Dermalogica revolutionised the skin care industry when it emerged into the marketplace in 1986 with innovative formulations, which excluded common irritants, including SD alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil and artificial colours and fragrances. Jane Wurwand developed the products to better support the advanced curriculum she had developed a few years earlier for The International Dermal Institute, which she also founded. Wurwand led the company’s growth from an idea to the world’s most-requested professional skin care brand. 

Dermalogica today is sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. 


More than six weeks after the Coronavirus forced business shutdowns around the world, the professional skin care industry in South Africa has reopened, but has followed government Level 4 lockdown restrictions and therefore cannot yet perform skin care treatments. Dermalogica, which advanced the industry in 1983 by providing postgraduate education to licensed Skin Therapists, has taken the lead today, boldly announcing new measures to help salon owners and professional Skin Therapists reopen their businesses with retail sales in line with government legislation where possible, since 1 May 2020. 

Developed in accordance with Dermalogica’s professional-grade standards, and with the safety of staff and consumers as top priority, the new measures include the following steps once government allows skin centers to open for treatments:

  1. Dermalogica Principles for Enhanced Service Safety, a set of directives such as maintaining physical distancing by staggering appointments and limiting entrance; wearing masks in common areas and masks and face shields during treatments; hand sanitization, handwashing, and sterilization; as well as requirements for laundering and retail testers.
  2. Detailed safety protocols that address specific touch-points such as pre-appointment screening; client arrival and departure; retail and common area floor services; treatment room sanitation; protective wear, and more.
  3. Clean Touch Certification, awarded to Skin Therapists who complete free online training on the key principles and enhanced protocols. Upon completion, Skin Therapists will earn a certificate recognising them as Clean Touch Certified, which they can display in their skin center, treatment room, or website. These certificates will also be displayed in Dermalogica concept stores.

 “As science progresses, we will surely need to loosen or tighten the safety precautions,” states Dermalogica Global CEO Aurelian Lis. “What counts is that we have defined the most appropriate steps now so that the industry can embark on the changes necessary to make facial skin care services a reality. With big business focused on digital or sitting it out, Skin Therapists are not willing to give up on the important industry of human touch and connection.” 

 To become Clean Touch Certified, visit:

Dermalogica products are available in select skin treatment centers on the recommendation of a qualified professional Skin Therapist, in addition to the brand’s concept stores located around the world and online at Dermalogica is made in the USA, with its global operations based in Carson, just south of Los Angeles. 

Good News For Beauty Consumers! Beauty Salons and Hairdressers Now Tradiing!

Beauty Warriors

Its been a long lockdown for those in the Beauty Industry

We are excited to announce that you can start purchasing your skincare, body,  hand and foot care and of course hair care products from your go-to beauty salon or hairdresser as of 1 May 2020

No, you cannot have treatments just yet, we know; the struggle is real with grey hairs popping out by the dozen and your leg hair resembling bigfoot.  We know that you, as clients, are very keen to get back in touch with us.

In Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s briefing, particular mention was made to the Hairdressing, Beauty and Skincare industry with regards to the high level of consumer requests for hair and nail treatments. This is a positive step for the industry as the government is aware of the necessary service it provides, not only from a grooming perspective but also from a necessary healing and touch element. However, providing services to clients is strictly prohibited during level 4.

The risk-adjusted strategy, 29 April 2020 labeled the following – personal care toiletries, including hair care, body, face, hand and foot products, roll-on deodorants, and dental care products – as ‘Wholesale and Retail Covering Stores, Spaza Shops, E-commerce and Informal Traders’ and gives industry permission to begin retail trade.

This is great news for consumers at large, you can now get some of that much-needed glow back.

