My Skin Care Routine | Essence

Since an essence provides an extra layer of hydration, those with dry skin can obviously benefit. If aging is a major concern, this added boost of moisture can also help to alleviate fine lines and prevent wrinkles

Nature’s Stem Cell and
Anti-Aging SOS spray

The Africology Nature’s Stem Cell, which is said to provide natural cell stimulation, boosting the synthesis of collagen by up to 239%, and elastin by up to 251%. As a powerful preventative anti-ageing treatment that regenerates the skin on a cellular level.

Citrus stem cells obtained from oranges contain amino acids such as proline and betaines, as well as organic acids, sugars, peptides and proteins. They protect skin cells against temperature fluctuations, as well as from environmental and oxidative stress.  This is particularly valuable to balance the skin after exposure, sun damage or balance skin integrity after  sun or blue light exposure. 


I find this application a little tricky because you are meant to spray the essence directly onto your face, but the spray nozzle gives a very harsh, intense spray. If it was more like a mist then it would be okay, but it’s not enjoyable. I rather spray into the palms of  my hands and then pat into skin
R410 from

I also have the Africology Anti-Aging SOS spray which I apply in the same way. I love the smell of it and probably use this more than the stem cell one because of that… 

BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

I use the COSRX BHA liquid as an essence as well. It is lighter than a serum and seems to word best applied prior to serums. 

  • Formulated with 4% BHA (Betaine Salicylate) and willow bark extract, it will clean all the gunk out your pores with regular use – you can say a not-so-fond farewell to your blackheads and clogged pores for good
  • Due to BHA’s ability to sink deep into pores and get to work eliminating dead skin cells and excess sebum, this product will also help prevent acne
  • The inclusion of brightening powerhouse Niacinamide will help to shrink the appearance of pores, as well as go to work on any uneven skin tone or hyper-pigmentation issues
  • The result will be brighter, more even toned skin and minimised pores
  • Can be applied to the entire face (avoiding eye area and lips) or used to spot treat problematic areas such as nose and chin Source

It is recommended to apply this with a cotton round, but I apply some to my fingers and pat it into the skin. 
It is also recommended that for best results you wait 10min before applying other products, which I really don’t do, but must try! 
I apply it to my nose and jaw line mainly – as those are my problem areas. I have also started wiping the excess on my shoulder as I tend to get blackhead build up on my back.
R315 from Glow Theory website

Snail Bee High Content Essence

Lastly I have the Snail Bee High Content Essence by Benton. 

The moisturising and reparative solution is rich in protein and vitamins, thanks to Snail Filtrate that helps to smooth and improve skin texture.Combined with 2% Bee VenomEGF (a Nobel prize-winning ingredient) and a host of botanical-based natural ingredients, the Benton Snail Bee Essence delivers skin-lifting and age-fighting benefits; it melts into skin to hydrate, repair and relieve rough, damaged patches whilst diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier. Cooling and moisturising, the all-in-one formula ensures your skin has a brighter, smoother look. 

On days when I do apply this essence I really do enjoy how it leaves my skin feeling, but I don’t use it often enough. I do like to pop a little around my eyes before bed from time to time. It is light in texture, with little to no smell. 

R315 from Glow Theory website

Author: Shan Fourie

Shan Fourie is a busy mom of three, based in Ballito, and is a full-time lifestyle blogger/Content Creator. With over 14 years of experience in marketing, Shan began blogging in 2018, and embarked into full-time content creation in 2021. Shan uses her platform to share brands, businesses as well as to raise awareness and funds for causes and initiatives close to her heart. Somewhat of an activist, Shan has helped bring people together for multiple causes, including A21 Walk for Freedom, multiple Bone Marrow & Blood drives, a peaceful protest to stop NetCare Alberlito from closing its paeds ward, as well as other movements she is passionate about. Her biggest focus this year is on raising funds, alongside The Rise Up Movement, for a GBV safe house in Kwadukuza, along with a lab for facilitating rape-kits on site, instead of having to send them to Pretoria. Shan is an official Ambassador for (a) The SA Bone Marrow Registry, (b) the Red Movement (a movement intent on eradicating period poverty), and (c) and a partner of the Rise Up Movement - an NPO that stands against GBV, Child abuse, and Human Trafficking. Shan was a Mrs South Africa 2022 finalist, 2023 CANSA ambassador for Mrs South Africa, and Discovery Bank was her gold sponsor. Shan is also the official Wellness influencer for Gateway Theatre of Shopping and The Pencil Club Umhlanga. Shan believes that wellness is all-encompassing - mental, physical and emotional. She believes it is important to keep your life clean of toxicity. Self-care is super important to her.

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