Spring’s here (al­most) and it’s time to step up your groom­ing game. (Sadly, hairy-leg-hid­ing sweat­pants aren’t go­ing to work all year round… we took it hard too.) So we’re bring­ing in the big guns: laser hair re­moval, luxe body oils, spe­cialised treat­ments and a bit of faux tan for that just-back-from­va­cay glow.


Laser­ing is the way for­ward when it comes to hair re­moval. We chat­ted to pop­u­lar Cape Town-based clinic Deluxe Laser & Spa, and got them to an­swer all the ques­tions you’ve been dy­ing to ask. Which area do most women choose to have lasered? With our lat­est tech­nol­ogy lasers, we’re able to laser any part of the body where you have un­wanted hair. The ar­eas vary ac­cord­ing to the sea­son as well as trends. Most women start off with their un­der­arms and move on to ar­eas that are gen­er­ally ex­posed in sum­mer. Is laser­ing painful? Ab­so­lutely not – our lasers of­fer per­ma­nent, pain-free hair re­moval with no down­time. The process is non-in­va­sive and most clients ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence re­lax­ation. What does laser­ing do and how does it work? It utilises laser en­ergy that converts light into heat within the hair fol­li­cle. This heat is drawn to the bot­tom of the root, where the ‘fac­tory’ that pro­duces the hair is lo­cated. This fac­tory in ef­fect is de­stroyed and can no longer pro­duce new hairs.

How many ses­sions does it take be­fore the hair doesn’t grow back at all? The num­ber of ses­sions varies ac­cord­ing to your hair char­ac­ter, growth pat­tern and the area you’re laser­ing. We rec­om­mend a min­i­mum of six ses­sions and a max­i­mum of 12 for ef­fec­tive hair re­moval. Any tips for pre-treat­ment prep? The laser process re­quires the area of treat­ment to be clear of sur­face hair. This means ei­ther shav­ing or us­ing a chem­i­cal de­pila­tory to re­move the sur­face hair be­fore your laser ses­sions. We sug­gest you avoid wax­ing, tweez­ing, thread­ing or epi­lat­ing for at least four weeks be­fore you start laser treat­ments and through­out the treat­ment course. The treat­ment area should be clean and dry. Also, avoid di­rect sun ex­po­sure on the treat­ment area be­fore your ap­point­ment. What is the eas­i­est area to laser? Our qual­i­fied ther­a­pists can safely laser any area of the body in­clud­ing the toes, fin­gers, nos­trils, ears and even the most in­ti­mate ar­eas. Visit: www.delux­e­ for more info on laser­ing.


It’s no se­cret that we adore body oils! But in case you need a re­fresher on the ben­e­fits, here goes: Oils will… • Pen­e­trate the skin faster than a lo­tion • Pro­tect the skin’s lipid bar­rier • Give you a ra­di­ant glow • Ab­sorb quickly (and are non-greasy) • Help fade stretch­marks • Im­prove skin tone Plus, a lit­tle goes a long way. A few drops of oil in your bath can leave skin feel­ing in­tensely hy­drated for hours on end as it locks in mois­ture. (Western Cape, we’re not talk­ing to you here, by the way – stick to mas­sag­ing in your body oil, post-shower.) WE LOVE: • Nivea Q10 Plus Firm­ing Body Oil, R119,99 • Dove Der­maSpa Good­ness Silky Body Oil, R129,99 for 150ml (if you want a bit of shim­mer)


A change of sea­son of­ten means an in­crease in skin sen­si­tiv­ity. Itch­i­ness, red­ness and dry­ness are com­mon oc­cur­rences in Septem­ber. These lo­tions, oils and balms are the best to soothe sen­si­tive skin. WE LOVE: • Eucerin® Urea Re­pair PLUS Lo­tion 10% Urea, R189,99 for 250ml • Eucerin AtoCon­trol Bath & Shower Oil, R179,99 for 400ml • La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP+, R280 • Ce­taphil Mois­tur­is­ing Lo­tion R298,68 for 200ml


A spray tan means you get a sunkissed look mi­nus the sun dam­age. See­ing that the skin is the largest or­gan, chem­i­cals are ab­sorbed within sec­onds, and can be car­cino­genic, so choose well. We rec­om­mend a non-toxic spray tan like Vita Lib­er­ata. Faux tan life­span:

The du­ra­tion of a tan de­pends on the con­di­tion and health of the skin, which de­pends on in­ner cell hy­dra­tion and gen­eral good health through a cleans­ing regime, diet, life­style and wa­ter in­take. Dry skin or skin that hasn’t been prop­erly ex­fo­li­ated flakes faster, so the tan won’t last as long. Nour­ished, hy­drated skin can re­tain a tan for 10 to 12 days be­fore it fades.

