A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Candice-Lee

ADIÓS DRY WINTER SKIN

Posted on: Monday, August 29, 2016

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My long-suffering “beauty husband” is constantly bombarded with products to try. While he does his best to get through the lot I throw his way; I always find tons of unused products (most expired) at the back of his section of the bathroom cabinet. These usually being eye creams, serums and the generally more ‘treatment’ type products.

However, he regularly works his way through basic’s like face washes, sunscreens, deodorants, moisturisers and body lotions.

Now, my darling hubby is covered in tattoos (two full sleeves and legs) and in order to keep them looking their best, he applies lotion to them every day – but only in summer! “Nobody wants his or her tattoos to look dry and scaly, Candice”.

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Tattoos 

However, in winter it’s a different story. Because his ‘artworks’ are not visible (they’re covered with clothing), he neglects to moisturise his skin daily – and only applies a body lotion when his skin is so dry, it starts to itch! When I asked him why, he said he hates the feeling of applying moisturiser, and then getting dressed and having his clothing stick to his body.

After explaining to him that Vaseline® MENbody Extra Strength Lotion is fast absorbing and non-greasy and, if used regularly, will actively hydrate and soothe his very dry skin, he committed to trying it for 5 days.

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The Vaseline® MENbody Extra Strength Lotion is clinically proven to deeply moisturise and relieve very dry skin from the first application. The formula is infused with restoring micro-droplets of Vaseline® BLUESEAL that works to restore dry and damaged skin. It also contains Stratys-3™, a breakthrough in moisturising technology. When used regularly, it fortifies and hydrates the skin, making it more resilient.

This is what he had to say about the product:

“I’ve tried a few products from the Vaseline Men brand before and enjoyed using them. In fact, if I actually buy any body lotions, it’s usually Vaseline.”

Texture & smell: “I liked that the Vaseline® MENbody Extra Strength Lotion is lightweight and not too runny. It absorbed very quickly, wasn’t oily (I hate oily) and gave my skin a nice tingle. Immediately afterwards, my skin felt smooth and moisturised. This feeling lasted the whole day. I also like that the scent of the product isn’t overpowering and disappears after a few seconds. I’d describe it as clean and fresh, but still masculine.”

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Packaging: “It’s practical and masculine and, because I travel so much, I liked that the formula is available in two sizes – a 400ml (R49.95) and a small 200ml (R29.95) – perfect for packing in my toiletry bag.”

How did your skin feel after 5 days? “A lot better than it usually does when I don’t apply moisturiser. It wasn’t itchy or dry and felt soft and smooth. I’ve also been using this lotion on my hands and they look a LOT better. Usually in winter they get very dry, but this has made a huge difference. What I like the most is that because it absorbs so quickly, I can get on with my work without waiting for the formula to absorb.”

Would you buy this body lotion? “Yes, without a doubt.”

You’ll find the Vaseline® Men range of products at pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide. For more on the range go to www.vaseline.co.za

This post is sponsored by Vaseline

MY PLAY DATE WITH URBAN DECAY

Posted on: Friday, August 26, 2016

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By Helen Clemson

Make up is my cocaine. I’ve always loved it – it just makes me just so darn happy. Five months after the birth of my daughter and I’m slowly getting my style (back) on, so Candice kindly handed over a bag of newly-launched makeup to encourage me.

I’ve been following Urban Decay for years; the brand is American (so that already makes it cool) and it’s real plus is that it’s a vegan line up. Yup, not a single animal-derived ingredient goes into the product range. I’m all about that and I think so many women are too.

And so, onto my testing session (and this is always the fun part); I needed a super-speedy look to apply en-route to my daughter’s play group. I literally had time for eyeshadow and lipstick and so I started with Urban Decay’s Eye shadow Primer Potion (R280) which helps eye shadow stay put on lids. I’ve always been a fan of products like these because eyelid skin is so thin and therefore prone to oiliness. This means shadow moves off the lid and migrates towards the crease where is settles.  Happy to report that this little beaut did it’s job wonderfully; my eye shadow didn’t budge all day (I tried the brand’s Easy Baked Eye Shadow, (R220) with a few coats of Perversion Mascara, (R275).

