New salon review – Minnelli Body & Skin care in Graanendal

Liza Schoeman is the beautiful, talented therapist who opened her own salon recently in the Graanendal Shopping Centre – Minnelli Body and Skin care.

Facebook: @Minnelli.beautysalon

I know Liza from when she was a student of mine when I lectured at Isa Carstens Academy in Stellenbosch around 2005. We also saw each other quite regularly over the years to follow while I did product house training for the Skin Renewal therapists in Johannesburg and Cape Town. She has always struck me as a sincere, caring and thorough therapist and person.

When I saw that she opened her own salon 10 minutes drive away from my house, I was very excited to go to her as I knew I was going to be in good hands!

And I wasnt disappointed. Liza has years of experience in the world of aesthetic skin care working as a therapist for the well know Skin Renewal. She was also featured as one of the skin care therapists on the KykNet programme Mooi Maak. She is a professional, polished, friendly and very thorough therapist.

Her salon is part of a hair salon in the Graanendal shopping centre, but once you are in her room it is quiet and peaceful. Her room is beautifully decorated and she made sure I was 100% comfortable throughout the treatment.

I will definitely be going to Liza regularly and I can highly recommend her!

Love

Helene x x x

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The simple truth about HYPER-PIGMENTATION.

One of the most common skin care concerns for especially women are hyperpigmentation – or some refer to it as brown marks/patches on their skin (facial area).

What are the most common causes?

  1. Age (and sun exposure) – Due to years of sun damage you see sun spots/age spots/liver spots appear on sun exposed areas as you get older.
  2. Hormones (and sun exposure) – Many women develop a type of hyperpigmentation called chloasma during pregnancy but this can actually appear any time during a woman’s life.  It generally only appears during the late 20’s and can progressively get worse.
  3. Inflammation (and sun exposure) – Some people hyperpigment as part of the healing process (inflammation) after an injury.  You often see this in acne sufferers.
  4. Other – for example certain types of medication/diseases and chemicals (like certain perfumes) can cause hyperpigmentation.

You will see that all these factors go hand in hand with SUN EXPOSURE.  So sun exposure is the COMMON DENOMINATOR.

What can you do about it?

Let’s BE REAL about this before I get into who you can see and what you can potentially do…

Hyperpigmentation in MANY cases is something that you will struggle with to a certain extent for the rest of your life.  You might be able to lighten it when doing treatments/using products, but the chances of it disappearing completely and staying away is very RARE.

So you need to learn to manage it.  What I mean by this is that you learn to:

  1. Properly protect your skin from the SUN (An effective UVB/UVA + anti-oxidant sunscreen and things like a hat when outside).
  2. You might decide to regularly go for a skin treatment that treats hyperpigmentation
  3. Use a product for hyperpigmentation together with your other skin care products
  4. Get good quality make-up if you feel you would like to camouflage it a bit during the day.

Hyperpigmentation is a condition that is understood by the medical and skin care community to an extent, and there are many products and treatments that claim to be effective.

But I once had a chat with a renowned dermatologist (from Johannesburg) who did his thesis on hyperpigmentatoin – and he told me that he believed it is something that is not yet understood 100% and there is nothing yet on the market that can claim that it will work 100%!

So my suggestion:

USE SUNBLOCK EVERY DAY!

Chat to your dermatologist/skin care specialist about your treatment and product options – BUT BE REALISTIC IN YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

AND FINALLY… Love yourself and your skin… I can promise you that you are more aware and self-conscious about it than anyone else!  Take good care of your skin and do what you can, but don’t obsess about it… Because it IS a difficult one…and best made peace with to a certain extent…and managed well.

Love Helene xxx

PS.  I am not going to talk about product options in this blog… Will have to cover it in another blog – so much to say but I want to keep my blogs short(ish) 😉

 

Skincare must haves for a busy mom

You can spend 100’s of Rands on make up and still be frustrated with the end result if your canvass (your skin) isn’t in a good condition. Some lucky individuals are blessed with a genetically beautiful flawless skin, but most of us need to put in some work – and a couple of good quality products.

Below are my steps to the essential skin care – focussing on ANTI-AGEING.

