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Detoxify Your Body!

Are you feeling tired and sluggish? Are you struggling with digestive problems and skin problems? Can’t seem to lose weight? Then it’s time for you to detox your body.

Detoxification basically means cleaning the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

Detoxification, when done right, can provide many health benefits, including:

  1. Resting the organs through fasting;
  2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
  3. Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
  4. Improving circulation of the blood; and
  5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

There are many ways that you can detoxify, I prefer having healthy drinks. Here are 2 of my favorite recipes that I follow when I detox my body.

1. Lemon Detox Drink

This is an easy recipe. All you need is lemon and water in a glass (this can either be cold or warm), just squeeze a lemon and drink every day before you consume anything and before you go to bed.

This lemon detox drink can make your skin beautiful and more elastic, while clearing acne.

2. Kale Detox Drink

This kale drink is good for you if you like green vegetables. It comes with vitamins A, C, B6 and K, along with copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, and other minerals. For this simple recipe, all you need is the following ingredients:

A handful of kale leaves

Half an apple

One cup of coconut water

Once the ingredients are ready, simply remove the hard ribs found on the leaves of kale. Then, add the leaves to your blender along with the apple and coconut water. As with other drinks, all you need to do is blend the ingredients together until they are completely mixed. Drink cold or consume right away.


Try out my easy recipes that can make you healthier inside and out.

Essential oils for Stress and Anxiety

We lead such busy lives and there is nothing more powerful to help us deal with our stress than to spend time relaxing and gathering ourselves in a state of calm.

Essential oils have been used for many thousands of years to bring about emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. When used correctly, inhaling or applying essential oils to the skin can bring about a sense of calmness and improve emotional well-being.

It is beneficial to breathe in certain essential oils known for their relaxing, therapeutic effects when we feel stressed.

Each oil has a unique chemical composition that supports a different system of the body. When we inhale a scent through our nose, receptor cells in the olfactory organ receive the aroma and send a message to the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”

When using essential oils always dilute with a carrier oil before it’s applied to the skin. This reduces your risk of irritation. Some popular carrier oils are almond, grapefruit, coconut, and jojoba.

Essential oils should never be ingested, there’s not enough research on anyone essential oil to prove it’s safe to swallow. Each essential oil is very different, and some are toxic.

I personally find the essential oils that I have listed below effective at relieving stress and associated side effects, such as depression, insomnia, tension, and anxiety.


Basil – This warming oil is beneficial in relieving intellectual fatigue and nervous exhaustion, bringing strength and clarity to the mind. It works quickly to bring relaxation in the moment and assists with digestive issues due to stress.

Chamomile, Roman – Chamomile is a wonderfully sweet and soothing oil to smell. It has a noticeable effect on the nervous system by calming and easing depression. It is very effective for stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Clary Sage – This beautiful plant and flower has a noticeable euphoric action on the body. It can be used to help with anxiety, stress, nervous tension and depression. It works as a tonic for nervous fatigue and mental exhaustion. The scent is loved by most but some may find it too strong.

Grapefruit – This cooling and uplifting oil is a must go-to for stress, burnout and depression. It is like sunshine in a bottle. Very useful for those who are affected by ‘winter depression’ due to the decrease of light in the winter.

Jasmine – Handpicked in the early light of the morning, jasmine is one of the most effective oils for the nervous system. Supportive for anxiety, depression and emotional dilemmas. It works quickly to change our mood towards optimism.

Lavender –  My favorite essential oilOtherwise known as ‘true lavender’, this is one of those oils that does it all. Lavender is very calming and relaxing and has a harmonizing effect on the nervous system without being sedative. Wonderful for insomnia, mental stress and anxiety. It is also helpful for migraines and headaches.

Lemon – One smell of lemon essential oil and you can’t help but feel better. Lemon oil can lift the spirits and helps one to overcome mental fatigue and burnout. It can be used to help the brain with decision making in a calming matter.

Sweet Marjoram – Calming and nutritive to the nervous system, Sweet Marjoram can be used to help with stress, anxiety and insomnia.  It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and lowers the sympathetic function. Wonderful for sleep issues caused by stress.

