August 2015

Detox with the Konjac Sponge Co.

Looking to detox? Try some activated charcoal!

I know, ANOTHER thing you have to add to your beauty routine!? But before you shush me, listen up. The Konjac Sponge Co. Charcoal sponge is no joke, and worth adding to your skincare stash. Made from the root of the konjac plant, this sponge is used to help you dislodge, dirt, oil, and blackheads-basically, a natural, older version of our BFF, the Clarisonic. But they’ve been around for 1,500 YEARS. No, not a typo. 1,500 years.

And while Konjac sponges may look like any other poof you’d find at the drugstore, the Charcoal Konjac Sponge Co. certainly is not your run-of-the-mill sponge. This little gem is packed with mineral rich activated carbon which deep cleans skin pores to eliminate blackheads and dirt whilst absorbing excess oils and toxins. A natural antioxidant, it kills stubborn acne-causing bacteria and is an effective natural treatment for acne sufferers. The perfect detox program for your face!
When dry, the sponge is rock hard; moisten it, and it gets all squishy and pillowy soft. While other sponges just lift dirt and debris, the root that the konjac sponge is made from is able to naturally deep clean skin by absorbing the gunk. This means that you can skip the squeeze of face wash altogether if you want. Holler! But like any other facial sponge, this should be replaced after no more than three months. 

Here are some of the benefits:

• Ideal for oily, teen and blemish prone skin
• PH balanced
• Gently Exfoliates
• Deeply Cleanses
• Refines Pores
• Cleanses and Exfoliates the Delicate Eye Area
• Removes Water Based Make-Up
• Use With or Without Cleanser
• Leaves Skin Radiant & Rejuvenated
• Suitable for Sensitive Skin
• 100% Natural, Colouring & Additive Free
• Silky Soft When Wet
• Ideal for hormonal skin

How Do I Use the Konjac Sponge? Here are our top tips on what to do with it:

1. Got a hold of the Konjac sponge? Great! Soaking the sponge in warm water will make the sponge’s texture softer. You can soak the sponge with warm until it’s fully expanded – approximately by one and a half times.
2. If you have make-up on, it’s best to remove your make-up using your favourite cleanser with the sponge to make sure your face feels super amazing. Clean your face with the sponge using circular, upward motions. This will give you a lifting effect, deep cleanse and will massage your face at the same time. 
3. You can cleanse your face or body either with or without applying a cleanser.
4. Avoid rubbing acne or irritated skin too roughly.
5. After use, wash the facial puff/body sponge under the water. Press gently with two hands for rinsing the facial puff/body sponge out. Please do not wring it.
6. Extra steps are needed when it comes to caring for Konjac sponge in a hot country like the UAE. To avoid harmful bacteria’s, hang the sponge near a well-ventilated area such as bathroom windows.
7. If the sponge surface is becoming cracked, it’s time to replace a new one. Typically you should get 3 months out of your sponge.
8. Time for a new one? Throw the old one in a plant pot. It will gladly feed your plants!
The Konjac Sponge Co. Charcoal sponge is on sale for 60 AED and is available in Holland and Barrett, The Organic Café, Make Up Etc.,, add (Qatar) and Whites Pharmacy (Saudi Arabia). Visit to find out more. 

Detox Offer – Last chance to grab it at Detox Delight

Hello to the wonderful people. I had taken a good break and was off for vacation. I have got back and I promise you all more blog posts to keep you hooked on.  Now that you’re back home and back to work
after your summer holiday and the Eid break, you might feel a little heavier,
exhausted and in need of a little detox to feel lighter, healthier and back on
track. You may also find yourself wondering what is the best way to fit
comfortably back into your clothes!

