Skin Care

What Is A Collagen Supplement?

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Collagen is a structural component of skin, providing elasticity, as well as skin cell renewal, to keep skin looking plump and youthful. It is also found in our bones, muscles and tendons as well as hair and nails.   In our youth our skin is made up of 80 percent collage, but as we age, collagen breaks down at about 1 percent a year, and our bodies ability to produce new collagen slows down, leading to a loss of plumpness in the skin and an increase in wrinkles.   Collagen is an ingredient in many skincare brands, but some dermatologists say its molecules are too big to penetrate the skin to be really effective.   Collagen supplements claim to rejuvenate the skin, but from the inside out, as you take them orally. The collagen is broken down into amino acids, and absorbed and distributed internally, improving the skin all over your body, asRead More

ESSE – Probiotic Skincare

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The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as a live microbe that is beneficial to humans. Extracts of probiotics have been used extensively in skincare but the “holy grail” of incorporating live probiotics has proved elusive. This is because conventional products contain preservatives … and preservatives kill microbes. Esse has used innovative production techniques, airless glass packaging and a preservative-free formula to launch the world’s first live probiotic serum and it’s taking the world by storm. The probiotic microbes are encapsulated and suspended in an oil base, reanimating and starting to divide when they come into contact with water on the skin’s surface. The efficacy of topical probiotics has been a hot topic in science with more than 5000 literature references on the “skin microbiome” in 2015. Testing in Germany has shown that the new serum from Esse has the ability to improve skin firmness by an average of 16%Read More

My Neostrata Peel Experience

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In my quest to turn back the clock, I contacted Dr Alek Nikolec and he designed a ‘programme’ of treatments that I’ll document as we go along.   First we did Botox, and shortly afterwards I was back for a Neostrata peel.   What skin problems would you use a Neostrata peel for? A Neostrata peel regimen visibly diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothes and softens skin, increases hydration and suppleness, and balances irregular skin tones. It can also improve oily/acne prone skin. Higher strengths can help to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and certain pigmentation problems. It can also be used safely and effectively on all skin types.   Treatment The lovely Vashnee cleaned my face of all make-up and de-greased my skin so that the glycolic acid can reach the skin for best results.   The Neostrata peel is one of the newest type of peels thatRead More

[Review] Gold Elements

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Gold Elements I received 3 full sized products from Gold Elements in the United States to test and review.    All their products contain 24K gold powder which has several great skin care properties, which include anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, improves blood circulation and reduces the production of melanin. The gorgeous gold powder also makes the product glow beautifully as well.   Apart from the gold powder, they focus on using a host of wonderful products like, chamomile, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Witch Hazel, Sweet Almond oil and Jojoba. These all work towards hydrating the skin, reducing find lines, even discoloration, interrupt free radical damage, soften the skin and help promote the growth of new skin cells.    Phew what more can we ask for?   Well, actually, they’re also serious about excluding any parabens, animal derivatives, mineral oil and artificial colours.    Gold Elements offers different lines of products for different ages and price ranges.Read More

Harmful ingredients to look out for in skincare products

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It is well known that there are some ingredients hidden in processed food that we need to look out for. The same goes for ingredients hidden in beauty products.   South African distributor of Uber Natural Beauty, Karmen Fieldgate, offers these tips for consumers to look out for.   SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR  It is known that the skin is the body’s largest organ, and that it acts as a sponge, meaning that approximately 60% of what is put on is absorbed, affecting the health and well being of the body.   Through the application of products, we expose our skin, and body, to a large number of ingredients – many of which have not been tested for their long-term effects. Many of the products that we apply consist of ingredients that are toxic, without us even knowing.   Here is a list of ingredients to lookRead More

5 Benefits Of Using Microdermabrasion Crystals At Home

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5 Benefits of Using Microdermabrasion Crystals for At-Home Skincare   Whether it’s reducing fine lines and wrinkles or contributing to youthful looking skin, microdermabrasion can help many people achieve the healthy, beautiful skin they’ve always wanted. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found evidence that microdermabrasion can create positive changes in the skin and result in improved skin tone and contour. An added benefit of this skincare treatment is that it can improve your skin’s ability to absorb nutrients.   While in the past you may have needed an appointment with an esthetician or a dermatologist to receive a microdermabrasion treatment, now you can have one in the comfort your own home. If you’re wondering what’s so great about at-home skincare treatment, read on to discover the benefits of personal microdermabrasion. On Your Own TimeIt can be impractically difficult to fit a doctor’s appointment into your busy schedule.Read More

