Wednesday, 10 October 2018

MY JOURNEY WITH MY DAUGTHER’S FACE ECZEMA AND HOW LA ROCHE - POSAY PRODUCTS HELPED HER TO HEAL


Hello all!
 Winter is coming to an end and although sometimes I like this time of the year, other times I really want Summer to come soon!

Winter in Johannesburg is the driest season of the year. The lack of rain gives nature a yellow look, makes our eyes feel very itchy and our throats feel very dry.  We need more intake of water and we need extra moisturize, otherwise our skin looks dry and cracked like a snakes skin. 

I will never forget my first Winter in Johannesburg where I could feel the skin over my whole body itching, because of the dryness, and then I learned that I needed to apply stronger products to avoid it.

During Winter this year, I lived a terrible nightmare with my daughter’s skin, and I was so sad seeing her beautiful face full of redness and eczema due the dryness of the weather. Even worse, the day of her Christening was becoming closer, and I didn’t want her face to look like that during such an important day. Also, I was sad that my family would meet her for first time with this eczema on her little face and it didn’t look good at all.
This is how the eczema started
WHAT DID I DO
 After using a few products that always worked on my son’s skin, but were not working on my daughter’s skin, I started using La Roche – Posay Lipikar  Baume.   After giving her a shower, I noticed that her skin was beginning to show improvement at times, but then the eczema came back again leaving me hopeless.
(Sorry for the quality of the following picture. Taking pictures of my daughter is very difficult because she moves a lot and never stop, this is how her face was looking) 
As it was the first time I experienced something like this with my baby girl, I was very scared of applying any kind of soap, face wash or anything that I thought would make her skin worse. Well, we as mom sometimes we don’t have experience with some situations like this one, and we learn as we go. So I was washing her face only with water and the rest of her skin with La Roche – Posay Lipikar Syndet AP +.

One day during her shower, I read this on the bottle: “ Helps reduce severe dryness starting in the shower” and I thought “What about if I pour some of this cream wash on her face? This can’t get any worse!”, so I applied La Roche – Posay Lipikar Cream Wash on her face and I saw how the miracle of healing began to show on her face.

 From the first day I saw immediate results, and learned that some face wash can worsen skin conditions, but some others actually help to heal.
 LA ROCHE – POSAY SYNDET AP + 1
This product is an Anti – Irritation and Anti – Scratching cream wash.  It’s a white gel which foams ups easily. It has a very subtle scent that for me smells quite like a dermatological product, but I really like it because it helps to heal.  It comes with a pump that makes it easier to use with small children as I normally support my daughter with one hand in the bath, so she doesn’t slip, and with the other hand I am pumping the soap on my hand so I can apply it on her.
Now when my daughters face has completely healed from the eczema, I will keep this product as gold for when signs of eczema show up on her face again, or when my son has dry or reddish skin.

I also use it when she has nappy rash as this helps immediately to soothe and heal.  This product is great for this as well !!!

LA ROCHE – POSAY LIPIKAR BAUME AP +
This is a thick balm that soothes and breaks the vicious cycle of itching and irritation.  This product is Paraben – Fee and Fragrance Free, however it has a scent that I didn’t like a whole lot, it is subtle but at the same time a bit strong for my taste. This is the only criticism I would give to this product, to change the scent or make it very similar to the Cream Wash.  In the end, the scent shouldn’t be important if the purpose is to take care and soothe the skin ;).

I must add that I applied this product on my son’s skin during this season and he never suffered of eczema.
 CONCLUSIONS
Definitely La Roche – Posay Lipikar AP + and Baume AP + are great products to prevent, treat and heal skin conditions such as extreme dryness or eczema. To achieve better results, these 2 products must be used at the same time as a duo, because they complement each other, and only using one of them won’t give the best results.  I always thought that La Roche – Posay was a brand of products for adults, but I love the fact that it is so good for kids, and this is probably the perception that many adults and many of my friends have. I would suggest to launch a range for kids with the similar look of the Anthelios range.

  As parents we like to buy products for kids that have a look and design for kids. Also kids want their products specially in the shower that look kid friendly with little characters so this might be something that La Roche – Posay should look at.
To finalize, I want to say thanks to La Roche – Posay for healing my daughter’s eczema, she got much better and was looking so lovely at her Christening! 
(Her some one pic of that day)
 You can buy La Roche - Posay at Dischem stores countrywide, www.dermastore.co.za and www.skinmiles.com








Wednesday, 26 September 2018

SANTA FE DE ANTIOQUIA, A COLONIAL GEM IN COLOMBIA

 Hello all! Traveling is one of my favourite activities, specially in my country. Few months ago, I visited Colombia with my family. It was so nice to take them around and show them some of my special places. 
Since I was little, Santa Fe de Antioquia has been one of the most popular destinations not only in my city but in the country. I grew up going there often, either with my family or with friend´s, as it is only one hour drive from Medellín, my city. 

One of my best memories that I have is that I learned to swim here!

This little town was the first capital of Antioquia, its history and colonial architecture makes it a valuable gem and a must visit destination not only to locals but also to tourists. 

 The day we arrived we had lunch at this restaurant owned by a guy from Galicia. 
Walking in Santa Fe de Antioquia is an absolute pleasure. This town has very interesting houses, libraries, shops, bars... it feels like every single corner has a story to tell. 
Did you notice that the streets are made with stones? 

