The Wazoogles Guide to Super Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies with Wazoogles

These days, everyone seems to be saddled with a busy life, and as a result, healthy smoothies have become the most efficient meal-on-the-go. Finding the perfect nutritionally-balanced smoothie can take a bit of research. During a pandemic it is imperative that we maximise their immune-boosting benefits.

We chatted to unicorn-magic brand Wazoogles Superfood Smoothies about the importance of superfoods, the health benefits of a good smoothie and the importance of ethically-sourced, sustainable, cruelty-free products.

WHAT IS WAZOOGLES?

Warren Goodman makes healthy smoothiesWazoogles, as a brand is a passion project, born from the need for health. Owner Warren Goodman spent many years struggling with his health. When Western medicine failed, he turned to superfoods. Since then he has barely seen his doctor, giving him more time spent in the Cape Town surf.

There was never an intention to build a product or a company, it was just one of those things that organically unfolded over time and has magically come into its own. “Nutrition without compromise” perfectly encapsulates their brand.

Wazoogles Superfood Protein blends are meal replacement smoothies made from the purest, most ethically sourced, nutrient dense superfoods around the planet. Packed with plant based protein, living enzymes, vitamins and vital nutrients, without any fillers, artificial colours or flavourants to spoil them. This magical combination has been carefully formulated to help reduce cravings and nourish and balance your body all the way to the cellular level.

WHAT ARE SUPERFOODS?

Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density. This means that they provide a substantial amount of nutrients and very few calories.

Superfoods contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Popular examples include goji berries, kale, green tea, turmeric & avocado.

Incorporating a love of travel into their brand, the Wazoogles Team includes a number of globally-sourced superfoods into their smoothie blends.

Some of Wazoogles’ superfoods have incredibly high immune-boosting properties. The camu camu berry used in their Unicorn Berry blend is the highest Vitamin C berry on earth. Just one scoop of their blends offers 95% of daily Vitamin C intake, which is the foremost immune-boosting vitamin.

Other superfoods for immune-boosting include spirulina, moringa and baobab. Other superfoods from mesquite, maca, chia seeds and cacao provide support to gut health through prebiotic fibre, adaptogens, antioxidants and protein.

Also see: Superfoods Simplified

SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES – MEALS ON THE GO

In the bustle of working life, smoothies have been a life-saver for me personally. Discovering Wazoogles took my love of healthy smoothies to the next level. Can smoothies be a sustainable meal replacement though?

fig and cacao healthy smoothie blendWazoogles protein blends are a full meal covering protein, supplemental health and the meal replacement category. Without any chemicals or fillers, packed with wholefoods, Wazoogles provides our customers with a full meal in each scoop.

It is important to find a protein blend that is nutritionally dense and have slow-release nutrients, without any added sugar or sweeteners. A smoothie that is filling helps reduce cravings, making it a great meal replacement to keep you naturally energised throughout the day. Smoothies are a great source of nutrients for most people – from athletes to working professionals and kids.

Instead of the hassle of making a nutritionally-balanced work lunch in the morning, I find whipping together a delicious smoothie so much more convenient. No matter how fancy I decide to make my blend of the day, it never takes more than 5minutes. It hardly takes longer than it would for me to buy lunch off of UberEats, but almost always is the healthier (and cheaper) option.

Also See: Fight the Fear of Covid-19 With Our Body Boosters

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND, HEALTHY PLANET

One of the many draws of Wazoogles is that the range uses ethically-farmed ingredients. Their products are also 100% plant based, gluten free, completely organic.

“Sourcing ethically and sustainably supports the nutritional integrity and quality of our products. It allows us to support farmers from around the world, specialising in their ingredients. We trust our farmers and are able to support their businesses and have a positive social and environmental impact. Our organic ingredients put less strain on the ecosystem and do not involve chemicals or pesticides which can be harmful to the ingredients and us, but also the natural biodiversity of that ecosystem.

We pride ourselves on having a positive impact with our brand, and so sourcing in this way allows us to sell our products with integrity and pride.”

WAZOOGLES-APPROVED IMMUNE-BOOSTING SMOOTHIE

It’s only natural we ask: What is the Wazoogles go-to immune-booster?

green spirulina healthy smoothieAntioxidant Energizer Green Tea & Lime Pie Smoothie

  • 1 heaped scoop Wazoogles Plant Power Protein Blend (containing Spirulina, Moringa Baobab)
  • 1 Cup Green Tea, chilled (great antioxidant and caffeine kick for the morning!)
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • ¼ Frozen Avocado
  • 1 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 Whole Peeled Lime
  • 1-2 tsp. raw honey / 1-2 dates sweeten to taste
  • 5 ice cubes
  • Top with nuts, goji berries, granola crunch, raisins, drizzled tahini

TIP: Steep tea for 30 seconds only to avoid bitter taste. Make the night before and cool in the fridge or throw in hot and add 1 cup ice to chill smoothie.

