Skin care

All about Bakuchiol: skin care’s latest must-have ingredient

You’ve probably noticed an increasing number of features and posts regarding bakuchiol in your online and mag browsing, and products starring bakuchiol have started landing on skin-care shelves near you. But what is this wonder ingredient.  And is it worthy of the hype? Most definitely!

Skincare treatments are just as prone to follow trend cycles as most other things, and every couple of years, we’ll find the latest/hottest/newest ingredient appearing in new products.

Once upon a time, it was retinol and AHAs, then we had resveratrol and co-enzyme Q10, to name but a few. This year’s must-have ingredient in anti-ageing and anti-acne care is bakuchiol.

Say what?

Before you learn about it, you might want to know how to say it. You pronounce it buh-koo-kee-ol.

What is bakuchiol exactly?

Bakuchiol is an extract of seeds from the Babchi plant (psoralea corylifolia). Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine practitioners have use it for centuries for its incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Why do I need it?

It’s been used for years in acne treatments, and it is an effective alternative to antibiotics and retinoids, which, unfortunately, aren’t without problems.

Products containing retinoids are known to trigger redness, irritation, dryness, itching and flaking. Dermatologists call this retinoid dermatitis. Sadly, the side effects can lead to the user abandoning a valuable skincare ingredient, so the acne returns.

Plant-derived bakuchiol is shown to be effective against multiple acne factors (excessive oil production, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action). This makes it an alternative or complement to retinoids and other acne-fighting ingredients, and it is tolerated much better by the skin.

Brands like Bioderma have used bakuchiol for years in their Sébium Global Intensive Purifying Care for acne-prone skin, and Sébium Sensitive Soothing Anti-blemish Care for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Their SéboRestore complex combines their Fluidactiv patent and bakuchiol to address the root causes of acne-prone skin’s sensitivity and blemishes.



But wait, there’s more…

Like vitamin-A retinoids, bakuchiol has been around since the 1960s, used to help treat acne. Its anti-ageing benefits, however, have only been explored relatively recently.

It is the only phytochemical that performs in a similar way to retinol, despite having no structural similarity to it at all. Hence its suddenly popularity…

Bakuchiol vs retinol

With decades of clinical trials behind it, retinol is undoubtedly the gold standard when it comes to prevention and correction of environmental skin ageing, as well as for treating acne problems.

Problem is, many people’s skin can’t handle it, and others just don’t want to go through the dry, flaky, red adjustment phase (who does?) to get that smooth, glowy complexion.

Despite relatively few clinical trials, the ones that have been done show that bakuchiol behaves in the same way as retinol:

  •  stimulating collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • it helps increase cell turnover, making it ideal for treating hyperpigmentation and acne-prone skin.
  • And, of course, the action against excessive oil production, as well as the antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action

Remarkably, it does this with a much better tolerance than retinol. Basically, it appears to deliver similar results, but without irritating the skin.

And there you have it…

They’re calling bakuchiol ‘botanical retinol’, even though there’s no relation, but you get the idea. It’s also touted as ‘vegan friendly and cruelty-free’. Retinol is derived mostly from animals, In case you’re wondering.

While in-depth studies have not been done as yet, many experts say bakuchiol is a good pregnancy alternative to retinol (which cannot be used during pregnancy).

For those of us who break out during pregnancy, this can only be good news.


Read more about bakuchiol here:



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

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.



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.


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



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






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.



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%”



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”.



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.



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
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.

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 We look forward to hearing from you.







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!

Dr Levashni Naidoo: Treating pigmentation in summer

I have a complicated relationship with summer: I love feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin, but I don’t love the unevenness with which it marks my complexion.

With summer’s seasonal return, I’ve learned that the sun usually kisses and tells. This can be concerning to those affected by pigmentation problems, so let us look at common factors that may worsen your excess pigmentation and follow our tips to help you with this challenging condition.

Why treat pigmentation?

