Exercise Benefits for your Skin

Compliment your skincare routine by exercising!

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There are many reasons why people start exercising from losing weight, improving mental health to improving overall physical health and well being. Now you can add another reason why regular exercise should be part of your routine…


Exercise & your skin

Here are 5 reasons why exercise is so good for your skin:

  1. Increased blood flow to the skin

The red face we get when we exercise is caused by increased blood flow to the skin. More blood means a greater flow of oxygen and nutrients, which flushes free radicals (toxic waste from our daily lives) from skin cells and helps repair sun damage. Less free radicals results in brighter, healthier skin. Exercise also increases the production of fibroblasts which produce collagen. Collagen helps to improve the signs of aging by plumping and rejuvenating the skin.


  1. Sweat helps to flush pores

As your body temperature increases during exercise, your pores expand allowing the sweat to flush out acne and black head-causing irritants. It’s important to clean your face post workout to remove the dirt and oil from the open pores before they close and possibly become clogged.


  1. Reduces stress and inflammation

By lowering cortisol levels (the hormone the body produces when you are stressed), exercise aids in reducing inflammation. Cortisol is known to increase sebum production, causing skin conditions such as acne and eczema if it blocks pores. Cortisol also breaks down collagen. Therefore, stressing less has healthcare and skincare benefits.


  1. Improves sleep

Regular exercise helps to improve sleeping patterns allowing increased time for your mind and body to rest and recoup. This helps to reduce dark rings that form under our eyes when we are tired and gives our skin cells the opportunity to rejuvenate while we rest.


  1. Encourages a healthy lifestyle

The more exercise becomes part of your life, the more motivated you will feel to make healthier lifestyle choices. You’ll find yourself feeling more motivated to take care of your skin and less inclined to eat junk food.


Boost your skincare routine with exercise

OPTIPHI® encourages you to make exercise part of your day. This will support beautiful skin to go with your new, improved body and mind.  And don’t forget to wear sunblock!

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A healthy Body makes for Healthy Skin

Take a holistic approach to looking and feeling healthy with these 5 health ideas

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At OPTIPHI® we are all about healthy, beautiful skin. Achieving this is so much easier when you combine our award winning products with a healthy lifestyle that includes keeping your body fit. Making healthier lifestyle choices and taking up physical activities are crucial to a successful skincare routine that produces results you want. To help you on your way, here are some ideas to get you moving and feeling fabulous:


  1. Why not take up golf?

Not only is golf a great form of exercise, it’s also really social. Gather some friends and visit one of the many picturesque golf courses South Africa has to offer. Enjoying the fresh air and open spaces is also great stress reliever.


  1. How about mountain biking (MTB) or triathlon?

MTB is fast becoming one of the leading sports of choice for many South Africans. Combine it with swimming and running and you have a triathlon. The great thing about MTB is that it’s the perfect sport for the whole family. Getting out and about as a family is excellent quality time and sets a good example for your children.


  1. Find a diet that works for you

Making smarter choices when it comes to your diet greatly contributes to achieving wellness goals – what you put in, is what you get out. With all the diet information out there it’s sometimes difficult to know which one will suit you best. A good rule of thumb is to opt for a diet that is balanced rather than one that is extreme. Extreme diets are hard to stick to and while it might seem like they are working wonders, many people resort to yoyo dieting because of the restriction. Remember discipline doesn’t have to be considered restrictive but rather as a clarity as to how you wish to live.


  1. Tools to help you on your way

When it comes to diet and fitness it really is mind over matter. With the advent of technology there are all kinds of apps available to help you set, track and achieve all your fitness goals. Forbes magazine has put together a list of the very best apps on offer to help you get your mind and body healthy.


  1. Phone a friend

Working with a partner to achieve fitness goals helps to keep both of you on track. Not only can you enjoy each other’s company when you are working out, you know that someone always has your back when it comes to keeping you motivated.


Compliment a healthy body with healthy skin

OPTIPHI® encourages you to find your fitness and diet groove this summer. OPTIPHI® has a wide range of products with options to suit every skin type and problem areas, invest in your health today.

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Why Movember?

November is all about moustaches and men’s health awareness

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Last month was Breast Cancer Awareness month and we celebrated women’s health with gusto. Now it’s time to switch the focus to men’s health.