I’m dying to try the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (R215) as it looks smooth and creamy – and that means easy to apply. I also dig the shade name, Desperation, because this un-sexy feeling mama is well, desperate to rock a bit of a charcoal smoky eye.

The lipstick scored brownie points too; I swept on Vice Lipstick in Native (R230) and was impressed by the colour intensity. What you see in the tube, you see on your lips. In other words, the colour is true to the lipstick bullet. Cheers to that darling! Candice has been raving about the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Broken (R210) that she says glides on so smoothly and effortlessly, while lasting a good few hours. She also gave a nod to the Vice Lipstick in naked (R230) that she likes because it’s almost the exact same colour as her natural lip tone.

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You may have seen a lot of fuss around Urban Decay’s Naked range. Both Candice and I adore the Naked 3 Pallette (R850) which contains 12 beautiful rose hued natural colours in various finishes from matte to pearl. You’ll find an array of useful staple shades in one handy compact that’ll take you from day to night. I’m all for these types of classic colour palettes; so I say treat yourself to one now (even if you think there are too many colours in one pan) and you’ll use it for years. Promise.

You’ll find the Urban Decay store in Sandton City, Johannesburg. We’ve been told there are plans to roll out nationally soon. For those not based in JHB, but desperate to get their hands on a Naked palette, you can do so online at www.urbandecaystore.co.za

BABY ON BOARD

Posted on: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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By Helen Clemson

I had very preconceived ideas about my third trimester of pregnancy. I imagined myself to be like a happy rotund cat sleeping in it’s favourite spot on the couch, waking only to yawn, stretch and guzzle food. What a fool I was. Instead, I was running from pillar to post (as fast as my swollen legs would carry me) buying trolley-loads of baby items that I was assured I absolutely had to have. The one aspect of baby shopping that I was really looking forward to however was hunting for baby care products – I am after all a beauty journalist. However life had other plans; I went into labour early and little Alice arrived nearly a month ahead of schedule. Fate had intervened. So the products I’ve been using on her tender loins are new launches sent to me for work (got to love this job!) and gifts from fellow moms who know a thing or two about what to use on little people.

I only packed my baby bag once my waters had broken, not a plan I advise. I threw in a tub of Oh-Lief Natural Olive Bum Balm (R92 at Wellness Warehouse)  and I’ve been using it ever since. Alice has never ever gotten nappy rash and I highly recommend it (it’s dosed with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil) as an alternative to those heavy barrier creams that coat bottoms in a thick white film. If you need something stronger, when an alarming rash or redness occurs, there’s definitely a place for them though. I’m also dying to try the brand’s Natural Aqueous Cream (R112 at Wellness Warehouse) as Alice’s pediatrician is a big fan of them for babes with sensitive skins.

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Onto bathing and hair washing, something I was terrified to do when I first came home with a three-day-old baby. I first tried Kiehl’s Gentle Hair & Body Wash (R395, call 086 100 1085 for stockists) on my tiny angel and loved it’s delicate smell. It’s also very gentle (as baby products should be), paraben free and moisture-rich. In fact, I forgot to rub cream into her skin after bath time on occasions, and with this wash I didn’t notice any dryness afterwards. Another cleanser I’m loving is a relative newbie and is such a great alternative to baby wipes. Mustela PhysiObébé No Rinse Cleansing Water (R149.95 for 300ml (BUY HERE) means on-the-go cleaning as you literally sweep it on, let it air dry and job done! All the products in the range are laced with a natural active ingredient in the form of avocado which works perfectly (it’s the ideal balance of efficacy and tolerance) on baby’s tender skin. Also try their Foam Shampoo For Newborns (R169.95 for 150ml) – I love that Alice’s hair comes out all fluffy after using it. It needs to stay on for a few minutes to activate, but it’s so worth the wait. Another formula I quite like is the Justine Tissue Oil Baby Botanicals Baby Wash & Shampoo (R160 for 200ml). This gentle body wash and shampoo is dermatologist and paediatrician approved and contains sunflower seed oil, rice bran oil, vitamin E, aloe and chamomile extract. It’s kind to little eyes and suitable for sensitive skins.

