Where's this year gone?
As always, it was a hot February and March here in beautiful Umhlanga! And now nearly in April, we're wondering where the first quarter has flown to? But the sunshine keeps us smiling and 2022 keeps us grounded, focused and hopeful. It also gives us reason to celebrate; we did things back to front (why not?) and toasted 2021 at the start of this year with our CEO Victor Snyders. And now we're ready for even more joy, goodness and beautiful skin journeys!
Our rain maker and founder Victor Snyders seen here with (from left to right) Kayleigh, Roxy, myself Anja and Catherine celebrating our year of success
Home is where the heart is? Oh yes! It's also - lucky for us and our patients - where the buzz is.
Umhlanga Arch is real destination lifestyle centre in Umhlanga; think retail therapy, food and restaurant culture located on this part of KZN's famous ridge. And it's a chance to connect (which we all desperately need) with a great open-air space to relax with family and friends. Ask us about live music events, sports screenings, the food market and the choice of restaurants and bars.
Although, this is our top tip: There is one particular rooftop cocktail bar with the best Indian Ocean and coastline views in Umhlanga. We're ready to spill the beans at your next appointment.
So remember to give yourself that extra "me time" after visiting our branch to really discover Umhlanga Arch properly. After all, a little window shopping never hurts!
Roxy and Catherine enjoying the Umhlanga Arch offering
We kicked off the year with an initiative that fills our joy tanks till they overflow: our weekly sandwich delivery to the SEED FUND children at the Malacca after-school care program.
Our driver Uncle Rodney fetches sandwiches every Wednesday for this weekly drop off, and to see the happy faces of the little ones receiving their afternoon meals is instant reward!
We are massively proud of this simply yet important community project and if you'd like to join us in spreading the love, please chat to Anja, our Branch Leader when you are next at the branch
And we got even more excited this month and last because it's our annual birthday season. With our four special squad members celebrating another year around the sun, the branch has been full of celebrations (and cakes)! So happiest of birthdays goes to February babies Uncle Rodney (our driver), housekeeper Joyce and Dr Merle Williams.
And for March, it's congrats to medical therapist, Catherine!
Hype? Nope! Just REAL Excitement and Efficacy with ENDYMED
Need real skin repair and rejuvenation? And very importantly, a safe option for dark skin types prone to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)? Our therapists have been doing the ENDYMED Intensif RF Micro-needling and ENDYMED FSR (Fractional Ablative Radiofrequency) on all their regulars and our expetations are being exceeded! A unique, advanced skin repairing system for scar and wrinkle treatment, the science of Micro-needling and Radio Frequency is combined to improve the skin from the inside out.
And for skin tightening, firming and lifting hooded lids, ENDYMED3 DEEP RF Tightening means the last tech device for less skin trauma but real results. Consider this one if you're wanting to overhaul your eye area but anything that involves a blade or stitches makes your queasy.
Read more about Skin Renewal's Light & Laser treatments.
More to Love: The Joy of Pets
As we set out intentions for the rest of the year, we know how much the heart really matters. What makes it happier? Forgive us for getting a little corny, but John Lennon said it best: "Love is the answer and you know that for sure."
Medical therapist, Roxy Buchanan has the right idea and gave two pups a new home (and lots of love)! She and her husband decided to grow their little family with new fur babies Olly and Oakley.
So here's one more quote and then we promise we'll stop!
"Opening up your life to a dog that needs a home is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. - Emmy Kenney
Off We fly: The Joy of Travel
Broadening horizons and going on adventures boosts the mood and the mind! Dr Caitlin and boyfriend, Adriaan flew off to Ireland for a not only well-deserved break, but a real change of scenery and pace. Exquisite wild beauty, history and a glimpse of traditional Irish culture and language, meant Dr Caitlin ticked a gem off her bucket list.
We're thrilled for her!
Medical Therapist, Catherine Anderson had a proper recharge and refresh with a holiday to game reserve Bayete Zulu. A little escape to the beautiful African Bush is one of the big pleasures of living in South Africa - and it's never taken for granted.
Celebrating her 30th birthday, she and boyfriend Dwayne (also marking his birthday in the same month) made the most of their very special local getaway. Well done guys!
Skin Renewal’s vision facilitates infinite transformation in all the lives we touch. This vision is held by our highly skilled doctors and medically trained therapists working with patients through their skincare journeys. It’s also a vision every Skin Renewal employee carries through to the broader community in terms of upliftment and support.
This year’s CSI project is no different
We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Komani to help stop period poverty. Every year 10,000 girls miss school due to not having proper sanitary ware. Komani produces sustainable, washable and reusable, high-quality sanitary pads which are environmentally friendly.
All 18 Skin Renewal branches will be participating in this initiative which will, in turn, assist the beneficiaries in the three charities we support in each province. We aim to donate 1000 packs of Komani reusable sanitary pads to each charity this year. For every 100 packs we receive, we will spend time with the beneficiaries educating them on personal hygiene and how to use and maintain their sanitary pack.
SkinBucks, our complimentary loyalty programme, rewards you – our valued Skin Renewal patient – for your continued loyalty. As a loyalty programme member, you earn SkinBucks every time you transact in a branch or our online skin shop, which can be redeemed in-branch for services, products or gift vouchers. For more info about the programme or your Loyalty Status, speak to any of our team members when you next visit our branch.
And, in case you didn’t know, we have a dedicated WhatsApp number – 079 183 1107 – to help assist you with information, appointments and more.
Wishing you a year of good health, happiness and plenty to celebrate!
The Umhlanga Branch