Neroli – is a powerful sedative and antidepressant. Useful for insomnia, anxiety and depression. This oil is one of the most beautiful oils that you can smell. Distilled from the flowers of the blooming orange, Neroli makes you feel better within minutes of smelling it.

Sweet Orange – Sweet Orange is a cheerful oil that helps to life one’s spirits. It is also wonderful for sleep and immune system blends for children. Mildly sedative and antidepressant. Wonderful for anxiety, insomnia and nervousness.

Rose – Uplifting to the spirit and mind, rose is a wonderful essential oil for stress, anxiety and depression.

Sandalwood – Sandalwood is a calming and grounding oil. It has a wonderful smell that brings about a special moment when it is smelled.

Have regular massages designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, this gentle massage, with essential oils, does wonders all through the power of touch and smell. Some of the plant oils used at La Vita, like Lavender and Jasmine have been proven to help with a number of stress-related conditions, like anxiety and insomnia. Massages can create balance within the body.

Prepare Your Skin for Waxing!

I like keeping my skin smooth and hairless for weeks at a time, waxing is the only way to go for me! It’s a perfect solution for all my hairier spots.

La Vita Spas ( have a range of waxing treatments you can choose from that will suit your needs. When visiting the Spa a little skin care preparation can go a long way in making your waxing appointment less painless, and most importantly effective. Here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself in advance for a waxing skin treatment.

Check Your Skin

Always examine your skin before your appointment. Broken or inflamed dermis will need time to heal before it’s waxed.

Next, check that your hair is the right length. It should be just long enough for the wax to grip. Any longer or shorter can be painful.

Exfoliate Lightly

Exfoliating loosens away dead skin and prevents ingrown hairs. Skip harsh scrubs a few days before you go to the spa for a wax.

Moisturize Your Skin

Be sure to moisturize in the days leading up to the appointment. It will allow the skin to more easily relax. Never do it on the day of your appointment, because it can coat the hair and interfere with the wax’s grip, rendering your waxing service painful and useless.

Keep Your Skin Clean

Especially for sensitive areas, like the bikini wax, keep your skin as clean as possible. Waxing opens the skin up to infection, particularly in areas normally warm or damp. Take special care to keep these areas squeaky clean before waxing.

What is your Spring Skin Care Routine?

I always remember that my winter clothes need to be packed away after the cold season and to take out all my flowery lighter Spring clothes but I always forget to change my skin care routine. How many of you do this? Do you also remember to change your skin care routine?

So as the weather warms up, try some of these tips to up your spring skin care routine.

Let your Skin Glow

Try using a lighter foundation in Spring to prevent your pores from being clogged or skip using a foundation and go natural. As the days warm up, we tend to sweat a lot and makeup can lead to clogged pores and acne.

Have a bath more Often

Shower/bath more than once a day. Moisturize your damp skin to lock in moisture, and only use soap for one shower a day. On your next shower/bath just rinse off with water.

Exfoliate for a glowing skin?

Gentle exfoliation once a week helps moisturizers to absorb into skin, evens skin texture. By exfoliating you will get rid of dry, dead skin cells after the winter months and restore the skin.

Swap Moisturizer for Lighter Lotion

For spring skin care, swap your heavy moisturizer for a lighter lotion if your skin is normal, or skip it altogether if you have oily, acne-prone skin. However, if you have very dry skin or eczema you may need a heavier, creamy moisturizer all year round.

Use Sun Screen and monitor your time in the sun.

It is important to wear sun screen all year round, but during spring and summer you should use SPF30 and over. Try and use a waterproof, broad – spectrum sunscreen.  and re-apply throughout the day. A light mist or gel sunscreen can feel lighter and prevent clogged pores. Remember to avoid excess sun exposure and wear hats, clothing, and sunscreen for added protection.







We are Family… a spa vacation

Girl nights, couples retreats, boys weekends, all familiar terms, but have you ever heard of family spa day? Well we want to start a revolution, where families who do wellness together, stay together.  Since spa treatments have become mainstream, and not something that is targeted towards women or exclusive. More and more people are enjoying the benefits of the spa, from massages to manicures, self love and taking care of ones body and mind is ranking high on the list of peoples needs.

