Favourite South African Skincare Brands

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!

Favourite South African Skincare Brands

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.

Favourite South African Skincare Brands- Skin Creamery

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.

Favourite South African Skincare Brands Lulu & Marula

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.

Favourite South African Skincare Brands Skoon Skincare

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!

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This Post Has 52 Comments

  1. shelley

    I love discovering new brands through bloggers!

  2. Sarah

    love the sounds of these, I love finding brands that are native to a different country x

    1. admin

      They are lovely, such great products!

  3. Laura Kroczek

    Really interesting post as I‘ve never heard of these brands before! Xx

    1. admin

      They are great, and proudly South African!

    1. admin

      It is amazing Emma, really a great brand!

  4. Gemma

    Skin Creamery has such beautiful packaging, must try out some of these brands! xx

    1. admin

      It is a gorgeous brand, they all are!

  5. Jade Wilson

    Just out of curiosity do you get this through somewhere like beauty bay or do you go directly to their website!

    1. admin

      Directly from their websites Jade. X

  6. Adrienne

    Thank you for this – I’m always so nosy about what brands are available outside the UK x

  7. Rosie

    How have I not heard of any of these brands?! I need to look into that ASAP!

    1. admin

      Yes Rosie, they are gorgeous!

  8. Beky Morris

    It would be great if some of these were available easily here, they sound so good!

    1. admin

      They are lovely Beky, I wish they were too!

  9. Emma

    I love the sound of all of these. That glowdrop concentrate sounds incredible! x

    1. admin

      It is wonderful Emma, all of the concentrates are!

  10. Erin

    Oh wow it all looks so good! The papaya and Pinapple mask sounds AMAZING! I would love to check it out, it sounds lovely! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. admin

      It is lovely Erin, I love enzymes!

  11. Maisie

    Wow they all look and sound SO lovely! Beautiful photos as always!

    1. admin

      Thank you so much! They are such amazing products

  12. R Fourie

    I would like to give the Thank You Night Repair Treatment Oil from WASS a try.

    Thank you for al the info, Azraa 🙂

    1. admin

      Oh it is lovely Reonette!

  13. Thuraya Alhourani

    Don’t think we have this brand here in Ireland but I will say the products sound really nice x

    1. admin

      In my opinion these are the best of the brands! You should definitely check them out, and go to Kamersvol this year April. I am sure you will enjoy it!

  14. Kelly-Anne

    There’s quite a few haven’t heard of but want to try.

    1. admin

      They are such amazing brands!

  15. Nisa

    I’ve seen these brands but have never tried anything from them before. Definitely going to the next Kamersvol in April

    1. admin

      Yes, go! I will see you there!

  16. Yasmina

    I’ve never heard of any of these brands before, definitely going to have to take a look at them and see if any are cruelty free 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

    1. admin

      I think they are all cruelty free if I am not mistaken

  17. Terri Heckley

    I’d love to try some of these products! They all look so great x

    1. admin

      They are, and all proudly South African!

  18. Sal UmmBaby

    Skin Creamery is going onto my list to try one day!!!! I just know I would enjoy those and you’ve done a pretty good job of convincing me even though I won’t be getting my hands on them anytime soon haha! xxx

    1. admin

      Hopefully soon Sal, it is gorgeous!

    1. admin

      It is seriously worth it Candice!

  19. Beautylymin

    I love posts like this because I am reading about brands and products that I had never heard of before! Skin Creamery, in particular, sounds like a beautiful brand xx

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