Looking after your skin

By Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee

Although the temperature has been slow to shift here in Christchurch, we all know it’s coming with a frosty vengeance. Now is the time to take extra precautions against a winter full of rough, dry skin and try to preserve that summer tan.

exfoliation routine

Upping the ante with your exfoliating routine is key to holding on to your summer glow over the next few months. By sloughing off dead skin, your skin will feel softer and absorb moisture better.

Pure Fiji Coconut sugar rub.

Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub

We highly recommend Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub with beautiful fragrant infusions, is an extraordinary moisturising body treatment. Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub is an entirely natural skin exfoliation system that will rapidly hydrate and condition your skin. Fresh sugarcane crystals contain naturally occurring alpha hydroxys to gently buff away ageing skin cells and polish your clean skin. Added to this the deep nourishing richness, is a blend of cold pressed Virgin Coconut, Macadamia, Sikeci, Dilo and Noni extracts which promote cellular renewal and enhances collagen production for younger looking skin.

Body exfoliation treatments are performed for a variety of reasons…

• As a treatment on its own, to promote smooth, invigorated and toned skin.
• To prepare for self-tanning applications.
• In preparation for body wraps.
• As an introduction to body therapy.
• To aid the prevention of ingrown hairs.

Exfoliation to prepare for tanning.

Exfoliation to prepare for tanning.

Benefits of body exfoliation…

• Increased circulation of blood and lymph (improved nourishment, colour, elimination and cellular renewal).
• Increased metabolism in the area, aiding the dispersal of cellulite and wastes.
• Gives a smooth texture to the skin. Plain salt or sugar can be used but any reputable beauty clinic or spa will use professionally prescribed products.

Pure Fiji Body exfoliation treatments.
Pure Fiji Body exfoliation treatments.

When having a body exfoliation treatment alone, a body nourishing cream should be applied after showering or when rubs have been compressed off.

Body wraps and treatments are another very good way to take great care of our skin.

Body wraps are performed for a variety of purposes and effects, and we have a variety of treatments available at V For Hair and Beauty Merivale.
• Detoxification – often containing sea salt extract, minerals, plant extracts and diuretic ingredients.
• Rejuvenation and skin health/hydration – the removal of dead skin cells and absorption of nourishing materials much like a facial for the whole body.
Body spa treatments and wraps have grown in popularity. Originally only available through health farms and resorts, V For Hair and Beauty Merivale offers a full-service menu of body treatments.

Pure Fiji Treatments
Pure Fiji Treatments and Services are available at V For Hair and Beauty Merivale.

Treat yourself to detoxifying body wraps designed to hydrate and firm skin from head to toe.

V For Hair and Beauty Merivale body wrap treatments improve the texture and appearance of the skin by softening and moistening as they remove excess water and harmful toxins from the body. Our natural body wraps are specialised body masques that help reduce fine lines and improve skin tone. As body wraps stimulate circulation, they help renew tired, neglected skin. Better still; the relaxation they facilitate can help reduce stress.

At V For Hair and Beauty Merivale, we use ingredients found in nature to produce optimal results. Our wrap ingredients include clays, salts and coconut milk. We use and thoroughly recommend the Pure Fiji body care products, both the in-salon professional products and the take-home aftercare. These have a variety of extracts and natural essential oils. All ingredients are carefully selected to work together to soften, detoxify, and relax the entire body.

Luxurious time out at home.
Luxurious time out at home.

While it is a luxurious time out pamper to have treatments done in salon, you can also create your own luxurious experiences at home. I like to have a soak in a nice hot bath with my favourite relaxing music and I also light some scented candles.


The Pure Fiji Body Care Products I just love to use are…

Pure Fiji Bath Soak.
Pure Fiji Bath Soak

Luxuriously smooth and creamy, this hydrating coconut milk soak contains a bounty of nutrients essential to the support and good health of your skin. Fresh coconut milk with a blend of exotic nut oils rejuvenate, nourish and rehydrate dry skin leaving it supple smooth and revitalized. Add 1/4 cup to running water and relax on a wave of island magic. This is the perfect relaxation body treatment for in the bath at home –  the fragrance is amazing and your skin will feel so soft and subtle.


Pure Fiji Exotic Oil
Pure Fiji Exotic Oil

For centuries Pacific Islanders have used a blend of virgin coconut oil and a unique blend of dilo, macadamia and sikeci oils to moisturise, nourish and protect both skin and hair. This nourishing blend absorbs quickly and will rejuvenate, replenish, hydrate and nourish your skin. Use as a massage oil, bath oil or daily moisturizing treatment. Pure Fiji Exotic Oil is one of my favourite products from the Pure Fiji range, you can use it for so many things. I personally use it as a daily body moisturiser, hair treatment, to soothe sunburn, feels great on your face and gives the skin a beautiful glow.


Pure Fiji Body Butter.

Pure Fiji Body Butter

This super moisturising cream will instantly revive dry skin. A unique blend of cold pressed coconut, dilo, macadamia and sikeci oils rapidly hydrate skin and lock in the moisture to keep your skin perfectly hydrated and nourished. Milk proteins provide an added benefit, setting in motion firming processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines – while soy and passionflower gently soothe and calm stressed skin. An excellent cream indulgences all year round. This Pure Fiji Body Butter is just delicious, it is so thick and creamy it is good for the entire body including hands and face. I keep a travel size in my car, office and handbag it is just beautiful.


Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel
Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel

Discover the South Pacific secret to clean and refreshed skin with this gentle and nourishing shower gel. Natural cleansers derived from coconut and sugar cane ease away accumulated impurities, while pineapple extracts gently brighten skin tone – leaving skin replenished and rejuvenated. We use the Pure Fiji Shower Gels at home, they are a good everyday shower gel with such beautiful fragrances.


Vicki loves the Pure Fiji Body Care.
Vicki loves Pure Fiji Body Care.

Not only is Fiji a beautiful place to visit and my favourite holiday destination, but they also produce in my opinion some of the best skin and body care products available. Pure Fiji products are very highly concentrated and go a long way making them very economical. They are not full of buffers that have no goodness, just beautiful skin enhancing ingredients. We are very proud as a hair and beauty salon to use and stock Pure Fiji. It is a personal favourite of mine and I am very passionate about the brand. Pure Fiji skin and body care products also make beautiful gifts anyone will appreciate. We use the full range in our beauty salon and achieve amazing results for our clients.


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it…

V for Hair and Beauty, Merivale, Christchurch

Master Stylist, Vicki Ogden-O’Fee

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