4 tips - for applying foundation to make the most of your skin


Visible Pores  -  No More!

The lighting in a clothing store’s fitting rooms can sometimes bring out our best and worst features. One of the things that always jump out at us when we take a closer look at our faces in those mirrors is the size of our pores. Are those really large enough to park a car in? Step away from the mirror, take a breath.  Annique has the solution this amazing product called Essense Pore Minimising Serum.

Enlarged pores are mostly attributed to genetics but can also be caused by oily skin. Oily and unclean skin can also cause oil to settle around the pores, making them appear larger as the skin around them thickens.  

All about the mushroom

Pore Minimising Serum’s  light-weight formula contains a special ingredient, Fomes  Officinalis -a mushroom extract from Russia that gives instant results! You may notice a 40 to 60% decrease in the size of your pores after only one application! Many pore minimising products contain harsh ingredients that leave your skin with a tight, drying feeling. The mushroom extract in Pore Minimising Serum moisturising properties that ensure your skin looks refined without drying it out. Mushroom extract tightens pores and also controls sebum (oil) production. It makes pores seem smaller as it quickly and gently clears out debris and rough flakes from the pores. Over time, the skin creates stronger supports for a tighter and smoother look and feel.

Tip   For the best long-term results, use Essense Pore Minimising Serum with Forever Young Revitalising Cream, Essense Intense Repair Serum and Forever Young Youth Boost. These products refine the skin’s texture with regular use. Essense Pore Minimising Serum gives instant results, but also has long-term benefits as it strengthens the pores. After cleansing, apply Essense Pore Minimising Serum on clean skin, before continuing with your normal skincare regime. If you use Essense Skin Detox, apply Essense Pore Minimising Serum first.


Good bacteria & Bad bacteria

Good Bacteria;  When we talk about good bacteria, a fitting example is probiotics, which are live bacteria in your intestines that support the immune system, the health of your heart and brain, and optimises the absorption of nutrients from food and other supplements. In short, probiotics protect and support your gut for excellent general health.

Bad Bacteria;  Bad bacteria are a whole different matter. It’s one of the reasons we suffer from facial redness when we are anything but embarrassed, and breakout that should have stayed behind with our teen years. Certain bad bacteria live on our skin, and there’s no getting away from it. We transfer them, for example, to our faces, necks and arms without even noticing. You pull a public restroom’s door handle to exit it, then scratch your cheek. You touch an escalator’s handrail then rub your forehead. These are some of the numerous ways bad bacteria make its way onto our faces, which leads to a host of skin problems including inflammation, acne, carbuncles, cellutis and dermatitis, to name a few.

It’s a fact of life: bacteria are everywhere and we will never be able to escape it. What we can do is manage it and the effect it has on our skin. And before you start scrubbing everything, including yourself, know that there are good bacteria as well as bad bacteria, and Annique has a great product to help protect your skin against the bad kind.

Essense Anti-Redness Serum fights bacteria and redness for you, and contains Pro-Immune X Anti-inflammatory Complex, which is clinically proven to do the following:

  • Reduce bacteria growth by 54% in 4 weeks
  • Increase cell renewal by 31% in 1 week
  • Reduce skin reactivity by 37% in 1 week.
  • Increase rehydration by 17% after only 1 application y 37% in 1 week

Pro-Immune X reinforces skin’s innate immunity and reduces inflammation. Bacterial growth is curbed, thereby reducing acne characteristics, and skin is less reactive and less sensitive.

Why should you use  Anti-Redness Serum and what  are its advantages?

According to the above, clinical studies have proven that Anti-Redness Serum will help your skin fight bacteria, increasing its resistance to it, while at the same time leaving it looking smoother, your pores less visible, and also making your skin less reactive to bacteria. Anti-Redness Serum rapidly renews damaged skin cells, prevents chronic inflammation, strengthens skin’s immunity against inflammation, and hydrates the skin. It also cools and calms the skin, relieves visible redness, and reduces flare-ups. Anti-Redness Serum is also a natural vasoconstrictor (it narrows the veins to restrict blood flow and reduce redness).

Who will benefit from Essense Anti-Redness Serum and how will you get the best results?

Everybody benefits. There is not a single person alive who doesn’t come into contact with some type of bacteria. To get the most out of Anti-Redness Serum, we suggest regular application over an extended period of time to help the skin build up its resistance to bacteria and the skin conditions it causes.

