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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?

Your Best Summer Skin

Are you ready for summer?

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Even if you are not – your skin is working overtime to adjust to the change in climate. Here in South Africa, we have a varied summer, from dry heat to hot and humid, each contributing to a different way our skin reacts.

If you have an oily to combination skin, you might find the humid weather plays havoc on your already shiny situation. Those with dry complexion will battle more in the more arid parts of the country. It is good to know your skin type and how to work with what you have, season by season.

A good skin care routine that is consistent will help you achieve the right glow this summer.

Have you considered a facial, it’s a great way to rejuvenate your complexion? La Vita Spa offers an array of treatments, from those that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines to a non-invasive facelift. Say goodbye to the winter blues by having a Majestic Milanese Facial, which cleanses and gently exfoliates the skin.

A good tip to remember over summer it to exfoliate once a week, this assists with removing dead skin cells. Find a sunscreen that also works for your skin type, some are oil-free or more focused on moisturising the skin.

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Have you got a tip to keep your skin looking great this summer? Share with us.

You can do it for Yourself!

Sisters… are doing it for themselves….

Yes we are!

Gone are the days we have to wait to be treated or wait for someone to gift us a spa experience. I don’t know about you, but I drop the hints to my partner all the time… ohh my back…. my shoulders are so stiff – in hope that he might surprise me with a spa day.

Don’t wait!

You are a strong independent woman, there is no need to wait. Here are our top 2 picks we think you need to treat yourself to:

Mona Lisa Facial and Massage

What you get:  Refreshment as well as your own take home Salon size Professional Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer.

LUXURY CLASSIC SOOTHING FACIAL – A full hour of pampering includes deep cleansing, steaming, exfoliation and softening of the skin, extraction of black and white heads. A hand and foot massage is included. This facial is suitable for all skin types and ages and is great for men.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE – An ancient Indian form of massage for face, head, neck and shoulders. This technique is used widely for relieving tension headaches and daily pressure. Working on specific pressure points you are sure to feel energized and revitalized

Sunset Top-to-Toe Package

A top-to-toe unique blend to embrace the afternoon whilst enjoying refreshments.

HOT STONE FULL BODY MASSAGE – Experience the ultimate relaxation. Incorporating smooth heated basalt stones to promote a sedative and re-energizing response. The luxury of touch, combined with the warm stones, melts away stress and tension. Extremely relaxing and therapeutic.

SUPER EXTRACTION – This dramatic facial includes deep cleansing, exfoliation and steaming to soften and release blockages. Specialized extraction ensures that all pores are unblocked followed by a soothing facial massage and mask, resulting in radiant skin.

VENETIAN HANDS & FEET – A well groomed appearance is becoming increasingly important. Enhance your hands and feet with gentle exfoliation leaving the skin delectably soft and supple. This is followed by cuticle care and pressure point massage to conclude this uplifting experience.

3 Beauty Time Saving Tips

 

We are all trying to save time every day to make room for things that are more important, like catching up with your best friend over a glass of wine, playing with your kids or cooking your partner that fabulous dinner you saw on Masterchef the other night.

Did you know that going to a spa can save you time during the week… yes it really can! It might seem a little indulgent of time, but that 15-40 minutes can end up being a big time saver when you really need it. Plus you get to look fabulous while doing it!

1 – Eyebrow and Eyelash tint:

If you are fair of colour and pencil in your brows, why not consider having your eyebrows tined by a professional, save yourself a few minutes in the morning applying the colour.

2 – Gel nails:

Who hates it when your nails chip? I know I do! Not having to reapply or start over really helps that save you 15-20 minutes a day.

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3 – Waxing:

Did you know that when you wax your legs and other parts… it takes longer for the hair to grow back? What a time saver not having to shave your legs every second day?

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La Vita Spas offer all three, plus some other amazing time saving treatments.

Don’t cut your beauty budget just yet!

If you are feeling the pinch of the festive season spending and thinking about what you can cut back on. WAIT… don’t cut this beauty essential from your list.

