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Guinot Hydra Tendre Review

A while ago, I was treated to a Guinot facial at Yemaya Spa & Hair in Sea Point for Cosmetix and Cindy Nell’s annual pamper party. One of the goodies I got given to try at home from my facial was a Guinot cleanser. This cleanser is part of their Hydra range which is probably not the most suited product for my skin needs but it certainly does hydration and it does hydration well. Guinot Hydra Tendre

Water is an indispensable source of life for the cells and well-being of the skin. A good moisture balance ensures a healthy complexion. The Hydra Tendre is described as being a “soft wash off cleansing cream“, and when applied to the skin you can literally feel it absorb into your skin as though your skin is absolutely parched, and as with most cleansers you rinse it off as normal with water and et voila – you have a clean smooth and hydrated face! The consistency of the cleansing cream is smooth with a light pink colour to it and it seems heavily fragranced and has a very perfume-y smell which is not unpleasant but I normally prefer less fragrance in my skincare products. When your skin is cleansed your skin feels soft and gentle and your face is left feeling refreshed.

I have been using the Guinot cleanser for the past 3 weeks and now my skin is actually over-hydrated which is not necessarily a problem but it is not the ideal solution for me as I do not suffer from dry or dehydrated skin so I will not be purchasing this cleanser again unless my skin needs change.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find the retail prices of what the cleanser goes for but it is available at Yemaya Spa and various other salons which offer the luxourious Guinot treatments for purchase.

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Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a sample at an event. This has in now way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Rain Biologie Intense Hydration

Being a Rain Ranger (I have a badge to prove it after going into the Plantbos forest with them) we were given a present for attending. This being a part of their Biologie range the Coconut & Shea Intense Hydration Cream. I have been using this since the start of winter 3 times a week all over to stop the winter dryness setting in and I am absolutely loving it! There is also no sight or feeling of winter dry skin which makes me incredibly happy!Rain Ranger

Coconut + Shea Intense Hydration

Coconut + Shea Intense Hydration

The cream contains Aloe Ferox, Tangerine and Sesame Oil which is formulated specifically for dry skin but it also promotes toning and stimuates and restores the mineral content of the skin. It is perfect for a shoulder rub when you are lucky enough to have someone give you one or to give one to someone you love. A little really goes a long way and I will defintely be stocking up on this bad boy once I have finished it.

The product retails for R169.00 and you can purchase it either at the Rain Day Spa in Swellendam, Cavendish Square Day Spa or at the Rain shop at the V&A Waterfront or online here. I visited the store at the V&A for the first time last week and all I can say is that it is beautiful and smells amazing, I also did some stocking up and can’t wait to try all the spoils I got myself! The Coconut & Shea Intense Hydration would also be a perfect present for someone who is need of some pampering as its a real spoil!

Don’t forget to check out Rain’s website, Facebook and Twitter @Rain_Africa

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Disclaimer: This product was given to me in a goodie bag after attending an event. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway. 

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Guest Contribution : Multi-Tasking Moisturisers

We are all on a lifelong mission to achieve or maintain flawless skin.  As we are forever bombarded with the latest fad which promises to brighten, tighten, firm and hydrate, knowing which products to choose can seem daunting. 

However, flawless skin doesn’t have to cost the world.  Achieving the perfect complexion requires well made products and a consistent, well honed skin care regime.  It needn’t be that complicated.  In fact, it should be the opposite! We don’t need hundreds of lotions and potions in order to have good skin.  That’s why I have wanted to share with you my top 5 multi-tasking moisturisers. 