Different ways bacteria are transferred to your face:

  • Touching
  • Cell phones
  • Face-to-face contact/hand-to-face contact
  • Bedding like pillowcases and duvets
  • Sports equipment like headgear
  • Affectionate pets

Cancer Prevention is better than cure!

What exactly is skin cancer?

The Skin Cancer Foundation describes it as ‘the uncontrolled  growth of abnormal skin  cells.  It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine  or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant  tumors.

We bet that’s a word you don’t hear too often, but it’s one you should ommit to memory. In short, chemopreventors are substances used to stop or keep cancer from developing, and that’s what Rooibos is. Chemopreventor is the fancy way of saying protector. And you’re in luck if you’re a regular Rooibos user, no matter in what form, because a South African research team has found that Rooibos acts as ‘chemopreventors’ in skin cancer.

The Chemopreventor

Oncolink.org says the following about chemoprevention:
Chemoprevention is divided into three groups:

• Primary prevention strategies seek to prevent malignancies (cancers)  in an otherwise healthy population. These individuals may have a history that puts them at higher risk, such as a history of smoking or particular genetic mutations predisposing them to cancer development.
• Secondary prevention involves patients who have known premalignant (precancerous) lesions utilising medications or vitamins in an attempt to prevent the progression of these lesions into cancers.

• Tertiary prevention focuses on the prevention ofnew cancers in patients cured of an initial cancer or individuals who have been treated for premalignant lesions. Clinical trials of chemoprevention are based on the idea that interruption of the biological processes involved in carcinogenesis (the process of normal cells transforming into cancer cells) will inhibit this process and, in turn, reduce cancer incidence. The ideal chemopreventive agent will not significantly alter quality of life, is inexpensive, safe, well tolerated, and effective.

Considering that just about all of Annique’s products contain Rooibos, you can say that we are doing our part to help you fight cancer. Which leads us to one form of cancer we need to pay attention to now that summer is officially here…
‘Cancer prevention’, ‘sun protection’ and ‘skin cancer’ are words we frequently hear once summer’s made its return, and we hear them for a very good reason. According to CANSA,  Australia, has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.

VitC and Sun Care

There’s more you can do to help protect your skin against harmful events. Drinking your daily dose of Vit C helps with the following:

• Reduces sun damage
• Encourages collagen production
• Decreases inflammation and skin irritation
• And most importantly, it increases your skin’s resistance to UV rays and it boosts your sun-care products.


Rooibos, a miracle ingredient

in modern skincare

Where did it all start?

For generations, people have celebrated and cherished the healing and calming qualities of Rooibos tea, and over the past few years, more and more people have begun to discover the benefits of using Rooibosinfused products as part of their daily skincare routines.
Initially, the spotlight was placed on Rooibos tea in South Africa, when Dr Annique Theron claimed it soothed away her baby’s colic. After that, researchers began considering and exploring the vast benefits of the Rooibos herb.

Rooibos is an Anti-Ageing Ingredient

Recent studies have shown that using skin care products that include Rooibos as the main ingredient not only revitalises the skin, but also slows the ageing process. One of the main properties of Rooibos is zinc, which is believed to smooth and refine wrinkles making it the ideal ingredient to use in modern anti-ageing products.

Rooibos Heals and Soothes Sensitive, Problem Skin

Rooibos also has the ability to dramatically ease the redness and discomfort associated with severe acne, and to relieve the pain and irritation caused by skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. No wonder it has often been referred to as the ‘wonder herb’.   Rooibos-inspired skincare ranges are perfectly suitable for people with sensitive skins too, as it contains no harmful chemicals or preservatives, so there is no risk of increased skin irritation or painful outbreaks. 

Annique The True Rooibos Company: 

As one of the leading lifestyle and cosmeceutical brands, Annique utilises and embraces the restorative powers of  Rooibos by developing skincare and body- care ranges inspired by the therapeutic  Rooibos herb. Unlike many other products that contain toxic and artificial  ingredients that could be harmful to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and their children, Rooibos is completely safe to use with no known disadvantages or side effects.



Ladies, drink Rooibos tea for your health

nature-sunset-person-womanIt’s women’s month and therefore the perfect time to celebrate all things feminine! The perks of being a woman are endless: A slick of red lipstick can make us feel more confident; soaking in a bubble bath can wash away our stress; and basking ourselves in a florally fine fragrance is the best antidote to a bad day at work. But, the best spoil must surely be enjoying that calming cup of Rooibos tea at the end of a hard day to help you relax and improve your health.