Your products can look a little different if you are working towards targeting a more specific skin care concern like adult acne or hyperpigmentation for example. Check out my blogs about acne and pigmentation.

I am also just looking at the ESSENTIALS today – there are quite a bit more that you can do at home like exfoliators and masks – but more about that in another blog 😉

So here are my top skincare must haves for a busy mom!

Essential Morning routine:

Step 1: CLEANSE PROPERLY

Gentle Foaming Cleanser from Theravine

Make sure you cleanse your skin every morning and every evening with a MILD cleanser suitable to your PREFERENCE (gel/foam/cream/oil/liquid water based cleanser etc) and SKIN TYPE (oily/dry/combination). I currently use the Gentle Foaming Cleanser from Theravine (Available at salons or get in touch with me) retails for R298.  I also quite like the Loreal cleanser: Pure Clay detox face wash. R88

What do I look for in a cleanser? Not expensive (it really doesn’t have to be); gentle yet effective and I prefer a foamy gel in comparison to a cream.

Step 2: USE AN ANTIOXIDANT as your serum for the day.  Antioxidants have antiageing benefits as well as being super important to fight harmful free radicals during the day.  I am currently using the brilliant Phloretin CF from Skinceuticals. Thanks to my friend who was generous to give this as my 40th birthday present!

Step 3: USE A GOOD MOISTURISER on your face and neck.  I currently enjoy the Nourishing and Firming Day cream from Theravine for the DAY and the amazing moisturizer from Lamelle, Dermaheal Cellular Repair Cream.

Optional extra: Use an eye cream – check out my blog about eye creams here.

Step 4: USE A GOOD QUALITY sunblock every single day – check out my blog about sunscreen here and here.  My personal favourite is Heliocare. – either the SPF50 Gel or the SPF Tinted (this replaces my foundation on most days now because it is so quick and easy!)  Check out my blog on make-up tips for a busy mom HERE.

 

Essential Evening routine:

Step 1: CLEANSE PROPERLY

I start by cleansing off my eye make up. I love this water based cleanser from Garnier – retails for R80. Bioderma also has one, but is more expensive – retails for R230. Then I cleanse as in the morning routine.

Optional extra: Tone if necessary (not essential), sometimes necessary if you wear a lot of make up to ensure your skin is squaky.clean! You want it to be clean for your evening serum/cream to penetrate.

Step 2: USE AN ANTI-AGEING SERUM

So this might look different than your morning serum.  At night it is a good idea to introduce anti-ageing ingredients like Vitamin A (MY FIRM FAVOURITE – it is one of the most well researched and proven anti-ageing ingredients!) or anti-ageing PEPTIDES or GROWTH FACTORS or even exfoliating ingredients like alpha and beta hydroxy acids.  I currently use Retacnyl (on doctor prescription) but only one evening per week (Retinol is very active and the skin will initially peel upon starting usage).  On other nights I enjoy the Collagen M/P Serum from Matriskin for its amazing anti-ageing benefits due to anti-ageing peptides.

Option extra: Use an eye cream – check out my blog about eye creams here.

Step 3: USE A GOOD MOISTURISER – Same as morning routing.

Please feel free to email me your questions about your skin care routine!

Love Helene xxx

Urban escape at Luna Wellness

Luna wellness is an unexpected oasis in the middle of the suburb Kenridge. When I walked through the doors leading to the wellness clinic I was immediately transported to a world of warmth, relaxation and above all expert skincare. Stephanie (owner and therapist) has 12 years medical skincare experience and I felt it the moment she started my treatment.

There’s just something about the touch of a therapist who has years of experience and expertise in her field. So needless to say, I felt like I was in good hands!

Stephanie performed the US brand ISClinical’s award-winning treatment – the Fire and Ice Peel – on me. She started with a thorough cleanse with warm steam ensuring my skin was a clean canvas to do the peel on. The “Fire” step Intensive Resurfacing Mask – a 18% Glycolic acid in a creamy base – was applied to my skin like a mask and left to work for 5 minutes. This was only slightly stingy – I actually found it very comfortable yet active (which is what I wanted!) at the same time. She did warn me that when she was going to neutralise it with water it would sting – and it did. Nothing that was impossible to handle but it was quite burny on the skin. The cinnamon in the peel also gave it a distinct smell and a warm feeling on the skin.

