Autumn in the City of Gold is lovely for its beautiful foliage and perfectly crisp temperatures. But cold weather can cause our skin to be dry, flaky and red faster than you can say ‘knitwear’. We’re preparing for those cooler days by swapping in some key products from Dermastore, in the form of rich creams and supercharged ingredients. Stay fresh-faced with these six products that will keep your complexion happy, plump and luminous until spring!
Mesoestetic Hydracream Fusion
There’s nothing worse than scrubbing your makeup off at the end of the day to find your face totally parched. Well, winter is coming – and the cooler, drier air in Joburg is already showing its effects on skin. Enter the Mesoestetic Hydracream Fusion, a gentle cream-to-oil cleanser that will give your skin a good old cleanse whilst hydrating and softening. Squalane and probiotic lysate, topped off with a subtly fruity scent, team up for a skin-calming wonder duo that removes end-of-day grime without stripping skin. In short, it’s got no nasties and is a skin-friendly alternative to harsh makeup remover. The slick fluid texture melts away everything from matte lipstick to the three coats of mascara you applied last night … no angry red patches here! While it’s pricey, only a pea-sized amount is needed. Our top tip is to massage it into dry skin at the end of each day and lay over with a hot muslin cloth to open pores.
R976 from www.dermastore.co.za
FEEV Hyper-Fortifying Barrier Cream
Whether it’s seasonal or you’re a year-round sufferer – if your skin is consistently feeling dry, flaky, tight or inflamed, it’s time to switch things up and invest in a moisturiser that will keep skin hydrated for a very long time. Fend off cold-weather dryness and dehydration with the fragrance-free FEEV Hyper-Fortifying Barrier Cream – a potent and effective moisturiser bursting with soothing betulin (a natural ingredient derived from Canadian birch trees), hyaluronic acid and ceramides. It feels like silk gliding across your face, refines overall skin texture and minimises the appearance of dry patches, fine lines and enlarged pores. The perfect match for sensitive skin! The best bit? Despite all of its heavy-duty benefits, the texture is non-greasy, incredibly lightweight and sinks into the skin without any heaviness or residue. We love wearing it alone for a subtle blurring effect, but it also works fabulously as a makeup base.
R700 from www.dermastore.co.za
pHformula HYDRA Concentrated Corrective Serum
Yes, it’s an investment, but it’s a facialist favourite for good reason. The pHformula HYDRA Concentrated Corrective Serum sees hyaluronic acid combined with ferulic acid and vitamin E, so it strengthens the skin barrier while hydrating beneath. It feels incredibly gentle (as all good serums should) and packs a serious skin-boosting punch that hydrates intensely for a smoother canvas. A brilliant choice for a hefty dose of hydration or skin that’s easily thrown out of whack in the colder months, the line-filling formula delivers visible results as well as longer-term hydration benefits. Win, win! To lend instant moisture while calming redness and improving resilience, apply a few drops to still-damp skin after cleansing. Then, seal in the benefits with an occlusive moisturiser that prevents water loss. Apply every day and we promise you won’t regret the price tag. We’ll take another two bottles of this potent serum, please!
R1,290 from www.dermastore.co.za
ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish
Exfoliation is the key to a healthy glow. When you don’t have the time for professional microdermabrasion, the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish is the next best thing. This heavenly formula stands out from the bunch: A mix of vitamins A, C and E plus antioxidants and tea tree oil start the glow process, and then ultra-fine magnesium crystals work to dissolve dead skin, while also buffing away cells physically. The end result has our skin feeling smoother than glass and is enough to tempt us into taking no makeup, no filter #goodskinday selfies. Bonus points for the fact that this buffing cream contains glycerin, a humectant that helps to replenish skin hydration, meaning it can be used on the most sensitive of skins. Don’t forget that when it comes to exfoliation, less is more – so use your face exfoliator only once or twice a week and be sure to apply a moisturiser immediately after.
R1,680 from www.dermastore.co.za
ISDIN Age Repair Fusion Water SPF 50
Don’t you dare! Just because the temperatures are beginning to dip and the sun is setting earlier each day doesn’t mean you can skimp on that SPF number or – gasp! – put your sunscreen away. Protecting your skin against UV damage is a year-round commitment – you might just want to choose something a bit more lightweight since you’ll be rotating heavier moisturisers, like the ISDIN Age Repair Fusion Water SPF 50. A soon-to-be cult favourite (take our word for it), this face SPF works really hard to protect your skin from the sun while preventing and reducing the visible signs of ageing. They’re onto a winner! It includes SPF 50 and a blend of peptides, produces zero white cast and works to prolong a youthful-looking complexion. Sold? Sold. Because it’s oil-free, it’s ideal to use as a makeup base, however, we also like to wear it on days when we want to skip foundation but still give our skin a glassy glow.
R600 from www.dermastore.co.za
Huxley Cleansing Water
There are many reasons why we love micellar water, the skin-cleansing, make-up removing liquids that almost seem like magic. Light and fresh enough to use once or twice every day, the pale aqua green Huxley Cleansing Water is our favourite quick fix and will forever be our post-flight go-to. The gentle no-rinse formula is chock full of good-for-your-skin ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, prickly pear seed oil and centella asiatica extract, sparing your complexion any irritation. Perfect for literally every skin type, this deep-cleansing water cleans skin and leaves it with a dewy, glowy finish as well as makes even the toughest waterproof and long-wear makeup do a disappearing act. K-beauty skincare line, Huxley is known for its skin-loving formulas, but it’s the fresh floral-herbal scent that makes this product stand out. Follow with a cream or foaming cleanser for a deeper clean as part of an at-home facial routine.
R400 from www.dermastore.co.za