Perfect your body for summer

 

blogspetCan you believe it; it is like we skipped spring and have gone head bang into a hot, sunny South African summer. For some, winter was a time to indulge and now we are left with the extra kilos and curves. The good news is there is an award-winning technology that can re-shape, reduce fat and tighten the skin and get your body bikini-ready for the holidays.

BTL Exilis Elite has been FDA approved and scientifically tested, in order to provide an extremely safe, effective and comfortable treatment, which targets wrinkles, laxity, collagen loss and stubbornfat.  It uses focused RF and ultrasound technology to deliver controlled heat waves to targeted areas of your body.

When used to treat stubborn fat, BTL Exilis Elite effectively heats fat cells within the deeper layers of the skin, causing lypolosis (breakdown of fat) and fat cell death. Its real-time monitoring of skin temperature, results in fast, predictable and highly beneficial results.

The best part about these treatments is that there is no pain or downtime so you can visit Rejuv-nation Centre every week for your 10-45 minute session (depending on the area being treated) and go back to your daily activities directly after – no fuss.

While clients see results after the first treatment, optimal results are achieved with 4-6 treatments, spaced every 1-2 weeks. 

BTL Exilis Elite is a fast easy way to tighten and slim any part of your body. It has proven to be the best treatment in its class, making it the ideal choice to get your body ready for the beach.

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IMMORTAL YOUTH – the benefits of the Vampire Facelift

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Ever wanted to restore your face without undergoing a surgical facelift, then a relatively new and increasingly popular procedure might be just what you have been looking for. Known as the Vampire Facial, it is a non-surgical procedure in which a mixture of natural fillers and plasma from the patient’s own blood is injected into specific areas of the patient’s face. A US doctor, Charles Runels, trademarked the name ‘Vampire Facelift’     in 2010 during the height of the vampire craze in US entertainment, and with numerous celebrities undergoing the procedure, its popularity has soared.  The reason for its fame, no doubt, stems from it being a more natural approach to fresher looking skin.  But what is it exactly and how does it work?

The Vampire Facial, also known as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), utilises your own body’s healing ability to stimulate skin recovery and smoothing and is thus on the cutting edge of regenerative therapies.  While the basic treatment has been used for almost 20 years to expedite the healing of wounds, burns and sports injuries, it is only in recent years that this has been used in a ‘face-lifting’ capacity.

The process involves the extraction of blood from the patient, which is then centrifuged to isolate the plasma from red and white blood cells.  The concentrated plasma is rich in platelets, which are the parts of the blood with growth factors, and this is then injected into specific areas of the face.  Platelets play a role in stopping bleeding and in repairing damaged blood vessels and cells in the body. They also contain substances called ‘growth factors’ that activate and rejuvenate cells in our body. The platelets induce new collagen, skin tissue, new cells and blood vessels in the skin around each injection site. Collectively this lifts the skin away from the bone, creates skin volume and new blood flow, thereby sculpting the face and creating a more youthful and aesthetically appealing appearance. Skin rejuvenation with PRP can be done on the face, neck, décolletage and back of the hands as well. We have also seen great success rate by using this treatment method to stimulate hair growth.

With the Vampire Facial you are not only are getting the benefits of a smoother and brighter skin, but you are also being injected with only natural substances. This makes it a much safer choice because it mitigates most side effects and has virtually no risk of allergic reactions – although people with a history of skin allergies should naturally inform the doctor accordingly. The Vampire Facial does not give the appearance of a ‘frozen’ Botox face or unnaturally puffed up cheeks, and there is very little downtime after the procedure with minimal bruising and puffiness.  Other benefits include reduction of lines, moisturising effects, and skin tightening, lifting and smoothing as well as evening out of skin tone.

Medical doctors should only perform the procedure, which takes approximately one hour with recovery from the treatment usually taking one to four days and the improvement in the skin continuing for approximately 12 weeks.  While only one treatment will provide visible results, it is recommended that you attend 4 to 6 sessions with results lasting for anything up to 2 years. Some practitioners recommend that you undergo a session every 12 months for general maintenance.