Next up was the Pro-heal serum jam-packed with anti-oxidants – great for anti-ageing and healing. She then applied the “Ice” part Rejuvenating Mask of the treatment which was a gel like cooling and hydrating mask. This felt fantastic after the warm “Fire” of the peel. This was massaged into my skin – soooo relaxing! After she removed the mask she finished off with the Hydra-cool serum to leave my skin fresh and moisturised. The final touches included a moisturiser and all important sunblock.

My skin felt rejuvenated and fresh, it looked even toned and glowing – making me one super happy mommy! A couple of hours afterwards my skin felt tight – which I liked – that “pulling” feeling which actually makes me feel as if I had a mini face lift! My skin felt super smooth and looked really healthy and glowy for a couple of days after.

I am very impressed with this treatment and can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a more active treatment to treat ageing, pigmentation and a dull lifeless skin.

I will definitely be going back to Luna Wellness – for me it is super important to know that I am in expert hands as well as in a relaxing environment and you are guaranteed to get both at this lovely home based salon!

Read here about ISClinical.

Follow this link to find out more about LUNA Wellness.

You can get in touch with Stephanie at Luna Wellness on 072 436 2125

 

Blissful escape at Mona Lisa Skin & Body Bar

From the moment you step into Mona Lisa Skin & Body Bar in Camps Bay, you step into a mini world of pampering, indulgence and beauty.  Lisa-Marie’s clinic is situated in a private residential property in Camp’s Bay which makes this experience all the more private and relaxing.  A real escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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I had the privilege of receiving a !QMS facial which is one of my favourite product houses.  After a !QMS facial you can be guaranteed of a post-facial glow and your skin feeling great for days afterwards!  Have a look at my post on the !QMS Oxygen facial here.  Today Lisa Marie did the SK Alpha facial on me – her description of it sounded perfect for my dull post-winter skin:

This treatment is designed for dull, asphyxiated and tired skin conditions that will intensively stimulate, oxygenate and brighten the skin complexion while also firming and lifting the skin.
The treatment starts with a facial cleanse and gentle exfoliation with some steam.  The specialised mask involves the application of an anti-ageing collagen serum and a self heating mask and foil – to really warm up your skin and encourage penetration of all the good stuff 🙂
The plasticizing mask is the second mask which instantly cools and soothes the skin, leaving the skin looking glowing and smooth.  While the masks are doing their thing, Lisa-Marie spoilt me with some much-needed TLC – a divine hot stone foot massage, décolleté massage and file & paint on my toes using a gorgeous Morgan Taylor nail polish.
2015-09-18 12.01.00It’s now about a week after the facial my skin feels smooth and looks hydrated.  I love going to Lisa-Marie – she is passionate about what she does and is super thorough.  While you are with her – she is 100% focused on you and your needs and also offers a listening ear if that’s what you need 😉
I can highly recommend Mona Lisa Skin & Body Bar – I’ve already made my next appointment 🙂
Have a look at her website here
Lisa-Marie Marais
Health & Skincare Therapist
C: 083 676 1671
E: info@monalisabeauty.co.za
A: 189 Kloof Road, Clifton, Cape Town, 8001
Yours in wellness, Helene xxx

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The tranquil outside area

The tranquil outside area

Skincare ingredients that matter

With the overload of skincare products on the market, choosing the right skincare product can become extremely overwhelming and confusing.  I have come to the conclusion that in reality it shouldn’t be confusing – you just need to know WHICH SKINCARE INGREDIENTS actually MATTER and can have a positive impact on your skin.  Once you know WHICH INGREDIENTS YOUR SKIN NEEDS, you can choose skincare products accordingly! (And stop wasting your money on nothing more than “HOPE IN A JAR”…)

