There have been a lot of new beauty products on the shelves lately. Here are the ones we’re most excited about.
Azana Spa Coconut & Hyaluronic Acid Micellar Water, R89.95
Who doesn’t love a micellar water!? A few wipes of this 3-in-1 skincare product is all it takes to cleanse, tone and remove makeup. No need to add water and no need to rinse, this micellar water comprises vegetable glycerine to leave your skin feeling moisturised. It is available in three subtly-fragranced varieties and was designed to cleanse, soften and boost the skin’s natural radiance. Choose between:
Rosehip – Rosehip is an ideal cleansing oil for oily skin and contains retinoids which may help reduce the appearance of acne.
Aloe vera and cucumber – Leaves skin feeling cleansed and refreshed and has a soothing effect.
Coconut and hyaluronic acid – enriched with coconut extract (for hydration and radiance) and Hyaluronic Acid made to cleanse, and leave a radiant glow.
Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation, R149.99
This Revlon favourite is now available in ten new shades specially designed for the South African market. Known for its skincare-inspired formula, this foundation is filled with antioxidants, anti-blue light ingredients and anti-pollutant vitamin E. Free from parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, synthetic dyes and oils, the formulation allows the skin to breathe and leaves it feeling soft and moisturised all day. The creamy texture goes on like a moisturiser, then blends beautifully, leaving a natural yet even finish. The new extensive shade range means there’s a perfect match for virtually all skin tones.
SOiL Natural Hand Sanitiser in Lemon and Tea Tree, R30.00
There are so many hand sanitisers on the market right now, and it’s rare to find one that doesn’t leave your skin feeling dehydrated. The new range of hand sanitisers by SOiL were designed to offer the very best antibacterial action without stripping the skin of its moisture. This 70% alcohol-based solution is enhanced with the antiviral and antibacterial properties of organic Tea Tree essential oil. The added organic Lemon essential oil allows one to cleanse and protect your hands while enjoying the uplifting and awakening scent of lemon. It smells fantastic and doesn’t leave that dreaded sticky feeling associated with most sanitisers.
NeoStrata Skin Active Repair Intensive Eye Therapy, R1110.00
If you’re looking for a deeply hydrating eye cream with a targeted approach to plumping the delicate skin around the eye area, this is it. This eye cream targets puffiness and crow’s feet, helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It contains 6% NeoGlucosamine which volumises the skin’s natural support matrix, and incorporates hyaluronic acid and caffeine to hydrate and help deflate visible under-eye puffiness. This is a rich formulation, which means it is not recommended for sensitive or rosacea-prone skin and it may not be used during pregnancy. Recommended for mature, sun-damaged skin but also for those with early signs of ageing around the eye area.
Nivea Deo Beauty Essence Deodorants, R28.99 – R39.99
Those of you who regularly use Nivea deodorants will be glad to know that the new Beauty Essence range comprises natural, harm-free ingredients, without compromising on 48-hour reliable protection. Enriched with milk vitamins and minerals, these deos replenish, protect and beautify the delicate underarm area. They’re available in two scents: waterlily and apple, and white musk and jasmine petals.
Bioderma Sébium Night Peel, R305.00
Those of you battling breakouts and blackheads would likely have come across Bioderma’s Sébium range. The latest release from this collection, the Night Peel, is a serum-gel that helps to gently exfoliate the skin, reduce pore size, control sebum as well as improve skin tone and clarity. It contains 15% glycolic acid, which is known to help increase cell turnover, leaving the skin more radiant and refined. But it’s not just oily and blemish-prone skins that will benefit from this product; those battling pigmentation may also use it to help fade marks and achieve a more even skin tone. Despite being highly effective and getting to work immediately, the product is not harsh on the skin and won’t damage the barrier function, in fact, it will help strengthen it.
Environ RAD Shield Mineral Sunscreen, R435.00
Now more than ever, consumers are paying attention to the number of chemicals present in sunscreens, and their long-term effects on the body. Research has indicated that the skin absorbs the chemicals in sunscreen and some of them can become aggressive free radicals. Higher SPF products offer very little extra protection, but contain higher concentrations of potentially harmful chemical ingredients. With this in mind, Environ designed their latest sunscreen, which has an SPF of 15 (which means 93.3% of UVB rays are absorbed) and is enriched with antioxidants to help combat the effects of free radicals. This sunscreen provides a powerful physical block from the sun with the use of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. In addition, it contains Venuceane, a heat-adaptive ingredient to help counteract the damaging effects of infrared radiation. How can you ensure that an SPF15 provides you with all the protection that you need? Simply apply it more frequently.
Gatineau Perfection Ultime Skin Perfecting Cream-Serum, R1150.00
Feeling stressed? The effects are going to show on the skin. When we are stressed, our bodies produce high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone releases sugars that are intended to be used as energy. When the body has high levels of cortisol, these sugars create inflammation and damages the skin’s collagen and elastin. The latest release from Gatineau was designed to help soothe and nourish stressed out skin. It contains Neurophroline™ from the precious Wild Indigo Extract, native to Central America, which is renowned for its soothing benefits on the skin. This exclusive extract is like a ‘de-stress express’ for skin cells as it has demonstrated its unique ability to break down the cortisol production by skin cells. Couple this with the antioxidant-rich flowering herb Centella Asiatica, famed for its multiple anti-ageing benefits, it is considered a magic wand for inflamed and stressed skin. It also contains white tea (which has high levels of antioxidants), hyaluronic acid (the key to hydrated skin) and Patch H20, a rich combination of plant sugars and brown algae that delivers a flood of skin replenishing phyto-nutrients. A real treat for the skin!
Inoar Résistance Bamboo Fiber Shampoo and Conditioner, R590.00 for the set
Designed for weakened hair, Résistance is the solution for hair that needs rejuvenation, strength and shine. Enriched with bamboo fiber, which is rich in protein and selenium, Résistance Bamboo Fiber repairs fragile hair and strengthens the strands. Bamboo is high in silica, an important trace mineral that encourages hair growth and restores elasticity. Rich in amino acids, bamboo fiber works on porous and sensitized hair to replenish amino acids, an essential building block in healthy hair. The composition also contains Biotin and vitamins that stimulate growth and treat hair from the inside out. Bamboo fiber also helps promote water retention in the hair, ensuring the hair’s hydration levels are improved. Like all Inoar products, this duo is vegan and cruelty-free.
The Body Shop Hemp Overnight Nourishing Rescue Mask, R345.00
Hemp beauty products are more popular than ever, and this ingredient has proven to pack a hydration punch. If you’re looking to give parched skin a much-needed boost, this overnight mask from The Body Shop is for you. It helps relieve dry skin from tightness, adding a moisturising veil over the skin that keeps it quenched for up to 72 hours. It also contains hemp seed oil (known for its skin-restoring properties) and organic aloe vera (known for its soothing properties). Like all products from The Body Shop it is cruelty-free and made from ethically-sourced ingredients.