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Meet Dr. Levashni Naidoo

 

Our resident dermatologist, Dr. Levashni Naidoo is under the spotlight this month. We get her take on skin care and beauty…

 

Why did you become a dermatologist?

As a teenager, I had quite severe nodulocystic acne, which made me feel incredibly self-conscious. As the condition progressed, I became increasingly reserved. When I looked in the mirror I couldn’t see beyond the blemishes, and I thought this was what others I encountered focused on.

I was fortunate to have been treated by an incredibly gentle, understanding dermatologist who prescribed a course of medication that quietened down my acne activity and prevented me from developing any permanent scarring. I cannot describe how the improvement in my skin helped my self- esteem.

A diagnosis of a skin condition differs from diagnoses in other medical disciplines. It is often a diagnosis a person wears for the world to see. I’m sensitive to this – I understand it from my own experience.  One of my greatest blessings is being in a position to help others as I was once helped. I love seeing my patients return looking and feeling more comfortable in their skin. What I love most of all is hearing their stories – how the improvement in their condition helps return their self-confidence and how this filters into and helps improve other aspects of their lives, both personal and professional.

What are the most common skin issues you see in your practice?

Skin changes can occur at any time in a person’s life. As a dermatologist, care for our patients may start from their first day. I love treating little ones. Commonly, I see infants with cradle cap, heat rash or a nappy rash. Children usually have inflammatory skin conditions like atopic eczema or skin infections. Both teens and adults often come for consultation regarding their acne.

Given our sunny climate in South Africa, disturbances in pigmentation form a significant portion of my patients’ concerns. Increased pigmentation includes photoageing, melasma and drug-induced hyperpigmentation. Other sun-exacerbated disorders range from rosacea to the more concerning end of the spectrum including skin cancers.

I also see many patients with alopecia (hair loss). This is a condition I am particularly sensitive to as many of my family members have a history of early onset alopecia.

Le Beauty Club recommends:

For acne: Noreva Exfoliac (teen acne) and Actipur (adult acne and sensitive skin), Bioderma Sébium range. These comprehensive ranges have products to treat mild to moderately severe acne, including product that complements medical treatment

For cradle cap: Mustela Cradle Cap Cream + Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns 

First aid in a bottle (heat rash, insect bites, irritated folds): Bioderma Cicabio Crème (non-oozing wounds), Bioderma Cicabio Lotion (oozing wounds), Mustela Stelatria

Nappy rash prevention and repair: Mustela 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream

Atopic eczema: Bioderma Atoderm Intensive range, Noreva Xerodiane AP+ Relipidant Balm, Mustela Stelatopia range

 

 

Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel, Noreva Xerodiane AP+ RElipidant, Noreva Actipur, Bioderma Cicabio Creme, Mustela Cradle Cap, Mustela 123 VBC

 

The best skin-care advice you’ve been given

Skin care is an important aspect of self-care, and self-care is an integral component of self-respect.

 

 The skin-care advice you give your family, friends and patients

Choose your skin care as you would your friends: quality over quantity, gentle rather than agitating, substance before packaging.

 

At what age should you start using a skin-care routine? 

It’s never too early and it’s never too late to start a good quality skin-care routine.

 

What should you use? 

Sunscreen, always sunscreen! This is a mantra many have openly and thankfully embraced. Sunscreen is just one side of the coin.

The flipside includes the use of antioxidants. Effective antioxidants for the skin include vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. Antioxidant delivery to the skin is superior when applied on the skin as opposed to taking it orally. Antioxidants are essential ingredients that combat reactive oxidative species generated by environmental toxins like pollution, smoke and radiation. Additionally, vitamin C has added benefit of improving collagen synthesis and regulating melanin (pigment) production. Antioxidants are commonly prepared as serums. I prefer my antioxidant delivered in my moisturiser. I’m a firm believer in a minimal-step-easy- to-commit to skin-care routine.

Le Beauty Club recommends:

Our comprehensive selection of leading dermatologically created and EU-approved sunscreens for all skin concerns and all ages.

 

 

At what age should you start considering treatment against environmental damage?

We’re blessed with a beautiful sunny climate for most of the year in South Africa. A disregard for moderation in sun exposure can carry significant consequences, ranging from premature skin ageing to skin cancers.

Protection from excessive ultraviolet, visible and infrared light exposure should start from infancy – with appropriate protective clothing and keeping to shaded areas when you and your loved ones do have to be outdoors.

Sunscreen use in little ones used to be recommended from 6 months onwards. Currently the recommendation has been altered to allow for earlier use of sunscreens where protection may not be completely afforded by the use of protective clothing and where keeping in the shade is not possible.

