Glow During Quarantine – Editor’s Choice

I don’t know about you guys but as a social media influencer and online editor, I am feeling super overwhelmed by all the varying “self-care” skincare routines going around social media during the lockdown. We all love a good sheet mask selfie-and feeling our best for popping onto the couch to watch Netflix seems to be the global trend. I love the idea of using this time to focus on outward skin beauty and As a skincare enthusiast myself I believe it’s so much more than that, Your skin is an investment and it should be treated with the utmost love especially when we are under these high-stress situations.

During this lockdown period, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the impact that certain products have on my health but also the overall environment and world we live in. I went on a mission before lockdown to explore products with a message and a mission. I tried and tested a few Earth-friendly and 100% cruelty-free products that have allowed us to indulge in this your time completely guilt-free.

Close your bathroom door shut out the world for a little while and indulge in YOU time with these incredible product recommendations and reviews from products that I have been trying out over the last 21 days…

Brightening wipes from Derma Fix

These high potency wipes are equipped with a high potency of Vitamin A to assist with photodamaged skin, In less technical terms these wipes help with overall brightening for those of us with a few extra unwanted dark marks and freckles on the skin. This unique product can help improve the appearance of dark rings too- SIGN ME UP? Who doesn’t have these with the stress we are all currently under.

These little wipes can be used as part of your current skincare routine to add a brightening element, It can also be used on the hands, neck, and any other areas where sunspots may be a concern for you.

R 630 for a 30-day supply its not a lot for the price of great looking even toned skin.

Retinol+ From Derma Fix

I have always been a big believer in a multiple-step skincare routines, in recent years I came across serums and I have absolutely grown to love them however Retinol was not a product I was accustomed to using as I knew very little about it. I have added it to my routine and so far I think the results are amazing however I needed to know more so I dug a little deeper

In short, retinol is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A that helps to overtime stop the clock on aging. When you get to 30 this is a product that should be included in your routine to ensure you are preserving your skin for future years by assisting the skin to self renew and enhance the natural collagen production resulting in an improved texture of aging skin. The more I read up on it the more I want to indulge in it.

However, there are multiple side effects when using Retinol. Due to its high potency and the strength of the ingredients many people may experience sensitivity and redness, peeling, and extreme dehydration.

Due to these side effects, it is recommended by skincare professionals that these products should be added very slowly into one nighttime routine. Retinol products can tend to pack quite a punch when it comes to price and that is why we love the one from Derma Fix as you have the option of a 15ml (R420) or a 100ml (R1000). Another plus Derma Fix is 100% South African now more then ever we need to support local.

Sun Sheild SPF50 from Doctor Eckstein

Talking about retinols one thing that kept coming up in all my research was the need for a really strong high-quality sun care product, as skin has become more venerable due to the use of these products. I know what you thinking… I am stuck at home in isolation why would I need sunscreen? Well believe it or not the 30 minutes you spend in the sun doing your yoga videos or light homework outside in your garden you can burn and cause sun damage to your exposed skin.

My recommendation would be the Sun Sheild from Doctor Eckstein – R595 This German skincare range is one of my favorites ranges available in the market and this product is particularly impressive. This sunscreen is none greasy, goes on like a serum, and doesn’t leave my pores clogged and my eye stinging as most sun protection products do. It also has as SPF of 50 that is bound to ensure I have the effective protection for everyday use. Sun Sheild also helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its also VEGAN and the packaging is 100% recyclable.

Skin Derm-pure exfoliating glo pads

Queue the glow!! So many people are under the impression that skin GLOW comes from the use of multiple expensive oils but sometimes that glow can be achieved by simply Continue reading “Glow During Quarantine – Editor’s Choice”

Dangers of Microneedling at Home

In a technologically advanced, and not to mention, expensive world, we tend to seek ways to ‘do it yourself’. Whether it is finding home remedies for health issues, doing tasks for school for my 6-year old, or beautifying myself (because time is always an issue).

That is the truth of our modern, hasty life. But where do I draw the line?

“Oh, I saw someone on Youtube remove their appendix with a scalpel…maybe I should try that!”

One of the most popular aesthetic treatments that can be done in a salon, clinic or medical practice is microneedling. This treatment has been around since 1995 and has grown in its popularity and techniques ever since. It can be used in a broad spectrum of dermatological conditions such as acne scarring, scar revision and wound repair, skin rejuvenation, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and the transdermal delivery of active ingredients. The possibilities of this treatment are endless. It is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) which offers clinical results without the surgical costs or inconvenience.