Did you know there are health benefits to getting a manicure and pedicure? Yes really...

Not only do they make your hands and feet look fabulous, but they keep you in top shape too!

Daily our hands and feet are exposed to dirt and germs, even though we do bathe and wash our hands, grime can build up, so it’s not such a bad idea to pamper and take care of them.

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Here is a list of health benefits:

Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells, and callous build ups. This process also gives the hands and feet a more attractive appearance.

A professional pedicure can also alert you to any potential fungal infections before it spreads. This is why regular treatments can keep your feet in tip top shape throughout the year.

Increased circulation is another benefit, the gentle massage during your treatment, results in increased blood flow. Those suffering with pain in their hands or ache in the soles of their feet can find relief.

It’s also not all about the physical, your mental health benefits too.  Getting to sit still, relax, unwind and have some ‘me’ time is so important. Relaxation helps with stress relief, which in turn contributes to a healthier you! It also works wonders for your self-esteem, when you have well-groomed hands and feed

La Vita Spas has a range of treatments to chose from, and look out from time to time for some amazing specials to help out your budget.

Memories vs Things TOP 5 Gift Ideas

I am sure that I can’t be the only one that sometimes battles with choosing the right Christmas present for those special people in your life? What do you get someone that has enough; they don’t really need another gadget, another handbag or ornament for the house. I have always found that the best gifts have been those that involve an experience.

From bungee jumping, spa days, samba classes or shark cage diving, nothing beats creating a memory that lasts a lifetime, those special moments you talk about for days afterwards.

When chatting to friends lately, the topic that keeps on coming up – is that of stress, no time and the need to really unwind. I could not think of anything better than a day at the spa!

Did you know that La Vita Spas are located in some of the most beautiful and sort out locations throughout South Africa and the UK? They are really destination spas and are an experience to themselves. When wracking my mind on what to get some of my best friends and family, my thoughts kept on going back to spa vouchers.

Giving them a gift of not only a treatment – but a gift of time, a gift of self indulgence, and something that was truly just for them.

Here is my TOP 5 ideas for your loved ones:

For your BFF

De-stress back and foot massage:

You know she has been working hard all year, from working all day to looking after the home. She really needs to put her feet up.

 

The Husband, Your Significant other

Heavenly For Him

This package includes a de-stress back and foot massage, plus a back exfoliation. He has been working so hard for his family and you, time for him to unwind and just chill.

 

The Teenager

Spa Paraffin Manicure

It’s the holidays and she wants to look glam, having a fab set of nails is a great confidence booster and the La Vita Spas are the perfect spot for that selfie.

Your Mom

Sunset Package

I don’t think I need to explain why you need to treat your mom? The Sunset package includes 3 treatments – Hotstone Full Body Massage, Super Extraction and a Venetian hands and feet massage.

 

For YOU!!

Ultimate Indulgence

Yes YOU, you need to treat yourself too! Who knows better how hard you have worked this year? The Ultimate Indulgence package includes 6 different amazing treatments. Facial, hot stone and Indian Head massage, manicure and pedicure, plus a wonderful foot massage

Makeup Tricks to help Oily Skin

Warmer days are coming, this means those of us that suffer from oily skin are going to start gleaming more! Yikes! I for one much prefer my face to have a lovely matt look, how about you?

If you wear make-up each day, it can be a struggle to keep it on. Oily skin can cause your makeup to fade and melt off easily. If you are like me and want to make sure you maintain your look throughout the day. Here are a few tips and tricks that will not only prevent shine and keep makeup from fading.

Toner

Always use a toner to wipe your face before you apply any makeup to your face. Toner helps to remove excess oil without stripping the skin of essential oils.

 

Prepare the skin

Always prep your skin before you begin your daily makeup ritual. Use a primer. Primer acts as a base and also ensures that your makeup stays on for a longer period of time.

 

Carry a face powder

Face powder helps set your foundation, combat shine and soaks up any residual oil. Don’t use powders that have a shine or shimmer as that would make your face look oily.

