Cupping Your Way Into The New Year

Cupping therapy has been on the rise over the past few years. Modern techniques have reinvigorated an ancient practice, and discovered even more benefits. Karin from Bellabaci demystified the practice for us and made us eager to include it in our regular wellness routines!

TRADITIONAL CUPPING: WHERE IT STARTED

Cupping Therapy is an ancient treatment method of creating healing in the body through negative pressure by means of suction. It stems from China, Egypt and Greece.

The main principle is to create a surge of blood flow underneath the cup, to an area of disease. This action stimulates white blood cells, pain relief receptors and localized healing takes place. The “cup” during the ancient times were animal horns, which then progressed to bamboo and eventually glass cups. The negative pressure is created by dipping a piece of cotton wool, held by long tweezer, into alcohol. When it catches alight, the practitioner puts it into the cup for a few seconds as this “sucks” out the air. It is then placed on the skin immediately to create suction.

The negative pressure and suction reaches up to 10cm into the soft tissue, attachments and organs. It pulls out toxins and inflammation from the body to the surface of the skin where the lymphatic system eliminates them. Once an adhesion or congestion is pulled away from its source, fresh blood, energy and fluids rush in to expedite healing.

DRY VS WET CUPPING

Wet cupping is only performed by trained physicians. The skin in the area of concern is scraped with a sharp object, and the cup is placed over the scrapes. The cup then fills with blood. The blood is dark and almost “sticky” as the toxins, mucous and de-oxygenated blood is pulled into the cup. After 10-20min, the doctor will remove the cups and wipe away the excreted fluids. Please note that wet cupping should not be performed by anyone that is not trained and has the necessary credentials.

Dry Cupping, also known as static cupping, is where the cup is placed on the skin for 2-10 min on an area of concern. The cups are removed afterwards and there is no scraping or bleeding.

MODERN CUPPING – THE BELLABACI WAY

Bellabaci Int is the original creator of the hand-squeezable silicone cups for face and body. The system is used by professionals and at home around the globe and is currently available in 25 countries in many luxury spas and resorts. Oil is applied to the skin which serves as the medium that the cup gently glides on the body or face. The treatment offers from superficial to deep muscular therapy, and is a wonderful and natural solution for anyone needing from pain relief to anti-aging.

WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATED BY CUPPING?

There are few conditions cupping cannot treat. Examples are pain, stiffness, spasms, headaches and migraines, fluid retention, digestive issues, sprains, strains, skin ageing, cellulite, insomnia, and the list goes on!

Regular cupping treatments should be the go-to to provide relief for anything from bloating to headaches. Cupping also works on the nervous system to calm and relax those suffering from stress or anxiety. Increased blood flow to the brain can help boost serotonin production, which is your much needed “happy hormone”, aiding those who suffer from depression.

FACIAL CUPPING

Facial cupping is becoming increasingly popular as the negative pressure massage addresses many concerns with one action. The cups are never used for stationary cupping on the face unless used by a practiotioner for bell’s palsy or other medical concerns. The cups provide a deep cleanse by dislodging dead skin cells and congestion, provides collagen stimulation for wrinkles and reduces fluid retention to kiss away eye bags.

CUPPING FOR CELLULITE

Mechanical manipulation is probably the most effective method to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Just a 10min massage at home while watching TV or having a professional course with your local spa will provide jaw-dropping results in just 2 weeks. From the very first treatment, a result will be seen and felt, and cumulative results will be on the cards if you are consistent in your treatments. It is much like exercise, the more you do, the better your results.

DOES IT HURT?

The cup will leave a “cup-kiss” which may be misconstrued as a bruise. The mark has no sensation of pain and is purely an indication of the high level of toxins present in the blood. Relief can be felt immediately after the cups are removed.

MASSAGE THERAPY AND CUPPING

Cupping massage is versatile in the fact that it can be combined with basically any form of massage to increase on results.

Cupping massage can leave the client feeling like what we call a “Bellabaci Zombie”. This is because cupping provides the deepest sense of relaxation and It may take the client a bit longer to get changed after the massage! It is normal to feel thirsty after the session due to the massage being highly detoxifying. A fantastic feeling of release can be experienced on a physical, emotional and mental level.

If the suction is too much, there may be a pulling sensation as the upper layers are not prepared yet. Do tell your therapist to use less suction, it should never feel painful.

Massage cupping treatments are available at Sediko Bush Spa, One and Only Spa, Life Day Spa.

CUPPING TREATMENTS AT HOME

Home care for cupping is essential to assist with acute bouts of pain and to build cumulative results.

The Bellabaci 3 Step Rituals contains everything you need to perform a professional treatment at home. In the box you will find a set of cups in 2 strengths, which are soft and hard. The soft cup is used for the first month to treat the body gently, from the outside in. The upper layers of skin will need strengthening first, before you move on to the hard cup. If you begin with the hard cup and work to deep, it may be painful and lead to bruising. After one month, the hard cup is used on the firmer parts of the body and the soft cup for the more sensitive areas such as the inside of the upper arms and thighs. The massage oil should be applied liberally to aid the cup for smooth gliding.

