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This Season: Give the Gift of an Experience

Category : Beauty , Hair

Why Gifting an Experience is Best

Struggling to find that unique gifting idea for someone? Many people today are just too busy to go out to the shops and search for that perfect gift. So, they land up giving the same old thing, chocolates, wine, bath products etc. There’s nothing wrong with these types of gifts, but for those who are closer to you, maybe something more original would be more exciting. Gifting an Experience is becoming more popular as a way to fulfil people’s desired interests.

Can you remember what you got three years ago for your birthday? Even if you can remember what it was, do you still have it?  Then think about the first time you went on holiday with a loved one, to the beach, overseas, or elsewhere. Can you recall all those memories? The time you went to your very first music concert with your friends? You forget about material things, but experiences and memories are lasting.

“We don’t remember days, we remember moments” Cesare Pavese

You even get those not so good experiences, where you fell into a mud puddle or got lost in the city you were visiting, these become stories you tell over and over again for a laugh. These experiences are almost always done with somebody and by gifting an experience, this can only bring you closer to your loved one. The gift is not just a once off thing, an experience is shareable and the memories can last a lifetime. Social experiences can also influence how happy we feel. After going on a picnic, or to the beach with a friend or family member, how did it make you feel? This is what sets a material gift apart from a gifted experience, the emotion that comes out when sharing the experience.

There have been studies, which actually show that material gifts lose their appeal faster. On the other hand, experiences tend to build excitement, which lasts, even when the actual experience is over. An experience is also something that can’t be compared too much, you know when you get that new iPhone. You might start comparing it to the new one your friend just got, which has more features.

Giving an experience as a gift is a lot more personal and there has to be some thought put into it. You can’t go and purchase a skydiving voucher when the person is afraid of heights. You have to learn more about the person you want to buy the gift for. What do they like and dislike, in order to come up with a unique and thoughtful gift experience? To make it easy for you, today most of the vouchers for experiences can be purchased online.

Reasons why you should try gifting an experience

  • The best reason is the anticipation. For any other gift, you unwrap it and then the excitement fades, but your anticipation builds for however long until the day of the event.
  • Getting new things is great, but in a lot of cases, these things just land up on the shelf collecting dust. Not so with gifting an experience, you will only land up with awesome memories.
  • Finding happiness, buying stuff can feel good but in the long run, does it actually make you happy? A fun experience can fulfil that need.
  • An experience is usually done with somebody else, so not only is it exciting for you but also for those who share the experience with you. You get to build relationships while you’re at it.
  • Those who receive an experience as a gift will always remember the giver.

Look no further

There are many categories when it comes to these types of gifting ideas. One of the major categories include experiences at a beauty or hair salon. You won’t go wrong with a beauty voucher that includes a wash, cut and hair treatment followed by a massage, manicure or pedicure.

The ladies usually have a favourite hair and beauty salon they prefer, so try a voucher here first before anywhere else. Have a look at what we have to offer. Hair Menu. Beauty Menu.

 


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Your Skin – How to Prevent Sun Damage

Category : Beauty

How to prevent sun damage for your skin

The sun, which we cannot do without, is a source of light and necessary for life on our planet. Over the years there has been an ever-increasing awareness of how the sun can affect our health. There are a number of benefits, but there is also a negative side, where the sun can cause damage and accelerate ageing. Luckily there are things you can do to help prevent sun damage to your skin.

First, let’s have a look at a few of the actual benefits the sun can give us:

  • The most common benefit known is that sunlight helps to boost vitamin D levels in the body. Most times a deficiency in vitamin D can be directly linked to a lack of sun exposure. This is why it is recommended for those who live in cloudy and cold regions, to take a supplement instead.
  • Getting enough sunlight and therefore vitamin D can be linked to reduced blood pressure and a lower instance of heart disease.
  • The sunlight is important in regulating the sleep-wake cycle of the body, also known as the Circadian Rhythm.
  • Spending time in the sun can also help with issues like depression

As you can see, we need the sun to stay healthy, but over the years due to the deterioration of the ozone layer, it has become a bit more dangerous to expose our skin to the sun.  So, how can we prevent sun damage to our skin?

90% of skin damage is caused by sun exposure

Prevention of sun damage

Staying out of the sun is the best way to protect yourself, but this is just not going to happen. The best way to stay out of the sun would be to try and avoid going outside on those hot summer days during the hottest part of the day. This would mean staying out of the sun during midday because this is when the UV rays are at their strongest.

