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The Dangers of Over Exfoliation

Being winter and having really dry dull skin, I think we are all exfoliating like crazy to try and get that smooth glow again.

[Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the epidermis and helps to maintain a glowing healthy skin, but like most things done in excess over-exfoliation is bad for your skin. Sonette Donker from Dermalogica South Africa explains why:

“Over-exfoliation is the drawback and downside to having such great ingredients at our disposal. We know this has led to more environmentally sensitized skin and possibly aging. We may tell our clients to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, but they don’t listen to us because they like the way their skin feels after exfoliation. As a consumer we love how our skin looks after exfoliation – “I don’t care if my therapist says only 2x a week, I want to do it every day, even if you tell me not to!”

But what happens if we are looking under a magnifying lamp? Have you looked at your skin in a magnifying lamp? We sacrifice the integrity of the epidermis which leads to sensitized skin. The cosmetic chemists have been aware of the problem, so the latest research has been concentrating on looking for exfoliating ingredients to use that will exfoliate, but can be used every day without compromising the integrity of the skin.

Signs of over exfoliation;
•Noticeable dehydration and patchy areas.
•Tautness, itchiness.
•Irritation and breakouts.
•Transparent looking skin.
•Redness, couperose, signs of early rosacea.

Dangers of Excessive Exfoliation (less wrinkles today could mean more wrinkles tomorrow)

Removal of the outermost layer of the skin stimulates the cells in the lower layers to grow and divide, causing the skin to thicken and thus diminishing visible signs of aging. The more you exfoliate the more cell divisions will occur in the lower skin layers. There is one problem though. Normal human cells cannot divide indefinitely. Fibroblasts (a key type of cell in the skin) would divide about 50 times and then enter a so-called stage of senescence.

This ‘theory’ of cell division is called the Hayflick Limit (named after its discoverer Dr. Leonard Hayflick). His studies show that in this stage the cell is sluggish, inefficient and unresponsive to various signals from the body and unable to divide. Skin with many senescent cells is usually fragile, blotchy and easily wrinkled. Exfoliation remains a valuable tool but if you over-use it, your skin may hit the Hayflick Limit.

Today’s good news is that the Hayflick Limit does not appear to be carved in stone. Research indicates that very simple measures available today may help to extend it by as much as 50%.”

A bit technical – but you get it right?!

I myself love to exfoliate daily, and Dermalogica has 2 daily exfoliators. Daily Microfoliant and Daily Resurfacer – I am currently testing the Daily Resurfacer and I must say I am loving the way my skin is looking – I will post my review next week.

June Favourites

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Our June Favourites as pictured above:

1. Dermalogica’s Emergency Spot Fix ( Blog post here)
2. TOY Polish in Leather Crush (Blog Post here)
3. Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes (Blog post here)
4. ESSIE Apricot Cuticle Oil – this is not a new product but I love using it on my cuticles in winter – it nourishes and hydrates while not being too oily)
5. Not a product, but my pedicure at SWANI Spa in Rosebank was incredible (read more here)
6. ESSIE – The Nail Corrector – not being able to drive these last few weeks has left me having to do my own nails which I hate! This pen is brilliant for cleaning any polish that gets onto the skin around your nail – filled with acetone, it also comes with extra nibs and the nibs are perfectly shaped to clean around your cuticles. (My daughter got hold of my pen so the nibs and lid is MIA – will have to replace it!)

What have been some of your favourites this month?

Up Close with Chereen Strydom

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Website: www.forthebeautyofit.co.za

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A little background on you and your brand:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with all things beauty. I started working as the health and beauty editor at Woman & Home magazine in 2009, and relocated to Cape Town to pursue the role of beauty editor at O, The Oprah Magazine in 2011. As a beauty editor, I had access to the world’s top beauty experts and some of the best products available, though I wasn’t always able to share all my finds or top tips with my readers due to space constraints! So, in October 2011, I decided to start a blog to share all my favourite beauty products, fashion finds and décor obsessions, and so For The Beauty Of It was born. I resigned as the beauty editor at O in December 2013 in order to focus more energy on my site and to start my own PR and social media agency, This Pretty Thing PR & Social Media.

Let’s start off with your favourite treatment to have done:

There’s nothing I enjoy more than indulging in a full body massage. I spend a lot of time hunched in front of my laptop, so my neck and shoulders are always full of knots. I also have a one and a half year old son, so some quiet time is always welcome!

How often do you visit a salon:

I try to go on a monthly basis, usually for a pedicure or manicure, but I treat myself to a facial or massage every couple of months as well. I’m very lucky, as my ‘job’ as a beauty blogger means that I often get invited to review some of the latest treatments on offer.

A treatment that you thought was out of this world, and where was it?

I don’t know if it was because I was 33 weeks pregnant, but I went for a Mama Mio treatment at the Life Day Spa at The Crystal Towers, Cape Town and it stands out in my mind as one of the best treatments I’ve ever had. I love Mama Mio’s products and my skin was left feeling super-soft and hydrated afterwards. I’ve had a slight addiction to their products and treatments ever since!

