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

D’vine Skin & Body – Review

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  I was invited to experience D’vines Signature Ritual – a 2h30 pampering session which includes a revitalising foot soak, an Indian Head Massage, a full body polish, a steam room session and ends off with a full body massage.   This was my first visit to D’Vine and once again I ventured out to the Northern Suburbs on a very wet and gloomy day. I’ve come to enjoy my longish drives out to different Spas in and around Cape Town, but these winter downpours are not fun to navigate.   Arriving at D’Vine, I was surprised by how big the spa is. It was wonderfully toasty inside and after I sat down for a quick chat with owner Liezel, I was shown around the gorgeous Spa by Bronwyn.   Location D’vine Skin and Body can be found in The Vineyards Office Estate in Welgemoed. They are pretty close toRead More

To Botox Or Not To Botox?

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Have you ever considered trying Botox? I have, often. It all started when my 4 yr old son asked me why I was looking so angry. This made me do a double take as I wasn’t angry at all – merely deep in thought and in no particular mood. I had a closer look in the mirror and saw what he was referring to – my deep frown lines – or 11’s as they are also called.    Since then I have been reading up a bit and asking some friends who have done it before and basically it is really important that you go to someone reputable and experienced. My friends who have done it look great and did not have any side effects, but you read some horror stories on line, so I am still a bit nervous.   During my ‘research’ I read some articles by DrRead More

Milk & Honey Boutique Spa

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Contemporary chic meets classic cool at Milk and Honey Boutique spa. Describing itself as a luxury spa offering personalised treatments in an exquisite setting, I have to agree. Though fairly new to the spa scene, I can see why Milk & Honey is all about expert treatment, warm hospitality and individual attention.   Location Milk & Honey Boutique Spa can be found in the trendy suburb of Bantry Bay within O on Kloof Boutique Hotel. Located on the corner of King and Kloof Streets, there are a few hotel parking bays on King Road and ample street parking on Kloof.   Welcome From the moment I was warmly ushered through the crisp and utterly elegant interior of the hotel, I was given the 5-star treatment. Lindie, owner of Milk & Honey, is professional, charming and funny and has a wealth of international and cruise ship experience and boy, does itRead More

Vredehoek Laser & Skin Clinic

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I was super excited to visit Vredehoek Laser & Skin Clinic on Derry Street and to meet Maryke, who I’ve been chatting to on Facebook for a while.  I was invited to try their Dermalogica Specialised Facial which is a 70 min intensive treatment, along with a neck, shoulder and back massage. Location Vredehoek Laser & Skin Care is situated on trendy Derry Street, Vredehoek, Cape Town. Facilities There are 4 treatment rooms and 3 therapists (Maryke, Erika and Louise) plus Dr Chevonne Fitzroy comes in to take care of all your botox and filler needs. Products They stock the following product ranges: Dermalogica, DermaFix and ORA. All products have been specifically formulated for all skin types, especially damaged and sensitive skin. ORA products only contain plants and pure essential oils. No preservatives and no alcohol. Treatments and Prices Vredehoek Laser and Skin Care provides advanced anti-aging and beauty treatmentsRead More

Rolling In The Kalahari Sands

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How lucky am I to be invited once again to experience not one but two very different treatments at Kimya Spa?   The first treatment was a 15 min Fish Therapy session which I had never tried before and then I would be pampered with a 60 min Kalahari Rolling Sands Massage.   I was a little bit nervous trying the Fish Therapy, which is basically lots of tiny fish nibbling away at your feet. Luckily Kim was going to be my therapist again, and as I had such an amazing experience with her previously, I was quickly put at ease. The Treatment We started with their signature foot ritual where your feet are cleansed with a salt scrub and rinsed with warm water.     The wonderfully amazing Kim     Next up was the Fish Therapy and as you can see in this video below, it was prettyRead More

Lumenis LightSheer Duet Laser Hair Removal System

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  Yvette from Serayu Beauty invited me for Laser Hair Removal at her Salon.   I chose to do a ½ leg as that is the area that I would love to be hair free the most. Pre kids I had time for my monthly Spa treatments and religiously had my wax, facial and pedi, but now I’ve had to resort back to shaving in the shower, as I just can’t seem to get my act together anymore.     Serayu Beauty uses the latest Lumines Light Sheer Duet Laser – a new generation in hair removal.       Watch this short video to see the Laser in action and learn why this laser system works so well.     The 3 things that impressed me most: It uses an innovative vacuum technology which basically pulls the skin closer to the laser light – it feels like a bigRead More

Teeth Whitening – How To Get That Brilliant Smile!