Baby body

And last, but certainly not least, let’s talk moisturisers. Using one is imperative as you’ll notice your tot’s skin will dry out if you don’t and that delicious baby softness is what you want to maintain as it’s a sign of good skin health. I’ve always been a huge fan of Cetaphil products (I use their Gentle Skin Cleanser religiously) and they’ve literally just entered the baby market. Onto Alice’s skin is going Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion (R75 for 300ml, coming very soon to Dis-chem and by November it’ll be at Clicks and all major pharmacies). It helps strengthens the skin’s barrier against moisture loss (this is key for babies) thanks to ingredients like shea butter and glycerin. It’s partner is the Gentle Wash & Shampoo (R69.99 for 300ml) which I find really useful as it’s covers a hair and body wash in one go. Another hydrator on my radar is Justine’s Tissue Oil Baby Botanicals Baby Lotion (R160 for 190ml). Sunflower seed oil and vitamin E are great moisturisers and because it’s a light lotion, you avoid that thick tacky consistency that may clog baby’s fine-texture skin. These ingredients are formulated into their Baby Wash & Shampoo too.

Got a question about baby products? Leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you with our best advice.

WHAT’S YOUR MAN’S WORST FACE SCENARIO?

Posted on: Monday, August 22, 2016

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Men and skincare…generally I find it’s a hard sell.

Most I know rely on the women in their lives to purchase products for them, and rarely give skincare a second thought. This is unfortunate because just like women’s skins, so too do men’s skins suffer the ravages of time, pollution and sun damage. Yes, their skin may be tougher and thicker (and more prone to oiliness), but it still needs care and protection.

At the very minimum, I’d suggest a face wash and two moisturisers – one for day (with an SPF), one for night.

This is where the Vaseline MENface Worst Face Scenario campaign is so clever! Haven’t heard of it yet? Check it out HERE and brace yourself!

This campaign drives home the message of just how damaging the sun’s rays are, and how they significantly contribute to ageing. To see what your man’s future skin could look if he neglects it,  you simply upload a close-up (preferably square) image of him HERE. It’s scary stuff, but sometimes I think men need a bit of shock therapy to drive the skincare message home.

My hubby’s #WorstFaceScenario #Scary

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Luckily, because I’ve been in the beauty industry for so long, my hubby has become accustomed to trying and testing various products for me. He’s also very upfront about what he likes and doesn’t.

About a week ago, while he was packing for a short JHB work trip, he asked me for a day moisturiser that was wasn’t too heavy and compact enough to fit into his toiletry Bag. I knew he’d be outdoors for most of the day shooting (he’s a producer and director), it was essential that I gave him one with an SPF. Also, because of his colouring (he’s Cape Malay) his biggest concern is dark marks (especially after a spot) and pigmentation. He loathes anything that leaves any kind of greasy film on his skin (he has an oily skin type), but, at the same time, it needs moisture.

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So I gave him the Vaseline MENface Even Tone Expert Moisturiser SPF15 (R81.99) that comes in a nifty pump pack. This moisturiser is specially formulated for men and works to even out skin tone and diminish dark marks, while hydrating the skin. It has an SPF 15 for protection from the sun’s UV rays. Also included in the formula is Vitamin B3 (more commonly referred to as niacinamide). This potent cell-communicating ingredient has been shown to improve skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance barrier function, help erase discolourations and eliminate redness.