I’ve treated many patients with pigmentary disturbance. I’ve seen their frustration at having to cover up a condition they wish they could rather spend time improving medically. I’ve witnessed the anxiety they face at the idea of going make-up free. I’ve come to understand the difficulties they face in terms of lowered self-esteem and how self-conscious they feel following the onset of unexpected pigmentary alterations.

Pigmentary disturbance remains a challenging condition to treat. There are over 152 genes that regulate pigment production! This has an impact on how individuals respond to topical treatments, and finding the correct treatment is a process.  It is important to understand that there is no quick fix. I do, however, believe that if dermatologists work closely with our patients, we may embark on a pathway to improvement.

The skin complexion we inherit is influenced by

External Factors

Sunny Days

South Africa is amongst the sunniest countries in the world and sun-induced pigmentation ranks first as both cause and aggravator of many pigmentary disturbances. We all understand that ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays cause photoaging (sun-induced ageing) and increased pigment production. But we also realise now that the visible light spectrum and infrared radiation play a significant role in contributing to skin damage and uneven skin tone through generation of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) within the skin.

Sun exposure may lead to a general increase in pigmentation where skin is exposed, as well as a darkening of pre-existing freckles and the appearance of sun spots.

Heat Waves and Close Shaves

Heat itself from any external source or trauma to the skin may stimulate increased activity of melanocytes (pigment-producing cells in the skin.)

Internal Factors

Heavy-handed hormones

Melasma (hormonal hyperpigmentation) is a common form of pigmentary disturbance. It frequently occurs during pregnancy or when a susceptible person starts using a combined oral contraceptive pill. The increase in oestrogen concentration stimulates melanocyte activity, increasing the production of melanin. This increased pigmentation is commonly found on cheekbones, forehead, nose and occasionally around the mouth.

The aftermath of inflammation

During the active phase of many inflammatory skin disorders – such as acne, eczema and lichen planus – inflammation in the skin may activate pigment production pathways. When the skin is healed, there may be an increase in pigmentation, called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

Popping pills

Certain types of medication may lead to pigmentary disturbance. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories used for pain relief, the combined oral contraceptive pill, antihypertensive (blood pressure), antimalarial, antibiotic and anti-epileptic medications. Telltale signs that you may have drug-induced pigmentation include darkening of your nails and mucosa (lining of the mouth, etc.).

Should you treat pigmentation in summer? Yes!

Treatment of pigmentation has two arms:

One: use one or a combination of treatment agents that effectively decrease pigment production and,

Two: prevent further worsening of pigmentation from continued sun exposure.

The most important aspect of treating pigmentation over sun-exposed sites is to ensure that you protect vigilantly from the sun.

  • This includes avoiding peak-intensity sunlight hours between 10 am and 3pm outdoors.
  • When you’re outdoors, wear protective clothing in the form of sun hats, scarves and long sleeves,
  • Always remember to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UV, visible light and infrared radiation protection, such as Bioderma Photoderm range


What treatment should you use?

Here are your A, B, Cs for treatment of excess pigmentation in the summer months:


Always use sun-protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen should be applied daily in appropriate quantities (a R5 coin amount for your face alone). Re-apply every couple of hours if you are spending time outdoors. Remember, no sunscreen lasts the entire day.

Always remove pigmentation-stimulating agents, such as exacerbating drugs. Speak to your doctor about changing medication, if possible.


Brightening agents

Dermatologists may use the following in-clinic treatments to reduce pigmentation:

Chemical peels containing alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic acid. The strength of the peel will depend on what is clinically suitable for your skin type to minimise inflammation, especially in those with darker skin types. Peels should gently encourage exfoliation of the uppermost layer of the skin, lifting epidermal pigmentation and helping active brightening ingredients from skin care products to penetrate the skin.

Dermafrac is a newer treatment combining microdermabrasion, micro-needling, simultaneous deep tissue serum infusion, and light emitting diode (LED) therapy. In addition to stimulating skin rejuvenation, the procedure also helps with uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation through delivery of select ingredients into the dermal layer to damp down pigment-producing pathways. This procedure is particularly recommended for those with darker skin types. where stimulation of inflammation through more aggressive treatments may actually worsen pre-existing pigmentary disturbances.

