Skincare for a young professional, plus WIN with Optiphi Active | 9Lives
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I’m woken up by something on my face. Something warm and fluffy, and it’s vibrating happily. The alarm goes off and the purring gets louder. She knows I’m awake now. There is movement near my feet where the second feline body has been biding her time.

This is the start of my 5:45 mornings: hungry cats demanding attention. By the time I’ve kissed my boyfriend goodbye the cats are all but eating the furniture so it’s time to traipse downstairs, feed the pets, let the dove out of the cage to stretch his wings, and get ready for the day.

This means packing a gym bag, making the bed and giving the house a last-minute tidy, grabbing something healthy from the fridge and heading to the office. From here it’s usually a blur until 13:00 which is when I grab the gym bag and head for a workout to loosen up and get my blood going, followed by a lunch of salad and veggies, or a plant-based pasta before heading back to the desk to work through the rest of the day. After work it’s time to head to the car, which is a tree-lined and leisurely walk away from the office, and then off to Durbanville for my kickboxing lessons, which are exhausting but exhilarating. The rest of the evening is spent relaxing in pj’s, ideally with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other.

I try to keep active and healthy, and I asked the Optiphi team for a range of products that would be able to keep up with my healthy lifestyle. They suggested the Optiphi Active range, a focused range that targets specific skin concerns that aids in improving the skin’s cellular structure, tackle the signs of aging and even target cellular processes to inhibit cellular skin aging.

My skin is sensitive, prone to flare-ups and flaking – especially in times of stress. And being a redhead, my skin is also very fair and at risk of getting damaged or aging even faster. Created to perfectly suit and soothe the skin barrier, all Optiphi products have a pH of 5.5, the same pH as the skin itself.

My routine starts with the Optiphi Facial cleanser, a multi-functional cleanser that purifies, tones and exfoliates all at once. Thanks to the Salicylic Acid in the formulation, my skin is not only smoother, it’s also soothed.

Optiphi Active

Thereafter I apply the Ageless Active Gel which soothes the sensitivity and redness that my skin is so prone to. Thanks to the Hesperidin and Vitamin B3, my skin’s irritation is lessened, while the Heat Shock Proteins fight against environmental damage and antioxidants work to reduce early aging. I absolutely love this product, and it’s a definite favourite of mine.

After the gel, I apply the Moisture Control Ultra, a cream with a rich formulation, specifically for very dry and aging skin. This moisturiser contains active ingredients like hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and Oligopeptides, as well as antioxidants to protect the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Optiphi Active

My morning routine is finished with their Protect the Canvas SPF 30. As a redhead with pale skin, I can’t afford to run around without something protecting my face from UV damage, not only those from the sun, but also from my laptop screen that I stare at for many hours.

Optiphi Active

The reason why I am so in love with Optiphi’s Active range, and why I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve and protect their skin, is because this brand truly has the science to back it up. Optiphi was created thanks to research in Medika SA, their wound care department. The expertise behind this extraordinary brand comes from their biochemists, chemists, geneticists and plastic surgeons.

Yep, you read that right. The Optiphi team does their homework to ensure their products are using the latest and safest technology and advancements.

As an avid animal lover, I do my utmost to use products that do not contain animal-based ingredients, and that are definitely not tested on animals. Not only does Optiphi not test on animals, none of their active ingredients are tested on animals either. Their products are part of a recycling programme, and they make use of environmentally friendly ingredients.

My skin has never felt this good, and I can see the difference the range has made to my skin. The fine wrinkles around my mouth and eyes have diminished, my skin feels hydrated and healthy – I no longer have to worry about that tight itchy feeling that comes with washing my face. I look forward to my skincare routine in the morning and during the day, and I no longer skips steps or look for the next big thing to help with breakouts or flaky skin.

This is truly a brand that I can stand behind.

WIN an Optiphi Active skincare routine worth over R3 000!

You could win your own set of Optiphi Active skincare products worth over R3 000! Simply like the 9Lives and Optiphi Facebook and Instagram pages and tell us more about your skincare needs. Post your entries in the comments below. One entry per person. The competition closes 30 November 2019.

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Just a girl, wishing she were a cat. You can find this peanut-butter enthusiast curled up in a sunny corner with a good book and a glass of wine.


  1. I’d love to win this! Have really been struggling with dry skin over the last few months and Optiphi looks amazing!

  2. My skin has been having breakouts. Becoming extra oily and really making it hard for one to feel beautiful at time with all this breakouts

  3. I really like to win this one I’ve been strangling with my oil skin and pimples .💕💕

  4. I have a break out on both my cheeks only and alot of black heads and white pimples that I cannot get rid of. In desperate need of any guidance and help. I think I have both dry and oily skin and nothing seems to help.

  5. My skin has pigmentations and uneven tone which extremely impacts my confidence. My no makeup days are not as comfortable anymore. It is oily and it breaks out anytime of the month now I even lost track, it is very depressing.

  6. Adela Trenor-Reyazuddin Reply

    I’m 29 years old. I’m searching for an excellent yet affordable skincare range. I have a combination skintype with the occasional breakout and a tad bit of marks (due to me picking at my skin when I do breakout). I follow a full skincare regime religiously so it’ll be great if I’m able to win this range to try it out.

  7. I’ve been using Optiphi facial cleanser and classic hydration therapy for the last few months and I can honestly say that it has helped me have less breakouts. I’ve got dry skin and used to get breakouts around my chin, but my skin is looking much better now. I would love to win this hamper!

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