Isn´t Santa Fe de Antioquia so beautiful? The region has tropical weather all year round, thus my looks are very summery and relaxed.  

Watch this space. My next post will be about the nature and wild side of Santa Fe and I will post a video about the trip as well. 

I am wearing:

Hat: Cotton On
Dress: Mr. Price
Sandals: Cotton On 
Shades: Rayban 



Follow me on Facebook by clicking here













Saturday, 18 August 2018

AFTERNOON IN BERMEO, MY THIRD HOME

Hello all! Every year I visit Bermeo, the village where my husband was born and the place I consider my third home. Bermeo was the first capital of Vizcaya until everything was moved to Bilbao. Walking in its piazzas and port is really magical. 
I am wearing this poncho that my sister gave me and that has become in one of my favorite fashion pieces of my wardrobe. 

 
Bermeo, you always will have a very special place in my heart. Till next year :) 

I AM WEARING: 

Top: Pick N Pay Fashion
Shorts: Woolworths 
Sandals: Woolworths 
Long Poncho: Band of Gypsies 
Shades: Rayban 
Bag: H&M 





Tuesday, 31 July 2018

MILADYS AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING CAMPAIGN AND MODEL SEARCH COMPETITION


Hello all. This has been a very intense year full of so many experiences. We live life only once, and I’d love many stories to tell my kids and grandkids when I become a 
granny one day. 

In February I had a big milestone: I turned 40! This is a big moment that you can only understand once you get there. It made me think about how my life has been, but also made me want to try new things. One of them was to do a Flash mob of Thriller for my birthday party (It was so much fun, I will upload the video on Youtube soon) and to participate in a Model Search Competition (in my 40’s? , yes!) 

So in March, when I saw the Mildays and Good Housekeeping Model Search Competition in Facebook, I thought: Mildays is a brand that I feel I relate to, so why not? I submitted my pictures and sent the link to my husband to tell him what I did. I must confess he was a bit skeptical but he supports what I do, and knows I am a bit crazy :) :) :) 

Time passed and I thought I didn’t make it, so I totally forgot about it. Then in May I got the phone call that I was selected, and that I was in the top 11!. They couldn’t chose 10 as they loved the 11 of us. 

They flew us to Durban to get to know us and to see our performance in front of cameras. It was such a nice day meeting the people behind this competition and other 10, they were all so lovely and so beautiful inside  and out. The day passed between makeup, hair styles, change of clothes, flashes, selfies, good conversations, nice food, interviews, and so much fun, and just made me think that it would be a very difficult decision to choose just 5 or 6 from all of us. 

Either I make it to the top 5 or not, I was feeling like a winner already. For me to make it to the top 11 was already an achievement, taking into consideration that they got around 2.000 entries! 

Here are some backstage pictures of the day. 

 Here with Chanel, from Cape Town. We connected so well during the day and she was one of my favorites.  

 In July, I got the phone call that I was chosen. I immediately messaged Chanel and she told me that she was also chosen. We were so excited. We were also guessing who else made it, and then Candice and I exchanged messages on Instagram sharing the good news as well. Then, it was the 3 of us wondering who the other 2 were.  

 We flew to Durban again. When I arrived, there were 5 other girls. We greeted and hugged each other with so much excitement and celebrated our achievement. We had dinner together at the hotel and we got to know each other even more. It was so nice to meet them properly and get to know about their personal lives, jobs, hobbies dreams, expectations. Something really caught my attention, and it was the fact that they all are very driven women, and I believe that was one of the reasons we all were there.  

Next day, we went to the studio for the shoot. They brought an incredible team from everywhere. The photographer, Aubrey Jonsson, was flown in from Bali, he is South African but currently living in Bali. I know him from other shoots that I did in the past, so it was nice to work with him again. Then our hairstylist Kevin, was brought in from Cape Town specially for this shoot. It was so lovely seeing the Miladys and Good Housekeeping team again, who all made us feel so special. 


Here the backstage pictures of the day.  
Here with beautiful Claudia who is a teacher but also a plus size blogger and the creator of The Curvy Captonian 
Ready for the interview with Good Housekeeping Magazine
Philippa, the Marketing Director of Miladys. Such an interesting woman.
I took a selfie with super talented hairstylist Kevin. Isn't his beard so cool?
Here with all the girls ready to go back home, it was a fun day!

THE CAMPAIGN 

Miladys and Good Housekeeping run this competition to celebrate how real women are. We are all from different races, with different bodies, personalities, and dreams, and were chosen to represent the beauty of South African women. I am feeling very honored to be part of this… after 13 years living here, I feel very South African! :) 
I loved every second of this competition and I feel very lucky to have met all the people that were involved with this competition, but specially the other women, they all are so inspiring and they will be forever in my heart. Actually, we all have a Whatsapp group where we exchange messages often ;)  
 Thanks Miladys and Good Housekeeping Magazine for choosing me. This has been a wonderful experience and now I have another story that I will tell my children and grandchildren one day. Can’t wait to spend my voucher on fashionable clothes from Miladys and publish some cool looks here!  

Here’s the Backstage video 


Get to know me more and see my message for Women's Month (still speaking english making mistakes but this is me!)