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Topicrem skincare now in South Africa!

We’re proud to add Topicrem, a top dermo-cosmetic skincare brand loved in France and French-speaking Africa, to our range of skincare solutions.

Topicrem’s core focus: products with minimal ingredients that allow the whole family – from newborns to those with mature sensitive skin – to enjoy life comfortably and confidently.

Remember, we deliver to your doorstep so you don’t have to travel the world to find the love your skin deserves.

Topicrem was born out of love

The story of Topicrem is one of a father’s love.

Great concern about his son’s discomfort because of atopic and dry skin prompted the president of a pharmaceutical laboratory to ask his team to find a formula that could help soothe itchiness and redness. A safe, comfortable and effective formula that combines strong moisturising with pleasant scent, with a fluid texture that penetrates instantly without sticking.

The resulting solution was Topicrem Ultra Moisturizing Body Milk. This fluid, non-oily emulsion with a high moisturising and lipid-replenishing power instantly penetrates the skin without feeling sticky. It quickly became a popular choice for newborn babies and those with severely sensitised dry skin.

1 is sold every 25 seconds around the world, and it’s the No.1 Moisturising Body Milk in French pharmacies (IMS 2018).

Twenty-six years on…

Topicrem develops effective, simple and safe products that ensure skincare and gentle cleansing for the whole family.

As part of the Mayoly Spindler Pharmaceutical Laboratories, a French family-owned and independent group with over 100 years of experience, Topicrem succeeds in delivering great skincare solutions by maintaining their values of product quality and safety.

Safe for the whole family

Topicrem is all about maximum efficiency with minimal ingredients, ensuring their products are super-gentle with optimal tolerance and suitable for everyone, especially newborn babies and children.

All products go through rigorous clinical testing and even packaging is carefully catered to with both Topicrem production sites in France meeting strict regulatory requirements and their cosmetics production plant being ISO 22716 certified.

Safe for future generations

While plastic is still a key ingredient in product packaging, Topicrem’s sustainability guidelines ensure it keeps environmental care top-of-mind. The products are 100% recyclable, and packaging is reduced to a minimum. Where necessary, FSC certified paper, derived from sustainable forest management, is used.

 

Now choose your perfect skin routine

Topicrem’s UM (Ultra Moisturizing) range is their best-selling range. The Sensitive Facial Care selection and Body selection have products suitable for adults, babies and children.

For Baby’s Sensitive Skin

Try this morning and evening routine for your littlies.

  1. Cleanse with Topicrem Gentle Cleansing Gel.
  2. Treat the body with Topicrem Light Ultra Moisturising Cream.
  3. Treat and protect the face with Topicrem Ultra Moisturising Cream SPF50.

For Mature Sensitive Skin

Kick up hydration levels with this Topicrem UM morning and evening skincare routine.

  1. Cleanse with Topicrem Gentle Cleansing Milk.
  2. Boost hydration and radiance with with Topicrem Ultra Moisturising Serum.
  3. Treat the body with Topicrem Ultra Moisturizing Body Milk.
  4. Treat and protect the face with Topicrem Ultra Moisturizing Cream SPF50.


For Combination to Oily Skin

Topicrem’s AC (anti-blemish) range offers solutions for oily to combination skin types prone to acne. It contains complementary sebum-correcting, exfoliating and antibacterial ingredients.

  1. Cleanse with Topicrem Gentle Cleansing Gel.
  2. Treat with Topicrem AC Active Care.
  3. Or, if you’re currently under medical acne treatment (isotretinoin, etc.) and need a hydration boost, treat with Topicrem AC Hydra Compensating Moisturizing Cream.
  4. Add some sun protection with Topicrem Ultra Moisturizing Cream SPF50.

 

For Hyperpigmentation (dark spots)

The pigmentation struggle is definitely real in South Africa, so the Topicrem MELA (melanin) range is a welcome addition. Try this routine to get your skin back to its natural even tone.

  1. Cleanse with Topicrem Gentle Cleansing Gel.
  2. Treat with Topicrem MELA Booster Serum and then…
  3. Apply Topicrem MELA Corrective Day Cream (SPF 20) during your morning routine and Topicrem MELA Corrective Night Cream during your evening routine.
  4. Don’t forget sun protection for the day with Topicrem Ultra Moisturizing Cream SPF50.

Watch this informative video about the brand here. Please note we only carry a selected range of top products for South African skin needs. Find out more at topicrem.com

We have a Topicrem special offer just for the launch!

Want to try out one a Topicrem routine?

Then you need to get in on the Topicrem launch special offer:

Buy any two Topicrem products and get 15% OFF, valid from 17 to 25 September 2019.

Remember to let us know what you think of the NEW Topicrem skincare line by leaving your review on our Facebook page.

 

xoxo

A derm’s guide: Understanding melasma in 2019

Our favourite dermatologist Dr. Lev Naidoo helps us understand what we need to know about melasma hyperpigmentation. She discusses what it is, how to recognise it, the latest research, and how to treat it.

What is Melasma?

Melasma – sometimes called chloasma or the mask of pregnancy – is a common, acquired disorder of increased pigmentation that affects many people worldwide.

How does Melasma appear?

Typical signs of melasma are light to dark brown patches of increased pigmentation distributed evenly on the face, with irregular borders. It is usually found over the cheeks and/or forehead, bridge of nose, chin and jaw areas. One of the telltale signs of this condition is that it almost always becomes worse during summer.

In past medical studies, melasma was defined as either epidermal (superficial), dermal (in the deeper layers of the skin), or mixed (both in the epidermis and the dermis), based on how the melanin pigment was deposited in the skin. More recent studies show that all melasma is mixed.

Melasma appearance

Who gets Melasma?

Melasma affects most people twenties and thirties. It is seen earlier in lighter skin types than in dark skins, and melasma in men is more common as once believed.

What are the risk factors for Melasma?

Whether you will develop melasma or not depends on factors such long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and light sources, so people who tan or spend a lot of time outdoors playing sport are more likely to develop it. Female hormone stimulation (see below) affects it too, and then there’s genetic predisposition – did your mother and aunts have it?

Some people also report that melasma develops or worsens after stressful events that have generated anxiety. The reason for this is that stress and depression raise levels of cortisol. This stimulates certain hormones that cause an increase in melanin production.

What causes Melasma?

It’s complicated!

Our understanding of melasma has evolved.  We used to think of it as a “simple” disturbance of melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin pigment. However, recent analysis revealed almost 300 genes are significantly different, when comparing melasma areas to surrounding healthy skin. This affects the pigment-producing melanocytes and also the dermis. It also, unfortunately, makes the treatment of melasma complicated and ongoing – a lifelong commitment.

It’s photoageing

Recent data also backs the theory that melasma is partly a photoageing disorder – UV damage-induced premature skin ageing.