Has any treatment has left you cringing or thinking WTF?

There are no specific treatments that I can remember off the top of my head, but there are several spas and salons that I’ve visited in the past that were beyond questionable! I remember one spa visit in particular – as I lay face down on the bed, I noticed that there were cracked tiles, and the therapist was barefoot and in desperate need of a pedicure. Another spa I visited gave me stained towels that were so starched that they felt scratchy against my skin! I guess I should have used Salon-Finder.com before visiting… lesson learnt!

What makes you choose a salon or spa?

It may seem superficial, but if I’m going to spend between R400 – R700 on a spa treatment, I expect the spa or salon to be beautiful, clean and quiet. There’s nothing worse than going to a crummy spa where I can hear everything that’s happening in reception!

Nails – Paint your own or visit the salon?

Leave it to the professionals, I say! I’m useless when it comes to doing my own nails, although I can’t visit the salon every week so I do paint my own nails every now and then.

With full eyebrows back in fashion and brow bars becoming very popular do you wax, thread or tweeze?

I’ve had best results with threading, but I pluck any sparse hairs myself in between salon visits just to keep things reasonably neat!

Can’t live without product?

I am completely obsessed with Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. It boasts a heavenly blend of essential oils that instantly calm and soothe my senses, and the luxurious, thick balm simply melts away any makeup, dirt, or grime.

Any tips on keeping your skin hydrated in winter?

I’ve found that my skin has been so much more hydrated since switching to a balm cleanser. The oils cleanse your skin without stripping it, so your skin is well nourished. I also use Rosehip Oil after applying my usual moisturiser to lock in moisture, and I force myself to drink at least 1,5l of water every day – difficult during the colder months, but so worth it!

Thanks Chereen, I am avid readers of you blog and am definitely going to put the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleaning Balm on my “to try” list!

{Product Review} Emergency Spot Fix & PreCleanse Wipes

PreCleanse Wipes

Dermalogica have brought out their incredible precleanse in a biodegradable wipe. Perfect for when you are on the go, especially great to keep in your gym bag or to pack when travelling.

I have been using precleanse for years now, it is the only way my skin really feels clean. i wear a lot of product on my face everyday (sunscreen, primer, foundation, powder) and just using a face wash never makes my face feel clean, nor does it get rid of the build up of product on my skin from a long day. have I must admit, when I first tried the precleanse wipes I was very sceptical. I used them (in bed) after a night out and while the wipe was convenient enough and stopped me from falling asleep at the basin I missed the silky feeling of the actual oil and I couldn’t see how often I would really have the need for them. Fast forward a few weeks and I ended up packing them when I recently went down to visit my parents. Any mom who goes on ‘holiday’ alone with a toddler would know that you barely have time to shower let alone stick to your usual skin care routine. The precleanse wipes were my saviour. I could walk around holding Bella while cleansing my face. What a win. I ended up loving the wipes, and I found them especially great in removing my thick lashings of mascara. (Any thoughts on bringing out eye make up removal pads?!) Dermalogica claim that precleanse “melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on skin throughout the day. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.” and they honestly lived up to their claim, as I said earlier, my skin has never felt cleaner since adding precleanse to my routine.

Product Class: Cleanser
RSP: R250
Quantity: 20 pre moistened wipes

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix forms part of Dermalogica’s newly re-launched Clear Start Range. Clear Start has been created to treat younger, breakout prone skin and educate teens on the importance of looking after their skin.

I had been gifted Emergency Spot Fix from Dermalogica’s Clear Start range after attending their #teensupreme event (see event photos here: #teensupreme) and it couldn’t have been at a better time. My skin has really been acting up the last few weeks, and it completely flared up from the stress of my recent ‘holiday’. Emergency Spot Fix cleared my breakouts within 2 days and I am sure if I had applied it more frequently they would have been clear overnight. Another thing I loved about Emergency Spot Fix was that it didn’t leave a white residue on my skin after it dried like most spot treatments do and I didn’t get the tingle that comes with other spot treatments.

Emergency Spot Fix contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient. Benzoyl Peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne causing bacteria in the pores by increasing skin turnover. It is also antimicrobial. It is also formulated with 7 botanicals including Licorice Root Extract (known to fight inflammation and soothe skin irritation) ; Lavender Extract (calming & soothing) ; Tea Tree Oil (antibacterial) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract/Green Tea Extract (antibacterial and an antioxidant)

Product Class: Treatment
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide
RSP: R200
Quantity: 10ml

{Spa Review} Swani Womans Boutique Spa

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Swani Spa for their signature pedi. They did not disappoint, and I will go as far as saying it ranks as one of the top 2 pedicures I have had, and I have had a lot of pedicures!

Swani Spa is situated on the first floor of phase 2 of the Zone in Rosebank, so while it is centrally located and convenient, it is also blissfully quiet.

I was greeted by Amanda (one of Swani Spa’s founders) and taken to a table filled with the most incredible smelling MatsiMela products. As I was having the signature pedicure, I could choose a soak, scrub and masque of my choice. I chose the Litchi and Rose which is uplifting.