So which ingredients matter…?  I’ll try to keep this short and to the point 🙂

  1. ANTI-OXIDANTS:  e.g Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C); Tocopherol (Vitamin E); Co-enzyme Q10; Glutathione.  Why your skin needs anti-oxidants?  To neutralise all the harmful free radicals roaming around in your skin wanting to cause damage and skin ageing.antioxidants-donating-electrons1-300x288
  2. VITAMIN A:  e.g Retinoic Acid; Retinol.  Why your skin needs Vitamin A?  This wonder vitamin is one of the most well researched anti-ageing skincare ingredients.  Originally tested on adult acne in the 60’s, they soon realised the incredible effects it had on signs of ageing e.g. superficial lines and age spots.
  3. GROWTH FACTORS:  e.g. EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor).  Why your skin needs growth factors?  These awesome little “messenger molecules” help with cellular growth and differentiation. They jump in and help to repair the skin when damaged.  As we get older and our levels of naturally occurring growth factors decline, our skin becomes less able to repair itself.  Now we can apply growth factors topically and assist the skin in repairing itself from skin damage (ageing due to mostly sun damage).

Other ingredients that also deserve a mention are:  (I will keep the info for another blog post!)

  1. PEPTIDES
  2. FRUIT ACIDS
  3. ENZYMES

So my advise when purchasing skincare products would be to look at the ingredients and ask the right questions!

Yours in beautiful and healthy skin, Helene x x x

PS.  I like this picture showing the important skincare ingredients – have a look at the blog post here.

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Breathing new life into your skin with a pure Oxygen facial @ Ageless Faces

Madonna and Brad Pitt are amongst the celebrity fans of the oxygen facial and apparently it was also popular on the set of “Sex in the city”.  Years ago when I was working as a skin care therapist at celebrity beautician Linda Meredith in Knightsbridge, I used to do loads of oxygen facials.  At the time I was probably more interested in the pounds I was earning or the celebrity walking into the salon, to care much about why everyone seemed to be raving about these oxygen facials…I remember that everyone including all her celeb clients like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Rosamund Pike to name a few, used to come and come back for their oxygen facials.  This tells me a lot about answering the question whether oxygen facials really work – the results really do speak for themselves.

What is an oxygen facial?

Oxygen can be combined with any facial.  I had the privilege to be treated to a !QMS collagen facial incorporating pure oxygen:

Breathe new life into your skin with this advanced treatment developed to stimulate skin cell regeneration at a deep level. Our customized 95% pure concentrate of oxygen channels ingredients more effectively to leave skin radiant and healthy.

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This is what you can expect at an Oxygen Facial – !QMS: My !QMS facial starts with a cleanse followed by the signature !QMS exfoliation incorporating the Dermabrasive gel (for my sensitivity) and the Gentle Cream Exfoliant. The products are gently massaged and left on the skin for a couple of minutes. The enzymes and fruit acids have a gentle exfoliating and warming effect and the skin can appear stimulated and pink afterwards.  The alginate mask is applied and left to set. This is a super soothing, cooling mask and has the ability to “stick” to all the dead skin cells loosened by the exfoliator.  You can literally see an imprint of every pore and line on your skin on the mask once removed, the skin already feels smoother and looks brighter. Next up, the therapist does a very relaxing facial massage with the 24 hr cream where after the Relax o firm mask is applied in a thick layer and layered with plaster of paris soaked in hot water. Although this might seem a bit strange, it has an amazing warm occlusive effect forcing product penetration, as well as having a slight lifting effect.

Right at the end of the treatment, the !QMS H2O serum is applied to my face and neck before the oxygen machine is switched on and oxygen “sprayed” onto the skin for a couple of minutes.  The machine emits 90 – 95% pure oxygen under hyperbaric pressure. It wasn’t cold or uncomfortable, it had a rather soothing and refreshing sensation on the skin. The device looks similar to a make up artist airbrush and can also be combined with active ingredients to enhance their absorption. Oxygen is also naturally antibacterial and has a cooling, calming effect.

The oxygen machine.
The oxygen machine.

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Do oxygen facials work? 

In Fox News Magazine, Dr. Marina Peredo, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, notes that the treatment may be ideal for those looking for a less painful way to fight aging.

