Diabetic? I bet you avoid sugar…. If you get sugar scrubs in the salon, you should read further.



I went to the optometrist the other day. My goodness what an insightful visit. I was there to get some new reading glasses, but I got so much more.

I guess it was because I went on a really quiet day and the gentleman had a lot of time on his hands, or maybe he was a locum and only wanted to see 3 clients for the day and chose to spend 2 hours with each person.

Either way, he did a VERY VERY thorough test, which also included taking photographs of my eyeballs.

Yup, I am sure most people are familiar with this, but it was news for me.

He then placed the image on a big screen and started reading the tealeaves….

To read more on what the Iris tells us you can read what Dr Roy Sr, MD
Associate Clinical Professor from the Department of Ophthalmology at the
University of Arkansas had to say. click here.

I am a pale South African, but after this session, I now know that my forefathers were heavy pigmented. Good thing living in Africa to know I’m part of a rainbow nation. It kind of made me feel more at home and local I suppose.


The second thing he shared was that I had 0, NO, nada Diabetic genes in my body. I had no family with Diabetic history, I will never get it and there is no trace of it in my geneology. Wow that was good news, but knowing me, I started walking around, now constantly thinking about this Diabetic thing.  I found a facinating article on research that was done by a Dr in the USA.  Read more here.


To be honest, my knowledge of Diabetics goes as far as my friend who has to wake up every 3 hours to measure her son’s blood sugar. I know there are different types and I know that sugar is bad if you have it.

If this is your thing and you want to read more, feel free to follow the research here.  It gives a great understanding.

To get back to my session at the optomitrist…  it then hit me….. and this is something completely different, but this is where my thoughts went… If I put cream on my legs and it gets absorbed by my skin, the active ingredients go through the skin right? Some more than others. Just think of Muscle relaxers, you rub them on the skin and they get absorbed and have a direct effect on your muscle.


So here is the part that bothered me. Why are we using sugar scrubs on Diabetics when doing pedicures?

Surely we ask the question… Does it actually get absorbed?  I followed a research project and found this interesting article.

Are you a Diabetic? I think if you are, you should be asking these questions and maybe demanding a non-sugar scrub when going for your next Mani or Pedi.



Upon reading more on this subject, I learned that Sugar does not naturally get absorbed when placed on the skin, but with abrasion in scrubbing, it enters the skin.

I also learned that it is more or less the same thing that happens on the skin when we bath in epson salts…. the same level of absorption appears, or i suppose those nicotine patches smokers wear.

See a discussion on someone who is T1 diabetic and cooked plums when testing his sugar.

So this is my advice to you. Next time when you go for a Pedi, ask for the MediHeel Pedicure, It is free of all sugars and is completely safe and tested for Diabetics.



Giving your nails a mani-moon!

Yes the honeymoon for mani’s.

If you are addicted to the convenience of gel or acrylic you will be familiar with the 4 or 5 week routine of soaking and this is a must read then.




The truth is the nail looks like its gone through a warzone after the removal and often feels extremely damaged. Why you might ask does it damage the nail so much?

With the help of UV light, gel sticks to the nail beds stronger than traditional varnish This likely isn’t a problem in and of itself.


The problem is when you cannot resist peeling it off after 4 weeks.

The responsible thing off course is to soak it off with acetone. This should take no longer than 10 minutes and there should be no filing required. You should be able to remove it with an orange stick.

Filing the gel off with a strong grid can cause tremendous damage to the nail bed and will thin the nail even more.

The solution: The Mani-moon. Doctors and nail experts recommend taking regular breaks in-between gel applications. For two reasons.

1- you will pick up on any signs of infections or fungi and

2- it gives the nail a chance to rehydrate. This is the opportunity the nail bed needs to rebuild any compromised structures that was damaged during the application process.

There are specific minerals the nail and cuticle needs during this recovery. The #NakedNail System provides everything you need in one bag.

You will receive the

Illuminating Nail Cleanser with the extra Soft bristle brush. – It is is a nail whitener that brightens your nails giving you a natural french manicured look.  Actives include Vit C and natures very own nail whitener, Papain enzymes. It is Just like applying 
toothpaste to a toothbrush, you can now apply your Illuminating Nail Cleanser to your soft bristle nailbrush and give your nails a daily scrub for cleaner, healthier and stronger nails.

Nail Hardener will cause the nails keratin structure to strengthen; while a protective shield forms over the nail allowing soft nails to grow. Nitrocellulose, an essential in nail hardeners that act as a film forming agent to protect your nails.