The theory behind microneedling is to make the skin believe that it has received a wound, therefor setting off a healing cascade to produce more collagen. Growth factors are released leading to the synthesis of Matrix Metalloproteinase and the deposition thereof in the dermis. In a study it was shown that 1 microneedling session every 4 weeks for 4 sessions, could improve collagen and elastin synthesis with 400%.

This treatment was nicknamed ‘the poor man’s laser’ as medical devices have become very expensive for practitioners to buy. When this treatment is combined with other treatment modalities such as chemical peels, the effect is magnified.

All this sounds too good to be true. I almost want to run and get my own device. But let’s look at the adverse side effects that can happen if this treatment is not done in a professional environment.

This video was published on Youtube about a lady who is doing her own microneedling at home.

Recognize the dangers of doing this treatment at home?

  • There are no sterilizing/sanitizing techniques before or after the treatment, therefore there is a high possibility of contamination or local infections
  • There is no consideration of medical history that may influence the treatment or products used.
  • A topical numbing solution is used without knowing the adverse side effects of these solutions and the toxicity to the body, being exposed to Lidocaine/Prilocaine/ Tetracaine, etc.
  • A 36-needle cartridge was used which is used for bodywork and scar repair because of the bigger configuration of needles
  • A needle depth that ranges between 1mm and 2.5mm was used during the procedure. Needle depth needs to be adjusted according to areas where skin thickness and sensitivity varies. Researchers described needle depth and penetration. 0.5mm-1mm for fine lines and wrinkles, 1-1.5mm for acne scarring, etc. This is worked way too deep into the deeper dermal layers, causing blood to run over the skin.
  • The ingredients of the product that is used are unknown as well as the benefits or adverse side effects that this may cause after penetration
  • Water was used to lubricate the area. There is a reason we have a waterproof barrier in our skins, so that water and other substances cannot penetrate the skin.

Possible Adverse side-effects:

  • PIH – Post inflammatory Hyper/ hypopigmentation (too much trauma)
  • Erythema – Inflammation! Inflammation causes Ageing!
  • Aggravation of acne
  • Reactivation of Herpes
  • Systemic hypersensitivity
  • Local infections
  • Bruising
  • Release of Interleukin 6&9 may cause scarring
  • Exposure to toxic or irritating substances causing allergic contact dermatitis
  • Numbing cream used – numbing cream gets absorbed into the blood stream, may lead to allergic reactions.

In the last few years, we have seen an explosion of these devices being sold online for anybody to obtain. Whether you are a trained professional or not.

Remember that there are Qualified Professionals that are trained on these devices to work in a safe manner, with the ethical protocol. They have the experience and they know how to deal with adverse side effects. They know how to combine different treatment modalities to give you the best possible results that you could hope for.

If you need any information on these treatments, phone a salon/clinic/medical practitioner near you and ask questions. Ask about the therapist’s qualifications, the type of treatments they offer, the active ingredients that they use. It is important to understand the aftercare after a procedure. Care about your skin and trust your therapist.

‘Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a Miracle’

-Erno Laszlo

Can We Really Reduce The Appearance Of Cellulite?

Cellulite – the unsightly dimpled appearance of the skin, often referred to as “cottage cheese”, but before you panic, this is something that 98% of women battle with, whether it be on their hips, thighs or bums. Many people dislike the appearance of having cellulite and prefer to have skin as smooth as they possibly can, but is there really an effective way to get rid of this “cottage cheese” like appearance?

It is imperative to know that having cellulite is normal. If you think that cellulite is indicative of being overweight and unhealthy, you are wrong – you can be thin, active or an athlete and still battle with cellulite.

Let us first understand what cellulite is. Underneath your skin, you will find fibrous connective tissue and below that fat molecules and it is here where the cellulite problem starts. Due to fluctuations in feminine oestrogen hormones, there is a disruption in microcirculation, connective tissue and enlarged fat cells. Accumulation of these fat cells pushes up against the skin and the connective tissues tethered to muscles pull down, creating an uneven surface.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

Elancyl Cellu Slim (R395): A French company with more than 45 years of creating beauty products for women, with the aim of enhancing health and appearance. Cellu Slim is a night care treatment. Containing cecropia and caffeine, it is said to have a cooling sensation, relaxing your veins and improving blood flow.

Cellumend Cellulite Cream: Being the most advanced cellulite cream, the formula of this product is based on superior natural ingredients as well as a hi-tech patented ingredient called Liporedectyl. Cellumend is proven to not only prevent cellulite but to also remove it within 6 weeks.

