How to keep the “girls” healthy

How to keep the “girls” healthy

Just because October is over, doesn’t mean we should worry less about our breast health. Here’s a few tips on how to keep the girls healthy all year round.

Eat your veggies

Consume more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries and cherries.

Exercise Regularly

We all know exercise is important for your general health overall. Try adopt an active lifestyle. Aim for 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic activity at least five days per week

Less Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the most well established dietary risk factor for breast cancer. Women who consume more than two glasses of alcohol a day are at higher risk.

QUIT Smoking

The risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, and other health problems increases if you smoke.

Do your monthly at home check up

We all know how important it is to know our own breasts. Do it monthly, 7 days after your cycle. If there is ANYTHING irregular, go see your doc, ladies.

 

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

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

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.

 

Biosense supports the Pink Drive

Biosense supports the Pink Drive

South African born hair care brand, Biosense has joined forces with NGO cancer association, Pink Drive to lend a helping hand this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Biosense has launched a pink Spoil box in aid of the Pink Drive where they will be contributing 10% of all sales to the Pink Drive between August – October 2019. This is a fabulous initiative and I wish more local brands would do this.

Biosense has been a South African brand for 20 years and has established itself as a household name in professional Haircare with salons and consumers too. The brand not only provides products that compete with the best international brands, but they also combine cutting edge science, local stories and the latest consumer trends.

PinkDrive NPC, a health sector NGO, was founded in 2009 by Ms. Noelene Kotschan, on the premise that “Early detection will help prolong life.” PinkDrive’s cardinal purpose is to contribute meaningfully towards preventing as many people as it can, from succumbing to breast, cervical, prostate and testicular cancer. Its primary focus is on citizens without access to reasonable care for these conditions, and who reside in areas where health services do not reach.

As a non-profit organisation, Pink Drive is always in need of assistance to maintain the amazing work they do. Biosense saw the importance of making a small difference that will go a long way. “We are so excited about this initiative and really hope we will get the support we need to keep Pink Drive going. They are doing such important work with minimal support, any input will make a huge difference,” says Marketing Manager Megan McDonald.

The spoil box retails at R280, I’ve bought one, will you be buying one too?

Use sunscreen before your next mani/pedi

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?

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks breast cancer awareness month across the globe. In order to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment of this disease.

Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer found in women worldwide.

Currently, there is not enough sufficient information on the causes of breast cancer, therefore early detection of the disease is vital.

  • 1 in 28 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime
  • The survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage 1 is almost 100%, for stage 2 it is 93% and for stage 4 it is 22%
  • The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast
  • 1 male for every 100 female patients will develop breast cancer
  • Common in women over 40 years old
  • Not all women need to lose their breast, the breast can often be preserved if the cancer is detected early on
  • Stage 4 breast cancer means that it has spread to surrounding issues

 

Breast cancer can be detected through a self-examination, mammogram or ultrasound screening of the breasts and it is advised that after the age of 30 women should go for a mammogram at least once a year.

 

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