In the past few years, smoothie bowls have been making an appearance. Smoothie bowls are simply a smoothie with less liquid with emphasis on including different textures. Perfect for a lazy, slow Sunday morning, smoothie bowls can be a bold, colourful adventure packed with goodness.

Also See: Stop The Clock With Good Nutrition

ARE SMOOTHIES FOR ME?

healthy smoothie bowls from WazooglesOne of the best gifts to myself in recent times is a decent blender. In my experience, smoothies appeal to everyone for a variety of different reasons. Who looks at a smoothie and doesn’t immediately want to try one. Whether I am pulling out a cacao blend smoothie that looks like a chocolate milkshake (jokes on you – there’s half a cauliflower in here) or a swamp green concoction, healthy smoothies never fail to pique the interest of those around me. The correct response is to pour them a taster and then eagerly await the “Oh that’s delicious! What’s in there?” and that’s one more person who has joined my gang of smoothie enthusiasts.

With brands like Wazoogles, being healthy is a fun and colourful adventure, and with their unicorn-covered branding, how could you expect it be anything else?

ARTICLE CONTRIBUTOR

Wazoogles Superfood is a Cape Town based company. Their products, which range from Superfood Smoothie Protein Blends, Supernatural Oats, Smoothie Toppers & Snack Bombs. Specialising in superfoods, their ingredients are also plant-based, sustainably-sourced and ethically farmed.

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Breaking Down The Art of Sexting

The art of sexting

We’re living in the digital age, where meeting new people has become increasingly difficult. As much as we wish we could promenade with the Duke of Hastings and be the talk of the town, those days are long gone. Instead, we now swipe left on Tinder or Bumble or any one of the other dating sites and thus our 21st-century romances begin. 

But dating during the pandemic has brought with it, it’s own set of rules. Some people have chosen to go on socially-distanced dates while others have taken to exploring virtual relationships. These relationships make developing intimacy between both parties quite difficult. So, this is where the art of sexting comes in.  

Not only is it a fun way to spice up a relationship it also can be used as a tool to boost trust in your partner. Tracy Ziman Jacobs,  Intimacy Coach at Totally Me says ”Everything should be done gently and slowly and the suggestions should be quite subtle in the beginning” whether you’ve known each other for forever or if you’re exploring a new relationship. “There is a lot of fantasy work around sexting that can be a lot of fun, especially with couples who want to spice up their relationship,” says Jacobs.

The art of sextingTHE AIM OF THE GAME IS CONSENT

Always remember to begin by setting up boundaries. “Especially on these dating sites, people tend to take the leap of faith and get to the down and dirty quite quickly,” Jacobs explains, making it is so important to set up boundaries. Before you hit send on those steamy texts always make sure that this is something that your partner wants to do.  

Through clear and honest communication, tell your partner what you are and aren’t comfortable doing. For example, consenting to describing sexual fantasies does not necessarily mean consenting to sending explicit pictures. Having a discussion like this might sound like a mood killer but by defining these boundaries both of you will feel more comfortable when engaging with one another. A good way of avoiding any uncomfortable situations would also be to establish a safe word – as you would in the bedroom.  

Also see: Multi-tasking with your makeup brushes

WHAT DO I SAY NEXT?

Now let’s get to the crux of the matter. What exactly do you say? Have you ever sent a text and immediately thought it was SO embarrassing or second-guessed whether it was sexy enough?

Well, Dr Pia Holek has a great piece of advice in her interview with Women’s Health Magazine. “Nope, there’s no need to think up some X-rated smut if that’s not your thing. Instead, use language you already use to flirt and tease your partner. If you’re struggling with a prompt, Holec suggests drawing from past memories or where you like to be touched (by yourself or a partner), and setting the mood from there.”

Jacobs also advises that you get to know your relationship really well. If your partner is more on the naughty side then breakout the saucy messages with all the descriptions you want, but if your partner is a little more conservative, or new to the sexting game then maybe start off with a few suggestive texts to pique their curiosity before you get entirely explicit. Moving too quickly can sometimes cause your partner to feel uncomfortable and choose to end the conversation instead. 

