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Breast Cancer, it couldn’t happen to me?

It happened to me while I was showering, I thought maybe it was a good time to do a quick boob check, as it had been many months since I had last groped around for anything sinister lurking in my breast tissue....Read the full article

The Bearded Lady: Female Facial Hair

It takes a brave woman indeed to break societal conventions of beauty – one such woman is Harnaam Kaur, a 23-year old Britain who is confronting the notion that woman should be sleek and hairless, particularly on the fac...Read the full article

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Bigger Bum

What a relief – we can officially burn any lingering copies of the lithesome Jane Fonda’s torturous 80s workout videos. Wave a not-so-fond bye-bye to neat little buns of steel and say a generous hello to the bubble butt...Read the full article

Face It: You Need to Give Up These Bad Beauty Habits!

Every face tells a story, sang the (forever young) Cliff Richard. Often called Peter Pan in reference to his youthful looks, the face of this 73 year old songster tells us of a life lived in deference to health and wellness. Then, there’s rebellious rocker Keith Richards – the same age as Sir Cliff (71), his face tells an entirely different story. Those stories etched on faces, say...Read the full article

Halotherapy – Worth its Salt?

Says World Action on Salt and Health (WASH), an international organisation dedicated to encouraging a gradual reduction in salt intake in populations worldwide, while our bodies do need some salt to survive, we’re all eating way too much of it! WASH’s World Salt Awareness Week, marked in March each year, highlights the health implications of consuming more salt than we need...Read the full article

The Truth About Post-Christmas Detoxes

Christmas Bloat – do you feel it? That heavy, lethargic, uncomfortable feeling which comes hand-in-hand with too much of a good thing. Time to get back on track, you say? Before you leap gleefully on that new-year-new-you-detox-bandwagon, here’s what you should know about detox treatments… Read the full article

Three Steps to Summerlicious Skin

Spring heralds the shift from cold, dry winter to hot, humid summer, and the change in season should also prompt a few tweaks in your skincare regime. To help you look forward to the summer months with a peachy complexion, then, do this… Read the full article

Treat your feet

During the course of an average day (that is, navigating back and forth between your desk and the printer and water cooler, and strolling around the supermarket) a moderately active human being takes 7,500 steps – that’s around 2.5km – and an active person 10, 000 to 12,500 steps, or 3 to 3.75km each day. That’s a fair bit of wear and tear on the old tootsies! We think they deserve extra TLC,… Read the full article

Flu Fighting Foods

Fever, aches and pains, nausea, wheezing and sneezing…yes, ‘tis the season for colds and ‘flu! Whether you’re propped up in bed recovering or wish to safeguard yourself from getting a dose (or getting it again!), grab your pen and write up this grocery list of foodie flu-busters… Read the full article

Five Fab Diet Trends to Try (or Not!)

This month, respected British medical journal The Lancet released a report on global obesity trends. The upshot – overweight and obesity is a serious worldwide health epidemic. While the USA, China and India are tipping the scales in a big way, South Africa is not far behind – with the highest overweight and obesity rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, an alarming 69% of South African women are Read the full article

Do You Bant? The Banting Diet in a nutshell

Banting. It’s the new word in weight loss. This due in no small part to it being wholehearted embraced by world-renowned sports scientist and medical doctor Tim Noakes. Here’s the low-down on the what, why and wherefore of the so-called Banting Diet. Read the full article

Stress and Your Skin

Says the American Academy of Dermatology, how we look on the outside reflects how we feel on the inside. That is, our emotional well-being can have an impact on our appearance, particularly the health of our skin, hair and nails. Recent research on how stress affects our skin has led to the formation of a new branch of dermatology called psychodermatology. Read the full article

New Spa Trend: Brotox

Dudes – they’re into beer, babes, bikes and…errrr…brotox. That’s right, ladies, organise a spa outing for you and your gal pals and you might just bump into your man and his mates – turns out the modern metrosexual male is quitting the pub and hitting the spa…for a little beauty bonanza of his own. Read the full article

All About Beer Spas

South Africans love beer. Not only does the average citizen consume 64 litres of it a year but our patronage has helped South African Breweries (SAB) become the second biggest beer company in the world. But did you know that beer can also keep your hair shiny and your skin glowing? Enter beer spas.Read the full article

Our Guide to Perfect Brows

Not only do eyebrows keep perspiration and other debris out of our eyes, but they are essential to facial identity and communication in humans, explains Psychology Today. Every one of us has a distinct brow shape which defines us – remove our brows, says the journal, and it becomes difficult for others in our group to know who we are and what we’re feeling….Read the full article

Cheers to Looking Good!

