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It’s time for our African spring beauty break. At Longevity, we pride ourselves on hosting events that are exciting and informative. Above all, we want our events to be beneficial to our guests and readers.  Our African spring beauty break will take guests out of the city’s buzz to a place of calm of wellness and natural beauty.

Spoil Yourself And Join Us For This Special Beauty Break

Join us with Solal at the beautiful De Hoek country hotel and estate,  on the 7-8th of September for a jam-packed morning, or weekend of fun and essential health and beauty information.

We’ve put together some super informative talks with  top industry experts in the following fields:

  • natural beauty treatments
  • nutrition for better skin health
  • what supplements will enhance your health (and beauty)
  • how to manage the pressures of aging and beauty in today’s world
  • the beautiful benefits of essential oils, and much more.

Healthy Food, Therapies and Beauty Gift Bag

Our talks will also include natural therapies for health enhancement as well as a discussion on CBD as an alternative medical treatment, where you can ask all the questions you may have.

There will be a light snack on arrival before the sessions begin with a panel of top industry experts. This also includes a demonstration by make-up artists from Bobbi Brown. As well as a healthy eating cooking demonstration, provided by the chefs in De Hoek’s kitchen.

Bonus: You will also receive your own gift bag, courtesy of Solal and Bobbi Brown.

Big Beauty Break at De Hoek

De Hoek Is The Chosen Venue For Our Beauty Break

Nestled in the crook of the Magalies River in the lush and fertile valley of the Magaliesburg Mountains and only an hour and fifteen minutes away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, De Hoek Country Hotel is the ideal place to celebrate life and the natural beauty of our country.

The successful team, with the continued loyalty and commitment of the De Hoek staff, continue to uphold the values that make the award-winning hotel a prized gem in a highly competitive hospitality industry.

Beauty Break at De Hoek

The Beauty of A Morning In the Country

De Hoek is opening its doors to Longevity guests for either a morning or overnight stay.  So why not spoil yourself. Bring a partner, a friend,  a mother, sister, or daughter. Come spend the morning with us at the beautiful De Hoek Estate.

Morning Workshop Only

Date: 7th September 2019. 

Cost: R495

Click on the following link to make a booking for the morning workshop. 

Bring a friend, but don’t delay. Book soonest. Tickets are secured on a first paid basis.

The Experts

Melissa Kelly

Melissa is a registered nutritionist who graduated from the University of Pretoria. Here, she also obtained a Diploma in Higher Education and Training practices. She was a part-time lecturer at the university in the field of nutrition education and has acted as a consulting dietician for the Blue Bulls squad. Her 24 years of clinical experience includes overseeing the nutritional management of in-and-out patients, as well as the in-service training of undergraduate dietetic students, the orientation of medical students, and the instruction of hospital personnel in basic principles of nutrition.

Melissa is a highly skilled health professional

Between 2002 and 2005 Melissa lectured part-time on dietetic students at her alma mater. She was also involved with the development of study guides and training material. In 2004 she was recognized for excellent service.

Melissa’s areas of expertise include Cardiology, Diabetes, Weight Management, General outpatient clinic, HIV clinic, Critical Care, TPN, and Tube feeds.

Between 2007 and 2008 she was a medial delegate at Nestle. She was involved with the detailing of infant formula and relationship building with healthcare professionals. Here, Melissa received the following awards:

  • Regional winner: Medical Delegate Management System 2007
  • Regional winner: Medical Detailing 2007
  • National winner: Medical Detailing 2007

She is the founder of the Scoop to Lose Company. Here, she developed an eating plan for adults, as well as children between the ages of two and 12 years. Melissa is currently in private practice.

Dr. Marilyn Davis-Shulmanbeauty | Longevity LIVE

She is an Educational Social Worker and Clinical Psychologist registered with the HPCSA, holding accreditations for achievement from the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress in Advanced Trauma Treatment. Dr. Davis-Shulman has been trained in the Neurobiological Legacy of Complex Traumatic Stress. This has significantly refined her skill-set and level of specialist expertise in dealing with the ramifications of attachment rupture in infants, children, adolescents, and adults.

Marilyn has unique psychotherapy skills and will be sharing her take on what beauty is

She has also had extensive training and experience in family therapy and mediation, which has equipped her to evaluate and assess adult and child relationship dynamics. Her clinical expertise allows the diagnosis of insecure, ambivalent and/or disorganized attachment difficulties that render dysfunction within family systems.

Dr. Davis-Shulman’s psycho-legal work includes psychological evaluation and assessment, parenting coordination, mediation, the drawing up of parenting plans and post-divorce intervention, as well as acting as an expert in her field for court appearances.