He loved the texture and fact that this moisturiser absorbed really quickly. He also hasn’t had any breakouts since he started using it (because of his oily skin type, he regularly suffers with pimples) and quite liked the subtle, clean smell of the product. After two weeks of using the moisturiser, he described his skin as looking clearer and healthier. In terms of the packaging, he gave it big thumbs up, saying he prefers pump packaging to tubes and liked the masculine navy and orange colours.

I’m liking the Worst Face Scenario campaign so much, I even uploaded a pic of one of my hubby’s work colleagues to show him what he’ll look like if he doesn’t start caring and protecting his skin. Obv’s I couldn’t resist uploading a pic of myself too…

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How scary do I look?

So common ladies, lets get the message out there! Men need to care for and protect their skins. I dare you to upload an image (HERE) of your man and show him his #WorstFaceScenario – perhaps then he’ll understand just how imperative it is for him to care for his skin and avoid future damage.

MY NON-INVASIVE ANTI-AGEING STRATEGY

Posted on: Friday, August 19, 2016

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What I love most about being a beauty writer and blogger is constantly trying out new and exciting products and then – of course – sharing them with you.

And after trying a budget-friendly range that gives me great results, I get a real thrill, mostly because I know so many women can’t afford to spend upwards of R500 on an anti-ageing product.

For the next four weeks, I’ll be trying the products below from the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew range. They contain the highest concentration of Hyaluronic Acid formulated into a cream by L’Oreal. They’re also enriched with Fibroxyl plant extract, renowned for its firming properties. While this range is great for women’s skins 30 years and up (those concerned with aging and volume loss), it’s women in the 40’s age bracket (like me), as well as 50 and 60-year-old women who’ll see the most benefit. Best news is, all four products in the range, retail for a very price-friendly R284.95 each.

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The Inspiration

For the Revitalift Filler Renew product range, L’Oreal took inspiration from Hyaluronic Acid injectables, analysing how this filler works to plump lines and wrinkles in the skin. They then sought to replicate it in the range.

Hyaluronic acid injections work on two levels:

  1. They provide instant volume
  2. They actually stimulate the natural production of collagen.

‘The swelling of hyaluronic acid results in a mechanical pressure, stimulating fibroblasts which in turn produces more collagen,’ explains dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth.

An easy to understand explanation on the loss of facial volume

Skin cells are embedded within a scaffolding-like structure called the extracellular matrix (ECM). This consists of collagen intertwined with various proteins and other connective tissue molecules. Collagen is often known as the ‘building block’ of the skin. As skin ages, the ECM becomes more fragmented, losing collagen, which in turn contributes to the loss of volume.

FROM AROUND THE AGE OF 25 YRS, WE LOSE ABOUT ONE PER CENT OF THE SKIN’S COLLAGEN RESERVES EVERY YEAR!

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Hyaluronic acid is a naturally found molecule in the ECM, which is responsible for keeping the skin moisturised. It’s a highly hydrophilic molecule, meaning it attracts a significant volume of water and swells to many times its original size. Hyaluronic acid molecules are capable of holding a thousand times their own weight.

This incredible substance is found throughout the body – with 50% in the skin. It gives the smooth and dewy look of youth, but sadly dissipates alongside collagen from about 30 years of age.

The Revitalift Filler Renew range also contains Fibroxyl – an extract rich in sugars, which has been shown to activate fibroblast cells. Fibroxyl mimics the actions of a filler injection in the dermis (the lower layer of the skin), stimulating the fibroblasts to produce collagen, making skin behave as if it were much younger.

The Products

When the products arrived, I was instantly struck by how cool the packaging is. The serum’s packaging in particular is my favourite. It resembles a giant syringe and is designed to protect the formula from air and light. Clever huh?

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Revitalift Filler Renew Hyaluronic Replumping Serum R284.95 

I also like that fact that the eye cream has an applicator that’s curved on the one side. It also has a flat metal end that you use to gently massage the cream in.

