WHAT EXPERTS SAY
“Using green Rooibos extract was found to be effective in limiting cell damage caused by environmental factors, even in precancerous skin cells.”
-Dr Tandeka Mgcwebeba, Researcher Stellenbosch University
The basis of African Extracts products is Bio-active Rooibos from fresh green rooibos plants harvested in the Cedarburg district. Rooibos is high in antioxidants, zinc and ascorbic acid and renowned for anti-inflammatory skin soothing and protective properties. I tend to try out oodles of products mixing and matching as I go along so this was actually an interesting trial for me to use three from one beauty brand at one time. I tried the range during winter when my skin was feeling somewhat dry and dehydrated (heaters and air conditioners aggravate this); besides loving it as a local brand, the price point is also good! Here's what I thought:
AFRICAN EXTRACTS ROOIBOS Intensive Day Cream Advantage with SPF15
Active ingredients include advanced anti-aging complexes, Pronalen EAP™ with lady's thistle, horse chestnut, green tea, germinated wheat which all help with puffiness, firming and tightening and fighting free radicals in the skin. Pronalen BioProtect™, (as the name suggests) protects skin from harmful effects of pollutants and UV radiation thanks to ginseng, apple, peach, wheat and barley! It has a gentle fragrance, is lightweight and easily absorbed.
AFRICAN EXTRACTS ROOIBOS Firming Night Cream Advantage
This contains active ingredients like its day cream partner with added Vitamin A, E and C for boosting moisture, firming and tightening properties. It's a little richer and I found it perfect for winter evenings when one needs an extra boost of moisture and nourishment!
AFRICAN EXTRACTS ROOIBOS Gentle Refining Polish
Besides the standard Bio-Active ingredients found throughout the range, added apricot seed, grape seed oil, jojoba, and aloe leaf extracts gives a gentle creamy granular rub-a-dub-scrub! I mixed it with a little water for a creamy scrub and it left my skin feeling super smooth and clean, perfect for dry and mature skins.
African Extracts is available from Dischem, Clicks and selected Pick n Pays and Spars countrywide.