With more people preferring the natural, and less risky, approaches to skin rejuvenation, the Vampire Facial is testimony to the increasing trend of utilising our own bodies’ amazing healing and regenerative properties for this purpose.

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Wearing a healthy head of hair with pride

Natural ethnic hair has seen decades of controversy, dating back to the years of apartheid, where it was deemed to be inferior to that of smoother/straight, “white” hair. The comb test – running a comb through the hair – was used to establish whether a person was “coloured” or “black”. If the comb ran smoothly through one’s hair, you were automatically deemed more important than someone whose hair got stuck. This was the start of women being forced to use hot combs, treatments and false hair (wigs and weaves) in order to make themselves appear more attractive, superior and acceptable to society.

It became the norm; an almost standing rule that African women had to apply weaves to their heads. Money and timeless efforts where spent to ensure African women looked more like their fellow white and coloured peers. Extensive damage was not only cause to one’s scalps, all the tugging, tightening and pulling could trigger headaches and lead to a decreasing hairline – not to mention the overall damage to the woman’s self-image and esteem. Imagine being judge as not good enough because of the condition of your hair?

However, having said this, in recent years, there has been somewhat of a natural hair revolution, many African women are setting their hot irons and weaves aside and embracing the beautiful glory that is their natural manes. Two such women, Thuli and Kgomotso, who happen to work at the Rejuv-nation, discuss what it has meant to them to go natural. “What made me decide to go natural was witnessing other black women, especially my clients, and the problems they were experiencing with their hair,” says Kgomotso.

Not only has the shift helped the state of their hair but also the state of their bank balances. Weaves are extremely costly. Depending on the type of weave and hair used, it can cost up to R5000 and that is not including the maintenance and hairdresser fees which can be at an additional cost of up to R2000. “Not only has going natural helped me financially but I spend less time getting ready in the mornings and I have received such positive feedback and compliments from people, which makes me feel good.” says Thuli.

One of the more physical effects of wearing weaves is an increase in hair loss and a receding hairline, causing Traction Alopecia – gradual hair loss. It is caused by putting the hair under constant strain or tension. This is reversible, depending on the severity of the damage to the hair. In severe cases, hair transplants are needed, and the rehabilitation and repair of the damaged hair is expensive.

Today, concerns of hair damage and loss are not the only factors that deem wearing weaves to be passé; certain women actually view it as insult to one’s culture, and go as far as disassociating themselves from those women who still wear wigs.

What once had such a massive impact on African heritage and the treatment of African people has morphed into an acceptance of one’s natural beauty, enabling African women to wear their healthy head of hair with pride.

The moral of the story: your hair should not be something that you allow to define you. It should be your choice how you decide to wear it, not culture or society.

From worry to confidence – a client’s story

“Really, I did not even notice it?”

“Ah it does not look bad, just relax, you are making a big deal out of nothing. You’re in your 30s, why do you care so much, in time you will just get used to it.”

“Oh there it is, now I can see it. You can’t though so why are you so upset about it. Just cut your hair short and it will be less noticeable.”

“Angel, you are going bald hey, getting bigger as you get older, you take after my side of the family.”

The above quotes come from friends and family who, while trying their best to be supportive amidst my early 30s crisis of, I AM GOING BALD, were just saying what they thought I wanted to hear or being super honest and adding to my all consuming dread in the matter. Their views aside, the growing bald patch on my crown was having a serious impact on my confidence.

I had spent the last year losing 20kg, getting in shape, becoming increasingly athletic and looking after my skin. Taking a look in the mirror I would marvel with pride at how much I could accomplish if I set my mind to it. How good my legs, stomach (or lack thereof) and shoulders were looking. I had adopted a new eating lifestyle, work was amazing and in all areas, I was excelling. There was just one thing, niggling at the back of my mind, or should I say crown. One thing that was out of my control. A relative ‘KICK ME’ sign on the back of my head for all the world to see, except me.

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