Here is how it works:

Purchase retail products via e-commerce, social media or directly from the spa, hairdresser, nail bar or beauty salon sell in store should they open in order to do so and have the required CIPC permit


  • Attempt to first purchase on-line as this is the safer option
  • Should you need to go into the business to purchase products adhere to regulations and exceptions of that business e.g. cloth masks are compulsory for everyone in public, no waiting areas allowed, social distancing and a limited number of people in a salon at a time
  • We suggest that you do an EFT prior to going in, this will limit the time sent in the space and exposure to credit card machines and surfaces
  • We suggest that you arrange a collection time with the business to limit contact with many people
  • Ensure that you use sanitizer when entering and leaving the business
  • respect all-new social distancing requirements

We are part of an industry forum working behind the scenes to get the beauty industry fully trading to perform vital services under strict hygiene and health protocols. This submission includes a request for industry funding to help keep our valued salons in business.

We know it’s been a challenging time for us all and in particular for breadwinners that can’t earn an income. Our industry is made up largely of women entrepreneurs who have a passion for their professional craft. This industry has heart and a voice and We would appreciate your help, if you agree, with getting the word out as we are all #InThisTogether, please sign and share this petition through your social media platforms

Again, we remind you that you cannot have beauty, hair, and nail services at the moment, as it is illegal, this could spread the epidemic, and furthermore it could jeopardize collective efforts to get the industry trading earlier than level 1.

We are here to support you in any way we can, please reach out should you have any quires

Stay Safe and Be Well.  

Professional Beauty Awards Gala Dinner


An annual event arranged to recognize and celebrate the finalists, as well as announce the winners of the

Professional Beauty Awards 15th of March 2020.

It is a prestigious gathering of the best beauty professionals in South Africa, all gathered under one roof and joined together in celebration.

Ticket price of R495 includes a welcome drink, 3-course dinner, fantastic entertainment and opportunity to laugh and dance until the early hours, don’t miss out!

We are also pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Business Conference, on the 16th March, aimed at improving your business, the way you operate and ultimately your bottom line.

Top business leaders and experts will be sharing their knowledge to help YOU grow.

We are running a special offer, whereby you book a conference ticket and a prestigious Gala Awards ticket plus a full day conference ticket and save 30%!

Click here to take advantage of this limited combined special offer and only pay R625 for both tickets!



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?

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.




A jaw-droppingly beautiful bra, made almost entirely of used Rooibos tea bags, has been created by a leading lingerie brand to shine the spotlight on breast cancer which affects 1 in 27 women in South Africa.

The masterpiece was unveiled today to mark the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October and will be auctioned in a few weeks at a high-profile fundraising dinner in aid of CANSA’s women’s education programmes.

The novel idea, which was the brainchild of the SA Rooibos Council (SARC), Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and lingerie retailer, Storm in A-G Cup, has been months in the making.

Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says they have been overwhelmed by the support from the public as thousands of “used and dried” Rooibos tea bags poured in from around the country.

“While only 450 Rooibos tea bags were used in the final design, the bulk of the donated tea bags were used to trial various styles. Rooibos tea was specifically chosen as it contains powerful antioxidants that help fight inflammation – a leading cause of cancer.

“An added benefit is that Rooibos tea, naturally stains the tea bags red, which created the depth in colour we were aiming for, while creating awareness of Rooibos’ cancer-fighting properties.”

After countless hours spent behind the sewing machine, experimenting with Rooibos in all sorts of ways, the dedicated focus of Storm in A-G Cup’s design team finally brought the unique concept to life.

Isla Lovell, owner of Storm in A-G Cup says they’ve never shied away from a challenge and creatively it was a very rewarding project to work on.

“We were immediately drawn to the idea as we often use Rooibos tea to dye our undergarments and have always flown the flag high for breast cancer survivors – our extensive mastectomy bra range is a testament to this.

“Our primary challenge came with using Rooibos tea bags for a garment that inherently relies on stretch to fit, so we had to adapt the material to the final product. We were surprised at how versatile a product Rooibos is – we experimented with the leaves, tea bags and even made beads from the packaging. Pretty much all the detail, including the delicate rose, have been fashioned from Rooibos tea bags.

“The colouring process was the trickiest part as the final look was very much reliant on how the tea bags took to the dye. We used both Rooibos tea leaves and natural pigment powders to dye the tea bags. It took us several months and four prototypes later until we settled on a design,” notes Lovell.