10min a day, 2-3 times per week is more effective than a longer session once a week. Do consume 8 glasses of water per day to help the detoxification process along. It should never hurt or feel uncomfortable. Just adjust the suction to achieve a comfortable depth. Consistency is key, as with everything in life in order to achieve results!

Bellabaci home kits are available from Faithful to Nature, Yemaya Spa & Vitasoul.

ARTICLE BY KARIN VAN DER MERWE AT BELLABACI

International is a leader in modernised Cupping Massage Therapy and handcrafted health and wellness products. Bellabaci uses the latest in technology, science and eastern medicine to create superior quality products for luxury Spas and health-conscious consumers in USA, UK, Europe, Brazil, The Baltics, The East, Africa and more.

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All Eyes On My Brows

It’s all about  Brow Lamination, Lash Lifting and Henna Tinting – if this is the first time you’re hearing these words, don’t panic. They are all simple and painless processes that will leave you feeling fresher than ever! Trending at the moment, it will help us end our 2020 with a BANG….and banging brows and lashes!

These days’ people look at your eyebrows before they even look at your shoes. Due to wearing masks, the main focal point of the face has been eyes. Are you on board with the trend? Or are you like many of us looking for the easy solution to great brows and lashes.

All we seem to be doing is juggling Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting. One thing’s for sure you may get away with track pants and slippers but from shoulder up you need look picture perfect every day. Or shall I say “Zoom perfect” and you want to do it without spending hours in front of the mirror.

Beauty Warriors Hack: All you really need to have done are your brows and lashes and it changes your whole face as well as boosts your confidence.

NO MICROBLADING FOR YOU?

Beauty Warriors did some research into brow filling. How we could better improve our morning routine?

It takes a lot more work than expected to create a ‘natural’ beauty look every morning. Semi-permanent beauty treatments, such as eyebrows and eyelash tinting can streamline morning routines and avoid you having to add layers of make-up every day. There are days where you want to experiment with your look and then there are days when you just want to get going. We are here to help you get ready quicker so you can look effortlessly beautiful with minimal effort. A semi-permanent brow treatment seemed a natural progression and fit with our ‘less fuss’ beauty philosophy.

BROW LAMINATION

Brow lamination is a process whereby the brows hairs are “relaxed” and set into the desired position or style that the client is looking for. Whether it be a fluffed up brow or something more controlled, a brow lamination is a great way to be able to do your brows without worrying about it being permanent.

It typically lasts between 6-8 weeks and the results are insane! Brow lamination can be done on all sorts of brows. It can control or tame wild/course brows or give a fuller look to someone with minimal brow hair.

The process is about 45 minutes to an hour and is completely pain free (I know right? How exciting!) the brows are then shaped and tinted for a fuller brow effect.

Your old brows are history!

LASH LIFTING

Lash lifting is a process whereby the client’s lashes are folded back (curled) onto a silicone pad with the eyes closed and are relaxed and set in this position. The lift is essentially a “perm” without all the old nasty ingredients originally related to perming. There is actually a treatment in some brands products that strengthens and builds your lashes.

The lashes are then tinted to really bring out the eye. The desired curl can be achieved depending on what the client wants. It can also be done on most lashes and will last between 6-8 weeks!

This process takes about an hour and a half in combination with the brow lamination. The outcome of the process allows for the eye to have a “lifted” effect and the lashes look longer and fuller. Mascara look without having to use mascara.

HENNA FOR YOUR BROWS?

Until now, we have been filling in our brows with makeup pencils and brow gels. We tried this semi-permanent eyebrow treatment myself and we must say that we were very happy with the results. Our model chose a dark brown henna, that is a shade darker than her hair colour. Beauty therapists always advise you to go for a more natural look but when it comes to brows, our model is all about the drama.

5 MIN TO GREAT BROWS

Henna brows are applied just like a regular brow tint would be. You paint the product on, wait 5 minutes and then gently remove. Henna is a natural plant pigment from the Hina tree making it perfect for sensitive skin types. I would still recommend trying the tint on your arm first before applying to your face just in case you do have a reaction or experience sensitivity. It’s less intense and less-permanent than micro-blading and lasts for up to four weeks with no pain or downtime.

The process was quick, easy, and painless. Once our model was done her beauty therapist handed her the mirror to assess her new brows. On inspection, they’re darker than my usual brow tint and I love them! I feel so beautiful.

Having gently cleansed my face that evening, and again the following morning, she examined her brows in the bathroom mirror and surprisingly, they’re as perfect as if I’d spent five minutes filling them in. They’re bold, defined and appear completely natural. I only needed to brush them up before I’m out the door.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HENNA BROWS

Avoid cleansing the brow area on the day of treatment. My boyfriend commented on how great they looked and best of all, three weeks later and I’ve only just rekindled my relationship with Elizabeth Arden Brow Gel which I glide over my brows for a more defined shape. It seems henna brows are right in line with my busy business woman routine. I highly recommend this experience.

