Jump back into your healthy daily skincare routine after the

Jump back into your healthy daily skincare routine after the


– Jump back into your healthy daily skincare routine after the holidays –

The minute you return home after your summer holiday your skin starts to peel, your longed-for tan begins to look worse for wear and not even the best after-sun care can cope with the fallout. The truth is that every suntan is sun damage. Add that to the dehydrating effects of daily swimming in salt and chlorinated water, the skin-tightening dry air of an airplane cabin or air-conditioning in the car after long hours of traveling, and you have yourself a ‘derma-disaster-zone’.

Now is a good time to restore your skin to its former glory.

1. Dry skin
Dry skin is quite common after a long holiday and over-indulgences. The first thing you need to do is start drinking water to hydrate your skin from within. You can also add lemon.

2. Dull skin
Yes, you can get dull skin even after the most amazing time outdoors. Hydrate your skin from within by drinking water and don’t forget to exfoliate to scrub away dull and dead skin cells.

3. Spots or acne
Drink detox water to detoxify the body and give way to clear and radiant skin. Also try green tea which is a great detoxifying agent. Steam your face to remove gunk and bacteria from pores.

4. Reduce redness and inflammation
Eat anti-inflammatory foods like walnuts, broccoli and yogurt to improve the overall appearance of your skin.

7. Restore the sparkle in your eyes
Place 2 cotton rounds with Yungskin™ Toner on your eyes which will help with under-eye bags, dark circles and dullness in your eyes. Lack of sleep is a big contributor to panda-eyes.


1. Yungskin™ Exfoliator helps remove to all dead skin cells while nourishing the skin with natural oils. The apricot seed powder contained in the product leaves you with a brighter complexion and soft, smooth refreshed skin.

2. Follow up with the Yungskin™ Purifying Mask to draw out toxins, fight holiday breakouts and achieve flawless complexion. Or repair any possible damage and rehydrate with our Yungskin™ Hydrating Face Mask.

3. Lock in moisture with Yungskin™ Even Skin Tone to care for sun damage, pigmentation, brown spots and discoloration.

4. Always apply Yungskin™ Sun Care SPF40 which has been approved by CANSA

Yungskin™ is suitable for all skin types.

Order online at www.yungskin.com; via [email protected]; from a Yungskin™ Agent near you or at selected Edgars stores. For more info and assistance please contact Zelanie via our website or e-mail us at [email protected]

Wishing you and your loved ones Happy New Year.


Enjoying the festive season, while taking care of yourself and others

Enjoying the festive season, while taking care of yourself and others

The year has almost come to an end and the holiday season is finally upon us! This is the perfect time for friends and family to come together and celebrate. Holidays are usually associated with a relaxed and pressure-free period; however, it also brings about stress to stay on top of everything amidst the hustle and bustle. A filled calendar of events often leads us to toss aside good habits, healthy diets, and our sleep patterns are often overlooked. The stress of the season can take a toll on our health as well.

The good news is that we can change the way we approach the celebrations and make sure that we are taking care of our needs during this period. The festive time is a time for giving. This year give to yourself first in order to be emotionally and physically satisfied to give to others. Brighten this holiday and everyday-life by making your health and safety a priority. Take the necessary steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy – ready to enjoy the holidays.


Eat well to avoid excessive weight gain
This is the time of year where it is easy to over-indulge. We find it easy to neglect healthy eating. Be mindful of the foods you eat and remember to think of quality over quantity. A few simple and easy tips to remember:

  • Indulge in moderation and pick only foods that give you true enjoyment
  • Limit foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar
  • Incorporate fruits and veggies into each meal you prepare
  • Avoid distracted eating when you’ll typically eat more than you think
  • Bring a snack with you while holiday shopping
  • Eat smaller meals instead of “saving yourself” for one huge buffet
  • Be careful of liquid calories, including alcoholic beverages


Stay active
Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. Make sure you move your body everyday by exercising or doing something you love. Go for walks with the family or play with your children outside. Think outside the gym and always look for new ways to get active. There are plenty of options to be active without necessarily going to the gym.