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Dr. Isabel van Niekerk

She is a naturopath and is qualified to work in all disciplines of naturopathy and related therapies. In 2004 she qualified as a Natural Practitioner and completed her B.A.S.M at the University of Alternative Medicine in India. Similarly, Dr. van Niekerk went on to complete her M.D. and Ph.D. After this,  she went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Psychotherapy and Counseling.

She also has a Bachelors in Hypnotherapy. Dr van Niekerk is registered with EPASA. Her new challenge as Director, founder, and owner of Rubicon Persona Clinics is to bring a far-reaching holistic approach to the larger public and improve the lives of people in general.

Brent Murphy

Brent is a pharmacist, who graduated from Rhodes University in 1992.  He specializes in the research of complementary medicines, specifically relating to their pharmacology and pharmacodynamics. He is a member of the research team at Ascendis Health’s wellness division. Also, he was previously a director and head of new product development at SOLAL Technologies before it was sold to Ascendis Health in 2013.

Brent has served on the executive council of the Health Products Association of South Africa from 2002 – 2008. He is an international speaker. From 1998 to 2018, many medical conferences have had him presenting. This includes the Pharmaceutical Summit, The Congress of the Society of Integrative Medicine and the International Anti-Aging and Aesthetic conference in London.

Brent is an acclaimed health professional

In 2007 he was awarded the Discovery Institute Award for Clinical Excellence. From 2010 until 2012, Brent was the editor of Health Intelligence, a consumer health magazine. In addition to this, he was also the senior consultant for MediCAMS, a reference book for pharmacists and doctors, on the uses, side effects, and dosages of most natural medicines and dietary supplements available in South Africa.

Brent also lectured WITS University 4th year pharmacy students on natural medicine for a 15-hour module each year starting in 2006-2012.

Join us for an overnight stay and additional beauty treatments:

For those guests who wish to join us for an overnight stay at De Hoek, Longevity has put together a weekend special with the team at this award-winning, five-star country hotel:

Beauty Break Room at De Hoek

This includes a selection of pampering sessions, dinner that evening and a night’s stay in De Hoek’s luxurious accommodation.

The following morning, wake-up to an optional meditative walk and a relaxing yoga session before breakfast and departure at 11:00.

To secure your spot, please email us at

Special Package: R5750 

Our Partner For the African Spring Beauty Break

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If Beauty Is Skin Deep, Go Deeper, With Solal

How you care for your skin is key to achieving a glowing complexion as you age.  Using scientifically-backed products, which contain ingredients that nourish and protect your skin from within, is essential to achieving effective results. Smooth out wrinkles, reverse the effects of lifestyle damage rejuvenate dry and dehydrated skin by working proactively to restore skin health from within.  You can achieve this with Solal Vitamins, and exfoliating, hydrating and protecting with Solal Skincare.


An important step for maintaining smooth, healthy-looking skin is gentle exfoliation. This will rejuvenate your complexion by removing dead skin cells, while also clearing away the dirt and oil that can lead to blemishes. Solal Skincare’s Exfoliating Mask is a self-heating, multifunctional exfoliating and hydrating mask that mechanically and enzymatically helps to remove dry, old skin surface cells. Gentle exfoliation, recommended up to four times a week, helps to soothe, nourish and moisturize your skin. Hello, fresh beauty!


Whatever your skin type, hydration is critical to the overall health and appearance of the skin. The key to properly hydrated skin is to maintain a balance of water and natural oils. Most noteworthy, Solal Skincare’s products not only moisturize, but also help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These include their new Oil to Milk Cleanser, its Replenishing Moisturiser, and Intense Replenishing Moisturiser. They contain high hyaluronic acid, five times more moisturizing than regular hyaluronic acid after 24 hours. Your skincare regime, complemented with Solal Omega-3 Krill Oil and Omega-All vitamins, should ensure your skin cells stay hydrated throughout the day.


Above all, our skin needs daily protection from environmental factors. These factors include UV rays, pollution, and climate change. Consequently, Solal’s SPF 30 is designed to be a broad-spectrum facial SPF. It contains melanin to protect against UVA, UVB and High Energy Visible (HEV) light emitted from laptops and cellphones. Most noteworthy, it has hyaluronic acid to significantly hydrate and plump your skin. Used simultaneously with Solal’s Collagen Plus Skin Essentials and Vitamin A 5 000 IU vitamins, it helps to stimulate new skin cell formation to oppose wrinkles, sagging and pigmentation.

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