These brows cost our model R350 and our model went to a lady who works from home in Pretoria. I recommend inquiring about this treatment at your nearest beauty salon today.

3 MAKE UP TIPS FOR GREAT BROWS

  1. Map your brows out – see that they start and end where they are supposed to and that they are both equal, otherwise clean up the extra hairs or fill in the gaps where you need to
  2. Find a product that works for you – it could be powder, pomade or pencil but you will see what gives you your desired effect 
  3. Your brows should always be a shade darker than the hair on your head to bring out and frame your eyes 

Thanks to Bianca McCann, professional make-up artist, for her contributions to this article. Follow her on Instagram.

 

The Rituals of Spa

Be inspired by the rituals of the spa! Why do we use the word ritual, which evokes religion, even a sect – to be brief, notions far removed from our intention? Quite simply because spa treatments are organised according to definite protocols, every act leading steadily and smoothly to another. Step by step, mind and body thus learn to adapt to a rhythm different from that of the outside world.

And human beings need rituals. In days gone by, life was punctuated by a multitude of small rituals that regulated daily living. Nowadays, the only rituals that remain are those concerned with birth, marriage and death. Not much to support one through a whole life. With the loss of rituals a certain sense of the sacred has also vanished. Modern society expects individuals to find the meaning of life in themselves.

Yet never has the demand for perfection been so insistent. We are expected to fill simultaneously various roles on different levels – professional, social and parental. Is it surprising therefore that our existence is regulated by the logic of fragmentation? Fragmentation of one’s personality, but also of time.

The merits of spas is the way they have reintroduced an approach that views the individual as a whole, enabling us to rediscover the centre of our being, bringing together our disparate parts.

In an exceptional setting, one can at last become whole again, in tune with oneself. For one, two or three hours, one concentrates exclusively on one’s own well-being. The succession of treatments and actions prepares one in an almost hypnotic fashion to be touched, to be caressed in the best sense of the word, without any sexual connotation. In short, faced with individual anguish and solitude, one is allowed to “let go” without fearing the judgement of others.

And in this way the ritual of the spa brings about a gradual and progressive calming effect.

FIRST STEP: THE RECEPTION

This must always be peaceful and personal. In a spa, you are not just another number. You are escorted to the place where you will change, where you will leave your “fragmented” personality. When you put on the garment (gown, kimono or sarong) you clothe yourself symbolically in the habit of a novice undertaking a spiritual quest.

SECOND STEP: THE STEAM BATH

This is an optional step, but it has many advantages. Sweating is an indispensable physical function to eliminate toxins. Moreover, by pouring water on hot stones, large quantities of negative ions are released into the air, which combat fatigue and tension.

THIRD STEP: THE BODY SCRUB

This involves the exfoliation of the skin to get rid of dead cells. But the body scrub is much more than this. By rubbing the skin with various substances, from Guerande sea salt to apricot kernels, via unrefined brown sugar, honey, cinnamon or spices, one also gets rid of all the nervous tensions that have accumulated. It constitutes an ideal transition between the outside world and the start of the massage.

FOURTH STEP: THE WRAP

As an alternative or supplement to the body scrub, the application of mud reconnects us intensely to the earth. Organic compounds of plants and various minerals, muds are of diverse origin. Muds from the Dead Sea are among the most sought-after. Similarly, a seaweed pack reconnects the individual to the ocean of all origins. The action of muds is similar to that of hydrotherapy: exchange of minerals, penetration of amino acids, proteins and steroidal lipids.

FIFTH STEP: THE MASSAGE

Set free, relaxed after the preceding steps, the body is now ready to receive a massage. The choice of massage technique is thus not insignificant. Besides the attitude regarding nudity, which differs from one continent to another, you must be able to go along with the massage, welcoming it without becoming tense.

SIXTH STEP: THE BATH

In the West this is usually scheduled before the massage. In Asia the opposite is true. Both philosophies have merit. In the first instance, one gets to the massage relaxed, at peace, almost drowsy. On the other hand, to soak in a bath of sweet-smelling flowers, after the impressive ritual of an Asian spa, constitutes an ecstatic experience.

SEVENTH STEP: THE REST

This is a step that ought never to be omitted. After a spa ritual lasting an hour and a half, one should ideally lie down and rest for half an hour and even fall asleep. This is why an urban spa without a rest room is a heresy. The spa being, by definition, a place where time stands still, nobody must ever hurry you to the door.

In a classic salon, it is not always easy to respect all the steps of this ritual. Nevertheless, respect the order of the steps, leaving out only those that the facility does not cater for and you will very quickly notice the benefits.

This article was contributed by Dr Nadine de Freitas – Managing Editor Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, South Africa.

Les Nouvelles Esthétiques, now published on 26 countries, with head office in Paris, France, has been an international leader in providing up-to-date beauty and spa information for the past 68 years through their international network of magazines, conference and exhibitions. The South African magazine edition of Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Magazine launched in October 2002 and the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference and Spa Award in 2005 and has grown from strength to strength, as we focus on providing the industry with important information on new trends and up to date knowledge in the world of spas, encompassing all aspects of professional skincare, bodycare and spa therapies, spa design, spa management and spa lifestyle. They can be followed on Facebook & Twitter.