It’s UV damage

Long-term UV exposure also raises the levels of matrix metalloproteinases in the skin, which degrade collagen. Collagen is an important component of the membrane separating the epidermis from the dermis. When this membrane is degraded, melanocytes and melanin are able to enter into the dermis. This deeper deposit of melanin makes treatment more challenging.

Our oil glands play a part

Oil-producing sebaceous cells also contribute to melasma. This may be why we find melasma in the centre of the face, where sebaceous glands are more densely distributed.

Of course, free radicals have to be involved

People with melasma have higher levels of oxidative stress (an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants), compared to people without melasma. This leads us to think there may be a connection between free radical injury and melasma.

And then we have our hormones, but all is not what it seems…

For a long time, we believed our female hormones played a part in melasma. A recent study of melasma patients in nine countries, however, minimises the impact of female hormones. It showed that the onset of melasma occurrs in only 20% of cases per pregnancy. Almost 10% of melasma start after menopause. The same study also showed that there wasn’t a significant slowing of melasma once the trialists stopped using contraceptive pills.

It seems cortisol hormones may be at least partly responsible.

Recent research shows the importance of the role of cortisol hormones in melasma. As explained above, the hypothalamus controls the release of melanin-stimulating cortisol, which have a direct effect on pigmentation. The hypothalamus’s role in the limbic system that governs our emotions supports the theory that emotions and stress reactions can cause increased pigmentation in certain people.

How do you treat Melasma?

1. Start developing sun protection habits.

Limit time spent outdoors when sun is at its peak.

Try to use protective clothing and sunhats with a wide brim.

Use sunscreen every day. And reapply every two hours if you are spending long periods of time outdoors or in water.

Current studies show that physical blocker sunscreens (e.g., sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), or combination chemical-filter and physical blocker sunscreens are more effective than chemical filter sunscreens alone in protecting against visible light. These increase the sunscreen’s photoprotective capacity which, in turn, increases the success of melasma treatment.

The sunscreen I often recommend for my melasma patients is Bioderma’s Photoderm M, which combines both chemical and physical blockers. It is fragrance-free, doesn’t block pores and is excellently tolerated even by sensitive skin-types. Its very high UVA/UVB protection has titanium dioxide to protect against visible light. It also contains glabridin, which inhibits stimulation of melanin production.

2. Use a pigmentation-correction treatment

I find products with a combination of pigment-inhibiting ingredients offer the most benefit. It is also important that it offers barrier repair to address the photoageing component of melasma. Addition of an antioxidant further strengthens the capacity for correction.

Products I recommend for my melasma patients include:

Esthederm’s Esthe White Brightening Youth Anti-Dark Spots Serum: A combination of licorice root extract inhibits melanin production, neoglucosamine further inhibits melanin synthesis and is a building block for hyaluronic acid, helping with skin repair. The antioxidants vitamin C, E and superoxide dismutase decrease free radicals, regulate melanocyte activity and decreases inflammation in the skin. Apply this product twice daily to areas with increased pigmentation.

Noreva’s Iklen Mélano Expert Anti-Brown Spot Concentrate contains rucinol and Sophora-α, which inhibit melanin synthesis, centaureidine, which inhibits the migration of melanin to the keratinocytes, as well as Vitamin C.

Le Beauty Club comment: Suitable for use while pregnant and breastfeeding.

Bioderma’s new Pigmentbio Night Renewer – this powerhouse product contains a combination of niacinamide (the biologically active form of vitamin B3 which decreases the transfer of melanosomes from melanocytes to keratinocytes and enhances barrier repair), azelaic acid inhibits tyrosinase and decreases inflammation. It also contains other ingredients effective in treating pigmentation – licorice root extract, vitamin C. Vitamin E and vitamin PP strengthen the skin’s barrier. Apply this product in the evening to areas of pigmentation.

3. Additional support

Beyond anti-pigmentation skin care, you can also improve pigmentation problems with chemical peels, microdermabrasion and micro-needling.

NEED TO KNOW!

It is very important to take skin type and sensitivity into account to decrease trauma or inflammation of the skin.  This makes it essential to only consider these options under the care of your treating doctor. Trauma and inflammation can, unfortunately, lead to worsening of pigmentation problems, especially in patients with darker skin types.

So, remember…

Always sun protect, improve skin barrier quality, gradually integrate active ingredients with pigment-lifting properties into your skin care regime. And always be gentle with your skin.

Here’s wishing you happy skin days,

Dr. Lev
XOXO
Dr

 

 

Your Mustela essentials to care for your baby’s skin in winter

Your baby’s skin is very delicate. Until the age of 2, it is immature and needs extra-special care especially in winter, when all skin tends to suffer. Mustela has the ideal solutions to keep your baby’s skin healthy and happy through the chilly season

Ever wondered why cold, dry winter air can cause eczema flare-ups and other skin irritations? The reason: the air around us is generally drier in winter than it is in summer (indoors heating is an aggravator, and anyone living through a Gauteng winter knows this all too well). This causes the skin to dry out. Then, the fluctuation in temperature between outside and inside as we move in and out of the house causes our skin to dry out even further. Baby’s skin is immature and can’t keep itself hydrated as well as normal, more mature skin, so it needs help – MOISTURE, PROTECTION AND SOOTHING – with the right skin care to stay healthy, especially in babies. And with different skin types, this need is even more critical.

1. Identify baby’s skin type

The first step in treating your baby’s skin is identifying their skin type and condition, then you can make sure you use the right skin care to keep it moisturised and happy.

If you’re blessed with a baby who has normal skin, then continuing your regular routine with a bit of additional moisturisation is all you need in winter.

When your baby’s skin show signs of not being ‘normal’, it’s not quite that simple to diagnose… Atopic (eczema-prone) skin can be dry and sensitive, and most sensitive skin is dry, but it doesn’t mean that all dry skin is sensitive! It can be very confusing and frustrating for parents to know which steps to take.

When in doubt, especially if your baby is showing signs of skin irritation or allergy, consult your paediatrician or dermatologist for a proper diagnosis.

Here are some basic symptoms to look out for in figuring out what your baby’s skin needs.

If you suspect your baby has eczema or sensitive skin, get a medical confirmation as soon as possible.

Dry skin lacks oil and is a genetic trait that is likely to last throughout your baby’s life. Dry skin looks dry and rough, and can be accompanied by slight itching and flaking. It is easily treatable with the use of effective nourishing products.
Get great information about dry skin from Mustela here.

