The Weekend Post: Think a Facial Could Fix Your Skin? Here's What You Need to Know #AD

Sunday, 11 April 2021


A facial is one of the best ways to clear your skin and make it look glowy and fresh. Whether you do it alone, or you prefer the expert hands of a professional, doing a facial is the right way to take care of your skin. But, if it’s your first time doing such a thing, then it’s important to be prepared about the whole experience. So for that reason, here are some amazing tips that will show you how to do it.

Choose the right treatment

There are many different facials out there, and choosing the best one matters the most. In case you’ve never done it before, then be sure to go for regular pore-cleansing treatment. Simply, chances are that your pores are full of sebum and dirt, and these are impossible to clean with commercial skincare products. So before you move to other treatments, make sure to thoroughly cleanse your face first. After that, you can proceed to do other treatments related to your specific skin concerns.

Skip makeup

Wearing makeup during the facial is a big no, so if you’ve already made an appointment, then it’s hugely important to go there bare-faced, without a trace of makeup. An esthetician doesn’t need to go through layers of makeup in order to work on your skin, and since the aim of the treatment is to boost your skin’s wellbeing, there’s really no need to hide imperfections or blemishes at all. Also, it’s not in your best interest to waste the time of the appointment on removing makeup.

Don’t be afraid of some DIY magic

We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, so going to the salon is a bit challenging, which is why having a home facial doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Therefore, if you love all things related to skincare, and you want to try this out, then giving yourself a facial might be a nice way to pamper yourself a bit. There are different types of at-home facials so be sure to choose the one that works for you. Also, rather than forcing extractions, it’s important to be patient and know your limits. Every facial has an order that needs to be followed, so don’t stray from that, and instead, do things as you should.

Be prepared for some ugliness

This might sound frightening, but in reality, it’s all part of a regular process. Extractions can be irritating and therefore, it’s not uncommon for skin to look worse a few days after the treatment. That’s why steaming can help with extractions, but if you experience any post-facial breakouts, then be sure to use antibacterial products, and to stay away from touching and picking at your skin. Also, if you’re doing exfoliation treatment, it’s crucial to avoid direct sunlight and to wear sunscreen every time when you go outside.

Have a good skincare routine at all times

A proper skincare routine will help your skin on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, make sure to take care of your skin in between the treatments. Besides, feel free to take a picture of your products and show it to your facialist. Your esthetician can also give you some useful tips regarding the right products and their application. Not taking care of your skin every day can make your skin appear dry, dehydrated, dull, or saggy, and that’s something you should definitely avoid.

Conclusion

A facial is something you should do, especially if you’re dealing with skin issues such as acne, redness, and early signs of ageing. These tips will help you prepare for a facial treatment, regardless of whether you do it at home or in the salon. Just make sure to follow all the rules and recommendations, and as a result, your skin will look fresh and glowy.

Tried & Tested: Kathleen Natural Facial Ionic Treatment Device review

Friday, 9 April 2021


At-home beauty treatments were already becoming increasingly popular before the pandemic, and now it seems like everyone is using some kind of gadget to keep their skin looking its best in between those coveted facialist appointments! 

Like many beauty bloggers who are passionate about skincare, I've tried and tested countless gadgets over the years, and the latest one to come into my possession is the Kathleen Natural Facial Ionic Treatment Device

What Is It?
The Kathleen Natural Facial Ionic Treatment Device is a lightweight, cordless (battery operated) facial treatment device that has combined ionic micro-currents and pulsations which can be used for both Lymphatic Drainage Massage and Facial Lift treatments at home. It's designed to work in conjunction with your favourite toners, serums and essences to enhance the penetration of those formulas.

Does It Hurt?
No, it's painless and non-invasive. You may feel a slight tingling if you have thin or older skin.

What Does It Do?
The device features a stainless steel circular head which is placed on different areas of the face and neck that you want to treat. Once switched on, the ionic micro-current technology begins to work as the current passes through the muscle, allowing active ingredients in your serums and essences to penetrate deeper. It also helps to tighten and smooth the skin over time and stimulates healthy collagen production.

Who Can Use It?
It's suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

How Do I Use It?
Cleanse and dry your face first before beginning any of these treatments.

For a Lymphatic Drainage Massage: generously use a toner mist all over the face and then switch the button to the + setting on the device. Position the treatment head onto the skin and gently glide slowly towards the lymph nodes on one side and then repeat the process on the other side, ensuring that you're gliding in upwards and outwards positions.

