New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, we all have these.  What is it about a new year that makes us want to change our lives?

A few suggestions for a better 2018.

The new year will also have 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months. Why would this one be different than all the others? Will the stars be aligned differently and will the universe be more kind to us?

I don’t now but it seems that just the slight possibility that the locomotion of Father Time make us hopeful and joyful.   How many of us follow it to the end of January?  Why is it so difficult for us to stick to our amazing new ideals of losing weight, learn a new language or sign up for lessons to play the harp? I think it is because we all have that illusive dream of doing the impossible.

It is good that we dream and have ideals, but maybe this year I will tone it down a bit.

My Five (hopefully) New Year’s Goals:

1. Eat healthier.

2. Finish all those half-used bottles of face cream in the bathroom.

3. Learn a new word each month (every day is just too exhausting), in either my first language (Afrikaans) or second language (English).

4. Give some of my time to a worthy cause.

5. Get the “meditation- thing” right and do it more often.

I hope you all have a wonderful new year that may all your dreams come true.


Do you know what lurks in your festive drinks?

It summer holidays! That means rest, relax, spend time with the family, eat and drink a bit more than usual. No problem……

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Drink and be merry

Maybe a little problem; do you know what lurks in your festive drink? Continue reading “Do you know what lurks in your festive drinks?”

To SPF of not to SPF?

Much has been written and debated about the use of sunscreens or not, should it be SPF15 or SPF50, the pro’s and con’s and the Vitamin D factor in the mix as well. Therefore I will not re-hash the whole story, please read this article.

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Wear your SPF!

So where does that leave us at the start of another scorching summer on the southern side of the world?

As a beautician there is not much debate in my mind. Wear your SPF 50+ with pride, re-apply often and to make it even easier not to get the dreaded skin cancer, wrinkles and sun pigmentation, stay out of the sun. Yes, I know you all are going to gasp and get heart-cramps. How on earth can I say that! It is summer, we all should be on the beach or hiking or running in 35°C, burning our skin to a crisp.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand our westerners’ obsession to be in the sun at all hours of the day, trying to get our skin leather-brown and leather-hard.  The sun is not your friend. It damages your skin and your eyes. It causes malignant melanomas and sun pigmentation, premature skin ageing and it is an immunosuppressive.

There is no such thing as a safe tan. If you cannot love your skin, and have-to- have a tan, for whatever reason, please try some of the quick-tan lotions and creams that are available in all the drug stores and pharmacies. Have a chat with the salesperson to find the perfect one for you and your family. These products are not that expensive and is a must in any beach bag.

Yes, we need Vitamin D, but there is no reason or need to get this from the sun. Our bodies cannot differentiate between Vitamin D in sun-form or in tablet-form. Add Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) to your monthly shopping list and your body will be ecstatic!

I have seen some very disturbing cases of skin cancer and the effect thereof on the lives of my clients and their loved ones, and I do not wish it on anyone. Please be responsible in the sun and get on the other side of summer damage-free.

My best recommendation for this summer:

Essel SPF50 with antixodants and vitamins R 380/150ml

Essel SPF50-spray on for face and body.


Please contact me at: or 082 398 9817 for more information. Read more about our products and services on our Absolutely Gorgeous Beautique website. We have an On-Line Beauty Store with International Shipping as well!

Hello, good to meet you!

Hi, I’m Gerda and I hope you will join me on this journey to a healthier, more balanced and beautiful life.

This blog will mainly be about beauty, health and fitness and some odd comments on meditation, yoga and anything else that interest me and my beauty salon’s clients.

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