Keep calm and drink Rooibos tea

As a woman, you have many roles to play each day including that of mother, daughter, wife, career woman and many others. Many women often lead demanding lives that can make them feel listless, tired and even anxious. The good news is that Rooibos is extremely energising, but in a calming manner. Rooibos has the ability to enhance mental focus, fight fatigue and help you stay chirpy, even after lunchtime. Drink Rooibos tea every day to keep calm and to re-energise yourself.

 A natural beautifier

Rooibos is well known for its extremely high antioxidant content. It can be classified as a superfood, because it is such a rich source of flavonoids – powerful compounds that fight ageing and enhance your skin tone. It even helps reduce wrinkles and is well known to clear acne due to its strong antioxidants. 

Aerobics recovery

After a hard session in the gym, muscle pain may stop you from wearing your favourite pair of heels. The good news is Rooibos is great for fighting muscle pain. It fights inflammation in the muscles and helps reduce pain within about an hour after drinking it. Rooibos is so high in nutrients that it has the same effect on pain as many over-the-counter pain relievers.

Your secret ingredient

Rooibos has a natural sweet, pleasant taste with many nutrients and health benefits. By adding it to your sauces, or using it in a smoothie, you are increasing your daily health benefits. It is also extremely affordable, so adding it to your recipes is an affordable way to make your meals healthier.





Concealed Weapon


Annique’s Colour Caress Liquid Concealer provides colour, with exceptional skincare benefits!

• Creamy 
• Transfer resistant
• High coverage
• Anti-ageing (a peptide complex helps  conceal fine lines and imperfections)
• Green Rooibos extract provides youth-promoting and anti-allergic benefits
• Fragrance free


Look younger in 5 minutes!

Concealer hides the discolouration around the eye area to make eyes
look more awake and younger. Makeup artists always apply concealer,
as it is the key to achieving a flawless look.

















Prevention is key so be sure to boost those immune fighting soldiers with any one or a combination of these enjoyable eight Rooibos power smoothies created by the Rooibos Council.
1.      Rooibos, Strawberry and Orange Smoothie
Ingredients for 1 serving
1 – 2 rooibos tea bags
125 ml boiling water
225 g frozen strawberries
½ a peeled and chopped orange
125 g silken tofu
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 tsp liquid honey, optional
1.      Put the rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
2.      Put the tea, berries, tofu and protein powder into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey and pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
Handy tip:
·       Silken tofu adds a lovely creamy richness
·        Replace the rooibos tea bag with a red berries rooibos tea bag
2.      Blueberry pomegranate Rooibos Antioxidant Smoothie
Ingredients for 2 medium servings
1 banana
1 cup fresh pomegranate arils
1/2 cup frozen blueberries and/or strawberries
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp whey or hemp protein
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp flaxseed or hemp oil
10 – 15 ml lemon juice
2 – 3 bags of rooibos tea
1,5 cups boiling water plus 1 cup ice
1.      Put the rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
2.      Put the remainder of the ingredients and the tea into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten (if necessary) to taste with honey and pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
3.      Rooibos, Youngberry and banana smoothie
Ingredients for 1 serving
1 ½ bananas
1 – 2 rooibos tea bags
125 ml boiling water
1/3 cup frozen berries (youngberries or raspberries)
¼ cup milk
250 ml plain yoghurt
Chia seeds or sunflower seeds
Goji berries
1.      Put the rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
2.      Combine all ingredients into a blender besides the chia seeds and goji berries.
3.      Blend until creamy and top with chia seeds and goji berries.
4.      Serve immediately.
4.      Green Rooibos Smoothie
Ingredients for 1 serving
1 small apple, cored
5 cm piece cucumber
1 stalk celery, including leaves
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, including stems
1 cup baby greens (your choice of spinach, chard, kale)
1/8 slice of lemon (including rind)
10 ml lemon juice
1 kiwi peeled
1/4 cup raw almonds
1 Tbsp chia or sunflower seeds (optional)
1 cup brewed Green Rooibos tea, chilled
6-8 ice cubes
·        Combine all ingredients except ice cubes in a high-powered blender.
·        Blend on high until smooth.
·        Add ice cubes one at a time until fully crushed and mixed.
·        Serve immediately.
Handy tip:
·        Add an extra peach or lemon flavoured rooibos tea bag