 

Best for Spots

Moisturising is one of the best ways to achieve that airbrushed look as well as keeping wrinkles at bay.  However if you are prone to spots, the last thing you want to do is slap more products on then and further aggravate your skin.  Opt for lightweight, oil-free moisturisers like Skyn Iceland’s Pure Pore Minimiser.  Designed with stressed out skin in mind, this miracle cream will decongest and detoxify tired, lacklustre skin.  MOISTURISER 01

Best for Wrinkles

Hydration is key when you want to target the signs of premature aging.  Prolong your youthful appearance and ward off the first signs of aging with Nuxe’s Nirvanesque range.  Their 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Emulsion not only soothes and relaxes skin but the revolutionary plant-based solution reduces fine lines and wrinkles.  MOISTURISER 02

Best All Rounder

If like me you juggle a busy lifestyle and are trying to withstand the stresses of everyday modern life with hormonal changes as well as banish the first signs of aging then I cannot recommend this Intensive Hydra Gel Moisturiser enough.  Made using natural active ingredients including vitamin E and collagen to give your skin a boost, this oil free moisturiser from Love Your Skin not only water-based meaning it is suitable for all skin types but will also give your skin an intensive moisturising and hydrating experience.  MOISTURISER 03

Author Bio: Rebecca is a lifestyle blogger.  She frequently writes about health, beauty and fashion.  Check out her twitter page @ms_jones419

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breakOUTS : Ingredients to AVOID in your Skin Care Routine

Hiya Poutlings

Your hormones are really not always to blame for breakOUTS. After having a lengthly discussion with one of our readers who believes its unfair that she had to deal with skin problems throughout high school and now, almost 15 years later, she still gets acne. She is frustrated, and I don’t blame her, I get frustrated with the odd breakout here and there. While a bad breakout may no longer “ruin your life” like it may have in highschool, acne-prone people are born with about four to five times more skin cells than the average person and produce more oil than the average person as well, and basically its the combination of these factors that make up acne however there are other, sneakier ways that you could be irritating your skin as well to form acne breakouts later in life, ways you aren’t even aware of, so if you’re at a loss as to why you’re getting all zitty, the culprit may very likely be in your daily routine, undercover.

 

There are certain ingredients that can cause irritation in makeup or skin care products, the ones to really watch out for are :skin care

ARTIFICIAL COLOUR – look for FD&C in the ingredients list, which means the product has artificial colour. This can irritate the skin and if it’s in your lipstick or blush, it can cause breakouts around your mouth or on your cheeks.

LANOLIN – this forms a film on your skin, trapping dead skin cells and bacteria, which is the prime cause of acne and it can also give you mililia, those tiny white bumps on your skin.

PETROLEUM – this is oil, and as you may have guessed, you don’t really need to be putting more oil on your face.

ISPROPRYL MYRSTATE – this can actually make your skin feel less greasy, but it also clogs the pores and causes skin irritation, while drying out the essential hydration for healthy skin. It might seem like a good idea to dry out oily skin with harsh cleansers, soap and alcohol based toners – and skimp on the moisturizer but your skin is far more complicated than that, because drying out your skin will make it produce more oil because it naturally tries to correct itself.

ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE – this can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Try to use as many fragrance free prodcuts as possible.

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LOOK after your skin, or it won’t look after YOU!

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Winter is Coming… Prepare Your Skin!

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Hi Poutlings! ♥

Are you going numb, not from the cold but from all the misinformation and bogus “wives tale” advice about winter-proofing your face and body? Let’s investigate and see what the top skin experts say and some of my tried and tested ways in order to help us embrace the cold weather with our best face and body forward…

MYTH : The thicker the cream the better it hydrates.

TRUTH : Annet King, the director of the International Dermal Institute clarifies this,

“An overdose of lipids can actually trap dead skin cells and leave skin looking duller.”

Annet King reccommends layering serums under creams in order to boost moisture.

“Serums are light, yet have super-concentrated ingredients – ideal for absorption.”

I’m currently using and loving : Body Shop Shea Body Butter – my ultimate body cream, not only does is smell beautiful it glides effortlessly and absorbs into your skin easily. Not sure on the price, however they normally have specials on, such as buy 2 get 1 free etc. Well worth it, whatever it costs.

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MYTH : Overcast skies mean you can cut back on your SPF.