Stay hydrated and alcohol in moderation
Everyone knows the importance of hydration. Drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated – your skin and metabolism will thank you. It is also important to remember that caffeine and alcohol dehydrates the body and excessive consumption may have unhealthy repercussions. The merriment of the December holidays could make you overindulge in alcohol. Be aware of your alcohol consumption and keep your safety as well as the safety of others in mind by not drinking and driving. Remember that your health and safety should be your priority this period, not just about having a good time.

Travel safely
Whether you are going down the block or halfway across the world, follow extra precautions. Adults should always use their seat belts and children should use a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. When travelling long distances, give yourself plenty of time in the additional holiday traffic and stop to rest when you get tired. Also remember to pack and track all your medication needed when away for long periods and know how to contact your doctor when you are away and encounter a medical problem. Have a first-aid kit ready in case of an emergency and make sure you know where the closest ER is at your holiday destination.

Holidays can be a stressful time. You may still be working and feel the stress of managing your work duties along with additional commitments to your friends and family. You may feel the financial stress of gifts and the interpersonal stress of conflicts. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. This may involve committing to fewer get-togethers or setting a tighter budget. Make a mind shift by prioritizing yourself and stressing less. Don’t feel guilty; you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others. One of the best ways to manage stress is to find support by connecting socially.

Get enough sleep
Between long flights and a desire to enjoy every moment of fun, the amount of rest and sleep you get can easily become a vacation casualty. These sleepless nights can cause several health and beauty related problems. No-one is a fan of puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles. If possible, grab a catnap in the afternoons, maybe following time spent at the pool or beach side. It’s a great way to unwind and get some much-needed rest.

Maintain proper hygiene
We get in touch of so many things that contain many unseen and harmful substances including bacteria. Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate promptly.

Help others
Take an active role to support those in need. Invite those colleagues or friends who are alone over the holidays to spend them with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate.

Take care of your social health
There’s a thing as social health, which is closely connected with mental health. Your social health encompasses your ability to form and maintain real interpersonal relationships with others. Reconnect with old friends, go on a date, meet with your family and try to get some new acquaintances. Take the time to do the things that make you happy.


Prepare your personal beauty-bag
Every time you go on holiday, make a list of essential beauty products that you will require for your trip. It is always good to have your beauty essentials with you while going out for a long vacation. Here are five holiday skincare tips to avoid skincare neglect:

  • Cleanse your skin daily to minimise the effects of more exposure to outdoor elements like dust, pollution and other harmful elements
  • Tone and moisturise daily to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated
  • Exfoliate to unclog pores and protect your necessary glow
  • Sunscreen is a good solution for all sun-related skin problems. Always apply a quality sunscreen on your face and body when out and about
  • Don’t touch your face too often as it spreads bacteria and other harmful substances from your hands to your face and cause irritation

Easy summer makeup tips and tricks
When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to spend time doing is applying and fixing your makeup. The key to easy, yet gorgeous makeup while traveling is to remember that less is more. Pack only the essentials and let your skin’s healthy glow shine through while on vacation. It might be all the makeup you need! Here are some tips on how to minimise make-up and still look good:

  •  Lip balm instead of lipstick will keep your lips moisturized and will not cause your lips to dry out and crack
  • Waterproof makeup products are a life saver when your skin is more prone to sweating while being on holiday or when you are spending time in the pool or ocean
  • Concealer effectively fade blemishes and can minimize the appearance of darker areas, fine lines and even dark circles under your eyes
  • Translucent powder can provide a flawless look but be careful as it can make your skin drier during a flight. Rather wear it while going to party and other occasions. It is part of minimal make up that can enhance your over all look
  • A cure for dark under-eye circles is to go for minimal eye makeup, avoid rubbing your eyes and getting enough sleep

We hope the above information and the skincare tips are helpful to you during this busy time of year, and that you’re able to stay healthy while enjoying time with friends and family. Wishing you and your loved ones Happy Holidays!

Oh no!  Acne!?

Oh no!  Acne!?


{And ways to treat it}

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that mostly occurs during teenage years but can continue into adulthood. Did you know that acne is the eighth most common skin disease worldwide? There is also a remarkable increase in adult acne over the past two decades. This can be linked to increased stress levels, poor lifestyle and environmental factors, especially in females. Studies have found that 85 percent of females and 15 percent of males have adult acne.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acne is caused by too much Heat and Damp in the body. Heat cause inflammation, hyperactivity and overstimulation while Dampness irritates excessive water that is lodged between the tissues of the body causing overgrowth of bacteria, fungus and viruses. Acne is also considered as a Yang condition.

Depending on where you experience your acne, indicates which meridians are imbalanced:
Forehead: bladder and intestines
Temples and ears: kidneys
Between eyebrows: liver and stomach
Nose: heart
Under-eye area: kidneys
Upper cheeks: stomach
Lower cheeks: lungs and liver
Nasolabial folds: large intestine
Upper lip: hormones, heart, and spleen
Chin: bladder, hormones, kidney, and stomach
Jawline: stomach

Both adult acne and teen acne are caused by one or more of the following conditions:

  • Hormones – Fluctuating or excessive male or female hormones can lead to acne because of changes they create in the entire body and the environment of the skin. This can lead to a pH imbalance, inflammation, differences in circulation, or excessive production of oil (sebum). Hormonal fluctuations occur in the process of aging, and for females, during menstruation, pregnancy, the postpartum period and breastfeeding. Hormonal acne usually appears as deep and cyst-like and is often tender or painful.
  • Contact irritation – Anything that irritates the skin can lower the skin’s defenses and cause a protective reaction that leads to inflammation. This may include harsh cleansers or razors used against dry skin.
  • Emotional stress – Stress creates biological changes in the body that can lead to many of the other triggers of acne. Feeling scared, anxious, or pressured, your adrenal glands make more of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes an imbalance in the skin.
  • Physical stress – Physical stress can also trigger hormonal changes, weakened immunity, and inflammation. Physical stress can arise from extreme weather, lack of sleep, illness, dehydration and exposure to environmental irritants. Research shows that people who have allergies and migraines, and those who smoke, are also more likely to have adult acne. Air pollution may also be contributing to the rise in acne.
  • Clogged pores – Excess oil can clog pores, and a rapid turnover of skin cells can lead to backed up hair follicles. In both cases, the result is usually acne.
  • Bacteria – Bacteria called Propionibacterium acne causes acne when it’s present in the skin, especially if it manages to build up. Most people don’t get acne because of poor hygiene, however. The bacteria accumulate underneath the skin and can’t always be reached through surface cleansing.
  • Foods – Having a diet high in Yang-type of food can increase inflammation in the body and irritate the skin leading to breakouts and acne.
  • Medications – Certain medications have been found to trigger acne, including certain corticosteroids, antidepressants, and epilepsy treatments.

Acne can be divided into 6 different categories:

  1. Whiteheads – This is the build-up of dead skin cells and sebum that sits on top of the skin in one tiny, white package. Medically, a whitehead is called a closed comedo. Commonly found on oilier skin types. They can easily be combated with regular exfoliation and thorough cleansing of the skin.
  2. Blackheads – Blackheads are “plugs” formed by sebum, skin cell build-up, and bacteria. The comedo is open and the oil has oxidized, making it a darker color. You can treat blackheads with regular, thorough cleansing and exfoliation and purifying masks.
  3. Papules – this is technically any small, raised bump on the skin. It’s often part of a grouping of other papules that form a rash. It is red in color and swollen with inflammation. Papules are more painful than whiteheads or blackheads, but not as bad as nodules or cysts.
  4. Pustules – This is your normal pimple that has come to a head, forming a white, pus-filled bubble on top.
  5. Cysts – Cysts are much worse than regular pimples. They lie deep within the skin, are often caused by hormones, and occur when the pores become blocked and lead to infection.
  6. Nodules – Like cysts, nodular pimples are one of the most severe forms of acne. They’re slightly different in that they are not filled with pus like cystic pimples are. Instead, they form a hard bump deep within the skin and feel painful at the surface.

Acne can be treated successfully by implementing the following 5 steps:

Step ①
Invest in a all natural skincare range – like Yungskin 😊 Harsh acne treatments will strip the skin of its natural sebum, stimulating the brain to produce more oil that can blog the pores. Yungskin is non-skin type specific, meaning that it can be used on all skin types. Yungskin uses pure ingredients such as grapefruit that is anti-bacterial to help clear up acne skin. Getting a professional facial on a regular basis is highly recommended!

Step ②
Have a diet high in Yin-type foods. This includes foods like bananas, beans, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mango, mushrooms, pears, peas, pumpkin, seaweed, spirulina, green tea, tomatoes and watermelon. Avoid greasy, spicy foods!

Step ③
Exercise regularly. Nothing too taxing on the body. Yin type of exercise like yoga, pilates, walking and tai chi.

Step ④
Acupuncture is a fabulous way to create equilibrium in the meridians that are out of balance. It also targets most of the causes of acne such as stress, hormonal imbalance and it helps to eliminate any heat and dampness in the body

Step ⑤
There are various Chinese herbs that has a cooling effect on the body and target the rout cause of acne. Speak to your Acupuncturist to get the best formula for your needs.

For more information on how Yungskin and acupuncture can help you heal your acne, contact our Yungskin Skincare Specialist, Anzelle at [email protected]

Defeat Dryness this Winter with Yungskin

Defeat Dryness this Winter with Yungskin

Winter finally arrived in South Africa with a bang and the best place to be is cuddled up before the fireplace, woolly socks and a cup of hot cocoa! But with Winter expect an onslaught on your skin that will make you wish you took a trip to the tropics! Brace yourself for dryness, itchiness, sensitivity and seriously dehydrated skin.

Besides soothing your skin with a top-notch skincare routine, here are some other tips to make sure your skin stays radiant with a healthy glow:

Control the temperature
If you are already suffering from skin sensitivity, rosacea, eczema or any other form of inflammation of the skin, change in temperature can aggravate the conditions. Even though cuddling up in front of the fireplace might be nice, your skin might not feel the same. Best is to keep your home temperature to a low or moderate temperature to avoid extra dryness in the air.

The dryer the air, the dryer your skin. If you are living in an area where the weather is cold, crisp and dry, it is advisable to make use of a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the air.

Change your diet
Increase your intake of healthy fatty foods such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and oily fish. Also, a glass of red wine sounds like a great way to warm up, try to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine. Drink plenty of water.

Yungskin has an arsenal of dryness-fighting products to lock in moisture, keep the skin hydrated and ensure a healthy Winter’s glow.

Yungskin top Winter tricks to combat dry skin:

• Yungskin Exfoliator – you can apply the best creams in the world to dry skin, but dry skin will stay dry without regular gentle exfoliation. The Yungskin Exfoliator is a mild facial scrub that contains a natural exfoliant (Apricot Seed Power), combined with natural oils, to moisturise skin and eliminate dead cells, brightening the complexion and leaving the skin fresh and healthy looking.
• Yungskin Tissue Oil – Now this is a bathroom cabinet “must have”! Use it on your face, use it on your body, but just use it! The Yungskin Tissue Oil contains neroli oil with deeply restorative properties to improve skin softness, moisture levels and skin elasticity. It can be used to treat stretch marks, scars, dehydrated and uneven skin tone.
• Yungskin Night Cream – during Winter you need a more full-body moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. The Yungskin Night Cream is a rich-bodies cream, containing the finest natural essential oils, moisturizing actives and collagen-building properties. The Yungskin Night Cream is designed to regenerate the skin with its natural anti-oxidising and skin brightening properties. This cream deeply hydrates the skin to combat dryness and to lock in moisture.
• Yungskin Hydrating Face Mask – a deeply nourishing and moisturising face mask that will ensure a smooth complexion and reduce pore size, whilst lifting out fine lines and wrinkles and increasing firmness and elasticity. The mask will leave your skin hydrated and supple whilst combating inflammation.

For more information on how Yungskin can transform your skin, contact our Skincare Specialist, Anzelle, on [email protected]

Gracious Greens Recipe: By Nathalie Larsen

Gracious Greens Recipe: By Nathalie Larsen

Gracious Greens
{By Nathalie Larsen} 

This Gracious Greens salad contains A,B,C,D,E,K plant vitamins that nourishes both inside and out. A complete blend of stimulating anti-inflammatory spices, plant proteins, fiber, healthy fats and immune boosting vitamins.

