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Perfect Skin Secrets

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Here are a few factors which might be causing your problem skin:

1.  Stress

2. Hormonal Imbalance

3.  Nutritional shortcomings

4. Existing skin infections/problems

5. Improper routine/incorrect products

6. External elements like pollution and smoke


What you put in affects your skin as much as what you put on.  By taking the following supplements you can avoid the problems altogether:

Fish Liver Oil – Vit A + D (preferably Vital)

Helps to keep your skin fresh and clear. Products like Roacutane use Vitamin A to solve skin problems but at a high cost to your health. By taking a smaller healthier dose, in the form of a supplement, you can still achieve the same.  The fish liver oil also acts as a natural disinfectant so when you get some bumps or infections it will help it to clear up more quickly.  If your skin is really bad you can take three of the small ones per day till it starts clearing up.

Omega 3 + 6 + 9

Helps the skin heal and regenerate more quickly.

Ginette35 (the generic of Diane35)

For women only.  It stabilizes your hormones so zits and acne and bumps are less likely to occur. Also makes pores appear smaller.

Vitamin B Complex

Helps to fight the effects of stress and vitamin deficiency.  For fastest results Vitamin B shot can be taken – just ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.


Vichy Normaderm Exfoliating facewash – for use once bumps and zits are clear

Vichy Normaderm gel facewash – for use on affected areas (you can use the toner too but it is not a necessity

Benzac Gel – Use this at night. Will clear up zits, pimples, acne. If a reaction occurs take a piece of cotton, wet with water and use that to apply the gel.

Dalacin T Lotion – Use this every morning. It will clear up bumps and whiteheads and blackheads.

Environ Claytech Mask – Use once a week to purify skin.  It not only feeds the skin but helps to soothe it. Using a clay mask helps lift impurities and balance skin. This one is the best I’ve encountered.

Glycolic peels – Removes top layers of skin. I recommend sticking to natural fruit acid based ones.  In cases of really troubled skin you could do a series of 4, one a week, to clear the skin more quickly. I can recommend Guinot and Regim-A. The treatment removes the layers of dead skin, encourages new skin to grow and dries problem areas causing it to peel. It is also great in the treatment of some cases of scarring and pigmentation.

*A prescription may be necessary for use of Benzac, Dalicin T and Ginette35, ask your doctor or dermatologist to supply you with one.


1.  Wash your face with a facecloth. It’s great for minimising pores. Change the cloth regularly, daily if you can, so bacteria doesn’t gather.

2.  Keep a separate towel for drying you face.

3.  Only wear make-up when you have to and clean face immediately after. No matter how good the product excessive use can clog the pores. Your skin needs a chance to breathe.

4. Don’t use an abrasive exfoliator on infected areas, if you have to exfoliate only work on the areas around the infection/s otherwise you could just be spreading the problem.  When your skin is clear use a daily exfoliating wash that contains salicylic acid.

5.  Always hydrate and/or moisturise skin after exfoliating, scrubbing or removing skin cells in any way as you’ve just removed the skins natural barrier and protective layer. The more vulnerable your skin the higher protection you need from the sun otherwise pigmentation is more likely to occur. Always opt for an spf of 30 or higher.

6.  Wash your hands regularly and try not to touch or rub at or pick at the skin on your face.

7.  Keep your hair clean and, when possible, off your face.  Your hair is oilier than imagined and product you use on it may also have a reaction with your skin when in constant contact.

8.  Blot shine with tissue or blotting paper instead of powdering.

9. Don’t overwash your face, stick to twice a day.

10. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruit and green leafy veg.

Please note that you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist when trying new products, if something doesn’t work for you find something better.


Best Deals in Town (South Africa)

Shopping and doing recreational activities is fun but few of us have the funds to buy and do stuff on a daily basis.  If you use the following links you can make your money go a lot farther.  Many of these sites operate on the principle of group discounts and social buying power, bringing strangers together so they can get a discount for buying the same thing.  There are many similarities between these sites and you might find a deal you just missed on the one pop up again on another for a slightly higher or lower rate so I like keeping my eye on all of them.