Clarins Body Fit (R650): Clarins Body Fit is a refreshing anti-cellulite control lotion that targets 3 types of Adipocytes that store energy as fat. Applied in the morning and/or at night, this lotion minimizes the appearance of bumpy skin.

OTHER CELLULITE TREATMENTS

Cellulite Brushes: A cellulite brush is made with firm bristles; they are intended to be used directly on the skin. The purpose of this brush is to stimulate circulation and reduce visibility. Although this brush is used on dry skin, it is recommended that a few drops of oil can be applied to the skin prior to the brushing.

Lastly, if creams and brushes are not for you, there are a number of aesthetic treatments that have proven efficiency and are readily available in South Africa.

Although there are multiple methods to help combat the appearance of cellulite, there is no scientific proof that any desired treatments are effective enough to eliminate cellulite completely. If you are looking for a good anti-cellulite solution, then these products listed above are perfect for you but you should also consider including a good anti-cellulite workout and a good anti-cellulite diet to your anti-cellulite arsenal.

Perfume shopping, DUTY FREE – An InSIDER’S GUIDE

No tax and me-time indulgence: No wonder international travellers are increasingly taking a moment to shop duty free perfume. 

You’ve bought your December break plane ticket, packed your bathing suit and booked your beachside cabana. Now all you have to do is write your duty free shopping list and make sure it includes a luxury fragrance or two.

“The number-one advantage to buying your perfume at the airport Duty Free store is the discounted prices; you’ll be able to avoid paying the taxes on these items,” explains Ruth Sutcliffe, the founder of The Scent Guru Group. It’s also a great opportunity to take some well-deserved me-time. There’s something special, convenient and maybe even a little decadent about wandering through the well-stocked fragrance displays.

So it just makes more sense to do it in an environment when you more relaxed and have the time to browse. See Duty Free as a destination point and enjoy the time to be introduced to new fragrances. “I love to feel refreshed by some fragrances and often spray others that make me feel more relaxed and comfortable before I get on flight for the next leg home” says Sutcliffe.

To be honest with you fragrance shopping gives me a headache and I am not talking about all the scents going to my head, I am talking about having to choose ONE! There was a time that you could list the 5 top fragrances of the past two years but try that now, its near impossible with hundreds of perfumes launched a year. With good reason, the global fragrance market size is expected to reach USD 91.17 billion by 2025.

Here are a few key tips to navigate these tax-free fragrant aisles:

Duty free shopping tip #1: Know what’s new

We have sifted through the endless lists of new launches to bring you what’s hot of the shelf this festive season.

Aerin (granddaughter of Estee lauder) has launched Wild Geranium, a new fragrance for women.

What it is: An eau de parfum that captures a field of blooming wildflowers.

Fragrance story: A fresh-cut geranium note and sparkling touches of pink pepper and winter lemon lead you through a maze of enchanting florals. Dewy narcissus mingles with orange flower petals, white peony, rose centifolia tuberose absolute and warm benzoin. (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

Gucci has launched Gucci Guilty Love Edition, new flankers to 2010’s Gucci Guilty and 2011’s Gucci Guilty Pour Homme.

Gucci Guilty Love Edition Pour Femme ~ “Just as lovers define their own connection, Gucci Guilty Love Edition Pour Femme’s surprising combination of notes shine bold and bright, instinctively melding together. A refreshed Oriental Floral Fruity Chypre scent, the new creation is a tribute to the vintage character of the Narcissus flower.

Opening with a transparent and green crystalline freshness composed of Bergamot, Grapefruit and a Watery Accord, a Narcissus Accord is elevated by the tangy notes of Raspberry. Violet and Jasmine Sambac complement the petal floral quality of the composition. The layered creation is enhanced by an airy Musks base, the divinely sophisticated Patchouli Prisma for its white softness, and finally, the intense wrapping sensation of a Mineral Amber. (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

Marc Jacobs has launched Daisy Daze, Daisy Love Daze, Daisy Eau So Fresh Daze and Daisy Dream Daze, a new quartet of limited edition flankers for women. (Last year’s model: Daisy Sunshine.)

Warm. Vibrant. Bright. An escape from the everyday. MARC JACOBS Daisy Daze limited editions include four feel-good fragrances for spring. The Daisy Daze limited editions are a fresh and fruity twist on the classic Daisy fragrances and offer an olfactive escape to an unexpected Daisy universe.