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FaceGym: Don’t skip face day!

With exercise showing benefits that go far beyond the gym and a healthy heart rate, people are looking for new workouts and all the physical, mental and emotional benefits they bring. There are no shortages of ways to strengthen our bodies but do we ever consider our most visible muscles? The ones we think to exercise the least? FaceGym (also known as face yoga) just may be a good, safe alternative to traditional facelifts.

WHAT IS FACEGYM?

FaceGym was developed in London in 2016 to help people tone their facial muscles, improve skin elasticity, and work towards a more vital appearance.

Workouts use a variety of kneading, flicking and pressure techniques to warm up the muscles before the fun begins. The workout includes cardio-simulating massages, mild impulse therapy with the FaceGym Electro Pro, and a cool-down session with stone rollers. From start to finish, the process follows the warm-up, exercise, and cool-down arc of any other effective muscle exercise.

But strengthening and toning are only part of the benefits of FaceGym. As with all muscles, regular stretching and exercise aren’t just about strength and fitness, but also flexibility. Working the facial muscles helps to lower strain and improve blood flow. This is linked to fewer migraines caused by tension in the face and neck.

FaceGym workouts also help produce collagen: a natural protein in the body responsible for skin texture and reducing inflammation.

WARM-UP

It starts with removing all makeup and cosmetics. You can come in with your game face already on or have it cleared at the centre. The important thing is to make sure your skin is ready for the essential oils, moisturisers and contact from expert hands.

The session starts with a stress ball massage to stretch and warm up the muscles. Every major muscle in the brow, cheeks, jaw, temple, neck and upper chest is stretched. Although this is an exercise for the facial muscles, stimulating blood-flow from the chest up ensures a more effective workout.

CARDIO & TONING

The cardio session ramps up the stimulation with a deep tissue massage to the face’s major muscle groups. The heat and pressure of strong circulation also carries more oxygen through the vessels, releasing energy into the muscles. This part of the process has many of the same sensations as a good jog.

The middle third of the main workout focuses on toning. This is done mainly through an electric pulse device called the FaceGym Electro Pro. The mild electro-pulses help the muscles contract and flex and is painless for the most part. Electronic impulse devices are mostly used to firm up targeted muscles, but have also been used to relieve chronic pain.

The main workout ends with a skin IV treatment. Your FaceGym trainer starts with a deep cleanse of your skin to remove impurities and prepare it for the final part. The treatment is done through a high-pressure air IV that pushes an exfoliating solution into the skin without the need to break through the skin barrier.  One of the main benefits of this solution is its anti-oxidising agents, which help to prevent cell damage.

COOL-DOWN

With the muscles warm and energised, it’s time for the final part of the FaceGym treatment. The trainer cools and stretches the muscles one last time with jade rollers. Not only does this help to lower lactic acid build-up, but cooling the muscles post-workout lowers the risk of strains and kick-starts the recovery process.

IS FACEGYM FOR ME?

Like with any exercise, you have to decide what works best for you.

Many people would like to tone their jawlines and improve contours around their cheeks.  One of the biggest struggles with working out is that we can’t actually target where our bodies burn or store fats. That’s just down to genetics. That said, one of the key benefits to muscle workouts is that stronger muscles burn more fat and help give a more toned look overall.

The other good news is FaceGym’s health benefits aren’t just based on aesthetics. Cardio workouts in the face and neck have shown to relieve tension headaches by relaxing the muscles and stimulating blood flow. There’s also something to be said for the relaxation that comes with a trained professional helping you through the entire process.

If you have sensitive skin, however, you should sit with a trained professional to discuss any potential side effects. As with any exercise or treatment, it should be safety first.

Currently, the official FaceGym centres are only available in London, New York and Los Angeles. There is, however, a growing number of wellness centres offering similar treatments in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Images courtesy of https://www.instagram.com/facegym.

Piercings: An Artful Expression

Getting a new piercing? Not sure how many to get? Not a clue on how to care for them?

Love them or hate them, they have become a valid form of artistic expression of the individual in the 21st century.

AESTHETIC ART: EAR CURATION

As early as 10-15 years ago, having any piercing beyond the single piercing through the lobe was still seen as risqué. Treating piercings as an art form has led to the rise of a trend known as “Ear Curation”.

We chatted to Gavin Middleton, a body piercing at Parkhurt’s Black Betty Designs.

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Are Facials Safe In COVID-19?

Would you feel safe chancing a facial with COVID-19 being at its all-time high?

We did some deep diving to see if it really is possible to be safe while visiting a spa. You can only delay your regular skincare treatments for so long before it becomes an urgent necessity. Believe me, I have tried!

