The number of new beauty launches every month can be straight-up overwhelming. But with dozens of brand-new makeup, skincare and haircare products launching every single month, how do you tell what’s worth the splurge and what’s better left as a distant memory from your Instagram feed? Fortunately for you, dear reader, I’m always willing to put my skin and hair on the line to test out the newest beauty products on the market, so you don’t have to. So, what’s good this month? Here are of my picks for 10 of the best beauty products available in South Africa to get you through the month… Because I support your decision to treat yourself to yet another lipstick you probably don’t need but deserve.
1. Capewest Waterless Gel Sanitizer
Like it or not, sanitizer is a must-have product in our ‘new normal’ lives. While washing your hands regularly is super important, sanitizers come in handy when you need extra protection at home or on the go. But, many hand sanitizers can have a drying affect on the skin, leaving you with dry, chapped hands. Luckily, local company Capewest has a solution with its range of premium waterless gel and spray sanitizers.
Proudly sourced and produced in South Africa, these sanitizers are suitable for the hands and body, as well as surfaces. Containing a high-grade quality of 70% alcohol, Capewest’s sanitizer range is manufactured using 100% sugar cane derived alcohol. Vegan friendly and fragrance-free, the range’s unique formulation contains natural moisturizing extracts such as Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Chamomile. Thanks to its hydrating properties, Capewest’s no-rinse sanitizers prevent your hands from drying out and chapping, and they don’t leave them feeling sticky like a lot of other sanitizers on the market. The gel is also available in a 75ML handbag size and larger convenient pump and spray formats for home or professional use.
Grab Capewest Waterless Gel Sanitizer online for R50 for the 75ml tube.
2. Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint
A favourite product with makeup artists, this divine Translucent Bronzing Tint adds an instant sun-kissed glow to skin and can be used in a variety of ways. A must-have in your makeup bag the liquid mineral tint helps to gently blend and soften the appearance of blemishes and imperfections, leaving your skin looking flawless and healthy. Mix it with your favourite day cream to create a naturally bronzed no-makeup look or a glowy base for foundation. And, if you haven’t had time to visit the tanning salon you can even mix it with your body cream to give your skin an all-over sun-kissed appearance. Can you say, summer saviour? The great thing about this tint is that it can be used to customise your colour to suit your skin tone — the more tint added to your moisturiser, the darker the colour achieved.
The product has been recently reformulated for a seamless experience when blending the product on the skin and has quickly become one of my all-time favourite products. It’s now also Vegan and Soy-free. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients including bronzing mineral pigments, olive oil and nurturing plant extracts of anthyllis and witch hazel this tint works to protect and nurture while subtly evening out skin tone. When mixed with a body lotion or day cream, it helps to add a natural sunlit warmth to your skin and fresh-looking glow to your complexion. While the product isn’t a concealer for blemishes it does help to create a beautiful even tone and glow on the skin and is ideal for anyone who prefers not to wear foundation every day.
Find Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint online from Tocara for R495 or at Wellness Warehouse store.
3. Cannamics CBD Pastilles
Made in Switzerland, and extracted from the highest quality organically farmed hemp, this new cannabidiol (CBD) product is now available to SA consumers. The hemp-based CBD pastilles, which contains 10mg of CBD per pastille, are THC-free and non-hallucinogenic, making them a safe way to treat a wide range of concerns.
While CBD oils are usually swallowed, and as a result, only partially absorbed, Cannamics pastilles are designed to be dissolved in the mouth, allowing the CBD to be absorbed by the buccal mucosa that lines the insides of the cheeks and mouth floor. The CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, as opposed to other orally administered CBD oils or gummies that are quickly broken down into inactive molecules once they pass from the digestive system to the liver circulation. According to Nicole Jennings, spokesperson at Pharma Dynamics this means the “bioavailability of Cannamics is between 15 and 25 %, which is up to four times higher than other oral delivery systems that only produce a 3 to 6 % absorption.” After a few days of using the product, I’ve found it to be super fast-acting and a great way to help beat stress and calm anxiety when my mind is racing.
Cannamics contains 10 mg of CBD per pastille and is available in packs of 24 and 48 retailing from R299 at leading pharmacy stores.
4. Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil Range
It’s been a tough year for us all and with the festive season just around the corner many of us will be looking for inexpensive gifting options for friends, family, and co-workers. If you’re looking to spoil a special woman in your life without breaking the bank then you can’t go wrong with the new Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil range. I had a chance to try out a few products from the range which includes a Sensitive Skin spray, serum, body lotion, and gel.