Sensitive and very sensitive skin is skin that reacts to certain ingredients at certain times, and can be caused by genetic or allergic conditions. From birth, the skin of some babies may be more sensitive than others, and overreacts – seen as reddening – to stresses that are usually well tolerated by normal skin. Things like environmental factors (temperature changes, sweating, wind), chemical stresses (dyes, detergents, hard water) or even rubbing from their nappy or clothing can set them off. The baby may also feel discomfort (tingling and tightness sensations).
One in three children have very sensitive skin, according to dermatologists. Identifying products, ingredients and irritants that cause the reaction is the key to managing this type of skin. Luckily, if you remove the sensitivity trigger and use the right soothing products, the skin will calm down.
Find out more about this skin type here

Atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema) is a serious skin condition that can occur at any age, but is very common in babies and young children, usually manifesting by three months and before the age of 2.
If one parent has eczema, the changes are that that baby will have about 35% chance of having eczema. If both parents have it, the risk rises to between 50 and 80%.

It is basically a skin barrier disorder that causes inflammation of the skin, making it swell, crack and itch. Unfortunately, even if you remove the inflammation trigger, the skin will continue to overreact.
Eczema is easy to identify because it manifests in the form of red, irritated patches of skin, most often in high movement areas of the body like the bend of the elbows, behind knees, on eyelids and along wrists. The risk of infection is high due to the urge to scratch the irritated areas, so this must be avoided as much as possible. Many cases of eczema persist into adulthood, and sufferers often experience flare-ups in colder weather.
Mustela’s excellent information on atopic skin is very useful. Read more here.

2. Start your baby’s skin care programme

Mustela is Europe’s No. 1 brand, dedicated to healing and protecting your baby’s skin. They have a range of products to treat each condition as quickly and effectively as possible, harnessing and combining the very best of nature and technology.

If your baby has ATOPIC ECZEMA…

it is vital to restore the skin’s barrier as quickly as possible. The Mustela Stelatopia range is clinically proven to soothe and repair atopic-prone skin, and has been tested under dermatological and paediatric control.

Mustela Stelatopia Cleansing Cream is the best cleansing option for highly stressed skin. It has been designed to form a soft foam when it comes into contact with the skin, gently cleansing without the need for rubbing, which can further irritate the skin. Once rinsed off, the plant-rich formula leaves the skin soothed, cleansed and hydrated.

If your baby is suffering with a flare-up, soothe the skin with an emollient cream like Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream. The formula contains innovative natural-origin ingredients to replenish the skin’s lipid barrier to repair and protect the skin from further irritation.

Watch Mustela’s video which gives great tips on caring for your eczema-prone baby’s skin

What you can do to reduce eczema flare-ups

• You can help to reduce flare-ups by avoiding extreme temperature fluctuations. Cover up as much of your baby’s skin as you can when going outside and limit their exposure to air conditioning to keep the skin’s temperature as steady as possible.
• HOWEVER, sweating can aggravate your baby’s skin, causing itching. Make sure you dress your child in layers, with a soft vest underneath, so you can remove the warm coat indoors to prevent overheating and sweating.
• Dry air also contributes to dry skin, outside as well as inside, so use a humidifier in a heated room to keep the air moist.
• Corticosteroid medication is used to treat the inflammatory response when the baby has a flare-up. It doesn’t, however, tackle the actual cause of atopic skin, which is disregulated skin cells. To prevent flare-ups, it’s important to treat the skin with the correct, dermatologically formulated and tested skin care which provides the skin with barrier lipids and builds a stronger barrier to prevent dehydration, as well as soothing inflammation. Mustela Stelatopia uses Sunflower Oil distillate which not only provides barrier lipids, it is also anti-inflammatory and it triggers your own skin cells to produce more lipids.

If your baby has DRY SKIN…

they need Mustela Nourishing range. It has been designed to deliver hydration, beeswax and plant oils to dry skin, keeping it supple and healthy.

To cleanse dry skin, it is important to use gentle, non-drying formulas that keep the skin’s barrier intact. The Nourishing range offers a Cleansing Milk, as well as a nourishing, lipid-enriched Gentle Soap Bar with Cold Cream.

Facial dry patches are common in babies, and the Nourishing Cream with Cold Cream treats and protects this delicate skin. The new formula contains 95% from natural origin ingredients; all designed to nourish, soothe and hydrate the skin without leaving any sticky or greasy residue.

If your baby has SENSITIVE SKIN…

the best option is the Mustela Very Sensitive Skin Soothing range. This range contains soothing actives to calm any irritation and reduce tingling sensations associated with sensitive skin reactions

Cleansers comprise Very Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel and Very Sensitive No-Rinse Cleansing Water – great for on the go clean-ups.

Exclusive to Le Beauty Club! The Very Sensitive Skin Soothing Moisturising Cream is now here. It is ideal for use on the face and provides immediate, long-lasting relief from skin discomfort.

 

Nappy time!

Instead of abrasive wipes, cleaning your baby’s bottom area with a gentle cream cleanser will reduce the risk of irritation and help to keep the area free of bacteria. Mustela Liniment Diaper Change Cleanser contains 99% ingredients of natural origin, including omega-rich extra virgin olive oil, to hydrate and nourish as it cleanses super-gently.

This delicate area can easily be irritated and is prone to flare-ups due to nappy friction and dampness. Mustela 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream, containing 98% natural-origin ingredients, has been developed to target irritation and inflammation at its source. It soothes the skin underneath, and protects it from external irritants, literally forming a protective barrier.

And nap time…

Babies are often affected by severe temperature changes, and stuffy noses can cause disrupted sleep patterns for everyone. Mustela Soothing Chest Rub will not only relax your baby for a good night’s sleep, it also soothes and hydrates any irritated skin as the gentle pine scent helps them breathe more easily.

Enjoy your winter!

XOXO

6 of the best Autumn/Winter 2019 Makeup Trends: Runway to Real

Ethereal, breathtaking, and somewhat eye-catching… these are the best words to describe the Autumn/Winter 2019 make-up trends

Created to illuminate some intriguing runway garments, the Autumn/Winter 2019 make-up trends were a feast of creativity. Dominating the AW 2019 runways, we saw the rebirth of the eccentric 90s with a modern twist. Some were minimalistic, others outrageously dramatic, but numerous trends will undoubtedly end up a part of our every-day make-up looks. We’ve interpreted some of the way-out runway looks and picked the most friendly trends for you to build on for your chic new look IRL.

1. Barely there make-up

Shades of Armani ecru linen slouch suits! The early 90s were a backlash against the excesses of the 80s and the dominant colour palette was beige, greige (Angelina Jolie’s corpse-bride lips flashback, anyone?) and natural.

This autumn/winter’s interpretation holds on to the barely there/no make-up look, seen prominently on numerous Autumn/ Winter fashion week runways. Make-up artists kept it simple, using a bare minimum of foundation to enhance the models’ outer beauty without interfering with their natural skin.

You’ll find this neutral palette is also the perfect foil for the colours and textures of your ensembles in warmer tones and pretty prints.