How to pro­long your spray

tan: Ex­fo­li­ate, prefer­ably with a non-toxic, or­ganic ex­fo­lia­tor. Avoid those that con­tain oil as they can cre­ate a bar­rier on the skin and pre­vent the so­lu­tion from pen­e­trat­ing. Why Vita Lib­er­ata? With Odour Re­move™ tech­nol­ogy for zero smell, Mois­ture Lock™ tech­nol­ogy for 72-hour skin hy­dra­tion, 80% cer­ti­fied or­ganic in­gre­di­ents and the first com­pletely non-toxic for­mu­la­tion, Vita Lib­er­ata is the most nat­u­ral, skin-car­ing tan avail­able. It treats the skin while tan­ning it, promis­ing a flaw­less fade with no scal­ing or patch­ing. Their tans also match your unique skin colour (that you’d nat­u­rally get from a sun­tan) – so none of that dreaded or­ange! Vita Lib­er­ata’s Hero Prod­ucts • Vita Lib­er­ata pHe­nom­e­nal 2-3 Week Tan­ningMousse,R1135 •Vi­taLib­er­ataBodyBlur,R1030 • Fab­u­lous Il­lu­mi­nate Wash Off Body Bronzer in Medium, R425


BTL is a ma­jor de­vel­oper and pro­ducer of med­i­cal de­vices used in phys­io­ther­apy, car­di­ol­ogy – and aes­thetic medicine. Tech­nolo­gies like ra­dio fre­quency and ul­tra­sound are used to tighten skin and ad­dress body con­cerns. BTL tells us more. How does the treat­ment work for ‘zap­ping fat’? Both BTL Ex­ilis Elite and BTL Van­quish ME can ‘de­stroy’ fat cells. The process, called apop­to­sis, is nat­u­ral and com­mon to the hu­man body. Slim­ming oc­curs af­ter heat­ing the fat cells, which in­duces apop­to­sis. The fat cells are re­moved from the tis­sue, re­sult­ing in a lower num­ber in the treated area, which re­duces the size of the area be­ing treated. The process doesn’t pose a dan­ger to any or­gan.

Which treat­ment is best for ton­ing the stom­ach, arms, legs and thighs?

A com­bi­na­tion of ei­ther BTL Ex­ilis or BTL Van­quish and BTL X-Wave, as the com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent en­er­gies max­imises the ef­fect. BTL Ex­ilis and BTL Van­quish use heat to cre­ate a re­sponse in the tis­sue, while BTL X-Wave uses acous­tic waves. We also rec­om­mend a reg­u­lar lym­phatic mas­sage which in­creases the me­tab­o­lism and blood flow in the area, and re­moves tox­ins. The tis­sue gets more nu­tri­ents and me­tab­o­lites are re­moved more ef­fec­tively. We use a ma­chine that pro­vides me­chan­i­cal lymph drainage, called BTL Lym­phastim.

Can any­one have these treat­ments?

Women and men of all ages can have the pro­ce­dures done. There are few con­traindi­ca­tions, and preg­nancy is one of them. You can go for treat­ments six months af­ter giv­ing birth. Is it painful? No. You might even fall asleep dur­ing some treat­ments. When do you start see­ing re­sults? It varies from per­son to per­son, but most feel or see the dif­fer­ence af­ter the third ses­sion – usu­ally two to three weeks af­ter start­ing the treat­ments. How much is it? The price de­pends on the area and the treat­ment time. It’s about R1000 a ses­sion for the ab­domen or for both legs. Full face is R2000 a ses­sion. The course con­sists of four to six ses­sions. Visit:­laes­thet­ for more info.

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