Durbell Pharmacies stock a wide range of cosmetic and skincare products from the following Cosmetic Houses: Elizabeth Arden, Vichy, Gatineau, Payot, Decleor, Clarins, Bioderma, Uriage, Revlon, Coverderm, Essie, Fine Fragrances and many more. Our Beauty consultants are professionally trained to give you the best beauty and skincare advice, whatever your particular needs may be. Visit our stores for an ultimate Beauty Experience and enquire about our Special Promotions and Discounts.


Stretch marks are defined as dermal and epidermal ‘tearing’ as a result of your skin’s inability to accommodate rapid growth or a genetic predisposition. When it comes to stretch marks, the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ certainly rings true. One of the best ways to prevent stretch marks from forming is to moisturise the skin daily in order to hydrate and nourish the skin. Try to use moisturisers containing Vitamin E and essential moisturising oils. Also drink enough water daily so that your body can stay hydrated and eat nutritious meals, plus follow a healthy exercise routine.

How to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:

Remember, there is no product on the market that can be applied topically that will get rid of stretch marks once they have formed. However, you can use a firming lotion or tissue oil that will help replenish the skin with moisture and restore firmness and resilience to improve the appearance of stretch marks

Here are some basic tips on how to prevent stretch marks:

  • Watch your weight

People who gain or lose weight quickly are at highest risk of getting stretch marks. Try your best to maintain your weight by doing regular exercise and following a healthy eating plan.

  • Regular exfoliation

Exfoliate your skin weekly to help with the growth of new skin cells and to add a healthy glow to your body.

  • Moisturise & Hydrate

Use a moisturiser containing Vitamin E or Essential oils. This will help to keep your skin moist and hydrated which can prevent the forming of new stretchmarks. Apply moisturiser every night before going to bed.

  • Vitamin A or Retinoids

Some creams or lotions contain Vitamin A, which is known for its anti-aging properties. The use of Vitamin A can reduce the appearance of stretchmarks slowly over time.

  • Sun Care

Always protect your skin from the sun by applying sunblock when you plan to go outdoors. The sun can further damage the area where you already have stretchmarks, resulting in darkening of the skin.

  • Laser

If stretchmarks really worry you and you don’t seem to get any results, you can also opt for laser treatment. Consult your skin specialist for more info and recommendations.

We highly recommend these products to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:

  • Bio-oil
  • Busby Tissue Oil
  • Johnsons & Johnsons Pure Tissue Oil
  • Solal Collagen Plus Skin Essentials
  • Nivea Firming Q10 Body Lotion
  • Dermastine Vitamin A Emulsion

For more information on skin care and overall beauty please consult Jeanette at Durbell Tygervalley Pharmacy on 021-914-1777 or any of our Cosmetic consultants on 0861-PHARMACY.

Give yourself the perfect DIY pedicure

Whether you need a day of pampering or to soften up your callused feet, giving yourself a pedicure is so easy to do at home. Just follow our easy steps to get your feet looking fabulous all year round.

  • Remove any pre-existing nail polish with nail polish remover.
  • Fill a bowl with warm water and add a reviving foot soak or some moisturising oils which will help strengthen and whiten your nails. Soak feet for 10 minutes. If you can lay your hands on some marbles, pop them in the bowl and roll your feet back and forth over them for a blissful DIY massage!
  • Clip and file your nails. Push back the cuticles, if desired, and apply a cuticle oil.
  • Scrub callouses away with a pumice stone and buff feet when dry, not wet to really shift dead skin. Use a sturdy foot file and focus on the heels, balls of your feet and edges of your toes.
  • Massage feet briskly with a foot scrub to get rid of the last dregs of dead skin, then rinse.
  • Dry your feet. Wipe your nails down with nail polish remover.

After these easy preparation steps, you are ready to apply the base coat, nail polish and top coat.

