Treating the skin of the eyes is crucial, especially when it comes to preventing, and reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and puffiness. The advanced formulation of the Classic Eye Effect is specifically developed for the eye area, where the skin is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face.With the addition of the Smart Skin Technology there’s an enhanced focus on the skin’s integrity, radiance, collagen stimulation and structural support providing a technologically advanced multi-targeted treatment approach. A visible improvement in expression lines, wrinkles and hydration is delivered by the Ultra Filling Spheres™ while the Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 + Arginine focus on superior synthesis of collagen and elastin to prevent and improve expression lines. Skin radiance and exceptional anti-aging innovation is delivered by the incorporation of Bakuchiol to gently yet effectively target the firmness and elasticity of the skin. This luxurious cream formulation is suitable for all skin types and conditions and should be used morning and evening for superior results.

Size: 15 ml
Retail Price: R930 Incl. VAT
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  1. Why use a separate eye product?
    It is important to use a specifically formulated eye product around the eye area because the skin around the eye area is a lot more sensitive & much thinner compared to the skin around the rest of the face.
  2. What causes dark circles and puffiness?
    Dark Circles and Puffiness around the eye area can be a result of poor lifestyle, lack of sleep and stress. But going a little deeper into what actually causes the appearance of dark circles could be a number of factors, one being genetics, two being an iron deficiency or vitamin & mineral deficiency which can contribute to the appearance of dark circles. Puffiness on the other hand is caused by poor sluggish circulation and a build-up of fluid retention due to poor lymphatic drainage in the facial region.
  3. What is the best way to apply an eye product?
    The best way to apply an eye product is to perform a lymphatic drainage massage on yourself around the eye area. We have 2 lymph nodes on the face – one in front and the other behind our ears. Always using your ring finger (because this is the finger with the lightest touch) apply a small amount of product using tap-tap-tap techniques underneath the eye area where the puffiness is as well as above the brow area – followed by light drainage movements towards the lymph node and repeat several times.
  4. Which active ingredients to look for in an eye product?
    Hyaluronic Acid – Aids in plumping & hydrating the skin in the eye area
    Peptides – focus on stimulating collagen and elastin production in the dermis building the health and strength of the skin
    Bakuchiol – Stimulates the same gene expressions as retinol, boosts collagen, regulates extra cellular matrix and dermal-epidermal junction, improves wrinkles, firmness and elasticity
    Ultra-Filling Spheres™ – Aids in absorption of water that evaporates from the dermis focusing on tightening the skin, smoothing out wrinkles and leaving an elastic skin surface with long lasting hydration.

Active Eyesigns Active Gel

  • Light gel formulation
    Targets three major visual aspects of aging around the eye area
  • pH 5.5 maintains barrier function
  • Improves the appearance of dark circles around the eyes
  • Decreases puffiness around the eyes
  • Assists Collagen and Elastin production Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night

Classic Eye Effect

  • Luxurious cream formulation
  • Our multi-targeted complete eye cream provides anti-aging, instant firming, revives dull skin, and improves skin elasticity.
  • Delivers visible skin radiance and illuminates skin around the eye-area
  • Instantly tightens and smoothes skin
  • Fights the visible effects of gravity
  • Hydrates and moisturizes the eye-area
  • Minimizes fine dehydration lines
  • Promotes anti-aging
  • Stimulates elastin synthesis for a firmer skin
  • Provides long-term structural support plus has the benefit of an instant firming effect Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night


  • A powerful gel that nourishes and rejuvenates the eye-area.
  • This gel targets hydration levels, collagen formation and organization, dark circles and fluid retention, as well as epidermal regeneration and  thickness.
  • An ideal product to use after dermal fillers and therapies targeting aging around the eye. Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night

(press release) At optiphi® we believe in a holistic approach to good health by increasing one’s perception of intrinsic contributing factors. Intrinsic analysis of your DNA and systems provides a roadmap on how to design your diet, supplement, lifestyle and exercise regimes. DNA analysis takes the guesswork out of what is optimal for you personally. All of these factors are tightly linked, and all need to be considered when looking at improving your overall health.

Your unique genetic results allow for actionable interventions to:

  • Improve your skin care regime
  • Decode a healthy lifestyle just for you
  • Tailor make your unique nutritional therapy
  • Support your hormone metabolism
  • Create awareness to the potential risks associated with Breast, Ovarian and Prostate Cancer

The optiphi® Helix DNA tests include:

optiphi® Helix Skin Report

Identifies unique genetic markers which indicates your genetic predisposition to certain skin characteristics. These polymorphisms may affect the expression or function of certain genes making you more susceptible to certain skin conditions or characteristics.