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Revitalift Filler Renew Filler Precision Eye Cream R284.95

Both the day and night creams are packaged in glass jars, giving them quite a luxe feel. I like the silky texture of the day cream, and noticed it absorbs super quick, without leaving my skin looking shiny. While the day cream doesn’t have an SPF, I noticed in the ingredient list that it does contain Titanium Dioxide. However, I would recommend applying a separate sunscreen, or using a foundation with a built-in SPF for extra protection.

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Revitalift Filler Renew Anti-Ageing Day Replumping Care R284.95

The night cream has a very luxurious texture and beautiful lilac tone. I like how super hydrating it is. It works to re-plump wrinkles, define contours and restore the skin.

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Revitalift Filler Renew Anti-Ageing Night Replumping Care R284.95

Good To Know

Back in 2003, while working for True Love magazine, I was fortunate enough to visit the L’Oreal Head office in Clichy just outside Paris. I was given a tour of the research lab, and it was there that I got to see just how cutting edge their scientific research really is. At the time L’Oreal had just pioneered growing actual human skin to test their products on. It was mind-blowing to see skin cells growing in petri dishes, and the whole experience gave me a new perspective on the brand. The thing with mass brands like L’Oreal is, because they’re so big, they can afford to spend millions on research and development, and that ensures their products are effective and safe.

Too many women think expensive equals better.

But, this is NOT the case.

I’m super excited to report back in a month on how I – and my skin – experienced this range.

*This blog post is sponsored by L’Oreal Paris*

ESPADRILLES – QUINTESSENTIAL SUMMER FOOTWEAR

Posted on: Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Denim Fray espadrilles R650

This summer -when it comes to footwear – it’s all about the espadrille. Comfortable, functional and bang on trend, If you weren’t an early adopter last year, now is the time. Espadrilles are great because they are super comfortable, durable and, depending on the sole, can add a bit of height to your silhouette.

But where in South Africa can you find traditional espadrilles, made by hand, stitched according to centuries old traditional methods?

Why, at ‘Espadril’ on Bree street in Cape Town, of course!

Khaki R600

Basic olive R600

About a year ago, South African Rizqah Isaacs and Spaniard Patricia Terre started making authentic espadrilles at their studio in the heart of the city. Each pair, while still retaining their authentic Spanish air, is given a local flavour with interesting designs and beautiful fabrics.

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Mexican with leather back R700 (per pair)

All the materials used by ‘Espadril’ are a happy marriage of authentic soles and cotton uppers from Spain, while the leather and other materials are produced in South Africa. You’ll find styles featuring woven rope backs and ankle laces. This season, leather laces and backs giving this otherwise casual style a more sophisticated vibe.

blue stripe slider R600

Blue Stripe Slider R600 (also available in red)

Best of all, clients who cannot find the perfect pair at Espadril, are welcome to choose from the huge selection of fabrics and three sole options: a thin sole, the thicker, traditional sole and a double platform. The Espadril team will then make it by hand and have your pair ready over a period of a few days. Prices range from R600 to R800 per pair.

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Basic yellow R600

Espadril espadrilles are currently available from superbalist.com or at their Cape Town store at 100 Bree Street. To browse their full range, go to espadril.co.za and keep an eye out for the exciting new designs for Espadril’s SS17 collaboration with PICHULIK.

A SPOT OF BOTHER

Posted on: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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By Helen Clemson

Your tween is in despair; that boy she digs (is that the phrase the kids are using these days?) is blanking her and, worst luck, a very noticeable pimple has reared its ugly head on her chin. Oh the drama! Unfortunately she’s not alone in the pimple department. Her mom – albeit in her 40’s – is suffering along with her. Even if you’ve never had acne during puberty, it’s possible to suffer from it as an adult. Sobering thought. Perhaps that’s why, along with an arsenal of anti-aging products, anti-acne product (anti-blemish moisturisers, spot treatments, oil-free sunscreens and so on) are filling up the shelves of the beauty aisles just as fast as miracle potions promising you a line free complexion.