Cuticle Removerduring gel applications it is often difficult to push back cuticles and we all realize cutting them is the ultimate sin. The PH balanced, formula helps break down excess cuticles in seconds and contains moisturising Almond Oil to help condition and soothe sensitive cuticles. The ultimate solution.

Cuticle MD – a remedy for dry and damaged cuticles, feeding, hydrating and protecting at the same time. While taking the break give your nails and cuticles the benefit of:

  • Coconut oil
  • Vit E
  • Citrus Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Calendula oil
  • Grape Seed oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Arnica oil
  • Tiara Flower oil
  • Anti oxidant Tycopherol.

With all these nutrients you can enjoy a comfortable break from gel applications and if you are not a gel-junky and love the bare look, this should be an investment you should make to keep bare naked nails looking young and healthy all year round.

We all hate Slippery Foot Lotions, Don’t we?

12 years ago, I walked out of a pedicure here in Cape Town with my feet oily and slippery in my shoes.  I got in my car and took off my shoes immediately….. try putting an oily foot on the breaks!

I was so frustrated. Now I had to walk bare feet, my shoes were oily and everything clung to the moisture underneath my feet, making it look like I never had that pedi.

Have you felt this way?  I am sure you have.  I went on a search, I started buying every heel balm I could lay my hands on.  I tried them all!  And with absolutely no luck.  Some were great absorbers and I actually felt like they were food for my dry heels, but I could not find one that didn’t leave the oily wet residue.

It was a winters day and I was in a new make up store that had just opened.  A friendly sales lady spritzed a product on my face that was suppose to set my make up.  It did wonders for my face and this is where the Foot Perfector was born.  If this wonder product could set the make up on my face after application, surely it could set my pedicure…..

The search began and a year later we had a beautiful heel balm with the lock in system that was developed for make up setting.  But that was not enough…  seeing that the active ingredient locked in all moisture, there was no reason we couldn’t add more.  And you know the Elim philosophy, we developed a facial for your feet.  We use facial grade ingredients and what is good for the face is good for the feet.

Here is a list of ingredients I added to the normal foot formulation.  Not just your average list of ingredients.

  • Vitamins and Almond Oils to nourish and feed the feet.
  • Shea Butter for hydration.
  • Isopropyl Myristate is an extra absorption mechanism that ensures every ingredient is absorbed into the skin.
  • Vitamin E
  • Collagen to plump skin and improve its appearance.
  • Pro Vitamin B5.
  • Honeyquat an excellent humectant.
  • Propylene Glycol acts as a water lock system.
  • Urea was included for hydration.
  • Dimethicone the magic solution that prevents the slipping.

So there you have it, the 5th product in your MediHeel Super Pedicure, a real facial for your feet.


What are those big, white peeling patches after Gel applications are removed?

What are the dry, peeling patches that appears on the nail bed after you remove your Gel application or your varnish and why do they appear?

Do you sometimes feel like you need a break in between a manicure or a pedicure. Usually the reason we feel this, is because of the condition our nails are in after prolonged varnish applications.

I decided to shed some light on what our nails really need and why we have those white patches that screams for hydration.

The big myth is that we need to give our nails time to breath in-between manicures. The truth is that our nails do not actually breathe. They get all their oxygen and food from our bloodstream and not from the environment.

Does this mean we can continually have varnish on the nail bed? Absolutely not, this only means that those big white patches of dryness you see after you remove your varnish, gel or acrylic nail is not an oxygen shortage.

These big white peeling patches are called keratin granulation. This happens when the top layers of the nail cells are removed and exposed.

The answer? A 3 week break from varnish, gel or any color.

We love to make complex things simple and I will explain the structure of the nail briefly. The layers of your nail looks like scales on a fish. These scales are made of keratin (a protein) and they get damaged and dried out by the use of specific chemicals – especially acetone. Acetone causes the scales to pull away from each other. This causes the dryness, ridging and peeling.


What advice can we give you?

  • Minimize the use of Acetone.
  • Minimize strong solvents like hand sanitising alcohols.
  • The cuticle is there to protect the nail, do not cut them away. Rather use a gentle cuticle remover or cuticle oil and gently push them back. We love the Cuticle MD from Elim. It contains 10 oils to heal, hydrate and protect the cuticle and has a natural SPF. Cutting cuticles will expose the nail and cuticle to dehydrate sooner, so stay away from any cutters.
  • Use a hand cream with an SPF to protect your hands and nails against UV rays. We recommend the Ultra Rich Hand Cream from Elim.
  • Want an easy solution? Elim compiled the #nakedNails program that has everything you need for those breaks in between. It is off course also great for those of us who don’t like wearing color at all.

Go on and give your nails that well deserved break.