The best way to enjoy and entertain yourself for your money

Every day, UbuntuDeal offers unique specials from various restaurants, beauty salons, spas, gyms, entertainment providers, shops and many more companies, at a discount of 50% to 90% off. The daily deal is on, provided that a certain amount of people buy it on the day.

The more people who buy, the more attractive the future deals they can get for you.

How it works:

  • Find your deal before it expires
  • Purchase via Payfast, EFT, bank card, ubuntudeal cash or credit card
  • Once the deal receives the recommended amount of people you receive voucher
  • Only takes place when a minimum of people buy the deal

BONUS:  You get R30 to spend with them for every friend you successfully refer after they make their first purchase.


Bringing you the freshest, the best, the most insane deals in South Africa

Dealio focusses on ‘living the high life’ products.

How it works:

  • You hear about a deal, you buy it with your credit card, via EFT, with a uKash voucher, with a PayFast voucher, or with your prepaid Dealio Cash
  • If enough people buy the deal and it goes over the minimum the deal is ON
  • Receive an email directing you to your coupon
  • You go to your My Stuff section and print your coupon
  • Redeem your voucher


Get a deal a day with YouDeal

YouDeal releases a deal a day for you to choose from, their deals are valid for longer so you have a little longer to make up your mind about a deal.

How it works:

  • You sign up and get an email daily
  • If you see a deal you like you purchase it via Credit card or an EFT transfer before the expiry date
  • Pay via credit card or EFT
  • Log into your account, access your voucher


Your Daily City Deal

CitySlicker scours your city for cool deals, exciting adventures, brilliant restaurants and luxuriously pamperlicious treatments and then puts them up for your buying pleasure. They also offer 50-90% discounts.

How it works

  • They find the best deals and email you daily
  • You select your deal and pay
  • They email you your voucher
  • You print and redeem it.

BONUS:  You get R25 to spend with them for every friend you refer who makes a purchase.


Where the deal is always on

SA Coupons sports a variety of deals to choose from.  There is no minimum amount of buyers needed in order for a deal to go through so you get your voucher immediately.

How it works:

  • Select Deal before it expires.
  • Pay with EFT or Credit Card via payfast which is a secure payment gateway.
  • Receive your coupon/coupon code which is sent directly to your inbox.
  • Redeem your coupon and enjoy your deal!


A Mob with a difference

Citymob sharing those “city insider” secret places, businesses, goods, and offers to keep you “in the know” and “on the go”

  • Sign up and receive deal offers
  • Purchase
  • Once amount of necessary buyers is reached you receive your voucher
  • Redeem voucher

BONUS:  Get R25 CityMob bucks to spend when a friend you refer makes their first purchase within 72 hours of clicking on your referral.


Discover your City for up to 90% off!

Groupon MyCityDeal

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Groupon has multiple new and diverse deals to choose from daily.They focus on helping people discover hidden gems in their city with ridiculous specials for restaurants, leisure, spa, beauty and sport.
How it works:
  • Select your deal before it expires
  • Pay via EFT or credit card
  • You receive your printable voucher via email.
  • Redeem your voucher and discover a new side to your city!
  • Only takes place when a minimum of people buy the deal.
BONUS:  You can earn R25 Groupon credit with which to buy your vouchers by recommending Groupon to friends, relatives and colleagues who haven’t heard of Groupon. If they buy the deal you referred them to within 72 hours then you receive your R25 Groupon credit.


Rethink the way you shop

Much like ebay and bidorbuy with a few differences.  You have to purchase your bids.  The deals however are amazing, you could buy a brand new laptop for only a couple of rand.

How it works:

  • When you sign up you get 4 free bids with which to bid
  • My recommendation is that you use those bids to try and buy a bid pack
  • Failing that you can buy yourself bids
  • Then you bid in the same way you do on the other sites.
  • Each bid adds a few seconds to the timer so no-one can outfox or cheat you by waiting till the last second.
  • If you win the bid you get your item for ridiculously cheap prices (for instance one person got the Dell inspiron notebook for 84 cents… need I say more)

BONUS:  You get 10 free bids each time you refer a user that ends up buying bids.

My personal favourites that I use regularly are UbuntuDeal and Groupon.  Hope you enjoy these sites as much as I do.  And remember – shop responsibly. ;-)



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