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Introducing Kudu Cosmetica a gorgeous organic brand from SA whose motto is “less is more”. Kudu’s products are clean, pure and free from any harmful chemicals. All their products are natural and kind to your skin with sensitive skin being in the forefront. I got to test out a couple of the gorgeous Kudu face oils and I ABSOLUTELY love them. First impressions a massive thumbs up from me.

Its really only from blogging that I have learnt so much about skincare and what we actually really need plus  what to look out for in products. Only last year did I actually really introduce Vitamin A into my routine with Environ which has made such an improvement in my skin. I actually had no idea how important it actually was. So let’s talk about why we need Vitamin A in our skincare routine.

In basic terms Vitamin A is the skin normaliser according to the creator of Gr8 Skincare that is launching in SA. If you don’t have Vitamin A that is the driving process in your skincare routine then there is no point using any other Vitamins on your skin. Basically without Vitamin A none of your other products will work. If your skin is oily or too dry Vitamin A will normalise it. The average person doesn’t actually know this plus with all those products out there it gets really confusing.

According to Environ’s creator Dr Des Fernandes “Ageing skin is due to sun induced Vitamin A deficiency. By correcting the skin with Vitamin A you will have more radiant skin.” Basically without Vitamin A in our routine there are more skin abnormalities, such as pigmentation, sun damage, ageing and even skin cancer. Sadly these are things that we are just not educated about. The best way to combat all these things is to make sure we have Vitamin A in our skincare routine so as to replenish the Vitamin A in our cells every day.

I started  using Vitamin A last October and already I have seen a massive improvement in my hydration, pores (which I didn’t even realise were that bad), wrinkles around my eyes and my overall complexion looks great. After just after 4 months of using the skin analysis showed even though I am 42 I have the skin of a 36 year old and that will just keep improving. With Environ you build up your Vitamin A starting with Sequence 1 and working your way up to 4. I am now on 2 plus I go for facials twice a month where I get even more Vitamin A into my cells. I apply the Vitamin A currently both day and night but the dosage still isn’t that high.

With brands like GR8 Skincare hers works differently with just the night Reset serum, that includes all you need a night which is Vitamin A and C, probiotics and antioxidants. By having the Vitamin A at night the skin can reset and normalise and help it to become problem free.

Some brands suggest to use Vitamin A just at night but I suppose that all depends on the dosage as well especially when you are applying Retinol thats just a night time routine due to its potency.

Benefits of Vitamin A:

  • Hydrated due to the skin’s natural moiturising factor leaves skin glowing.
  • Strengthens the skin outer layer.
  • Stimulates the skin’s natural protein to keep skin looking healthy.
  • Supports the immune system and prevents breakouts (initially the skin adjusts so you may have some breakouts. I literlly had mount everest on my chin in the beginning but then it all settled.)
  • Reduces the risk of skin cancer.

Next week I will chat more about Retinol because otherwise I will be here all day. If you haven’t got Vitamin A in your routine then get on it.

Shahnaz x

 

This South African natrural skinvare brand is definitely one of my favourites. If you haven’t seen previous posts abourt me chatting about Eco Diva then you need to get your hands on one of their products. One of my all time favs is the double diva glow kit which consists of the face serum and cream. This time I am introducing the Eco Diva Shimmer Body Butter (R385) that gives your body a natural shimmer. Love Love Love.

For those of you who know the brand Elizabeth Arden have had the 8HR Cream around for a long time. The 8HR cream is a cult product and has a variety of uses including hair and cuticles. The Elizabeth Arden HR Cream Collection has increased over time with now a massive range. I was lucky enough thanks to the lovely Lauren at Elizabeth Arden I got quite a few bits from the range. The range itself is all about hydrating skincare that protects your skin and thats exactly what I love for myself.

Ooh I do love a face mist its a big part of my daily routine for myself and when I am on a shoot for the models I work with. Introducing the seriously hydrating Estherderm Eau Cellulaire Spray Cellular Revitalising (R306.95) . The lastest French brand has arrived in SA and its skincare is amazing and I have fallen in love with this face mist. I use it every day before I apply my makeup on and my skin glows plus my complexion is hydrated to the max.