To mark Movember, OPTIPHI® is encouraging all men to grow a moustache to raise awareness about men’s health issues and encourage men to take better care of their bodies.


November – the Hairiest Month of the Year

From humble beginnings in Australia in 2003, the Movember movement is now supported by over 5 million people from around the world. Now Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from across the globe become a united voice every Movember, bringing vital funding and attention to the previously unspoken men’s health crisis.


Did you say men’s health crisis?

According to the Movember Foundation, gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women.

Moreover, poor mental health affects men more than women: three quarters of suicides are by men. The World Health Organisation estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute.

The impact of prostate and testicular cancer on lives is substantial, with prostate cancer being the second most common cancer in men worldwide and the number of cases expected to almost double to 1.7 million cases by 2030.


The Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising R5.7 billion and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.


Having healthy skin and a healthy body starts with you and OPTIPHI®

OPTIPHI® encourages you to get the men in your life to grow a moustache this Movember & to go for regular checkups – remember early detection saves lives. To find out more about Movember 2015 and how you can get involved click here.

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5 Things you can do to Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Feel good by Doing Good this October!

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To mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, we at OPTIPHI® would like to celebrate the amazing things that people can do to help others. If you are wondering what you and your company can do this October to contribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is a list of exciting activities:


  1. Join Cuppa for Cancer

To mark Mandela Day OPTIPHI® joined forces with Mrs SA Finalist 2015, Anéle Jansen Van Rensburg’s Cuppa for Cancer held on Saturday 18 July. All proceeds from the event went to CANSA. Why not sponsor a Cuppa for Cancer event?

  1. Volunteer at your Local Hospice

Many affected by cancer have no friends or family to visit them. They would appreciate the company and maybe even a hand with some household chores or shopping. Why not brighten someone’s day by sparing some of your time?

  1. Donate your Hair for a Wig

Hair loss is a common side-effect of chemotherapy. CANSA makes and distributes over 2 000 wigs via wig banks each year – of those, 200 are donated to cancer survivors under the age of 18. Contact your closest CANSA Care Centre to find out how to donate your ponytail.

  1. Take a Table at Pink Drive’s Pink Mardi Bra Dinner

Enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour with Pink Drive. With the promise of helping you to forget about the year’s mayhem for a night while helping a good cause, why not book a table?

  1. Spar Women’s Race

The SPAR Women’s Races began in 1992 as a way to get women of all ages, shapes and sizes together to enjoy a safe 5km or 10km run and enjoy the day. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they run regularly or are just starting out. Enter a team, enjoy a fun filled day out and support some good causes.

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Understanding cancer risk and genetics

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we at OPTIPHI® believe that the best way to reduce the number of breast cancer sufferers is through educating and creating awareness about how to do regular self-checks. Armed with the correct information, women can save their lives through early detection, and where possible, prevention.

Getting to the heart of the problem

Scientists and doctors have been searching for links between many factors that may cause cancer from diet to carcinogenic materials in the hope of reducing the number of women diagnosed. While many things have been linked, it’s hard to say conclusively that there is one exact cause; one area that has sparked interest is the genetic link.

Angelina Jolie made world headlines after her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after a simple blood test had revealed that she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. This mutation meant that she had an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. This sparked much debate among women around the world. If you are one of them then here are the facts:


What are BRCA1 and BRCA2?

Most people who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease; however, if one has a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer then one’s genes could have played a role in the cancer’s development.

Most inherited cases of breast cancer are associated with two abnormal genes: BRCA1 (BReast CAncer gene 1) or BRCA2 (BReast CAncer gene 2). Women who inherit a mutation in either of these genes have a higher risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. These mutations can be inherited from their mother or their father. Breast and ovarian cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations tend to develop at younger ages than their nonhereditary counterparts.

What do the stats show?

According to the National Cancer Institute, women with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have about a 60% risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes (compared to 12-13% for women overall). These women’s risk of ovarian cancer is also increased.

How are tests carried out?

Since mutations are quite rare, many doctors only suggest testing if there is a specific family history. To carry out the test, a blood sample is sent to a laboratory for DNA analysis.

Who should get tested?

Any women with family members with breast, ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer should be evaluated to see if their family history is associated with an increased risk of a harmful mutation in one of these genes.

What if you get a positive result?

According to Marisa Weiss, M.D., president and founder, Breastcancer.org: “Simply having a proven gene abnormality does not necessarily mean that a woman will develop breast cancer, or that her cancer will be any worse than cancer that does not stem from an inherited genetic flaw.”


