Optiphi has launched a game-changing skincare innovation + GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY! One 9Lives reader will receive an Optiphi Protecting Revitalizer serum worth R1845! Scroll down for details.

Retinol is one of the great divas of anti-aging skincare. It helps your skin to restore, reduces wrinkles, firms and works as an antioxidant.

It’s also a notoriously tricky ingredient.

For a retinol product to be effective, it should come in air-tight, lightless packaging, since these elements degrade the antioxidant and can make it unstable. People are also a bit skittish when it comes to retinol because it can cause sensitivity if your skin isn’t use to the dose.

Until now skincare companies have tried to find various ways around these issues. One is to use Vitamin A derivatives like Retinyl Palmitate, a retinol ester that has been combined with palmitic acid. You also get Retinyl Acetate, the acetate ester of retinol. These are more stable and gentler (and also more affordable) but not as effective as pure Retinol.

Then recently skincare companies have started playing different delivery systems that allowed them to formulate more effectively with active ingredients like pure retinol. It means a slow, continuous release through the day – working round the clock.

During a recent sit-down with the team Optiphi, they explained their new Time Controlled Diffusion Technology, which is a very good example of a slow-release delivery system. This system was designed to prolong the quality of active ingredients in their skincare products and for me it’s a game changer when it comes to retinol.

How does it work?

In this case, the retinol is “encased” within sponge-like sphere. These spheres protect the retinol within the product (which is further protected by air tight and lightless packaging). The porous network, meanwhile, allows for the retinol to be delivered slowly and continuously onto the skin, where it’s then transported into the deeper layers.

Why does this make a difference?

  • Irritation occurs when skin is exposed to too much retinol too quickly. The slow, controlled release of retinol through these porous spheres means your skin has time to absorb the active ingredient.
  • The retinol is protected and remains active so that every pump delivers the same potency. It is then transported to the deeper layers of the skin through diffusion,
  • In the case of Optiphi’s products the sphere stays behind on top of the skin where it forms an additional, protective barrier.

Using retinol during the daytime…

I’ve read mixed opinions when it comes to using retinol products during the day. On the one hand sources say it’s fine as long as you use AT LEAST an SPF30 over it. Others strongly advise against it, mostly because retinol breaks down when exposed to sun and air. So this is another reason why I’m excited about time release technology.

Take the Optiphi Protecting Revitalizer for instance. It has been formulated to use in the mornings and evenings, and specifically works to protect your skin cells against environmental damage. It contains retinol to stimulate collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production, target pigmentation and boost cell turnover. They’ve also included vitamin C to protect elastin and prevent sun spots, and teprenone to boost your skin’s resistance to UVB damage while maintaining moisture.

I’ve been using it every morning for the last two weeks and so far I’ve been impressed with the results. I’ve seen absolutely no irritation, and I’m already starting to see results with a smoother, softened appearance.

I think this delivery system is a game changer for anti-aging because we get to use a pure form of retinol that is kept stable, and there is a lower risk of irritation. Plus introducing retinol to your routine in the morning means you’re helping to prevent damage that will lead to early aged skin.

GIVEAWAY! One 9Lives reader will receive an Optiphi Protecting Revitalizer serum worth R1 845! To enter:

  1. Share this post on Facebook / Twitter and tag 9Lives & Optiphi
  2. Name 3 active ingredients in the Optiphi Protecting Revitalizer, either on social media, in the comments below, or via email: sayhello@9Lives.co.za

Entries close 20 June. Good luck! 


This post was sponsored by Optiphi

32 Comments

  1. Valencia Mogashoa June 7, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Retinol, vitamin c and teprenone

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  2. Sharleen June 7, 2017 at 7:31 am

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  6. Linell Nyakutsikwa June 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

    retinol, elastin and vitamin C

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  7. Sonja June 7, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Three ingredients include retinol, elastin and hyaluronic acid production!

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  8. Tatum Sieni June 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

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  9. Robyn Kontidis June 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

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  10. Vina June 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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  11. Kamilah Francis June 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Retinol,Vitamin C,Teprenone

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  12. Tamara Rich June 7, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Teprenone, retinol and vitamin C

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  13. Riétte June 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Teprenone, retinol and vitamin C. Sharing on Twitter @het_het1

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  14. Kim June 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Retinol, teprenone and vitamin C

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  15. Kim June 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm

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  16. Bianca Barnard June 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Retinol
    Vitamin C
    Teprenone

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  17. Jessica June 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Retinol, Vitamin C and Teprenone. I tweeted @meowzitcapetown

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  18. Daniela June 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm

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  22. Cathy Badenhorst June 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Retinol, Vitamin C and Teprenone

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  23. Valerie Merle June 19, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I enjoyed your info video on the Optiphi Protecting Revitaling Serum👌

    The active ingredients in this product are Retinol, Vitamin C &Teprenone

    #HopeIWin 😉

    Twitter: TrendyValli – @Novalata113

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  24. Lynn June 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    retinol, vitamin C AND teprenone! 🙂

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  25. asha parbhoo June 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Retinol, Vitamin C, teprenone…holding thumbs…I love the video

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  26. Megan Hartwig June 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

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  27. Janet W Perry June 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

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  28. Bianca Balutto June 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm

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  30. Tracy Jacobs June 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm

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  31. Jackie Katzen June 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm

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