One of the first things that occur when in the sun too long, is the not too pleasant sunburn. This means that the skin cells are actually damaged, and over time can become dry, flaky and make your skin look older than it actually is. The worst-case scenario for skin damage would be skin cancer. This has become a very common kind of cancer and can be prevented by looking after your skin properly.

Types of skin cancer:

The skin is noticeably different from the rest of your body, if you notice something odd about a certain spot on your skin, have it checked out. You will get spots, moles and blemishes on your skin, these are damaged areas of skin and are usually harmless. The best thing to do, to keep it this way, is to regularly keep checking your skin. There is a rule that you can follow, which can help you decide if you should have that spot checked out or not.

The rule is simple, just follow A, B, C, D

A: Look for spots that are asymmetrical, this means that it is not perfectly round in shape.

B: Take this further and see if the borders are uneven

C: Unusual colouring and uneven colour is a good indication for you to have it checked out.

D: Take note if the spot is bigger than 7mm

There are different types of skin cancer, these include:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma, the most common form of cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Nodular Melanoma

 

Dr Rodney Aziz Types of skin cancer

What can you do to prevent sun damage

  • Always make sure to put on some sunscreen before going outside every day. Have a look at the daily moisturisers, which can also contain sunscreen. There are many brands and types of sunscreens out there, from lotions to sprays and roll-ons. The sunscreen should contain at least an SPF of 30. There are those that are higher and therefore offer even better protection.
  • If you are going to the beach or are going to be outside for long periods, try to avoid the hottest times. This would be from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • You could also wear protective clothing and hats when going outside.
  • Your eyes can also be damaged, so remember to wear sunglasses

 


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Why vitamin C is important for your skin – And how to add it to your beauty regime

Category : Beauty

There are many things that are important for your body and your skin, but we are only going to look at one of them, Vitamin C. There are various ways you can add vitamin C to your daily routine, from taking a supplement to applying it directly to your skin. First, let’s have a look at the general benefits Vitamin C has for your body. This vitamin itself cannot actually be produced by the body and is known as an essential vitamin, which needs to be added to your diet.

Benefits of Vitamin C

  • Every day your body is under stress from free radicals, which can come being exposed to things like air pollution, eating fried foods, and smoke amongst other things. These free radicals can cause damage to other cells in your body. This is where Vitamin C steps up, it is an anti-oxidant, which interacts with the free radicals before they can do any damage.
  • There is some evidence that shows vitamin C aids in the reduction of high blood pressure.
  • May also help to reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Helps to improve immunity by improving the function of white blood cells

Many people rely on supplements to get there daily intake of vitamin C, but I think it is best to get your daily intake through the food that you eat. Here are a few foods that are high in vitamin C.

  • Oranges and Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Papaya
  • Brussel Sprouts and broccoli
  • Kiwi’s
  • Kale
  • Sweet yellow peppers and tomatoes

So, we have looked at what vitamin c can do for your body, but what can it do for your skin? There are many products out there that offer vitamin c as a topical application in their creams and lotions.

Some of the major benefits and why vitamin c is important for your skin:

  • Again, because it is an anti-oxidant, it can help to prevent any damage done by the harmful UV rays of the sun. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to use sun protection, always use products with daily SPF protection.
  • The vitamin can help to increase collagen, which in turn can help your skin look firmer and younger.
  • Another positive benefit is to help reduce wrinkles, which is why many of the anti-ageing products contain vitamin c.
  • It helps to even out your skin tone and fades dark spots
  • Since it helps to repair the damage done by overexposure, it may also have some benefits when applied to scar tissue.

Vitamin C, how can you add it to your beauty regime

This amazing vitamin can be found in a variety of creams as well as serums. A serum is thinner and contains a higher concentration of ingredients to penetrate deep into the different layers of the skin. Each of these products contains a variety of ingredients and when selecting one, it should be a product that is for your skin type. If you do have very sensitive skin, it is always recommended that you perform a patch test first with any new product, just to ensure you won’t have any unpleasant reactions.

 

There are many products out there, each claiming to be the best. Always check the labels and ingredients or ask advice from a trusted professional. When applying your products, you may want to apply them in the morning, so that it can help throughout the day, provide protection against the harsh environments you may come in contact with.

