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!

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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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To Infinity Serums and Beyond…

Launch your skincare routine with the NEW, potent OPTIPHI® Infinity Serum Range!

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Designed to minimize the formation of wrinkles, treat expression lines and actively target your anti-aging concerns, the potent range of OPTIPHI® Infinity Serums improve and extend cellular longevity by targeting specific cellular mechanisms.

Formulated to be used in conjunction with your regular skincare routine, treat your skin to some spring cleaning with our OPTIPHI® Infinity Serums:

  1. The OPTIPHI® HA Infinity Serum is designed to re-plump, add volume and intensify skin hydration on a cellular level. It invigorates dehydrated, dry and structurally weak skin by increasing cellular longevity while boosting cellular hydration levels.
  2. The OPTIPHI® Post-Tox Infinity Serum is formulated to enhance and prolong the effect of facial aesthetic procedures by inhibiting muscle activity associated with the formation of expression lines and minimising existing wrinkles.
  3. The OPTIPHI® Retinol Infinity Serum is an advanced anti-aging serum designed to promote cellular rejuvenation and significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

OPTIPHI® is designed to suit your skin needs, and is the perfect solution to healthy, balanced, refined and radiant-looking skin. Give your skin a boost today with the potent new OPTIPHI® Infinity Serum Range.

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Is your skincare routine like a quirky best man?

Just like your skincare routine, a little re-organisation can change everything

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As the groom’s closest friend and confidant, everyone will agree that the Best Man’s role at a wedding is an honour and an opportunity to show how much his best friend means to him. Every Best Man wants to shine in his role, he may not be great at speeches but as the groom’s closest friend he is a critical part of the wedding celebrations.

His insight into how the groom has changed and stayed the same, how he feels about his gorgeous bride and the pride the Best Man feels for the strong bond he has with the glowing couple fills us with happiness.

 

All it takes is a little fine tuning to get the best results

The Best Man has all of the best stories of the groom, of the couple growing in their relationship; he was there when they happened, he may even have been the cause. Now if only he could organise his speech to truly capture and convey the beauty of friendship, the life and grace that comes with having a sense of humour. Order and timing are key. Just like your skincare routine.

 

Having the best skincare routine takes a little fine tuning

A successful skincare routine starts with selecting the right products. OPTIPHI® products are formulated to give your skin the very best chance with their proven formulations so that they never let you down.  Now, all you need to do is follow these fool-proof steps and you can rest assured that you have a solid skincare routine as pleasant as a well-planned Best Man’s speech:

  1. Cleanse & Exfoliate – clean skin is critical to successful skincare.
  2. Turn back the clock with a serum like the potent, new OPTIPHI® Intense Retinol Serum.
  3. Target aging around the eyes with OPTIPHI® Eyesigns Activegel
  4. Apply for skin revitalization with an OPTIPHI® Protecting or Rejuvenating Revitalizer
  5. Apply a luscious Moisturizer that will leave your skin cells plump and moist.
  6. Lastly, protect your skin with Sunblock to prevent sun damage.

 

Get the most out of your skincare routine

While choosing the Best Man for your wedding is simple, finding the right skincare products and using them correctly can be a little more complicated. With OPTIPHI® you can’t go wrong, click here to find your closest OPTIPHI® stockist where a skincare professional will help you choose the best products for your skin and how to use them.

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OPTIPHI® Intense Retinol Infinity Serum

Reinvent your youth with the Intense Retinol Infinity Serum from OPTIPHI®

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Looking for a solution to fine lines and wrinkles? Retinol is one of the international golden standards in anti-aging, proven to re-educate your cellular processes to maintain homeostasis for optimal functioning. Therefore, give your anti-aging strategy a boost with an application of the new OPTIPHI® Intense Retinol Infinity Serum.

Formulated to improve your skin’s texture by eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, this serum stimulates Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid production, to aid in the reversal of the 7 signs of aging.