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Just about every person I know would like to have whiter teeth and a brighter smile. It not only makes you look healthier but can certainly make you feel prettier or more confident too.     So how can you get whiter teeth? ““Bleaching” refers to the use of active ingredients that bleach the teeth, typically hydrogen peroxide or carbomide peroxide; “whitening” can also refer to bleaching agents, but technically refers to removing surface stains to restore teeth to their natural color. Both may give you a brighter smile, though using peroxide is the proven and most popular way to change your teeth’s color. The trick is to find a product that meets your mouth’s specific needs.” SOURCE     Before we go into more detail, you may want to know exactly what causes teeth staining? ” – Smoke, coffee, tea, red wine impact the colour of our teeth     –Read More

Seaverah Fountain of Youth Body Serum

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    A while back I met with Tiaan, the master mind behind Seaverah, and he kindly gave me 2 samples of his 3-in-1 Body Serum (Cellulite Removal, Stretch Mark Repair and Skin Firming).   “Seaverah fast acting cellulite removal and stretchmark repair serum uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, so there are no chemicals to worry about. It is a powerful combination of seaweed extract and other natural ingredients, together with an oxygen component, which helps decrease the deposition and formation of cellulite, repair and heal damage to not just the surface skin, but especially to the deeper epidermis layer where you find the source of stretch marks, thus attacking the problem at its source. If used correctly, provides visible results within a matter of days.   Applying the serum daily, after a warm bath provides the necessary collagen and elastin support needed to prevent and improve the appearanceRead More

Is Argan Oil Nature’s Answer To Botox?

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Recently I have been hearing a lot about Argan Oil and Moroccan Oil, and I was wondering what all the hype was about.     “Argan oil is multipurpose cosmetic product. It can be used for skin, hair, facial and nails care.   It restores the natural freshness and adds to the softness of the skin and face.   It makes the hair strong by penetrating easily into the roots and feeding them with rich nutritional components.   Out of shape, weak and easily breakable nails and cracked cuticles are repairable by using Argan oil.” SOURCE   “Argan oil has a myriad of benefits for beauty.   Argan oil is an antioxidant– known as nature’s answer to botox, it is a Vitamin C and E packed oil perfect for combating free-radicals and works as an anti-aging.   Softens dry skin – Argan oils high concentration of vitamin E and essentialRead More

Hello Kitty Spa opens in Dubai

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  Hello Kitty Spa in Dubai Get ready for some posh pampering. Hello Kitty has launched it’s first beauty spa in Dubai – and they’re all about ‘sugar, spice and everything incredibly nice!’ And we’re not talking about their Kitty Cafe which offers delectable organic cupcakes  – Kitty themed – of course!     With treatments fit for a  ‘Queen’ and a “Princess’ they hope to attract both young and older fans. Choose a ‘Kitty-cure’ for your ‘little paws’ or a get your ‘tootsies’ looking ‘Toe-Tally Perfect’.  For children, they use organic products that have been specially created for sensitive skins.   According to the Daily Mail: “This is not the first time the brand, which was initially targeted at children, has ventured into the beauty world. They already have their own range of nail polishes and have collaborated on a make-up collection with Mac cosmetics.   The spa, situatedRead More

Equinox Spa at The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel

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EQUINOX SPA Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a hotel? You know, like in the movies, where the actor lives in some fancy hotel with a concierge who runs out to hail them a cab, shielding them under an umbrella from the rain. He knows everything about them but is hardly noticed until he makes that one life changing speech at the end of the movie which convinces said actor to pursue his/her real love. Heck, even the Kardashians (okay I might admit to watching 1 episode) seem to live in hotels– and I don’t mean when they are travelling or on holiday.     Anyway, the reason for asking is that I’ve often wondered what it must be like, and assumed that it might be a bit clinical and that it would never really feel like ‘home’. Well, recently I had a changeRead More