Specifically formulated for sensitive skin as well as dry and dehydrated skin, this new tissue oil range offers intense moisturisation and nourishment for your skin. It can be used to treat scars and stretch marks as well as help to improve the appearance of dry skin. This collection of affordable beauty products includes skin-loving ingredients like Argan, Olive, and Jojoba oil as well as Vitamin E and Bramley’s very own Bio-Pharm oil to give your skin a boost without breaking the bank. My favourite from the range is the Sensitive Skin Gel (R26,99). The oil-based treatment gel is enriched with a blend of natural oils, antioxidants and vitamins to treat and prevent damaged skin and is a treat to use on cuticles or dry skin patches.
Bramley products are sold exclusively at PEP stores nationwide.
5. Thoclor Labs GF2
If you’re looking for a skincare miracle in a bottle, this is it! Thoclor Labs’ catch-all miracle mist can help soothe and treat a number of skin concerns with just a few sprays every day. Formulated with powerhouse ingredient, Hypochlorous acid, GF2 can be used to treat skin and soothe skin conditions such as acne, Rosacea, Seborrheic dermatitis, skin darkening and hyperpigmentation, Shingles, and even cold sores. What’s more, it’s also a great treatment for 2020’s dreaded ‘Maskne’, premature ageing from environmental factors, sunburn, and even dry and red eyes.
Hypochlorous acid, like that found in Thoclor Labs’ GF2, has been scientifically proven to reverse inflammation and “switch” off the genes responsible for inflammation, ageing and disease. In so doing, the product also helps to stimulate a reversal of environmental damage on the skin, giving you true rejuvenation with continuous use. Read my full review of this miracle mist here.
Grab Thoclor Labs GF2 online from the Thoclor Labs website at R799.25 per bottle.
6. Skinny Tan, Tan & Tone Oil
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Skinny Tan’s products. I absolutely adore the Skinny Tan Body Mousse and the Gradual Tanner, so when I got the opportunity to try the much loved Tan & Tone Oil I jumped at the chance. This luxury tanning oil hydrates the skin as it works to give you a lasting tan, making it ideal for anyone with dry skin. Formulated with organic coconut oil and guarana, this ultra-hydrating oil soaks into, and repairs dry skin, leaving you with a glowing complexion. But as deep as my love for the Body Mousse and Gradual Tanner go I think the Tan & Tone Oil is my favourite Skinny Tan product yet! It’s a saviour for busy lasses like me who want to tan and head out the door.
Skinny Tan Tan & Tone Oil is so easy to use. You simply apply the product to clean, dry (preferably exfoliated) skin and wait for the magic to happen. Made from over 90% naturally derived ingredients this divine oil applies smoothly in seconds with a silky finish. You’ll get an instant bronze glow when you apply it, which then develops to a long-lasting natural colour that lasts a good few days. No need to rinse — you just spritz, glow and go! The best news? It doesn’t rub off on your clothes or bedding after applying and doesn’t sweat off at the gym! Even better, because it doesn’t dry your skin, Skinny Tan Oil can be layered on to darken your tan or maintain your colour whenever you need a top-up. Plus, like the rest of the Skinny Tan products, it’s also safe to use on your face and is paraben-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Find Skinny Tan, Tan & Tone Oil at Dis-Chem for R399.
7. Woolworths Beauty Starry Wild Jasmine Range
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a special person this festive season or want to spoil yourself, you can’t go wrong with this beauty trio from WBeauty. Taking cues from the natural world, this luxurious selection of products fro the Scent Souvenirs collection is made using ingredients that are ethically and sustainably sourced. Endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, this WBeauty range is all about bringing you products that are kind to the environment and safe for your skin.
The Starry Wild Jasmine range is one of my favourites from WBeauty’s Scent Souvenirs; it has the most divine scent and has been my go-to for a self-care day. The Starry Wild Jasmine shower foam is gentle on the skin and doesn’t leave your skin feeling stripped after cleansing. Follow it up with the luxurious Starry Wild Jasmine body lotion for skin that is soft and beautifully perfumed with the scents of nature. To really drive home the layering of this stunning scent I like to finish off with a spritz or two of Starry Wild Jasmine body mist. The Scent Souvenirs collection also includes a Cape Snowbush Range.
