What Is A Cosmeceutical ?

What Is A Cosmeceutical

What Is A Cosmeceutical ?

A cosmeceutical is a combination of the words “cosmetic” and “pharmaceutical”. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients, and often have a variety of these active ingredients combined. They are results-focused products, with the stronger formulations having the ability to bring about visible changes to the skin. Cosmeceutical products are usually restricted to professional skin care stockists where a consultation can be provided. Continue reading

Healthy Skin: You Are What You Eat

We’ve all heard it before: “You are what you eat!”    And when it comes to your skin, what you eat can have a big impact on how your skin behaves.  Your skin is your largest organ, and can act as an indicator of your overall health.

The team at Body Cafe recently had the pleasure of meetingClaire-book-cover and listening to NZ nutrition expert Claire Turnbull.

Claire is owner/director of Mission Nutrition, author of some excellent books, and has regularly featured on TV, radio & newspapers. We could tell from her energy and enthusiasm that she practices what she preaches, and it clearly works! Continue reading

IPL vs Laser Hair Removal

Floor-Standing-IPL-Shr-Hair-Removal-Beauty-Machine-Hs-330Something we often get asked about, and which there seems to be quite a bit of confusion over, is Laser Hair Removal versus IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

In this article we will attempt to explain the large similarity and small differences.

What is Laser and IPL ?

These are two very similar methods and very similar machines that can be used for permanent hair reduction.

IPL can also be used for skin rejuvenation, freckle removal, vascular treatments and more. They both work by emitting pulses of light that heat the hair follicle to the root and destroy it.  Continue reading

What are Peptides?


What are Peptides and what can they do for my skin?

Peptides-YesPeptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and increase cellular communication within the skin.

One important protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen gives our skin its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin (from age and environmental factors like the sun and stress), wrinkles form. Einfaches RGB

Peptides applied topically to the skin help prompt the formation of new collagen, providing for more youthful, supple looking skin.

Various types of peptides exist with a multitude of functions. Continue reading

The Sun – Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It!

Welcome to our first blog entry for the year 2015!  It’s been quite some time since we have dabbled with the whole blog concept, and our idea behind this is to offer our clients up to date info with leading trends and products, treatment advice, and recommendations.

We hope this will be a great way to interact and share our beauty knowledge with you. Entries will be made regularly by our wonderfully talented Team at body cafe, covering a range of beauty related topics. Feel free to get involved in the comments section below, ask questions, & offer us ideas you wish to know more about, we encourage all positive feedback!

Right! Let’s kick off the New Year with some SPF, Sun & skin health advice!!


The Sun. That glorious warm ball of light in the sky that we all love.

We sunbath in it, we move to sunnier climates, we take winter escapes to sunnier places, and we complain endlessly if it gets obscured by clouds or rain for any length of time.

It is an essential element to life on earth, yet like most things, we can have too much of a good thing – can’t live with it, can’t live without it! Continue reading

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