We all know that wearing sunscreen especially on your face all year round is one of the most important things in your beauty regime. After attending an event where they chatted about sun damage the collaboration with Ruby Box and Solal Sunscreen couldn’t have come at a better time. Applying sunscreen to your face is so key to avoid serious sun damage to your face. Whether you wear makeup or not make sure its your last step in your beauty routine.  I didn’t even realise that even when its cloudy that your SPF till needs to be applied. Using phones on a daily basis also emits rays so remember what ever skin tone you are get that SPF on. 

I pretty much love all skincare products that Filorga send me to test out. The Filorga NCEF – Night Mask is no exception is truly a gorgous mask that leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated when I wake up in the morning. Its perfect for skin that’s tired and dehydrated and in much need after a hectic festive season. The mask has been described as “an 8 hour sleep in a jar” and was developed to improve the skin’s repair process while we sleep. So when you wake up skin looks more plump and has a gorgeous glow.

Introducing the at home Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel that leaves you with gorgeous glowing skin. Its perfect for those of you who don’t have the time to get a facial and just want to be in the comfort of your home. Its super quick and easy plus pain free and my skin just feels gorgeous. I was super excited when the peel landed on my desk as its the first time I have done anything like this at home. Plus Dermalogica never disappoints.

The Rapid Reveal Peel kick-starts skin renewal for instant radiance, speeding up removal of dull cells on the surface of your skin to reveal brighter, smoother, healthier-looking skin below. This enhanced cell renewal helps make up for what your skin naturally loses over time.

Dermalogica’s promise is to see instant results from dull to beautiuful radiant skin. Lots of brands always promise instant results and really half the time its a load of rubbish. Trust me after using the first time I really did see a glow immediately. Its like I had already applied a liquid highlighter to my. Its a professional grade at home peel so its like you went to have a facial and didn’t even leave your bedroom.

Of course getting older means slower cell renewal, dehydrated skin, wrinkles the list goes on. By using the Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel its kick starting the cell renewal and removing dead dull skin. Meaning your skin will be smoother, brighter, and have a more refined texture and tone.

Each dose contains pumpkin fruit enzymes, rice bran extract, lactic acid and Australian caviar lime extract, this intensive peel treatment system removes dead skin cells, brightens pigmentation, smooths uneven skin texture, softens fine lines and tightens pores. With a unique complex of phytoactive Alpha Hydroxy Acids this helps with new and firmer skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing dulling surface debris without causing dehydration.

When you first start using the peel Dermalogica advise you to use 3 days in a row and then once a week after that. Make sure skin is cleansed and super clean. I like to do as part of my morning routine if I am not on a shoot and don’t need to rush off any where. Twist off the cap apply onto hands and then massage in. The peel doesn’t hurt like some I have tried at a spa but my face just feels warmer. You can leave on between 3-7 mins. I like to leave on for the full 7 minutes but that’s just me. What I love is that my skin has no redness and just looks great and feels amazing. By the time it comes to your make apoplication well the base just glides on.

Here’a a quick video from Dermalogica on how to use:

As you know Dermalogica is on the pricey side but its definitely a brand that works and gives amazing results. The Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel retails at R1495 for 10 doses but my skin really glows after so for me sometimes its just worth the investment. The whole pack will last about 2 months so not bad in the long term. Definitely a massive thumbs up from me.

Shahnaz x

Thanks to Ruby Box and of course Environ I got to out these gorgeous skincare products to the test the past month. Its all about focus on flawless skin with Environ skincare. By using Environ your skin will be thanking you for it and of course your skin’s texture and hydration will massively improve. In this post I chat about 3 of the products that are actually add ons to the Vitamin A range which is the corner stone of the brand. The Focus Moisture + and Focus Care Youth + that really focus on hydration and anti ageing. Its really a toss up of which is my favourite product its a close tie between the Vita Antioxidant Oil Capsules and the Revival Masque. My skin is feeling so amazing at the moment that I have actually incorporated the Vitamin A Environ products into my beauty regime. Plus wait for it!!! One of you lucky readers will WIN all 3 products so keep on reading.

Elizabeth Arden are well known for their ceramide range of which I truly am a fan. Over the last year I have been super impressed with their skincare and how good my skin feels after use. With that in mind I would like to introduce the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Cermaide Capsules Line Erasing Serum. Another winner from the brand leaving skin feeling and looking great. I have been a massive fan of the Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum and now I am a converted fan of the retinol ceramide capules too. If you haven’t tried any of the range yet then you are totally missing out.