Face masks have become a permanent feature, activing all sorts of unnecessary complications for our skin. We developed new COVID-19 term for skin ‘Maskne’ – breakouts caused by wearing a mask for extended periods of time. Taking care of our skin is a bigger concern than before.

are facials safe in covid-19THE RISKS

  • Proximity of close human contact
  • Lying down without a mask
  • Being in a high-traffic space
  • Unsure is correct sanitization protocols are in place

“Salons must be fully compliant to the highest standards of excellence in order re-open their doors”, says Esna Colyn, CEO of Imbalie Beauty, which comprises of Placecol Skincare Clinics, Dream Nails salons and Perfect 10 Studios.

 
 
 

WILL SPAS SAFELY MAINTAIN SAFETY PROTOCOLS?

Let’s be honest, this is a self-regulatory industry. How do we really know that protocols are being upheld consistently without compromise? We asked some of the industry’s largest spa and salon groups to weigh in, and also visited establishments to investigate for ourselves.

John Lambrou, Managing Partner of Life Day Spa, Cape Town assured us.

“Before any staff members are allowed to start doing treatments, everyone had to pass a COVID exam. This included frontline staff, managers and attendants. This takes place after they have attended a half day training session on COVID protocols”.

Sorbet have also implemented an examination prior to staff commencing work. Linda Sinclair, Sorbet CEO said, “We have provided online and in-store training. We are also educating them about COVID-19 and sharing updates with them weekly.”

Regardless of the current pandemic, there have always been high hygiene standards in the personal care. That’s just nature of the industry. Exams are great in instilling and reinforcing safety precautions, but in practise how will this translate to clients’ safety?

CLIENT SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Sinclair adds, “We have implemented a list in excess of 20 additional hygiene and social distancing protocols.”

Upon investigation, all three of the spa & salon groups mentioned above use shoe spray as you enter, disposable bedcovers, and therapists wear masks, face shields and disposable aprons over their uniforms. There is also a lead time between clients for complete sanitization of the treatment room.

“We ask clients to bring own pillow and blanket to feel completely at ease while they have their facials”, says Lisa Leibov, Principal Educator of the Imbalie Beauty Training Academy. “Each client receives a sterile and sealed facial kit with her own sponges, tissues and cotton wool. Nothing is reused.”

are facials safe in covid-19Team Beauty Warriors visited a local Durban beauty salon to witness how these safety standards played out. Skin Tone Beauty & Laser Studio sent us their safety protocols and guidelines upon confirmation of our facial booking. They encouraged us to leave all belongings in the car, and wait in the car until our appointment time.

We completed a screening form, had our temperature checked and shoe spray applied. A therapist wiped down surface while they ushered us into the room.

It was a little scary when they removed our mask just before facial cleansing. The beauty therapist, however, was fully kitted-out with gloves, mask and facial shield and was very relaxed and confident, which eased the situation.

My next question was to steam or not to steam? Having researched it, it seems that steam is actually encouraged. It keeps the nasal cavity and throat moist which mitigates some of the chance of infection.

The facial went very smoothly and the care to minimize chances of infection was a constant, present factor throughout.

MAINTAINING PERSONAL TOUCH AT A DISTANCE

With all these safety protocols in place and the ever-present odor of sanitizing cleaning products, masked therapists and screens between staff and clients, would the relaxing, tranquil nurturing experience feel sterile and cold. Colyn stated that it was a concern of the Imbali group too.

“Our purpose as a group is to connect to the hearts of all of our customers. Just because our environment has become so sterile, does not mean our hearts have. The power of touch is so important to human life and once such stringent protocols are in place, our therapists can truly connect to their customers with love and empathy and care. Renewing not only body, but mind and soul.”

are facials safe in covid-19Ferzana Moosa, owner of Skin Tone Beauty and Laser Studio stressed that, “Our bond with our clients makes it difficult for our warm personalities. We have implemented a ‘no touch’ policy, but safety comes first. We are still here to nurture and care for every one of our clients”.

She added, “For clients, especially those that are high risk, we offer free online consultations to help them stay safe while still maintaining self-care.”

In terms of client feedback, Sinclair says, “We have received positive feedback from our guests, in-store and on social media. Clients say that they are satisfied with the safety measures in place, praising Sorbet for keeping their guests safe.”

Lambrou adds, “Every client gets a ‘rating survey’ after every visit, and we have included a section on COVID safety. So far, not one client has felt unsafe at the spa and is really impressed with our COVID protocols.”

It does however come down to your comfort levels and personal risk factors. We can CONFIDENTLY say that we are most certainly impressed by the precautions, safety and hygiene standards put into place by the personal care industry.

To be honest, there is most likely a greater risk visiting a pharmacy or going grocery shopping.

Beard Grooming with Jack Black

During lockdown, a lot of men have embraced the beard – and why not? Beards are great and no one enjoys the process of shaving. Of course, while we are all working from home, it’s very easy for things to get wild, especially if you are unable to see a barber, so we spoke the folks at Jack Black on how you can best maintain your beard during this time.

Beards can include the classic, full, bushy, biker, Viking, short, faded hair cut with beard, curly hair with a beard, man bun and a beard, pompadour with a beard, messy hair with a beard, beard and moustaches and patchy beard styles of all ethnic groups and all ages and colours. Even if you have stubble-looking-almost-no-beard-growing type look, you will most likely need to shave, and you need to take care of the skin and the hair, no matter how short.