TRUTH : In case you didn’t know… Hardly. As a depleting ozone has led to stronger UV rays, SPF is now a year-round endeavour. And clouds do little to filer out wrinkle-accelerating UV rays. Come cooler weather, find a daily moisturiser with a broad spectrum SPF 15 (or higher) to hydrate and protect.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Everyday MoistureI think its about R250, cannot remember as it lasts forever!

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MYTH : Oily skin can forgo moisturiser.

TRUTH : Dry, cold climates wear on all skin types – even oily! And without some added protection, barrier function (which keeps pollution and other moisture out of your skin) gets compromised. IF your skin is super-oily, you can get gel based cream but for true combination skin ensure you use different moisturisers for different areas – a light formula for your T-Zone area and a richer one for cheeks that get dry, patchy spots.

Tried and recommended : Dermalogica Ultracalming Barrier Repair – I think I paid about R400 last winter, but simply cannot remember.

"Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching." Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

“Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching.” Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

MYTH :  Exfoliating in winter makes dry skin patches worse.

TRUTH : The absolute key in winter is to moisturise throughly – occassionally add a hydrating mask to your face – as your skin barrier is weakened after exfoliating. Annet King, of the International Dermal Institute says

“The sloughing in fact causes a burst of cell renewal, so you’re helping new moisture rich cells move to the surface.”

I’m currently using and loving : Sorbet Sugar Scrub – this has lasted me about a year and I’m sure I will finish it shortly, however I think I paid R190 for this. You can easily make your own very quickly, see related posts at the bottom of this one.

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MYTH : Loading up on lip ice will prevent your lips from chapping.

TRUTH : Only if its the right lip ice. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly found in Vaseline) creates an artificial film on your lips, signaling your skin to stop producing lipids, while funky flavours, perfumes and colours can also dry out skin. Annet King suggests seeking a natural oil infused balm or those with shea and cocoa butter.

“To get rid of flaky patches, apply a little facial exfoliant to damp lips (a soft toothbrush also does the trick), scrub gently, then follow with balm.”

Wait till you spring to resume use of lip plumpers and super long lasting formulas that dry out your pout.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine – also bought this so long ago, I think its about R150 

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MYTH : Steamy showers impart moisture to dry skin.

TRUTH : Dr. Robin Ashinoff says that this is most certainly not the case.

“Even though they feel great on a bone-chilling day, hot showers and baths are extremely drying.”

Exposure to hot water with high temperature causes blood-vessel dialation that results in water loss throughout the epidermis. If you crave heat, keep it under five minutes and stick with a soap free body wash instead of a bar of soap or anything highly perfumed. Pat, do not rub – your skin dry, and moisturise while its still damp to help your cream penetrate.

I’m currently using and loving : Skin EFX fragrance free soothing with chamomile body lotionavailable from Dischem, its a cheapie but your skin absorbs the cream so quickly and leaves you feeling smooth!

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MYTH : Let winter-ravaged skin hibernate – cut back on professional treatments.

TRUTH : Actually, winter is one of the best times to start laser treatments like hair removal, as pre-laser skin shouldn’t be tanned, and post laser skin won’t tolerate sun exposure. Immediately following laser treatments, apply anti-inflammatory creams to boost skin’s recovery capability.

I’m currently under going laser treatment at Revive Skin Care Lounge with my wonderful therapist Youla (I have been since September last year, post to follow on my experience soon.)

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

MYTH : Extra layers of high-tech clothing are a cold climate must…

TRUTH : While warmth is obviously a necessity when the temperatures drop, some nylon and polyester fabrics can cause unsightly bumps, clogged pores and even ingrown hairs when they trap dead cells, oils and sweat. Better to wear natural fabrics – especially inner layers that touch your skin – and moisturise head to toe, morning and night. Shea butter is ideal as its a natural antioxidant as well as a moisturing agent. Also consider face and neck creams with humectants like aloe, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid.

Tried and tested : see first Body Shop Shea Butter 😉

x missfitz

Disclaimer : These are not a sponsored reviews, nor am I affiliated with the above mentioned brand(s) or companies in anyway.

RELATED READING : How To: make your own body scrub – (Fayinthemaze)

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