By Zinhlezonke Zikalala; photograph by James Garaghty
Here’s why you’d be crazy not to invest in this national treasure…
I’m pretty certain every South African will agree with us when we say rooibos is our best treasure – and it’s even being hailed around the world for its health-giving benefits. And beauty?
It’s commonly used as a household drink… But that’s not all it does. It’s packed with alpha-hydroxy acid zinc, which alleviates acne, pimples, uneven skin tone and sunburn. We have cool facts for you and summed up a few of our latest rooibos obsessions.
There’s Magic In These Herbs
Here’s a cool factoid: recent studies show that rooibos extracts are effective in preventing precancerous skin cells from replicating.
We’re Totally In Love With…
We are currently obsessed with African Extract Daily Repair Facial Oil, R180 (African Extract Online). With the antioxidant power of bio-active rooibos, vitamins and essential oils of geranium, German chamomile, rose, lavender and neem seed, this advanced, 100 percent natural lightweight oil helps reduce the signs of damage caused by environmental and lifestyle stress.
The African Extracts Tripple Action Serum, R181 (African Extracts Online) is also the bomb – boasting the antioxidant power of bio-active rooibos, marine plant actives, aloe vera, jojoba seed oil, lavender, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, it helps to firm and lift, rehydrate and strengthen the skin’s defences for smooth, velvety soft skin and a youthful radiance.
You’d be wise to jump on the the African Extracts Firming Night Cream, R161 (African Extracts Online) wagon, as this cream is ideal for skin that needs extra nourishment and renewal to help reduce dryness, loss of firmness, puffiness and the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Got ashy hands? Ditch that vibe with African Extract Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream with SPF, R55 (African Extracts Online), which has the antioxidant power of bio-active rooibos extract, milk thistle extract, vitamins A and E and UV protection to help reduce the visible signs of ageing.
Say goodbye to puffy eyes with African Extract Rejuvenating Eye Cream, R161 (African Extract Online). This one is seriously special: the silky eye cream has a three-in-one action that diminishes the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, reduces the appearance of visible dark circles and combats under-eye puffiness.
Last but not least, African Extracts Tissue Oil, R63 (African Extract Online), a natural concentrated skincare oil, combines the antioxidant power of rooibos extract with the soothing properties of grapeseed and sweet almond oils. This multipurpose oil protects, helps to regenerate, restore and rehydrate and can be used on skin, nails and hair.