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32 Local Skincare Brands to Support This Heritage Month

Give your complexion a much-needed boost of radiance and local support at the same time.

The South African beauty and skincare industry is swiftly growing, and we are here for it. Keep reading for the homegrown labels that you can shop on SkinMiles right now, including everything from cosmeceutical and medical-grade skin care to natural and organic options, and even something for the men and little ones. This is one of SkinMiles many commitments: We want to support local homegrown skincare brands as much as possible.


BioDermal Skin Tech

BioDermal Skin Tech wanted to create an uncomplicated skincare routine with all the benefits of a 10-step K-beauty regimen. The result is a range of face masks, cleansers, exfoliators, serums, moisturisers, and even supplements, all with high percentages of active ingredients, that can be used by all skin types. Plus, it’s cruelty-free and proudly South African, too.

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Biomedical Emporium

Biomedical scientist Dr Judey Pretorius is the brainchild behind Biomedical Emporium. All of the products are formulated by Dr Judey herself and contain a unique, first-of-its-kind peptide technology to promote cellular turnover, improve skin density and produce deep dermal hydration.

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Giving skin a sun-kissed glow (sans the sun) since 2003, Caribbeantan’s range of sunless tanning products includes bronzing mousse, instant tanning lotion, body shimmer cream, and even a natural sugar exfoliator. We love that all their products are paraben-free and cruelty-free, and they promise to only use FDA-approved ingredients.

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Derca uses cutting-edge nanotechnology, which allows the active ingredients to go deeper into the skin. The brand is also committed to using ingredients in their purest form, so you know you’re getting only the highest-quality and most effective products to enhance your skin.

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What do you get when a patient care tech, pharmacologist and pharmaceutical chemist join forces? You get a line of advanced skincare products harnessing the power of natural ingredients and science, or a brand-new kind of skincare called “cleanical” aesthetic medicine.

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This award-winning cosmeceutical skincare brand has been featured in the likes of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Good Housekeeping, and Marie Claire. And we can see why – the range is developed by experts using advanced skincare ingredients with proven efficacy. Which explains why it works like a dream. The line is also vegetarian, cruelty-free and paraben-free. All things we love to hear.

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Derma Skin

Every element of the Derma Skin’s product line has been designed to improve the appearance and wellbeing of the skin, not just in the short term but to also deliver long-lasting benefits.
Derma Skin offers results driven skincare achieved from cutting edge technology active ingredients.

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DrK Dermal Health Care

The high-tech skincare brand is built on decades of expertise and research and offers powerful results backed by scientific formulas. Each of its products are especially designed to soothe and restore sensitive skin.

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Lamelle skincare products are so active and precise that you can only get them from a trained professional (such as a dermatologist) who can assess your routine and recommend the best products and formulas for you. If there’s one thing we love its effective skincare that works for our skin type.

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This eyelash growth serum asks the question: what stories do your eyes tell? Be sure that your peepers are telling the right one with LASHOUT’s powerful revitalising complex that gets to the root cause of thinning lashes!

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Optiphi is easily one of our favourite skincare brands thanks to its products whose all-round rejuvenating results are backed by serious science. This is one innovative brand that is definitely worthy of a spot on your vanity.

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After thirty years in the skincare industry, Elmarie Erasmus had a dream she wanted to make a reality: to give every woman their best skin ever. Together with pharmaceutical professor Anne Grobler and her innovative Pheroid® technology, the two brought the O’ri brand to life, and we’ve been loving it ever since.

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Sixteen years in the skincare industry inspired Dr Alek to launch his own skincare brand. With cruelty-free, paraben-free and 100% vegan formulas, is on a mission to empower your skin. The name stands for “skincare ingredients,” which is Dr Nikolic’s promise to you: To use only the best prescription-grade ingredients with additional skin-barrier-restoring ingredients to get results without irritation.

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Thoclor Labs

Thoclor Labs is committed to a 360 approach to skincare, combining technology and science with nature. The brand’s star ingredient is hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is a natural substance created by our white blood cells that acts as the body’s first line of defence against bacteria, irritation, and injury.

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Natural & Organic


Curaloe products tap into the magic of the aloe vera plant, which is grown in abundance in Limpopo and helps to soothe skin and restore hydration.

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The best defence against dry skin? Dermatologists, pharmacists and paediatricians are fans of this emollient cream, which can be an incredible secret weapon in the battle against dry skin. Epi-max products are hypoallergenic, free from all the nasties found in beauty products today, dermatologically tested, and kind to animals, making them suitable for the whole family.

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Not sure where to start your CBD journey? Goodleaf has carved a space out for itself at the forefront of CBD-based skincare in South Africa, using the anti-inflammatory ingredient across its line of serums, cleansers, moisturisers, and more.

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Love your skin with the LovisaLife line of organic skincare products. Each and every product in the range is infused with vitamins, plant extracts, and essential oils to make your skin glow. Plus, everything is chemical-free, paraben-free, and never tested on animals.

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Lulu & Marula

If you’re looking for a simple solution to your skin concerns, you’ve found it in the Lulu & Marula range of natural skin care. The conscious brand is committed to using only the purest, plant-based ingredients, and all their products are endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty.

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Help your skin chill out with Oliō, a brand focused on offering premium CBD-infused products with anti-inflammatory properties. All their products are backed by science, so you know you’re investing in something that will actually work.

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An indigenous shrub called Bulbine frutescens is at the heart of each Afari skincare product. This succulent plant has been used as a skin remedy for thousands of years, and the luxury skincare brand sources it from an organic farm in rural Limpopo. Better yet, each product sold directly benefits the women harvesting this ingredient.

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Powered by extraordinary ingredients from Africa, AFRAKARI is a luxury natural skincare brand that promises to transform your skin with its exotic oils and elixirs.

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WOWJude will change your cleansing routine for the better. Their soft and eco-friendly reusable cloths are specially formulated to remove makeup and other impurities from the skin.

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Alexia Rich

The Alexia Rich range of natural, collagen-boosting supplements harnesses the power of silica – a mineral that happens to be derived from quartz crystals – to increase elasticity and improve the skin’s cell turnover.

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Be Bright

Be Bright’s range of glow-enhancing collagen powders is designed to maximise radiance from the inside out.

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My Beauty Luv

My Beauty Luv is an award-winning, cutting-edge line of nutritional supplements or “nutricosmetics” that you can take to improve your overall skin, hair and nail health.

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The super-antioxidant in each of these capsules helps target dark spots and melasma. Taking three capsules daily will help you achieve brighter skin with a more even complexion that is glowing.

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RED DANE products are specifically designed for men and are packed with premium ingredients that get the job done. Don’t miss their oils and gels designed to give your shave maximum comfort.

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The Captain’s Beard

Maintain and properly care for your beard, body and hair with products containing only the freshest and purest ingredients.

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Did you know that Biomedical Emporium has baby products?

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Treat your baby’s extra-delicate skin with these specially formulated products that have been extensively tested to ensure your little human will always be protected.

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Elements Baby & Kids

Did you know that Optiphi has baby products?

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Epi-max Baby & Junior

Did you know that Epi-max has baby products?

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About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 20 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively lecturing and done live demonstrations throughout South Africa and abroad. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care and skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is chairman of the Western Cape Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa and of the Western Cape Aesthetic Review group.

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