Daisy Daze ~ “With inviting bursts of mandarin and sweet mirabelle that sparkle against smooth creamy musks, Daisy Daze is a crisp, sumptuous scent.” In 50 ml Eau de Toilette.

Daisy Love Daze ~ “Daisy Love Daze opens with a bright osmanthus, wrapped in the golden softness of amber. The juiciness of apricot radiates a sweet and sparkling sensuality.” In 50 ml Eau de Toilette.

Daisy Eau So Fresh Daze ~ “Daisy Eau So Fresh Daze Opens With Luscious White Peach And Orchard Blossoms, Mingling To Create A Sense Of Comforting Freshness.” In 75 ml Eau de Toilette.

Daisy Dream Daze ~ “Daisy Dream Daze Opens With The Sweet Floracly Of Silky Wisteria. The Juicy Longan Berries Excude A Dewy Freshness That Blend With Clean Musks For A Delicate And Warm Finish.” In 50 ml Eau de Toilette                           (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

Yves Saint Laurent will launch Black Opium Neon, a new spicy gourmand fragrance for women. Black Opium Neon is a flanker to 2014’s Black Opium, which was a flanker to 1977’s Opium.

Black Opium Neon is a new twist on the classic Eau de Parfum. With adrenaline-rich coffee, sparkling orange blossom, and mesmerizing dragon fruit accord, it is a vibrant and indulgent perfume that’s the perfect combination of seductive and sweet. (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

 

Duty free shopping tip #2: Make a list

Before you pack your bags and head to the airport, identify three to five scents you’d like to buy and take note of their retail store price tag. This will give you shopping options and a financial baseline when you’re perusing the Duty Free aisles looking for your best deal.

Insider tip – Spray the perfumes you wish to try before you start browsing and give it 10-15min to settle before you decide on what to purchase. I have made the grave mistake of just spritzing, whiffing and buying, then getting on to the plane and then had this repugnant smell to deal with for 8 hours. Lesson in spur of the moment shopping!

Duty free shopping tip #2: Opt for light, fresh hues for on board spritzing

If you have more than one flight and/or are travelling for more than six hours, you’re going to want a pick-me-up perfume to wear in-flight and afterwards. Look for clean and zesty citrus and floral scents, like Clinique Aromatics and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue that will make you feel good and won’t be obtrusive to the passenger sitting next to you.

Insider tip – Your carry on limit is 100 ml size bottle containing liquids, scout for this size as it won’t have it taken away by authorities at security.

Duty free shopping tip #3: Pick up a second bottle

This is the season to be bankrupt! So save big and grab that second or third bottle at a great saving for gifting over Christmas or for someone at your destination.

Happy shopping and wishing you a wonderful and blessed festive season,

Love

The Beauty warriors Team

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It is REVOLUTIONARY! The all new Moroccan Oil Colour Depositing Hair Masks.

It’s here, the product we have all been dying to get our hands on. The all new colour depositing hair masks by Moroccan Oil. Yes, you read it. So, obviously you want to know more. All the deets. So here we go.

What is a Color Depositing Mask?

These dual-benefit masks give you beautiful, temporary color, plus all the nourishing benefits of a deep conditioning treatment. Because they come in 7 shades—ranging from the tropical pink Hibiscus to the rich, velvety Cocoa—there’s something for just about everyone. Play with fun fashion shades (like Aquamarine, Hibiscus, Rose Gold, and Platinum), enhance your existing color with, say, golden-hued Champagne or crimson-brown Bordeaux, or apply as needed to maintain your salon color between visits.

How long will my color last, obviously we want to know this?

Color Depositing Masks add temporary color that’s designed to gradually fade out over time. How long your color lasts will depend on several factors—including your starting shade, how often you wash your hair, and your hair’s porosity. Which mask you choose also affects longevity. Hibiscus and Aquamarine are the most vibrant colors and may last longer than other shades.
Generally speaking, people with lighter or more porous hair will experience a brighter and longer-lasting result. That means that if you have dirty blonde hair that you’ve never colored, your best friend is a platinum blonde, and you both try Hibiscus, her hair will likely be to be a lot pinker for a lot longer than yours will be.

If I leave the mask on longer, will the color be more intense?

Yes, the longer the mask is left in the hair, the more intense your results will be. (Up to a point, at least—leaving the mask in for a few hours won’t yield results all that different from those achieved by leaving it in for, say, half an hour.)

However, you can play around with the amount of time you leave it in to achieve different color effects. For example, I am a bleach blonde and wanted a fairly pastel pink – I didn’t want INTENSE colour, so we mixed Hibiscus with a normal hydrating hair mask to ‘dilute’ the colour. We also only left it on for about 2 – 3 min, if that much.

