Beauty Review: Diego dalla Palma skincare

Just before lockdown I took delivery of 2 products from Italian skincare brand, Diego dalla Palma. (previously known as RVB – Research, Value, Beauty)

People all over the world love Italian products for their elegance and beauty. These are the values of this skincare brand that was founded by the Piana family in 1961 and is now available in 54 countries worldwide – and now South Africa.

This Italian skincare pioneer has a strong focus on scientific research and development in close collaboration with dermatological and pharmaceutical faculties at the world’s leading universities. Originally a professional makeup brand, it branched out into skincare.

This dermo-cosmeceutical skin care brand is for all skin types, bringing the latest research and effective ingredients together to take care of every individual client’s skin type and condition, fight free radicals and soften the signs of ageing.


“Our vision has been to explore all the areas of beauty. Every woman is a world unto herself and true beauty does not allow constraints. The Diego dalla Palma group intends to use all the resources of its diversity to help women free themselves of the dominating beauty ideal, helping each one of them to feel unique and beautiful beginning with themselves. In our time there cannot be one single idea of perfection to be achieved, but rather many beauty ideas.”


Through their diverse beauty programmes, Diego dalla Palma have acquired a profound knowledge of the different types of skin and, thanks to new technology and the use of active ingredients that repair, hydrate and offer anti-ageing solutions, they are able to produce products that can deliver flawless skin to all their customers.


Why does skin age?

We expose our skin to so many things on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that it doesn’t come out unscathed. Pollution, smoking (including secondhand smoke), sun damage, stress, and a busy lifestyle all cause our skin lose both its suppleness and moisture. Our skin goes through a lot, every day!

As a result of excessive exposure to these elements, our skin cells soon begin to suffer and their ability to regenerate begins to slow down leading to aging that we first notice as wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and dryness.



Why use serums?

When it comes to anti-aging, preparation is always key. Highly concentrated active skin care ingredients can be delivered in serums far more effectively than in creams. These actives help to protect the skin from environmental factors, but they also go further by encouraging cell production, repairing the skin, protecting the skin against environmental factors and leaving it smooth and supple.


When should I use a serum?

Aging skin sometimes needs an extra boost to keep it healthy and happy. It is advisable to include serums into your skincare routine as they help to offer that extra boost, especially if your skin is dealing with specific concerns that your current skincare products just can’t seem to fix, especially during seasonal changes when your skin may require extra care.


Skin Code range from Diego dalla Palma

The latest range from Diego dalla Palma is called Skin Code and it focuses on personalized skincare, particularly through the science of epigenetics. This science focuses on how external factors, as well as lifestyle choices, can affect the appearance of our skin. As such, the new products under the Skin Code range make sure to both protect the skin from and address the issues caused by environmental factors. These products target the specific needs of each area of the face. Skin Code products are enriched with ROYALACTIN EPI-peptide, an innovative bio-mimetic peptide, that mimics the powerful action of Royalactin found in royal jelly (produced by bees!) It accelerates epidermal regeneration and helps repair the damage caused by external agents and an unhealthy lifestyle.


I tried two Diego dalla Palma Skin Code products recently…


Diego dalla Palma Skin Code 3d sculpt intensive firming concentrate (R670 for 15ml)

Lifts and Sculpts

This product comes in a heavy, back glass bottle with a dropper dispenser.

It is fragrance free but I felt that there was a very light scent.

The serum is very light in texture and has a luminescent pearl quality to it. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and leaves it feeling silky and smooth instantly – I learnt that this is instant tensor-effect

This intensive sculpting concentrate is aimed at combating loss of tone, signs of gravity, sagging skin and aims to help sculpt, define and lift the contours of the face.

The active ingredients are:

  • Royalactin epi-peptide + glycans.
  • Cross-linked hyaluronic acid tech 5%: creates an invisible 3D instant lift effect on the surface of the skin.
  • Acetyl tetrapeptide-2 sln 2%: defines the contours of the face and combats sagging skin and the signs of gravity.
  • Caffeine 2%: drains and sculpts and is ideal for defining the lower part of the face and reducing the appearance of a double chin

To use this product simply apply a few drops to the problem areas with gentle circular motions making sure to avoid the eye area. The serum can be applied every few days, after cleansing and toning, and before applying your moisturizer.


Diego dalla Palma Skin Code antioxidant anti-age cream (R975 for 50ml)

Hydrates and Regenerates

`This is a rich and nutritious cream with a peach tinge that comes in a heavy black tub.

It is an antioxidant anti-age cream aimed at those with dry skin which is definitely me!

From the first or second time I used this as my night cream I experienced a different looking skin when I woke the next morning. We are heading into winter here and the changing seasons have meant that my dry skin is even drier. This cream has been a luxurious treat to slather on my cleaned skin before hopping into bed.

I have been using it at night as I find the cream quite thick but it can also be used in the morning.

It truly wraps the skin with a thick layer of moisture, protecting it from oxidative stress, free radicals and damage caused by external agents. This product helps to reduce the signs of aging and photoaging and helps preserve the youthful appearance of the face by reducing the presence of wrinkles, improving tone and elasticity and reviving dull, tired skin.

This product contains antioxidants to enhance antioxidant capacity and gives protection and energy to the skin, for a regenerated, soft and elastic skin.

When applying warm a small amount in your fingers first before applying to your face working outwards with straight movements from the centre of the face and continue down the neck.

Specific active ingredients include Royalactin epi-peptide, glycans, carnitine, blackcurrant oil, hemp oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, linseed oil, aloe, bisabolol, shea butter and 1.5% dragon’s blood!


What is Dragon’s Blood?

Dragon’s blood is not something you’ll find on the set of Game of Thrones. Instead, dragon’s blood is bright red sticky secretion, rich in chemical properties, that is obtained from the fruit of a tree called Daemonorops draco found in the tropics of southeastern Asia and southern China as well as the Himalayas.

Research has found that dragon’s blood can help to improve wound healing and has also been found to contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

In skincare, dragon’s blood can help to combat any inflammation triggered by environmental factors, strengthens the skin’s barrier functions, promotes cellular detoxification and minimises redness which I certainly need!

What’s more, dragon’s blood also contains a compound called taspine, which helps stimulate the production of collagen, leaving you with a much more supple appearance.

Diego dalla Palma products are all free from heavy metals, dyes, fragrances, mineral oils, gluten and parabens. There is no animal testing, only laboratory testing.

These products are worth a try if you’re serious about skincare and I love indulging my skin in this experience every evening.

Find them at skin care clinics and spas across South Africa.


Feature Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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