“Oxygen is a necessity if you want to have healthy, youthful looking skin,” says Peredo. “This facial is great because it helps protect and reverse damage from environmental pollutants that can harm our skin. It also helps the overall texture of your skin, which feels smoother after this facial. The oxygen facial reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles by releasing moisturizers onto the skin, which absorb quickly with the help of oxygen. It’s an ultimate hydrator that infuses vitamins and nutrients into the skin.”

For me the proof that it works is in what I see in the mirror afterwards.  My skin really did have a healthy glow and I’ve had a couple of compliments in the days after the treatment….so the results really speak for themselves.  I have also had issues with breakouts and eczema recently, and the facial didn’t aggravate it at all – on the contrary – my skin felt soothed and hydrated and the breakouts seemed to dissipate in the days after the facial – Yay!SAM_0871 I enjoyed my !QMS oxygen facial at the stunning medical aesthetic clinic AGELESS FACES – Address: 8 Cavendish street | Claremont | Cape Town – Phone:  (021) 683 4424 – Email: info@agelessfaces.co.za Click here for more information on their products and treatments. SAM_0869  SAM_0874

Could wheat & sugar be the root cause of your eczema?

Hi everyone!  I hope you are keeping warm in this icy cold weather!  You might be experiencing some skin issues often associated with cold weather – skin can become dry, sensitive and flaky.  In Part 1 & 2 I discussed how sugar and wheat could contribute to skin ageing and acne.  Today in my final part on How what you eat affects your skin, I cover a common skin concern which also often flairs up during cold winter months:

ECZEMA

Dermatologist Dr. Satish Bhatia states that the consumption of excess sugar is bad for the skin. “Increased sugar levels can cause a build-up in the liver or colon giving rise to the majority of fungal infections and eczema.”

Livestrong.com states:  There’s one food that all eczema sufferers should try to limit. Sugar, especially in its more refined form, may be the common culprit behind many inflammatory conditions. When we consume foods that are high in sugar, our body releases insulin. Harmful free radicals are released along with the insulin hormone and then have the potential to damage our cells. This damage promotes an inflammation response as our immune system attempts to fight the free radicals.

Many people who have eczema have food allergies, so eating a healthy diet may help reduce inflammation and allergic reactions. Eat fewer refined foods, and sugar. These foods contribute to inflammation in the body. Source: Eczema | University of Maryland Medical Center

Food allergies associated with eczema are typically: Dairy products, Eggs, Nuts and seeds, Soy products, Wheat

Have a look at my previous blog for some tips on treating sensitive/eczema skin and how your mind and stress levels might be causing and/or aggravating this skin condition.

Another interesting read… US News – Health News: Healing your skin with your mind – The solution to your skin issues, from eczema to psoriasis, could be in your head.

Short term solution: Try and get to your dermatologist for a short term solution in the form of medication (internal or topical). STOP using any active cosmetics e.g. products containing VIT A/FRUIT ACIDS/High concentrations of anti-oxidants etc. Rather get yourself a cleanser and moisturiser for very sensitive skin conditions. I like Bioderma’s Sensibio range. Uriage also has products for sensitive and irritated skin.

I have tried these products…

Bioderma (Available at Dischem and online at Dermastore):

Soothing, Purifying Cleansing Gel R189.95

2015-05-16 15.53.26I like the fact that this cleansing gel foams up and gently and effectively removes all my make-up (including eye make-up). I can highly recommend it to anyone with sensitivity and combination to oily skin.

Water Cleanser R179.95

h2o_250This is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES.  The best eye make-up remover around and a great way to remove heavy make-up before your second cleanse.  I can highly recommend this product to anyone!

Cream R189.95

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This day/night cream has a light cream/gel consistency.  I have an oily skin and still found it a bit too light for me.  It felt as if my skin being so irritated and flaky needed something with more moisture.  I will recommend this to anyone with sensitive and very oily skin or men who prefer a very light texture.

SkinMedica (available at Skin Renewal branches and other medical practises nationwide):

Redness Relief CalmPlex

skinmedica-redness-relief-calmplexThis is a product I thought I would personally never have to use.  Well, in skincare emergencies like I’m having you will try anything.  The cream has a rich texture and causes tingling upon application due to the active ingredients.  Although it has a heavy texture, it didn’t make my oily skin more oily and I actually enjoyed the comfort of cream.  This is a pricy product, but I can recommend this to anyone with red and sensitive skin conditions.

