Monthly Archives: December 2019


Skin Care Tips You Should Follow This Season

Every year, summers take a toll on the skin. The blazing sun and the scorching heat can be unforgiving, especially to your skin. Sure, summer is the season to kick back and relax, but it’s not time to slack on your skincare routine. The scorching heat, pollution and humidity wipes it off the natural glow, and sometimes, invites infections. To avoid all these hassles, Beauty Technologist of Spa Royale @ Royal Palm Nishani Shah shares some tips to keep your skin radiating all season.

First of all, your lips! Yes, your lips definitely need sun protection too. Many people also forget that your lips, just like your body and face, need to be exfoliated. Shah suggests that you exfoliate your lips at least once a week.  The skin on your lips is thing and lacks the natural oil glands that the rest of your skin has. By exfoliating the dead skin off your lips, you are exposing the healthy fresh skin below them. If you don’t have an exfoliator handy you can make one yourself! “My favorite home remedy is brown sugar and honey or olive oil.” Shah says. “if your lips are cracked or sensitive/irritated, rather wait until they have healed before you used the exfoliator as it can tear your lips” she adds.

Increase in temperatures during the summer months, combined with humidity and heat, can increase the activity of the sebaceous glands. This makes oily skin appear oilier and dry skin appear rough and patchy. The intensity of the sun’s rays also causes tanning by producing more melanin pigments. While everyone is aware that more melanin means darker skin, few relate sunburned skin with ageing and cancer. The heat can also cause more pores to open, which can get clogged with dirt and oil, trapping bacteria, causing acne, pimples, and blemishes on the face.

Hydration is extremely important for our skin, and even more so during summer, especially in Durban! You should aim for at least eight glasses of water a day. Being well hydrated can also help your skin recover quicker from sunburns, prevention is better than cure though!

Another essential way to keep your skin moisturized this summer is moisturizing. Shan suggests that you get yourself a water-based moisturizer as opposed to a petroleum – based moisturizer which can dry out your skin. Use a good sunscreen on the daily. This is crucial as sunscreen helps in shielding your skin from harmful UV rays that bring about the early arrival of skin ageing.

Regular skin-care treatments are also necessary to keep your skin looking fresh all summer. Shah recommends the 75minute, AgeSmart skin treatment which targets anti-aging by building collagen and elastic in the skin. The 60-minute Medi-bac skin treatment is also a popular choice in summer since the treatment helps de-congest oily skin. Both these treatments and many more are available at Spa Royale, but bookings are essential!  Contact Spa Royale at the Royal Palm Hotel on 031 566 1286 or email .


Easy and delicious salads to try this Summer

Finally, the best season of the year is here! Indulge in all that summer has to offer by gathering around a table full of fresh fruit, veggies, and refreshing sides. Fill up on the season’s finest with these family-friendly salad recipes suggested by the culinary team of the Royal Palm Hotel.

These meals are quick, easy, and seriously delicious, giving you more time for what really matters; summer cocktails!

Strawberry, Avo & Goat Cheese Salad

(Serves 4)


300g rocket and watercress, rinsed and spun
2 ripe avocados, de-pipped and scooped
2 cups strawberries, rinsed, hulled and quartered
1 cup peanut brittle, loosely crushed
1 cup goats’ cheese, crumbled
3 tbsp balsamic glaze
salt and black pepper, to season

For the balsamic glaze:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar


  1. For the balsamic glaze: heat the vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally or until reduced and slightly syrupy. Remove, cover and set aside to cool.
  2. Start with the rocket and watercress.
  3. Scoop in the avo.
  4. Scatter sliced strawberries.
  5. Crumble the goats’ cheese.
  6. Smash and sprinkle the peanut brittle (be generous).
  7. Season with freshly-ground black pepper and drizzle on your dressing.

Indian Chicken Salad

(serves 4)


4 Large skinless chicken breasts
1 heaped tbsp of masala powder
A bunch of coriander, stalks chopped and leaves separated
1 lime
150ml coconut milk
2 Heaped tbsp mango chutney
½ cucumber
100g bag of baby spinach leaves
1 small red onion, thinly sliced into rings
4 poppadums broken into chunky pieces


Lay the chicken breasts in between a double layer of cling film and bash out using a rolling pin until about 1cm thick. Rub with the tandoori spice mix and some seasoning. With a griddle pan over a medium heat, cook the chicken for about 3-5 mins on each side until cooked through.

To make the dressing, mix together the coriander stalks, lime zest and juice, coconut milk and mango chutney until you have a pourable dressing – then season. Arrange the salad ingredients on a big platter. When the chicken is cooked, slice it and add to the salad. Then drizzle on some dressing, scatter with coriander and poppadum pieces and serve.

Biltong, avo & Feta

(serves 4)


Tzatziki dressing –

1 cup of low fat plain yogurt
1-3 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
1/3  teaspoon of salt
½ cucumber, peeled
Salad –
½  cucumber, sliced
1 packet rocket and watercress
1 avocado
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
1 ripe mango, sliced
200g moist beef biltong, sliced
60g feta cheese


Toss together all the salad ingredients and serve the salad with tzatziki dressing.

And if you still don’t have time for these quick meals, head on to the Royal Palm Hotel. The hotel boasts some real fine dining, with their very own onsite signature restaurant, Thyme@Royal Palm, providing delicious dishes in a luxurious environment – the perfect place for a date or to get together with friends over summer cocktails.

For bookings or more information, call 031 581 8000 or email