La Vita Spa is proud to be associated with many family resorts around South Africa. From the western cape, KwaZulu Natal to Mpumalanga and more. When planning your next vacation, why not explore some destinations that offer a wellness spa too. And book a day for you and your family.


If you were dreaming of escaping to the mountains, Bushman’s Nek Resort has plenty for the whole family to do. Book an early morning outride, have breakfast on the deck overlooking the mountains, then spend the afternoon relaxing at the La Vita Spa onsite.

Looking to watch the waves? La Vita Spa can be found at La Montagne Resort in Ballito, this large family styled holiday destination is designed for families. The spa is open late, so after a day spent in the sun, an evening spa booking is something different to enjoy.

A family spa day is ideal for those with older children, teens and above. Those with younger kids, will enjoy a shorter time spent letting the littles have their first manicures. Cue the camera for those cute little pink nails, and happy little faces.

Family spa days are something different, and a great way to relax all together.

Don’t be boring this Father’s Day – we have 5 gift ideas for you!

Why do we always go for the traditional gifts for dad for Fathers Day? The socks, gadgets and DIY, ring a bell? Our first instinct is to grab the all familiar, sometimes impulsive or last minute item off the shelf. Well not all of us, we know some of you go that extra mile to spoil your dad, planning in advance and choosing just the right item to show how much you love him.

For those that need a little more guidance on picking something a little different this year we have put a list together for you:

1- A day at the spa for him – most of our fathers work hard each day and have plenty stress weighing them down. They would not think twice about booking themselves some indulgence at the spa. So why not make the decision for them and help them take the leap. They get to really relax, let that stress melt away and enjoy the day. This might even be his first time having a spa treatment, so maybe choose something you know your dad will be comfortable with.

2- Weekend away, if your budget allows, nothing beats some quality time together and creating more family memories. Weather this is for your dad or your husband, or both, bringing everyone together in a beautiful setting with activities and shared experiences is one of the books and something awesome to post to Facebook.

3- Are your kids still small? Why not do some arts and crafts? Not all gifts need to cost an arm and a leg, they may cost you some soap and extra cleaning up as you try to remedy the paint that has found its way onto everything. Pinterest has hundreds of Fathers Day craft ideas to use for inspiration and it’s something fun to keep the children entertained too. They will run through Sunday morning with more pep in their step, knowing they did it themselves.

4 – We as women would like to give those DIY tools and projects to our hubbies, with a giant hint, hint for them to do all those items we have had on the “to do list” – but maybe dad wants to be celebrated for being a dad. Raising his kids and having something that reflects his contribution? Why not some lovely framed photos of your kids? A set to put in his office or you could arrange a fun family shoot.

5 – Plan a fun activity, has dad wanted to always do something and never taken the leap? Think… shark cage diving, getting that tattoo he always wanted, learning to cook with professional lessons or taking up a new hobby?

She’s always our Mother

Mom and sacrifice are almost the same word. Why? Well moms just give and give and give. We will go without if it means giving to our kids. And there is nothing wrong with that. We love them, no matter the age, baby to grown up. A mom will sacrifice a lot over the years to ensure her children have the best and are loved and cared for when needed.

New mothers are sucked into a vortex of all things baby and toddler. Little ones are very demanding of time and attention. Needing loving care for everything. During this time moms can lose a lot of sleep and forget to take care of themselves and their skin and wellbeing.


As our children grow we being to get into the groove of things. And play dates, swimming lessons, birthday parties and more will consume all your weekend time. You will find yourself gazing down at your chipped nail polish wondering why you have not taken it off yet and then forgetting to do it when you are home.



Once they leave the “nest” they never stop being our children, and yes there is more time for us, but then come the grandchildren, and well the “me” time, takes a back burner. There is nothing wrong with spending time with the ones we love. But as the saying goes, if you don’t take good enough care of yourself, you can’t take care of those around you.


Our moms, never stop being our moms, and sometimes we need to take the time to show gratitude for all they have done for us. Thank goodness for days like Mother’s day, it forces us to slow down, stop, lean in, and appreciate the amazing things this human being has done for us!

In celebration of all things MOM, La Vita Spa is running an amazing competition for you and your mom.