Le Beauty Club recommends these child sunscreens: Mustela Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50+, Bioderma Photoderm Kid SPF 50+

 

Your skin is… a complete reflection of how you feel from day to day and the space you find yourself in. In embryology, we learn that the skin cells develop from the same space as the brain cells – the neuroectoderm – and so there exist these amazing channels between how we feel and the way our skin presents itself. This is an association that must be respected and appreciated when trying to care for the skin holistically. 

 

My make-up reflects how I feel or what I want to project. Most often I’m drawn to soft, neutral elegant shades, but there are days when I love the glamour of a powerful bright red lip.

 

XOXO

5 Steps to Getting that Gorgeous Glow

 

 

Want to know the secret to the #nofilter glow? We’re here to let you in on the primer, palettes and other products you’ll need to pull off the ultimate glow up!

The desire for an instant golden glow has moved from Instagram to real life. But how do you manage to create that perfect radiance only filters seem to get right? The perfect combination of products will have you ditching the lens filters for your #glowup.

First step: Surprise! It isn’t make-up – it’s you!

It seems the mystery of the glow is more than skin-deep… literally. Healthy levels of hydration unlock the unlimited potential of radiance. So sip those eight glasses of water and you’ll be one step closer to a bright future.

Glowing from within doesn’t stop there. A good moisturiser preps the skin on even the dreariest days. Top mags like Marie Claire recommend Bioderma Hydrabio Perfecteur SPF 30 as the answer to this step: this super-hydrating moisturiser/skin enhancer/SPF was made with all skin types in mind, boosting it to give it a luminous, rosy glow.

Step 2: Prime

Now that the inner you has been attended to, primer takes care of the surface, setting the tone for a natural, dewy skin. Rimmel Fix & Protect Primer acts as a shield against the sun with SPF 25, and lasts up to 7 hours. We also love Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser for its pore-blurring, priming and moisturising action. Primer not only creates a beautiful canvas to work from, it can also be worn alone. This saves you time in the mornings that can be spent on something more important… like hitting the snooze button a couple of dozen times.

5 Steps to Getting that Gorgeous Glow

Step 3: Find your foundation

Taking things to the next level means finding a light foundation that uplifts the skin and allows for a fresh face. Bourjois gives us their vitamin-rich, anti-fatigue Healthy Mix Foundation with radiance-boosting crystalline pigments to even out skin tone for a luminous complexion, it’s all in the name, after all.

Rimmel Match Perfection takes natural-looking skin to the next level. The smooth, weightless finish, 24-hour moisture and vitamin E, not to mention soft-focus powders that reduce imperfections… we’re sold.

5 Steps to Getting that Gorgeous Glow

Step 4: Go for bronze

The finishing touch is a golden glow. If a great bronzer can do wonders, one designed by Supermodel Kate Moss must surely do miracles. Rimmel Kate Bronzing Palette, unsurprisingly, is another slashie 😉 –  highlighter-slash-sculptor-slash-blusher in one, bringing bronze to life one touch-up at a time. Swipe on lightly for a natural day look, or be bold with a dramatic sculpted look for evenings. Who said natural had to be sun-kissed?

Not to be outshone, Maybelline Total Eye & Cheek Tint gives you a palette of eight shadows and two highlighters in golden and rosy tones for maximum look-at-me effect.

Step 5: Strobe it on

We love a strobe just as much as the next girl, and Maybelline Master Studio Strobing Stick has the perfect micro-fine pearl texture – in Light, Medium and Dark – to add a finishing touch to your cheekbones, inner corner of your eyes, lip filtrum and collar bones. Remember, though, less is definitely more.

 

XOXO

Skin Care Gets Serious: Our Top 5 for Late Winter

 

September may be here, but the chilly temperatures mean your skin needs extra care. Warm up your routine with some of our favourite picks.

Skin Care on Le Beauty Club

1. CC Cream news

CC creams are your skin’s favourite slashie: moisturiser/anti-ager/SPF/colour corrector all-in-one, making it a seamless base for your daily routine or your one-stop cream if you’re in a rush. Our top pick: We love Noreva’s new IKLEN+ CC Crème Anti-Ageing & Anti-Dark Spot Unifying Day Cream (phew!), which adds yet another string to its bow: it’s the first tinted CC cream specifically formulated for skin with pigmentation issues, evening out your skin tone, for an even better day 😉 Read more about its fabulous properties by clicking here.

 

2. Sunscreen

‘Whaaat? It’s winter, why do I need sunscreen’, you say. Well, it’s nearly spring, and sun protection is a must – throughout the year – especially where we live. And if your sunscreen has other skin benefits, you’ve got a real winner on your hands! Our choice is the Bioderma Photoderm MAX Aquafluide SPF 50+. It offers optimal protection against the harmful effects of UV rays, protects your skin cell DNA, and its light, non-greasy texture leaves skin moisturised with a velvety dry-touch finish (tinted, too, if you prefer). It’s great for barefaced weekends.