 

For those less willing to face the world bare-faced, faking it with highlighters, subtle bronzing and fine-textured neutrals covers a multitude of sins. Here’s how you do it:

Skin

Natural skin is the order of the day, and a little help from these friends will give us gorgeous, radiant ‘no make-up’ skin. Our favourite foundations to get this look:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Filter Foundation

Hide any booboos and use your contouring/highlighting skills to make the most of your assets:

Conceal blemishes with Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer or Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Master Bronze Colour and Highlighter kit is a great palette for all your eye and face shaping needs.

Eyes

A neutral, soft shimmer on the eye is universally flattering and a great base if you decide you want to build on your look with the trends below. We like Bourjois Little Round Pot Eye Shadow in Ingenude and Emauvante or Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio EyeShadow in Mordoré Chic

Lashes look luscious and natural with Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara

Keep things subtle by framing the eyes softly with Revlon’s ColorStay Brow Pencil

 

2.  Blushing- A Flush of Blush

Probably the most charming and youthful of the Autumn/Winter 2019 Make-up trends, a touch of coral pinky blush is the easiest way to liven up anyone’s complexion and soften the face. The use of Bourjois’ Little Round Pot Blush in Rose Frisson, paired with a peachy lipstick, lends an air of romantic innocence to this Winter make-up trend. Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Rose Frisson.

If you’re more inclined to make a bold statement, bring on the pink (Lilas D’Or), baby! Carry it from your cheek apples along the cheekbone and even up to your temples, 80s style!

 

3. Lip-smacking pretty

Soft lips just a shade deeper than your natural lip colour will flatter your neutral look.

For sheer gloss: Revlon’s Irresistible Kiss Balm in Tropical Coconut or Juicy Peach or Revlon’s Kiss Plumping Lip Creme in several beautiful nude tones.

For longwearing lips: Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Faithful Fawn

For a sheer stain: Revlon’s Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in Pretty Kiss

Bourjois Rose Exclusif Gloss is a clever adaptable lip colour that changes with your skin’s own pH – what will yours be? A soft pink or plum?

Now all you need to do is accessor-eyes (wink, wink)…

 

4.  Morning- After Liner

Where would the 90s have been without grunge rolling in as a backlash to all that beige? Here we get a little grungey with smudged eyeliner in the waterline or under it. We like Revlon’s ColorStay Eyeliner, which blends (and smudges) while wet, then sets and stays put.

 

5.  Extreme Winged Black Eyeliner

The exaggerated use of eyeliner can either be applied to extreme lengths or all over the lid. Better yet, add a touch of colour (lip liner or wettened longwear eye shadow) to liven things up.  Revlon’s ColorStay Exactify Liquid Liner

 

 

6.  Voluminous Lashes… Heavy on the Mascara

The key to this heavy-weight lash look is multiple coats of bold volumising mascara. Revlon’s Mega Multiplier Mascara will give your natural eyelashes those voluminous lashes they’ve been yearning for. Try Revlon’s Mega Multiplier Mascara or Bourjois Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara

Looking good, girl!

XOXO

 

Blusher trend image: Glowsy.com

 

A derm’s guide: the 411 about severe acne

Severe acne: Our favourite dermatologist Dr. Lev Naidoo talks about what it is, how to recognise it, and how to treat it.

Following our previous topic, The do’s and don’ts of acne, I now focus on severe acne: which factors mean your acne has become severe? When should you seek medical help? Is acne medication safe? How to look after your skin…

When should you see a doctor or dermatologist for your acne?

If you’ve tried over-the-counter topical products like benzoyl peroxide, addressed your diet, make-up application and skin care products as best you can and your acne persists, or if you would prefer a guided approach to your skin treatment plan from the outset, a visit to a medical practitioner would help a) to get control of your breakout, and b) to limit the extent of scarring.

 

signs of nodulocystic acne

 

How does a doctor tell when acne has become severe?

When a patient comes to me for a consultation, I look at both clinical and patient factors.

Clinical factors include the type of acne: has it become nodular (hard lumps under the skin) or cystic (inflamed, tender, red)? Does the acne only involve the face or also the chest and back?

I assess scarring factors – does the acne heal with a tendency to increased pigmentation or surface irregularities, such as underscored dips in the skin or keloidal scars?

Patient factors I take into consideration include how the patient has responded to previous treatment measures and whether the acne is affecting them either personally or professionally.

All these factors direct me to recommend the introduction of a systemic or oral treatment plan.

 

‘Care for acne-prone skin is often a journey based on how your acne changes, and factors like change in stress levels or season may aggravate it… Go easy on yourself!’

 

What can you expect from a visit to your healthcare practitioner?

The doctor will take a complete history about your acne, followed by a clinical examination. This will direct them toward a skin-care plan they consider suitable for you.

Acne that presents as blackheads and whiteheads may be treated with a combination of topical agents, such as retinoid (vitamin A) creams, antibiotics or benzoyl peroxide.

Acne that has more raised inflamed or pustular lesions will usually require an oral treatment plan. This could include an oral antibiotic for a period of four to six months. Please remember, acne is an inflammatory and not an infective process. Antibiotics are used for their anti-inflammatory effect.

Most doctors will usually script an oral antibiotic along with a topical cream – for example, a topical retinoid (vitamin A cream such as Differin) – for a synergistic effect.

For women, the combined oral contraceptive pill is an alternative option to an antibiotic. This regulates hormone production and is particularly beneficial in patients with underlying medical conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which may contribute to acne forming.

 

 

What can you use if an introductory management plan yields disappointing results?

Are you still experiencing breakouts despite using the above measures? Are you prone to scarring or feel your acne is affecting your personally, emotionally, or professionally?

You may then consider the option of a systemic retinoid, if your dermatologist feels this is appropriate for you. Systemic retinoids are a form of vitamin A, and options available in the country include Roaccutance, Acnetane and Orotrane.

Is Roaccutance, Acnetane and Orotane safe?

Systemic retinoids remain the gold standard for severe acne as well as acne that tends to heal with scarring.

They are an excellent treatment choice, provided dosage is tailored to the patient, you are monitored clinically and biochemically with regular blood tests, as well as advised on the affect of the medication and supportive care needed whilst on the treatment.

 

Medical treatment for severe acne

 

Are there contraindications to taking Roaccutane?

There are some situations where Roaccutane may not be taken by a patient. Females should not fall pregnant whilst on treatment, as it is associated with birth defects in the baby. Your doctor will give you more in-depth details about cautions, adverse effects and contraindications before you start treatment.

Are there alternatives to systemic retinoids that may effectively control severe acne?