How to get the most out of your vitamin c products

  • It will take time to see results, so don’t be disheartened if nothing appears to be different overnight. Keep up your routine and you will see results in a few weeks up to a few months. Be patient.
  • Always follow the application instructions and use the product regularly as advised.
  • Be aware that if you use other products, for instance, products that contain retinol may interact with other ingredients. Speak to your skincare therapist for best results.
  • To ensure your product retains its high potency levels, always store correctly. A product that is not looked after, will lose it effective qualities much faster. The best way to store your products is in a cool, dry and dark space. You will be able to smell if your product has gone rancid, avoid further use. You will also know a good product, as it will come in a dark or brown bottle, it should never come in a see-through or clear packaging.
  • This is one of those times that making your own vitamin c product may not be a good idea. There are some finer points that need to be taken into consideration in order to produce an effective product.

 

Have a look at the correct order you should apply your products for your daily skincare routine.

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Hello Bold, Beautiful Spring Make Up Trends!

Category : Beauty

If you’ve never really considered yellow eye shadow before then now is the perfect time to test it out.

This spring’s catwalk look is all about being bold and bright. For now you can put aside those nude and natural eye palettes and splash out on some bright yellows, greens, pinks and blues for the eyes, matching the lips with equally bright colours.

Eye Shadow

Bright and bold covering the whole eye. Metallic colours are also all the rage right now.

Eyeliner

A must and must be heavy thick lines for perfect cat eyes.

Lashes

Lush and long. Use a great voluminous mascara or experiment with lash extensions.

Lips

Use cream lip colours is neons and pastel colours.

Nails

Go wild with unusual colours as the final touch to your signature look.

 

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Korean Women’s Beauty Secrets – trust me, you want to read this

Category : Beauty

You may have noticed how blemish free, silky smooth and radiant Asian women’s skin look, but especially Korean women. Ever wondered what they do differently? Did you know that the Korean woman’s beauty routine is vastly differently to ours?

Here are 8 of the Korean Women’s Beauty Habits that gives them a gorgeous glow and slows down the signs of ageing.

Don’t neglect the night. Clean your face properly, removing making up with  gentle oil based products or coconut oil. Wash your face with warm water using a light enzyme scrub once or twice a week. Place a warm face cloth over your face for a minute to allow it to steam and open those pores.

Pat your face dry – gently. Never rub your face with a towel.

Apply a nourishing sheet mask for 15 minutes. Korean women use sheet masks every evening, but adopting this habit just weekly will already improve your skin tremendously. More about where to buy Korean sheet masks in SA.

Don’t rinse off the excess mask. When removing the sheet mask, gently massage the remainder of the gel into your skin.

Layer up the moisture. Apply your usual moisturising night cream or serum before bed.

Hydrate before bed. Drink a cup of herbal tea or water.

Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 – 8 hours.

In the morning, wash your face with only warm water and pat dry before applying your moisturiser and sunscreen (sunscreen is not negotiable).

If this sounds like just too much effort, the be sure to book regular facials done by a professional.

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7 ways you can update your look

Category : Beauty , Hair

 

Have you ever felt like trying out something new, a new haircut or look, but just don’t know what to do? Many times we land up doing the same thing, because it’s familiar and safe. Making a big change like colouring your hair a striking colour or cutting your long tresses you’ve had for years, can be a big decision. So here is a little bit of help on how you can update your look, and also some current trends and styles.

  1. Hair Colours and trends

Let’s start off with hair colours, you could be thinking of adding a few highlights or, if you’re really daring, choosing the new trendy neon colour. Although, it seems that this year colours are a little less out there, but definitely still on the bold side. Those who have brunette or darker hair can easily get away with the more vibrant colours like a midnight blue or a deep red. Those with lighter hair have a variety of blond colours to choose from. They make up such enticing names for each colour like Rose Blond or Cinnamon Caramel Swirl. Even if you don’t want a whole head of new colour, highlights are the next best thing.

 

2. Hair Styles and trends

There are some really great hair styles, most of them leaning toward natural looks with minimal maintenance. The hairstyles include some fun short cuts, as well as easy to manage long hairstyles. Some of these styles include wash and go bob cuts to long pixie cuts and easy to manage bangs.

 

Let’s have a look at some of these great options: Update your look and style with these great hairstyles.

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3. Adding the feminine touch

Maybe you feel your hair is just fine the way it is, but you just want to add something new. Dress your up with some ribbon or other accessory, to create a more feminine yet playful look.

4. Pulling back your hair

Open up your features with a hair band. Today you have a variety of different hair bands and types to choose form. Use the band on long loose hair or use it with a ponytail or bun. The more popular or trendy look is to go for, is the 90’s thick leather headbands, which seem to be popular this year.