  • Add your base coat. 
    • Use a clear nail polish as a protective base coat on all your toenails. This will prevent your nail polish from yellowing your toenails, as well as give your lacquer a solid base to stick to.
  • Apply your colour of choice. 
    • Select a nail polish colour, and paint each of your toenails. Start in the centre of the nail near the cuticle, and use long brushstrokes towards the tip of each nail to fill in the colour. Work from the centre outwards until all your nails are filled in, using a fingernail or the edge of an orange stick to wipe off any polish that might have mistakenly gotten on your skin. You may need to add two coats of polish in order to get an even and bright layer.
  • Finish your nails
    • Wait a few minutes for your polish to dry, and then add a clear top coat. This will set your polish in place, and help it to last longer without chipping. Protect your feet for 10 to 15 minutes while the polish completely dries. Test the polish with your finger to see if it is still tacky. If your nails are totally smooth to the touch and doesn’t smear under pressure, you’re finished!

We highly recommend these products for the perfect pedi at home:

  • Morgan Taylor Nail Polishes and Treatments
  • Chrisnail Nail Treatments
  • Tip Top Pedi Files
  • Eulactol Heel Balm
  • Hydra Heel Balm

For more information on feet and nail care or overall beauty please consult Riana at Durbell Palm Grove Pharmacy on 021-975 6570 or any of our Cosmetic consultants on 0861-PHARMACY.


Water is a vital factor in hydrating our skin and an ultimate source of life, but every day we lose it drop by drop. Your skin can easily feel dehydrated and sensitive through environmental factors such as dry weather, sun exposure and air conditioning.

Dehydrated skin can look and feel like dry skin, but there’s a major difference between dehydrated and dry skin. Dehydrated skin tends to come and go – it doesn’t persist. It’s also often accompanied by a more than normal or even excessive amount of oil on the skin’s surface. Despite this excess oil flowing through the pores, skin still feels tight or dry everywhere on your face and these signs are often accompanied by flaking.

If you feel your skin is dry underneath with an oily layer on top, you most likely have dehydrated skin.

Here are some great tips on how to prevent dehydrated skin:

  • Use gentle, yet effective cleansers that don’t leave skin feeling tight, dry or greasy.
  • Never use harsh scrubs and/or rough cleansing brushes. A gentle weekly scrub is advised.
  • Use replenishing toners instead of skin-stripping, alcohol- or witch hazel-based versions. Toners should give back, not take away from skin.
  • When applying targeted solutions or boosters, apply them on alternate days or every other day to judge how your skin feels. You don’t need to use specialty products like these every day to gain benefit.
  • Only use toners, boosters, serums and moisturisers that are loaded with antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients and skin-restoring ingredients. These give your skin what it desperately needs to appear young, healthy, radiant, soft and smooth.

We also suggest the following home remedies:

1. Brown sugar scrub

Exfoliation can be very helpful when your skin is dehydrated. Exfoliating can help lift dead skin cells from the skin’s surface that can prevent your skin from absorbing hydrating products. Create an easy at home scrub with brown sugar, raw organic honey and a tiny splash of lemon and lightly massage into your skin. Then wash off with your favourite cleanser to reveal a fresh surface skin layer. Now that you have sloughed away the dead skin cells from your skin’s surface, your skin will be prepped to absorb the hydrating products you apply.

2. Get hydrated from the inside and lock in moisture from the outside

A simple way to hydrate is to monitor and adjust your water intake. If your skin is dehydrated, it could be that you’re not getting enough water. Try to get more hydration by regularly drinking water, herbal teas and natural juices. Another way to get hydration is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables with the added benefit of getting antioxidants such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene or lycopene in your system. It’s also easy to lock in extra moisture onto your skin if you apply body lotion or face moisturiser while your skin is still damp. Avoid skin dehydration by not letting the water completely evaporate off your skin after cleansing — aim to apply moisturiser within a minute of stepping out of the shower or washing your face.

