For those of you who haven’t tested out the affordable skincare brand African Extracts you must definitely check it out. I had seen the brand in stores but always just strolled right on past. Until a fellow makeup artist started chatting about some of the products and how great they are. Its so affordable so if you are looking for something to start out with this may be it for you. Obviously you need to add in an exfoliator and mask (they do have in the oily prioblem skin range), serum and an SPF but there are some good products to add in to your skincare routine. Sadly skincare is something you have to spend money on there is just no getting away with that.

African Extracts Rooibos is a local South African skincare brand. It was inspired by the unique antioxidant power of the rooibos plant that grows naturally only in one place on earth the Cedeberg Mountains. The company developed a range of skincare products with Bio-Active Rooibos extracted from organic rooibos. The Roiboos helps boost the skin’s natural defences plus there is a whole range of natural plant extract ingredients found in the products. As well as important vitamins like A, B3, B5, C and E all needed to treat different things like fine lines, dryness, pigmentation and oily skin.

African Extracts offers a whole load of  products to choose from that deal with different skin concerns as well as starter kits for oily, anti ageing and every day skincare.

I got to choose some of the products I wanted to test out so I thought a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream is a good way to get a feel for the brand. My initial thoughts I really like the products and how they feel on the skin.

The African Extracts Cleansing Lotion (R62.99) is from their classic care range for normal to combination skin. It works a treat when removing makeup and really soothes the skin as well. For any of you who watched my bold blue eye makeup turtorial yesterday I actually used the cleanser to quickly clean up my eye and it really works so well.

Its non greasy that has Bio-Active Rooibos, chamomile (anti-inflammatory and helps soothe red and irritated skin) and Vitamin C to soothe and restore moisture and skin doesn’t feel dry after use.

Apply with cotton wool onto your skin.

The Misting Toner from the Advantage range for dry and older skin (R119.99) is a refreshing toner that you just spritz on and pat into the skin after cleansing. I definitely want to test out the Radiance Toner next as you all know who follow me I love a face mist.

The benefits of the toner: Bio-Active Rooibos, aloe vera to soothe and calm, witch-hazel to purify and tighten pores, chamomile to help fade dark spots and aid cellular regeneration, and everlasting and daisy flowers to help revive radiance and counter the ageing effects of pollutants.

Spritz all over the face and pat the product gently into your skin.

The Dual Action Moisturiser is from their purifying range (R54.99) for oily and problmetaic skin. I have actually used this one on set for prepping the models skin and it really leaves skin feeling hydratyed after. Its a non greasy moisturiser that as well as the rooibos is infused with baobab extract to help reduce oiliness and shiny skin. Salicylic acid helps prevent problem skin by removing surface cells that clog pores causing spots and drying out pimples.

Last up the African Extracts Rejuvenating Eye Cream (R172.99) which is another fav for me. I do love an eye cream as that’s one of the areas on my face I get dehydrated. Also its the area where I get fine lines if I haven’t had enough sleep. So its essential my under eye area stays hydrated.

The rejuvenating cream has a three-in-one action to help soften the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, minimise dark circles and reduce under-eye puffiness. With Bio-Active Rooibos, sea fennel, buckwheat seed extract, skin-smoothing allantoin and light deflectors, the eye cream helps firm and moisturise the delicate skin around the eyes. Its a really light cream that isn’t greasy and just leaves my skin feeling really hydrated.

Definitely a skincare brand to check out. Go take a look at their site www.africanextracts.com to learn more about them. Plus check out all the ranges.

Shahnaz x

 

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