The Rooibos bra forms part of several other CANSA initiatives this spring to create widespread awareness of breast cancer and other cancers affecting women.

Lucy Balona, spokesperson for CANSA says she hopes as interest continues to build around the Rooibos bra, that women – young and old – heed the call for regular breast screenings and examinations.

“Detecting breast cancer early means a much higher survival rate. Regular screenings and mammograms are critical – we need to have less women affected by cancer and having to face that journey.”

There’s plenty of speculation around how much the Rooibos bra will fetch… Some years ago, a white lacy bra worn by screen icon, Marilyn Monroe sold for a cool US$20 000 and two of Madonna’s iconic cone bras fetched US$52 000 and US$26 000 respectively at an auction at Christie’s in London.

Balona says while these figures are steep, she is confident that bidders will dig deep in their pockets for this exclusive, one-of-a-kind Rooibos bra.

“It’s a true work of art! Not only is it exquisite, but all the proceeds raised will help to save more lives through education and early detection,” she says.

To follow the Rooibos bra campaign, go to

GiveYourBraForBreastCancer and help women with breast cancer

Breast cancer can affect both women and men.1 In fact, 1 in 28 South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.2

You can support breast cancer survivors with Roche’s latest initiative #GiveYourBraForBreastCancer. The campaign is asking women to donate a pre-loved bra in any size, colour, any style and any condition in aid of Reach for Recovery.

Roche will proudly donate R10 to Reach for Recovery for every bra donated throughout the campaign. Money raised will be donated to Reach for Recovery for the work they do for breast cancer survivors.

Reach for Recovery is a support programme that supports more than 5 500 breast cancer patients each year, and helps them restore their confidence, especially after undergoing a mastectomy. Survivors who choose not to opt for breast reconstruction surgery can give the appearance of the breast, with a breast prosthesis – a free service offered by Reach for Recovery.

“Good quality mastectomy bras are an everyday necessity for survivors of breast cancer who choose to use an artificial breast following surgery. Bras help with the healing process and empower survivors to return to a normal lifestyle,” said Stephné Jacobs, chairperson at Reach for Recovery.

The breast prosthesis is an artificial breast worn inside the bra and is available in different shapes, sizes and colours.3 It can prevent,3

  • spinal curvature as a result of imbalance, and
  • muscle contracture in neck or back pain.

Not only does the breast prosthesis restore the natural appearance of the breast, but it also maintains body balance,3 and helps survivors deal with the trauma of their cancer treatment.3

With 137 treatment centres across 6 provinces, Reach for Recovery relies on volunteers, who themselves are breast cancer survivors, to support newly diagnosed patients.4

Early cancer diagnosis and treatment is vital to saving lives, and Roche South Africa encourages women to do a self-breast exam #Every30Days. Roche has advice on how to check your breasts which can be found on

Be part of this inspiring initiative and #GiveYourBraForBreastCancer. Make your donation at an oncology practise or State hospitals near you.

Also, join the conversation on Twitter @RochePharmaSA and remember to check your breasts #Every30Days.


September is Oral Health Awareness Month!


We all want beautiful, white teeth but we don’t always look after our teeth as well as we should. Here are three easy steps to keep your smile beautiful, healthy and fresh. It’s as easy as brushing, flossing and rinsing. Sounds easy enough right? Which do you do first though? The Sunstar GUM #HealthySmiles123 poll is asking South Africans for their opinion. Cast your vote on – you could win a Sunstar GUM oral care kit worth over R800.

  1. Brush: Brush correctly twice a day for two minutes each time.
  • Sunstar GUM ActiVital Sonic Toothbrush – This sonic toothbrush comes in black or white. It is sleek, stylish and comfortable to use. The ultra-tapered bristles are scientifically proven to remove up to 50% more plaque from between the teeth than a manual toothbrush and it reaches deeper below the gumline. You can purchase this toothbrush from Dis-Chem, selected dentists and pharmacies. Replacement heads cost R86 for a 2-pack.
  • GUM Original White toothpaste –This toothpaste helps to remove stains and prevent their reappearance without damaging the tooth enamel. It contains fluoride to reinforce tooth enamel, as well as vitamins for healthier gums. It contains low-abrasive micro-silica to gently remove surface stains and a unique StainClear agent to help dissolve stains in hard-to-reach areas.