 

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I’m all about Mario Badescu Skin Care Drying Lotion (R399 for 29ml,www.mariobadescu.co.za), a targeted spot treatment that’s as famous as it is effective. It has quite a cult following; Charlize Theron, Cher, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Queen Latifah, Oprah Winfrey, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Aniston, P. Diddy are all fans of the brand. Why? Nearly 50 years old, the range is botanically based (that means it’s formulated around plant ingredients) and not tested on animals. Read on as to why this Drying Lotion is currently rocking my world.

Often one large pimple (the type that seems to have it’s own heartbeat) feels more visible than a patchy breakout that seems more like a flushed rash. And an astringent face wash and oil-free lotion ain’t going to cut it. The trick is to target the spot with a clever blend of quick-drying ingredients and leave it well alone. And the latter is very hard to do I know. Resist the urge to perform bathroom surgery (you’ll just inflame it more and cause bacteria to spread) and treat your pimp overnight.

 

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The beauty of Mario Badescu Skin Care Drying Lotion is the cocktail of its drying ingredients (remember what I said about them?). A blend of salicylic acid and calamine acts like dehydrating remedy that not only clears up the spot, but also soothes it as you sleep. And that’s what you need to kill the redness that attracts even more attention to your spot. It also works wonders in clearing nasty whiteheads, overnight!

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Ok, so this ain’t a treatment that you just sweep on everywhere and hit the hay. No, it needs a gentle – and precise – hand. Before bed, after cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin, apply a dab of lotion directly on the pimple or whitehead using a cotton bud. Do not rub in. Let it dry and rinse off in the morning. And this is very important: don’t shake the bottle – apply only the pink sediment on the skin. And I love this tip: hate the annoying itch of mossie bites? This beaut will take the itch out super quick.

LOVE YOUR EXPRESSIONS & LOSE YOUR LINES (POND’S GIVEAWAY)

Posted on: Monday, August 15, 2016

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We all know that beautiful looking skin makes us feel confident and youthful. But, as we age, a lack of radiance, dark spots and lines and wrinkles start setting in. Also, everyday actions like smiling, pouting, frowning and wincing could all eventually lead to permanent lines and wrinkles. These signs of ageing usually start becoming visible around 30 yrs of age.

However, if you look after your skin everyday, it will look beautiful for the rest of your life. And, you need not spend a fortune on skincare. I know that expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better, so it gives me real pleasure to share skincare products that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

So, let’s chat about ageing, and how it affects the skin.

Think of aging skin as an old swimsuit that has lost its stretch. Collagen and elastin are responsible for keeping the skin elastic and wrinkle free, but as we age, the regeneration of our natural collagen slows. Our remaining collagen stiffens up – a process known as glycation. The little collagen that is produced now has shorter fibers. This causes the dermis support structure to collapse, eventually leading to wrinkle formation and sagging. Also, our skin generally becomes drier as we get older. There are less natural oils (lipids) in aging skin, causing a breakdown of the internal support structure, making the signs of aging, like fine line and wrinkles, appear faster.

Luckily, POND’S has invested years of research to better understand the mechanisms of skin renewal and aging, at a cellular level. This research has resulted in a revolutionary breakthrough in anti-aging called the Intelligent Pro-Cell Complex. Essentially, this is a potent system of 6 Bio-Actives that work in combination with each other and with the natural processes of your skin, to deliver 3 times more skin renewal power. Yes please!

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So, what are these miracle actives and how do they work?

