Friday, 05 October 2018 13:48

Why skin loves rooibos

What is it about Rooibos that people love? Is it because it’s so mild and soothing that even babies can enjoy or because more and more it’s being hailed around the world for its health-giving benefits?

One of South Africa’s experts on Rooibos, Dr Jeanine Marnewick from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is leading the field in research into the health benefits. She has looked into the effect of the high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols in Rooibos on a condition called “oxidative stress” in the cells of the body. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals – an unstable molecule of oxygen – and the ability of the body to use antioxidants to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects. The more free radicals that are active, the greater the likelihood of developing diseases, such as heart disease, inflammation, chronic fatigue and cancers.

Rooibos, particularly the green extract used in African Extracts skin care, is extremely high in antioxidants.

Dr Marnewick’s research led to a finding that drinking six cups of rooibos tea a day would help reduce heart disease, while other recent findings in Spain show that antioxidants in rooibos help prevent the storing of fat cells in and around the liver and other organs.



There’s no reason why the benefits of drinking Rooibos tea should not extend to use on the skin.


While very few human trials have been done on the effects of rooibos extract on the skin, research findings at Stellenbosch University have shown that green rooibos extract plays a role in preventing the development of skin cancer and delays the onset of malignant tumours. Dr Tandeka Magcwebeba, who conducted the study as part of her doctorate in Biochemistry, found that rooibos extracts help stop the multiplication of cancerous cells and cause them to become inactive.

Dr Marnewick, speaking at the launch on African Extracts Advantage range a few years ago, says there’s no reason why the benefits of drinking Rooibos tea should not extend to use on the skin.

Why African Extracts?

Our leading South African brand is built on the values of respect for nature, integrity and authenticity

Skin loves Rooibos

Skin loves Rooibos
Our brand is based on the proven benefits of rooibos, a fynbos plant with unique antioxidants grown only in the Cederberg mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa. Every one of our products contains Bio-Active Rooibos extracted from organic rooibos, with guaranteed highest levels of antioxidants.

The power of nature

The power of nature
Because we believe in the power of nature, the Bio-Active rooibos extract in our products is supported by 35 natural plant active ingredients carefully selected for their skin-care benefits. Each one is a testament to our down-to-earth approach.

Scientific innovation

Scientific innovation
Our research and development team source cutting-edge ingredients for on-trend products that offer effective cleansing and light-textured, easily absorbed moisturisers. Our Advantage products, with plant complexes, have a richer texture to comfort dry skin and help reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Kind to the earth

Kind to the earth
We don’t use parabens or synthetic microbeads that pollute our oceans and rivers. African Extracts Rooibos skin care is not tested on animals and is approved by Beauty Without Cruelty for inclusion in their Humane Guide. Most products are vegan – look for the V next to each description

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