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Which products do I apply first?

W do not all use the same combination of products and only you can decide on what suits your skin best but here are some Guidelines. If you are using prescription creams or spot treatments, they must be applied first. Follow with lighter or “thinner” products like serums/gels. Then apply products like Skin Detox – Youth Boost – Revitalising cream – Q10 Therapy/ Eye Products. Lastly, apply moisturisers/night creams and finish with a freshener. LEARN more on our BLOG


 What is the benefit of using Rooibos tea instead of water in your facial routine?

Tap water contains harsh chemicals like chlorine and fluoride that damage and age our skins, Rooibos neutralises their effect and adds pure antioxidants to your skin.


What is Rooibos?

rooibos aspalathus linearis

 Rooibos, Aspalathus linearis, is a herb indigenous to South Africa. The name is a direct translation from the Afrikaans language and literally means "red bush". After harvesting the tea is normally left to ferment for a number of hours and the tea leaves that look like pine needles; change to a rusty red colour. The unique antioxidant and mineral content of Rooibos tea surpasses that of regular black teas and puts it in a class of its own. 

Green Rooibos tea is not left to ferment and is dried immediately after harvesting. Green Rooibos tea is superior to normal Green Tea because of the rich antioxidant and mineral content; PLUS it is NOT BITTER due to the low tannin content! Rooibos tea is naturally rich in minerals and antioxidants and is naturally caffeine-free and low in tannin.

Because Rooibos tea does not contain oxalic acid it can also be enjoyed by people suffering from kidney stones.

To summarise:

Properties of Rooibos tea: Anti-allergic - Anti-spasmodic - Anti-inflammatory - Anti-bacterial - Anti-carcinogenic - Anti-ageing - Anti-viral

Rooibos helps damaged liver tissue, assists in the prevention and treatment of liver disease
Rooibos delays ageing
Rooibos helps fight allergies
Rooibos restores the immune function in our bodies
Rooiboscould possibly have a cancer-fighting effect
Rooibos lowers blood pressure
Rooibos is effective in treating stomach cramps and diarrhoea
Rooibos protects against the growth of lesions associated with skin cancer
Rooibos has the potential to protect the liver
Rooibos modulates the level of enzymes in the liver that can cause cancer.


  Managing Rosacea - expert advice from Annique's Training Manager Ronel van Heerden

Rosacea is a condition which is becoming increasingly prevalent among our clients. It is primarily a chronic condition which is accompanied by severe redness and irritation of the skin and pimples in some areas. Anyone can be affected by Rosacea.

It follows four phases – the first three affect the skin, and lastly, the eyes may be affected as well. This condition will deteriorate over time and will not simply go away by itself – it has to be treated. Usually, it first affects the nose, brow and cheek-area after which it may spread to the rest of the body. Initially, it was believed that people with light, sensitive skin and red or fair hair were mostly affected, but there is no evidence to prove this.

Rosacea can often be misdiagnosed as sensitive skin because of the many similarities between the two conditions. The skin can ‘burn’ and feel incredibly sensitive throughout the day. It can therefore be treated in much the same way as sensitive skin, but we add a few additional products.

A product recommended by Annique is Essense Intense Repair Serum (Limited seasonal product not always available) for daily application (preferably every evening). Many clients are concerned that an oil-product would keep the heat inside but do remember that there are many different kinds of oils, and it really depends on the formulation of the particular oil.

Most cosmetic oil-products are formulated in such a way that they do not penetrate the skin. They remain on the skin’s surface and irritate the sebum and sweat glands. Annique Essense Miracle Tissue Oil, however, is different and unique in its formulation, which allows penetration of the skin. Use it with Essense Sensi Crème. I would also recommend the following products: • Rooibos Relax Tea – he/she must rinse his/her face with it and spray it on throughout the day. • Initially use only the Essense Sensi Crème as both cleanser and moisturiser. • Forever Healthy OptiToniQ+ • Forever Healthy OptiDerm • Forever Healthy Zerotox

He/she should preferably avoid the following: • Hot ovens. • Cold fridges and freezers. • Heat from a hairdryer near the skin. • Any form of steam baths, hot showers, baths, etc. • Any hot foods such as curries, spicy foods, and certain kinds of alcohol, which can also aggravate the condition. It is also vital that the skin is protected against sun, wind and any extreme weather conditions.


