Living in a city, in an area where there’s mining or industrial activity, or travelling to and from work in the traffic? The unseen enemy of a beautiful skin is literally in the air around you, or that’s what the latest skin research shows. 

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Growing levels of pollution – microscopic particles of heavy metals and toxic gases in the air – enter through the pores and disrupt the skin’s natural ability to repair and regenerate. These microscopic pollutant particles are thought to be a cause of the dark marks and uneven pigmentation that so many women are seeing. Add to this exposure to the bright African sun, and the effects of hormones, and it’s no wonder “anti-pollution products” are a big trend.

African Extracts Rooibos has a powerful protective defense mechanism against the rigours of daily life – Bio-Active Rooibos, a green extract of the rooibos plant that is exceptionally high in antioxidants. Harvested and processed at source in the Cederberg mountains, this narrow-leafed fynbos plant has adapted to the harsh climate – with soaring daytime temperatures – by producing high levels of antioxidants.

Renowned for its health benefits Rooibos research is now examining its ability to reduce and reverse the effects of sun damage on the skin – even its ability to prevent cancerous cells developing.

New African Extracts Daily Repair Facial Oil is an advanced product specifically aimed at reducing dark marks and uneven pigmentation, brightening and clarifying the complexion.

With 100% naturally derived ingredients, Daily Repair contains a cocktail of other precious plant extracts known for their moisturising, restoring and protective properties. Jojoba seed oil for superb moisturising, squalene from olives that mimics this essential lipid within the skin’s own tissue to maintain the skin’s suppleness ‘and radiance, as well as resist wrinkles and dark brown spots, and Neem seed oil used in India for thousands of years to treat skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis.

German chamomile, mostly known for its anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties, conditions and revives, while geranium oil tightens and firms to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Rose oil has antibacterial properties and lavender oil protects against the effects of UV radiation.

High levels of vitamin E, a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant, are included to enhance the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients, reducing the formation of free radicals from exposure to UV rays, promoting the healing process, strengthening the skin's barrier function, protecting the skin barrier's lipid balance, and reducing trans-epidermal water loss. Vitamin C works as a powerful antioxidant and whitening agent, with both anti-acne and anti-aging capabilities. Many studies have confirmed the skin lightening, photo-protective, and hydrating effects it can have on the skin.

All these ingredients combine in a light-weight, easily absorbed oil formulated for use by all skin types for use as a treatment. You would never think it’s an oil.

Apply a few drops to skin after cleansing, avoiding the eye area. Follow with night cream if needed.

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