3. Day Treatment

As work ramps up for the final big push for the year, or maybe final exams are approaching like an express train, stress hormones can give our face unwelcome visitors. We need a product that will keep skin clear without drying it out or irritating it (especially for those of us who have adult acne). We recommend Noreva Actipur Anti-imperfections Day treatment – with one application a day, it restores your skin’s equilibrium and leaves it feeling moisturised, silky, with a matte finish.

 

4. Coming clean

After a long day, we like to double cleanse, while still leaving our skin comfortable and hydrated. First sweep: remove eye make-up and cleanse with our favourite micellar cleansing waters – Bioderma Sensibio or Hydrabio H2O. Step 2: Use Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant Mild Foaming Gel, which clears remaining residue, soothes and cleanses, leaving skin clean and comfortable and ready for your night prep. In the morning, just wipe the night away with your favourite H2O, and you’re set.

 

5. Baby boon

Any baby expert will tell you that the best way to give you and your baby a good night’s sleep is through baby’s bedtime bath ritual. The bonding time, warm water, massaging action plus the drop in body temperature after the bath all make for sleepy bubs. Mustela has you covered with Gentle Cleansing Gel for hair and body, and Baby Massage Oil.

XOXO

Skin Care on Le Beauty Club

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends

As we transition between winter and the lighter moods of spring, these top 5 South African make-up trends will carry us through…

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends1. Skin trend: Dewy glow

At the base of it all is a fresh ‘‘no make-up make-up” skin. However, it gets an update with a bit of a glow. We’re not talking shine, just a lovely inner glow. You get it with a liquid foundation that has a soft, dewy finish, such as Bourjois City Radiance Foundation and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends2. Eyeliner trend: Draw the line

Eyes are front and centre this year, and the showstopper of them all is eyeliner. Liquid, pencil, gel… from elegant fine lines to chunky blocks. Just search eyeliner trends and let your imagination fly. We love these looks from the AW 2017/2018 runways. Black is always the It colour, but nothing’s stopping you going all-out with blues, purples, greens (check out Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eye Pencils), pinks, oranges and reds (use a clean, sharpened lipliner) especially as the first buds of spring start appearing.

Pencil line: Rimmel Exaggerate Auto Eye Definer 

Kohl kajal: Maybelline Master Drama Ultra Black Kohl Pencil

Wing tip: Rimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner, Bourjois Mega Liner Felt-Tip Eye Liner Extra-Large Flick

Liquid line: Revlon ColorStay Exactify Liquid LinerBourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Liner

Gel liner: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Back to Black Gel Liner Crayon, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner Waterproof Gel

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends

 

 

3. Shadow trend: Smoking allowed!

The smoky eye gets playful this season. As the base, you have a soft metallic smoke in bronze, gunmetal, deep rust or burgundy, and highlight the inner corner of your eye. The easiest way to do it is with Maybelline The Burgundy Eye Shadow Palette, Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palettor Revlon ColorStay 16hr Quad Eyeshadow in DecadentThen start playing with some bright contrasting shadow in the centre of the eyelid – blue, teal, gold, red (use a pencil if needs be)… give it a whirl.

Eyelashes get a lashing of soot, length and curl with Revlon Ultimate All in One MascaraMaybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara, Rimmel Wonder’Full Volume Colourist Mascara, L’Oréal Paris Double Extension Beauty Therapy Tubes Black Mascara or Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara.

 

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends

 

4. Lip colour trend: Plum Perfect

The beauty about plum shades is that they suit just about everyone. And we’re delighted that plummy hues are the It colour for lips. It’s up to you how you want it – you can go full vamp with a luscious blackberry mouth or dab on a sheer stain.

And for lovers of Ultra Violet – the Pantone Color of the Year 2018… Does it get more perfect than Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick 800 Run The Show and Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Believer, and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lipstick in Violet Parfait. Shrinking violets can layer it on as a highlight over their safer lip shades, but this shade deserves to be flaunted in all its glory.

Deep burgundy lipstick: L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Dahlia Insolent, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Berry Mischief

Matte lips: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Grand Cru, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Intensity

Lip stain/balm: Revlon Irresistible Kiss Balm in Berry Burst, Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in Plum Russian

Lipliners: Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Vixen and Bourjois Contour Edition Lip Pencil in Plum it Up! 

 

Top 5 South African Make-Up Trends

5. Brows – anything but beaten

Brows aren’t OTT this season, but rather maximised naturally and groomed, or brushed upwards. For those of us challenged in the brow department, some filling in and darkening is needed – try Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel, Revlon ColorStay Brow Kit or Maybelline Brow Satin Pencil.

 

XOXO

 

 

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