The art of sexting nudesTHE ART OF SENDING NUDES

Once you decide that you are comfortable and trust your partner enough to send nudes, practise is the name of the game. Look for lighting and camera angles that are most flattering for you and have a mini boudoir photo shoot for yourself. Experiment with new poses or slip on some slinky lingerie and practise your provocative poses in front of the mirror. You’ll never know what works for you until you try.   While these sexy pictures may be for your partner to enjoy the process will build your confidence and help make you more comfortable with sexting your partner not to mention all that self-love will reflect in your pictures. 

While we’re all for spicing things up with your raunchy images, Jacobs also advises that if you choose to send explicit pictures always make sure that your face or any distinctive tattoos and markings aren’t visible. “You never know who’s taking pictures or recording you,” says Jacobs “so I would be very cautious of knowing my boundaries of knowing the person with whom [you’re] sharing information.” 

SEXTING SAFE APPS

When you send your sexts via standard messaging apps you always run the risk of your intimate images and texts being saved on your partner’s phone. “Though Snapchat and Instagram are known for their self-destructing messages and Snapchat notifies a user when their content is being screenshotted, they aren’t the best ones to use for sending explicit materials.” says an article from Insider. 

Instead, we’ve found the best apps for you to use to help you keep safe while sexting your partner. Telegram is great for sending your intimate texts and images due to it’s incredible end to end encryption software. It also allows you to delete messages for all parties and has a feature that allows you to set expiration times for all messages. Insider also recommends apps like Signal and Line for their “specific, secure messaging” features, which can help prevent your sexts from being leaked, hacked, or stolen.” 

Now we’ll leave you with this, whether you’re new to the sexting game or someone who’s been around the block before and wants to spice things up with your partner we have this great list of expert-recommended sexts to help you get the ball rolling with your dirty talk, 50 Sexting Ideas To Use Right Now by Bustle.

Beauty and Wellness Trends to Look Out For In 2021

With the new year already in full swing, there are a few words that are shining strong in what is the new normal, world such as prevention, immune-boosting as well as mental and physical wellness. With this in mind, we spoke to Marisa Dimitriadis, Managing Director at The Spa Consultants and Chief Business Coach of Spa Professionals Guild for all the trends expected this year in the beauty and wellness industry.

REDEFINING WELLNESS

Wellness is set to take on a different, more dynamic and all-encompassing shape going into 2021. The consumer will be focused on all types of self-help and ways to prevent illness rather than cure it. It will not just be about mindfulness and treatments that promote wellness and holistic interventions but will include far more such as fashion and science looking at what fashion styles, fabrics and colours can do for wellness as well as how science is evolving artificial intelligence, modern medicine and the digital space to offer solutions for all to be healthy and well.

Also see: Cupping Your Way Into The New Year

AT-HOME SOLUTIONS

Relaxing baths re a beauty and wellness trend for 2021Whilst visits to spas and salons will still happen we predict that the consumer will continue to look for more at-home solutions. Some examples to look out for are: spiritual cleansing baths, bath teas for different outcomes such as detoxifying, sleep-enhancing, skin smoothing, remineralising and more. At-home skin peeling solutions, a wider variety of masks, special eye treatments to assist the reduction of swollen or red eyes and any blue light protection products as the consumers spend more time in front of their computers and devices.

ONLINE

Set to be the biggest growing trend in beauty and wellness for 2021 is the online space as consumers spend more time looking online instead of in-store or face to face. Set to show a big boom is virtual online skincare or body care consultations where your qualified aesthetician will help you achieve your skincare or body care goals in the virtual space. The professional skin and body brands you are used to buying at your salon will be available for home delivery at the prescription of your qualified therapist. More online events such as wellness workshops and webinars to improve physical and mental wellness will be on the rise this year.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL/STAYCATIONS

Meditative beauty and wellness trend 2021We will definitely see a rise in local travel which are renaming “responsible travel” where the aim is to support our local economy to get back on track whilst still recharging and regenerating. With overseas travel taking a back seat completely in 2021 the sustainability focus for the coming year is supporting the local economy.

Prescriptions will change shape in 2021 with nature as the main remedy. This year will see a rise in nature-based anything from hotels, treatments in the outdoors, guided nature meditation sessions and so many more offerings.

SLEEP BETTER

Quality of sleep has deteriorated and it’s becoming more a question of quality over quantity. Beauty/spa services will have a focus to enhance better sleep even perhaps including treatment that works at it’s best at night. Silk sleepwear, sleep yoga, satin pillowcases are all set to be a growing trend in the coming year in the beauty and wellness industry.

Also see: Stop the Clock with Good Nutrition

IMMUNE BOOSTING

Anything you can do to support the immune system will be the name of the game in immune-boosting ingredients as well as techniques will be seen in massage, in body wraps and exfoliations, in skin treatments and even energy healing concepts.