Grab the Starry Wild Jasmine shower foam (150ml), body lotion (250ml), and body mist (250ml) at Woolworths SA stores at R149 each.
8. Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream
This treat-all cream is a must-have for any handbag. It helps to rapidly repair, purify and soothe irritated skin thanks to a patented, postbiotic active ingredient: [C+-RESTORE] derived from Avène’s famous Thermal Spring Water. The restorative and protective cream has been formulated to help restore the skin’s natural balance. It promotes epidermal repair, limits the risk of bacterial proliferation and soothes sensations of discomfort on the skin. The best part is it’s safe to use for dry skin irritations in infants, children and adults.
This cream has so many uses and I’m still coming up with more ways to apply it every day! It’s brilliant as a spot treatment for small dry areas, scratches, and superficial cuts. I struggle with dry hands and the skin around my cuticles is often inflamed, cracked, and peeling. Cicalfate+ has been beyond incredible to treat that area when it needs some extra TLC and I even use it as a cuticle cream to keep my nails nourished. It’s also proved to be a great treatment to help speed up my skin’s recovery after a chemical peel. Need more ways to use it? The wonder cream can also be used to soothe mask-related irritations and treat superficial sunburn, razor burn, nappy rash, and irritations on external intimate areas. For an extra powerful skin repair duo pair it with Avène Thermal Spring Water and your skin will thrive!
Grab the Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream at Dis-Chem for R195.
9. Schwarzkopf Super Soft Strength & Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner
If you’re looking for a no BS pharmacy-brand shampoo and conditioner duo for fine or weak hair, then this Super Soft duo is an excellent option. These products do what they say on the bottle and for under R50 each it’s a no-brainer for beauty queens on a budget. Formulated with Biotin (an essential B vitamin said to help prevent hair thinning and stimulate hair growth), this shampoo and conditioner duo works to help build a stronger inner hair structure and smooth hair surface for a healthy-looking hair from roots to ends. Schwarzkopf says that using the duo regularly will help to prevent hair breakage and increase shine, bringing out best of the natural properties of your hair.
What’s more, the products are also vegan as well as paraben-free and silicone-free. I have fine, dense hair and while most pharmacy brand shampoos and conditioners weighed down my hair, I didn’t have this problem with the Schwarzkopf Super Soft range. The Super Soft Shampoo (400ml) offers plenty of foam and cleaning action if that’s important to you and doesn’t leave the hair feeling overly stripped after washing. Combining it with the Super Soft Conditioner (250ml) is the real trick though. This lovely conditioner has a beautiful scent and leaves hair feeling oh-so-soft. I used this duo on my hair a few times over a 2 week period and my hair was soft and shiny after every wash. While I can’t comment on the strengthening effects of the products over time I can say that it does an excellent job of helping to keep fine hair soft, shine, and manageable without weighing down the hair.
Find Schwarzkopf Super Soft Strength & Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner at Dis-Chem at R44.95 per bottle.
10. Citrusway Nail Solution
No one wants to talk about losing a toenail but it happens to us all. Being a netball player and generally active person, my toenails are always taking a beating. To add insult to injury, I dropped a weight plate on my left toenail a few months ago and it’s taken forever to come right. The nail had lifted in the middle and started growing out in the weirdest way. I’ve been searching high and low for a solution to help my nail grow back properly and I’ve finally found it in this little gem from Citrusway.
The plant-based nail and skin treatment uses a powerful and effective blend of Grapefruit Seed & Pulp extract to help support clearer and healthier-looking nails. Leaping Bunny Certified, the product contains no toxins, chemicals, odour, oils, preservatives or parabens. The gentle formulation of this bestselling topical application product targets damaged, lifted and discoloured finger and toenails by creating a nourishing environment for the regrowth of nails and skin. I started to see results after just a few days of use and it’s just been getting better as I’ve used it more religiously. My nail is starting to grow back properly without breaking off halfway and the darker, yellow areas of the nail have started to lighten again. To use, you simply apply a single drop of the Citrusway Nail Solution on the surrounding areas both on and under the nail twice a day. Citrusway Nail Solution can be used with nail polish, gels and any false nail systems but if you really want to see results I recommend going nail polish-free for a few weeks to give your nail time to heal and the product to work its magic.
Find Citrusway Nail Solution at Dis-Chem at R279.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.