3 Extravagant beauty gems

Gift your skin with a dose of glamour from the cream of the crop in advanced skincare

By Ingrid Wood
Ⓒ Shutterstock


Your skin recovers while you are at rest at night, as this is when the body’s regenerative processes are at their optimum. However,
if your skin is devitalised, it can’t supply the energy needed for recovery.

Enter La Prairie Pure Gold Nocturnal Balm (R21 040 for 60ml), a two-step approach that includes delivery of an energy-rich nutrient to the skin, while the exclusive Pure Gold Diffusion System not only deposits gold on the skin’s surface for instant radiance but also amplifies the conversion of the potent nutrient into energy by activating an energy sensor.

La Prairie Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm Ⓒ Supplied

We are equally in love with the ritual that accompanies this top product. Using the Nocturnal Massage Stone, Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm is applied with special massage strokes to stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic flow, allowing a free flow of energy, and exchange of nutrients and oxygen in the skin. It also increases lymphatic drainage and soothes facial muscles.

It gives new meaning to getting your beauty sleep.

Chanel Sublimate L’Extrait Ⓒ Supplied


Chanel’s Sublimage formula has been crafted like a piece of fine jewellery.

Sublimage L’Extrait (R12 505 for 15ml) is a concentration of powerful botanicals, Vanilla planifolia grown at the Chanel laboratory in Marlagascar being the star of the show. L’Extrait is also enriched with Swertia, a plant with restorative properties native to the Himalayan mountains.

In its active molecule form – where it’s 40 times more concentrated than in the plant material itself – the vanilla basically helps your continuously ageing skin cells talk to each other to encourage renewal. The Swertia extract helps reduce inflammation, which ages the skin, and repairs.


A global bestseller and largely considered a cult favourite, the indulgent Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream is full of exotic ingredients.

Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream Ⓒ Supplied

Included in the blend of grand rose extracts is the Absolue Perpetual Rose™, a flower grown exclusively in the South of France that is said to impart vitality. Another key ingredient is pro-xylane, which is said to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and firm and tone the skin. It also contains shea butter, which moisturises and is also an anti-oxidant.

The surprisingly light yet luxurious cream delivers up to 24 hours of hydration, which equates to a luminous, plump appearance. Over time, signs of ageing are visibly reduced, and skin looks radiant and revitalised, with an improvement in overall skin concerns, from lines, dryness and dullness to texture and tone.

Take advantage of the festive season giftset: Absolue Soft Cream 60ml, Soft Cream 5ml, Rich Cream 5ml, Eye Cream 5ml and Eye Serum 5ml, R4 680.


Founded in 1990, the plant-based Origins range only recently landed on SA shores, amid much excitement among those familiar with the brand and fans of cosmetics with a conscience.

The premium range, which comes at a very affordable price tag, is the Mega-Mushroom series. The brain behind it is integrative medicine specialist Dr Andrew Weil, who believes inflammation is the root cause of visible skin irritation, and that mushrooms have the power to fight irritation and inflammation. Reishi – the “mushroom of immortality” – is the key ingredient and a powerful skin-soother. Fermented Chaga also helps to calm and soothe.

Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Cream (R950 for 50ml) is a skin-loving treat, calming redness and sensitivity. All ingredients are naturally derived and non-toxic, and the products are free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, SLS, mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, polyethylene beads and animal ingredients (other than the cruelty-free honey and beeswax).

This article first appeared in the 2022 annual special edition of YourLuxury Africa.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and don’t miss out on regular updates from the YourLuxury Africa team on all things luxurious, beautiful and inspiring.