For a Facelift Treatment: apply your essence or serum to the area that you wish to treat. Turn the device on to - setting, then place the treatment head onto the skin, lift it with the face muscle and hold for 2-3 seconds. Repeat three times in the same area before moving onto the next.

For more info, visit Kathleen Natural.

Overall Thoughts?
I've enjoyed using the Kathleen Natural Facial Ionic Treatment Device because it's easy to operate with simple settings and instructions, yet I feel it has still been making a difference to the firmness of my skin. The Lymphatic Drainage setting is brilliant for reducing puffiness (especially as we enter allergy season!), but this device is most useful in my opinion, for the Facelift Treatment as you can also target the neck, jawline and forehead etc so it's wonderfully versatile. 

It's worth mentioning of course that at-home treatment devices aren't as powerful as the devices which are used in professional salons by facialists. However, this device is an affordable way to introduce some of the benefits of ionic microcurrent technology into your skincare routine to give it a really good boost in the comfort of your own home, and it would work particularly well in-between your facialist appointments.

Kathleen Natural Facial Ionic Treatment Device* (£49, link)

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Introducing: Chameleon Candles - Soy Wax Melts & Candles from Brighton, UK #ShopSmall

Tuesday, 6 April 2021


With an Artic blast currently sweeping across the country, there's no better time to wrap up warm on the sofa with a cuppa and Netflix, so why not enjoy some gorgeous home fragrance scents at the same time?

I was recently introduced to Chameleon Candles via Instagram (which coincidentally is where I seem to be discovering so many amazing small businesses at the moment!) by the founder Hani who got in touch with me to ask if I'd like to try out some of his products. Hani started to learn how to make candles, wax melts and stop motion animation when the pandemic began last year, as a way to find some positivity, creativity and inner peace in a world that was quickly being engulfed by panic, negativity and uncertanity. 

He named his small business Chameleon Candles as chameleons are well known for their ability to change their colour to adapt to whatever environment they're in, which suited Hani perfectly as he takes inspiration from nature and the changing seasons, as well as being able to adapt his products to produce candles and wax melts of all sizes, shapes and scents.

Hani very kindly sent me a selection of his amazing products to try and I'm thrilled to share them with you all below! Everything is handmade and poured in small batches in Brighton from natural plant-based wax for a clean burn.

Chameleon Candles Teddy Bear 3D Wax Melts* (box of 4, £11.95, link)

These adorable 3D Teddy Bear Wax Melts are some of the cutest products that I've ever been sent - they are almost too cute to actually use! Crafted from a blend of high quality, vegan-friendly plant-based wax and fragrance oils, each teddy bear weighs 50g so these will last a good while in your oil burner. 

In the box of four, you can select the fragrances that you'd like from an enticing list which includes Velvet Rose & Oud, Honey, Avocado Mint, Ruby Jasmine, Kir Royale and more. I was sent two beautiful teddies in Grapefruit & Lemon (very uplifting and citrusy) and Blackberry Jam (fruity and sweet). These really do pack a punch in the fragrance department and would make a beautiful gift for someone special.

Chameleon Candles Roses 3D Wax Melts (box of 10, £10.95, link) and Teddy Bear Wax Melts (box of 6, £4.45, link)

If you are as in love with rose scents as I am, you will of course love these 3D Rose Wax Melts which have a classic and timeless rose fragrance, and for those who are a budget or just want to try something out from Chameleon Candles, the Teddy Bear Wax Melts are a great affordable option where you try four different scents of your choice. The Honey and Oud scents are highly recommended!

Chameleon Candles Velvet Rose & Oud Medium Candle* (230g, £17.95, link)

Chameleon Candles truly excel at creating luxurious, clean-burning candles and they have a wide range of scents available, many of which are similar to popular women's fragrances. This Velvet Rose & Oud Candle is comparable to the much-loved fragrance of the same name by Jo Malone and features rich and textured notes of smoky Oud wood with sweet and creamy Praline, and spikes of spicy Clove. It's warm and inviting so perfect for lounge areas when you have guests over in the future, or for creating a sophisticated and cosy ambience for the evening. 

Beautifully presented with a dark wooden lid that doubles up as a coaster/stand and bearing the bronze wax seal logo of Chameleon Candles.

Discover the full range at chamcandles.com

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Feb & March Empties: Products I've Used Up (+ How To Recycle Your Beauty Empties)

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Last month, I only had two empties so I've put them together for a better selection for you to read this time around! Here's everything that I've used up over the past two months and my thoughts about whether I'll be repurchasing them again or not.