Will the mask color my hair evenly?

Because some parts of your hair may be more porous than others, the shade and intensity of the color may vary. As a rule of thumb, assume the color will be more vibrant and longer-lasting on lighter strands of hair—or parts of your hair that have been previously colored. That means if you have highlights, ombre, or balayage, you can expect the color to show up most vividly on whichever strands have been pre-lightened. Makes sense?

Will these masks damage my hair?

No. In fact, they do the opposite. The masks are intensely nourishing treatments, and do not contain ammonia, peroxide, or bleach. They also contain a star-studded roster of ingredients, including our exclusive ArganID™ technology, which infuses argan oil deep into hair’s cortex and helps seal the cuticle. They also feature an amino acid blend to nourish, detangle, and boost shine, plus Apricot Kernel Oil to help soften hair and improve hydration with oleic acid, linoleic acid, and Vitamin E.

Will my hair go back to its original color?

Yes, the Color Depositing Masks add temporary color that’s only deposited on the outermost layer of the hair. With regular washing, the color will eventually fade out over time. To hit reset and speed up the color washout process, visit a Moroccanoil salon and consult with your stylist.

Will these masks stain my hands?

Minimal, temporary staining may occur and can easily be washed off with soap and water. But if you want to be extra careful (or have a brand-new manicure, for instance), you can also wear gloves while applying the mask for extra protection against staining.

The above info was all pulled directly from the Moroccan Oil site, and was also shared with us at the launch event yesterday. We were able to experiment with these masks at the event and have our hair coloured and treated with them, then and there. So here is some pointers from personal experience.

  • It really does depend on the colour and the condition of your hair.
  • Your hair feels NEW after the application of this product. Moroccan Oil truly is a DIVINE brand and well worth the investment
  • I would recommend asking someone who has worked with these masks before to advise if you want a particular outcome.

You can purchase these in 30ml sachets too, which I think is great if you don’t want a whole 200ml tube in ONE colour.

200ml retails for R620

30ml retails for R175

You can purchase them on www.splush.co.za

And check out www.moroccanoil.com for some before and afters.

The only beauty supplement you’ll ever need – Beauty Greens

Have you been looking for that all-in-one magic supplement to just do the most for your hair, skin and nails without having to take 9 different vitamins and minerals? We have found the solutions for you. Beauty Gen has created a 5-in-1 beauty booster called Beauty Greens that makes it super easy for you to take ALL the necessary ingredients to promote beautiful skin, hair and nails all at once, without the fuss.

Here’s the lowdown. Beauty Greens consists of 5 key ingredients. These ingredients are natural and haven’t been damaged by heat. Here are more on each of the 5 ingredients in Beauty Greens.

  1. Collagen

It promotes plump, wrinkle-free, supple skin, supports healthy aging, it strengthens your nails and builds long, thick hair. It supports all the connective tissues, promoting healthy joints and strong bones along with supporting lean muscle mass, strength and enhances muscle regeneration.

     2. Probiotics

Probiotics helps to balance out the good bacteria in your digestive system and alleviates digestive discomforts. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to help tackle skin issues and promoting a clearer complexion. Probiotics also hydrates the skin, builds collagen and strenghtens the skin’s barrier function. It supports the liver, help eliminate toxins and free radicals, contributing to a smoother, more youthful complexion. It supports the immune system, digestive system and general health, nourishing your body from within.

      3. Omega-3’s

Omega-3’s are powerful anti-inflammatories that helps to tackle skin issues such as psoriasis, allergies and acne. It strenghtens the skin barrier function, helping to hold moisture in and keep irritants out. It combats dry, brittle hair follicles, promotes stronger and shinier hair too. In the same way, it promotes stronger nails too. It helps preventing heart disease and strokes, it also assists in lowering the blood pressure and supporting a healthy immune system.

      4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis and speeds up the healing of wounds, brightens the skin and battles free radical damage with antioxidants. It figts bacteria on the scalp, thanks to it’s antiviral properties and may help to even combat hair loss and prevent premature greying. It also assists in supporting a healthy immune system.

      5. Superfoods

This helps your body reach its quota, giving it the tools it needs to run at and look it’s best. High in vitamins and minerals, superfood improve all processes in the body. A rainbow of phytonutrients means a rich supply of antiioxidants – one of your best anti-aging weapons. Once again supports a healthy immune system, containing 50 organic superfoods ranging from Kale and Wheat Grass to Beetroot, Berries and even 10 medicinal mushrooms.

