Friday, 14 February 2014


Considering the fact that our lips have the thinnest skin on our bodies and have the least natural moisture, they don’t always get the right care and attention they deserve.

Care doesn’t mean the rigorous rubbing of lip balm during dry weather or a quick dash of lipstick for the ladies as you rush out the door in the morning. Like it or not, care of the lips should be part of your skincare  regime.  So here are some handy tips for your ‘lip care’ regime:

• Moisturise your lips daily with a good lip balm that is free of Menthol and Camphor as these tend to dry out the lips

• To get rid of dry, dead skin on the lips, rub in some Petroleum Jelly or lip balm and then gently brush the lips with a soft tooth brush or a damp flannel

• The lips are prone to sunburn so use a lip balm that contains sunscreen

• For quick hydration for overly dry lips, gently rub in the contents of a pierced Vitamin E capsule on the lips

• For the ladies, avoid using lip sealants as they contain a lot of chemicals. They also dry the lips and are not suitable for sensitive skin

• To treat stained lips, regularly rub the lips with Olive Oil. This also helps to keep them moisturised

• If you’ve got cracks at the corners of your lips, you may be Vitamin B deficient. Try eating so more whole grain food, red meat and green veggies

• A finally those tiny lines around the edge of the lips that show up when a ladies lipstick ‘bleeds’! The main culprit for this is smoking. If you do smoke, try to cut down or get help to actually quit. Line your lips and use a less glossy lipstick that won’t ‘bleed’. Keep your lips hydrated as stated above.

Take care of your lips and have a lovely Valentine’s Day!!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014


Time flies ever so quickly. Like it or not, we are getting older every day. However, I've always believed that you’re only as old as you feel. Feeling young on the inside is a state of mind each individual has to work o...n. While you work on that, you can also very quickly whip up an anti-ageing face mask to take care of your skin on the outside!
After a good cleanse, a replenishing face mask will help to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.

Avocado is a very nourishing vegetable packed full with antioxidants. Its oils are very anti-ageing and a good way to keep those wrinkles at bay. It’s a real treat for dry or mature skin.
For this mask you’ll simply need half an Avocado and a teaspoon of Honey. (You can click on this link for a practical demonstration of this treatment )

Take out the contents of half an avocado; mash it up with a fork in a little bowl. Add a teaspoon of Honey. Mix the paste until it’s nice and smooth.

Gently rub the mixture in circular motion all over your face. Leave on for about 15 to 20 minutes. The longer you leave it on, the better the results
Wipe off with a damp face cloth or wash off with warm water.
Your skin will feel soft to the touch after this.
Always remember that if it’s not good enough to eat, it’s certainly not good enough to go on your skin.

Have a good week!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


A recent study by US scientists has linked intake of fizzy drinks with violent assaults as reported by The Times and Natural Products Magazine. A cause for great concern I would say…

The research shows that drinking more than 5 cans of fizzy drinks a week is linked to significantly higher levels of violence amongst teenagers. One would imagine that similar effects would in some degree apply to adults too.
This weekend, try out this simple but healthy fizz free drink packed full with antioxidants and vitamins! All you need are:  

  • Half a glass of cranberry juice
  • Half a glass of carrot juice
  • A dash of freshly squeezed lemon

Mix these together and you’ll have a glass full of a fizz free, power packed health giving drink.

Cranberry juice is rich in Vitamin C and dietary fibre. Its various health benefits include preventing bladder and urinary tract infections, lowering bad cholesterol, fighting colds and preventing stomach ulcers and cancer. It also helps emulsify fat deposits in the body.

Carrot juice is rich in Vitamins A and C. It helps prevent heart disease, certain cancers, helps with eyesight, diabetes and helps reduce the risk of strokes. (Check Newsletter of 12/08/11 for more benefits of carrots).

Now which would you rather have; the good health or the violent streak?

Have a peaceful week!