Hey people! Hope you’re all doing good. Have you come across, or heard of rooibos? This post is mainly about rooibos and a few rooibos-infused products that dear husband got me from South Africa. The aim of this post is to tell you all that I know about the Rooibos herb, so that if you ever get a chance to have rooibos-infused products for your skin, or the tea itself, you can go ahead and buy it.
So what is Rooibos?
Rooibos is essentially consumed as a beverage, more like a tea, although it is not linked with the traditional camellia sinesis in any way. The term rooibos means “red bush” in Africa, and derives its name from the dark red tea. Aspalathus Linearis is the name of the plant and is more commonly found in the Cederberg region of the western Cape of Africa. Rooibos tea is a potent and antioxidant-rich extract of this plant.
You can consume rooibos tea on a daily basis, it has multiple benefits for the body. However I’m not sure about its availability in India. It’s more popular in the Western part of the world.
What are some benefits of Rooibos?
I’ll list down a few benefits of rooibos for the overall health and body.
- Extremely rich in antioxidants. The antioxidant aspalathin is only found in rooibos.
- Contains AHA, which helps diminish wrinkles and result in a more youthful skin.
- Aids in weight loss, since a cup of this red tea has only 2 to 4 calories in it.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties, which help ease aches and any kind of inflammations.
- Helps digestion.
- Rich in flavonoids, thus protect the body and skin from allergies.
- Contains copper, thus prevents premature graying of hairs.
- Antioxidants not only help maintain a young skin, but also help maintain good heart health and boosts immune system. Aspalathin even helps fight symptoms of diabetes.
- Prevents stress and hypertension.
However if you’re still unsure about consuming a foreign herb as a beverage, you can consult your physician. As for beauty products infused with rooibos, you can give them a try just like any other new product in the market. Continue using if your skin likes it!
Which Rooibos-infused beauty brands did I use?
- African Extracts
- Dis-chem Nature’s Nourishment
What rooibos-infused products did I use?
1. African Extracts Ultra Moisturising Shea Butter (with Bio-Active Rooibos)
It is no secret that Africa is utterly famous and synonymous with shea butter. Although I wanted a jar of pure, unrefined shea butter, dear man could only find this product at the shop he came across. But I was content since this body butter contains both shea butter and rooibos, and Africa is highly regarded for both of these. This body butter is infused with the locally produced rooibos extracts, and also contains cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil. You can already imagine how nourishing it must be!
Shea butter, cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil appear pretty high in the list, followed by rooibos extracts that comes just before the middle order starts.
My Experience with the Product:
I only need a couple of more uses before the tub becomes empty. Of course I loved using it. The texture is very creamy and thick, takes some time before it gets fully absorbed into the skin, and is downright moisturizing. It combats all kinds of dryness, and can keep skin supple and moisturized for more than 6 hours. But I will emphasize once again, it also depends on the weather and humidity level in your city, and of course your skin type. I used it throughout winters and thoroughly loved it. During the warmer season, I like to apply it in areas that tend to be dry, like my hands and feet.
This body cream has a deep, nutty fragrance which doesn’t stay for a long time after application. Thus it will never interfere with your regular perfumes. However, if you are allergic to nuts, you might want to do a patch test. Also the brand is completely cruelty-free and free from parabens as well. That’s some relief!
2. Nature’s Nourishment Rooibos Day Cream with SPF 15 from Dis-Chem
This day cream comes in a tube packaging with a flip cap. Now I hate to say this, but as much as I wished this should work for me, it didn’t. It made my face sweat (I tried it in summers), and felt somewhat suffocating on my skin. I noticed a few pimples after few days of using it, and I discontinued it. I hadn’t the heart to use it again because now it scares me to experiment with unknown products on my face.
However, this cream actually worked for hubb’s skin! He has normal to combination skintypes, and somehow it didn’t break him out or caused any discomfort. This again brings me to the point that something which didn’t or did work for my skin, might not show similar results on yours. Understand your skin and try to gather information from review posts. This is why I share my experience with you.