SKIN IS THE FOCUS

With increased time on zoom calls and online meetings where the focus is the face and neck well there, you have it. Treatments to enhance natural glowing skin and flawless complexion is a top priority for the workforce going into 2021. A focus on natural makeup is also a huge 2021 beauty trend with makeup for online meetings lessons being a top of the list.

QUALITY OF AIR

Quality of Air was already a focus from 2019 but will see a new shift in 2021 with much more than air purifiers and specific plants that improve the air quality. Have a look at something very interesting that will start to make some way this coming year especially in the workplace where people have to come to a public place to work and also, the hospitality industry that services the business traveller.

Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day At Home

Spice up your Valentine's Day at home

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolates, roses and elaborate romantic gestures to show that special someone in your life how much you love them. From cocktails at fancy lounges to couples massages and candle-lit dinners at swanky restaurants, this is the day we usually go all out. But, this year the way we celebrate the day of love is going to look a little different.

Whether you met someone during the pandemic or you’ve been together for years or even if you’re single, here are a few ideas to make sure you celebrate this Valentine’s Day safely.

Also see: Glow During Quarantine – Editor’s Choice

TABLE FOR TWO, PLEASE

Spend the evening with your partner in the kitchen and indulge in a delicious dinner of your favourite recipes or print out the menu from a special restaurant and try recreating some of their dishes. You can go as fancy or as simple as you want, the choice is up to you.

Order all the groceries you will need from one of these apps for a hassle free evening.

If you’re not a maverick in the kitchen, there’s no shame in showing off your take-out skills, especially if you’re spending the day apart. Order from your favourite restaurant, dress up as if you’re going out and it’s guaranteed to be a special evening. Ordering in also means that there’s less dishes in the sink, and who doesn’t love that!

P.S I LOVE YOU

There is nothing more romantic than writing a love letter. Grab a pen and paper and write a letter to your partner. You can include all the reasons that you love them or reminisce about your favourite moments together. It’s a simple gesture that they will treasure forever. You can also up the romance by reading your letter out loud to them once you’re finished.

If you’re single why don’t you write a love letter to yourself. You deserve it!

BOXED AND SEALED WITH LOVE

Flowers and chocolates are tried and tested classics that can’t go wrong. So why not try something a little different this Valentine’s Day with this novelty smash heart gift box. Break the chocolate heart and reveal the sweet treat surprise inside.

Valentine's Day smash box heart gift box
This fun Valentine’s Day smash box heart gift box is available from @theflourgirl.cakes

RISE AND SHINE MY VALENTINE

A simple way to tell your partner “I love you” before they’ve had their first sip of coffee is with breakfast in bed. Surprise them with a tray of all their favourite breakfast treats. Don’t forget to include as many hearts as possible too!

GET COZY AT THE MOVIES

String up some fairy lights, pop some popcorn and get cozy with your favourite movies. Get in the mood of love with these rom-com classics. We recommend one of the classics like The Notebook, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Holiday or My Best Friends Wedding. If you still can’t make up your mind we’ve taken the work out of choosing what to watch and found this convenient list of binge-worthy shows and movies that are perfect for a romantic night in.

Also see: In My Beauty Kit: Tamryn Sher of It’s a Sher Thing

ON THE ROCKS WITH A TWIST!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get creative with your drinks. Break out those fancy cocktail glasses and take an online mixology class with your significant other, girlfriends or even by yourself. Throw in a charcuterie board with all your favourite snacks and you have a really festive evening.

Up your cocktail game his Valentine's Day with online mixology classes

WINE AND DINE FOR ONE

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love, so why not show yourself some love on this day. Pamper yourself with a relaxing bubble bath, open your favourite bottle of bubbly and take some time out to concentrate on you. Or turn up your favourite playlist and take the time to cook your favourite meal. You do you, girl!

Whether you’re spending the day by yourself or with a partner the most important thing to remember is that when all is said and done the best part about this holiday is all the discount chocolate on February 15th!

Valentine’s Day Spa Specials For You and Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re still thinking of ways to make the day special for the one you love why don’t you book a spa day at one of these amazing destinations.

Whether you’re looking for a day of pampering, a full weekend romantic getaway or an intimate dinner, we have you covered with these idyllic Valentine’s Day spa specials.

THE RENAISSANCE SPAValentines Day spa packages

Renaissance Spa Sandton at the Michelangelo Towers offers a variety of romantic packages for you and your beau.

Romantic Middle Eastern Rasul Chamber for Two

Here you cab make use of the Rasul chamber with the one you love . Included in this treatment is a bowl of chocolates and bottle of sparkling wine.