With Beauty Greens you won’t ever have to question if there is a lack of anything in your system or not.

You can miz this in with your morning porridge, smoothies, yogurt, smoothie bowls and even have it just as it is mixed with a bit of milk or water.

 

Use sunscreen before your next mani/pedi

We all love going for a gel manicure or pedicure, don’t we? Gel tends to lasts longer than regular nail polish (about two weeks) and it doesn’t chip, lift or peel as easily. Consider applying a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to your hands or feet 20 minutes before going for your next gel manicure/pedicure, especially if your salon uses a UV lamp during your treatment. We recommend using Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ Lotion as it’s hypoallergenic, water-resistant and won’t block your pores. This will prevent premature aging from the hands as well as prevent skin cancer. Applying sunscreen to your hands before a manicure/pedicure protects your skin from the ultraviolet radiation used to seal gel nail polish to the nail.

Remember not be late for your nail appointment, in fact, show up 10 minutes early for your appointment. Try pay in advance so you aren’t fidgeting with money and cards once your nails are painted and bring flip flops with so you can slip them on after your pedi. Get comfortable at the salon, order a drink, pick your nail colour/nail art and maybe start your soak off if you can.

Call ahead and find out how much time you need to book for your treatment and ask what their nail art encompasses. Allow enough time for your treatment, including 20 minutes extra if you’re doing a soak off. Know what the different nail shapes look like and which one you would like for yourself that day. Don’t be too chatty with your manicurist either. Most don’t mind a little small talk, however, you need to allow them to concentrate so they can do an efficient job, especially when shaping nails or doing nail art.

If you can, take it easy for the rest of the day, after your mani. If you can avoid washing dishes or cooking that evening, that would be ideal and it’s a great excuse for a night out on the town! Remember that certain foods and spices can stain your nails. Just be conscious of what you are doing with your hands, post mani.

Will you be using this tip for your next nail appointment?

 

I just found out about collagen coffee and I’m hooked!

Recently, I read an article that said a woman’s collagen levels start to deplete after the age of 25. 25, holy cow! So in order to keep your hair, nails, and skin looking amazing, you need to supplement them. Millenials are all about their designer coffee, now we just need to add a scoop of collagen to it in the morning. I started taking Be Bright supplements and I saw a difference in my nails almost immediately (about a week later).

Hair growth:

This supplement is great for hair growth and skin appearance too. I was under the impression that I would only see the results in three months time. After a month of using collagen supplements, I started to notice lots of new baby hair growing around my crown. I was excited that my hair was growing but wasn’t loving all the little fly-aways’ framing my face! I’m so excited about all my new hair, long, luscious, healthy locks here I come! I went to the hairdresser for my 6-week root tint and I saw him examining my hair, I asked what he was looking at and he said I have a lot of in-between hairs that he hasn’t seen before. David was assessing if this was broken hair, or baby hair. He said it’s too long to be baby-hair, but it doesn’t look broken either. That reaction reaffirmed that the supplements were working!

Skin changes:

After 8 weeks of using the Be Bright collagen I started seeing a difference in my skin. I was no longer having regular breakouts and my skin was looking smoother. I had two shoots that week for my blog. One make up artist said to me ‘I can see that you never wear makeup hey, your skin is so healthy’. When I told her, I wear makeup, every day to work and I wear even more on the weekend, she gave me the stink eye. I know she didn’t believe me. Another makeup artist asked me if I wear sun cream every day, I told her I didn’t, and she replied with  ‘wow, you’ve got really great skin, you need to look after it’. I am so happy with these results and this is a brand I will be using for years to come.

How I use my Collagen

I put a heaped teaspoon of collagen in my coffee every morning and take three capsules with vitamin c in them in the evenings. The vitamin c helps the body to absorb the collagen, so I also try to sip on water with strawberries or blueberries in it during the day. The collagen powder is completely odorless and colorless so it’s easy to add to anything, I’ve also added it to my soups. I find it makes my morning coffee frothy and creamier too which is an added benefit. Tip, I found if I add the collagen to a fizzy drink I found that it took the fizz away, so I would not recommend that. I also noticed if I added it to a drink with sugar in it, like concentrated juice then the collagen went clumpy, so I would not recommend that either. I found that hot drinks, soups, or plain water works best.