Six skin categories investigated;

  • Wrinkles, volume loss and glycation
  • Dermal sensitivity and detoxification
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Oxidative stress
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Pigmentation and sun sensitivity

optiphi® Helix Diet Report

Identifies unique genetic markers which indicate your genetic predisposition to the metabolism of certain macro- and micronutrients. It also identifies any possible food sensitivities that you may have.

Five main categories considered ;

  • Metabolism and fat sensitivity
  • Carbohydrate responsiveness
  • Glucose and insulin sensitivity
  • Energy regulation and exercise response
  • Food and nutrient responses

optiphi® Helix Health Report

Identifies unique genetic markers which indicate your genetic predisposition to certain health risks.

Eight health risk categories considered:

  • Oxidative Stress
  • Detoxification
  • Insulin Sensitivity
  • Inflammation
  • Bone health          
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Methylation
  • Iron Overload and blood clotting

optiphi® Helix Breast, Ovarian or Prostate Cancer Report

The intention of this genetic test is to screen a panel of markers that is commonly associated with the development of breast cancer, and secondary to that ovarian and prostate cancer. Screening of these markers creates awareness of the potential genetic risks associated with these cancers.

The optiphi® test looks at an exclusive panel of higher penetrance markers across seven genes that raises the odds in breast cancer risk significantly, according to global research. For every mutation detected, the risk increases statistically.

optiphi® has selected a smaller panel of markers in the BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, CHEK2, TP53, NBN and PALB2 genes which together contribute to an increased genetic risk.

optiphi® Helix Hormone Report

Indicate your genetic predisposition to certain risks which could affect your hormone balance. These unique markers are known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that occur in your genetic code. These variations may affect the expression or function of certain genes making you more susceptible to certain conditions or characteristics. Based on the variations detected, certain characteristics may be a high priority area for you.

Several areas affecting hormone metabolism and balance are considered, namely;

  • Steroid hormone metabolism
  • Methylation and endocrine function
  • Xenobiotic metabolism
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease

For further information on how to book your DNA Test, visit

Trying out a product is always a bit scary – you never know…

I packed a brand new tube of Optiphi Classic Hydration Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 20 that would be my sunscreen for my days out exploring Cape Town – and of course a whole bag of make-up.

The first morning while getting ready for my trip up Table Mountain and first day out in the Cape sun, I was contemplating if I should wear an untested product that could make my photos look bad. Fortunately for you, I thought I could trust Optiphi enough with providing a tinted sunscreen for my face…

The product had to pass 3 tests

  1. Prevent my face from burning. This would be easy to measure as I am very fair and the sun and I, we just don’t get along that well.
  2. Not be oily and be able to be used as a base for a full face of make-up.
  3. Don’t crack or melt during a full day of sightseeing as I don’t carry make-up to do touch-ups.

Day 1 – 4 I went light on makeup but used the Optiphi Classic Hydration Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 20 as my liquid base – with only a light powder to set it (as if it is a normal liquid base. I used mascara and a little bit of eye shadow and some days I even wore blush and highlighter.

Optiphi Classic Hydration Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 20

I am very happy to report back and say that the Optiphi Classic Hydration Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 20 passed all 3 tests.

  • I did not burn. There was no ink or red tinge on my face at the end of my days in Cape Town – and I only wore a cap.
  • I applied the Optiphi Classic Hydration Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 20 over my normal moisturisers and it took a minute to just settle on my skin, but after applying my normal makeup (and even using it to cover up a zit) you would not be able to tell that I wasn’t wearing a “real” liquid foundation.
  • As good as my face looked in the morning, that good it looked by 8pm after a full day out.

The Optiphi Classic Hydration Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 20 truly is an amazing little tube of magic. I am simply blown away that a sunscreen product could last the whole day and be used as a liquid foundation base without melting or becoming oily and gross.

The advances Optiphi have made with the delivery systems of nourishment for skin is one of the most interesting developments to follow. It didn’t surprise me when I learnt that with the help of a DNA analysis they can predict what problems your skin will have in future – based on genetic markers.

The DNA test identifies unique genetic markers which indicates your genetic disposition to certain skin characteristics.

