Skin Care

The Spa at Melrose

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  After my fantastic eye treatments at the Melrose Aesthetic Centre, I tried out the samples given to me and discovered a skin product called iS Clinical. My skin is sensitive and dry and not everything suits it, but these products were amazing! That’s why I was so happy to try out an iS Clinical facial at Melrose Spa, the sister of the clinic, and directly opposite it.     The clinic is a situated in Melrose Arch and is a tranquil but professional space. I’ve always been careful about peels on my skin and had only tried one light one once before post-pregnancy when my skin was breaking out. My therapist warned me that the type of facial I was about to have is not a pampering facial, but an active one that yields quick results. So, I was a bit nervous but was assured that it really isRead More

SKNLogic Body Candles

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  Nourish and moisturise dry chapped skin during the harsh winter months with SKNLogic’s Body Candles.   Available in two unbelievable fragrances, pineapple and fig, SKNLogic body candles are ultra-moisturising candles that can be used as massage oil or a body moisturizing oil.       Pineapple Extract contains AHA’s that promotes cell regeneration and carbohydrates that helps the skin retain moisture.  Vitamin A promotes cell renewal.   Fig Extract has moisturising properties similar to the skin’s own and is therefore an excellent hydrator providing a gentle tightening effect. Fig Extract is rich in vitamin A and beta carotene with powerful enzymatic exfoliation action.    Shea Butter is considered to be the most respected of all butters for its intense moisturising, soothing and balancing properties. Olive oil is known to be healing and anti-ageing. Softens and moisturises the skin.Vitamin E assists in maintaining the skin’s oil balance.  Beeswax locks in moisture and protects the skin from damaging environmentalRead More

New in SA! Ozone Jojoba Topical Gel

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ozone jojoba topical gel

  I’m always looking for products rich in Vitamins, so I was interested to hear that Jojoba oil is rich in Vit E & that the Ozone company combined it with their ozone gas to create their latest offering ‘Ozone Jojoba topical gel’.   Natural Jojoba oil, is harvested from Jojoba beans, is produced in limited quantities in South Africa (and indeed, worldwide). It’s rich in natural Vitamin E  & is super soft on the skin.   Jojoba oil is already used as a base or additive in numerous products including moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners and is often applied in its raw oil form directly to the skin or hair with excellent results. Jojoba oil also has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.   The Ozone Jojoba Topical Gel has several benefits: Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Better moisturising properties with a smooth, non-greasy application. Excellent stability and shelf life (evenRead More

Beauty Night Out!

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Don’t miss out on the most glamorous beauty night of the year. Glam it up and join the rubies at the Mount Nelson Ballroom on 30 August at 6pm.   For just R290 per ticket (R250 for VIP members): * you can build your own, customised rubybox and take home beauty products worth R400+ * transform your look with a Stila Makeup Your Own Rules Makeover, and hit the Scar Express Hair to transform those tresses into a work of art. * indulge in a pampering scrub, massage and mani with theIssahra Experience by WOW Spa * and stand a chance to win beauty hampers worth R5000+. * recharge with Absolut Vodka infused cocktails, scrumptious canapés and elegant Saxenburg wines * before hitting the photo booth and capturing the glam on camera!   Tickets are limited so rally the girls and book now to secure your spot!              

Winter ‘Must-Have’ From Theravine

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Hydrating Pinotage Face Oil

Theravine Pinotage Face Oils The Pinotage face oils have always been an essential part of our skin care regime as its deep penetrating properties allows for the enhanced performance of all the other products we use, thus intensifying our daily skin care routine drastically.     Recently these Pinotage face oils had a ‘face lift’ of their own (ingredients & packaging), and this new formula addresses a number of primary skin care concerns:     1. Providing a Vitamin C enhancement 2. Increasing anti-oxidant properties 3. Lipid Replenishing System boost   There are 3 options to choose from: 1. Balancing 2. Hydrating – perfect for Winter 3. Stimulating   1. The new Balancing Pinotage Face Oil forumla has been infused with the most stable form of Vitamin C and will treat skin concerns ranging from acne to pigmentation. Description: A light textured oil which helps to improve the appearance of the epidermis.Read More

Issahra Argan Oil Review

Posted on by Anouschka in Anti-Aging, Beauty & Body, Product Reviews, Reviews, Skin Care | 1 Comment

I’m sure that most of you have heard of Argan Oil by now, which has been referred to as liquid gold.   I first heard of Issahra when I reviewed their exfoliating soap, which made me want to get my hands on their Perfect Oil, which contains 100% pure argan oil.   Argan oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids & vitamin E, which is great to moisturize dry skin, treat psoriasis &  acne, and to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, while  anti-oxidants neutralise the free radicals that cause ageing and protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.   What makes argan oil expensive is that fact that cracking the argan nut to obtain the argan kernels, has to be carried out by hand, making it a time consuming labour intensive process. It takes about 50 kilograms of nuts to make a litre of oil.  Read More