THE JACK BLACK GUIDE TO BEARD CARE

There are so many ways a man shaves – or doesn’t shave – and JACK BLACK stands apart from the competition in this category with unique product forms to provide the smoothest, closest shave he loves or that full, soft, silky beard she loves.

BEARD WASH

Beard Wash multi-functional formula that helps cleanse, condition, and soften facial hair by removing dirt and oil while conditioning the hairs and skin underneath. The gentle formula also breaks down build-up, softens, and leaves facial hair with a natural shine. While we are living through the pandemic, it is important to keep your beard clean more often, however you should take care not to use a product that is too harsh on the skin and may cause sensitivity.

BEARD LUBE

A unique pre-shave oil, shave cream, and skin conditioner in one easy step. The see -through texture lets you see where you are shaving, to avoid nicks, cuts, and visibility when shaving around facial hair. This way you can groom your beard to look like you had it professionally done. All you need to so apply a small amount to wet hands, work it into lather, and massage into beard and rinse off with water.

For men who shave the entire beard area, Beard Lube uses the highest quality natural oils to create a protective cushion for a smooth, effortless glide and exceptional skin hydration. It is so easy to use. You simply work a small amount into your slightly damp beard every time you shave—in the shower, or immediately after showering. For areas with heavier, coarser whiskers, allow product to remain on skin for 120 seconds before shaving. Glide razor over face. Rinse with cold water. DONE!

SUPREME CREAM TRIPLE CUSHION SHAVE LATHER

A rich, luxurious shaving cream that provides three protective and hydrating layers for a close, irritation-free shave. Perfect for use with or without a shaving brush and this nourishing cream enhances skin’s moisture content leaving it soft and smooth.

Start with a slightly damp face. Apply an even layer of SUPREME CREAM over your face and neck with your fingertips or a shaving brush. Activate SUPREME CREAM by working it to a rich, creamy lather using circular motions. Shave with a sharp, clean blade, rinsing the razor frequently. Afterwards, rinse your face with cold water.

This luxurious shaving cream lifts hair up and away from the skin for a smooth, close shave that leaves your skin soft, hydrated, and refreshed. Three hydrating layers create a protective cushion between the skin and blade, helping reduce razor burn, irritation, and nicks for a pain-free shave. Now doesn’t that sound like something you would prefer rather than that razor burn afterwards?

POST SHAVE COOLING GEL

To finish off, a soothing, fragrance-free, alcohol-free aftershave treatment. It soothes razor burn, irritation and redness due to shaving. Not that you are going to have this because you used either the SUPREME CREAM or the BEARD LUBE. The POST SHAVE COOLING GEL is lightweight and non-greasy, it will leave your skin feeling cooled and refreshed. Furthermore, it is fragrance-free, with light botanical aroma, it won’t compete with your cologne or fragrance.

BEARD OIL: A MUST-HAVE

Above we have covered shaving your beard, but what about the grooming involved of a full, bushy, classic beard. We need to tame and control that hair! BEARD OIL with Kalahari melon oil & vitamin E, is an exclusive blend of certified organic natural oils, potent antioxidants, and vitamins with a pleasant, light aroma and super sheer texture, not overly greasy and heavy.

It reduces beard itch and minimizes flakiness by hydrating and conditioning the sensitive skin under the beard. Remember the secret to a healthy looking beard is making sure the skin underneath is also healthy! Furthermore, it tames unruly beards and adds a natural condition and shine. It is specially formulated to moisturize skin and prevent irritation caused by dryness, ingrown hairs, and irritating bacteria.

You only need to pump 2-3 drops (1/2 pump) of Beard Oil into your palm. Rub your hands together and massage upward into facial hair, making contact with the skin underneath. To finish, groom your beard downward with your fingers or brush and style as usual. You can reapply it as many times as you need.

NOTHING COMPLICATED, NOTHING COSMETIC, JUST SUPERIOR SKIN CARE

Living in a modern world that is forever changing, you need a brand that will take care of your beard and your skin that you can rely on to not change. When we say NOTHING COMPLICATED, NOTHING COSMETIC, JUST SUPERIOR SKIN CARE, you can count on that staying the same. What does that mean?

NOTHING COMPLICATED defines the fact that there is a product to suit your specific needs. Do you have a full face beard that has its own mind, we can take care of that. Do you get breakouts from shaving your beard, or suffer from razor burn, because you like a clean shave, again, we have the solution. Would you like to have one product for every area or do you like to change it up and use different products? Guess what, we have got you covered… literally!

NOTHING COSMETIC describes that JACK BLACK does not just smell great and sit on the surface of your skin, the carefully selected ingredients in every single product will work on all of the levels of your skin, and is developed specifically for testosterone-driven skin types. Yes, that means it is specifically designed for a male skin.

SUPERIOR SKINCARE indicates, and not subtly I might add, that YES, JACK BLACK is superior in every single way. From the ingredients, to the functioning of the products and even the results are superior.

