Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beauty Banter: Anti Oxidants

With it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there has been so much focus on early detection, prevention and how to take better care of your body. One way of doing this is keeping up with a diet and skin regime rich in antioxidants.

What are antioxidants exactly? Well they are nutrients and enzymes that work bloody hard at preventing and repairing damage to your body's tissues. They do this by slowing or preventing the effects of free radicals - a process that causes damage from oxygen and leads to cell dysfunction or breakdown. Basically, an apple going brown - thats your skin without antioxidants. Gross.

So to boost your diet full of these skin-saving antioxidants, best you start packing your grocery trolley with broccoli, avo, sweet potato, blueberries, pomegranate, almonds and tomatoes.

And for your face? Make sure your beauty products are packing some heat in the antioxidant department too.

I've been using Africology's  antioxidant Masque and Serum this month. The serum contains a patented formula of A Palmitiate which boosts collagen, and DMAE protects cell membranes, which prevents skin damage and ageing. It also boasts one of my personal favourite skin ingredients, Evening Primrose oil. As a lifelong eczema sufferer, I swear by the stuff.

The masque uses the same patented technology, but is given a super nourishing kicker in the form of borage seed oil and Omega 6 fatty acids, which contains GLA - a super antioxidant. This makes it great for reducing pigmentation (yay for me) and it does a great job of reversing the effects of year-end stress and being over 30. Both chronic conditions I am suffering with currently.

The gems at Africology are also donating R10 per Antioxidant product purchased to CANSA, which you would have seen on my Instagram feed earlier this month if you were paying attention.
You still have until Friday, so go do your face and the amazing people at CANSA a solid.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Power tools from Paul Mitchell

Okay, I meant power tools for girls. And I'm not talking about drill bits and pliers in a shade of pink. Hair styling gizmos surely count as power tools? Well they should, especially the ones I am about to share with you.
Yesterday a very exciting launch went down. I couldn't be there in person due to meetings, but I had spies and insiders give me the skinny on what all the fuss was about.

Paul Mitchell has launched a new styling tool range called NEURO Intelligent Styling. The range consists of a hairdryer, smoothing iron, styling cones and rod, and hot rollers.

In a nutshell, this range is killing the competition with their patented SmartSense microchip, and their IsoTherm titanium plates - ensuring fast, perfectly regulated heat.

If these guys are designed for incredible international stylists like Takashi Kitamura, and are destined to be staples in salons - then I certainly wouldn't mind owning these myself. The dryer boasts 1874 watts of power, 4 heat settings and a cool shot button.

230 degrees Celsius in 30 seconds. That'll do pig, that'll do. Beautifully cushioned plates and bevelled edges make for a user friendly design. The SmartSense chip is working its magic the whole time, reading the temperature 50 times per second and responds in a quarter of a second, optimising heat recovery. Fancy no?

The curling rods heat up to 230 degrees Celcius in 60 seconds, feature and automated shut-off system which you can customise and features the wondrous SmartSense chip for seriously fast heat recovery.  And it comes in 3 sizes so all hair of all lengths and thickness has a friend.

Retail Box is yet again ahead of the game, and will be stocking this range this month. So send out your Christmas wish lists to those who love you asap.