Win a Mom and Daughter Bonding Package (3hrs) for you and your Mother valued at R2600 at La Vita Spas.  Package includes a Venetians Hands & Feet, Luxury Classic Soothing Facial and a Aromatherapy Full Body Massage. Show her that you care – allow us to create a sense of well being, affording you a true Spa experience which includes refreshments.

What do you have to do to enter?

1. Like and share this post.

2. Make sure you like and follow La Vita Spa on Facebook and Instagram.

3. Tag your Mother/friends and let us know why she/they deserves this prize.

4. You may enter as many times as you wish.

Winner will be announced 04 June 2018. Good Luck!

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The Secret Sisterhood of the Spa

Shhhhhh….. lean in close, we have a secret to tell you….

Did you know that when you and your girlfriends get together, magic happens! Yes it does! You get to laugh, bond and catch up on each-others lives! Feel good vibes, are really just that! But we know it’s not always easy to gather the team and life can get in the way.

Wellness Spas have become a popular venue for women to gather, meet up with friends for a monthly treatment day. With La Vita Spas, a getaway can be paired with treatments too, as many of the spas are located on some of the best resorts in the country.

Making time for your girlfriends is important, these women are the ones that know you best, the ones you reach out to when you partner is driving you up the wall, or work is being a bit of drag or you need someone to understand.

A wellness spa can be a sanctury, a place that makes you feel completely comfortable and can relax, that is why we believe its the perfect place to gather your tribe. There is a treatment for everyone, those who are just wanting a quick eyebrow tint or soothing back massage, once everyone is done…

Pop some bubbly and order some canapés, and enjoy those fluffy gowns and get your beauty on!

Win a Girlfriends Package for you and your girlfriend valued at R2400 at La Vita Spas. Package includes a Spa Paraffin Manicure, Spa Paraffin Pedicure, Foot Massage and an Indian Head Massage. Catch up on the latest gossip with your girlfriend whilst beautifying yourselves and enjoying refreshments.

What do you have to do?
1. Like the competition post on the La Vita Spas Facebook page
2. Make sure you like and follow @la_vita_spas on Instagram and Facebook.
3. Tag a Facebook friend or friends that you would like to take.
4. You may enter as many times as you wish.

Winner will be announced 02 May 2018. Good Luck!

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Pregnant? You need a Spa day?

When pregnant it is very easy to kinda forget about yourself when you are busy growing a baby. There are so many things on the to do and to purchase list, that we end up putting ourselves right at the bottom of the pile.

Moms, don’t do that to yourself, you to are deserving of some love and care too, pregnancy can be rough on your body and mind. When baby arrives it won’t be as easy to have that hour or two spa time.

You will have a stroller, baby’s room, and diapers to think about, you need to add a day at the spa for yourself, especially in the last couple of weeks. Near the end of your pregnancy you wont be able to reach your feet and you will want to feel your best.

Here are some treatments we advise you should consider and why:

Head, neck and shoulders massage

Sleeping can be difficult as you can’t lie on your back or stomach. Your muscles and the strain of carrying your new weight on your tummy can give you strain.


Many pregnant women suffer with swollen feet during pregnancy, some find it painful, while others, its just uncomfortable. Plus as you near the end of your third trimester, reaching for your feed, can be very difficult. To make you feel a bit better, why not treat those toes to a well deserved pedicure? A gel overlay is also a good idea, so you don’t have to worry about chipped paint either.


Soon those hands will be holding one of the best things in your life, your new little baby. The camera lens will be pointed at you and your hands holding that new bundle dear. Chipped and sad looking hands, won’t do.


Pregnancy also means crazy hormones, that can cause havoc on your face! Yes, from feeling like a teenager again with acne, to dry irritated skin and everything in between. If you are not feeling that pregnancy glow, treat yourself to some facials during your pregnancy to help you through the hormone roller coaster.


Hmmmm, sensitive topic, but pregnancy hormones can mean for some extra hair sprouting in places you don’t want, like your face! It’s also hard for pregnant women to shave their legs, so waxing is a good option, to not worry about having spiky legs.

Did you know that La Vita Spas offers all of the above or more? Take a look at their website for some amazing specials too.

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