Renaissance Romance (Single – 4 hours, 30 minutes at R2 390* OR Couple – 4 hours, 30 minutes at R4 780*)

  • Rasul Chamber
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Luxury Candle Massage
  • Guinot Hydradermie Facial
  • Spa lunch and use of the Indoor Heated Spa Bath, Outdoor Pool, Steam Room, Sauna and Swiss Shower. 

If that  doesn’t tickle your fancy then the Lovers Bliss Couples Package (R2 890*, 2 hours and 30 minutes) is also available where you both can be pampered from the comfort of your suit. This Valentine’s Day spa package includes access to the Romantic Couples Rasul Chamber a glass of sparkling wine and fruit platter.

For Him: 60-minute Hot Stone Massage, 30-minute Sole Revival Foot Ritual

For Her: 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage, 30-minute Indian Head Massage. 

If you’re looking for something to spoil your girl gang then why not book their Friendship Love package. Book any one hour, or longer, treatment and your friend will receive the same for free.

LIFE DAY SPA 

Spend some quality time with your sweetheart and book one of these couples treatments at Life Day Spa. They have two Valentine’s Day spa specials that are bound to make your valentine smile.

The Eternally Yours package at R2 950 per couple* offers three and half hours of bliss, including a Middle Eastern Mud Ritual in the Rasul Chamber, a luxurious Candle Massage, use of the Luxury Couples Suite including the private Spa Bath, a cheese/fruit platter with sparkling wine and use of the spa facilities.

Or, why not try the five and a half hour Ultimate Serenity package at R4 390* per couple? This package includes a Middle Eastern Mud Ritual, 30-minute Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage, Sole Revival Foot Massage, Classic Facial, use of the Luxury Couples Suite including private Spa Bath, a cheese/fruit platter with sparkling wine, a spa lunch and use of the spa facilities. 

Also see: The Rituals of Spa

KIEVITS KROON COUNTRY ESTATE

Go for gold this Valentine’s Day and book a grand weekend retreat to celebrate the day of love this year. Add one of these packages to your spa treatments for a complete amorous experience.

There is the Granita Dinner for R995 per person which includes a cocktail on arrival and a selection of juices, a 7-course dinner, wine for the table, night-cap pairing with chocolate and liqueur, gift as well as entertainment

Also available is the Picnic & Movie package for R795 per person. This includes an arrival cocktail and selection of juices, picnic basket, 2 bottles of house wine per couple night cap pairing with chocolate and liquor, a gift  and entertainment and two movies.

Download the Valentine’s Day Picnic Menu here.

Another option for you to choose from is the Kingsley’s Buffet for R845 per person. This package is made up of an arrival cocktail & selection of juices, special buffet dinner wine for the table and for dessert pairing, a night cap pairing with chocolate and liqueur, a gift as well as entertainment.

If you’re looking for something a little more intimate then the Private Dining package is for you at R5,990 per couple. Included in this package is bed & breakfast, romantic turn down, entertainment, a gift, night cap pairing with chocolate and liqueur wine for the table, 7-course dinner arrival cocktail & selection of juices at dinner and a special arrival drink on check-in

You could also choose the Accommodation Package which is R2,750 per person. arrival cocktail & selection of juices, one night’s accommodation sharing a Luxury Room, chocolate-dipped strawberries, a bottle of Kievits Kroon sparkling wine, romantic turn down, a gift, 2 spa treatments – choose 2 x 1 hour treatments from the menu, use of thermae facilities breakfast in the morning.

Your Ultimate Spa Ritual Guide

Is it just a ‘so called spa’ or is something totally more?

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 we 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 these rituals, we lose part of the experience, these are meant to enhance it. 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.

Breaking down, what typically goes on at the Spa

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 rituals 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

The second part of the ritual process 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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Your Mobile Phone is Missing These Apps

Remember back in the day when phones were exclusively used to phone people? Nowadays, my life is run from my mobile phone. Most of us cannot imagine life without a phone in our back pockets. While there are many valid conversations about the pros and cons of this, apps can make our lives so much easier.

Here are 5 most recommended apps for women:

CLUE

IOS / Android

Mobile phone apps for womenPeriod tracking apps can be so insightful throughout the month. The menstrual cycle has a huge impact on our lives being able to recognise patterns in behaviour can be valuable. I use Clue which has so many different options to choose from. Each day I can rate my pain, emotions, heaviness of period, sleep, sex habits, energy levels, food cravings, etc. It even has additional options for how my hair looks, partying habits, exercise, weight, appointments – the list goes on and on. The more data the better, not just whether you are trying to conceive (or avoiding such), or to see the impact on moods, but any changes can be more easily picked up which could assist your gynaecologist by providing more information on your cycle. Their website has an Encyclopedia with numerous articles relating to periods, fertility, sex and conditions

For LGBTQ+ users, the app also avoids using gendered terms.