I wish you beautiful and healthy skin!

Chat soon

Helene x x x

Just what my skin ordered – my recent visit to Skin Symphony – Environ:

After a recent bad facial experience as well as my skin care issues during the past couple of weeks, I decided to be brave and go for another facial.  When I got a personal recommendation from someone who I know is picky, I felt a lot more confident to try it out.

I booked my appointment at Skin Symphony at Renaissance Body Science Institute for an Environ Enhancing Vitamin Therapy facial with Nina. The description on their website:

Developed to intensively focus on several key areas of concern, a targeted treatment that ensures your primary skin care concerns are directly addressed.

As you might recall from a previous blog, I am very particular about receiving great service and an amazing treatment when going to a salon or spa.  Why else would I take the time and spend the money to go?

When I arrived at Skin Symphony, the receptionist gave me a comprehensive client consultation card (which covered everything from my medical history, contraindications and skin concerns) to complete.  Nina came to fetch me in the comfortable reception area right on time and took me to the treatment room.  Everything about this place suited their image of being more medically inclined, but still having a relaxed, spa like feel.

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The beautiful treatment room…

As Nina showed me into the room, there were a couple of things that impressed me.  I liked that there was a cupboard where I could leave my clothes and bag, the room was very spacious, minimalist (I don’t like a cluttered, messy treatment room), warm and inviting.  The bed was perfectly made with fresh linen. I immediately felt like closing my eyes and drifting off, happy place!

Nina started the treatment by ensuring that I was comfortable – this is one of the most important steps in client care during a treatment.  After chatting about my skin care concerns and expectations, she briefly explained to me what she was going to be doing and also warned me that this facial was a less pampering facial.  I did expect this though, coming to the Renaissance BSI.

The facial commenced with double cleansing with steam and a few extractions.  Then came the real highlight – the Ionzyme DF machine used over Environ’s Moisture Gel:

World renowned Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and founder of Environ, Dr Des Fernandes, invented the revolutionary DF Machine which incorporates the simultaneous use of Iontophoresis and Sonophoresis to provide the skin with maximum penetration of active ingredients for best possible results. Iontophoresis is an electrical current that is passed through the skin and facilitates greater penetration of vitamins into the skin.  It is used for larger surface areas such as the face and neck.  Sonophoresis involves the use of sound waves to transport vitamin molecules through the skin and produces better penetration through the skin than conventional ultrasound.  When both methods are combined an intensive treatment is the outcome.

She then applied a plastisizing alginate mask and gave me the option of a foot or hand massage while the mask did its magic.  I of course opted for the foot massage!

The facial was concluded with the application of a hydrating moisturiser and sunblock. Nina left the room and told me to meet her at the reception.

A nice touch to end off your treatment...
A nice touch to end off your treatment…

This facial sets you back by R490.  I think it is totally worth it.  Not only did I feel relaxed, but my skin truly looked amazing when I walked out ready to face the world again.

This is a more intense anti-aging facial due to the addition of the iontophoresis and sonophoresis to really get those good ingredients to penetrate a lot deeper.

Read about Environ’s Product range here.

the Beautiful Truth STAR RATING: 7 out of 10 for the RELAX factor and 8 out of 10 for the treatment and after effects on my skin.

Skin Symphony – Address:  RBSI | 183 Bree Street | Cape Town | 8001 | Western Cape, South Africa;  Phone:  (021) 422 5693;  Email: skinsymphony@environ.co.za

Stay relaxed and beautiful

Helene x x x

 

How to – look after your skin during winter

On a recent shopping outing – I spotted this The Body Shop product which I just couldn’t resist. The name Warming Mineral Mask (R155) begged me to get into a warm bath and slather this baby onto my face. The description tempted me even more: “Self-warming, deep cleansing kaolin clay treatment.” How can you NOT want to try this mask especially as the days have turned into lovely chilly autumn?