There are six skin categories that are investigated;

  • Wrinkles, volume loss and glycation
  • Dermal sensitivity and detoxification
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Oxidative stress
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Pigmentation and sun sensitivity

My Optiphi recommendation is for the Active Range but with suggestions of adding additional products from other ranges. The report is quite comprehensive at 15 pages – so I’m just sharing the diagram.

These recommendations I received is based on my personal DNA results and are uniquely designed around my medium and high priority areas. You need to have your own analysis done in order to get the right products for your skin. This can be done at any beauty clinic or salon that stocks Optiphi.

  • Must have: Eyesigns Active Gel
    Priority Area: Collagen formation; sun damage; detoxification
  • Must have: Rejuvenating Revitalizer
    Priority Area: Collagen formation; sun sensitivity and pigmentation; sun damage; anti-oxidant enzymes
  • Must have: Moisture Control Ultra
    Priority Area: Collagen formation; pigmentation; sun damage; anti-oxidant enzymes; detoxification
  • Recommended additional product: Dermintense Active Gel
    Priority Area: Collagen formation; anti-oxidant enzymes

I was given a free DNA Analysis and products to test, however the opinions expressed are my own.

Peels scare me. I don’t like the idea that my skin may be burnt (with chemicals) and I can’t leave the house because I’ll look like a monster for the next few days. This all changed when I went for an Optiphi 30|30 Peel at Life Day Spa in Rosebank.

The Optiphi 3030 Peel takes 60 minutes – but you can also opt for the 30 minute version. When you walk out, you can go back to the office… gasp! You read that right, there is NO DOWNTIME!

I know you are asking yourself if it then really works…

My take on the Optiphi 30|30 Peel

It does work! It has been just over 3 weeks since the peel and this is what I’ve noticed about my skin:

  1. Lines around my eyes reduced
  2. My cheeks, which always looks inflamed, no longer has a bright red glow but rather a slight pink tinge
  3. I haven’t had a breakout again – and I was on the road to KZN, stayed in a gross hospital for a night, went to the beach… and by now I should’ve had some real nasty zits
  4. It may be my imagination, but my pores seem smaller – and I’m using less pore refining cream under my makeup – my sister will tell me when she sees me
  5. My skin doesn’t look tired anymore

I spoke to the beauty therapist and she says that they recommend a few rounds of the Optiphi Peel with a 2 week “resting” period after the first round.

What the Optiphi 30|30 Peel is meant for:

  1. Alleviating skin sensitivity and redness
  2. Reducing sun damage, pigmentation, acne scarring and uneven skintone
    (I can’t confirm if my pigmentation has improved… I have loads of freckles and studying patterns on my face makes me dizzy)
  3. Rehydrating your skin and helps to improve suppleness
  4. Refining pores
  5. Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  6. Reinforcing the skin’s protective barrier
  7. Enhancing skin radiance and vitality

How does it work?

Research indicates that photo-damage and sun-induced aging are some of the most prevalent skin concerns on a global scale. Optiphi has recently developed an advanced professional peeling procedure to help alleviate this skin condition. The new 30|30 Peel is an ingenious combination of 30% Glycolic Acid, 30% Ascorbic Acid and Glycyrrhetinic Acid, taking the trusted Optiphi Skin Rejuvenation Treatments to new heights. This trio of acids, synergistically and directly
targets the signs of UV-induced aging.

Once you are at the spa, you get into a robe and slippers and make your way to the treatment rooms upstairs (Life Day Spa Rosebank) and then you go into a treatment room. First you get a “massaging facial” which is pre-peeling preparation part of the treatment. Then the glycolic acid peel is applied which will make your skin feel tingly or as if something is crawling over your skin. The therapist will keep the peel on for as long as she thinks it’s necessary. When the peel is removed a post-peel “cream” is applied to calm the skin.

Can you see my acne scarring, redness and sun damage?

After they remove everything and you are on your way home (or the office), your treatment is actually still hard at work just under the surface of your skin. If it is a sunny day you may be asked to put on a sunscreen, but you will be able to go back to work.

The big question – how much does it cost?

Currently Life Day Spa Rosebank lists the pricing as R550 for the 30 minute treatment and R770 for the hour treatment. However they have the Optiphi Skin Rejuvenation Peel – Package of Six (30 min)  for R3150. If you book 6 x 30 minute sessions it will cost you R3300 and if you book 6 x hour sessions it will cost you R4620.

As soon as I’ve recuperated from paying all the medical bills for the surrogate I want to do a series of 6 treatments. I was that impressed with the peel!

If you want to find out more about Optiphi products and treatments, find your nearest store or spa on this page.