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Clere Radiance

A few weeks ago I was privileged to be invited to the launch of a brand new South African skin care product from an already a well known house brand for their affordable and readily available hand and body cream ranges. Clere have launched another alternative for the South African consumer, when it comes to skincare, Clere Radiance. Rolling out to retailers from 1 October 2013.

The main difference from the various competitors? Each item in the Radiance range boasts a unique attribute, they all have 3 purposes, which offer women softer more beautiful even tone skin. The “secret” ingredient, so to speak is the specially formulated Super Fruit Serum which is an anti-oxidant.  Anti-oxidants prohibit free-radicals which are linked to the source of inflammation and premature ageing. Super Fruit serum also leaves the products with a very light and beautiful smell. Each item in the range can be used individually or in combination with one another which means that if you are unsure about the range – BUY one product and try it, without having to use all products simultaneously. Once you start seeing results, which are easy to see you will want to try more in the range.

Choose your first product by selecting a 3-in-1 step which targets your specific skin problems. The basics of each product are as follows:

Clere Radiance Oil Control Beauty Bar

100g. R9.99

A bar of soap for facial cleansing to clean any excess sebum, remove impurities and leaves the skin feeling soothed with a matte appearance.

Clere Radiance Oil Control Toner

CR-Skincare 100ml Toner Carton

100ml. R14.99

A toner which cleanses the skin of impurities, whilst toning and a matt even tone appearance.

Clere Radiance Oil Control Vanishing Cream

50ml. R19.99

Two options in the range with one for Normal to Oily Skin and the other for Oily to very oily skin, the cream is applied to a cleansed face and keeps oil under wraps for up to 12 hours while nourishing the skin with Vitamin E and leaving the face with an even tone.

Clere Radiance Even Tone Complexion Cream

CR-Even Tone Tube Carton

50ml. R25.99

To be used on cleansed and/or toned skin the cream keeps controls oil while reducing any dark spots and marks for even skin tone. The added bonus is that this product also protects your skin with SPF 15 sun protection.

Vanessa Marawa

The products have impressed the stunning Vanessa Marawa, winner of Survivor South Africa 2006 and radio presenter of Vuma FM and she is now the FACE of Clere Radiance – does she not have the most amazing skin?

Keep a look out for the products in a supermarket near you and let Clere Radiance – the local, easy and affordable way to let your inner beauty shine through.

Join Clere Radiance on Facebook  and Twitter here.

Thank you Clere for the education on your new products and samples and my beautiful orchid!

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Guest Contribution : Sugar and Your Complexion: Why Sweet Treats Won’t Make You Look So Sweet

sugar and your skinTired of trying out expensive new creams and miracle elixirs that claim to make you look younger but seem to do little more than make your skin slightly softer? There’s a real solution to getting younger, healthier-looking skin, and it has nothing to do with the ingredients in a bottle. What you eat – and, specifically, what you don’t eat – can have a big impact on the look and feel of your skin.

Sugar, in particular, may be causing you to age more quickly than you actually are. Indulging in too many sweet treats can cause your skin to look dull, to sag, and to develop fine lines and wrinkles.

How Sugar is Ruining Your Skin

One of the primary reasons that sugar affects your skin is that is causes inflammation in the body. The inflammation can cause cellular breakdown, which can cause sagging and fine lines and wrinkles.

Sugar consumption can also cause spikes in blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels rise too quickly, it can lead to a process known as glycation. During this process, sugar attaches itself to collagen and produces damaging byproducts that can undermine the elasticity of your skin. This process can make your skin appear dryer, thinner, and more rigid – all of which will make it appear older.

Not only does sugar damage the collagen you have, but it also affects the type of collagen you have. Glycation transforms the stable and longer-lasting collagen type into a weaker, more fragile type of collagen, which makes your skin more vulnerable to damages.

Choosing Healthier Alternatives

You don’t have to eat a lot of sugar to experience these harmful effects on your skin. The sugar in a single can of soda is enough to set off the chain of reactions that can age your skin. It’s important to cut out sugar as much as you can to improve the health of your skin.

Even if you can’t cut out sugar cold turkey, you can make healthier choices. Instead of white breads and pastas – which will cause the same spike in blood sugar as candy bars and cakes – choose whole-grain options. Instead of white potatoes, eat sweet potatoes or yams. Instead of chocolate, eat dark chocolate. Instead of candy, eat fruit.

cut sugar out for better looking skinYou can also protect your skin against the damages caused by sugar by consuming more antioxidants. Good sources are berries (blueberries, strawberries, cranberries), nuts, red bell peppers, and tea. Antioxidants fight free radicals that are caused by inflammation, helping to protect against cellular damage. Not only do they help fight against skin damage, but they also fight against disease and other chronic health conditions.

Don’t waste money on expensive moisturizers and wrinkle creams that claim to turn back the clock. Just focus on eating a healthy diet that’s free of sugar and high in healthy vegetables. You’ll look like you’ve had a face lift without ever going under the knife.

About the Author:

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance blog and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the variations of a chef’s salary. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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