I was recently given the opportunity to embark on a skincare journey with Elemis South Africa – I specifically use the word ‘journey’ because this is an ongoing experience for me. I was invited to the Da Vinci Day Spa in Sandton City, and was treated to a very relaxing facial and a detoxifying body wrap. I was sent home with 3 products from Elemis, all suited for my skincare and body care needs and have been testing the products for the past 2 months. I received additional products last week, which I’m keen to start testing out, but for this review blog post I’ll be focusing on the products I have been testing for the past 8 weeks. If you’re a regular Pink Peonies blog reader, then you’ll know I always test skincare products for at least 4 weeks before I feature them on the blog because even though active ingredients contained in skincare products usually start to work immediately, the benefits will only be visible after at least 4 weeks’ time.
I decided to add one of the more recent products to the blog post as well (even though I haven’t tested it for long enough) because I’m VERY excited to share it with you – it’s very unique!
So, in this blog post I’m going to share my thoughts on each Elemis product and if you make it all the way to the bottom of the post, there will be a pretty darn incredible GIVEAWAY waiting just for you. I have organised an Elemis hamper worth R8000+ for one lucky reader, plus a spa voucher too! Sharing is caring, right? And what better way to start 2017 off than with a collection of luxurious skincare products, and a relaxing facial / body treatment.
A BIT OF HISTORY ON ELEMIS:
♥ Elemis is the number 1 rated luxury skincare brand in the UK, and their products have won over 200 independent beauty awards, with their cult favourite product ‘Pro-Collagen Marine Cream’ having won over 30 awards!
♥ In the past Elemis products were exclusive to spas and cruise line spas, but they recently expanded their product range in-store (selected Edgars and Stuttafords stores) to make an at-home spa experience possible for people who don’t necessarily have the time to visit a spa.
♥ Elemis is available in 1600+ spas in over 60 countries worldwide, and treats over 6,5 million clients each year.
♥ Elemis uses powerful marine and plant actives coupled with intricately-blended aromatics to form the foundation of all their products. They ethically source and extract the earth’s natural resources, harnessing and boosting natural properties through skincare science. Their products are results-driven and they are committed to creating high-performance formulations to amplify the earth’s natural resources.
♥ Elemis do not test on animals and does not use animal by-products apart from honey, beeswax and milk proteins.
♥ All Elemis products are tested by their Master and Elite therapists and the results are fed back to the laboratory. This cycle can take up to 3 years until each product does exactly what it professes to, achieving real results. Impressive, right?
When I first started working with Elemis South Africa on their #InMyNature campaign, I mentioned my skincare concerns were mainly ageing and pigmentation (dark spots). As a result, they introduced me to their skincare range called the ‘Dynamic Resurfacing’ collection. Elemis recently rebranded, so this collection used to be called the ‘Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing’ skincare range. You’ll see my products still have the old name on them – for the purpose of the review blog post I’ll refer to the old name, but just keep in mind these have a new name(the ingredients and formulations remain the same).
The Dynamic Resurfacing technology addresses the signs of premature ageing i.e. fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, acne scarring, photo-ageing etc. Each product in the range features ‘Tri-Enzyme Technology’, meaning they contain 3 enzymes to help boost the skin’s natural exfoliation cycle to reveal fresher, brighter skin and restore even skin tone.
The upper layer of your skin is mostly made of dead skin cells, and if you don’t get rid of them they usually lead to dull & lacklustre complexions. Enzymes work by breaking down the keratin protein in dead skin cells, resulting in smoother skin. These enzymes are effective non-abrasive exfoliants and usually more gentle than other exfoliating methods like scrubs and microdermabrasion.
Encapsulated Subtilisine (from barley) combined with Papain (from papaya) enzymes safely dissolve the superficial layers of the epidermis, therefore stimulating cell renewal and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, photo damage and skin imperfections. Protease (from micro mushroom) enzymes improve the cell renewal process, and the antioxidant properties of White Truffle provide a powerful blend of amino acids, feeding the skin with essential B-Vitamins and protecting it from free radical damage.
TRI-ENZYME RESURFACING FACIAL WASH ♥ R670,00
In the past, I never used to pay much attention to high-end face cleansers because I always felt like you don’t have them on your skin long enough for the active ingredients to be effective. I only tend to massage a cleanser into my skin for about a minute before I rinse it off – that’s hardly enough time for any actives to penetrate the epidermis. I’d rather save my money for skincare products that don’t immediately wash down the drain, something like a serum or moisturiser that actually has time to penetrate the various layers of the skin. For the most part, I still don’t believe in splurging on cleansers – BUT I must admit, this chemical exfoliating facial wash doesn’t need a lot of time to do its job! Trust me, the enzymes contained in this cleanser make for an intense exfoliating cocktail. I initially cleansed my face with the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash 4 times a week but had to cut that down to only once a week because the actives were so…well active. I was over-exfoliating my skin and so it started to get really dry and dehydrated – the texture on my forehead was getting better, and my skin started feeling smoother but the exfoliating enzymes were a bit too intense for my skin (I have combination skin) and so I had to cut back on how frequently I used it.