The key active: Retinol, is proven to aid in the reversal of established sun damage, while assisting in the prevention of further skin damage.

Our formulation is further enhanced with the addition of proven active molecules to assist with:

  • Stimulating cellular turnover
  • Reversing the visible signs of aging
  • Cellular rejuvenation
  • Enhancing your complexion

There is no better feeling than having beautiful skin!

OPTIPHI® is designed to suit and treat your unique skin needs, and is formulated to offer a superior anti-aging solution. OPTIPHI® Intense Retinol Infinity Serum works in combination with your daily skincare routine to give you younger, smoother, more glorious skin!

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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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10 Tips to protect your skin, hair and body from the drying effects of wind

Don’t let the August winds leave your skin feeling dry

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With Spring just around the corner, the only thing standing between you and warmer weather is the August wind that has become synonymous with the last month of winter. Here are 10 tips to minimise the effects that wind has on your skin, hair and body:

  1. Wear a scarf or bandana – to prevent wind from drying out your skin use a scarf or bandana to protect as much of your face and neck as possible. Dehydrated skin feels tight and is more prone to the development of fine lines.
  2. Wear gloves and a hood – enlisting the help of additional clothing will help protect delicate skin from the drying effects of the wind.
  3. Stay out of the wind to avoid dust and allergies – the dust carried by wind not only blocks your pores, which can lead to breakouts, it can also cause uncomfortable allergies. Keep your skin clean and moisturised to avoid unwanted spots and keep your skin feeling hydrated and supple. If you suffer from allergies, there are really good antihistamines available that don’t cause drowsiness.
  4. Protect your eyes – protect your eyes from dust and the drying effects of the wind by wearing sunglasses. You can also apply artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to eliminate uncomfortable dry eyes.
  5. Don’t forget the sunblock – the sun’s rays are just as damaging no matter the season. Make sure to apply sunblock even if you feel cold.
  6. Moisturise more frequently – apply moisturiser to your skin more frequently, especially around the eyes. Buy a convenient travel size pack to carry in your handbag. And if necessary, try a stronger formulation to beat winter skin dehydration. Correctly formulated serums can have potent efficacy without causing skin breakouts.
  7. Apply lip balm – Lip balm will help prevent dry, chapped lips during windy conditions.
  8. Use a humidifier – to counteract the drying effect of the wind, use a humidifier indoors.
  9. Use a leave-in conditioner after you wash your hair – the wind can also dry out your hair and make it quite unruly.  Use clips, elastics, a scarf or headband to keep it tied back.
  10. Massage your scalp – this will help circulation to the head to ensure healthy growth and natural oil production to help protect your hair from the drying effects of the wind.

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OPTIPHI® products are formulated using state-of-the-art scientific principles, comprehensive research and thorough testing to ensure a superior product offering.  To make sure that your skin is in the best possible hands during the dry, windy weather click here to find your closest OPTIPHI® stockist.

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Revealed: the Secret to Luscious Skin

Why HA is being hailed as the secret to the fountain of youth?

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is fast becoming the go-to ingredient in moisturising skincare products because of its remarkable ability to retain moisture. Since skin hydration plays such an integral role in anti-aging, HA has become indispensible.  Here are the facts about HA, how it works and why your skin simply can’t do without it:

 

What is HA?

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally found in the human body, the highest concentrations are found in the eyes and joints. In the skin, it helps maintain elasticity and strength.

How it works?

HA’s super-hydrating ability stems from the fact that it is able to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water. This helps to give you a bright appearance by keeping cells plumped and strong.

When to start using nature’s ultimate skincare ingredient?

As we age, the natural HA levels in our skin decrease. This leads to skin cell dehydration, ultimately speeding up the aging process. This is why continuous use of moisturisers made with HA will ensure that your skin stays hydrated and thus delay the onset of cellular senescence.