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GoBeauty – Revolutionising How You Book Your Next Beauty Appointment

We love innovation within the beauty industry and so we were very excited to chat to Tatjana from GoBeauty site, a South African platform that allows users to book appointments with ease from their pockets.

What is GoBeauty?

Tatjana: “GoBeauty is designed for all those who like to have beauty treatments and love professional beauty products, and who live in the 21st century. 

We have established a platform (formerly an app, however due to limited functionality we had to expand) with all reviews, photos and basically all the information one needs to get beautified. 

Customers could make bookings online at any listed salon or spa on GoBeauty.co.za from 2013, and from 2017 even order your products from the salons and spas directly and have them delivered for free to your home or office. And we kept growing from there, to make it easier, faster and more convenient for customers to book their beauty and spa treatments. 

Needless to say, this has revolutionised the industry at the time, but not as much as the coronavirus crisis did – overnight everyone wants to sell their products online, and everyone is looking to buy everything online now.”

GoBeauty: Why It Matters To You

Tatjana: “If you are anything like most Millennials, you want to always look on trend, beautiful and all sorted with the latest treatments (yes, the brows!) and products (for that glowy, dewy skin), not forgetting the nails, and occasional spa pampering with the girls. 

To cover everything, you may need an array of salons for your hair, nails, wax, facials, and that delicious full-body massage. 

But life is so very busy, and there is never enough time to do it all. The thought of having a facial only occurs in the evening when taking your makeup off, but then no salon is open to take your booking. Oh, and your moisturiser is almost finished. What do you do? 

Tomorrow is another day, another busy time and you forget to book your appointments again. 

Of course most people would prefer to book online. In fact, most people nowadays would prefer buying products online and letting the products be delivered to them rather than taking time out of their busy schedules to collect products from the salon. 

But in South Africa, beauty salons and spas, as a whole, are just not there yet with the ease of using online technology. Salons and spa are professionally skilled at what they do – at serving the clients with all the fabulous pampering and amazing treatments that make you feel like a million dollars, but using ‘online technology’ is often ‘not their thing’, because it’s not something salon owners necessarily have time or focus for. 

Also, everyone likes loyalty programs for supporting their favourite businesses. And why not, the whole world is already on that. And so is GoBeauty.co.za”

Who Is This Platform Created For?

Tatjana:Salon and spas owners can enlist on the platform and have all their treatments and products listed and sold to customers with courier deliveries the same day. 

Customers can now use the platform to find and order all of the professional products from salons or spas who stock them in their immediate area and receive them delivery free. All appointments can also be booked from a central site.”

You have recently been recognized for your innovation in the beauty industry – tell us about that.

Tatjana:This truly innovative approach has led to the concept being embraced by the UK and Australian beauty market, so much so that we were entered into the Innovation Awards in the UK in May 2020.

So, if you like going for your beauty or spa treatments but hate calling for appointments, you can find salons and spas in your area, see their reviews, prices and photos and book directly on gobeauty.co.za. 

If you need products such as RegimA, Environ – we obtained special permissions from brands due to the specialist algorithm we developed for skincare – but you don’t want to drive to the salon just to pick up your moisturiser, you can order them all on gobeauty.co.za 

We also offer specials, vouchers and more.

To top it all off, there are loyalty rewards like no other, for every time you use GoBeauty – this includes a surprise gift box of goodies that comes to your door unexpectedly, just because you use GoBeauty for all your beauty needs. 

Our journey of many years of development now culminates in serving our clients and customers in the best, most innovative and efficient way – whether they are salons or spas or their customers.”

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Don’t Put Your Nails On Lockdown

Home care products for our natural nails have never been so important. For many people using nail polish itself and even any form of care products for their nails is a foreign concept. It has however been weeks since your last visit to a nail salon and a miracle if your artificial nails are still on. If so, they are at the point of being very top heavy and an accident waiting to happen. I believe that we should never have artificial nails applied at the expense of the natural nail but that it should enhance your natural nail and protect it.

Yes, this has a lot to do with the application from your nail technician and the product that she uses, however you have an important part to play as well. Although the lockdown has forced us to focus on home care products it should be part of our daily routine regardless. We need to ensure that our new natural nail that is being formed in our matrix area is of the best possible quality by using vitamin infused products to nourish and feed this area where the nail is being formed. With technology evolving all the time there are products that have active ingredients in that it will improve the structure of the new nail growing out and can even affect the quality of your existing nail that has already been formed.

The secret is regular application and you can visibly see the improvement day by day. Another very import fact to take into consideration is that the natural nail has been protected by a product and is now suddenly exposed to the elements when losing its protective layer. So, when the product is removed from the natural nail it takes a few days of exposure to the elements for this protective layer to return. Bottomline is that the natural nail will need lots of attention at first to restore itself and with the help of home care products and lots of patience this is possible.