[Review] Team Dr Joseph Facial

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Anti-Aging, Latest News, Reviews, Skin Care, Spa Reviews | Leave a comment
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In a market saturated with many multitudes of beauty treatments and facials—it’s difficult to find one that truly differentiates itself. But, I truly have!   If you read my reviews then by now you know that my skin is not run-of-the-mill as I suffer from dehydration, sensitivity and also flare-ups of rosacea which means I need a facial that takes all of this into account. I was assured by the Team Dr Joseph professionals that not only would my skin love this facial but that it would also be something completely extraordinary.   It was decided that I would receive the Intense Purifying Face Treatment for a visibly fresher complexion and to bring back vital radiance— yes, I was surely in need of this after a few sleepless nights thanks to a sick child, as well as the onset of winter which meant that my skins was beginning to feel ratherRead More

Sensitive Skin Day Cream

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My latest discovery is a wonderful moisturiser from AA Cosmetics.   Distributed by the same people that brought us Hean, this is a moisturiser for sensitive skin, with 0% allergens, parabens, or color additives.   This fragrance free, semi-rich 24 hour cream is recommended for normal and dry skin. It feels absolutely amazing on my skin, however I did find it to be slightly too rich for daytime use IF I’m in a rush and want to apply my usual foundation immediately afterwards. It does however absorb beautifully after a few minutes, and I use it generously on my neck and decollete as well.   It contains 1% Vitamin E (an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin) and 2% Allantoin (stimulating new skin cell growth,  anti-inflammatory properties and soothes skin irritation).   I’ve subsequently found many more products on their website that I’d like to try.   Their website highlights whichRead More

Active Lab – Launching Active Ingredients

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Every year Freebees PR & Marketing hosts a media day with all their clients at the CTICC where we can meet and greet and get all the latest info on new products and trends coming up.   Last year I spent over 3 hours there, so this year I wanted to focus on newness and trends only.   I was typically drawn to a few favourite brands, and enjoyed having a look at their latest make-up trends and hot product launches, as well as meeting the people behind the brands.   One new supplier that caught my eye was Active Lab.   They haven’t officially launched yet, but they have a completely new approach to skin care, and instead of marketing their own brand of beauty products, they will be selling the active ingredients within them.   The tester that they had on display is Hyaluronic Acid which is greatRead More

Esse Range Of Cleansers

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If you love Esse then you’ll love their range of cleansers.   Most people associate probiotics (good microbes) with maintaining a healthy gut, but new research has shown that microbes are also essential for perfect skin.   There are ten microbes for every human cell in your body and this finding has turned the conventional view of skin on it’s head. Skin is a complex ecosystem – an intricate, intermingled mix of human and microbial cells that work together to optimise barrier function and keep moisture in.   Esse has used this new revelation to formulate products that maintain a balance of microbes to slow the ageing process. To do this, Esse uses prebiotics to selectively feed good microbes and they’ve used probiotic microbes in some products to deliver specific results. Certified Organic Fair Trade Beauty Without Cruelty Vegan   Esse Gel Cleanser, 100ml – R160, 200ml – R240 EsseRead More

Best Body Skin Review JHB

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Anti-Aging, Beauty & Body, Reviews, Skin Care, Spa Reviews | Leave a comment
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I am always looking for treatments that I have never tried before and only from the most professional people. You can’t take chances with your body or your face. That’s why I am so pleased to have discovered  Best Body Skin in Birdhaven.   Often salons which offer cutting- edge, skin and body treatments can feel intimidating, but no so with Best Body Skin. The staff, team of experts and the bright décor put one instantly at ease—especially important considering I was about to embark on a programme, which included multiple injections to my face!   After an in- depth consultation with somatologist Hajira, we decided to concentrate on the areas of my face, which cause me the greatest concern. Namely, pigmentation, dullness and loss of elasticity due to ageing, lack of sleep and general stress. In other words, I really wanted to try and recapture my youthful glow! NoRead More

Bad Skin Habits You Should Break Today

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