Cracking open a bottle of vintage and using it as an anti-ageing skin treatment? Sounds awfully like something legendary beauty Cleopatra, the extravagant Queen of Ancient Egypt, might do! Take a look at vinotherapy – the new spa treatment craze sweeping the world…. Read the full article

Winter Spa Beauty Fixes

Winter…log fires, red wine, comfort food and a – ah, yes – a few extra pounds ‘round the middle! Say scientists, human beings are genetically programmed to store fat in winter – that’s because, long ago, winter was a time of famine and we needed to stock up on fat to get through the lean months. And, even though we’re now blessed with plenty of food year-round, we’re still prepping for hard times(termed the Thrifty Gene Hypothesis by scientists). Thinking about visiting a spa to shift some of that winter weight? Here, we explore whether spa weight loss treatments can really help…. Read the full article

Spa Treatments for Weight Loss

Winter…log fires, red wine, comfort food and a – ah, yes – a few extra pounds ‘round the middle! Say scientists, human beings are genetically programmed to store fat in winter – that’s because, long ago, winter was a time of famine and we needed to stock up on fat to get through the lean months. And, even though we’re now blessed with plenty of food year-round, we’re still prepping for hard times(termed the Thrifty Gene Hypothesis by scientists). Thinking about visiting a spa to shift some of that winter weight? Here, we explore whether spa weight loss treatments can really help…. Read the full article

How to Cure Mommy Burnout

Moms, feeling frazzled? Overworked and underpaid (or maybe not even paid at all)? You could have Mommy Burnout! With Mother’s Day coming up, we think you deserve to take some time out from the family and spend some time and money on YOU! A spa getaway is just the ticket to revitalise a tired mom’s mind, body and soul. Here’s why you deserve it… Read the full article

Help! I Have Adult Acne

Urgh…pimples. Everyone gets them – not just teenagers!In fact, skin breakouts in adults is common – and on the rise. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that a growing number of adults are getting acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

Here’s what you can do about adult acne…... Read the full article

What to Do About Spider Veins

Are little twisted, knotted, unsightly veins preventing you from putting your best leg forward? Spider veins – commonly found just below the surface of the skin, on the legs and face – cause between 30 and 60% of women and 25-50% of men embarrassment or distress, knocking their self-confidence and prompting them to cover up, even in warm weather... Read the full article

Five Easy-to-Make Changes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best

Why is it that we feel healthy and gorgeous during those long, lazy days on the beach, but pale and peaky now that it’s back to the grindstone? Making some simple changes to your daily beauty regime can be revitalising; so if you’re up for looking and feeling fabulous, here are five beauty resolutions you should get busy with right away... Read the full article

What is a colonic irrigation?

Colonic irrigation or colon hydrotherapy encompasses the use of tubes to inject water, sometimes mixed with herbs or other liquids into the colon via the rectum; this therapy is intended to remove faeces and nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract... Read the full article

What is a gastric bypass?

Gastric bypass is an effective weight loss surgery procedure used to help morbidly obese individuals achieve significant and long-term weight loss.

A gastric bypass procedure is performed (in most cases) using laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon creates a small pouch in the top of the stomach with the use of surgical staples...Read the full article

What is a gastric band?

Gastric banding is an effective weight loss surgery procedure used to help obese individuals achieve significant and long-term weight loss. Gastric banding is performed using laparoscopic surgery, where a small inflatable band is fitted around the top of a patient’s... Read the full article

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain Veneers, also referred to as dental veneers, are thin translucent shells of porcelain that are placed over the surface of the teeth to hide imperfections such as discolouration and unevenness. They are custom-made to reflect the color, size, and shape of each...Read the full article

What is laser resurfacing?

Laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers used in resurfacing, work by producing an intense beam of light that gently vaporises the superficial, damaged skin cells, to reveal healthier skin beneath. Laser resurfacing is an... Read the full article

What is a Chemical Skin Peel?

"Chemical peel" is a general classification for a number of chemical treatments used to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin and the top layers of the skin dissolve. The body's healing response is activated, causing new tissue to emerge...Read the full article