5. Change up your hair parting

How simple is this? Just change up the way you part your hair. You will be amazed at the change and difference it actually makes. This can help to increase volume and the hair will frame your face differently. Basically an instant new look without any fuss. If the style doesn’t want to stick, then try some hair styling spray and blow dry into the new direction.

 

6. Wet Hair Trend

Another simple and easy way to get a new look. This is especially great for those who have little time to spend on hours of styling your hair. Just get some shine and texture spray and apply to your hair roots and ends and then tousle your hair around a bit, and maybe even add a side path. Of course you can also get that glossy slicked back look, many celebrities have used this style over the years and it seems to be sticking around.

7. Long looped Ponytail is in

According to Marie-Claire, the long looped ponytail is very popular this year. The ponytail has just been glamorized by adding a higher looped and wrapped ponytail. Have a look at the 7 biggest hair trends from Marie Claire.

Read the Marie Claire Hair Trends of 2018 here.

 

 

 


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Which facial should I go for?

Category : Beauty

Millions of rands are spent on beauty services every year and quite a large portion of that comes from offering different facial treatments. This is because these facials are marketed to us promising the removal of blemishes, wrinkles and to help moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. But do these treatments actually work and which facial should you go for?

 

First off, nothing can replace good old fashioned daily home care and practicing a regular cleansing and moisturising regime. The standard facial involves something similar; starting off with a deep cleanse, followed by a massage and facial steam, then a mask or some type of peel and finally a moisturiser. Then you get the more involved treatments like microdermabrasion or micro-needling, which focuses more on the anti-aging side of things.

 

Let’s have a look at the different skin types out there:

  • Normal Skin is healthy
  • Dry Skin – skin that produces less sebum than normal
  • Oily Skin – increased sebum production
  • Combination Skin – different sections of the face produce different skin types

 

In most cases your skin type comes down to genetics, but the condition of the skin can also be affected by certain external and internal factors. Things like the weather, your diet, medications and stress can all have an effect. In most cases when going to a salon for a facial, the therapist will do an evaluation to determine your skin type. This helps the therapist determine what treatment will work best.

“Your skin is 90% of your selfie”

 

Now let’s have a look at the benefits a professional facial. Is there actually something in going to a professional and paying the price?

  • A facial is de-stressing; it is different when somebody else does the facial versus doing one on yourself.
  • The salon might use more effective products, and not everybody applies toner, cleanser, masks, and exfoliates every day. I hope everybody at least moisturizes every day.
  • Many facials involve some kind of extraction, which face it, excuse the pun; some aren’t keen on doing it themselves.
  • The treatment does improve circulation, but this part can just as easily be done at home.
  • The professional facial can deal more specifically with certain skin problems
  • The right facial treatment can also have great benefits before an important event like a wedding.
  • The therapist can advise on what products are best for your skin
  • You can only get the more advanced facials that use unique technology at a professional salon or spa.
  • Certain skin conditions are best left to be treated by professionals to avoid worsening the condition. Also make sure the therapist knows what they are doing, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • The facial will help to improve the absorption of all facial products used after the treatment.

 

So now you know the benefits of a professional facial, how often should you get one? The general amount of times to go for a facial is every three to four weeks, because this is how long  the skin cell growth takes in a cycle. This will help you to keep your skin looking toned and clear. For many, this can turn out to be a bit on the expensive side, so try to at least have one once every season.

 

Home care is just as important if not more so and there are a lot of products out there to choose from. Some contain some exotic ingredients that come from some plant on an Island in the Pacific. These types of products are sure to have a price tag to go with it. You don’t have to spend a fortune, just make sure you find a product suited to your skin. Ensure you cleanse and moisturise regularly and most important, always apply sun protection.

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Ready, Steady – Winter Skin Here We Come!

Category : Beauty

How to get your skin ready for winter

Winter is here again, no more summer days at the beach, at least for a while.  The cold weather and change in season can be harsh on the skin. Because we tend to stay more indoors with heaters on, it tends to dry the skin out. Not only the winter conditions affect our skin, but most of us also tend to eat a little more. Some of the foods also lean towards being more sugary and fatty.