  On the Scalp

  • Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo and Body Wash
  • Hair Nutrition+
  • Rooibos Miracle Tissue Oil
  • Rinse hair with Rooibos Tea
  • OptiDerm
  • OptiMega     


   Things You want to know about Annique Skin Care

Compare Bo-Serum and Moisture Serum



Question: From what age can you start using Annique Bo-Serum?

Answer: Bo-Serum may be used from 15 years of age. It can be used to prevent deep lines from forming, as well as treating lines and wrinkles.

Question: What is the difference between Bo-Serum and Botox?

Answer: Botox is injected into the skin. Bo-Serum contains a peptide that simulates the results of Botox, but without the toxicity and/or loss of muscle control. Bo-Serum is not toxic or dangerous and the peptides relax the skin in a natural way.

Question: When should I apply Bo-Serum?

Answer: Apply Essence Skin Detox first then your Bo-Serum.

  Question: my skin is very dry, how do I hydrate my skin? 

Answer: Ensure that you use all the essential Annique products recommended for dry skin.

  • Lucid Calming Cleansing Creme
  • For dry or dehydrated skin you can apply Lucid Ultimate Moisturiser for Dry Skin or Lucid Ultra Hydrating Moisture Lotion up to 8 times during the day. Spread moisturiser over your palms & press onto your face
  • Forever Young Revitalising cream is your Moisturiser’s best companion and should be used from the age of 25
  • Essence Moisture Serum is wonderful to provide extra moisture to the dry skin
  • Lucid HydraRestore Freshener is important to balance the pH of your skin. When cleansing your sin the pH balance of your skin is disturbed and it is important to re-balance the pH. The toner closes your pores and seals in moisture.
  • Add an Annique Sun Block during the daytime
  • Do use both Ultimate Moisturiser and Creme de Nuit at night time. Lucid Ultimate Moisturiser provides the moisture that your skin needs and Creme de Nuit provides the nourishment that your skin needs at night
  • Use pure cool Rooibos tea instead of water when cleansing your face or use Rooibos infused water and to wake your skin up in the morning. Rooibos tea helps to neutralise the chemicals in tap water that robs your skin of moisture and accelerates skin ageing 
  • Are you taking skin-food vitamins? OptiVite (multi-vitamin), Lifestyle shake (vitamin & mineral meal replacement of nutritional supplement) and OptiMega (Omega fatty acids)
  • Your fluid intake per day should be at least 6 - 8 glasses of water and/or Rooibos tea per day to help hydrate your skin

**Your skin is a mirror of what is going on in your life and inside your body. Factors like your diet, your stress levels, illness, medication, exercise, pollution and fluid intake have an effect on how your skin looks and feels.


Q10 Therapy

Question: Is Annique Q10 Therapy Energy just an anti-ageing product or has it other benefits as well? 

Answer: Q10 Cell Energy is also excellent for: Dull skin - adult problem skin - balancing dry and oily skin types - pigmentation and enlarged pores.

Question: Any advice for sunburn?

Answer: It is of course best to avoid it in the first place but the following steps should bring great relief:

  1. Add 2 cups of strong Rooibos tea to a lukewarm bath of water or Spray Liquid Skin Nutrition to cool down the area and nourish damaged skin
  2. Pat your skin dry and apply ResQue Cream and/or Essence Miracle Tissue oil liberally  


 Question: I have to start radiation treatment for skin cancer on my face soon, is there a way that I can protect my skin around the areas to be treated?

Answer: We have had feedback that Annique’s Essence Miracle Rooibos oil followed by Resque cream has given exceptionally good results to protect the skin in the surrounding areas.