The science behind the Be Bright Collagen that I use:

Collagen is a key protein in the body that ensures the elasticity and regeneration of skin, tendons, organs, fibrous cartilage, and bone. The process of renewal can be disturbed by disease, poor nutrition, stress, UV rays and toxins. Collagen is beneficial for joint pain and as an anti-aging nutrient to help the skin remain youthful. Be Bright is a bioactive protein that supports collagen replenishment. Collagen contains high levels of the amino acids glycine, hydroxyproline, proline and arginine.  As peptides are of nano size, they can easily pass through the intestinal wall and accumulate in the blood. After only 15 minutes, these peptides are distributed to the connective tissue stimulating endogenous collagen synthesis. Prices: A 350g jar (R470)  will last you 35 days and 700g jar (R800) will last you up to 70 days. You can buy Be Bright collagen powder online at www.bebright.co.za

5 Makeup Essentials For This Season

So much makeup, but you only have one face? We know the struggle and we got you. Here are the only 5 makeup essentials you’ll need this season.

A light-weight foundation or BB Cream

It’s warmer, we dressing cooler so of course we want something light-weight on our skin. A light-weight foundation or a BB or CC cream is perfect for the warmer months of the year.

We love…

Phytomer CC Cream
Garnier BB Cream
Revlon Candid
Loreal Infallible

A cream blush

We are specifically choosing a cream blush because of the power it has to make you look naturally flushed and glowy at the same time.

We love…

Benefit Benetint
LA Girl Cream Blush

Beauty Tip : Forgot to put on blush? Apply a bit of your cream lipstick or gloss onto your cheeks and blend. Sorted ?

Highlighter

Some of us light a more natural glow and some of us want to look like we have taken a bath in a tub of glow. It is all your choice, but a glow is necessary.

We love…

LA Girl cream highlight
GOSH Gaint Sun Bronzer – This product does just give you the most natural, beautiful glow but you also look sunkissed AF.
Wet ‘n Wild highlight

An easy brow product

We don’t want to take 20min carving out ONE brow, no, no. We don’t have time for that. We natural looking, fluffy full brows. Yes, yes. We want something we just pull through the brow and we good to go.

We love…

Maybelline Brow Artist waterproof gel
Maybelline brow gel
Loreal Brow Pencil
Essence Make me brow
Benefit Clear brow gel

A Bold lipstick & a nude gloss

Your bold lippy doesn’t have to be matte. We are loving glosses that are super pigmented too. We also loving all the nude. The more you glow, the more we love.

We love…

Wet ‘n Wild Glosses
Maybelline Liquid Lipsticks
Essence Shine Shine Shine Glosses

 

Q&A with founder of The Laser Beautique, Tzvia Hermann

We interviewed the powerhouse behind Laser Beautique, Tzvia Hermann. Below are her answers to our questions, ranging from how she got into the industry and what her favourite treatments at The Laser Beautique are.

1. Your fullname: Tzvia Hermann

2. Tell us a bit about yourself : 

From a young age I had entrepreneurship in my veins showing a keen interest in business. At age 6 I brought my father a purse full of change and when asked where I got the money from I explained how I sold left over balloons from one of my birthday parties.

I was inspired by my own mother Chana, a single mother of three girls, who managed to put herself through beauty school education and start her own beauty salon from a bedroom in their family home, which Chana later moved to a shopping centre. My mom, Chana would serve as a great role model in business as her passion for beauty and her nurturing personality left loyal customers refusing treatment from any other therapist but her. I was always amazed at how everything that my mom taught me was true in its essence. “If you look good, you feel good; when you feel good, you are more confident and can face the world and reach your goals. If my clients trust that I can help them look and feel amazing inside and out, they won’t want to go anywhere else.” said Chana.

3. Please give us a quick overview of what you do for a living, how long you’ve been doing it and why you do what you do?

I founded The Beautique Group in 2009. Launched with The Laser Beautique which is a group of aesthetic clinics. We focus of hair removal and skin (antiaging, correcting and hydrating). I founded The Laser Beautique when I discovered the first pain free permanent laser hair removal technology existed. We then started specialising in skin. I’m passionate about making others feel comfortable in their own skin. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you are generally a better person and project positvity and attract positivity.

Organically, we moved into aesthetic training due to the lack thereof in South Africa. We launched The Laser Beautique group in 2009. We then again naturally moved into importing and distributing technologies that were not available in South Africa. Neil (my husband) and I launched the first Laser Beautique in Morningside Shopping Centre. Today, The Laser Beautique is a national aesthetic destination.