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I was then introduced to Privilege who would be doing my pedicure. The ladies at Swani have really put so much effort into not only engaging all of your senses, but making your feel truly relaxed. From the delicious hot tea and a warm cloth as I soaked my feet, to the relaxing masque (I think I fell asleep) and incredible hot stone massage, not forgetting the snack I was given while Privilege was painting my nails, there is nothing more I could have asked for. It was 75 minutes of pure bliss and I will without a doubt be back. Swani stock OPI and Zoya nail polish and I chose to use a Zoya Polish called Sam, I love the colour for autumn/winter and it is such a change from the monochromatic colours I usually choose!

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{Product Review} Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes & Emergency Spot Fix

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Dermalogica have brought out their incredible precleanse in a biodegradable wipe. Perfect for when you are on the go, especially great to keep in your gym bag or to pack when travelling.

I have been using precleanse for years now, it is the only way my skin really feels clean. i wear a lot of product on my face everyday (sunscreen, primer, foundation, powder) and just using a face wash never makes my face feel clean, nor does it get rid of the build up of product on my skin from a long day. have I must admit, when I first tried the precleanse wipes I was very sceptical. I used them (in bed) after a night out and while the wipe was convenient enough and stopped me from falling asleep at the basin I missed the silky feeling of the actual oil and I couldn’t see how often I would really have the need for them. Fast forward a few weeks and I ended up packing them when I recently went down to visit my parents. Any mom who goes on ‘holiday’ alone with a toddler would know that you barely have time to shower let alone stick to your usual skin care routine. The precleanse wipes were my saviour. I could walk around holding Bella while cleansing my face. What a win. I ended up loving the wipes, and I found them especially great in removing my thick lashings of mascara. (Any thoughts on bringing out eye make up removal pads?!) Dermalogica claim that precleanse “melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on skin throughout the day. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.” and they honestly lived up to their claim, as I said earlier, my skin has never felt cleaner since adding precleanse to my routine.

Product Class: Cleanser
RSP: R250
Size: 20 pre moistened wipes
Application: Wipe over face and eyes to lift any surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion. Rinse off with luke warm water and follow with your cleanser.

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix

Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix forms part of Dermalogica’s newly re-launched Clear Start Range. Clear Start has been created to treat younger, breakout prone skin and educate teens on the importance of looking after their skin.

I had been gifted Emergency Spot Fix from Dermalogica’s Clear Start range after attending their #teensupreme event (see event photos here: #teensupreme) and it couldn’t have been at a better time. My skin has really been acting up the last few weeks, and it completely flared up from the stress of my recent ‘holiday’. Emergency Spot Fix cleared my breakouts within 2 days and I am sure if I had applied it more frequently they would have been clear overnight. Another thing I loved about Emergency Spot Fix was that it didn’t leave a white residue on my skin after it dried like most spot treatments do and I didn’t get the tingle that comes with other spot treatments.

Emergency Spot Fix contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient. Benzoyl Peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne causing bacteria in the pores by increasing skin turnover. It is also antimicrobial. It is also formulated with 7 botanicals including Licorice Root Extract (known to fight inflammation and soothe skin irritation) ; Lavender Extract (calming & soothing) ; Tea Tree Oil (antibacterial) and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract/Green Tea Extract (antibacterial and an antioxidant)

Product Class: Treatment
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide
RSP: R200
Quantity: 10ml
Application: Before moisturising apply to affected area. Can be applied every 6 hours.

I gave both these products 5 stars as I think they produced fantastic results and will definitely be re-purchasing them.

Gelish Review

As much as I love to experiment with different nail varnish and change my nails weekly, sometimes I need something that is going to last a lot longer and that is why I love Gelish. Gelish paints on like a polish and hardens under the UV lamp like a gel, giving your nails extra strength and your polish longer wear.

I am on day 16 of my manicure and apart from slightly growing out, my nails still look good. The OPI Matte top Coat I used over the Gelish is no longer Matte, but I easily could have reapplied if I wanted to keep the matte look. Most sites who offer ‘home care’ advice for gel nail polish basically tell you to sit pretty and not use your hands – what is the point then of a hard wearing polish?

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Colour: Gelish Black Shadow with an OPI Matte Top Coat

I usually remove my Gelish and have it reapplied fortnightly. Every 6 weeks I like to give my nails a break and I will leave it off for between 3 – 4 weeks. The only reason I give my nails a break is because I love to experiment with different polish brands and colours and as someone who hates manicures I need a break form the fiddly soak off process! It is not necessary to let your nails ‘breathe’ between applications, and as long as you are nourishing your cuticles and have your Gelish removed properly you are doing no harm to your own nails. Please just make sure you go back to your salon and have your Gelish soaked off because if you pick it off you are going to damage your own nails.

If you are going away on holiday, are a mom, or hard on your hands Gelish is perfect for you.

A Gelish overlay (without the manicure) can cost anywhere in the region of R 180 – R250 depending on the salon.