Early signs of aging begin around the eyes and lips. The skin surrounding the eyes is particularly thin and fragile, making it more vulnerable to fine lines and crows feet. A lot of people also suffer dearly from dry, chapped lips which tend to worsen during winter. It’s also true that the area around the mouth is also vulnerable to early signs of aging and TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss) is just one of the many reasons why. It’s why skincare therapists and dermatologists always encourage the use of targeted treatments for these areas in an effort to combat premature aging and to improve the overall area of the skin. Dermalogica has two treatments I’m quite excited about: a nightly lip treatment formulated to firm, hydrate and restore skin on and around the lips as well as an age reversal eye complex set to help reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes…


So what causes the area around our lips to wrinkle? Basically everything from drinking through a straw, whistling, smoking, kissing as well as other extrinsic factors such as damaging UV Rays which causes collagen breakdown . It’s inevitable. It’s going to happen. But now we have a way in which we can work to delay the process. The new Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment is just such a product formulated with ingredients like Shea butter, Indian gentian extract, sesame seed extract and volumizing technologies which work to increase tissue volume to reduce lines. Apple fruit extract also provides a saccharide complex to enhance hydration and smoothness.

It’s a rich texture that feels almost cooling on the skin. Interestingly enough, it smells like peppermint but this could be due to the presence of fresh flowers. I particularly love the fact that it comes with a metal applicator allowing you to easily deposit product where needed as well as massage it effectively into the skin. It’s non-greasy, drying swiftly and hydrating the skin instantly. It’s best to apply this after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. Give it about 30 seconds to fully absorb before reaching for your serums and moisturizers. For R980 you get 10ml of product. It’s a steep price tag but there’s comfort in knowing that because of the design of the air pump, not one ounce of product will remain in this little tube of tricks.


 Ought to be the kingpin of eye treatments, the age reversal eye complex contains one of the most powerful ingredients in anti-aging – retinol (Vitamin A). At 0.1%, you’re getting a healthy dose of these potent agent. The retinol present in this eye serum is encapsulated meaning the active ingredient remains stable for longer resulting in optimum potency. When applying it for the first time, you’ll experience a bit of tingle. If your skin is dehydrated, this tingling sensation will be more pronounced. Nevertheless, this is simply your skin reacting to the active ingredient and in a sense ‘adjusting’ to the presence of the active Vitamin A in this formula. Dermalogica suggest to begin by using this every other night for two weeks and then build up your tolerance by using it every night.

Its texture is lightweight and absorbs into the skin without any fuss. Be sure to of course avoid contact with the eyes and if you are an expecting mum or breastfeeding, consult your physician before using. Also, if you have recently waxed or exfoliated, avoid using for 72 hours before and after your treatment.

 Have you tried any of the Dermalogica treatments before? Let me know your thought below…

  • The lip shandis sounds interesting because listen. . my lips could cut a broken piece of glass hey . hell I haven’t ever found a decent moisturizer. Only thing I can trust is Shea butter over damp skin. All these other things dry out after like 4 hours. I’m 2 and I’ve seen black crack , how soon can we start anti wrinkling again?

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