This is the type of mask that I envision applying while lounging around in my gown and slippers sipping a cup of hot tea, hot chocolate or coffee… and maybe a rusk too? You get the idea 😉

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Here are a couple of Winter Skincare Tips (followed by my personal review of The Body Shop’s Warming Mineral Mask):

HOW TO look after your skin during winter:

1.  Now is the perfect time to try out those skincare treatments e.g. chemical peels/laser that you have been wanting to try out.  Some of these treatments are more ablative than your normal facial treatments, which means that it removes more of the upper skin layers – therefore exposing your skin to more harmful UV radiation.  It is advised to rather do these types of treatments during the colder months when the sun is not so harsh.  BUT remember that you still need to be careful of sun exposure and apply your sunblock even during autumn and winter!

2.  Due to the colder air, your skin might become more dehydrated leaving it feeling dry, tight and flaky.  It might even feel more sensitized.  To minimize this – be careful of exposing your skin to drastic temperature changes all the time e.g. coming from a cold environment outside to blasting hot air onto your face in your car or home.  Even something like a sauna or steam room – both super nice during colder months – could dehydrate your skin.  Make sure that you always drink plenty of water and protect your skin with a good moisturizer (to both prevent moisture loss and provide moisturizing ingredients to your skin).

3.  Pamper your skin with regular at-home mini facials.  This could include a facial scrub and a mask depending on your skin type.  You can’t go wrong with a hydrating mask as most of us are dehydrated especially during winter.  For your more oil-dry skin types – I would recommend a nourishing mask (these masks usually contain an oil component as well as other active ingredients to nourish the dry skin type).  My skin type is oily (even though I am 37 years old) – and I struggle with dehydration at the same time.  The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask therefore sounded perfect for my oily, yet dehydrated winter skin needing some TLC.

The Beautiful Truth PRODUCT REVIEW: The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask

I noticed on the instructions at the back that they recommend application onto a clean wet skin.  I soon realized why the recommended wet skin.  The consistency being quite thick and sticky made it a lot easier to apply onto a wet skin.  As soon as I squeezed out a reasonable amount (about a teaspoon) onto my hands, it immediately and magically turned warm!

The amazing warmth of the mask on my skin lasted a little while longer and it felt invigorating – not too tingly at all but rather a warm and refreshing sensation at the same time.  The Kaolin also gives it that warm, earthy and cleansing sensation which I love!  I left it on for about 5 – 10 minutes, dampened my finger tips to slightly emulsify the mask before rinsing it off with warm water.  I finished my at-home mini facial with toning and applying a serum (hydrating) and moisturizer to work during my beauty sleep. I recommend doing your at-home facial before going to bed.  Your serum can optimally penetrate after you have done an exfoliation and mask and your skin is designed to absorb products and regenerate itself while sleeping. That’s why it’s called the “beauty sleep”!

The warm feeling of the mask reminded me of a product which I have used in the past: the Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant which has the same warming effect upon application.

They recommend to use the mask once to twice a week which is fine, unless you feel that your skin is a bit sensitive.  I do not really keep track of how often I use products like these – so I normally just grab it when I feel like it, but try to do it at least once a week to get the full benefit of using the product regularly.

Main benefits:  The warming effect and cleansing ingredients like the Kaolin help to open the pores for a deep cleansing effect.  Essential oils of ginger and cinnamon make it an invigorating mask which is good to “wake up” a dull skin by stimulating micro-circulation.

The Beautiful Truth Star rating: 4 out of 5.

The bottom line:  I like this product and can recommend it to anyone (including the guys!) who struggles with an oily skin type and is not too sensitive.  The warming effect of the mask adds to its appeal for winter skincare.  Enjoy!!

Look out for more winter skincare tips in the weeks to come!  I will be writing about popular treatments such as micro-needling, peels and yummy winter warming facials…

Ingredient Deep Dive:

PEG-8 (Humectant), Zeolite (Warming Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Kaolin (Absorbent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (Viscosity Modifier), Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen), PEG-220 (Binder/Humectant/Solvent), Algae (Seaweed Extract) (Natural Additive), Methylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Curcuma zedoaria (Zedoary Oil) (Skin Conditioning Agent), Zingiber officinale (Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil) (Natural Additive), Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon Oil) (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Cinnamyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient).