Body Creams: The best of the best

I try so many body lotions and creams that it’s really hard to keep track of my favourites. I also keep changing my mind about which ones truly are my favourites. Let’s be honest, if you are a body cream lover like I am, you’ll know exactly how difficult it is to give only one the honour of top spot. Especially if you run to the shops every time you spot a new launch. But the following 3 have carried me through winter and they will most definitely remain on my list of favourite favourites. Body Creams: The best of the best Body Treats Natural Aqueous – R70 I never thought that I’d ever rate an aqueous cream as highly as I do this one. Body Treats, your Natural Aqueous is fan-freakin-tastic!! This hand-made, proudly local product is simply perfect. It is soft, rich and gentle and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. The moment Cara or my skin hinted at an eczema flare-up, I reached for this cream and it calmed our skins on contact. Love, love, LOVE this stuff. And it is my first choice for Cara’s delicate skin. PS Body Treats’ aqueous cream isn’t the only great product from this awesome company. Make sure to check out their website. You can shop online too. You will not be disappointed. Promise. Mio Skincare Future Proof – R850 Okay, I realise that this is not a budget-friendly buy. It’s helluva expensive but, oh my, it is so divine. It smells so good and makes me feel like a million bucks. Smooth, silky and fabulous. If you want...

Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream gets 10/10!

I love a good hand cream and Avène Cicalfate Hand Repairing Barrier Cream may just be the best I’ve ever used. Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream gets 10/10 This is what Avène has to say about their new hand cream that’s been available at Clicks and Dis-Chem since end of May: Avène Cicalfate HAND repairs, soothes and protects very dry, irritated and chapped hands with faster action. Fragrance-free, paraben-free. REPAIRING – Sucralfate, an original ingredient, facilitates epidermal repair. PURIFYING – The combination of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate reduces the risk of bacterial proliferation. SOOTHING – Rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water, it soothes fragile skin. Its rich, nourishing texture spreads easily. Rapidly absorbed, transparent when applied, it forms an insulating barrier on the skin for “second skin” protection. The skin on my hands is very (very!) sensitive and because I suffer from eczema, I have to be careful when I choose a hand cream. My hands are also EXTREMELY dry. Avène is a brand that I trust when it comes to my eczema-prone skin, so when I heard about the new Avène Cicalfate Hand Repairing Barrier Cream, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test. The moment I put it on my hands, I knew I loved it. It was thick and creamy and my skin felt soothed. It was like it sighed with relief. But whilst I was rubbing it in, I knew that this was a night cream. There was no way that it would work during the day, it was just too thick… BUT WAIT! Not even a minute later it was all absorbed. No oiliness or stickiness. My...

Skin treats from Healing Earth

The lovely people from the premium African spa brand, Healing Earth, sent me a few of their products to try and now I understand why this brand is loved by so many. The brainchild of spa veteran Elisabeth Brandt, Healing Earth is a premium African spa brand that offers natural, organic products, therapies and spa concepts to discerning clients the world over. Each lovingly created Healing Earth product harnesses the restorative powers of Africa’s rich natural resources and is made from only the purest natural active ingredients sourced from the continent’s powerful minerals, oceans, flowers, herbs, fruit, seeds and natural oils. Our products are divided into families that aim to address specific skincare needs: Kalahari Melon for hydration, Marula for softening and relaxing, African Ginger for slimming, Pinotage for its strong antioxidant qualities, African Potato for healing and repairing, and Mongongo Nut for detoxifying. Skin treats from Healing Earth Healing Earth African Ginger Corrective Cream This firming body cream is a treat. It contains ginger to tone and brighten the skin. Extracts of fennel, black pepper and cypress also aid in toning and firming. This cream, as with all Healing Earth creams, is free of parabens, preservatives and mineral oils, and no artificial fragrances or colours have been added. It smells lovely, is very moisturising and soothing and it does not irritate my sensitive skin. Healing Earth Pinotage Facial Polish Can we just first chat about how stunning this product looks?! I love the packaging. This facial scrub is made from real Pinotage grapes that are said to improve skin’s elasticity. Unfortunately, I don’t use physical exfoliators on my face as my skin is way too sensitive (especially during winter). I’ve also been told that...

Treats from Matsimela Home Spa

Earlier this year I had a glorious full body massage when we visited Aquila Private Game Reserve’s new Tranquila Spa. The therapist used the most divine smelling massage medium and I just had to know what it was. I was very surprised to hear that it was a body butter. Body butters don’t usually make the best massage medium, in my experience, but this one, oh my! Delicious. And who makes this lil’ pot of gold? MatsiMela. Treats from MatsiMela Home Spa Who is is MatsiMela? ‘Matsimela is an indigenous word meaning “roots” and originates from the African language, Sotho. We are returning to our roots in all that we do to enrich you with our African heritage. Our philosophy is to create a unique and ever-evolving product range that incorporates the finest natural ingredients selected for their beneficial properties. We endeavour to source our ingredients through rural communities in our commitment to make South Africa a better place for all. The MatsiMela retail environments are classically African & modern in look and feel. With stone clad walls, glass shelves and perspex-lit middle unit tables on which the product is displayed, our stores call for a unique interactive African experience in which you, the consumer can willingly participate. The MatsiMela Home Spa range of products is constantly growing and developing with the ethos of caring for yourself and the environment. MatsiMela Home Spa is a premier Body Care Range that was developed by Wayne and Olivia Nel in 2005.  The MatsiMela Home Spa Range is inspired by their love for mother-nature and the fine botanical ingredients indigenous to Africa. Give...

New Eucerin UreaRepair Plus

Eucerin is one of my favourite skincare brands. I have used quite a few of their facial products and they are all top notch. I am a bit new to their bodycare products as, let’s be honest, they are not exactly cheap. But in this post I am going to tell you why the new Eucerin UreaRepair Plus range is worth its weight in gold. If not more! New Eucerin UreaRepair Plus If you have sensitive, very dry or eczema-prone skin like I do, please take note: this range is life changing. Let me start off with this… last year I wrote a post ‘There’s urea in my body lotion?’ that you can check out HERE . Now that you know what urea can do for your skin, let me tell you more about Eucerin UreaRepair Plus. A New Kind of Freedom for Dry Skin When your skin is dry and irritated: Eucerin® UreaRepair PLUS provides immediate relief and 48 hours of protection. With over 25 years of expertise in skin care, Eucerin is the most recommended brand by dermatologists for dry skin. The products come with proven effectiveness and skin tolerability and have been clinically tested on skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and people living with diabetes, as well as the aged with thinning skin. Suffering from medically dry skin is not only uncomfortable, itchy and sore, but the effects go beyond the physical symptoms, often leaving people feeling frustrated, helpless, emotionally drained and tired from lack of sleep. Eucerin® has provided a comprehensive and effective solution for people suffering from extremely dry skin, with the Complete Repair Range....

Pregnancy Education Week and a GIVEAWAY

‘The Perfect Dance of Birth Hormones’ is the theme of  Pregnancy Education Week from 18 to 26 February 2017, when childbirth educators, Bio-Oil and hospitals around the country highlight how knowledge empowers expectant parents for better pregnancy, birth, bonding and breastfeeding experiences. Childbirth education is proven to have many benefits for expectant parents and the newborn child.  Pregnancy Education Week Lynne Bluff, national co-ordinator of the Childbirth Educators’ Professional Forum, explains how antenatal classes can help facilitate an understanding of the interplay of hormones before, after and during birth.  “Our hormone system prepares us in the final weeks, days and hours for an efficient labour; they help manage the pain and stress and ensure a safe birth. Hormones also give us a feeling of intense reward and pleasure as we meet our baby for the first time. For all this to happen in harmony, the birthing hormones need to work together in perfect synchronicity. At childbirth education classes, parents learn these intricate steps. The knowledge and understanding they gain helps facilitate the ‘dance’ for a better birth experience.” “Four hormones star in the show – oxytocin, endorphins, catecholamines and prolactin. Each brings its own style to the dance of labour. Oxytocin takes the lead, guiding you with love and connection, while catecholamines excite and energize you. Endorphins help you navigate through the daring twists and turns and nurturing prolactin will be there at the dazzling finish to welcome your baby.” Bluff explains several steps that expectant parents can take to best prepare for this perfect ‘dance’:  Most importantly you need confidence that you can give birth to your baby,...

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