3. Mask

A great way to soothe and hydrate skin is to apply a mask and let its nourishing formula soak in for a few minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. You don’t need to get a fancy face mask to surge your skin with hydration – you can just look to pantry staples. A simple mix of plain Greek yoghurt with a teaspoon of honey can help nourish your skin. A ripe mashed avocado can also be hydrating. The ingredients in the masks have oils and antioxidants that can help your skin attain a healthy look and give it much needed moisture. Once you wash off the mask, follow with a hydrating facial cream and your skin should feel soft and supple.

For more information on dehydrated skin and overall beauty care, please consult Ansie at Durbell Palm Grove on 021-975-6570 or phone any of our Skin Care consultants at 0861-PHARMACY.



Luscious lips are every woman’s secret wish. Here are some simple tips to regain soft, luscious and kissable lips.

  1. Remove all the dead skin from your lips with Vaseline and a toothbrush! Apply the petroleum jelly to your lips, then brush in circular motions.
  2. If you want to go with daring lipstick in bold colours like red, keep the rest of your make-up light, especially the eyes.
  3. SPF is not just for your face, it’s for your lips too. UV rays can damage your lips just as much as your skin. Buy lip products that contain SPF for those days you’re out lapping up the sunshine.
  4. For healthy lips, make sure you diet is rich in Vitamins A, B and C. This means upping your intake of green vegetables and juicy fruits. Think salads in the summer and soups in the winter.
  5. For plumper lips, apply liner just outside your natural lip line, then dab a bit of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip and smack lips together.
  6. To choose the right shade of lipstick always opt for a lipstick shade 1 or 2 colours darker than your normal shade
  7. Lipstick will last longer if you fill in your lips with the liner first. If you’re using light lipstick, try a nude liner. Then slick your lipstick on top.
  8. Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss. Dark liner and light lips can become tacky.
  9. If you lick your lips all the time, you may notice that they dry out. Instead of keeping them moisturised, the saliva dries out and takes out the natural moisture in your lips with it. Biting your lips can damage them and make them sore.
  10. If you want to test a lipstick on your lips, but feels this is unhygienic you can test by swiping the stick on your fingertips. It’s a closer fit to your lips than the back of your hand – also make sure to always wipe the lipstick with a tissue before putting it back for somebody else to re-use.
  11. No colour lipstick is a bad colour. If you do have colours that you don’t like try to mix and match it up with existing colours to create a new colour look.
  12. Keep lipstick off your teeth by using your index finger and pop it in your mouth and pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger instead of your teeth.
  13. The ageing process make our lips thinner. Opt for a creamer lipstick to make your lips look younger and fuller.
  14. If your lipstick breaks off, simply take off the broken portion with a tissue, then slowly wave a lit match under the broken piece of lipstick. When it’s melted a bit, put it back on the base, swivel it down and put it in the fridge uncovered for 30 minutes.
  15. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help keep your skin, body and lips hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and you’ll never go thirsty.
  16. If you smoke then your lips can darken, thin and wrinkle. Smoking will age and dry out your lips quicker, so stopping.
  17. Massage your lips daily by using your fingertip and rubbing in circular motions over the lip – this will increase blood supply and helps with the regeneration process

We highly recommend these products to obtain that luscious lips look:

  • Essence lip liner, balm and lipstick
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide lipstick
  • Elizabeth Arden Beautiful colour lipstick and lip-gloss
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight hour lip protectant
  • Bioderma Photoderm spf 50 stick

For more information on lip care or overall beauty, please consult Sandra at Durbell Okavango Pharmacy on 021-9871250 or any of our cosmetic consultants on 0861-PHARMACY.

Healthy, happy and natural summer hair care tips!

Natural hair rules this summer! This season you can let it all hang out and embrace the natural look, but also remember to protect your hair from heat, sun, humidity and the harsh chemicals in water.