Know the facts and discuss your concerns with your doctor

There is no substitute for regular breast self-exams and clinical breast exams are critical to minimize breast cancer risk. Visit www.cansa.org.za for more information or to find the nearest CANSA Care Centre.

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How to make sure you choose the right bra size?

It’s not just about Comfort…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we at OPTIPHI® believe that taking care of your bodies health is extremely important. Here is a simple guide to help you get the most out of your bra, find the right fit and look your best.

How often should you measure your bra size?

Our bodies change all the time due to a multitude of factors. As we lose or gain weight, change our gym routine, go through hormonal changes during and after pregnancy and as our bodies mature. To ensure that you bra size is still the best fit for you, it’s important to regularly measure your size.

Getting the most out of your bra

Here are some facts about bras that every woman should know:

  • A well-fitted bra should provide 90 percent of the support from the band and the straps the remaining 10 percent.
  • Get yourself measured according to the bra you want to purchase. Sizes vary from brand to brand and from style to style.
  • To ensure that you look and feel your best don’t skimp when it comes to shopping – rather have 3 expensive instead of 9 cheapies. Quality underwear lasts longer and is manufactured for results.
  • You shouldn’t wear the same bra every day. To ensure that your bras keep their shape for as long as possible, have a few bras that you rotate.
  • The cups size of a 32D is not the same as a 42D – cup sizes are relative.
  • If your breasts are uneven, go with the bigger side and simply adjust the strap on the smaller side to compensate.

How to know if you are wearing the wrong bra size?

If your bra does/has any of the following, then it’s time to get some professional assistance:

  • wrinkling or puckering of cups,
  • the underwire hurts you,
  • the band rides up,
  • spillage of any sort,
  • slipping straps,
  • your bra slips up when you lift your arms,

How to measure your bra size?

OPTIPHI® is designed to suit your unique skin needs and your bra should be no different. Since every woman’s body is unique and each brand has their own sizing and fitting guidelines, there definitely isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to finding the best fit.  To make sure that you get the right bra size and best fit, enlist the help of a professional. Many stores offer this as a service and will gladly help you make the best selection for your size and needs.

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OPTIPHI®: South African Anti-aging Innovation at its Finest

Locally created, internationally celebrated anti-aging technology!

Female Chemist

It should come as no surprise that OPTIPHI® is locally invented and manufactured. With offices in Irene, Pretoria, OPTIPHI® is a prime example of South African innovation and ingenuity. Now available in selected Spas, Salons and Medical Practices across the country, OPTIPHI® is taking the world by storm with its scientifically proven products.

Younger looking skin cell by cell

At the heart of OPTIPHI®‘s success is quality and a scientific approach to the complex process of reversing the signs of aging. OPTIPHI® products are formulated to rehabilitate skin cells so they function optimally. As we age, cellular function slows down making us look older. OPTIPHI® products are formulated to reverse this process by:

  • Preventing further deterioration of skin cells,
  • Promoting cellular optimization,
  • Creating positive homeostatic influence.

Scientifically Proven

The actives in OPTIPHI® products are carefully selected according to their clinical efficacy. A key active found in relevant products is Retinol, which is proven to assist in the reversal of established sun damage, whilst assisting in the prevention of further skin cell damage. Quality and consistency is key to OPTIPHI®, so rest assured that you are giving your skin cells the very best. Find out more here.

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Meet Comrades Marathon record breaker Caroline Wöstmann

OPTIPHI® salutes Super Woman

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Caroline Wöstmann proved that records are made to be broken when she won the 2015 Comrades Marathon for women with a time of 06:12:22. The second woman in was her training partner Charné Bosman, who finished in 06:33:24.


Making South Africa proud

Caroline and Charné, both hailing from Pretoria, are the first South African women to come in first and second since 1992. Beating famous Russian twins, Oelysa and Elena Nurgalieva, who finished third and fourth, with Elena just ahead of her twin sister Olesya, Elena has won the race eight times since 2003 and is the record holder for the up-race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, which was run this year. Last year, Caroline came in 6th and was the first South African woman to cross the finishing line. OPTIPHI® would like to congratulate the RSA runners for all of the extra effort that they have put into their training within the last year.


