Updated 26.02.2023

Top 10 South Africa Skin Care Products

Arguably, a good skincare routine coupled with top skin care products will get you flawless skin. You want a simple, yet effective product that contains as few ingredients as possible. Luckily, South Africa is known for its organic and natural products. 

South Africa Skin Care Products

Here are some of the top recommendations for sustainable, locally sourced, and produced South African skincare products to not only keep your skin radiant but to also keep the planet safe:

Optiphi Protect the Canvas Broad Spectrum Sun Protection Cream 

Optiphi Protect the Canvas Broad Spectrum Sun Protection Cream is a great facial sunscreen that protects your skin during winter. This SPF30 cream is light-weight, non-oily, anti-oxidant packed, and provides broad spectrum protection from harmful rays. What’s more, the cream also helps to fight the onset of premature aging.

This sunscreen cream feels luxurious on the skin and has a moisturizing effect. This quality is particularly favorable to use during winter when your skin requires an added boost of moisture.

This product contains: 

  • Ceasalpinia spinos fruit extract and sunflower sprout extract. It protects your skin against High Energy Visible (HEV) “blue” Light and Infrared Radiation (IR).
  • Chromanol and Tripeptide-33. It helps fight free radicals and protect your skin against UV-related oxidative stress.
  • Non-whitening, chemical, and physical filters. It helps in protecting your skin against UVB and UVA radiation.
  • Lactic Acid adds moisture as well as a rejuvenating benefit to the skin.

Bioderma Atoderm Ultra Repair Hand and Nail cream 

Bioderma Atoderm Ultra Repair Hand and Nail cream has proven to be the real deal during winter seasons in South Africa. This cream protects your hands from the drying effects of increased use of hand sanitizer and hand washing. It also calms and protects extremely dry, winter-damaged hands for hours.

This cream provided much-needed relief during the Covid-19 pandemic as it offered a long-lasting “glove effect” to help prevent your skin from drying out as a result of frequent hand washing. The cream also helps to strengthen nails if used frequently.

365 Skin Workout Essentials Multicleanse 

365 skin workout essentials multi cleanse is a multitasking wonder. The soap-free cleanser removes your makeup, deep cleanses your skin, and exfoliates gently all at the same time. This cleanser is best suited for drier, more sensitive skin types and is mild enough not to strip your skin of natural oils. It is super gentle on your skin and the exfoliation does not feel harsh at all. Even though it may feel a little too gentle for individuals with oily skin, it is an ideal choice for dry skin types that need a little extra TLC during winter.

365 skin workout essentials multi cleanser, which was developed in Barcelona and produced in SA, is a result-driven, multi-cosmeceutical, skincare range that was particularly designed for South African skin types. 

BioNike Defense Body ReduXCell 

BioNike Defense Body ReduXCell is both a winter and summer essential. Your legs, tummy, and thighs will feel firmer, and noticeably smoother, and the thigh dimples will be less visible.

This body lotion absorbs into your skin relatively quickly, while its handy massage roller head makes applying it super easy while helping to accelerate your much-anticipated results through massage. To achieve the best results, use your cream twice each day and massage it into your skin until the product is fully absorbed. You have to ensure you massage the lotion into your skin in circular motions to help your skin stimulate lymph drainage. 

This lotion has a cooling effect on the skin and you may feel a tingling sensation when you apply it, but the feeling is not at all uncomfortable.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Day Cream SPF30 

This Elemis product combines the exfoliating power of Elemis patented Tri-Enzyme technology to blend a trio of enzymes together with active ingredients that encourage your skin’s natural cell renewal process. As a result, your skin will appear smoother and the aging signs will be reduced.

This day cream also contains a micronized broad-spectrum sunscreen with a unique blend that eliminates white streaks from your face. 

More often than not, creams that include high SPFs feel extremely thick and heavy on the skin, however, this Elemis beauty product protects and hydrates your skin without feeling heavy on your face. Instead, it feels almost buttery and refreshing on your skin. Its super luxurious quality leaves your skin feeling well-nourished and hydrated all day long.