Here are some great tips to ensure that your hair stays and looks beautiful all summer:

  1. Wash and Go – Try not to wash your hair every day. Rather opt for natural drying than blow drying as this will dry out your hair even more. Go with the beach babe look!
  2. Cover your head – When you do decide to go out in the sun, wear a wide brim hat or scarf that can add extra UV protection. We sometimes forget that we can get burned on our scalp and that can have damaging effects to our scalp and hair.
  3. Loosen up – Put your hair up in loose, comfy styles.
  4. Avoid heavy creams and conditioners – Less is more during summer. Let your hair breathe and use conditioners less often.
  5. Reduce heat – Cut out the blow drying or flat ironing and give your hair a heat break as it will already get a lot of heat just from the sun.
  6. Spritz away – Make a hair spritzer or buy a spritzer and spray on hair to retain moisture. You can make a spritzer with water mixed with avocado oil, argan oil, placenta or even bergamot essence. Vichy’s mineral water also makes a good spritzer.
  7. Say no to swimmer’s hair – If you’re a blond who turns green after a dip in the pool, try rinsing out your wet hair with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water to get rid of discolouration and dullness. It helps to get your hair wet before entering the water because then it won’t absorb as much chlorine.
  8. Sun protection – If you know that you are going to spend a day out in the sun or at the beach, add some sunscreen to your hands and lightly run your fingers through your hair. This may leave an oily residue, but the benefits are worth it.
  9. Natural oils – Oils like coconut, olive and avocado are great conditioners which can add moisture to your hair. Do a hot oil rinse or slap on a mask every 1 to 2 weeks.
  10. Add a vitamin – Add a vitamin supplement that can help to protect and enhance the vitality of your hair.
  11. Untangle – Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush for gentle untangling of hair.
  12. Trim your locks – Get rid of split ends and trim your ends to stimulate growth.
  13. What you eat is what you are – Diet and lifestyle is very important for your body and hair to stay healthy. Don’t over indulge and up your water intake during summer. Also ensure that you get enough fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.

We highly recommend these products for healthy looking hair.

  • Jeral Argan oil hair treatment
  • Jeral Argan oil heat defence spray
  • Vichy mineral water
  • Nu-Hair placenta ampules
  • Vichy Dercos shampoo

For more information on hair care, please consult one of our Health or Cosmetic consultants at our Durbell stores or phone – 0861-PHARMACY for more info.



We all like to be outside, especially during the December holidays. Swimming, playing, doing sports or just lying on the beach – these are all fun things to do, but be careful, the sun can spoil your fun?

Sunrays always feel good on your skin, but they give you wrinkles and age spots and are the main cause of skin cancer. Too much sun can also lead to freckles, white spots and un-even pigmentation, which is normally hard to get rid of once you have it. South Africa has the 2nd highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia.

Follow these easy steps and protect yourself and your loved ones against the harmful rays of the sun.

  • Stay out of the sun between 10am and 4 pm as the UV exposure during these hours are most harmful.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy. Always opt for a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30, as well as one that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply your sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before you leave home.
  • Wear clothing to protect yourself against extreme exposure.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses which offer UV protection.
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated when you’re out in the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 60 to 80 minutes if you’re swimming or sweating.
  • Remember your umbrella or beach shelter when you go to the beach.
  • Check your skin regularly so you know what’s normal for you and will notice any changes or new growths.
  • Choose cosmetics and contact lenses that offer UV protection. You still need to use sunscreen and wear sunglasses with broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Try to avoid tanning beds – rather opt for self-tan.

What to do when you already have sunburn?

  • Place a cool compress (water or milk) on sunburned skin for quick relief.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin and help relieve the pain.
  • Use a lotion or moisturiser that contains Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise sunburnt skin. There are a couple of after sun lotions which help to soothe, heal and offer relief faster.
  • Hydrate: Drink lots of water, or even a hydration solution.
  • If the pain is severe, consider taking and anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen to help with the redness, swelling and discomfort.
  • Consult your pharmacist or doctor if the sunburn is severe and if you don’t get relief.
  • Wear loose clothing that won’t irritate the skin.
  • Be patient and don’t scratch when the skin starts to itch.

We recommend the following products to protect against sunburn and to speed up the healing process after the burn.