We live in a time of instant solutions and instantly stunning nails and every day is one step closer to the new normal and your regular visit to your nail salon however we will need to take time and be patient with our natural nails till that day comes. Here are some helpful tips:

Your nails no longer have any product on and are breaking:

  • Using quality products will give best results – even if they cost a bit more.
  • Protecting your nails is very important at this point – your options are:
    • Keep nails short with several layers of nail polish and nail sealer on to strengthen and protect them.
    • Using a strip of fibreglass with nail glue on the free edge of the nail to help strengthen them especially if you have horizontal cracks in them.
  • Unfortunately keeping your nails shorter at this point will be helpful.

You still have product on, but they have grown out excessively:

  • Having the correct file is very important and remember not to cut the nails as the product will crack and damage your natural nails. They must be filed.
  • Shorten your nails a lot and file the product down so that it is level to your natural nail without having a ridge but leave a thin layer on your nail for strength. Be careful not to over file your natural nail.
  • Seal the product to the nail with a nail glue to help stabilize it.
  • Then use a sealing in polish over the whole nail before adding nail polish

Tips to help you apply your nail polish and have it last longer:

  • Always use a base coat – (e.g.) LCN ultimate base coat forms a ‘velcro’ like layer to secure the polish to it and have it last longer.
  • Always seal the front in by capping the polish along the free edge of the nail.
  • Apply the nail polish in thin layers and paint with light even strokes – seal in the free edge – two layers is advisable.
  • Use a good topcoat that will give the nails a gel like finish while assisting the polish to dry faster.

The most challenging part is then not to do anything that will cause it to smudge, be careful for at least 30-60 minutes to give the deep layers of your polish time to dry completely.

Like with anything new it will take a few tries to perfect the application. At the end of the day you will need to put time aside daily for home care which takes a few seconds at a time and the weekly or perhaps biweekly in the beginning to paint your nails in order not to smudge your nail polish. I promise that the effort will be worth it.

I sincerely hope that these tips will help you through the rest of the lockdown and I know your nail technicians cannot wait to get back to work and give you those stunning nails you have become accustomed to.

The Pursuit of Something Normal: DIY Lockdown Spa Treatment

Here we are: Day 582 of lockdown. I admit, I lost track of the days a while ago in the never-ending cycle of days upon days upon days of samey-ness. Time had become an abstract concept between trying to maintain some sort of work routine, binging Netflix and staring longingly at the street from my kitchen.

I decided I needed to do something to feel normal again. Despite all of this pandemic-imposed me-time, I realised that I had not done anything nice for myself in a while. Normally, my answer to this would be to visit a spa for a facial or massage, but of course this currently remains inaccessible. Not one to be defeated and always up for a challenge, I turned to my kitchen to see how I could DIY my own treatment, using natural ingredients from my food stores.

Open your pores with a nice facial steam

On the stove, bring water to the boil and add in slices of lemon. Additionally, my mint plant outside has been growing out of control, so for good measure, I added in a small handful of leaves. Let it stand to cool down a bit, and then place a towel over your head while letting the steam do it’s magic on your face. Make sure it is not too hot before you do this! 

Steam improves circulation, and will soften your pores, which will allow your facial ingredients to penetrate deeply into the skin to maximise their benefits. It is also very soothing, which is exactly what I want when receiving a facial.

The Oil-Cleansing Method

The oil-cleansing method is something that has been on the rises in the past few years. It seems very counterintuitive to clean your skin with oil, especially if you have oily skin, however it has been proven that oil can be incredibly effective as a cleansing agent for the simple reason that oil dissolves oil. 

To cleanse, use a mix of extra-virgin olive oil and castor oil, mixed as a 1:1 ratio in the palm of your hand and then gently massage it into your skin. Leave it for a minute or two and then remove with a warm damp cloth. Not only will this remove impurities and dead skin, but it is a natural antioxidant that will simultaneously moisturise your skin.

Exfoliating

As a coffee fanatic, I never pass up the opportunity for a hot-brew, and have a close relationship with my Breville espresso machine, but coffee has many benefits too, especially when used on the skin – from anti-aging properties, reduced inflammation, reduction in dark under-eye circles and even a source of Vitamin B3 which reduces the chance of skin cancer. 

To exfoliate my face, I whipped together a scrub consisting of half a cup of fresh grounds, half a cup of granulated brown sugar and about half a cup of coconut oil (be sure to melt it first – I had a terrible time trying to mix in solid pieces of coconut oil). Apply to your skin in circular motions to remove as much dead skin cells as possible without being rough with your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing it off.

Beauty Warriors Tip: Coffee is proven to help the reduction and prevention of cellulite, therefore go wild and use this as a body scrub as well, taking care to massage areas where cellulite is a concern. 

Avocado Mask

Before lockdown began, a friend with an avo tree in her garden gifted me with an abundance of the delicious fruit. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts to eat as many as possible, they were ripening at a rate that I could not keep up with, so it seemed natural to try and include them in my facial. Avo is a popular choice for DIY facials, and of course they are – they are a superfood filled with so many healthy fats which means they are the best natural moisturiser. Continue reading “The Pursuit of Something Normal: DIY Lockdown Spa Treatment”