  Question: What is Liquid Skin Nutrition (LSN)?

Answer: Liquid Skin Nutrition vitamin and mineral enriched spray for your skin. It helps skin cells to utilise nutrients better and cleanses pores deep down to prevent spots, pimples, blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads.

Q: Can I replace my pH Balancing Freshener with LSN?

A: No. our pH Balancing Fresheners are used to balance the pH of the skin after cleansing and to close the pores after all products have been applied. You can apply the LSN after your normal Annique creams, just before your pH Balancing Freshener.

Q: What is the difference between the pH Balancing Fresheners and LSN?

A: LSN is spray vitamins and minerals for your skin. The pH Balancing Fresheners regulate the skin’s pH that keeps the skin’s immune system intact. This prevents skin problems, ageing and other skin ailments.

Q: Why is there no pH balancing product in the Face Facts range?

A: All the products in the Face Facts range are pH balanced and will not disturb the delicate pH of the skin.

Q: Does LSN replace any product in my normal skincare routine?

A: No. LSN is a completely different product; it will enhance the effectiveness of all your other nourishing and revitalising creams.

Q: Why is LSN also beneficial for mature skin?

A: As the skin matures, it loses its ability to function optimally. The skin also becomes thinner, damages easier and its ability to heal itself diminishes. The vitamins and minerals in LSN will be absorbed by mature skin and allow the skin cell to function better, creating an improved appearance in the skin.


Some Facts about Rooibos and Diabetes

A lot of research is currently being done on Rooibos tea drawing more and more attention to the plant's numerous healthy properties.

Rooibos Tea Significantly Lowers the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Rooibos tea has the potential to delay and prevent the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a number of recent studies conducted by the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and their research partners, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC, Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, Stellenbosch), the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, the Polytechnic University of Marche based in Italy and the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan.

Prof Christo Muller, Chief Specialist Scientist at the SAMRC, who has led a number of research projects focusing on the effectiveness of Rooibos in the treatment of T2D, confirms Rooibos’ potential to help control diabetes, in conjunction with healthy lifestyle changes.

Many are unaware that they have diabetes and are living with dangerously high blood sugar levels, increasing the likelihood of developing diabetic complications such as blindness, renal failure, amputation, heart attack and stroke, which is a frightening outlook.

“Our research found that an aspalathin-enriched extract of green Rooibos effectively lowered raised blood glucose levels in diabetic rats.

Other research at the SAMRC also shows promising cardioprotective benefits of aspalathin in a diabetic heart model.

In a more recent study, just completed by Prof Muller and his team of researchers, Rooibos extract achieved significant glucose-lowering results in diabetic non-human primates, which has been described as a breakthrough discovery. These results will be published next year. Human trials have been earmarked for 2018.

Prof Muller says that studies conducted on the health properties of Rooibos by the SAMRC and ARC, including those done in overseas laboratories, span more than 10 years’ worth of intensive work and points to the feasibility of developing a Rooibos-based anti-diabetic nutraceutical.

The plant’s medicinal properties continue to astound scientists. I believe we’ve only just scratched the surface of Rooibos’ incredible healing potential,” he remarks.

Fight Diabetes with Annique

Annique has wonderful Rooibos products that aid in the treatment of Diabetes. Invest in your health by supplementing with the following Annique products.

Forever Healthy OptiRooibos
Annique’s OptiRooibos contains potent antioxidants and provides 400mg of green Rooibos extract, with a minimum of 2200 ORAC per capsule, with a polyphenolic value of 30%.


More Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Why do you use Rooibos tea extract (Espelin) in your skincare range?

Answer: The Rooibos plant, Aspalathus linearis, naturally contains numerous antioxidants and minerals including the unique flavonoid  Aspalathin, that also has anti-allergic properties. This makes the extract suitable even for sensitive skin. Aspalathin is only found in Rooibos tea.

Question: Are Annique aerosols environmentally friendly?