  • Vichy Capital Soleil Sun Block range and after-sun
  • Bioderma Photoderm Sun Block range
  • Piz Buin Sun Block range
  • Everysun Sun Block range
  • Skinny tan
  • Nivea Sun range

For more information on Sun Care, please consult any of our skincare experts or contact Ansie directly at our Durbell Palm Grove branch on (021) 975-6570.

Fake tan without the sun!

Trying to get your summer body back sooner rather than later? Cheat your way to a more toned-looking body with these easy self-tan tips.

You can also make use of bronzing powders to create a skin glow that will turn heads.

1. Preparation

It may sound like an obvious hint but trying to regularly keep your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the (fake tan) bottle. Try to follow the rules and moisturise every day when you step out the shower or before you hit the road. Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

We’re sure you’ve heard this one many times before, but we can’t stress enough just how important it is to gently scrub skin before you tan, to lift all those dead skin cells and reveal revitalised, ready-to-tan skin beneath. Applying fake tan to dry, uneven skin will simply leave you patchy and desperate to cover up, not show off those pins. Once you’re over your tan, make sure you learn how to remove fake tan properly with exfoliation too. There’s nothing worse than patchy skin.

3. Moisturise

Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturiser before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your tan enhancer. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet – basically any areas that can get dry and need extra moisture.

4. Dab Vaseline on eyebrows and hair line

A great tan tip, but one to work behind closed doors, is dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line. Tanning the face should be treated with caution and dabbing the jelly means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy tide marks appearing in these areas.

5. Wear loose, dark clothing afterwards

In an ideal world we would be able to wander around in the buff post-fake tan, but in reality it’s a quick slap of lotion on the pins before we rush out the door. The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favourites. So, be sure to throw on a jersey LBD and keep legs bare to optimise your tan potential.

6. Polish and reapply

Now your tan has developed and you’re happy with the results, the work doesn’t stop there! Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine (yes, we know, being beautiful is time-consuming!) of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturising. And if you’re starting to pale into insignificance, then do a tan top-up.

7. Add some glow

Add extra glow to your body by adding a bronzing powder to your beauty regime. Bronzing powders can be used to highlight certain parts of your body, and this time of year we all need an extra glow to lift our spirits.

Here’s a list of products that come highly recommended to help you create a beautiful bronzed self-tan look:

  • Vichy Ideal Soleil Self Tanner for face and body
  • Piz Buin Instant Glow Spray
  • Elizabeth Arden Bronzing Powder
  • Afriderm Body Scrub
  • Vichy Thermal Spa Water
  • Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream

For more information and advice, please consult any of our skincare experts or contact Riana directly at our Durbell Palm Grove branch on (021) 975-6570.



If you’re being strictly scientific, skin starts aging from age 20, when you produce about one per cent less collagen each year. Collagen is the protein mainly responsible for keeping skin tone tight and plump.

The degradation of collagen and its partner elastin (think elastic) and the reduction in the hormone oestrogen due to menopause, are the big villains that make skin thinner, drier, droopier and more fragile. This is known as ‘intrinsic ageing’ and, sadly, you can’t do much about it.

As skin becomes less elastic, it also becomes drier. Underlying fat padding begins to disappear. With loss of underlying support by fat padding and connective tissues, the skin begins to sag. It looks less supple, and wrinkles form.

Free radicals also contribute to wrinkling. Free radicals are formed during a normal aerobic process – a chemical reaction that uses oxygen and releases the energy that cells need to function — and are called unstable atoms (or molecules), because they have either lost or gained an electron during that chemical reaction. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) and other environmental factors like tobacco smoke trigger the body to produce free radicals.

While you can’t win against Mother Nature, you can put up a good fight!

Simultaneously with genetically programmed aging, the process of photo-aging may take place. Photo-aging is the effect of chronic and excessive sun exposure on the skin. Cigarette smoking also contributes to aging effects by the biochemical changes it brings about in skin tissues.