Spironolactone is a testosterone-blocking medication traditionally used to control blood pressure. It may be used at a low dosage by dermatologists to treat women with severe acne. Blood tests would be required whilst on this medication, and pregnancy should be avoided whilst on it, as it may lead to feminisation of a male baby.

What supportive skin care should you use while you are on systemic retinoid treatment?

As retinoids regulate sebum (oil) production, your skin will become drier while you are on the medication. A switch to a cleanser that is less stripping or irritating on the skin is advised. I like Bioderma’s Sensibio Gel Moussant for its gentle cleansing properties.

Avoid physical scrubs and toners as they may irritate your skin and decrease tolerance of the acne medication.

LBC also recommends gentle cleansing for sensitised skin:

Noreva Actipur Dermo-Cleansing FoamNoreva Dermo-Cleansing Soap-free Gel and Bioderma Sensibio H20

 

Bioderma and Noreva products for severe acne

 

Moisture is a must

Many acne sufferers don’t like to use moisturiser, because they are afraid of the skin feeling oily. Routine use of a moisturiser that is hydrating, but not oily, is important while on any form of acne care, as all forms of treatment have the tendency to dry or irritate the skin. Adding a moisturiser to your skincare routine will increase your tolerance of the medication and make your skin feel much more comfortable.

Moisturisers I recommend for my patients on systemic retinoids include Bioderma’s Sébium Hydra and Noreva’s Exfoliac Reconstructive Cream. Both are excellent products that maintain the integrity of the skin barrier against dehydration and decrease redness and sensitivity.

Lips will also become dry and flaky. This is a sign that shows you are responding to the treatment! Avoid lip-licking, which further dries out your lips, and apply a lip balm frequently. A product I like is Bioderma’s Atoderm Baume Lèvres Restorative Lip Balm. It contains a combination of shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E that restore and maintain a healthy, supple lip texture.

LBC also recommends 

Noreva Xerodiane AP+ Relipidant Balm for skin moisturisation.

Sun protection is not negotiable

Your skin will become more sun-sensitive whilst on a systemic retinoid. It is essential you adopt sun protective behaviours: use a good quality sunscreen, avoid sun exposure during peak intensity hours, seek shade when outdoors, use protective clothing as well as sun hats.

I recommend sunscreens such as Bioderma’s Photoderm Nude Touch and Bioderma’s Photoderm MAX Aquafluide. Both have a light texture with an elegant velvet matte finish.

And lastly…

If you have severe acne – especially if you have a strong family history of acne, or if you’ve been on repeated courses of treatment for control – you may benefit from a maintenance topical cream therapy to preserve the effect of the short-term oral course of treatment. Discuss this with your medical practitioner.

Care for acne-prone skin is often a journey based on how the presentation of your acne changes, and factors like alterations in stress levels or seasonal variation may aggravate the acne. Be flexible to medical advice that is changed accordingly.

As with most skin conditions, acne control works on a timeline of months – not weeks or days. Go easy on yourself!

Here’s wishing you happy skin days,

Dr. Lev
Dr Levashni Naidoo
XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

A Paediatrician’s guide: Are we making our kids more allergic?

Our favourite allergy specialist/paediatrician Dr Sarah Karabus weighs in on the allergy question…

‘We all know someone with a child who has an allergy. Many of us suffer from allergies ourselves.

But why does it seem that allergic diseases such as asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis and food allergies are increasing all the time?

And if they are indeed increasing, why is this happening?’

Allergies are on the rise in South Africa as well as across the world. Apart from affecting every aspect of daily life – including sleep, learning and play – allergies may also be life-threatening in certain circumstances.

The common allergic conditions in very young children include eczema and food allergies. As children get older, asthma and allergic rhinitis become more prominent.

 

food allergies

Food allergies

The most common food allergies in children are to cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and sesame. In older children and adults, fish, shellfish, fruit and vegetable allergies are also common.

There are a couple of factors that we know influence the prevalence of allergies, including things we can’t change, like our genetic susceptibility to allergies, but also a few things that we might be able to influence, such as our environment and our diets.

 

Genetics

If one parent has an allergy, your child has around a 50% chance of developing an allergy of some kind, but not necessarily the same one. If both parents have an allergy, that possibility can be as high as 75%.

Your child will inherit the allergic tendency, but not the allergy itself. For instance, if you have pollen allergy causing hay fever, your child might have eczema or a cow’s milk allergy.

Allergic parents and children

 

“If one parent has an allergy, your child has around a 50% chance of developing an allergy…
If both parents have an allergy, that possibility can be as high as 75%”

 

Diet

The bacteria in our gut are vital organisms that partner with our immune system to keep us healthy. We’re only just beginning to realise the effect that our resident microorganisms have on our entire being. They can influence our immune system, cardiac health, mental health, to name a few.

Unfortunately, modern diets have changed dramatically over the past few decades. Most of us now eat food that has been highly processed, with additives and preservatives that all affect these bacteria in different ways. This means our gut bacteria are no longer ideal, and it is believed this may play an important role in the development of allergies, especially food allergy.

We’ve also recently discovered that introducing certain foods such as egg and peanut early on in baby weaning process can reduce the risk of them developing allergies to these foods (if they are at high risk of becoming allergic). So it may well be that the old, outdated advice on delaying the introduction of allergic foods during weaning may have also inadvertently to this ever increasing food allergy “epidemic”.

 

Environment

The environment where we live can also promote the development of allergies, and make pre-existing allergies worse. Modern lifestyles are more urban – we no longer live on farms, and we no longer play outside for most of our childhood.

We’re also exposed to many more chemicals, irritants and pollutants than our grandparents were. Air pollution from cars irritates our lungs, noses and skin and makes asthma symptoms even worse.

Climate change has resulted in warmer temperatures globally, which means longer flowering seasons for plants and increased fungal growth and spores in the air.

We insulate our homes to conserve energy and keep cool in summer and warm in winter – this leads to increased growth of house dust mites and fungal spores.

 

Hygiene

It has been shown that children who grow up on farms and rural areas have a much lower rate of allergic condition than urban-born children. We’re not 100% sure why this happens, but it is believed that rural children are exposed to greater levels of “good” bacteria when they are growing up which somehow prevents their immune systems from tending to develop allergic symptoms.

hygiene hypothesis and allergy
We are only just starting to understand how our modern lifestyle, despite its many advantages, might also have contributed to the ‘allergy epidemic’

 

If you are concerned that your child is developing an allergy to certain foods, eczema or any other kind of allergy, speak to your GP and ask them to refer you to a paediatrician/allergologist for a proper diagnosis and action plan.

 

Yours in parenting,

Dr. Sarah
XOXO
Paediatrician Dr Sarah Karabus

Le Beauty Club recommends:

Any one who has a family member with atopic eczema knows that how you look after their skin is vital in helping to prevent flare-ups, especially in winter.

