How does the cocoa mask benefit your skin in this facial?

The Hydro Cocoa Facial is an intensive moisturising treatment that combines SOFT LASER® with a rejuvenating cocoa mask to provide long-lasting hydration, restore moisture and suppleness, especially to dry, sensitive and dehydrated skin.

  • Cocoa contains high levels of anti-oxidants that protect your skin against free radical damage. It has anti-ageing properties, and assists in cellular healing to help protect and repair your skin.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties in cocoa assist in soothing sensitive skin.
  • Cocoa is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B, and D, which are all highly beneficial for the overall wellbeing and health of your skin.
  • Cocoa contains high levels of the zinc, which helps fight against bacteria that can cause skin breakouts.
  • Cocoa contains fatty acids, which naturally moisturise the skin, leaving it soft and supple.

The Placecol Hydro Cocoa Facial takes advantage of the wonderful properties of chocolate combined with the benefits of a facial treatment to leave your skin hydrated and supple, making it the ideal facial for you this winter. Hydro Cocoa Facial Available at selected Placecol, Dream Nails Beauty, and Perfect 10 salons nationwide. Price R425.

The facial includes the following steps:

  • Double cleansing.
  • Enzyme exfoliation.
  • SOFT LASER® (a mechanical device) which stimulates the biological processes of the skin, resulting in a radiant and glowing complexion.
  • Application of a bespoke chocolate alginate mask.
  • Relaxing neck and decollate massage.
  • Moisturiser is applied to nourish and lock in moisture.
  • A protective SPF layer is applied as a final step.

Placecol Clean Start Facial Milk 150ml – R295

Soothing and Hydrating Cleansing Milk. Cleanse your skin like a salon professional with this soothing cleansing milk that gently but effectively removes waste and skin impurities on a cellular level, while preserving moisture to leave your skin feeling clean and comfortable. Soothing and hydrating cleanser with lactic acid from real milk.

Placecol Barrier Protect Day 50ml – R420

A deeply nourishing day moisturizer specifically formulated to assist with improving skin barrier function. An ideal moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin, making the skin stronger and more resilient. Regular use will assist with improving skin texture, resulting in comfortable, hydrated skin.

Placecol Gentle Exfoliating Treatment 30ml – R360

Safe and Gentle AHA Exfoliant. A concentrated exfoliating serum that contains safe glycolic AHA acids to gently but effectively remove dull, dry, and dead skin cells. AHA acids promote improved cellular activity and as the skin regenerates, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, leaving the skin rejuvenated and glowing.

Glycolic acid gently exfoliates your skin, combining its anti-aging benefits with Pentavitin to improve cellular activity and as the skin regenerates, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, leaving the skin rejuvenated and glowing. The addition of Niacinamide acts as a potent antioxidant and helps reduce the signs of pigmentation, assists in evening out skin tone.

Placecol Optimum Hydro Mask 50ml – R310

Hydrating, Soothing Mask for Dry, Stressed Skin. A deeply hydrating mask that replenishes essential skin moisture, with healing Aloe Vera to soothe and hydrate. It also has a calming effect on irritated skin. Skin feels more soft and supple with regular use. This deeply hydrating mask has the added benefit in that it can be left overnight to replenish the skin as a booster, twice a week. It is also lovely to apply after sun exposure to rehydrate and soothe the skin. Aqua Cacteen not only protects and hydrates the skin but has a potent anti-aging effect.

Illuminé Reviving Oil 15ml – R450

A luxurious oil treatment packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to dramatically improve skin moisture levels while restoring skin resilience. Regular use will soften and soothe the skin, sealing in moisture and reviving the skin’s youthful glow. Contains a blend of Jojoba oil, Argan Oil, and Sweet almond oil, which penetrate deeply without leaving a greasy film on the skin. This oil blend contains essential fatty acids which nourish and repair the skin’s barrier.

Placecol Vitamin E Silk 15ml – R390

Silky, Light, Vitamin E Serum for Skin Luminosity. This luxuriously rich yet remarkably light serum contains high levels of Vitamin E to lock in moisture and protect the skin. It deeply nourishes the skin to improve its overall condition, restoring vitality, radiance, and a youthful complexion. It acts like a glove to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration, making it an ideal makeup primer and providing a smooth glide for make-up application.

Illuminé Cream Cleanser 100ml – R390

A creamy skin cleanser that gently removes waste and skin impurities on a cellular level, whilst preserving moisture to leave skin smooth and comfortable. Contains lactic acid and Allantoin that condition and feed the skin whilst cleansing, leaving the skin soft and supple.

Illuminé Firming Day 50ml – R640

A firming and hydrating day moisturizer enriched with a special blend of active ingredients that protect the skin from damage caused by dehydration while stimulating collagen synthesis. Daily use will assist in firming the skin and restoring elasticity resulting in a more youthful appearance with a radiant healthy glow. Contains the unique ingredient ‘Myramaze’ (the resurrection plant) to improve the skin’s texture by strengthening the cells and revitalizing the skin. In addition, Pentavitin stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis, whilst Luminescine increases the skin’s brightness and radiance. The Impirata Cylindrica root provides long-lasting moisture for glowing, radiant skin.

Pamper yourself with restoring nail care and a burst of fresh lemon scent when you reach for this cuticle cream. Made to nourish dry, brittle nails as it moisturizes and soften cuticles. Gently massage cream into cuticles after washing hands and as needed.

  • Moisturizes and softens cuticles with Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter
  • Nourishes brittle nails with Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil
  • Refreshing lemon scent
  • 100% natural

Key Ingredients:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Beeswax

No Sulfates, No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Petrochemicals

Burt’s Bees® Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is available through Takealot and DisChem. Burt’s Bees® Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is Priced from R 125.

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Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing. 

Treating the skin of the eyes is crucial, especially when it comes to preventing, and reducing signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and puffiness. The advanced formulation of the Classic Eye Effect is specifically developed for the eye area, where the skin is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face.With the addition of the Smart Skin Technology there’s an enhanced focus on the skin’s integrity, radiance, collagen stimulation and structural support providing a technologically advanced multi-targeted treatment approach. A visible improvement in expression lines, wrinkles and hydration is delivered by the Ultra Filling Spheres™ while the Acetyl Hexapeptide-30 + Arginine focus on superior synthesis of collagen and elastin to prevent and improve expression lines. Skin radiance and exceptional anti-aging innovation is delivered by the incorporation of Bakuchiol to gently yet effectively target the firmness and elasticity of the skin. This luxurious cream formulation is suitable for all skin types and conditions and should be used morning and evening for superior results.

Size: 15 ml
Retail Price: R930 Incl. VAT
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  1. Why use a separate eye product?
    It is important to use a specifically formulated eye product around the eye area because the skin around the eye area is a lot more sensitive & much thinner compared to the skin around the rest of the face.
  2. What causes dark circles and puffiness?
    Dark Circles and Puffiness around the eye area can be a result of poor lifestyle, lack of sleep and stress. But going a little deeper into what actually causes the appearance of dark circles could be a number of factors, one being genetics, two being an iron deficiency or vitamin & mineral deficiency which can contribute to the appearance of dark circles. Puffiness on the other hand is caused by poor sluggish circulation and a build-up of fluid retention due to poor lymphatic drainage in the facial region.
  3. What is the best way to apply an eye product?
    The best way to apply an eye product is to perform a lymphatic drainage massage on yourself around the eye area. We have 2 lymph nodes on the face – one in front and the other behind our ears. Always using your ring finger (because this is the finger with the lightest touch) apply a small amount of product using tap-tap-tap techniques underneath the eye area where the puffiness is as well as above the brow area – followed by light drainage movements towards the lymph node and repeat several times.
  4. Which active ingredients to look for in an eye product?
    Hyaluronic Acid – Aids in plumping & hydrating the skin in the eye area
    Peptides – focus on stimulating collagen and elastin production in the dermis building the health and strength of the skin
    Bakuchiol – Stimulates the same gene expressions as retinol, boosts collagen, regulates extra cellular matrix and dermal-epidermal junction, improves wrinkles, firmness and elasticity
    Ultra-Filling Spheres™ – Aids in absorption of water that evaporates from the dermis focusing on tightening the skin, smoothing out wrinkles and leaving an elastic skin surface with long lasting hydration.

Active Eyesigns Active Gel

  • Light gel formulation
    Targets three major visual aspects of aging around the eye area
  • pH 5.5 maintains barrier function
  • Improves the appearance of dark circles around the eyes
  • Decreases puffiness around the eyes
  • Assists Collagen and Elastin production Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night

Classic Eye Effect

  • Luxurious cream formulation
  • Our multi-targeted complete eye cream provides anti-aging, instant firming, revives dull skin, and improves skin elasticity.
  • Delivers visible skin radiance and illuminates skin around the eye-area
  • Instantly tightens and smoothes skin
  • Fights the visible effects of gravity
  • Hydrates and moisturizes the eye-area
  • Minimizes fine dehydration lines
  • Promotes anti-aging
  • Stimulates elastin synthesis for a firmer skin
  • Provides long-term structural support plus has the benefit of an instant firming effect Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night


  • A powerful gel that nourishes and rejuvenates the eye-area.
  • This gel targets hydration levels, collagen formation and organization, dark circles and fluid retention, as well as epidermal regeneration and  thickness.
  • An ideal product to use after dermal fillers and therapies targeting aging around the eye. Apply under your serum and moisturizer morning and night

Gently exfoliate and intensely moisturise dry, hard-working hands with this all-in-one cream. The nourishing, quick-absorbing formula is clinically shown to provide all-day moisturisation to even the driest hands—leaving them amazingly soft and smooth.

Key Claims:

  • Clinically shown to provide all-day moisturisation for extremely dry skin
  • Comforts skin with help from Baobab Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil and Green Tea Extract
  • Dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free
  • 98.9% Natural

Key Ingredient:

Baobab Oil Harvested from its fruit seeds, this oil has been used for centuries in Africa to guard against the harsh climate.

Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing. 

Burt’s Bees® Ultimate Care Hand Cream

Burt’s Bees® Ultimate Care Hand Cream is available through Takealot and DisChem.
Burt’s Bees® Ultimate Care Hand Cream is priced from R 215.

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Burt’s Bees believe in healthy and beautiful skin through the power of nature. They strive for 100% natural origin with each product, formulate without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, SLS and many more chemicals of concern.

Nature is a remedy – celebrate Earth Day (22 April 2021) by connecting with nature however you can.

Kick up your heels.

Give hard-working feet a refreshing dose of moisture with this Peppermint-infused foot lotion.

The cool sensation will revive tired feet while Glycerin and Coconut Oil soften rough calluses to leave your feet smooth and ready for the next adventure.

99% natural.

Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion, priced from R 200, is available through Takealot and DisChem.

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It was a wild idea at the time. A beekeeper and an artist left city life to live closer to nature in the wilds of Maine, USA. And through a serendipitous meeting, and a little leftover beeswax, Burt’s Bees® was born. It was all based on the belief that nature has the best answers. And that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Who loves the smell of freshly cut mango? I do – and apparently enough so that I would carry a Burt’s Bees Mango Moisturising Lip Balm in my handbag 😀 The minute my mask comes off, my lips get hydrated. The key ingredients in this lip balm are mango butter and coconut oil. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing.

I’ve had Burt’s Bees lip balms and shimmers since they’ve landed in sunny SA. I love that it is a natural product range and has an endearing origination story of a beekeeper and artist that left big city life to live closer to nature and through a serendipitous meeting, and a little leftover beeswax… they gave us this 😀😘

@burtsbeesza products are available from Dischem and Takealot.

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Where care meets colour. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balms offer a hint of colour that cares for your lips! These lip balms provide modern and wearable sheer coverage with a delicate pear flavour in a variety of pretty hues. Moisture-rich ingredients, such as Shea Butter and Vitamin E, helps reveal smooth, healthy-looking lips.  Choose from six floral-inspired shades:

Key Ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Shea Butter

Key Claims

  • Sheer coverage leaves a hint of tint
  • Provides 8-hour moisturisation
  • Cares for lips with naturally hydrating ingredients
  • 100% Natural
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, priced from R 99, is available through Takealot and DisChem.

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Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing.

(press release) At optiphi® we believe in a holistic approach to good health by increasing one’s perception of intrinsic contributing factors. Intrinsic analysis of your DNA and systems provides a roadmap on how to design your diet, supplement, lifestyle and exercise regimes. DNA analysis takes the guesswork out of what is optimal for you personally. All of these factors are tightly linked, and all need to be considered when looking at improving your overall health.

Your unique genetic results allow for actionable interventions to:

  • Improve your skin care regime
  • Decode a healthy lifestyle just for you
  • Tailor make your unique nutritional therapy
  • Support your hormone metabolism
  • Create awareness to the potential risks associated with Breast, Ovarian and Prostate Cancer

The optiphi® Helix DNA tests include:

optiphi® Helix Skin Report

Identifies unique genetic markers which indicates your genetic predisposition to certain skin characteristics. These polymorphisms may affect the expression or function of certain genes making you more susceptible to certain skin conditions or characteristics.

Six skin categories investigated;

  • Wrinkles, volume loss and glycation
  • Dermal sensitivity and detoxification
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Oxidative stress
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Pigmentation and sun sensitivity

optiphi® Helix Diet Report

Identifies unique genetic markers which indicate your genetic predisposition to the metabolism of certain macro- and micronutrients. It also identifies any possible food sensitivities that you may have.

Five main categories considered ;

  • Metabolism and fat sensitivity
  • Carbohydrate responsiveness
  • Glucose and insulin sensitivity
  • Energy regulation and exercise response
  • Food and nutrient responses

optiphi® Helix Health Report

Identifies unique genetic markers which indicate your genetic predisposition to certain health risks.

Eight health risk categories considered:

  • Oxidative Stress
  • Detoxification
  • Insulin Sensitivity
  • Inflammation
  • Bone health          
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Methylation
  • Iron Overload and blood clotting

optiphi® Helix Breast, Ovarian or Prostate Cancer Report

The intention of this genetic test is to screen a panel of markers that is commonly associated with the development of breast cancer, and secondary to that ovarian and prostate cancer. Screening of these markers creates awareness of the potential genetic risks associated with these cancers.

The optiphi® test looks at an exclusive panel of higher penetrance markers across seven genes that raises the odds in breast cancer risk significantly, according to global research. For every mutation detected, the risk increases statistically.

optiphi® has selected a smaller panel of markers in the BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, CHEK2, TP53, NBN and PALB2 genes which together contribute to an increased genetic risk.

optiphi® Helix Hormone Report

Indicate your genetic predisposition to certain risks which could affect your hormone balance. These unique markers are known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that occur in your genetic code. These variations may affect the expression or function of certain genes making you more susceptible to certain conditions or characteristics. Based on the variations detected, certain characteristics may be a high priority area for you.

Several areas affecting hormone metabolism and balance are considered, namely;

  • Steroid hormone metabolism
  • Methylation and endocrine function
  • Xenobiotic metabolism
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease

For further information on how to book your DNA Test, visit

The low down on what happens and how to combat the effect. [Brought to you by Placecol and Skinderm]

Our skin is a living and breathing organ. In fact, it is our first line of defense against the world. Keeping our skin strong and healthy helps us to ultimately be strong and healthy too.

Our skin can’t breathe as the mask forms a barrier to free movement of air. In addition, when we exhale our breath is made up of various gases one of the highest concentrations is nitrogen gas.

Excess exposure to nitrogen leads to unhappy skin as nitrogen is an irritant and is corrosive, leading to sensitivity and skin irritation.

Sweating releases toxins onto the skin and with nowhere to go they interact with the biome creating imbalance on the skin and causing skin irritation and breakouts. That is why PH balancing our skins is more important than ever.

Breakouts have become common for many, due to unhealthy environment created on the skin. Altered PH, high toxicity and sweating are a few of the culprits.

Sensitivity for many is also evident, partly due to the basic fact that the environment under the mask is not ideal, some masks are treated with antiviral/antibacterial components which can create sensitivity.

Barrier impairment is also evident due to constant friction of the mask against the skin as well as the general change to the skin’s homeostasis.

Touching the face to adjust the mask leads to exposure to the virus and other bacteria as well as day to day dirt and impurities. People are touching their faces more and more which is completely against protocol but they are often not cognoscente of the risk and it becomes a habit we consciously have to break.

The Placecol and Skinderm Solution

  1. PH balancing the skin is more important now than ever. Our skins PH is optimum at a ph of 5.5. This is in fact acidic and is part of our skins natural defense mechanism.
    When the homeostasis of our skin is disrupted ad our ph is altered it leads to a cascade of problems on our skins as the biomes [present on our skins to protect us die off and harmful ones grow due to the change in environment. Placecol Calming Mist/ Illumine Anti-oxidant mist/Skinderm Pure Toner
  2. Effective cleansing is imperative: The way we cleanse our skin is essential. We must use a good quality cleanser that is PH balance and gentle and non-stripping. Our cleansers should be part of the skin’s recovery process. Clean start facial wash/clean start facial milk Skinderm Pure cleansing milk /Skinderm pure cleansing gel
  3. Double cleansing in the evenings is recommended
  4. Anti-oxidant power
    Placecol and Skinderm are full of powerful botanicals delivering exceptionally high levels of anti-oxidants to boost skins immunity
  5. Desensitizing serums are necessary to reduce the irritation we are all experiencing on our skins. Placecol Rescue therapy and Skinderm Calming Elixir refresh and calm the skin with anti-inflammatory and refreshing menthol as one of the key ingredients.
  6. Hydrating serums and masks replace hydration lost by revolumising the skin. Placecol Optimum hydration mask or Skinderm hydrating repair mask. Use this as a nigh-time sleep mask
  7. Clay masks help to deep clean the impurities from the pores so as to minimize breakout. Try Placecol’s 2 in one clearing clay mask which is a 2 in 1 product combining dep cleaning clay with spherical exfoliation beads or our Skinderm pure clarifying mask.
  8. Gentle exfoliation helps the skin however over exfoliation or aggressive exfoliation damages the skins barrier function and will make it more susceptible to sensitivity and breakouts. Our gentle exfoliating refiner from Placecol or Skinderm’s Glo pads are gentle exfoliators with no aggressive granules but rather harnessing the natural acids from nature.
  9. High quality masks from breathable fabrics as natural as possible with minimal synthetics as the more synthetic the more irritation and sweating.
  10. Give sufficient time when safe to do so to remove the mask and breath in oxygen rich air
  11. Make sure mask fits comfortably