Why Supplements? September 09 2014

Why Supplements?...  with such busy lifestyles and being on the go, healthy food is often the first thing that we sacrifice.  Ensuring you get a good balance of nutrients and the right vitamins can be difficult, especially when you are manic, and eating on the go.  Due to this grab-and-go, fast food lifestyle, lots of us now take vitamin and mineral supplements, so that we can get optimum health.

As a beauty therapist I am always looking for key vitamins/mineral which can fight the dreaded ageing process and many clients too are also keen to try supplements which can benefit both general health and skin concerns.  There are some great products on the market now which have had some excellent results, not just with ageing but skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis etc…  Different vitamins and minerals do different jobs when it comes to skin.  Some nutrients serve as an antioxidant, which help reduce free radicals on your skin.  Vitamin A, also found in cereals, eggs and milk are essential for maintaining healthy skin and helping it to repair itself.  A good amount of Vitamin A will diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Vitamin C is an excellent vitamin for helping to reduce the effects of sun damage.  Vitamin C is also found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli and potatoes.  Vitamin E also helps fight sun damage and helps keep skin smooth and supple.  For this reason it is often added to many skin care products too!  Minerals can also help with concerns, Selenium helps to fight the effects of free radical damage by protecting your cells.

All the above are essential for great skin, especially if your lifestyle is busy and your diet is a little on the to be desired side! 

Wedding Planning Help June 10 2013

Planning your 'Big Day?'

I know a few that are and as a therapist many clients ask how they can get their themselves in the best shape so that they can look and feel extra special on their Wedding Day.  Once you have set the date you can then set yourself a ' TO DO' list.  These are great for just about everything but never more than now!  I recommend that 6 months prior is a good time to look at your skin, body and health issues.  Take a moment to really look at your skin and establish your skin type/condition/s.  Once you have done this, check out products that will suit and work for you.  But is not the only answer!!  If you find this hard speak to your therapist who should be happy to assist you and guide you on the correct regime.

One of my earlier blogs touched on diet, and this is really important.  Aim for a well balanced diet, full of fibre - think fruits, vegetables, oats, brown rice, beans nuts and seeds.  Water - for hydration and good digestive health.  Cut back on saturated fats, alcohol and sugars - all these put added stress on your liver and can result in unbalanced skin.  Oily skin types are often caused by hormonal imbalances, so to help balance these choose foods high in phytoestrogens, such as soya, beans, peas and chickpeas.  Dry skins usually lack essential fats, so avoid a very low fat diet and add a serving of omegas to your daily diet - a good way todo this is to sprinkle flaxseed onto your cereal.  If your prone to breakouts, zinc and vitamin A are the two key nutrients for you.  These immunity-boosters will help to repair skin cells.  You can find zinc in shellfish, green leafy vegetables and whole grains.  Vitamin A can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.  Flushed skins and rosacea can be a nuisance and real concern for some, but by cutting out caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, chocolate and cheese can often really help.

Now your skin is on the road to perfection, most brides dream of getting body beautiful and again 6 months before wedding is a great time to start.  If you need to lose a few pounds access your diet and see where improvements can be made, a dietician can help if your clueless and want a healthy diet and not just a quick weight loss plan.  Look into your exercise routine, do you have one? What do you enjoy doing? Getting active is a great way to have fun and see results, grab your bridesmaid/s along and get fit.

Finally right before the day itself, look at booking yourself into your favourite salon/spa for a days pampering, again bring mums and bridesmaids along.  Most salons/spas offer great packages to accommodate bridal parties.  Think about what you want, some brides are happy with nails and make-up, others want tans, eyelash extensions, waxing, facials... The list is endless.  My advice is to discuss your treatment requirements with your therapist and make a plan!  Remember lots of brides have monthly facials for a few months before to really see fab results.  It's all up to the individual, but this day is special and so are you...  Happy planning.

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs April 22 2013

These happen to the best of us at one time or another and can be painful if left.  It is really important to regularly exfoliate your skin which will help to prevent them.

But if you still get the odd one/few apply a product which contains azulene or witch hazel to help reduce swelling and redness.  From there, coax the ingrown hair from its location with a pair of tweezers (don't pull it out though, this will only make the ingrown hair regrow in the same way later).



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