Acquizhen is a new organic skin care brand formulated by an aesthetic surgeon and skin specialist, Dr. Erich Schulte. Most of the ingredients used in the products are harvested from the wild in a way that’s sustainable and kind to the environment.
I was given their cutesy little sample pack the other day, the Acquizhen Good to Go kit, R600, so I could get up close and personal with the products and can now say that, in general, I’m really very impressed.
Many of the organic skin care goodies I’ve tried in the past have all been rather lovely, but I didn’t feel as though any contained the goods to realllly make a difference when it comes to fending off Father Time. Acquizhen, however, contains a superb mix of very powerful organic anitoxidants.
For example, the entire range save for the soap all contain reservatrol, an amazing grape-derived antioxidant that’s causing a bit of a buzz in the beauty world right now. When applied topically, it can protect against sun damage, improve collagen production and reduce cell damage.
Of everything I used in the kit, I really liked the Nurturing Night Cream, R650.
It’s got a lovely rich, gel-like texture that doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on your face and has a nice, light refreshing floral scent. Aside from the reservatrol, it includes other antioxidants like blackberry, alfalfa and white tea extracts as well as a mildly exofoliating papaya extract. It also makes use of kigelia extract, (it comes from a tree that grows in the states, Asia and Oz), which has skin-firming properties.
The Replenishing Day Cream, R650, has very similar ingredients, but also includes Para Cress, a weird-looking plant that, if you chew it, has a numbing effect on your mouth! This mini botox-like effect causes it to have a relaxing effect on your muscles at a totally micro level, helping to reduce the appearing of fine lines. Sounds crazy, right? But don’t worry, I’m wearing it right now and have never noticed even so much as a tingle and had I not read about it, would never have known. My only gripe is that is doesn’t contain an SPF and absorbs into your skin very, very quickly, making it a little difficult for those who like a bit of slip on their skin to assist in the application of foundation.
I also LOVED the Sunrise Soap, R130. It smells like soft, sweet oranges and, thanks to a generous whack of cocoa butter, it creates a deliciously creamy lather on your skin.
Acquizhen is sold in selected spas and salons countrywide. To find your nearest stockist, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.