Photo-aging interacts with chronologic aging and may appear to hasten the process of chronologic aging. In fact, photo-aging may be responsible for the majority of age-associated changes in the skin’s appearance: mottled pigmentation, surface roughness, fine wrinkles that disappear when stretched, “age” or “liver” spots (lentigines) on the hands, and dilated blood vessels.

Here are some tips to help slow down the ageing process:

  • Always have a good basic skin care routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturise and be gentle around the eye area.
  • Frequently exfoliate your skin – this helps to remove dead skin cells and helps skin to stay firm and reduce wrinkles.
  • Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Q10, alpha-lipoic acid, and green/white tea prevent free radicals from damaging your skin. Free radicals are partially responsible for wrinkles, non-gravity defying eye bags, etc. Luckily, free radical fighting antioxidants come in many forms, both external and internal.
  • Sunscreen is the number one preventative topical against aging. It prevents more than fixes, but if you think about it, it’s much easier to prevent the signs of aging than it is to reverse wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or anything else that has already set in. Sunscreen protects you from the sun’s harmful UV rays and prevents even more damage (and possibly cancer) from happening to your skin.
  • Living a happy, healthy lifestyle is the absolute best thing you can do to slow down the ageing process.

Whatever cream you slap on your face or whatever lasers you zap your skin with, do not and will not add up to the powers of a living a healthy and happy life. Keep skin young and healthy with a well-balanced diet containing enough nutrients and fatty acids. Drink plenty of water, and not too much alcohol. Don’t smoke. Laugh a lot and exercise and get enough sleep. These are all good and healthy skin habits.

Here is a list of products that come highly recommended to delay the ageing process:

  • Elizabeth Arden Prevage and Ceramide range
  • Payot Perform Lift and Techni Liss range
  • Clarins Super Restorative & Extra firming range
  • Bioderma Photoderm spf 50 sunblock
  • Vichy Lift Active Serum 10 and Lift Active Dermsource Day and Night

For more information on Anti- Ageing Skin Care, please consult any of our skincare experts or contact Jeanette directly, at our Durbell Tygervalley branch on (021) 914-1777


Hair loss is a very common condition and affects most people at some time in their lives. It can be occasional or progressive. Whether it is hereditary, simply seasonal or related to hormonal variations, hair loss must be treated early.

Finding the cause of hair loss can by challenging as there are many types of different hair loss.

  • Hair loss from breakage of the hair shaft is different than hair loss due to decreased hair growth.
  • Androgenetic hair loss is seen in both men and women but is more dramatic in men.
  • Thyroid disease, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, and low vitamin levels may cause hair loss.
  • Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss produced by the autoimmune destruction of hair follicles in localised areas of skin.
  • Medications indicated for hair regrowth include minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia).
  • Prevention of hair loss includes good hair hygiene, regular shampooing and good nutrition.
  • Emotional trauma can have a negative impact on hair loss.
  • Aging, pregnancy, puberty and menopause may cause hair loss.
  • Lack of nutrition and correct vitamins and minerals.

Common causes of patchy hair loss are

  • Alopecia areata (small circular or coin size patches of scalp baldness that usually grow back within months).
  • Traction alopecia (thinning from tight braids or ponytails).
  • Trichotillomania (the habit of twisting or pulling hair out).
  • Tinea capitis (fungal infection).

Foods that contribute to Healthy Hair.

Once you have identified the dietary patterns that may be contributing to your hair loss, it is time to focus on foods that can help keep your hair strong and healthy. Make sure you are getting enough of the following healthy hair-promoting nutrients in your diet:

  • Protein. Your body needs an adequate amount of protein to keep your hair growing. While most people get enough protein, some people, especially people on very restrictive diets, may not be getting enough. Good sources of protein include meats, poultry, fish, beans, peas, tofu, eggs, nuts, seeds, milk and dairy products.
  • Iron is a mineral that your body needs for many reasons including the maintenance of healthy hair. Certain people, including babies, young children, pregnant women and menstruating women and girls, are at increased risk of becoming deficient in iron. Iron-rich foods include meats, poultry, fish, leafy greens, beans, peas, and fortified cereals and other grain products.
  • Thiamin (Vitamin B1) is a vitamin that helps your body convert food into the energy it needs. Pork, soy milk, watermelon, and acorn squash are particularly high in thiamin.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is another vitamin that is essential for the growth of healthy hair. Riboflavin is found in milk, dairy products, whole grains, enriched grain products, and liver.
  • Zinc deficiency can be a cause of diffuse, all-over-the-scalp hair loss. Good sources of zinc include poultry, oysters, red meat, beans, nuts, and fortified cereals.
  • Vitamin D. Deficiency of this vitamin, which is common in northern latitudes in the winter, may also be related to loss of scalp hair. Dietary sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish, fortified milk or margarine, and fortified cereals.

Here’s a list of products that come highly recommended to treat hair loss and help for overall healthy hair:

  • Vichy Dercos Energising shampoo
  • Vichy Neogenic redensifying shampoo
  • Vichy Dercos Aminexil pro ampules
  • Prosana hair and nail supplement
  • Vigro 3 step starter pack
  • Solgar biotin caps

For more information on hair care, please consult any of our skincare experts or Pharmacists or contact Ansie directly at our Durbell Palmgrove branch on (021) 975-6570.


Make-up can make all the difference in defining your eyes, but where does one start?

Here are some easy eye make-up tips to give you striking, gorgeous looking eyes.

And remember, don’t be afraid to experiment. Creativity is your best make-up skill.”

Here are some basic eye make-up tips to get the look:

  • Remember that the skin around your eyes is very sensitive, so always make sure you treat this area very gently.
  • Always use make-up remover to ensure that the area is clean before you apply your eyeliner and eye shadow.
  • Use a good eye cream or gel to prevent ageing around the eyes or to help with puffiness and dark circles.
  • In order to get the perfect eyeliner line, keep your eyes open and look straight into the mirror
  • Apply the eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible, so that it can blend with your natural lash line.
  • To create a smoky eye look always use a pencil eyeliner which you can smudge with your fingers.
  • Mascara should be applied from the roots of your lashes and not the tips. This will increase volume.
  • Avoid smudging by placing a piece of tissue paper under your lower lashes when applying mascara to your lower lashes.
  • Replace your mascara every 3 to 4 months.
  • Only use an eyelash curler on semi-wet eyelashes and not dry. Curling your eye lashes will make your eyes look bigger.
  • Give your lashes a couple of coats with mascara to avoid a clumpy look.
  • Always start your eyeshadow application with an eye primer or eye base, as your eyeshadow will then last longer
  • Always use good quality eye brushes, as they will last longer and blend better.
  • Don’t overdo your eye shadow during the day. Opt for a softer and natural look, but add some colour to glam up your eyes at night.
  • Apply a lighter colour eye shadow on the inner corner of the eye, as this will make the eyes look more open and brighter.
  • Conceal any blemishes or dark circles under your eyes with a concealer.

Remember to never sleep with your make-up on. Always use an eye make-up remover and cleanser to make sure you clean all your make-up before you go to bed. The best time for your skin to rejuvenate and regenerate new cells is at night, so slap on your night cream, eye cream and serum and give your face a boost while you sleep. The extreme weather conditions during winter can result in flaky, dry and dehydrated skin. Add extra moisture during winter and spoil yourself with a face mask and exfoliation once a week. Remember to never exfoliate or apply a face mask too close to the eyes, as this might cause irritation.

These products come highly recommended:

  • Vichy idealia eye cream
  • Vichy eye make-up remover
  • Elizabeth Arden eye shadows
  • Elizabeth Arden ceramide mascara
  • Clarins eye contour balm
  • Clarins eye brow pencil
  • Essence smoky eye pencil
  • Essence liquid eye liner
  • Essence eye shadow quarto
  • Makeover mascara

For more information on make-up and overall skincare, please consult any of our skincare experts, or contact Sandra at our Durbell Okavango branch on (021) 9871250