 

Luckily there are some things you can do to protect yourself and your skin. Help cure the winter Blues with these useful tips on how to get your skin ready for winter:

Skin Creams instead of Lotions

Thicker face creams with higher oil content will help to protect your skin from dryness. The creams leave more of a barrier that protects your skin from the harsh environment. These creams are also great to put on at night just before bedtime; you won’t wake up with dry and flaky skin.  If you have a really dry skin, try to apply some moisturiser over lunch time during the day for added benefit.

 

Don’t forget about your sunscreen, just because its winter doesn’t mean you should skip using this product. Your skin can burn just as easily under a winter sun. Make sure your face cream has an SPF of at 15 or buy a separate sunscreen product and apply before heading outdoors.

 

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life”

Skin Scrubs

Scrubs can be used for your face and body. Exfoliating regularly can help to remove any dead skin cells. Many professional skincare therapists recommend exfoliating about three times in the week during winter time. Since the cold winter air can cause dry and cracked skin don’t forget to scrub your lip area, hands and feet. Using a scrub also enhances the moisturising effect of skin creams.

Take a shorter shower

This is great news for those who wish to save water as well. I know it is nice to sit under hot running water in winter time, but having shorter showers can help to prevent your skin from losing too much moisture. In the shower use a moisturising body wash or gel and when you are finished gently pat your skin dry. Apply your preferred body moisturiser after the shower to help moisturise your skin more.

 

Don’t forget your Hands

Many people don’t think about their hands and how important it is to look after them as well. Make sure to apply moisturiser regularly especially if you wash your hands regularly. Wearing gloves in winter time can help to protect your hands from the cold.

Winter Eating Habits

How you look after yourself and what you eat and drink, affects your skin. The skin is an organ, it requires vitamins, minerals and a good diet to keep looking healthy.  We all know what too much sugar and refined carbohydrates will do, not only to our midsection, but also to our skin. Combine bad eating habits with stress and this can cause the skin to break out. Cold Sores and acne can be a problem. Try to avoid eating too much processed food and fast foods. Stick to a healthy diet with plenty of greens, fish and healthy fats. I am not saying avoid all the bad things completely, every now and again a hot chocolate with some marshmallows is just what you need on a cold winter night.

 

“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle”

Drink plenty of water

This is not easy for many people, especially during the colder months, but drinking plenty of water is a must to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is essential to maintain a healthy body and skin. Water helps to get rid of toxins in the body and aids in skin elasticity. Try to avoid too much coffee or caffeinated drinks. If you find drinking plain cold water difficult, maybe try herbal teas instead. There is such a variety of different blends available, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something you like.

Combat dry air indoors

The air dries out in winter, but air conditioning in office buildings also adds to this effect. By using a humidifier you can help to reduce this effect. Keep it close to you on your desk or next to your bed at night.

 

Sometimes maintaining a beauty routine can be a challenge, but preventing any of the skin problems during the winter months, it is worth sticking to a beauty routine. You can enjoy a healthy and radiant looking skin even during the winter months.

 

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Liza Schoeman opens Minnelli Beauty at Rock Paper Scissors

Category : Beauty

Our Durbanville hair salon’s beauty section has been taken over by Liza Schoeman with her new venture Minnelli.

All your beauty and pampering expectations will be exceeded. Come and enjoy massages, facials, mani’s and pedi’s and much, much more!!

More about Liza

Liza Schoeman received her Masters Diploma, SAAHSP and Cidesco qualification from Isa Carstens Health and Skin Care Academy in 2006.

She went to work on board the Royal Caribbean Luxury Cruise Liners to gain more experience in the Spa industry. Liza Returned to South Africa to work in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch before moving to Johannesburg to pursue a career as an aesthetic laser therapist. She worked for a well-known aesthetic company for 5 years before transferring within the company to Claremont Cape Town where she worked for another 2 years.

After 11 years in the beauty industry, Liza decided to start her own business. She joined the Rock, Paper, Scissors team in April 2018 as the new therapist and owner of the Beauty Salon, Minnelli.

Contact Minnelli: minnelli.salon@gmail.com

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Essential Bridal Grooming Tips

Category : Beauty , Hair

Hello, October! Let the wedding season begin!

Imagine a bride walking down the aisle, wearing an elegant flowing dress. Hair done perfectly, her skin looking radiant with long beautiful nails. Getting to this point does not happen overnight, there is a lot of preparation that goes into making a bride, look stunning on her wedding day. Here are a few tips for essential bridal grooming to ensure you look your best on your special day.