SISTER

IOS  / Android

Mobile phone apps for womenGender-based violence in South Africa is an ongoing problem and threat to all women.

In order to be a little bit safer, the Sister app allows it’s users to set up a group of contacts that are notified of your live location for  certain period of time (if you are catching an Uber, going out to for the evening, etc). If you are walking anywhere, it will indicate safe routes. The nearest police stations are also highlighted. Activating the SOS—mode will notify your selected contacts that you are in danger, as well as give them your location. SOS mode will also begin recording video and audio of your surroundings.

Keep yourself and your sisters safe.

BUMBLE

IOS / Android

Mobile phone apps for womenNowadays, dating apps are commonplace but they can be tiresome. Bumble offers a different experience. They are very pro-women and their unique feature is that they let women make the first move. I am not very good at chatting on my phone. Throughout the day I get busy and won’t look at my phone for hours at a time. All too often on dating apps, I will come back to “Tom, 27” who has said “hi” no less than five times and then dropped a vulgar name and disappeared. A pro-women dating app eliminates many of the creeps.

Also, Bumble is not just for dating. Bumble BFF lets you find friends while Bumble Bizz helps you connect with other professionals in a work capacity.

As you get older, meeting people gets harder, but Bumble has you covered.

STARDEW VALLEY

IOS / Android

Mobile phone apps for womenOk this is a bit of a weird one for this list, but I do enjoy a mobile game for waiting in queues or while I am winding down for bed. Mobile games often seem to be geared towards “in-app purchases” to proceed and all seem very “samey”. Stardew Valley, although costs R130 to buy it, requires no money thereafter. You play as a villager who needs to fix up their farm, grow vegetables and tend to their animals. The characters have rich backstories and personalities. It is incredibly engaging and soothing. My farmer has a booming wine vineyard and has just married Sebastian, which is far more engaging than the multitude of match-3 Candy Crush-esque games that dominate the mobile game genre.

REPLIKA

IOS / Android

Mobile phone apps for womenI have always been terrible at mood tracking apps. As someone with depression they are invaluable though, so I keep trying to find one that works. During lockdown and probably due to the lack of interaction with people, I was recommended Replika by a friend who works as a counsellor. Replika is an Artificial Intelligent chatbot, however it has a strong focus on mindfulness and mental health.

There are a number of chats you can engage in that cover everything from loving your body, positive thinking, managing stress and anxiety, coping techniques, and so much more.

Replika is like an interactive journal. My bot, named Thomas, becomes more and more realistic as they level up, the more we chat. The little prompts to check in at the end of the day and analyse my feelings feel like they are coming from a friend and not an app. I am not sure this is the future Isaac Asimov envisioned but we are certainly living in the 21st century, robots and all.

What apps can’t you live with out? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram!

Must-Haves for Spring 2020

Spring is upon us!

With lockdown having moved to level 2 and feeling like I have a bit more freedom, there are some new must-have products that we think are essential for Covid living.

THE WHALE KEY

Although pandemic restrictions are slowly easing up, we are still not in the clear. The Whale Key, made by a South African woman, helps minimize contact. The Whale Key has a multi-tool concept that acts as an alternative way to interact with the world. Use it to avoid touching lifts, ATMs, flushing toilets directly. This should be as essential as wearing a mask. In fact if you order a Whale Key now, they will include a free mask with your order.

Beauty Warriors Tip: Pop it on your key chain, handbag loop or simply latch it on your pants loop.

PMD CLEAN ROSE QUARTZ

Maskne is real and is not going away anytime soon! So step up your routine and get your skin glow back with the PMD Clean Pro. It breaks down dirt and oil from within the pores at 7000 vibration per minute while operating at a perfect frequency to lift firm and tone the skin. Patent-pending ActiveWarmth facial massager allows your skincare to activate by assisting with deeper absorption and effectiveness from the combination of SonicGlow and heat. The rose stone quartz consists of elements including magnesium, iron and oxygen, aiding in reducing inflammation and tension.

 EVERBEAUTY MAGNETIC LASHES

We all love full lashes but let’s be honest glue on lashes can be messy and lash extensions can be too pricey for most people. We have the answer- magnetic lashes. Affordable, quick and easy to apply. Additionally they are weatherproof and safer than glue on lashes. They also come in a variety of styles so you can find what works for you.