These days I use the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash once a week (as mentioned earlier, it’s now called the ‘Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash’) and so far I’m happy with the results. This is actually the very first chemical exfoliating cleanser that I have ever used, I usually stick to my Clarisonic Aria to manually exfoliate my skin. I like the feeling of a non-abrasive exfoliant, and this product has definitely opened up my eyes to the world of chemical exfoliants.
We all know exfoliating your skin keeps your pores nice and clean. Chemical exfoliators remove dead skin cells off your face and make way for new cells to turn over, revealing smoother and brighter skin. Another great thing about chemical exfoliators is that they can help stimulate collagen production, which in turn will reduce wrinkles. It’s easy to over-scrub when using a physical exfoliator (with scrubby bits), and when you’re too rough with your face scrub, it can cause irritation and expose the raw tissue to bacteria and infection. If you struggle with acne / breakouts, using a chemical exfoliator will also benefit you because it fights oil, and removes pore-clogging dead skin cells from a deeper level in the skin.
Ingredients in the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash include Galactoarabinan (from the Larch Tree) which supports a non-abrasive exfoliation action without irritation, as well as Babassu Oil (rich in fatty acids) which helps to nourish and replenish moisture levels. As part of the Elemis Anti-Ageing Resurfacing Programme, this cleanser encourages the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle, actively smoothing and refining whilst gently sloughing away any dead cells on the skin’s upper layers that dull the complexion. Powerful antioxidant properties of Moringa help to protect skin against environmental damage, and White Truffle Poria Cocos helps to soothe and support the overall surface environment of the skin.
A little goes a very long way, one pump is more than enough to cover the entire face. I like to focus on my problem areas i.e. forehead, nose and upper cheeks to ensure the enzymes start working there first and then leave it on for as long as possible for maximum benefit. It’s not a foaming cleanser, and if you wear makeup then I would suggest you use a pre-cleansing product like a micellar water or cleansing balm beforehand to remove most of your makeup before going in with this exfoliator. If you’re in the market for a cleanser to splurge on, and you don’t enjoy using a scrubby exfoliator – definitely check this one out.
TRI-ENZYME RESURFACING NIGHT CREAM ♥ R2100,00
I’m always more than willing to invest in a good anti-ageing night cream – while you catch some zzzzzz’s the skin regenerates, heals and soothes…especially since you’re lying still. I have been using this cream for about 2 months now and I am very impressed. It features the same enzyme cocktail I mentioned above to stimulate the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle whilst cellular respiration is at its optimum, resulting in smoother & more radiant skin. Their patented Tri-Enzyme technology acts as the catalyst in this formulation for safe, gentle and effective resurfacing within the skin’s upper layers. A synergist lipid complex is expertly blended with antioxidant rich Rice Hull and Samphire to restore skin’s clarity, replenishing skin from daily environmental stresses and pollution. A complex network of amino acids and White Truffle help soothe and support the surface of the skin. I think it’s always important to include a soothing agent in a skincare product like this one, because the main ingredients are so active.
This nighttime moisturiser feels incredibly smooth & lightweight on the skin, and absorbs well with no oily residue. It smells delightfully fresh (no overpowering scent) and doesn’t feel sticky once applied to the skin. Since using this night cream, I have noticed 2 things: 1. The texture on my forehead has almost disappeared (it’s so much smoother); and 2. some of my darker hyperpigmentation marks are starting to fade. I feel it’s important to mention, though, that I have also been using a Retinol serum (not from Elemis) every other night, so the improvement in texture can also be as a result of that. A part of me wishes Elemis supplied me with an entire skincare range (cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, SPF etc) at the beginning of the campaign, because then I would be able to tell you with certainty whether the products delivered on their promises. I’m very thankful for the products I have received thus far, but I’m sure you understand what I mean…right? I wish I didn’t have to mix their products with other skincare brands for this campaign, because I feel it’s difficult for me to say whether the improvements I have noticed in the texture and overall clarity of my skin is a result of using the 2 Elemis skincare products (or something else).
This evening moisturiser is definitely not a budget-friendly cream, it’s extremely luxurious (with a price tag to match) but fortunately a small pea-sized amount will cover the entire face, so it should last you for many months. If you are looking for an effective, hydrating night cream that will improve the surface of your skin, this is definitely one to consider.
CELLULAR RECOVERY SKIN BLISS CAPSULES ♥ R1570,00
Ok, so technically speaking I have only used this twice so far but I’m happy to report: I’m in love! There’s a reason why these are called ‘Skin Bliss Capsules’, the encapsulated lavender and rose oils provide an endorphin ‘bliss effect’ so your skin is de-stressed and nourished. The jar contains 30 pink capsules to be used in the morning and 30 green capsules to be used at night, I imagine one is supposed to use 2 capsules every day (which means this product would only last you 1 month). I don’t think it’s necessary to use these every single day, so I think I’ll use them twice a week as a special treatment for my skin – this will ensure they last way longer than intended.