Making history

With the 2015 Comrades in the bag, Caroline became only the fifth athlete in history to win South Africa’s two most famous ultra-marathons, the Comrades and the Two Oceans, in the same year. She was also the first South African woman to win the Two Oceans since 2001.


How it all began

32-year-old Caroline Wöstmann, an accounting lecturer from Pretoria, started running on her own six years ago to lose weight after the birth of her daughter. In 2013, she was spotted by talent scouts when she finished her third Comrades in only 7 hours and 16 minutes. The Nedbank Professional Team and the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria then took Caroline under their wing to help her reach her full potential.


Help your skin go the distance with OPTIPHI® Intense Retinol Serum

Formulated to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, this serum stimulates collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production to help your skin function optimally. Retinol Infinity Serum Overview.

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What are you doing to help SA this Mandela Day?

Here are some ideas to help you make a difference this Mandela Day

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Mandela spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes. On 18 July people will celebrate his birthday worldwide by demonstrating that everyone has the power to make a change in the world.

Why celebrate Nelson Mandela Day by helping others?

The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognizing Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

By giving a little of your time to make a positive difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you just like Mandela did.

Support Cuppa for CANSA this Mandela Day

To mark Mandela Day 2015 BELOTERO, RADIESSE AND OPTIPHI® will be supporting Mrs SA Finalist 2015, Anéle Jansen Van Rensburg‘s Cuppa for CANSA on Saturday 18 July. The event will take place at The Collection, Pretoria. All proceeds from the event will go to CANSA. For more information email: anele.j@optiphi.com


Looking for more ideas

You can make a difference. Here are six ideas for you to help on Nelson Mandela International Day:

  1. Contact your local HIV organization to find out how you can help.
  2. Volunteer at your local hospice. Many terminally ill people have no friends or family who can visit them.
  3. Donate toys to the children’s ward at your local hospital.
  4. Offer your time to children who need help with a school subject you are capable of tutoring.
  5. Donate your old computer and books to a school.
  6. There are many people desperate for clothing and blankets, donate clothing and blankets to those in need.


For more ideas visit http://www.mandeladay.com/actions/featured

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Mother Teresa

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New You – Skin Resolutions!

Here is to beautiful, healthy skin in 2015

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Each year we all make resolutions to begin the next stage of our lives in the most positive way. This year we are asking – why not kick off the 2015 with some motivating skin care resolutions?
Here are 4 resolutions that will ensure you have radiant, younger looking, skin in 2015:


  1. Wear Sunscreen!

Everyday – not just when you feel like it!

Not only does the sun dehydrate your skin, it is one of the major causes of melanin over production, which results in increased pigmentation.

Ensure that you choose a moisturizer with a sun protection factor such as the OPTIPHI® Classic Complete Therapy for daily moisturization.

Alternatively, the OPTIPHI Protect The Canvas can be applied on top of your moisturizer. .

If you plan to spend time outdoors, ensure that you  regularly apply an adequate SPF factor  sunscreen. Avoid premature aging caused by sun damage with OPTIPHI®.


  1. Cleanse your skin DAY and NIGHT…Do not neglect your daily regime!

Use the OPTIPHI® Classic Pure Cleansing Wash daily for clean, calm and smooth skin. Alternatively, Our Facial Cleanser has a calming effect on the skin whilst providing deep dermal cleansing. It balances the pH levels of your skin barrier and is suitable for all skin types.


  1. Regular Exfoliation!

Removing stubborn ,dead skin cells will reveal skin that looks young, refreshed and revitalized. The OPTIPHI® Muslin Cloth gently exfoliates the skin to improve skin texture by removing the superficial layer of cells through gentle mechanical exfoliation..
Boost your regular exfoliation with an optiphi® Peel, for fast skin changing lasting results.


  1. Hydrate your thristy skin!

As skin ages and is exposed to the elements, it becomes dehydrated, which makes it necessary for the moisture to be replenished. This speeds up the aging process resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. OPTIPHI® is formulated to replenish your skin with vital moisture, vitamins and minerals. This helps to restore skin density, support the structure of the skin, promote elasticity, activate collagen and replenish lost moisture.


There is no better feeling than having radiant skin! OPTIPHI® is designed to address your unique skin needs, and is the perfect solution to healthy, balanced, refined and radiant looking skin. With OPTIPHI it’s easy to keep your skin looking it best in 2015!

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