Laser therapy should only be carried out under the care of trained medical professionals. The selection of laser is dependent on the cause of the pigmentation, with careful consideration given to the skin type of the patient.


Care at home

In cases of chronic hyperpigmentation, a more intense acute phase of therapy is often followed by a tailored, safe long-term management programme. Treatment in the acute phase may include ingredients like hydroquinone that are prescribed for a short period under supervision of your dermatologist.

Due to side-effects with continued hydroquinone use, a switch to a non-hydroquinone- based ingredient or combination of ingredients is advised.

Skin brightening agents work on various different pigment activities:

  • they may block the formation of melanin,
  • inhibit the transfer of melanin from the melanocyte to other skin cells,
  • suppress melanocyte activity
  • limit inflammation and
  • enhance skin cell turnover


Systemic skin-lightening agents have become increasingly popular in recent years. Fernbloc has proven safety and efficacy, but we strongly advise against using other agents such as intravenous glutathione because of severe side-effects, which include renal and liver impairment as well as documented life-threatening adverse drug reactions including Steven Johnson Syndrome.

My recommendations for home care treatment of pigmentation and sun protection

  1. Essential: Sunscreen with a broad- spectrum UVA and UVB cover, as well as cover for visible light. I recommend Bioderma’s Photoderm M  if you have been diagnosed with hormonal melasma as it effectively extends cover to this visible spectrum range. Sun protection is especially important if you have had in-clinic treatments and are using active ingredients such as hydroquinone, retinol, AHA, etc.
  1. Noreva Trio White depigmenting range  is a combination of reductol (a phytonutrient that protects keratinocytes), as well as vitamin C and arbutane that limit melanin production
  2. Esthederm’s Esthewhite range: a combination of murine exopolysaccharise that enhances skin cell turnover, glucosamine and glabridine that regulate melanin production, and vitamin C with added anti-oxidant benefit.
  3. Topical retinoid at night: For first-time retinoid (vitamin A) users, I start with Esthederm’s Intense Retinol Serum – a 0.3% retinol preparation combined with papyrus and apricot oils rich in omega 3, 6 and 9, which improve tolerance of the retinoid. As you develop tolerance, and should added strength be required, I upscale treatment to a prescription-grade retinoid.

Find out more about the Esthederm range here.

Here’s wishing you happy summer days,      


Dermatologist Dr Levashni Naidoo





Meet Dr. Sarah Karabus

Our paediatrician expert Sarah Karabus gives us her insights on children, parenting and skin care

AGE: really?

Do you have children? How old are they? 

Noah, age 11, budding engineer, voracious reader and thoughtful kind soul. Ella age 8, funny, capable and a delightful young lady.

Why did you become a paediatrician? 

Children are so pure and honest. When they are hurt you know they hurt, when they are better, they smile. There is no pretence nor exaggeration.

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

Being an allergy specialist, the most common conditions I see are eczema, food allergy, asthma and allergic rhinitis (“hayfever”). But I also deal with all the regular issues that parents have with their children including general health, developmental issues, nutrition, emotional issues as well as serious illnesses.

The most useful parenting advice you’ve ever been given From my father, himself a paediatrician, whenever I was worried that one of my children was ill or behaving in a way that did not fit my expectations or follow the textbook… “Read your baby, not the textbook”. It might sound flippant, but it helped me relax and enjoy my children and get to know them, rather than expecting them to be exactly as the textbook described.

The best skin-care advice you’ve been given

There can be only one answer to this…..wear sunscreen every day.

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

Again, sunscreen! Every day, even in winter, Reapply it frequently, every few hours. 

Your skin is… 

the largest organ in your body. Treat it with respect.

My skin care must-haves… 

It must be as simple as possible in order to incorporate it into my hectic schedule. Sunscreen, a good moisturiser, a serum containing antioxidants like vitamin C and a night treatment containing Vitamin A.




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