Hair essentials

It is always good to start on the inside, with a healthy diet and Vitamin B for great looking hair. Enjoy a stimulating scalp massage and conditioning treatment about 4 weeks before the wedding. This feels really good, is stress relieving and helps to stimulate the hair follicles and adds body to the hair. A hair mask, once a month in general can help to moisturise and give extra shine to your hair. You can have it done professionally or try a DIY option.

Don’t know what hairstyle you want? Make sure to experiment with styles, cuts and colours up to 8 months before the big day. This will ensure you can get what you want even if you make a mistake in hair cut or colour. You can also try one or two professionals to find one you like if you start early.

 

Once you know what you want, you can have a hair trial about 1-2 months prior to the wedding. You can also help the stylist choose something that is best for you, if you know what your dress looks like and where you will be having the wedding. Something like having a ceremony at the beach can have an effect on your choice of hairstyles.

 

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Skincare Essentials

 

A regular routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising should be done all the time. Another good habit to follow, is to use products with a good sunscreen in them to protect your skin.

 

If you suffer from skin problems, like acne, it is a good idea to consult with a dermatologist at least six months before the wedding so that your skin can get used to the prescribed skincare routine. No serious problems? Visit your local beauty therapist or aesthetician for a couple of facials to help clear blackheads, remove dead skin cells and improve the circulation. You can also start these facials about 4-6 months before the wedding. It is recommended not to have a facial just before the wedding, to help prevent any reactions taking place. Good skin also comes from drinking plenty of water, so ensure you drink enough before and on your wedding day.

 

Body Essentials

 

A good healthy diet, exercise regime and multivitamin can help give you more energy. Wanting to lose some weight? It is a good idea to start your exercise programme at least 8 months before the wedding day. Crash diets are not recommended and are not healthy for you. Doing it properly will give you more energy, longer lasting results and a better feel good factor.

 

You can also exfoliate your body each day a couple of weeks before the wedding. You can go to a salon at least once, otherwise a good loofah or body scrub should do the trick. Always remember to moisturise after the scrub.

 

Teeth-whitening: This can take a few sessions and should be done at least 2 months before the big day.

 

Eyes: Sometimes eyes can be a bit puffy. There are many eye creams available to help with this, but most important is to get enough sleep, especially closer to the wedding day. You can also apply a cool compress, cucumber or cold tea bags, onto your eyes as needed to help prevent puffiness. 1-2 Weeks before the wedding try to stay away from excessive salty foods, which can sometimes cause the eyes to look swollen.

 

Lips: A good lip moisturising stick with sunscreen is always a good idea. You can also start a month before exfoliating the lips.

 

Neck/Décolleté: An often missed area of the body, a very delicate area. Use a gentle exfoliation once or twice a week and apply moisturiser every day to the neck and chest area. You will feel confident if you are wearing a low neckline dress for your wedding day.

 

Massage: Have a relaxing massage to get all the stress out a week before the wedding. Try our signature massage!

Tanning Essentials

Self-tanning: Try to test out a product at least 2 months before the wedding. You don’t want to sit with streaky or discoloured skin.

 

Spray-tan: You can also test this out a few weeks ahead to see if it is for you. You can then go about 2 days before the wedding, to allow the tan to look more natural on the day.

 

Tanning beds: This option should be done about 2 months before the wedding. It will take a couple of sessions to get the desired result.

 

Waxing Essentials

Leg wax: Never having waxed, it is best to start waxing a few months before to get used to the waxing cycle. Then have your final wax before your wedding day, 2-3 days ahead of time.

 

Eye/brow wax: Two weeks before the wedding you should wax these areas and you can tweeze any stray hairs afterwards, but not on the day of the wedding.

 

READ EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INTIMATE WAXING HERE.

Manicure and pedicure essentials

Care for feet will look good in open toed wedding shoes. Remember to exfoliate and moisturize. If you can afford to have Mani’s and Pedi’s every month, then this is the best option. Otherwise do some home treatments for yourself. When it comes to nearing the wedding day, have your manicure and pedicure about two days before. Some recommend having a gel finish to prevent any cracks happening on the big day.

Make-up Essentials

Finding the right person and experimenting with different looks should be done 2-4 months ahead of time.  You don’t want to have to run around for this type of thing on your wedding day.

 

Eyelash extensions: If you are trying extensions for the first time, consider trying them a few weeks before the wedding to see if you actually want them. The eyelashes that fall out can be replaced. Otherwise getting extensions 2 or 3 days before the wedding will give you the best look.

 

Take a look at the things you need to know about eyelash extensions.

 

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