SA’s Beauty Ed’s must-haves

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

It’s tough being a beauty editor. So many new products to try, so little time. BeautySA asked some of South Africa’s magazine beauty eds to share their must-have skincare products with us. Here’s what they have to say…

SA's Beauty Ed's must-haves

Candice Lee Kannemeyer – Fashion & Beauty Director

‘I’d say my must-have skincare product is my Advanced Night Repair by Esteé Lauder. I’ve been using it now for seven years and really believe it’s the reason my skin looks as good as it does. I use it morning and evening, and also apply a little during the day over my make-up to give my skin a boost.’

Catherine Zachariou – Junior Fashion & Beauty Editor

‘I’d have to say Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel. I had problematic skin in my teens, right up until my early twenties and always struggled to find a face wash that battled my pimples without drying my skin out. That is until I discovered Dermalogica and their Special Cleansing Gel. Luckily my days of acne are long gone but I still use it religiously as it also works wonders for my sensitive skin.’

Kelli Clifton – Assistant Beauty Editor

‘My must-have skin product is a rich, nourishing moisturiser with a built-in SPF. I’ve been suffering with incredibly dry skin lately and know that if it wasn’t for my Esteé Lauder Day Wear Plus SPF 15, I wouldn’t have survived this winter!’

Chereen Gibson – Beauty Editor
O, The Oprah Magazine

‘Exfoliation is key in any beauty routine – without it, it doesn’t make much sense to invest in expensive lotions and potions, since they can’t be properly absorbed. As a result, my must-have skincare product has got to be QMS Medicosmetics Exfoliant Fluid. Since I started using this product on a daily basis about three months ago, I’ve noticed a vast improvement in the appearance of my skin. I suffer less breakouts and my skin’s texture seems to be smoother and more refined, not to mention the fact that I feel that my skin has a beautiful, healthy glow.’

Genevieve Gonçalves – Beauty Editor

‘One of my ultimate skincare must-haves is a tinted moisturiser! I love Elizabeth Arden’s Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, because not only does it hydrate your skin, but it evens out your skin tone, it gives a sheer, natural coverage leaving you looking healthy and dewy AND it protects your skin from the sun! Perfect for those days when you just don’t feel like wearing foundation.’

SA's Beauty Ed's must-haves

Mathahle Stofile – Beauty Editor
Marie Claire

‘My must-have skincare product is Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Body Butter. I love that it is scent free but the best thing about it is that it is rich without being oily and it truly nourishes my skin. I become very, very dry in winter. This product does the job of leaving my skin feeling like my 10-month-old son’s after the very first application. It’s a winner.’

Helen Clemson, Contributing Beauty Editor
Women’s Health

‘I’m constantly testing out products and have many favourites this month. At the moment I’m really enjoying Eucerin’s Dry Skin Complete Repair Intensive Lotion 10% Urea. I totally neglected the skin on my body this winter and the result was itchiness and flaky legs – gross! But this body hydrator has worked a treat and my skin feels much more comfortable.’

Lynette Botha – Beauty Editor

‘At the moment I am really loving QMS Sports Active Cream. A tinted moisturiser that I use every day instead of foundation. I love it!’

Lerato Seuoe – Editorial & Beauty Assistant

‘I am in love with Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream. The light-weight formula glides on easy and gives me just enough coverage for daily use with a sheer luminous veil. It’s hands down my skincare hero of the year!’

Chanel Lee Coetzer – Beauty and Lifestyle Editor
My Wedding Day and @Leisure

‘The product that I simply can’t live without is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. I have one in my handbag, one next to my bed, and one in my office. It is perfect to soothe irritated skin, and a great healing agent for dry, cracked or dull-looking skin. I have psoriasis, so generally have irritated red blotches, and find that the 8-hour cream calms and heals it in no time. Simply apply a thin layer to your face in the evenings before bed and wake up with hydrated, smooth, healthy-looking skin. The fragrance-free one is a great for your husband or boyfriend (they generally don’t like the smell of the 8-hour cream – but I simply love its results!). It is fantastic after they have shaved, as the skin is generally irritated and rough.

Extra tip: Rub the skin protectant on your feet before bed, wrap them in cling film and a sock for the night, and wake up with perfect, sandal-ready feet!’

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. AndreaM

    Ooh I need to put some of these on my to get list.

    4 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Advanced Night Repair is the best product ever. Will always be first on my list of favourite beauty products!

    5 years ago •

  1. SG

    I used QMS for awhile and found it far too pricey for the limited benefits. More expensive doesn’t always mean better quality. I paid R1550 for the cream cleanser, toner and 24 hour cream.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Loved this article! Thanks for the tips for Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream – I have it and didn’t know you could use it on your feet! Will try some tonight!

    5 years ago •

  1. Smith

    I am impressed with Bobbi Brown’s BB cream! Excellent product

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    BB cream is Officially oartnof my life just like coffee.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    My mum loves Estee lauder. She believes that it is one and only for her :) Tried Advanced Repair and now she is in love even more.

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Would like to try the Sports Active Cream

    6 years ago •

  1. PrincessNoo

    Been dying to try the QMS range….looks fantastic. Especially like the sound of Sports Active Cream for hot summer days.

    6 years ago •

  1. Charne

    These are amazing products. Bought some of these yesterday. A bit pricey but hopefully worth it. Thanks for the tips.

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    BB cream from bobbi brown is amazing!

    Anyone know the price of the QMS?

    6 years ago •

  1. Antoinette Naidoo

    Great tips thanks for the infomation gonna put it to good use

    6 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    Can’t wait to try Bobbi Brown’s BB cream! I am a Eight Hour Skin Protectant fan!

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    I want all of them :) on a serious note love Estée Lauders ANR , it is a skin savior and the jar is so cute. I also can’t wait to try Kiehls products.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Really would love to try this BB cream. I heard so much about it.

    6 years ago •

  1. McConney

    Awesome products! Dermalogica is a really great brand. Love Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I cant wait to get my hands on the BB cream

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Fabulous products,the Elizabeth Arden’s Pure Finish Moisturizer looks good

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I’ve heard such a lot of good things about the Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Serum. I think it’s time i make the purchase.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Some great picks! I can’t wait to try out some Kiehl’s products. I’m super excited about their new store in jhb. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Anita

    I love the Estee Lauder advanced night repair! thanks for the article, some great products!

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I’ve tried the Estee Lauder advanced night repair and must say I love it. My skin feels so soft after using it. I have not tried the rest though

    6 years ago •

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