 

Moisturise your skin with these OPTIPHI® HA products:

  • OPTIPHI® Moisture Control Light is formulated to reduce moisture loss, improve elasticity and promote optimal functioning of the outer layer of the skin to form a moisture barrier. Nourishing your skin with lasting intense moisture will help maintain its supple, smooth and hydrated appearance.
  • OPTIPHI® Moisture Control Ultra is an ultra is a rich oil based, repairing moisturiser that provides long lasting cellular hydration to rejuvenate the skin. It improves skin firmness and elasticity as well as improving epidermal and dermal density.  By boosting the production of extracellular matrix collagen and elastin it works to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Other OPTIPHI® products to look out for: HA Infinity Serum & Classic Hydra-Derm Masque.

 

Keep your skin plump and moist with OPTIPHI® and HA

To keep your skin ultra-hydrated click here to find your closest OPTIPHI® stockist.

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OPTIPHI® Infinity Serums: Pinnacle Products for Skin Rejuvenation

Give your skin a boost with the new OPTIPHI® Infinity Serum range.

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We believe in prolonging skin vibrance and improving cellular longevity, hence our range is named after the infinity symbol with our scientific rationale in mind. Infinity at OPTIPHI® represents the quality of having no limits to your cellular vitality.

Designed to minimize the formation of wrinkles, treat expression lines and actively target your anti-aging concerns, the potent range of OPTIPHI® Infinity Serums improves and extends cellular longevity by targeting specific cellular mechanisms.

The range is formulated to be used in conjunction with your regular skincare routine – giving your skin a vitality boost.

Choose the best OPTIPHI® Infinity Serum for your skin:

  1. The OPTIPHI® Intense HA Infinity Serum is designed to re-plump and intensify skin hydration on a cellular level.  It invigorates dehydrated, structurally weak skin by increasing cellular longevity and hydration levels.
  2. The OPTIPHI® Post-Tox Infinity Serum is formulated to enhance and prolong the effect of facial aesthetic procedures. By inhibiting muscle activity associated with the formation of expression lines, this serum effectively minimizes existing wrinkles.
  3. The OPTIPHI® Intense Retinol Infinity Serum [ NOW available ] is an advanced anti-aging serum designed to promote cellular rejuvenation and significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There is no better feeling than loving your skin! OPTIPHI® is designed to suit your unique skin needs, and is the perfect solution to healthy, balanced, refined and radiant-looking skin. Give your skin a boost today with the potent new OPTIPHI® Infinity Serum range.

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Five Common Causes of Breakouts

Avoid breakouts with these fabulous skincare tips…

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We all know that sinking feeling when you suddenly feel like your 16-year-old self again – suffering from an embarrassing breakout on the day you are due to give your quarterly presentation.

Breakouts can be avoided by using correct, scientifically proven skincare products, supplied and applied by trained skincare professionals. However, your day-to-day habits have an effect on your skin and body health…

Here are five common causes of breakouts:

  1. Check your medicine cabinet – there are many common medications that can cause or trigger breakouts, including birth control tablets.
  2. Clean your equipment – make-up brushes are constantly collecting leftover makeup and gathering bacteria and yeast, which can cause acne.
  3. Touching your face – make sure that you don’t transfer unwanted bacteria and dust from your hands or mobile phone. Keep anything that comes into contact with your face as clean as possible.
  4. The best skincare products – preferably, you should use skincare products recommended by trained professionals. This will ensure that your beauty products aren’t your worst enemy.
  5. Cleanse, Moisturize and Exfoliate – having a reliable skincare regime will ensure that your skin looks its best.

Choosing the Best Possible  Skincare Products to Avoid Breakouts

OPTIPHI® applies state-of-the-art scientific principles, comprehensive research and thorough testing to ensure our products offer cutting-edge solutions f healthier, younger looking skin.  Make sure that you enlist the advice of a trained skincare professional to select the best products suited to your specific skin needs. Choosing the wrong products or having treatments administered by poorly trained technicians definitely spells disaster. To make sure that your skin is in the best possible hands click here to find your closest OPTIPHI® stockist.

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