Maintaining A Healthy Skin While Using Makeup Daily

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  How to Maintain Healthy Skin While Using Makeup on a Daily Basis   You can wear makeup every day and still maintain beautiful, healthy skin.  There are things you need to do both relating &  not relating to makeup to it to keep your radiant skin.  These can actually improve the look of your skin so that you can look beautiful with and without makeup at all times of the day.   Eat the Right Nutrients Makeup is not necessarily bad for skin, but it is not the best thing either.  You want to keep your skin healthy from the inside out and this starts with eating the right foods.  You want plenty of vitamins B, C, A, K and E.  These can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables.  You also want to get plenty of plain water to keep your tissues and skin well-hydrated.  Skin that hasRead More

Acne Attack – Treatments & Celebrities with Acne

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Looking for Acne Treatments?   From Topical Lotions, to Cover-Up Techniques, to Natural Treatments & Cleansers, this info-graphic has it all. Typical Acne Treatments Include: * Over the Counter Topical Treatments – mild lotions that dry up oil, kill bacteria, and promote shedding of dead skin cells * Rx Topical Treatments – strong lotions that promote cell turnover and plugging of hair follicles. * Antibiotics – a short course of oral antibiotics can reduce bacteria and fight inflammation from acne. * Isotretinoin / Accutane – a powerful medication for sever acne, sometimes considered a “last resort” since it has some nasty side effects.   Alternatives There are many alternatives to commercial acne treatments – many of which you already stock in your house. Why not try one of these alternatives at home: * Olive Oil for Cleanser * Lemon Juice for Toner * Honey for Spot Remover * Egg Yolk forRead More

RegimA Peel

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As you might know by now, I have been using RegimA products and having regular peels to help get rid of my pigmentation and break-outs.   I recently visited Kinetic Contours at the Blue Door again for another peel and to stock up on some much needed RegimA products.     My skin always feels super smooth and plumped up after a peel and now that my skin can handle the 20% peel easily, we will start moving up to the 40% next time.   Even though there is always a bit of a prickle when you have a peel (which obviously isn’t fun), the end result is amazing. So I am excited to book my next peel in a few weeks, in my efforts to getting flawless skin.   My beauty routine now consists of:   Step 1: Wash with Hydroactive Cleansing Gel am & pm   Step 2:Read More

RegimA Peels

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RegimA products that I received after the peel

I know that some of my friends are pretty wary of peels and thought that some of you might feel the same.  As I was recently invited to experience a RegimA peel, I wanted to share it with you, so that you had a clearer insight into what a peel is and does.   Linda from Kinetic Contours @ The Blue Door, and RegimA invited me to have a peel done last week. I have what some call adult acne or hormonal break outs once a month, and I absolutely hate them. Obviously because they don’t do anything for my vanity or self confidence, but mainly because these buggers are actually darn sore. They come out of nowhere and just sit there for days, even weeks and you just cannot do anything to them except try to avoid them like the plague.   I had heard that peels are greatRead More

What on Earth is a BB Cream?

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Most of you have probably heard of BB cream by now, but might not be sure what this cream is or does. The list of benefits mentioned on the labels make BB creams sound like little miracle workers from hydrating to brightening, to covering and protecting. So let’s find out.   What is a BB cream? BB cream stands for “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm”. As an all-in-one facial cosmetic product, it is promoted as a replacement for serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Pretty awesome – right?!   What does it do? “It will give you a good base for makeup like a primer, even out complexion like a tinted moisturiser, cover minor imperfections and redness like a concealer, hydrate your skin like your day cream, brighten and perk-up a dull complexion and some will even protect with SPF. Some also promise healing, soothing and anti-ageing properties.“  SOURCE  Read More

SPF Not Enough

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We’ve all heard that we should lather on the SPF daily to prevent premature aging. But now it seems that this is not enough to protect our skin from sun damage. Dermatologists are now recommending that we wear a combination of an antioxidant serum followed by a sunscreen.   Sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays while antioxidants can aid in fighting free radicals caused by infrared radiation which is actually much more damaging. Even though antioxidants can’t get rid of the wrinkles you already have, they help prevent the breakdown of elastin by neutralizing those free radicals before they start attacking our healthy cells.   Your antioxidant serum should have a combination of Vitamin C (for longer shelf life), Vitamin E (to stabilize), and Ferulic acid, and you should let it absorb completely before applying your sunscreen.   To make matters worse, the chemical ingredients in SPF like Avobenzone andRead More