5.      Pear and Rooibos Vanilla Smoothie
Ingredients for 1 serving
1 rooibos vanilla flavoured tea bag
80ml (1/3 cup) boiling water
2 pears, cored and diced (no need to peel, unless you want to)
1 – 2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
4 tablespoons oats
250 ml plain yoghurt
125ml (1/2 cup) rice (or soy / almond / cow) milk, chilled
5 ml lemon juice
1.      Place the tea bag into a mug and pour over the boiling water. Add the honey and stir to dissolve.
2.      Let the tea bag steep for 1-5 minutes depending on the strength you like.
3.      Remove tea bag and refrigerate the tea for a few minutes to cool.
4.      Put the pear and oats into a blender and pour over the tea.
5.      Pour in the rice milk and blend until smooth.
6.      Serve immediately.
Handy tip:
·       The thinness of the rice milk keeps it light and fruity
6.      Chai Rooibos Smoothie
Ingredients for 1 serving
1/4 cup of brewed chai rooibos tea, cooled to room temperature
1/2 medium-ripe banana
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1 or 2 tbs of raw honey
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ground ginger
Optional: add a protein powder
Ice – couple of handfuls
1.      Add all of the above ingredients and ice to a blender
2.      Blend until creamy smooth
3.      Garnish with banana slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired
Handy tip:
This simple chai tea smoothie is a slightly sweet and definitely spicy treat; and is gluten-free and dairy-free.

7.      granadilla, peach and Citrus Rooibos Smoothie
Ingredients for 4 medium servings
500 ml boiling water
2 – 4 rooibos teabags
2 oranges / grapefruit / naartjies peeled
2 peaches, rinsed and cut up
500 ml plain yoghurt
115 g granadilla pulp
10 ml lime or lemon juice
Honey as needed
1.      Add boiling water to the teabags and remove them after 7 minutes.  Set aside and let the tea cool down.
2.      Puree citrus, peaches, yoghurt, granadilla pulp and tea in a blender until thick and smooth.
3.       Add honey and stir.
4.      Serve chilled
8.      Rooibos Nutty Smoothie
Ingredients for 1 serving
2 – 3 rooibos tea bags
250 ml boiling water
1 – 2 bananas
250 ml almond milk
1 tablespoon smooth peanut, cashew, or almond butter
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 tsp liquid honey, optional
10 – 15 ml lemon juice
Sprinkle on cinnamon (optional)
1.      Put the rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
2.      Put the tea, bananas, almond milk, peanut/cashew/almond butter and protein powder into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey and pour into glasses. Serve immediately or transfer to a thermos.

Rooibos and Fitnessexercise-841167_1280

Fitness is all the rage these days, and for a good reason. How can you live life to the fullest if walking half a block or chasing your little ones around the garden leaves you breathless and ready to call it quits after five minutes? Well, Rooibos makes the process of getting back into shape easier, and is just the thing to help you get started. It contains a multitude of benefits that will help bring out your inner athlete.

Kick-start your day
If you decided a cup of Rooibos tea is what you need to start your day, good decision! Get ready, because you are about to get an infusion of energy just begging to be spent. It’s a common misconception that coffee gives you energy, when in fact it leaves you tired and listless without you even realising it. Because of this it should be no surprise a recent study found that people who stayed away from caffeine had an easier time getting up in the morning. Where you’d usually chug down a quick mug of coffee to get you going, grab a cup of Rooibos instead. It’ll give you the boost you need to tackle that new exercise routine you’re making part of your daily schedule.

Tie it all together
Now that you’ve had the boost you need to get yourself on the treadmill or sprinting toward home, remember to have your after-workout Rooibos drink of choice. Not only will it quench your thirst, but it will also add to your daily intake of iron, zinc, manganese and sodium, the perfect minerals to help restore and energise your body after a workout. It will minimise inflammation and sore muscles – you don’t want to pay for those lunges you did yesterday with aching thighs – and re-energise you for the day or evening ahead.

Run with it
Have you been threatening to take up running as part of your new schedule or are you already one of those moms who head to the gym or pound the pavement before work? Drinking Rooibos is just what you need to go the extra mile. It contains iron, which is so important for carrying oxygen to the brain and muscles, one of its most important functions. Drinking a cup of Rooibos before heading out will ensure that you have all the iron you need to keep those muscles moving without them complaining the entire way. Endurance athlete Hannele Steyn recommends it, and considering she’s participated in various World Championships, imagine what it can do for you.

Starting small or going big, Rooibos is what you want to drink, before and after, since it’s the perfect booster and recovery drink for pro athletes and newbies alike.