The pink capsules contain rose absolute to hydrate, soften and stimulate endorphins during the day. The green capsules contain lavender oil to help restore cell metabolism and maximise cell repair overnight. Both capsules also contain moringa oil which has the highest concentration of antioxidant properties to help repair the visible signs of ageing and counteract the damaging effects of everyday pollution (this allows other nutrients to be absorbed more effectively).
Did you know? Moringa oil has up to 1700% more antioxidant power, compared to any other cosmetic oil.
I really like that each capsule contains just the right amount of oil to cover my entire face – it’s always easy to go a bit overboard when it comes to facial oils / serums, leaving you with a oily residue on the skin. But I definitely don’t have that problem with the Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules.
As mentioned, the potent facial oil formulations act to de-stress the skin, helping to break down the accumulation of harmful toxins that clog up pores. These little capsules really are pure bliss for skin that is tired or in need of some TLC. We all know aromatic essential oils have a therapeutic effect on one’s mood and enhances feelings of wellbeing and relaxation. I’m holding thumbs these capsules will give my skin a youthful glow, especially with the festive (party) season ahead.
LIME AND GINGER SALT GLOW ♥ R930,00
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle whilst balancing a busy routine can be quite challenging – I’m sure most of you will agree. The pressures and stresses of our daily lives can lead to a build up of toxins in the body. It’s always a good idea to adopt simple detox regimes i.e. drinking warm water with lemon or ginger, and exfoliating (or dry brushing) regularly as this will help cleanse the body and stimulate circulation to release toxins. There’s nothing quite as indulgent as using an invigorating scrub while your taking a hot shower (especially on a cold, rainy day) – the heat and humidity of the shower will open up pores, making any body scrub you use a lot more effective.
I’ve really been enjoying the Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, it smells like a safari spa and instantly lifts my mood. I like massaging it into my skin in circular motions, focusing on my problem areas i.e. thighs, tummy, and upper arms. This nourishing exfoliator helps to boost metabolism and circulation, all while energising your skin and awakening your senses. Lime, ginger and sea salt is blended with bergamot-, coconut- and sweet almond oils to stimulate, purify, tone and leave the skin looking & feeling exceptionally soft.
Yes, Elemis is a pricey brand but I’m sure most of you already know I truly believe in investing in your skincare routine. Like I always say: Makeup will only ever look as good as the canvas it is applied on!
Elemis South Africa would like to take a Pink Peonies blog reader on their own skincare journey, and have very generously sponsored a GIVEAWAY hamper worth R8000! There will be 1 winner who will win an Elemis product hamper as well as a spa voucher to visit an Elemis spa for an indulgent treat! I know not everyone is able to spend a lot of money on skincare products, so this is the perfect opportunity for you to win a skincare hamper filled with the best of the best. The products will be chosen based on YOUR specific skincare needs, so your new skincare routine will be tailored to help treat and combat your skin concerns and will fit in with your lifestyle.
I’m really excited about this giveaway – it’s probably the largest prize (in terms of monetary value) that I have ever been able to give away to one of my readers! Thank you, Elemis!
I’m going to keep this as simple as possible, so there’s no Rafflecopter widget for this giveaway.
To enter, all you have to do is complete your chosen entries below. You don’t HAVE TO complete each entry (except the one where you leave a comment motivating why you should win the prize – that one is mandatory), so if you’d only like to leave a comment below, then your entry will still be valid. The other entry options are there so that you can gain more entries for the giveaway, increasing your chances of winning the prize.
♥ Leave a comment below telling me why you should win the R8000 hamper prize and Elemis spa voucher. This entry option is mandatory to ensure Elemis has a way of contacting the winner (so make sure the email address you supply when you comment, is your correct email address).
For EXTRA entries:
Make sure you leave a comment in the comments section below for EACH additional entry you complete – it’s the only way for me to keep tabs on your extra entries. For example if you decide to share the giveaway with your friends on Facebook, leave a comment saying “Shared on Facebook” and include your Facebook username. So, at the end of this giveaway you could end up with 7 comments below – one for each entry option you completed.
♥ Retweet my giveaway tweet OR tweet the following giveaway message:
I want to embark on an @Elemis_SA #InMyNature skincare journey with @pinkpeoniesblog – R8000 hamper is up for grabs! http://pinkpeonies.co.za/my-inmynature-skincare-journey-with-elemis-giveaway/
♥ Share this blog post with your friends on Facebook and / or Instagram by linking back this blog post and tagging @PinkPeoniesBlog & @ElemisSouthAfrica, and using the #InMyNature hashtag.
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This giveaway is open to South African residents only.
The giveaway will run until 9am on Friday, 18 November 2016, with 1 winner being selected by Elemis South Africa shortly afterwards. I always announce the winners of my giveaways on Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on both social media platforms.
Elemis South Africa is responsible for managing delivery of the hamper, as well as arranging the spa voucher.
If no reply has been received 7 days from the initial winner announcement, another winner will be selected.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in sponsored collaboration with Elemis South Africa.
UPDATE: There were so many entries for this giveaway, so Elemis decided to choose THREE winners instead of just one. And the winners are: Vanessa Christiane, Zee Mohlapi, and Melissa (the lady who entered on behalf of her mother). Congratulations, ladies! I hope you enjoy your Elemis hampers and spa treatments!