My current skincare routine

I currently have my skincare routine sorted really well so I though I’d share since it’s something I get asked about often. It’s worth noting that my skincare products change often as I test different products, but I have been using most of these products for at least a month, and I will continue using them for another month since it’s all I packed and I’m only back home in the first week of March.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil, R495 is a new addition to Arden’s Ceramide line that launches on February 15th together with the Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask, R685. I’m happy to report that it’s a goodie as far as cleansing oils go – it doesn’t give me cloudy vision or burn my eyes, and it effectively removes every trace of face- and eye makeup – even eye liner and matte lipstick.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, R930, is a product that I keep falling in and out of love with but the last few months I’ve only had love for the powdery goodness. The enzymes do a good job af exfoliating my skin to perfectly polished levels, although it’s not something I’d ever use daily – 2-3 times per week is more than enough for me.

I was pretty taken aback when I saw the price but then I remembered that Microfoliant lasts so much longer than a regular tube of exfoliant. I’ve been using my travel sized bottle (13g vs the full sized 75g) for two months and I’m not even half way through. So while the initial investment might make your debit card sigh, the cost per application is really low.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream, R970 for 100ml, is my perfect summer moisturiser. It’s intended for combination-dry skin which is a skin type that isn’t usually well catered for in my opinion, and that’s only something that bothers me in summer when I develop a bit of shine on my nose and forehead. The texture is pretty much perfect, and once you start working it into the skin it looks and feels like a light oil for the first few minutes. Love, love, love.

current skincare routine

During the day I add both Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, R755, and Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50+, R200 to supplement my skincare routine. Kiehl’s Reviving Daily Concentrate is a feather light oil that I’ve just reviewed earlier this week, you can read more about it here. Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50+ is the perfect sun protection for the warmer months – read more about that here.

kiehl's daily reviving concentrate

retinol serum

At night I alternate between Optiphi Intense Retinol Serum, R1100 and Dermaceutic Turn Over Stimulating Night Cream, around R500.

The Dermaceutic Turn Over Stimulating Night Cream is a straight forward skin rejuvenator – it contains a very adequate 15% glycolic acid that hydrates, exfoliates and increases cell turnover which is something you really, really want to have going for you in order to keep your skin as plump and healthy as possible.

The Optiphi Intense Retinol Serum is a great one as far as retinols go, and it also has the addition of vitamin E and a peptide to compliment the formula. On one hand it annoys me to no end that they won’t disclose the retinol percentage since I’m all for transparency – I want to know what kind of actives I’m putting on my face, and I want to be able to tell you whether I think you should choose this formula over a 0.5% or 1% retinol serum from other brands.

On the other hand I kind of get what they’re trying to do – they explained that it’s about so much more than the percentage, and that the general public aren’t well enough informed to make decisions if they see a percentage alone. While I completely understand how dangerous a little knowledge on any subject is, I feel they can rather focus on educating their consumers via skincare professionals (you can only buy Optiphi from skin clinics) and, you know, the rest of us who write about the products.

Having said that, Optiphi is a brand I trust so I’m quite happy to use their retinol serum. As I’m reintroducing retinol after a bit of a break I’m doing one night retinol, one night regular night cream, one night glycolic, one night regular night cream, repeat. I’ll continue this way for the rest of this month and then decide whether I want to drop the nights where I skip actives – I’ve learnt to take cues from my skin. If you want to know more about using retinol, read my blog post on it here.

Do you have a product/products in your skincare routine you can’t live without? Please share your secrets with us!

C x



  1. Bianca
    Feb 11, 2016 / 9:20 AM

    I know you’ve raved about the Nimue skincare line already – I’m on love with it. It’s the best my skin has ever looked and I’ve yet to find a product from them that I don’t like. Their Alpha Lipoic Activator Serum is one of my favourites. I usually also always include a facial oil in my arsenal, they are so great.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Feb 13, 2016 / 7:16 AM

      Ah, yes ALA is a great anti oxidant, and I love super hydrating serum and exfoliating enzyme and pretty much everything else 🙂

  2. Jana
    Feb 11, 2016 / 1:21 PM

    hi,where do you find Dermaceutic products?thanks!

  3. Surita
    Feb 15, 2016 / 1:57 PM

    Hi Chantelle thanks for the great post.

    I have dry/scaly bits next to my nose that is more noticeable when I’m wearing foundation. Will the Dermalogica daily microfoliant help to get rid of this problem?

    • Chantelle Bester
      Feb 16, 2016 / 8:06 AM

      Definitely – just chat to the skin consultant to get the proper instructions. Might be worth introducing AHAs into your routine as well x

  4. Suzette
    May 18, 2016 / 12:08 PM

    Hi Chantelle,
    Great post, do you perhaps have any recommendations for an effective oil cleanser besides the EA one. It seems just a tat too pricey for a makeup remover.

    All the best x

    • Chantelle Bester
      May 18, 2016 / 12:11 PM

      Hi Suzette, thank you! I love the Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleansing oil – under R200 if I remember correctly and very effective.

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