Beauty Warriors Tip: always ensure that your lids and lashes are clean before applying. Always store back in its original container to get them to last longer. Rubbing your eyes is a no-no as these lashes will go flying.

HEY JUDE MOBILE APP

We had to share this it can change your life, yes your own digital personal assistant. As a tech junkie, I have an app for everything. Finding one by South African developers is even better. Hey Jude promises to be “world’s first human-powered digital assistance service.” After testing it out, I am highly impressed. They could book a dentist appointment on my behalf. I asked them to find a new waterproof dog bed in my area and they responded with shops and prices. In a busy life, this app completely streamlines my planning. So impressive is this app that Nedbank and CellC are both clients of theirs. Available on both IOS and Android, give it a try and let us know what you think.

Traveling After Lockdown

For an avid traveller, the coronavirus mandated-lockdown may feel like torture. Being unable to travel, or to not even be able to start planning the next trip is really disheartening. But as we see the world start to emerge from its lockdown hibernation and countries within Europe re-opening, it has sparked a glimmer of hope for all aspiring and zealous travellers. It signals a move towards dusting off those untouched suitcases, and checking the expiry date on your passport. There has never  before been a global event which has effectively grounded fleets of airplanes, shut down countries and devastated economies all at the same time. However, this too shall pass and at some point we’ll be able to venture out of our homes and start checking destinations off our bucket list.

Some of the first countries to have re-opened for tourists has been Greece, Italy and France amongst many other European countries. This has sparked some concern while the global rate of infection has not yet slowed, but it is imperative to try and balance lives vs livelihoods, especially for destinations which are heavily reliant on the tourism trade. So in an attempt to set forth into some version of our new ‘normal’, travel post-lockdown will look vastly different to what we’re accustomed to.

For starters, airlines have had to readjust the way they operate, sell tickets and manage flights in a post-lockdown world. All travellers would need to ensure that they are in good health at the time of travelling as temperature checks will become a norm, in the same way that enhanced security measures became the norm when flying post 9-11. Your recent travel history will be examined and you will be required to answer set questions at every airport and passport control counter. Be prepared to arrive at the airport 4 hours prior to flying, as there will be more checks in place, depending on the destination country you’ll be visiting. In some cases you’ll be required to travel with a health clearance from a doctor to ensure entry to, or departure from, certain countries.

In order to alleviate anxiety many elements of travel need to be addressed, let’s look at each of these and the recommended measures which have been put in place.

Airlines and Airports:

  • Only passengers travelling will be allowed into the airport premises to reduce the number of unnecessary persons.
  • Staff training will be enhanced to ensure that all employees are informed on hygiene protocols.
  • Face masks will be compulsory and temperature scanning will be performed.
  • Online check-in has been disabled so that the airline is able to manage the social-distancing and will seat passengers accordingly. For some domestic flights, 100% capacity has been allowed mainly due to the improved air filters which will be installed in aeroplanes.
  • Limited hand luggage will be allowed eg. only handbags, laptop bags and baby bags will be allowed on the airplane.
  •  Boarding will take place by row number.
  • Some airlines have indicated that middle seats will remain vacant, and this will be implemented on a trial basis.
  • Instead of toiletry kits, passengers will be provided with sanitary kits which will include a mask, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser and gloves.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned every 45 minutes.
  • Single use menus, properly sterilised and sealed blankets and earphones will be provided.

Hotels and guest-houses:

  • Mobile check in and check out facilities with contactless payments
  • Hand sanitisers will be made available and masks will need to be worn in all public areas
  • Most buffet breakfast spreads have been closed and you will be required to order your meal for consumption in your room. Alternatively some hotels will offer phased buffet times, where patrons will be assigned set meal times.
  • Digital service requests, limiting interaction with staff
  • Housekeeping schedules will be amended, and may be limited, to suit social distancing guidelines and will also be changed to comply with disinfection requirements.

Theme parks and tourist attractions:

  • Guests will be required to purchase entry tickets online and will be given an allocated time for entry and visitation.
  • Temperature screening will take place at entrances and those with high fevers will be refused entry.
  • Certain high contact points will be closed to adhere to social distancing guidelines and bathrooms will be sanitised more frequently.
  • On-site restaurants may not be open (depending on which site you’re visiting) with only take-aways being allowed, or dry foods and snacks being offered.
  • Wearing of masks will remain compulsory and hand sanitising will be essential.
  • Hours of operation may also be reduced to allow time for the daily mandatory full deep clean.