With this skincare product, a little goes a long way as you barely need a pea-sized amount to apply on your face and neck area. As a result, your 50ml bottle will last ages, and even though it is a premium, luxurious product, it is well worth your investment as you will use it for up to 3 months. 

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules 

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules are ideal for anyone looking to introduce anti-aging powerhouse ingredients into their skincare routine. This skin care product combines Ceramide with retinol to achieve all the re-texturizing and anti-aging benefits of retinol but without the dryness that many individuals experience when using this ingredient. 

Ceramide has great hydrating properties. It also delivers more immediate skin-repairing functions, making it perfect for protecting the skin from any irritation or dryness that may be caused by retinol.

Packed in small individual capsules, this serum provides a retinol formula that is 76% more potent compared to any equivalent non-encapsulated formula, as stated by Elizabeth Arden. By using this method of delivery, the ingredients used are safe from any light or air that may cause skin instability.

Khween Shebar Skin Care Product

Khween Shebar soaps contain hempseed oil, shea butter, and olive oils. The process used to manufacture the soaps is known as “cold process” since no melting or cooking is involved. Their soaps are pressed and then left to cure and solidify naturally for 3 to 6 weeks. Soaps that are manufactured through cold process are beneficial since raw ingredients are preserved better this way and will benefit the hair and skin directly. These soaps also penetrate deeply into your skin, providing deep moisturization and luxurious lather whether you are using them for acne, eczema, or beauty.

All Khween Shebar’s products ingredients are free from artificial fragrances, chemicals, and preservatives. For example, their turmeric bar soap is manufactured from GMO-free turmeric root powder, organic coconut oil, water, carrot oil, and raw, unrefined shea butter from West Africa. It works as a skin calmer, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, beauty soap, and holistic healing. It is also good for sensitive skin types and inflamed and acne-prone skin. What’s more, it reduces unwanted pigmentation, and irritability, and rejuvenates tired-looking skin.

Soil Organic 

Soil Organic aromatherapy is 18 years old in the South African market. Soil Organic offers a natural and organic range of products to support skincare, health, and wellness. The products are formulated with therapeutic properties to benefit the young, old, male, and female.

Soil Organic provides a wide range of 100% pure organic essential oils, prepared blends of essential oils, carrier oils, and shea butter products. Ultimately, they do a good job of keeping your skin well-nourished, hydrated, and free from damaging chemicals. Essential oils and Organic carriers provide a natural way of caring for your skin.

Homeoplasmine Skin Irritations Ointment 

This product is loved for its conditioning abilities. It can be used as a savior lip balm as well as a primer prior to your makeup application. Most make-up artists in South Africa consider it a perennial backstage must-have beauty product. 

The ingredients contained in Homeoplasmine include phytolacca officinalis, calendula officinalis, boric acid, benzoin, bryonia, and vaselinum album all work remarkably to soothe dry, chapped skin. All the ingredients combined also give this product a rich texture which means it is fast-acting and works quickly to alleviate irritation and soothe your skin, keeping your skin moisturized for extended durations.

While this product is relatively inexpensive, it is a great patsy for Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hour cream and may be used in a similar way to set eyebrows, soothe lips, treat irritated skin, treat cuticles, and so much more.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale 

Another top skin care product in South Africa is Nuxe. This product may be used on the hair, body, and face. Its fragrance is fresh and beautifully feminine with hints of magnolia, calabrian bergamot, orange, lemon, grapefruit, citrus, and white musk. 

The oil is a must-try if you are looking for an overall hydrator. It is formulated with a combination of seven precious botanical oils: sweet almond (softening), hazelnut (protecting), camellia (moisturizing), borage (smoothing), macadamia (nourishing), argan (repairing), and Tsubaki (moisturizing). These oils leave your body feeling silky and soft without any oily residue left behind on the skin. 

Nuxe can also be used on your stretch marks to help minimize the color by up to 30%. You can also mix a few drops into your body lotion or facial moisturizer for additional nourishing benefits, or mix a single drop or two with your preferred foundation for a natural dewy glow.


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