 

 Matte products

Choose products that are shine-free. Use a matte powder and blush that will last longer and give a matte finish.

Also don’t forget that getting a facial can help to keep your skin in good condition and remove impurities. La Vita Spas offers a wonderful soothing facial. Visit the website to find out more.

 

Do you have a Beauty Regime?

I am so excited to introduce the first of our product reviews! PLUS, an awesome hamper to be won!

Having a beauty regime is very easy and simple when you know what to do. It took me awhile to get into a routine, now it is like second nature.

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The first thing you need to do is determine what your skin needs are and which product is right for you. Once you have found the correct products your beauty regime should not take you more than 5 minutes in the morning and evening.

Being over 40 means I have different needs to when I was in my twenties. I have also learnt many lessons along the way and have taken a journey to find the right products for me, and work for my skin type.

As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatments”. I had my skin analysis done at the La Vita Spa at Magalise Park Resort and was recommended the La Vera range of anti – ageing products. La Vera incorporates four Optimal gold standard, anti – ageing ingredients: Vitamin A, Green Rooibos extract which is a unique combination scientifically proven to reverse multiple signs of ageing.

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I have 2 basic steps to my beauty regime which I do in the morning and evening,

Morning Regime

  1. I use the La Vera Cleansing Toner infused with Green Rooibos extract and   Olive oil to cleanse and tone my face.
  2. I then moisturize with the Anti – Wrinkle Day Cream with Green Rooibos extract, Olive Oil and Vitamin A

Evening Regime

  1. I use the La Vera Cleansing Toner infused with Green Rooibos extract and   Olive oil to cleanse and tone my face.
  2. I then moisturize with the Anti – Wrinkle Night Cream enriched with Vitamin A, Green Rooibos extract and Olive Oil.

This range of Anti-Ageing products can be bought at anyone of the La Vita Spas or from their online store www.lavitaspas.com .

To find out which range is right for you, visit the nearest La Vita Spa.

PLUS! We are giving away 1 La Vera product hamper to a lucky reader! All you need to do is comment on this post. Tell us your beauty regime.

Win Hamper

Terms & Conditions

  • Competition is only open to South African residents
  • Can not be redeemed for cash
  • Must leave a comment on this blog post to enter
  • Only one entry per person
  • Winner will be contacted via email.
  • Competition ends 31 May 2016

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10 Simple Steps for Smooth Flawless Complexion

Both men and woman are conscious of their skin complexion but when it comes to skin care we only focus on our face. Taking care of the face is important but we should not ignore the rest of our body because that’s the only way you can boost a healthy skin.

Let’s get started on how you can achieve that smooth and flawless complexion by following these simple and easy steps.

  1. Take a bath or shower everyday this will help to unclog your pores and give your skin a refreshing feeling.
  2. Exfoliate your skin. This helps to remove dead skin cells so that you can have smooth and healthy skin.
  3. Use a bath sponge or loofah this helps to improve blood circulation due to the rubbing action. This results in healthy and rejuvenated skin.
  4. Avoid using soap for your face and body. Soaps are acidic and can affect the PH balance of your skin resulting in a rough and dry skin.
  5. Always remember to wash your face twice a day. Wash in the morning and before you go to bed.
  6. Use a facial scrub to remove dry and dead cells.
  7. Use a facial wash when washing your face. It contains less chemical than soap.
  8. Make a habit to apply moisturizing cream every night. Try the La Vera Regenerating Anti Aging night cream fortified with Green Rooibos extract. Vitamin A and Olive Oil provides intensive moisture and supports the skins renewal process and natural balance during the night leaving an intensively rehydrated and rejuvenated skin.
  9. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to keep your skin soft and hydrated.
  10. Let your skin breathe at least once a week. Have a “no makeup” rule at least once a week.
  11. Also I highly recommend that at least every 6 weeks you have a professional facial.

 

La Vita Spas where I go regularly have 25 odd spas around the country and even some in the UK. They use a great anti ageing range and since I’m over the 40 mark I love the way I feel after one of their anti ageing facials.

Check out this amazing video on facials

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