I’ve just gotten back from 5 weeks in South East Asia, which was an incredible experience, but was quite tough on my skin.
We didn’t have one day that was below 30 degrees and the humidity was always above 60%, which it great and all, but very different to what we’re used to here in Cape Town.
Before I left I decided to take only optiphi products with me. I’ve been having a love affair with their serums this year (read more here, here and here) and thought the trip would be an ideal time to try their full range without having any other products to test as well.
I settled on four products to take with me: Facial Cleanser, Moisture Control Light, Eyesigns Active Gel and Protect The Canvas SPF30.
The Facial Cleanser was the wild card for me as I’m not a huge fan of foaming cleansers. But I went with it because it contains hydroxyl acids to gently exfoliate the skin, which would be useful in the sweatbox that is South East Asia.
I was pleasantly surprised with how well my skin took to it. It cleansed the skin well without leaving it feeling tight or dry. I also never felt the need for extra exfoliation in the whole time I was away.
I’ve tried it again since I’ve been back in Cape Town, and it does seem a little drying on my skin in this climate. But will be an absolute winner for Durbanites or girls in the rest of the country with oily skin.
I’ve long been a fan of the Eyesigns Active Gel, so it was a no-brainer that I took it. It reduces the signs of aging around the eye by targeting puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles.
After five weeks of continuous use, I have noticed a vast improvement in the density of the skin around my eyes, and my fine lines are much less visible.
I also took the Moisture Control Light, which worked a treat as both a day and night cream. Anything with hyaluronic acid gets my vote!
Packed with a host of super-hydrating ingredients, this lotion keeps the skin hydrated and supple, but without any heaviness or stickiness. It didn’t clog my pores or leave my skin looking like an oil slick (which was a very strong possibility in the climate).
And last, but by no means least, I took one of my all-time favourite sun creams. Protect the Canvas has a fairly thick formula, but blends easily and quickly into the skin. It sits well onto of any moisturiser and creates a great base for make-up (it has never pilled on me, ever).
It contains broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, antioxidant protection and protects the skin from photo-aging at a cellular level.
The last product of theirs I want to mention is the Curve Body Lotion, which I toyed with taking with me, but in the end would just be unnecessary weight. But I do use it at home because it has a clever delivery system that slowly releases hydration to ensure your skin is always perfectly hydrated.
If you’re interested in the Curve Body Lotion, they have a wonderful special offer running at the moment: