Yesterday I was treated to the most amazing facial by Anel from Future this using QMS Medicosmetics. I went in looking like an ordinary mom and left feeling like a supermodel. Having amazing skin really does ramp up your self-confidence immensely and taking time out from my hectic schedule to enjoy some “me-time” was so beneficial. I highly recommend it!
A few weeks ago I was invited to a media breakfast where the invited speaker was medical doctor and founder of QMS Medicosmetics, Dr Erich Schulte. Founded in Germany over 25 years ago, this leading traumatologist, cosmetic surgeon and skincare pioneer had a vision to design a unique and super effective skincare system, primarily for his plastic surgery patients to use during recovery. QMS combines the highest quality ingredients with cutting edge techniques whilst maintaining the core belief that this is a skincare system that is for every day and for everyone.
I was fascinated to learn just how much science goes into the development of medical grade cosmetics – these are not just products one will find on the supermarket or department store shelves…
Now that I have experienced QMS for the first time I am excited to see what long-term results will be achieved. The results from this morning are amazing! Every single woman I have met who has used these products have RAVED about their results too so I’m not just saying that.
Obviously the number one skincare concern for all women, whatever their age, is to minimise ageing or to reduce the signs of ageing. It’s important to know when selecting a skin care product that there is a difference between active cosmeceutical products that can change the skin, and passive skincare products that maintain the skin.
With that in mind I thought you might find this Q&A session with Dr. med. Erich Schulte rather interesting reading…
Is there anyway we can delay the signs of ageing and turn back time through just diet and lifestyle alone?
The short answer is yes, a healthy lifestyle and diet can most definitely improve the health and quality of the skin, which then results in a delay in the signs of ageing. But you need to recognize there are limits with this method and for best results find ways to boost your skin’s health from within. Nutricosmetics are an excellent way to do this; I specifically formulated our Intravital to recondition, regenerate and protect the skin.
Always remember enjoy life in moderation and you will look younger for longer.
What are the main contributing factors to ageing that we bring on ourselves?
Our lifestyle is the main contributor to how our skin ages. Skin reacts to its external environment and our modern day living is harsh, whether dehydration from air-conditioning to pollutants in the atmosphere, all can detrimentally impact the skin. We are seeing a real growth in younger clients using QMS Medicosmetics around the world and at our central London Flagship Spa our second largest client age sector is what I like to call the ‘Facebook Generation’ i.e. around 30 to 35 who come to us as they want to be proactive in the prevention of ageing.
Genetic related factors are also a major contributor to ageing but these we are born with.
With regard to environmental factors – the sun, etc – does this affect everyone in the same way?
Actually, no, as the more pigmented your skin the less harmful are the UV rays. I do always recommend that everyone protect their skin as UV rays are everywhere and if you are in the sun always use a sun protection that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Even on a cloudy day 80% of UV rays can pass through and with water reflection you experience increases of 50%.
Do black skins age better than white skins, and if so, why?
Yes. This is because the structure of black skin is more robust and therefore more resistant to the contributing factors that lead to lines and wrinkles. But sunblock should remain paramount.
How important are oral supplements?
This is skin regeneration from within. Our diet is generally lacking in certain vital minerals and vitamins and as we age, absorption also becomes more difficult. I do recommend Intravital, as each capsule contains the necessary vitamins to recondition, regenerate and protect the natural skin structure from within. The hydrolised collagen is effectively absorbed and skin quality is improved.
What have been the biggest scientific breakthroughs in terms of anti-ageing skincare and techniques, including injections/pills/salon treatments?
Science is an absolute passion of mine and early on in my career as a surgeon I understood the importance of revolutionizing scientific techniques to improve how skincare performs
The future of skincare is not new ingredients, but rather the method of transporting the ingredients into the epidermal layer, improving the delivery system and techniques to enhance the metabolism of ingredients in both products and treatments.
My top three breakthroughs are the conditioning of natural soluble collagens to be able to penetrate the skin, Stem Cell technology and Electro Galvanic transportation (electric micro-current technology) through the skin barrier without destroying the protective functions.
Collagen is the most important protein in your skin, 65% of the body’s proteins are collagen and they are responsible for the elasticity of the skin. As a trauma and then cosmetic surgeon I researched wound healing and found collagen to be highly significant. This led me to develop a method to condition natural soluble collagens so that they can be re-absorbed into the epidermis and be applied topically to the skin thereby allowing skin regeneration.
Collagen is the best receptor of moisture but very hard to penetrate the skin unless you change the structure
Secondly my two plant stem products, Cellular Marine and Cellular Alpine, are based on revolutionary technology, which has led to a quantum leap in cosmetics. Plant stem cells are highly regenerative and often considered the fountain of youthful skin; it is their self-renewal capacity that is so valuable in anti-aging skincare and harnessing their power requires a highly complex process. Cellular Marine (Stem Cell Line Eraser) contains herbal stem cells from the tissue of the Sea Fennel, these contain all essential nutrients and ingredients to protect the skin’s stem cells. The basis of Cellular Alpine eye care is the rare Alpine Rose plant as it is ideal for the sensitive area around the eyes.
Using plant stem cells is increasingly common in the skincare sector, for the most effective and intensive anti-aging it is important to use high quality ingredients that will enhance the stimulation of new skin cells, improve the skin’s metabolism and protect against premature skin aging.
E/MC Electric Micro Current technology is driving QMS Medicosmetics next generation in rejuvenating skincare. The first product to use this revolutionary technology is Ion Skin Equaliser, which uses a specially formulated serum and a cream, which work in conjunction to generate a gentle micro current of electricity over the skin. These increases in the skin’s bioelectrical system stimulate collagen and elastin fibres while active ingredients are transferred into the inner epidermal layers through a process that accelerates the metabolism of the skin and maximizes its regenerative mechanisms during the night. Ion Skin Equaliser is unique in the skincare sector as the use of “iontophoresis” is more commonly achieved through specialized equipment. This has proved to be one of the most products in the QMS Medicosmetics collection.
Treatments that increase skin cell metabolism through the use of oxygen have to be one of the most important developments. I customized our Oxygen Energy Applicator to use 98% pure oxygen, which means you can improve this metabolism rate and enhance the effect of active ingredients used in the treatment.
What is the most effective turn-back-time and anti-ageing regime/treatment short of cosmetic surgery?
Tissue augmentation with the help of skin fillers will have an immediate impact on the appearance of fine and wrinkles. For a long-term transformation getting a regime in place is key, an optimum skincare regeneration system would be to commence a collagen replacement therapy. Collagen is critical for the moisturizing process; it is the protein that keeps skin’s tone, youth and elasticity. Skin’s production of collagen decreases as skin ages leading to a loss of moisture and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With QMS Medicosmetics you can help reverse the appearance of ageing by addressing the underlying cause – loss of collagen.
What is the optimum age to start an anti-ageing regime and what can we realistically expect to achieve?
From thirty is a good age to start as from 25 our collagen production starts to decrease and if you get into a good regime by 30 then you can take around five years off your age. If you start young you can definitely stay young.
Preparing the skin with the right cleanser and toner is vitally important for your moisturiser to work
Are women more prone to skin problems than men? If so, why?
It’s all hormonally related. Men hit a problem at puberty. They might get the odd spot or full-blown acne, but then it gradually passes (in general). Women are different due to the complexity of their hormonal system, so they might be prone to problems at different stages of their lives.
Are more men taking on anti-ageing regimes? What treatments are there for them, or specific things they should be doing?
Simple answer is yes, men, and particularly younger men, are taking on more anti-ageing regimes. With QMS Medicosmetics I actually designed the collection to be able to work for men and women of every age as essentially skin shares the same structure. However what we do with our skin creates a differentiation in how we should treat it.
For men keeping skin deeply cleansed, exfoliated and moisturized are the basic regimen but I would always recommend men also to take our Intravital supplements as just two capsules a day will help protect skin from damage as well as stimulate regeneration. Treatments to boost circulation such as oxygen facials not only help maintain a healthy appearance but also target any specific issues. QMS Medicosmetics has a strong following in men and we are creating a highlighted capsule collection, men love the science side and our plant stem cell inspired Cellular Duo are probably the bestsellers with our male clientele.
Having now learnt all about the amazing properties of QMS Medicosmetics I’m sure you are dying to try them too! You’ll be pleased to know that QMS Medicosmetics have just released a Limited Edition ‘Good To Go’ Set This would be the perfect opportunity to try out this unique skincare system for yourself. A skincare system that is regarded as one of the most effective in the industry, one in which the science of skincare is combined with high quality ingredients.
The limited edition collection will appeal to people with busy schedules, as it combines high performance products for face and body offering an ideal balance of hydration, nourishment and body contouring.
Four best selling products have been chosen to feature in the set namely:
1. For the face, the intensely hydrating Hydro Foam Mask restores the moisture balance and reveals smooth, radiant skin. (75ml)
2. The lightly tinted day cream Sport Active Cream gives a naturally fresh and healthy look, rivaling the best BB creams on the market today. (15ml)
3. The innovative Lift-O-Firm Body provides highly effective lifting and firming in problem areas such as legs, stomach, upper arms and breast area. (35ml)
4. Our hands so often neglected and will benefit from the anti-aging protection of Hand Care, an intensely moisturizing and protective treatment without sticky residue. It’s QMS founder Dr Erich Schulte’s favourite product! (40ml)
Our hands are the first part of the body to reveal signs of ageing and so we should make it a point to take good care of them
The Good to Go set is available for R800 and is valid from April while stocks last.
I know I’m a bit late to this party but I wanted to share with you some of the fashion faves at the Met Ball hosted by Vogue magazine last week. The “punk” theme meant many celebs were looking a bit weird and wacky for my taste – some look like they had been dressed in the dark by my 3 year old – but there have been many “worst dressed” lists put together and as this is my blog (which I like to keep fairly positive) I will be sharing my “best dressed” choices…
In the top image:
Kirsten Dunst wore Louis Vuitton (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior and Brian Atwood shoes (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Tom Ford and Joan Smalls in Tom Ford (Photographed by Justin Bishop)
Bee Shaffer in Christian Dior Haute Couture and Fred Leighton jewellery (Photographed by Justin Bishop)
Being the daughter of Vogue editor Anna Wintour certainly helps to crack an invite to the fashion event of the year, plus it was organised by Vogue!
Claire Danes in Oscar de la Renta (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Pixie Geldof looked cute & chic in Moschino (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Blake Lively in Gucci Première dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Gisele Bündchen in Anthony Vaccarello and David Yurman rings (Photographed by Justin Bishop)
Do you think there was a shoe dress code?? Emma, Carey and Michelle all rocking the t-bar pointy & strappy black shoe!
Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung and Fred Leighton jewellery (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Carey Mulligan wears Balenciaga and Tiffany & Co. jewellery (Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage/GettyImages)
Michelle Williams in Saint Laurent dress and Olympia LeTan clutch (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Seems like black is the colour associated best with “punk” or maybe it’s just that the girls wearing it looked the classiest against all the other garish outfits of the night? What do you think?
Want to see more of the outfits on the night… Click here. Be warned they aren’t pretty!
Images: Vogue magazine
Bete Noir, the newest collection for summer ’13, is a groundbreaking depiction of the strong and stylish direction fashion is taking. In fact, it’s a lot like the designer herself.
How beautiful are the colours Kirsten Goss has used in her new Bete Noire range? Love all these stunning earrings, my favourite pairs are below…
Contact details for Kirsten Goss shops in South Africa:
Joburg : 011 447 2234
Cape Town : 021 424 3453
Durban : 031 312 7573
Website : www.kirstengoss.com
Images: Kirsten Goss
This month I received my a bit earlier than usual which made for a great surprise… And boy, was it a good one! The products in this month’s box were selected by the beauty team at Grazia magazine – SA’s favourite fashion and beauty weekly mag – to celebrate their first birthday! I loved every item in this month’s Rubybox… obviously the hope each month but not always the reality!
Here is a breakdown of what was in the May Rubybox that I received and my thoughts on each product…
1. Bvlgari Jasmin Noir
I am loving this sexy, sensuous, seductive fragrance – a wonderful scent for evenings or for those days when you want to feel mysterious. This is a blend of florals esp jasmine and wood. Stunning. I’ll take a big bottle please!
2. Hannon Miracle Hair Treatment
This super moisturising hair treatment is perfect for dry, coarse hair. My hair is super thick and quite dry at the ends so lapped up this treatment. It’s a great weekly treat during winter esp if you tend to rely more on heat styling during the colder months.
3. Assorted Lee Stafford minis
My mini bottle was called Poker Straight – a flat iron protection shine mist which I’m keen to try out when I finally get to experience the ghd eclipse ghd ;)
4. Rubybox Tools Eyeshadow Brush (full size)
Always handy to have a new makeup brush – my daughter (age 3!) was keen to swipe this but I think I’ll be keeping it for myself for a while. Which reminds me – I really do need to give my other make-up brushes a wash. This sparkly new one is putting them to shame (and who knows what germs they are habouring… eeek)
5. The Body Shop Born Lippy Lipbalm in Strawberry (full size)
Definitely my favourite find of the May box. This cult Body Shop lip balm usually comes in a pot and is now available in a stick format. I have been using this daily and it is the loveliest smelling lipbalm with a super nourishing texture and a pretty, subtle colour. At R45 I would definitely recommend you seek out this product in Body Shop stores.
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Once in the checkout, follow the prompts. Choose your preferred payment method (credit/ cheque cards or debit order) and sign up before the cut-off at 12pm the 26th of the month.
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If you’ve signed up before the monthly cut-off at 12pm on the 26th of the month, you can look out for your between the 8th and the 15th of the following month.
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Images: by Kathryn Rossiter
Mother’s Day might have been on Sunday but that doesn’t mean that celebrating moms is over – not here anyway! I believe moms should be celebrated everyday… And to prove it I’m bringing you ANOTHER amazing giveaway. This one is the perfect treat for all those moms who treat their families to delicious meals daily but it’s also for those of you who love to cook for friends – in fact it’s for anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a chef in the kitchen! Kitchen Passion is a leading online shop specializing in kitchen gadget and appliances. They are … Read More »
Last weekend we were treated to 2 nights at the gorgeous Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. I’m a big fan of exploring the world around me, so when the invitation came a few months back I jumped at the chance to visit this beautiful part of the Cape. The weeks leading up to our getaway were crazy busy and having Grootbos to look forward to definitely got me through! Holidays and traveling might seem like a luxury to many, but in my mind they are a priority and I like to plan a weekend away every few months and a longer … Read More »
I’m loving this photo shoot in the June 2013 issue of Vogue UK magazine – featuring Kate Moss photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. She looks stunning and the clothes are lovely too – beachwear with a 60′s edge. Love the stripes and leopard print, florals and sequins. The make up is pretty amazing too! And let’s not forget the setting – a yacht in St Barths… All of this has got me hankering for a summer holiday somewhere overlooking the sea…. Dream on! Images: Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK
Looks what coming to town in the winter school holidays – Disney On Ice is back!! Hooray scream thousands of kids (and their parents!) This year Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure and this family adventure is sure to be a hit with all ages. We thoroughly enjoyed the show last year (Click here to read my review of our first Disney on Ice experience) and as a family of Disney fanatics we will be sure to make this a priority for our winter school holiday line up! This year there are more shows, more family-sized enthralling entertainment with … Read More »
When it comes to shapewear, one word you don’t expect to hear is sexy! But that’s all about to change with the arrival of a seriously sexy range of shapewear by women’secret… After a certain age (and certainly after having kids) there comes a point when a little bit of extra “help” is required to look good. Which is why sales of shapewear are skyrocketing! I don’t know about you but I have been enticed to try on some shapewear and although the end affect (once you are sucked into your outfit) is pretty good, the process to get there … Read More »