Thankfully our friends at UAE based DETOX
DELIGHT have a special August promotion to make it a little easier – their 7
for 5 package. Available throughout the entire month of August, the package
gives you 7 days of detox package for the price of 5, with packages starting
from AED 1790.
About Detox Delight:
Delight is the UAE’s first detox delivery service, which brings wellbeing
directly to consumers doorsteps. Detox Delight’s focus is on a natural,
nutrient-rich diet that supports the self-purification powers of the body.
Together with the right amount of healthy exercise as well as support by
complementary treatments, Detox Delight want to make it possible for their
customers to achieve their ideal weight without much change to their daily
routine. Offering a variety of juice, food and snack
options, Detox Delight is more than just a weight loss/management programme, it
is a holistic approach to the long-term improvement of nutrition and thus
metabolism and well-being. Their products are designed for people who, despite
their demanding professional, private and social lives, don’t wish to neglect
their well-being.
So, if you or your friends always wanted to
test the DETOX DELIGHT experience now is the perfect time to do so.  It may take a little time to
get back into your old regime, but after a week with DETOX DELIGHT you will be
feeling a lot less bloated and back on the right track.  
To book your 7 for 5 package place your
order online today by typing “7for5” in the comment section.
For more information or
to order your detox programme today call 04 338 3565 or visit  

Free Dance Week at James and Alex dance studios for kids and adults

Whether you jetted off to escape the hot summer, spent time with the family or kept a low profile during the intense summer months, we are sure you are well rested and raring to go! So it’s now time to try something new and shake up your routine!

About James & Alex Dance Studios :-
James & Alex Dance Studios are located in the heart of Dubai Media City (Concord Tower), offering an excellent range of classes for adults and children. They cover a wide spectrum of dance styles, with some of the highest quality teaching and choreographic talent in the region.  Founded in 2012, the dance studios are the vision of two of Dubai’s most successful salsa dancers, James Castro and Alex de Smet.  Having already established one of the largest salsa schools in Dubai, they decided to open their own venue dedicated purely to dance.  The result is an incredible 4000 sq. ft. venue, boasting three studios with private and group classes in Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom, Zumba, Pole Fitness, Aerial Yoga, Belly Dance, Burlesque, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. James & Alex also host regular practice parties and social events across town and their venue available for private hire.  The studios are open Saturday to Thursday between 2pm and 10pm.  For more information and the latest class schedule, please visit or follow them on Facebook at
There is no excuse and nothing to lose: It’s Free Dance Week at James and Alex Dance Studios!
If you can walk, you can dance; it’s as simple as that! Dance is a universal language. Just like words, our bodies can express themselves. Now you can hit the floor and learn some cool moves as James & Alex Dance Studios is offering free dance classes for one week starting Saturday 5th September until Thursday 10th September.
Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced dancer, anyone can join. James & Alex encourage everyone to come and try it out, because anyone can dance. So, get off your couch and let’s get dancing!
To benefit from this amazing offer, you will need to register for the classes from the 25th August and you can pick and choose as many as you like! Free Dance Week also includes all kids’ classes, excluding Hayley’s Comet.

For more information on the full class schedule, please contact the studio directly on +971 (0)4 447 0773 or visit The studio is located on the 8th Floor of Concord Tower, in Dubai Media City.  

Long day in Sun ? Urban Veda cools you down

Did you soak up too many of those oh-so-hot rays on the beach? The sun’s warmth can feel great shining down onto our skin but overexposure can cause painful sunburn, dryness, and peeling which can lead to premature aging. The best line of defense against the ill effects of too much sun is sunscreen, but if you’re outdoors all day, sunburn can ensue even if you’re using the best products and diligently reapplying. Remember, sun protection isn’t just about sunscreen, you also have to protect your skin once you’re off the beach. To protect and pamper your sensitive skin after a long day in the sun Urbaveda’s Soothing Collection is formulated to absorb quickly and cool and calm the skin whilst re-hydrating and helping to seal in moisture. 

Urbanveda’s Soothing Collection provides gentle skin-clarifying Ayurvedic infusions that support the skin’s hydration levels and preserve the natural moisture balance, while harmonising therapeutic botanicals fight fatigue, dehydration and stress. Sun, wind, salt, and sand all take a toll on our skin, and this Soothing Collection helps to restore the balance.
The full Urban Veda range is available in Holland and Barrett outlets across Dubai, including Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi and Al Hamra Mall in Ras Al Khaimah. Prices start from AED 75.