Answer: Annique aerosols are free from CFC's. The natural gas propellants in our products are environmentally safe.

Question: I am having moles removed from my face and am worried about scarring.

Answer: Other Customers have had good results with applying Essence Miracle Tissue Oil, ResQue Crème and Liquid Skin Nutrition at least 3 times per day after the wounds have closed.

 Question: Can I give the Annique Lifestyle shake to children?

Answer: Yes you can use it as a nutritional supplement for your young children. A good tip is to empty one OptiMega capsule into the prepared shake to boost their Omega 3 and 6 oil intake that is vital for body and brain development.

Question: Which supplements can I take for colds and flu, I really want to avoid staying off work during the winter months.

Answer: OptiBoost, OptiVite, OptiToniQ+, and our Green Rooibos tea.

   Question: Does Zerotox (previously called OptiClear) has an effect on hormone implant and other medication?

Answer: OptiClear will have no effect hormone implants, patches or topical applications. The clinical tests as per literature thus far indicate no interaction with other medications clinically tested. However, oral hormone therapy or any other prescription oral medication OptiClear must be taken at least two hours before or two hours after any medication is taken (including aspirin, theophylline, tetracycline). 

If Lithium (mood stabilising drug) is used we would recommend not using OptiClear until clinical evidence of safety for use in conjunction with Lithium is obtained

Some extra benefits reported by OptiClear users:

Better quality sleep - Improvement of eczema - preventing withdrawal symptoms when you stop smoking - relief for heartburn and indigestion. A must for preventing and dealing with hangovers. After extensive tests, there are no known side effects when taking OptiClear. It can be taken daily as a natural health supplement or it can be taken before or after drinking. OptiClear remains primarily inside the gastrointestinal tract and does not interfere with the liver's purification and detoxing role.

OptiClear for spider bites: Mix the powder from an Zerotox capsule with ResQue cream and apply to the bite. Drink two capsules of Zerotox three times a day.

Question: I know margarine is not good for you and that Annique supports whole milk products as a necessary part of your diet, but it is difficult to spread butter on your bread if you do not take it out of the fridge in time. Do you have any suggestions? 

Answer: Allow your normal butter to soften at room temperature then mix it with cold-pressed flaxseed or grapeseed oil to form a spreadable "butter" without the trans fatty acids of processed spreads. This mixture will remain spreadable even when refrigerated. Cold-pressed olive oil is also suitable but only if you like a strong olive taste.

 Question: I love drinking water with ice with my meals but my friend says it is bad for you, is that true? 

Answer: Your friend may have a point. If you have a craving for ice water with your meals you may have a shortage of iron in your diet. Your body cannot absorb the iron it needs from your food if you drink ice water with your meals. The lower your iron levels, the bigger your need for ice. Make an effort to eat lots of green vegetables and drink a good multi-vitamin like OptiVite every day.

 Question: How many cups Rooibos tea can one drink per day?

Answer: You can drink up to six cups a day. The Cancer Association of South Africa supports drinking of both regular Rooibos tea and Green Rooibos tea. Researchers have found that Rooibos tea significantly slows down the growth of cancer cells.  

  Question: Is the Annique Detox tea with ginger good for motion sickness?

Answer: Yes, for instance, if you get a little queasy on long flights take one cup of Detox tea 30 minutes before departure and one cup of Detox tea every three hours. 

  Question: How do I use the natural sea sponges to apply my foundation? 

Answer: First wet your sponge with clean water and fold in a towel, tissue or toilet paper and squeeze out most of the water so that your sponge is just damp. Put a little on the back of your hand and dab your sponge in the foundation. Apply the foundation in pressing-rolling action. Rinse your sponge when you are finished. Use a different sponge to cleanse your face at night, using Rooibos-water.

 Question: Do you have any advice for burning painful feet and corns?

Answer: Try ZeroAche, it normally brings relief if you suffer from these conditions.

Question: Which cream would be best for someone that is allergic to mosquito bites?

Answer: Try ZeroAche or ResQue cream.