  1. Clean In-Between: Floss in-between your teeth every day with whatever interdental tool suits you best. Personally, I prefer to floss.
  • GUM Original White floss– This floss contains fluoride and special micronized high cleaning silica in the outer wax that makes it about four times more effective than regular floss at removing stains between the teeth and below the gum line.
  • GUM Soft-Picks Advanced – These soft-picks are the latest disposable dental picks with soft rubber bristles that remove plaque and debris whilst gently massaging and stimulating the gums.


  1. Rinse: For an extra-clean mouth rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
  • GUM Original White mouth rinse – This mouth rinse is alcohol-free andcontains StainClear to help remove stains from in-between the teeth and the tiny crevices in tooth enamel. Made with a patented combination of fluoride, Isomalt, and vitamins, Original White Rinse delivers advanced mineralisation for stronger and shinier teeth, helping prevent further staining while strengthening gums and teeth.

Happy brushing, flossing and rinsing Beauties.

Celebrating YOU! Our EXCLUSIVE August event being hosted by Revive Wellness Spa

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This month we are CELEBRATING YOU on the 13th of August at the beautiful Revive Wellness Spa. All you strong, kind, independent and boss babe women out there. The event will cover topics such as how being fabulous is a woman’s right and how your tribe comes down to what your vibe is. So be sure to surround yourself with people who inspire you and push you to be better.

The morning will consist of great conversations, interactive topics and some pampering treats offered by Revive Wellness Spa. This spa is situated in the heart of the city, that allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle, even if it is just for an hour or 2. Not only is it a little piece of heaven, but the treatments and services they offer are endless. Nails, massages, hair services, they have a floatation pool and a rasul chamber, this is just mentioning A FEW. They have a kids spa too, which is a MAJOR plus if you are a mommy, or even a daddy wanting to treat yourself but you have the kiddos to consider.

You can visit their website :

Tamryn, from Pink Dust Events will be one of our speakers. She will be chatting about how being fabulous is your RIGHT and that you should just own it. Pink Dust Events are all about taking the time off for yourself once a MONTH, EVERY month and not just celebrating being a woman when it is woman’s month.


A brand-new look for QMS Medicosmetics

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QMS has always looked good on any bathroom shelf, but now, the acclaimed skincare brand has revealed a modern, premium look to ensure that the packaging reflects the amazing formulations they contain.

The packaging is still recognisable and fans will be relieved to know that the actual ingredients and products within the packaging still contain the same amazing formulations that QMS is renowned for. The new look products will be phased in slowly from June 2019, and the products are identical: old look, new look, old name, new name – you’re still getting the same great product. 

Victoria Wade, Senior Vice President & Director of Sales & Education for QMS Medicosmetics says the following about the re-staging of the brand:
“We are keen to reduce the environmental effect of our materials’ usage and processes. With this in mind as part of the redesign, we are significantly reducing the amount of packaging that we use. An example of this: we are moving from large plastic jars to smaller jars or tubes, with the same fill as currently (or more in a couple of cases).”

QMS are actively improving the sustainability of the materials they use to ensure it comes from responsibly managed forests as well as removing polystyrene from their packaging design.  Wherever possible, they seek to simplify and reduce resources used throughout the supply chain. QMS’ aim is thus to have a beautifully packaged skin care range that promotes a greener environmental footprint.

QMS Medicosmetics’ brand-new look is complemented by the same great formulations that truly deliver and promise noticeable results. In fact, QMS recently conducted independent clinical testing on the Classic Collagen Regime – a 3-step exfoliate, day collagen and night collagen regime. The results speak for themselves: After 12 weeks it was proven that the visible signs of aging are reduced by 42%, firmness and elasticity is improved by 28% and hydration by 264%. 
With results like these, you can rely on the fact that you truly are getting the very best when investing in QMS Medicosmetics. For more information or to place your order, click here.

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