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Long-time friends and Kivu founders, Dr Benedetta Brazzini and Manuela Gabbai are both from Florence but met in London. 

The combination of their skills and passion has brought to life their vision of clearer, younger-looking skin using the very best ingredients  with their range of high-performance skincare, Kivu. 

The origins of Kivu lie in a birthday gift that Manuela gave to Dr Brazzini several years ago. 

Running out of ideas for something original to give her, Manuela was amused to find a face spray that contained ‘snail mucin’.

Dr Brazzini was in fact already prescribing products with snail secretion in her clinic and was finding them to be very effective due to the incredible anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties of Helix Aspersa secretion. 

However, Manuela’s gift stimulated her curiosity. Dr Brazzini was intrigued by the spray and so decided to investigate further.

Dr Brazzini went deeper in her analysis and decided to re-formulate the product and add other medical grade ingredients to make it more effective, cosmetically appealing and with a much higher concentration of Helix Aspersa secretion.

She included peptides and other active ingredients, aimed at the skin issues and concerns of her patients. In partnership with Manuela, she developed Kivu, a range of four high-performance skincare products.

After years of being asked for recommendations for the best anti-ageing face products or the best skincare products for acne-prone skin, Dr Brazzini can now proudly recommend her own.

“In developing Kivu, I was focused on finding formulas that would be kind to the various skin conditions I treat but I was equally driven by results.” Dr. Benedetta Brazzini 

Kivu founders Dr. Benedetta Brazzini and Manuela Gabbai


Kivu draws on Dr Brazzini’s years of skincare expertise as a dermatologist practising in London and Florence and as a brand, reflects Manuela Gabbai’s time and skills honed as a marketeer at major companies. 
With an entrepreneurial mindset, Manuela Gabbai strongly believes in the power of consumer insight to deliver value and innovation to brands. She has worked extensively in the luxury and consumer sector. 

Dr Brazzini is a qualified specialist in Dermatology with over fifteen years experience. She has private clinics in London and Florence; she also works for the NHS in London. 
Over the years she has developed areas of special interest in her field. These include cosmetic dermatology (acne, and acne scarring, pigmentation disorders, melasma, ageing, rosacea, sensitive skin), laser surgery, skin cancer and dermatologic surgery.
She advocates a natural and minimalist approach to skincare as the best approach to looking after our skin. Kivu is a response to a real need seen by Dr Brazzini in her clinics for a skin product that combines simplicity and efficacy and most importantly, clean ingredients and cutting edge scientific research. 
“I see a wide range of patients in my clinic - from young people with mild to severe acne to mature men and ladies with signs of ageing, pigmentation problems, localized and diffuse blemishes and sensitive skin. When advising what skincare regime to follow, I have always been extremely careful to ensure that it is one that is not only effective but one that won’t further irritate the skin."

Kivu collection

Hydrating Elixir

Regular price €95,00
Tax included.

Suitable for those concerned with the early signs of ageing and for mature skin (40+).

This innovative, light, non-comedogenic formula has an intensely moisturising and brightening effect on the skin due to its high concentration of Helix Aspersa secretion combined with Hyaluronic Acid. 

It imparts a long-lasting glow and luminosity to the skin thanks to the anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties of its active principles. It is perfect for use before make-up application. 

The outstanding hydrating capabilities of the Hydrating Elixir work well for all skin types in the summer after sun exposure. It is free of perfume so can even be used by those with sensitive or uneven skin. 

It is an excellent hydrator for the under 40s to use every morning and night as part of their skincare routine and for those who are 40+ to use in the mornings. 

Combine with the Anti-Oxidant Mist for acne-prone and greasy skin needing extra hydration. For 40+ skin, use in the morning for lighter hydration before make-up application and follow with the Face and Eye Cream at night. 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: one pump on the face during the day and if desired, an additional pump can be used at night. Massage into the skin until absorbed. 

KEY INGREDIENTS: 70% Helix Aspersa secretion and Hyaluronic Acid.


Anti-Ageing Face and Eye Cream

Regular price €115,00
Tax included.

Suitable for mature skin (40+).

The Product is designed for mature skin, this unique 2-in-1 Face and Eye Cream, uses the best active ingredients to improve skin hydration, skin brightness and elasticity. It will decrease the appearance of fine lines and blemishes as well as reducing puffiness under the eye. 

It has a high concentration of Acetyl Octapeptide-8 and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5.

Acetyl Octapeptide-8 has water binding properties hence it is able to hydrate, smooth and rejuvenate the skin. 

The other key ingredient, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 is a humectant; it has been shown to reduce puffiness and swelling by changing the micro-circulation in the skin of periorbital area, promoting lymphatic drainage. 

It is perfume free so can even be used by those with sensitive skin. 

Combine with the Firming Serum to maximise anti-ageing benefits. It can also be combined with the Hydrating Elixir for those who prefer a lighter formulation during the day. 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: one pump during the day under the eyes and on the face and if desired two pumps at night. Massage into the skin until fully absorbed. Allow the cream to dry for at least five minutes before applying make-up. 

KEY INGREDIENTS: 70% Helix Aspersa secretion, Acetyl Octapeptide-8 and Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5.


Firming Serum

Regular price €108,00
Tax included.

Suitable for sun-damaged and ageing skin (40+), after sun exposure. It is also effective for those who suffer from redness and the skin irritation resulting from it. 

The product which combines the many benefits of Helix Aspersa secretion and Witch Hazel, has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, moisturising, regenerating, rejuvenating, tightening and antiseptic properties. It is perfect for soothing irritated, sun-stressed and sensitive skin. 

It is also highly effective on mature skin, reducing blemishes and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

The potent anti-inflammatory properties of the Firming Serum make it the ideal product to apply after sun exposure to calm reddened or irritated skin. 

Like all Kivu products, it is free from perfume. 

Combine with the Face and Eye Cream at night to maximise anti-ageing benefits.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: shake product before use. Apply on clean, dry skin. One pump on the face, one pump on the neck and décolletage. Massage into the skin until fully absorbed. Wait five minutes before applying further products. 

KEY INGREDIENTS: 85% Helix Aspersa secretion and Witch Hazel.


Anti-oxidant Mist

Regular price €85,00
Tax included.

Suitable for acne-prone and greasy skin and those fighting the early signs of ageing. The perfect hydrator and antioxidant after-sun exposure for all skin types.

The product maximises the benefits of the anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and hydrating properties of Helix Aspersa secretion and Bitter Orange peel extract. 

The Anti-oxidant Mist is intensely hydrating so also helps to maintain essential moisture in the skin and its anti-oxidant properties assist in decreasing UV damage. 

The absence of preservatives and perfume makes the Anti-oxidant Mist suitable for use by those with sensitive skin.

Combine with the Hydrating Elixir to maximise results for those under 40 wanting to fight the early signs of ageing and for those with acne-prone skin needing extra hydration.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: use twice daily on clean dry skin. One spray on the forehead and one spray on each cheek. If using on the neck and décolletage, apply two sprays. Massage into the skin until fully absorbed. Allow to dry for three minutes before applying another product. 

KEY INGREDIENTS: 70% Helix Aspersa secretion and stabilised Bitter Orange peel extract.