Beautique Brands now distributes 5 amazing brands. CooLifting from Spain, Apilus from Canada, Snob Milano and SunsGood from Italy and Otentik from Israel. We have recently launched BeauLasers. This is a series of our very own lasers. We launched with the revolutionary BeauLase Remove. This is a state of the art device that allows our aestheticians to treat using all 3 wavelengths in one handpiece. We are in the process of launching Beauceuticals which is our very own skincare product.

4. How did you first get into the beauty industry?

My mother is a beauty therapist, my sister is a therapist. I studied law and as a hobby took up design and fell in love with marketing. I grew up in my moms salon, playing with all her equipment, gadgets, potions and lotions. So beauty is in my blood.

5. What is one of the biggest beauty or skincare myths, in your opinion?

I think there are many, many, myths and even more gimmicks. Conventional, old school facials are not a myth exactly, but they a thing of the past. I dont understand why anyone has a regular facial these days or why anyone would use anything else but a cosmeceutical on their skin. We live in the age of technology, everyone should be keeping their finger on the pulse or have a trusted aesthetician who brings the latest in result driven tech to their clients. Anyone serious about their skin should be having tech facials as well as using the correct homecare products to maintain the results. We see a dentist and an orthodontist regularly and we still go home and brush our teeth twice a day. Your skin should also be looked after twice a day!

6. Please talk us through your daily beauty routine?

I’m all about the results…and I have zero patients. I think that’s why Laser beautique is such a success. We only offer result driven treatments and products that I have tried and am satisfied with. I was on regima for a long time, I love the products. Very rich and hydrating. I switched to Nimue when we started thinking of stocking the brand. I was so pleasantly surprised! Nimue is a breath of fresh air. What beautiful and luxurious product. I am now using Optiphi which we recently launched in Laser Beautique. This product has blown me away. The amount of thought and effort that has been put into each product is incredible. From the ingredients to the bottling and packaging. I love that we have the DNA analysis so we can now match product to what our clients DNA requires we have taken the guessing out of consultations. I always swop my regime. As soon as I’m done I’ll rotate and go back to Regima and then again the Nimue or another product if it promises results and intrigues me.

I cleanse, use my serums, eye cream, neck and decolette cream twice a day, morning and night and while I watch the telly or relaxing I use my BeauRejuve, home held device. I love it! It’s such a nifty little gadget. Really helps me keep up with my skin regime especially if I can’t make it in for a facial when I need it.

7. What’s your favourite beauty treatment that The Laser Beautique offers, and why?

Oooo…difficult question. I love my Beaulase Remove! Itd is the best laser hair removal treatment I have experienced to date. There are all 3 wavelengths in one device. ND Yag, Diode and Alexandrite wavelengths in one hand piece. Usually salons only have one wavelength so it’s super effective

As for facials, my favourite is having a pen needling treatment followed by CooLift. It’s feels like iv been photoshopped in 45min

8. Your top 3 skincare must-haves/ must-dos?

Pain free permanent laser hair removal. It’s a no brainer. Why suffer, why wax or shave when you can get rid of unsightly hair permanently and painlessly.

Face Fit workouts are a must have! If you serious about slowing down the hands of time and looking after your skin, Face Fit is for you! Its not a facial. It’s a work out! We have over 50 muscles in our face and neck. If going to the gym to exercise our body muscles is a priority then why do we not exercise our facial muscles? Skincare starts way beneath the skin. Its starts in our muscles. So work em.

Hydration is key. People dont realise that most fine lines is due to lack of moisture in the skin. Lots of hylaronic acid. Check ingredients in the products you using. Hylaronic acid is a moisture magnet. We produce hylaronic acid naturally in our bodies but as we age it decreases. So keep pumping moisture back into your skin. With homecare products and in salon treatments like CooLifting

9. People often think The Laser Beautique only offers LASER, tell us what else there is available at TLB?

We offer the very best, result driven technology facials for example, needling, peels, CooLift. We offer Apilus electrolysis for pain free permanent hair removal of light hair and Face Fit work outs. We also offer medical massage, antiaging injectables and fillers, a couple branches offer mani’s and pedis, lashes, microblading…our website has a full list of our offering, do check it out www.thelaserbeautique.co.za

Below you can find the links to all the brands mentioned above :

The Laser Beautique

Website : www.thelaserbeautique.co.za

The Laser Lady

Apilus

Website : www.apilus.co.za

CooLifting

Snob Milano

Sun’s good

Website for Sun’s good & Snob Milano : www.snobmilanosa.co.za 

Otentik

Website : www.otentiksunshade.co.za