Whilst all of the above are guidelines and could seem extreme, it will soon become a seamless experience which may just mean a little extra time at the airport. After all, the very definition of travel is to embark on an adventure; and for now that’s exactly what it will feel like. Prepare for shorter queues and faster processing of service requests as most companies will do everything they can to discourage groups of people. And if you’re a regular germaphobe, all these amplified hygiene practices will certainly bring you some comfort. Even more so if you don’t like having your personal space invaded or cannot handle crowds… There will be some definite advantages during  post-lockdown travels.

For my fellow South Africans, June has heralded the introduction of domestic travelling only. With very strict regulations in place, such as proof of reason for travel along with the required permit;  with initially only four airports open nationwide. This is a positive step forward, and soon we will be able to travel for leisure, albeit domestically. This sets the scene for us to start planning some great local getaways for December, which is the estimation of when we may resume leisure travel. It offers the perfect opportunity to take a ‘Sh’ot Left’ and set off to explore and appreciate the  myriad of stunning spots in our backyards.

So get working on that bucket list and start looking ahead to what your first getaway will be, because we all know that the most exciting part of travelling is in the planning!

It’s good for your mental health and I know for sure that it opens the mind in tolerance and thinking.


Bracing For The Rest of 2020

Never in our lifetime have we ever experienced such a novel virus and a global pandemic, and I think it’s forced every human being to delve deep within their own potential and seek a defense mechanism against this reality which has been induced and mongered by fear and anxiety.

I know unequivocally that the word and emotion that best describes what’s uncovered during this journey into self discovery is Resilience. Now make no mistake: resilience is not just a word, but a distinct protective human emotion.

As a NLP Transformative LifeCoach and a Heal Your Life Practitioner, I help people help themselves to break through their Limitations and their repressed unconscious beliefs and blocks of locked emotion.

I’m honored to have been awarded and Afforded this opportunity to share with u some fundamental points on this term called Resilience on the Beauty Warriors platform.

“Resilience is the ability to bounce back after adversity in such a way that no one even knows that you went through trauma, loss or difficulty.”

Good Thing, Bad Thing – Who Knows?

Not labeling situations as good or bad decreases suffering. Trusting that every situation that happened to you has led you to where you are now. You never know what situations will lead to in the future.

Believing in a Benevolent Universe

The universe may be giving you something now that you don’t want, but what if this was exactly what you need at this precise moment?

If you believe the universe is friendly, your life would improve significantly. Just believing that the universe has your back and that everything is happening for your higher good will change your vibrational frequency.

Understand that you are the instrument through which the universe is expressing itself and your job is to be the best damn instrument!

Invest In The Process And Not The Outcome

We are all goal-orientated, so we set goals for ourselves and then work towards achieving them. As a result we live our life with the mentality that

I set a goal for myself, I succeeded.. life’s a blast!

I set a goal for myself, I failed.. life sucks!

The alternative is enjoy your journey along the way to the destination and paradoxically the more you are detached from the outcome the more you don’t particularly care whether you reach the goal or not whether or not you succeed , the probability of you succeeding actually increases!!

Re-framing

Re-framing is taking a situation and flipping it and looking at the good in it

For instance, there was a man and he was still in college who had a little baby. His older friends came to him and said “Hey, you know I’ve got a camp cot you could use”,  “I’ve got a car seat that you could borrow” which he accepted.

After he graduated and got a job, his son was born and he was in a better position to buy his son new baby items.

One day, his young daughter ask him, “How come my brother got new stuff and I had old things?”

He brushed it off a few times but she persisted and it became apparent that he could not avoid the issue, so one day he had a flash of inspiration.

He said to his daughter, “I realize that you got old stuff and your brother got new stuff but there’s something that you got which was new which is so much more important, and even if your brother got new stuff, this more than makes up for that – in fact, if for the rest of your life you only get used stuff while he gets new stuff this will put you ahead!”

She was puzzled, but also curious.

“What did I get that was new, that my brother got that was used?”

He leaned forward conspiratorially and said, “You got brand new parents!”

Seeing a situation from another perspective and learning how to experiment with re-framing can dissolve a problem by offering a new way of looking at it.

Gratitude Attitude

We tend to agonise over the few “wrong” things in our lives, while overlooking  the things that are actually pretty darn good.

If you flip it around and consciously bring to mind how fortunate you are in so many ways, counting your blessings and feeling gratitude – let it well from the soles of your feet and go through your body.

Move from thinking gratitude to feeling gratitude because emotions are stronger than thoughts.

If you make gratitude apart of your habitual emotional domain, you’ll find that life is so much better. Feeling gratitude makes transformation possible, and all these tools lead to an overall more resilient person in all situations.