when I saw them at Kamersvol I treated myself. I was once again quite wary because of the price, but once I tried them I was happy to get spendy!
I am loving the Balancing Cleansing Balm as a first cleanse, it feels heavenly, smells heavenly and it melts away dirt and makeup. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, and turns into a milky lotion once water is added.
I have only tried the Purifying Mask and Polish a few times, and my skin definitely looks less clogged and more refined after use. I do find it a bit messy though, since it is a powder that needs to be mixed with water to form a paste. It also has a very earthy scent.
The Refreshing Tonic Mist has been lovely in the warm weather! It is hydrating and soothing, and I have been using it before moisturising, before makeup and even after applying my makeup.
Lastly, Skoon Skincare who have some really great innovative products!
Skoon Skincare is another popular local brand that makes quite a few stand out products. When they first launched I was sent a few products to try out, and I was quite impressed. I then saw their stand at Kamersvol, (one of the best looking stands) and got to experience a few more products and of course bought a few more too.
The Ruby Marine Overnight Hydrating Mask is rich and hydrating and perfect for dehydrated skin. I can’t use this more than once a week, as it is quite rich, but it definitely increases hydration. It is important to use a tiny amount, as it melts into a lovely oil once applied to the skin. If you use too much it can definitely get greasy.
The Papaya + Pineapple Sherbet Enzyme Exfoliating Mask is a powder that is mixed with water to form a paste, which is then applied to the skin. As the name suggests it contains exfoliating enzymes which act as chemical exfoliants. My favourite thing about enzyme exfoliators is that they are smart, and know when to stop, as opposed to our fingers when we are scrubbing away with a granular exfoliator. I have used this a few times, and my skin looks brighter and less dull after use.
The *Rosehip C+ Concentrate is packed with Rosehip and Vitamin C and is great for mature or damaged skin. This is one of my favourite serums from them, it definitely adds a glow and just improves the overall look of my skin.
The *Glowdrops Concentrate increases hydration and plumpness, but to be honest, for a glow I prefer the Rosehip C+.
Lastly we have the *Skin Sips Concentrate, a light serum that hydrates and plumps up the skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, this is my other favourite serum. My skin immediately looks and feels plumper and more supple, and my dehydration lines have pretty much disappeared.
This is definitely not a complete list of South African Skincare brands, there are so many lovely ones cropping up, but these are my favourites with seriously great products!