  1. CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) stimulates skin cells to boost skin renewal at a cellular level.
  2. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) – Removes dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, making it look more radiant.
  3. Retinol – The best anti-aging ingredient. Retinol penetrates deep into the skin to promote regeneration and stimulate collagen production; thereby improving the structure of the skin and making it look plumper.
  4. 2 Retinol Boosters – These enhance the efficacy of the retinol, boosting the anti-aging benefits to the skin
  5. Glycerine – locks moisture into the cells. Remember, hydration improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  6. Niacinamide – A brilliant ingredient that increases the cell renewal rate by acting as an exfoliator. It can diminish the look of dark spots, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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POND’S age miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream (R185.99) – This day cream targets and reduces the signs of ageing and is suited to skin types that are normal to dry. I love the luxurious, velvety feeling of this moisturiser that targets fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Because it has an SPF 15, it protects the skin from the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays while enhancing the skin’s radiance. It’s enriched with Vitamin C that acts as an antioxidant while reducing any dark marks. Micro-collagen works to plump and firm the skin.

POND’S age miracle Deep Action Night Cream (R189.99) – This nighttime treat for the skin works while you’re sleeping, when your cells regeneration potential is at its peak. The formulas lovely rich texture hydrates the skin, yet absorbs quickly. It works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce age spots and boost radiance.

POND’S age miracle Intensive Cell ReGEN Serum (R200) – This baby is ideal for skin that’s in need of an anti-aging boost. It contains a powerful concentration of actives that dramatically boost the skin’s capacity for young cell regeneration. With continued use, age spots will visibly fade while wrinkles look less pronounced, especially when it’s paired with the day and night creams from the Age Miracle Range. This is my favourite product of the range as I love the texture and how quickly it absorbs into the skin. If you can only buy one product from the range, make it this beauty.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

In addition to caring for our skin with products, what we eat and drink plays a big part in how our skin looks and ages. I’ve become very cognizant about what I put into my body and how it will affect my skin, overall mood and energy levels.

When it comes to eating for your skin, certain ingredients have been proven to benefit the skin. Below is my special ‘beauty oats’ recipe that, aside from being delicious and filling, uses ingredients that the skin loves.

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Makes 1 portion

  • In a small saucepan on high heat, add one cup of boiling water to ½ cup of Jungle oats and ¼ vanilla pod.
  • Stir constantly until oats begin to thicken (about 40 seconds)
  • Add a splash of almond milk and stir into oats for about 30 seconds. To add another dimension of flavour and really thicken up your oats, you can add a tablespoon of nut butter. I like peanut butter, but almond, cashew and macadamia butter works well too.
  • Turn heat off and allow oats to stand for 40 seconds.
  • Place oats into a bowl and top with blueberries, walnuts, sunflower seeds and a drizzle of honey.

Beauty oats

We all know that hydrating the body is just as important as hydrating the skin. To motivate myself to drink more water, I’ve taken inspiration from the jugs of deliciously flavoured water you normally find at spas and have begun making my own.

Fruit flavoured water

Fill a jug with either sparkling of plain water. Slice one lemon into rounds and add to the water. Add a handful of blueberries and about 5 to 8 mint leaves. Allow the fruit flavours to infuse for 2-4 hours. Drink and enjoy.

Remember, life is about having fun so live it to the fullest. But, don’t forget to look after your skin and adopt a few #BeautifulHabits like eating healthy food and drinking enough water, exercising and staying positive.

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the POND’S age miracle #BeautifulHabits campaign, I have 5 hampers up for grabs, each containing the following products and valued at R572:

  1. 1 x POND’S age miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream
  2. 1 x POND’S age miracle Deep Action Night Cream
  3. 1 x POND’S age miracle Intensive Cell ReGEN serum

To stand a chance of winning a hamper, I want you to share pictures of your four expressions before the 28 August. They could be images of you launching, smiling, frowning, screaming or even wincing. Images need to be no larger than 1MB and not smaller than 250KB. Mail your pictures to ckannemeyer@gmail.com – I’ll choose my 5 favourites and include them in a blog post when I announce the winners on Tuesday 30 August.  Please also leave a comment below saying ‘entered’ so I now to look out for your email.