Keep the skin moisturised and comfortable with cleansing and moisturising products developed specifically to treat eczema-prone skin – the ingredients left out are as important as the ingredients put in.

We have a selection of the best dermatologist developed and recommended products available for use from baby to adulthood: Bioderma Atoderm Intensive range, Mustela Stelatopia and Noreva Xerodiane ranges.

A Derm’s Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts for Acne

Our favourite dermatologist Dr. Levashni Naidoo gives us her 9 steps to a clear skin

I’ve been an acne sufferer since adolescence and, before I became a dermatologist, managing my skin was frustrating. I wished I could speak to someone who had successfully navigated the break-out chapter of their life.

My experience as an acne-prone teenager was fairly typical:

My skin felt oily and I thought it would help if I cleansed more frequently and vigorously. I was wary of moisturiser, as it made the oiliness of my T-zone worse. I had a phobia of sunscreen – I could almost feel the onset of a new acne flare-up when I was forced to apply the tacky substance to my face.

In desperation, I tried a number of natural home remedies one after the other and then together. As I stood despondently in front of my bathroom mirror watching my spots change from a strawberry tone to fire-engine red, I wished I could speak to someone who could give me good advice.

Now, as an adult woman who is still acne-prone, I wish I could tell my younger self to breathe, stop picking, step away from the mirror and follow these simple steps…

Step 1: Always be gentle

Cleanse gently twice daily. Aggressive scrubbing may seem like the right thing to do and may feel comforting psychologically, but an aggressive cleansing routine stimulates your sebum (oil-producing) glands to produce more oil.

Le Beauty Club recommends:
For teen acne: Bioderma Sébium Foaming Gel, Noreva Exfoliac Cleansing Gel
For adult acne and sensitive skin types: Noreva Actipur Dermo-Cleansing Foam, Bioderma Sébium H2O

Acne and oily skin cleansers

 

Step 2: Treat your acne

Acne is a complex inflammatory process. It is not only about overproduction of sebum (skin oil); the composition of that sebum is also the cause of blackheads and whiteheads – the building blocks for pimples and acne nodules. You need to use a skin treatment with ingredients that regulate the amount of sebum produced as well as the quality of the sebum. This helps prevent pores becoming blocked – the cause of the vicious cycle of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.

I recommend treatment like Bioderma’s Sébium Global. Ingredients like zinc gluconate regulate sebum production, and patented SeboRestore Complex improves the quality of sebum, preventing it becoming thicker and clogging up your pores. Salicylic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids chemically exfoliate the skin gently, improving skin texture and clarity.

Le Beauty Club also recommends:
For moderate to moderate acne: Noreva Exfoliac Acnomega 100
For sensitive skin prone to acne: Noreva Actipur 3in1 Corrective Anti-Imperfection Care, Bioderma Sébium Sensitive Soothing Anti-Blemish Care

Acne treatment & moisturiser

 

Step 3: Yes, you can (and must) moisturise acne-prone skin

I’ve found in my practice that people with acne commonly fear moisturiser. My aim is to get my patients to change their mindset. Instead of trying to dry out their skin by every means possible, they need to become comfortable with using a moisturiser.

Oily skin can become very dehydrated, especially if you strip away its protective barrier film, which prevents water loss. This can cause the skin to produce more oil to stop this water loss. So the answer is to use an oil-free moisturiser. This keeps skin comfortable and helps with skin hydration.

Le Beauty Club recommends:
Bioderma Sébium Mat Control

 

‘Remember acne is an inflammatory process. The skin needs to be rehabilitated… time is necessary for improvement.

Realistically, it will take up to two to three months to see a marked improvement’

 

Step 4: Sun Protection is essential!

Sun protection is an important part of your acne care. You may notice that when your acne heals, there is darker pigmentation on the area. And this post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may last a great deal longer than the acne itself.

Protection from ultraviolet, infrared and visible light helps prevent this pigmentation becoming worse. And on affected skin, it will help with a speedier return to your original complexion.
It’s important to remember that most treatment options for acne increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight – another reason sunscreen is a vital component of any complete skin care regime if you are serious about improving the appearance of your acne.

Newer sunscreens are formulated with microparticle technology so they do not have a thick and greasy texture, they are absorbed rapidly and leave a nice matte finish.
Sunscreens I love from the Bioderma range for acne-prone skin include Bioderma’s Photoderm Aquafluide with a dry-touch finish, which has beautiful mattifying properties, and Bioderma’s Photoderm Nude Touch – a mineral-based sunscreen for those sensitive to chemical filters. Photoderm Nude Touch has an evolutionary liquid-to-powder finish, leaving your skin with an elegant finish.

Le Beauty Club also recommends:
Noreva Exfoliac Matifying Suncare Fluid SPF 50+

Sunscreens with ingredients that help treat dark marks: Institut Esthederm Photo Reverse, Bioderma Photoderm M SPF 50+, Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50+, Noreva Iklen Anti Brown Spot SPF 50+

Acne sun protection

 

Step 5: Don’t pick at your pimples

Despite what you may see on social media or television, there isn’t a right way to pop a pimple. Popping, pinching or squeezing carries the risk of driving the inflammatory process deeper into your skin and leaving scarring of a permanent nature. Try to resist the temptation. Use a treatment instead.

Step 6: Avoid heavy make-up

In the myriad-filtered world we live in, asking someone with acne to leave home without a long-lasting foundation seems like stripping them of a layer that shelters them from enquiring glances.

The truth is, as comforting as a heavier make-up cover may feel, occlusion (pore-blocking) of any sort may make your acne worse. Rather use a concealer on areas that bother you more, and use a lighter, breathable foundation over the rest of your face.

Le Beauty Club tip: Using clean hands or brush, pat on the concealer and build up the coverage where you want it.

Le Beauty Club recommends:
Noreva Exfoliac Tinted Anti-Imperfections CareLight and Golden – a tinted treatment for oily and acne-prone skin

Step 7: Watch Your Diet

Numerous studies have been conducted on diet and acne, and while there isn’t an association with any particular food group, the association between a high gylcaemic index diet and acne has been confirmed. So, as with most things in life, an exercise in moderation does show benefits.

 

Step 8: There Is No Quick Fix!

In moments of desperation, we are more prone to trying or believing any remedy that is shared with us or that we read about, no matter how weird (applying toothpaste to your acne is never a good idea).

Remember, acne is an inflammatory process. The skin needs to be rehabilitated medically – either topically (with a treatment cream) and or orally, depending on its severity.
And, as the term rehabilitation implies, time is necessary for improvement. Realistically, it will take up to two to three months to see a marked improvement in any safe, effective acne programme.