Rooibos prevents high altitude sickness

DONE DEAL: Research participants led by Professor Simeon Davies, HoD: Sport Management (standing on the right in the back row), fly the CPUT flag on Aconcagua mountain

A pilot study led by one of CPUT’s top academics demonstrates the benefits of rooibos for individuals at high altitudes.Professor Simeon Davies, HoD: Sport Management, recently led a pilot study to investigate the role of Rooibos supplementation on humans during an expedition to the summit of Aconcagua, Argentina, which at 6962m is the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere.

The study assessed the prophylactic benefits of rooibos supplementation at high altitude, and ascertained why individuals make decisions to participate in extreme sport or adventure activities. Exercise at high altitude induces a high degree of oxidative stress, which is often associated with High Altitude Sickness (HAS).

Many climbers who ascend to high altitudes often need to take prescription drugs to combat this. The pilot study latches onto published research findings by the CPUT’s Oxidative Stress Research Centre led by Prof Jeanine Marnewick, which suggests that rooibos antioxidant compounds could have beneficial outcomes for high altitude climbers. The research project involved eight participants who last month formed part of an expedition team climbing Aconcagua.

The research project will also forms part of a submission to the NRF South Africa/Argentina Joint Science and Technology Research Project at a later stage. “It is exciting to think that a South African indigenous plant such as rooibos may be a natural way to attenuate (weaken) the effects of HAS, and provide a viable alternative to the use of prescription drugs,” says Davies.

Sleep like a dream with Rooibos!


tea sleep

According to the South African Society of Sleep Medicine as many as 40% of adults suffer from insomnia at some stage in their lives. There are many reasons why people count sheep at night, including stress, too much caffeine and underlying illnesses. Thankfully, you can improve your shut-eye by drinking more Rooibos tea.

Constantly yawning in the middle of a job interview or falling asleep in an important meeting are scenarios that all of us would want to avoid. But, if you are constantly tired, an uncomfortable work desk can easily double as a pillow. Not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night is one of the main reasons why you want to doze off during the day. Luckily, a simple switch to Rooibos tea can help with more shut-eye and less yawns.


Zero caffeine: On average South Africans drink up to 6 cups of coffee and tea a day. Both beverages contain caffeine, a stimulant that energises your cells and keeps you awake. If you drink caffeine late in the afternoon or during the evening, you might struggle to fall asleep. The good news is that Rooibos contains no caffeine and thus you don’t have to count your cups or reserve them for during the day. In fact, the more Rooibos you drink, the better you sleep, because Rooibos has a calming effect on your body. People who are not sleeping due to caffeine overdose will certainly improve their sleeping habits by replacing their coffee addiction with refreshing Rooibos tea.

clock-314350_1280Calcium and magnesium: Rooibos tea contains magnesium and calcium. Both these minerals play a role in a better night’s sleep. During studies, published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers noticed that during your deepest levels of sleep, calcium levels are also higher. According to William Sears, M.D. the brain uses calcium to manufacture the sleeping hormone, melatonin, which enhances the quality of your sleep. Other research has shown that a magnesium deficiency can also lead to chronic insomnia. Magnesium, also called nature’s tranquiliser, has a calming effect on your nervous system which promotes better sleep. Drinking Rooibos tea before bedtime, supplies your body with much needed calcium and magnesium for a peaceful night’s rest.

Lowers stress: Exciting research done by the Stellenbosch University has shown that Rooibos tea can alleviate stress and anxiety levels that might keep you up at night. According to the research two compounds in Rooibos, aspalathin and nothofagin, interfere with the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. When stress levels are high, people find it more difficult to fall asleep, but with lower levels of cortisol in your body, your body is healthier, you immune system is stronger and you are more likely to enjoy your eight hours of sleep!





Physical, mental, and emotional health!

Rooibos benefits have been known and valued in South Africa for many years, and, in other parts of the world, we are just beginning to appreciate the many health and wellness properties of this naturally sweet, vibrantly coloured tea. Rooibos tea health benefits include improved heart health, immune system support, relief from allergy symptoms, and so much more! This South African red tea is good for health and well-being - read on to discover some of the ways

  • Rooibos tea is low in tannins (high intake of tannins can affect digestion, irritate your bowels, and interfere with iron absorption). Because Rooibos tea has low levels of tannins and is caffeine free, it is a popular choice for infants and children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.
  • Benefits of Rooibos tea even include topical use. Rooibos can be used topically to relieve skin irritations such as eczema, itchiness, diaper rash, sunburn, and acne, or to reduce the signs of aging. Steaming with Rooibos tea can improve skin health and ease an inflamed complexion, too. Current research is considering the effectiveness of Rooibos in skincare and cosmetic products and as a treatment for and protection against skin cancer.