It’s time to show some skin

It’s summer time… and this also means beach time (or at least time to tan at the pool and show some shoulder in sun dresses and strappy tops).

If your skin is looking dull and dry after a long winter of covering up your body as soon as you jumped out of the bath or shower to keep warm, then you’re going to need some pre-beach exfoliation.

There’s a gorgeous product in the optiphi Body Curve range specially formulated for neglected – and ageing – skin (like mine).

optiphi’s Body Curve Body Foliant is an overnight body peel, designed to tone and refine your skin texture. It’s not rough and grainy like other exfoliators, yet will exfoliate and remove dead skin cells – while you sleep.

Glycolic acid is the main ingredient, and works to remove rough skin, enhance collagen production and assist in re-plumping the skin (who can’t do with some re-plumping and firming of the saggy bits?). I applied it liberally to my upper arms and my tummy, and on those fine lines that have been creeping across my chest ever since I passed the 40 mark.

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The claim made by this chemical exfoliator, that it “assists in restoring photo-damaged skin” is a valid one. My skin is smoother, more hydrated (thanks to the lactic acid) and more supple after a week or two of (mostly) remembering to apply it every night before bed. It also targets dark spots and pigmentation.

How to use it

Apply it to your entire body, focusing on your rough skin areas (like knees and elbows), after your bath or shower. Its creamy texture spreads easily so you don’t have to use much – and because it’s so absorbent, you can get straight into bed and it won’t leave a greasy residue on your sheets.

The next morning you can rinse it off or not – your choice. It’s safe for all ages and skin types and even though it’s an exfoliator, it’s gentle enough to use every night!

Price: R782,00 (Treat yourself with your bonus or put this on your Christmas wish list: it’s worth it!)

Now it’s time to show off that smooth and supple skin in the sun

optiphi’s Body Curve Solar Shield SPF50 Sunscreen is formulated for active lifestyles, and protects against redness, photo-ageing and infrared radiation.

Chromanol (a potent antioxidant) works to subdue premature and photo-aging, and protects your skin from oxidative stress and UV-induced radiation damage, and Tripeptide-33 minimises the damage caused by free radicals.

The production of hyaluronic acid, a hydrating component naturally found in the skin, is boosted by Thermus Thermophillus Ferment. It also offers protection from infrared (IR) radiation, extending protection offered by the broad spectrum UV filters.

Other ingredients boost the body’s production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, reducing effects of premature aging and sun exposure.

How to use it

Apply evenly, at least 20 minutes before you go into the sun. Reapply frequently: after perspiration, towel drying, swimming or other physical activities.

Price: R424,01

Take a look at the optiphi Body Curve range and order your products here

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