Step 9: There is always hope – even for the most challenging acne cases

I frequently see challenging acne cases. Whether you’re a teenager anxious about the departure from smooth skin or an adult frustrated by breakouts you have come to feel is your lot, don’t despair!
There is always something that may be altered in terms of the actual ingredient or delivery of ingredients that may help you on your path to smoother skin!

 

Here’s wishing you happy skin days,

Dr. Lev
Dr Levashni Naidoo
If you struggle with severe acne issues, keep a look out for our April blog post: A derm’s advice on severe acne.
XOXO

Introducing Institut Esthederm

 

Le Beauty Club is very proud to bring you a new brand… not just any brand, mind you. We’re delighted to introduce the renowned French aesthetic skin care brand, Institut Esthederm.

We deliver to your doorstep so you don’t have to travel the world to find the love your skin deserves.

What is Institut Esthederm?

Ecobiology is at the heart of NAOS and Institut Esthederm’s approach…
Rather than looking for external, temporary treatment solutions, they strive to better preserve the skin ecosystem and to strengthen its natural mechanisms.

Heritage of innovation

It is a NAOS brand, pioneered in 1978 by forward-thinking pharmacist-biologist, Jean-Noël Thorel. More than 36 years of research and over 80 proven patented formulas help to fulfil its promise of ‘ecobiology at the service of aesthetics’.

Heritage of care

Institut Esthederm aesthetic skin-care ranges are created to support skin throughout the cycles of life. They address skin ageing, external stressors and the impact of modern living in a very sunny country (you know, wrinkles, dehydration, dryness and pigmentation).

Harmonious skin care

The products are biologically active. They work in total harmony with your skin’s biology, with a lasting effect.

A winning formula

Every Institut Esthederm product (except oily formulas, such as Intensive Retinol Serum) has the award-winning Cellular Water Formula patent. This is as close as it gets to skin’s own physiological water content. It consists of ingredients that recreate an optimal environment. Blending perfectly with the skin, Cellular Water optimises skin cell metabolism, so they are hydrated, thrive and regain energy. In this way, youthfulness is preserved.

Esthederm Cellular Water Mist

Now choose the perfect routine for your skin’s needs

Essential cleansing

Start your skin care the right way with the best Esthederm Osmoclean cleansing routine. Choose between Cleansing Milk (for drier skin types) and Pure Cleansing Foam (for normal to oily skin) to will cleanse your skin while respecting its delicate nature.

Then add the must-have dynamite combo:
1: Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser acts as a ‘vacuum’ to remove impurities.
2: Lightening Buffing Mask uses gentle chemical exfoliators (no scrub granules). It has a brightening effect and is safe to use under eyes – perfect for dark circles.
Both give your skin a professional double cleanse for a brighter, softer and super-smooth complexion.

Essential for everyone

Planning a healthier you? Skin health starts with hydration and energy. So make sure you keep it hydrated and energised with Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire rangewith Spray and moisturising Cream.

The new Eau Cellulaire Cellular Water Mist (100ml and 200ml) is your go-to product every day – no matter what your skin concern. The Cellular Water formula is almost identical to the water found in your skin, so skin just drinks it up. Now enriched with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, this water mist is as powerful as a serum. It’s a great radiance and moisture booster/make-up setting spray. Carry it with you to top up skin freshness all day.  Highly recommended by experts to boost hydration.

The entire Institut Esthederm range is suited to both men and women.

Institut Esthederm Cellular Water

Fight signs of ageing

Sagging features? Thanks, gravity! Institut Esthederm’s Lift & Repair range is ideal. It offers instant and long-term anti-ageing benefits. The firming and lifting effect give facial features more definition.
Pair Lift & Repair Absolute Smoothing Cream with Lift & Repair Eye Contour Smoothing Care Cream

Derm Repair Restructuring Serum is highly concentrated in regenerating active ingredients, stimulating the production of dermal fibres and helping to correct wrinkles before they appear.

Anti-ageing warriors

The Intensive Collection is your custom range to target specific skin concerns. It harnesses specific molecules well-proven in dermatology and aesthetic skin care for their intensive and proven efficacy. These are used in ideal amounts for maximum efficacy and results on skin imbalances and the effects of ageing:

Target severely dehydrated skin and plump up lines and wrinkles with the multiple award-winning Intensive Hyaluronic range. Institut Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Serum recently won the Best Moisturiser category in the prestigious Elle South Africa Beauty Awards 2018. Even if you suffer from oily skin, this serum helps balance out the skin’s natural oils.

• When you need extra help in the fight against deep wrinkles, uneven texture and photo ageing, try Intensive Retinol range. Both Intensive Retinol Serum  and Intensive Retinol Cream are designed to use as short, sharp intensive treatments twice a year, for a two month period.

Intensive AHA Peel range (with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids as well as hydrating and exfoliating agents) refines the skin’s surface, combats dullness and reduces the appearance of pores, leaving skin looking like new. It comes in two different strengths, so your skin can build up tolerance.

• If you and your skin are tired after a long summer, treat yourself to an intensive revitalising, energising treatment with Intensive Spiruline Serum and Cream.

Fight environmental damage and soothe sensitivity, inflammation or reactivity with the soothing Intensive Vitamin E² Serum.

• Intensive Vitamin C Cream targets wrinkles, dark spots and radiance loss. It stimulates collagen production for skin firmness, and fights against the harmful effects of free radicals.

 

Esthederm Intensive range

A brightened future

Battling with excess pigmentation? Dark marks affect women of all ages and skin tones. Esthe-White brightening/anti-dark spots range helps fade existing marks and prevent hyperpigmentation damage caused by environmental stressors. It also prevents new dark marks forming. The comprehensive Esthe-White range covers all the bases, from Cleanser to Day and Night Cream, Serum and fabulous Eye Care that targets dark pigmentation on the eye area – brilliant!

Bonus: the range also helps fight signs of ageing, making the skin look firm and brighter, for a younger and more even complexion.

 

We are proud to be authorised Institut Esthederm suppliers.

Not sure which product would suit your needs? We’re on hand to recommend a skincare routine that works for you. Contact Us at info@lebeautyclub.co.za. We look forward to hearing from you.

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

Time for romance… Valentine beauty gets real

Love is in the air, in your eyes… and on your skin. Make a special effort to look and feel fantastic for your love object – that includes yourself…

In an ideal world, we’d show our partners care and consideration every day, but juggling life’s demands can be so hectic that couple time is often not as frequent as it should be. Use Valentine’s Day as a gentle reminder to stop and smell the delicious bouquet of roses and why not make space for romance?

Radiant face

A smooth skin is a radiant skin. Slough off old skin cells with Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner or Noreva Exfoliac Facial Scrub.

Next, give it a drink of moisture and softness:  Try Noreva Aquareva Light or Rich or Bioderma Hydrabio Perfecteur SPF 30.

radiant moisturised skin

Soft, caressable skin for both of you

The skin on your body, hands and feet should feel like velvet. You don’t want to feel any roughness or snagging.