The Rooibos Day Cream with SPF 15 also has a distinct nutty fragrance which I feel is a bit strong. Again, I will emphasize that always do a patch test and avoid if you are allergic to nuts. This product too, is paraben-free but I find rooibos extracts appear a lot down the ingredient list.
3. Nature’s Nourishment Rooibos Facial Cleansing Wipes from Dis-Chem
I have to say these are the best wipes I came across till date! I don’t like using a lot of facial wipes because somehow they irritate my skin, or smell too strong for my liking. Like why would one need a strong aromatic facial wipe? I have tried the likes or Himalaya and Kara, and have mixed experience. However these facial wipes from Dis-Chem are love! I’m so thankful to hubbs for getting these for me.
The facial wipes are ultra-soft and extremely gentle on the skin, remove makeup like a pro, does not irritate the skin and perfectly safe for eyes too! I can’t stop raving about this product. Never have I ever come across such cottony soft towlettes which cleanse the skin thoroughly and does not sting even the eyes. These are hypoallergen as well. I used them mostly as a first step to double-cleansing. Alas the pack had just 24 wipes, and I finished 23 of them already.
The reason I had to use up all the wipes on opening the product was because I opened the packet in a very wrong way, I just cut it open. It was only until I was taking close-up pictures for this post that I saw it came with a stick-on closure. 🙁 So with my inability to seal back the pack, I used the wipes up pretty quick so as to avoid them from drying up. I wish I had been a little more careful earlier. The wipes didn’t have a strong fragrance, but whatever fragrance they did carry, I personally found it to be pretty soothing!
4. Nature’s Nourishment Rooibos Facial Cleansing Lotion from Dis-Chem
This is another cleansing product from the same brand and I love this one as well. The cleansing lotion too has a similar fragrance as the cleansing facial wipes (they’re from the same range of products from the same brand), and quite likeable. I am using a cleansing lotion after ages now, was a little apprehensive whether it will suit my skin or not. But this extremely gentle Rooibos Cleansing Lotion from Nature’s Nourishment is nothing but sheer love! My skin loves this for its efficacy in removing makeup, and how soothing it feels on the skin. Once again I use it as the first step of double-cleansing, and particularly when I’ve makeup on.
The texture is quite thick for a lotion and I love to slather it on to remove some heavy makeup. Then rinse it off with a cotton pad or ball. It does not irritate or sting my eyes or skin, so I find it rather safe for use. I generally use a cleansing balm or micellar water to remove makeup, but I enjoy using this one occasionally too. It works great with light or heavy makeup, and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean. But of course, I follow it up with a face wash to remove last traces of any makeup or dirt.
Overall, this cleansing lotion is a pretty decent option because it is gentle, does not sting and does its work most effectively. However, like the day cream, this product too has rooibos extract listed pretty down in the ingredient list. Although I don’t mind percentage of rooibos extracts in a cleansing product. This one has alcohol, so don’t forget to do a patch-test before trying it on your precious face skin.
Tips I follow to pick up products from a region:
- Every region, whether national or abroad, has some specialties. I always research and look up on Google.
- Then I refine my wish list from all that what I found on the internet.
- Of course, I keep options for products on the wish list.
- Never buy something which is available online or offline at my place and at the same price.
- I always keep a healthy limit to splurging!
Hubbs also got us a big pack of rooibos teabags to sip on occasionally. I tried it and it actually tastes very different from the tea we are used to. It is a nuttier flavor, and tea brews to a lovely crimson.
As for the beauty products, overall I’m quite happy with the four wonderful rooibos-infused products from SA. While the day cream feels somewhat tacky on my face, I use it on my palms some of the many times after I wash my hands. If you ever have a chance, try to get yourself some novelty products from whichever region in the world you have access to!
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