What you’ll need to fill your bowl:

Sprouts – I chose sunflowers

Raw grated vegetables spirals – I chose zucchini ( you can add carrot & beet )

Broccoli/Asparagus/ Green beans or Peas – lightly steamed

1 cup of cooked gluten free grain – Quinoa/ Millet/ Buckwheat noodles etc – this is totally optional of course 😉

Freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 large or two small Chopped Spring onion ( greens and whites )

Handful of fresh chopped Basil

Crunchy omega Seed sprinkle

Blistered tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes ( your choice )

2 tbsp of Avocado Turmeric dressing, plus extra for the top!

How you’ll do it 🙂

Place your veggie noodles of choice in a bowl along with your grain ( if using ) season with a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper, add some avocado dressing and chopped basil and spring onion. Mix well.

Place into bowl or a plate, garnish with sprouts, blistered tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes and green veg of choice. Then dress it all with a little extra creamy dreamy avo sauce and top with your crunchy toasted seed sprinkle.

Spiced Avo dressing:  (makes a nice cold soup too!)

  • 1 Ripe, Creamy Avocado
  • ¼ Cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 Cup of mixed chopped Coriander & Dill
  • Optional spices ( ½ tsp ground cumin & ½ tsp turmeric )
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tsp raw honey or coconut nectar
  • ½ Clove garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp good quality sea salt – add more or less to your preference
  • Cracked black pepper


  1. Place the avocado in a food processor or blender with all the ingredients and blend till smooth. Add more water if needed and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Stores in the fridge for a day or two – makes enough for a few salads.

Omega seed mix:

1 Cup  pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight in water

1 Cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight in water

½ Cup sesame seeds

¼ Cup hemp seeds or chia seeds

2 tbsp of tamari

¼ Cup nutritional yeast ( optional for a cheezy tang and B12 vitamin boost )

Extra salt if needed

Pinch of cayenne


  • Drain your seeds, place them on a baking tray except your hemp seeds and roast at 180 for a few minutes until they turn slightly golden.
  • Shake the pan every now and again to ensure even roasting.
  • Once they start to pop and sizzle, remove from the oven and add tamari and cayenne.
  • Taste it and add extra tamari or cayenne if needed.
  • Mix to coat well and place back in the oven to seal in the flavour for a few minutes – not too long as they will burn. Remove form the oven, allow them to cool completely.
  • At this sage you have the option to pop them into a blender and pulse them for a quick whizz to grind them into a sprinkle – take care not to grind them too fine. Remove, add hemp seeds and nutritional yeast if using and and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

How to Blistered tomatoes

  • Heat a pan over moderate heat, once hot add tomatoes and let sit for 2 minutes or so to blister.
  • Give them a quick stir,  Add a splash of olive oil, a splash of apple cider vinegar, salt and cracked black pepper, stir again and remove from the heat.

Photo Credit {Adrian Shields} 

Nutritional fun facts of this salad:

YES! There is protein in avocado! And broccoli and sprouts! In fact there are traces of protein in most vegetables 🙂

Applying heat to tomatoes activates their Antioxidant properties.

Fresh herbs like coriander and basil bind to heavy metals in our body removing toxins from our body.

Spices are like magic dust, activating  digestive fire in our body.

Healthy fats, like seeds, nuts and avocado, act as a vehicle to transport nutrients through the blood, keep you sustained for long periods, lubricate your cells keeping them healthy and your skin glowing. 

Tubers – like Spring onions, garlic and turmeric are powerful natural anti biotics

The simple act of soaking seeds in clean water with a pinch of mineral salt for about 6-8 hours, then rinsed and dried, makes them more digestible by breaking down their anti nutrients which are present in their raw exterior.

Balance of raw and cooked food is better than one or the other. Cooking certain foods releases nutrients which otherwise would be hard to digest in their raw state but on the flip side, certain raw foods are better and fueled with sunshine minerals that would normally be destroyed by heat.

Spend a little time to do the research and find the balance that works for you.