Gentle cleansing

Couple time gets even more alluring when you have smooth body skin and smooth, soft feet. In the shower, get soft and moisturised skin with Bioderma Atoderm Shower Gel, then buff it with a gentle body scrub or loofah to leave the skin clear of blemishes and rosy with health.

Close shave

Few things are more off-putting than stubble prickling your partner. Make sure you’re as smooth as baby.

For her For lasting smoothness, have your legs waxed, or DIY by shaving or using a depilatory cream. The latter lasts longer, but first do a skin-sensitivity patch test if you‘ve never done it before.

For him Please shave your face. Five o’clock shadow will give your partner’s delicate skin carpet burn. Afterwards, apply a post-shaving balm to soften your skin and beard hairs. Try Bioderma Sensibio Forte.

Moisture must

For both of you Don’t dry your skin completely when you step out of the bath or shower. If you leave it slightly damp when you apply lashings of body lotion, it will be doubly moisturised. Use a neutral body lotion (we like Bioderma Atoderm Milk), then spray your chosen fragrance in the air and walk through the mist for an overall fragrance kiss.

 

Show-off tips

Get pretty fingertips and tootsies with a rich, jewel shade are eye catching. Pair your signature shade with a stunning outfit or your favourite slinky negligee and you’re sure to have a great night.

Be nice to be near

The feel of your skin and the scent of your favourite fragrance can be addictive to the object of your desire, as sense of smell is directly connected to our limbic brains, the seat of our emotions so, when they smell your trademark scent, it will affect them instantly.

Application rules: Certain areas on your body are hot spots for scent. The heat they generate makes fragrance come alive and linger. Apply it behind your ears, between your breasts, on elbow creases, behind knees and on inner wrists.

Hint: if you decide to try something new, make sure you know it’s something he or she will love. On your way out the door, spritz on a fragrance to finish off the ultimate love package.

Who wants to kiss and make up?

We fall in love by gazing into each other’s faces and our brains register our mood continually with what they reveal. So you want to send the right message…

Valentine beauty foundation and blush

First contact

If you’re stepping out with your beau or besties, a glowing skin is needed for any and all occasions. Reflect your radiance from the inside out with Bourjois City Radiance Foundation. The formula contains radiance-boosting pigments to even out skin tone – all for a more natural, fresh, radiant complexion. The SPF30 allows you to take a romantic stroll on the beach, carefree! If, on the other hand, you have an oilier complexion, you’ll love Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, which evens out skin tone as well.

Next, add a tinge of blush to soften the mood, the Bourjois Little Round Pot makes it easy to swipe on and slip it into your bag for a sneaky touch-up.

Come-hither eyes

The eyes are the most important tool of seduction – after all, how can you fall in love without eye contact? Make sure your eyes look beautifully relaxed by erasing all signs of tiredness with an instant pep-up eye cream. Try Noreva Noveane 3D Rollon Anti-ageing Eye and Lip Cream.

Make your eyes speak volumes with either of these two beauties: Bourjois’s lashious Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara or Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara.  

A soft, smoky look is super easy with Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio Eyeshadow.

Kiss-me lips

For both of you: Lips should be soft and smooth for kissing, so eliminate dry, rough skin and give them a rosy glow by brushing them gently with a wet toothbrush.

Apply a nourishing lip balm Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm and let it soak in for a while.

Breath should be sweet, so brush and floss well and keep some Xylitol mints handy if you’re having a spicy meal.

Finally, pucker up in high definition with Bourjois’ iconic Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick, which has serious staying power and looks ultra-plush.

At the end of the night, don’t forget to take it all off with micellar water – Bioderma H2O or Noreva Universal Cleansing Lotion.

Happy Valentine!
XOXO

Present time! Your guide to gift and holiday shopping

The season of (gift) giving is here. Are you ready? We’ve  put together our top festive ideas for every person on your list. Hold onto your make-up brushes, because these will knock your reindeer socks off!

Beauty Bestie

Your beauty-obsessed bestie is always up-to-date with the latest products… that’s why Revlon’s PhotoReady collection is a winner! The Insta-Filter Foundation, Color Correcting Pens, Prep, Set, Refresh Mist and Contouring & Highlighting Palettes cover all the bases. And who could resist the beautiful eye-shadow compacts from Maybelline?

Throw in a brilliantly-priced Bioderma Hydrabio bundle with H2O Micelle Solution 500ml and she will love you forever.

Merry Men

Make sure the men in your life get a pamper session. Ease them into their new & improved self-care routine with something familiar: Wella Shockwaves Clean Cut Wax will have their festive fros looking sleek and easy! Match that with a summertime skin care regime that consists of Bioderma Atoderm Gentle Shower Gel and Moisturising Milk. And spoil him (and yourself ;)) with one of the delicious David Beckham fragrances.

Bouncing Baby

Shopping for a tot or two? Both baby and mom will thank you for making bath time a treat with Mustela’s limited-edition HydraBébé Body Lotion, Gentle Cleansing Gel and Gentle Shampoo.

And who wouldn’t love the beautiful Mustela Musti fragrance? The baby friendly Musti Eau de Soin fragrance, enhances your baby’s well-being and stimulates their senses with subtle citrusy and floral notes. 100% free of alcohol, parabens, pthalates, phenoxyethanol. Hypoallergenic.

On a budget?

We don’t always have the spare cash to splurge on treating ourselves or others. Good to know, then, that you can still give the best presents – available at great discounts. Check out our Hot DealsUltimate Skincare Bundles and selected skincare specials

Travel companions

Off to the beach?

You need the best protection against the summer sun’s harmful rays.

For babies and small children: We recommend Mustela Very High Protection Sun Lotion (SPF 50+), specially formulated for baby skin. It’s designed to not rub off with beach sand.

For the whole family: Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF 50+ Spray 200ml. He will like it too, as it is easy to use.

 

Colder Christmas 

Off to a cooler destination? Stock up on double-duty beauties and chill protectors. Bioderma Sensibio H2O – your 2-in-1 cleanser/make-up remover – is a great place to start. Add Noreva Xerodiane Plus Crème Lavante Cleansing Cream, it’s the great all-rounder face and body cleanser for infants, children and adults, and it’s perfect for extremely fragile, damaged skin in (all-rounder!).

Colder temperatures and central heating have the tendency to suck the moisture from your skin, the Bioderma Hydrabio Masque and Serum restore the lost moisture back into the skin.

Don’t delay…

Last date to place your orders to receive them before Christmas

Bioderma, Noreva and Mustela: 15 December 

All other brands: 10 December

Orders placed after these dates will be shipped in January 2019.

 

Merry shopping!

 

XOXO

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