Beauty is a billion-dollar industry and for good reason. It is not only about looking your best, but also about building your confidence, taking care of your skin and keeping healthy. When it comes to skincare, the golden rules are to cleanse, use relevant treatment products, moisturise and apply sunscreen daily. However, your skin type, age and even where you live can play a role in choosing the appropriate skincare products to use in your daily beauty regime.

“There are countless different products and brands to choose from that promise to provide you with good looking, healthy skin,” explains Adele du Toit, marketing manager for Annique. “However, when you are looking at all the skincare options available it can be quite daunting. Our skin needs to be able to handle the unique and sometimes harsh South African climate, and therefore choosing a South African product which has been developed to address these conditions is always a good decision.  Knowing which skincare products are best suited to your skin will also help narrow your choices and give you insight into which products are best suited to your unique needs.”

Skin health is an important element of overall health and shouldn’t be side-lined or left up to the unknown. “Your skin is a natural barrier for your body and when it is looked after correctly and is healthy it keeps away harmful agents from entering your body and causing health problems,” highlights du Toit. 

When it comes to choosing the best products suited to your skin type, du Toit suggests applying the following tips:

  • Know your skin type. Before purchasing any products, it is important to know if your skin is oily, dry, combination or sensitive as this can impact how the product interacts with your skin. If you are unsure of what your skin type is, a quick test is to wash your face and observe your skin after a couple of hours in its natural state.

Oily skin is a result of excess in sebum production and in order to control this, this skin type requires specific products to manage that excess oil. Products for oily skin need to be lightweight and include ingredients that won’t clog the pores. 

Dry skin is best treated with cream and ointment, containing macadamia nut oil or shea butter. When looking for a moisturiser for dry skin these are the best ingredients.

Normal skin is not too dry nor too oily.

Combination skin occurs when the T-panel over the forehead, nose and chin are oily, but the cheeks tend to be dry. Both normal and combination skins tend to feel dryer in winter and might require adding or swopping more moisturising products during this time.

Sensitive skin requires products with fewer ingredients and fragrance-free formulations.

  • Love local. With South African products catering to the South African consumer, many local products include some of South Africa’s unique botanicals, such as Rooibos, Baobab and Marula. These local ingredients offer the skin what it needs to endure the South African weather and result in healthy, soft skin.  
  • Choose products from a company that is known for its expertise and commitment to skincare and have always delivered when it comes to quality effective products. Annique, a proudly South African company, has 50 years of experience creating innovative, quality beauty and health products containing Rooibos, and their skincare ranges are known for providing solutions for various skin types with outstanding results. Annique is the first company, worldwide, to use Rooibos in their products and now has over 250 quality Rooibos-based products under their name. 
  • Think about the environment. When purchasing a product, it is important to know if it has been responsibly sourced and how the brand contributes to communities and society. A beauty company that not only provides skin care but also thinks about the environment and the communities around them, is a company that should be supported. 
  • Stay away from products that include perfume, formaldehyde and alcohol as they can cause irritation to your skin and eyes.

Providing your skin with the treatment and attention it needs contributes to your skin health, mental health and overall health, and therefore knowing what products your skin needs should be made a priority.

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