Evolve Organic Beauty Radiant Glow Mask* (reviewed here)
This is a sticky and slightly messy face mask to use (the consistency and scent is similar to chocolate brownie batter!), but it does an amazing job of brightening and exfoliating my skin. You also get a lot more applications from the jar than you might imagine. Repurchase? On my list.

Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask* (reviewed here)
I've gone through at least three or four jars of this over the years and I still love it. If you're looking for a brightening clay-based face mask, definitely give it a go! Repurchase? Will do once I've used up some other masks.

Weleda Citrus Deodorant* (reviewed here)
As WFH life has continued, I've enjoyed using up another bottle of Weleda Citrus Deodorant to keep me smelling fresh and feeling uplifted. This isn't a heavy-duty natural deodorant so use something else if you're out and about doing your essential errands, but it's perfect for home use or layering with other deos. Repurchase? Yes.

Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum* (reviewed here)
You can tell we're coming out of Winter with the number of brightening products I've been using in my skincare routine, can't you?! Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum is suitable for all skin types and really helps my skin to look more alive again. Repurchase? Definitely.

Fushi BioVedic Radiance Face Oil* (reviewed here)
I'm pretty sure this is the third bottle I've used up and it just works so well over the top of any brand of serum to finish up my evening skincare. It's lightweight and easily absorbed so I imagine most people will love it as much as I do. I find that it worked particularly well when used in conjunction with the Antipodes Apostle Serum above. Repurchase? Will do once I've used up some other face oils.

Madara Infusion Vert Body Cream* (reviewed here)
My skin gets so dry during Winter so it's no surprise to see another tube of the amazing Infusion Vert Body Cream from Madara in my Empties round-up this month. It's a seriously luxurious and rich body moisturiser that keeps my skin wonderfully hydrated and it smells gorgeous too - what more could you ask for?!


P.S - How To Recycle Your Beauty Empties!

  • All of the glass and easy-to-recycle plastic PET empties will be put into my council's blue bin kerbside recycling scheme, but for the harder-to-recycle stuff, I will be:-
  • Recycling the pumps, lids and atomisers with Neal's Yard Remedies - more info at the bottom of their website here.
  • Recycling any other products that my local council doesn't accept at The Body Shop, L'Occitane or with Garnier's Terracycle partnership - more info here.

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The Weekend Post: How to Get the Engagement Ring You Really Want #AD

Friday, 2 April 2021


Choosing the right engagement ring is no easy task. It is the ring you will be wearing for the rest of your life. That’s why you need to ensure that you absolutely love it right off the bat. But making sure that you get just the right ring can be a bit tricky.

That’s why it is best to approach this matter carefully, so as not to come off too controlling or crazy. Help your significant other make the best choice by tactically approaching this matter and offering some (not-so-subtle) hints.

Research your options together

One of the best ways to ensure that you get the engagement ring you’ve always wanted is to simply show it to your partner. But don’t just simply show them the ring you’ve already chosen. Instead, talk to your partner and see if they would be interested in doing some joint research. That way you can both explore various options out there, while you will get the opportunity to drop hints whenever you come across something you like. Since you are starting your life together, you can also read this cost guide and settle on a budget you both feel comfortable with. This way both of you will get a better picture of what’s out there and what are your options when it comes to choosing the right engagement ring.

Show pictures of your preferred style

On the other hand, if you don’t want to go with such a direct approach, you can always take a more subtle route. For instance, if you’ve already talked about the proposal and you know that it is coming, you can start putting together a proposal scrapbook. Here, you can print out various pictures of engagement rings that fit your style. Then, simply leave your scrapbook somewhere where your partner will surely find it a hope that they take the hint. Alternatively, you can always “accidentally” stay logged in on Pinterest on your joint computer, right on the page where you pinned all the engagement rings you really like.

Ask a friend to help you out

The next option is to rely on either your or their best friend. Talk to a friend you know will be willing to help both of you out and ask them for a bit of help. You can either suggest to your partner to ask the friend in question if they ever need help. Or you can simply ask your friend to get involved directly and simply offer help to your partner. Chances are neither of them will deny.

Learn to trust your partner

In the end, we can sometimes be a bit too controlling without even realizing it. Since your partner obviously loves you, chances are that they know more about you than you may think. So, it may be a good idea to simply let go and allow your partner to surprise you. Tell your partner that the ball is entirely in their court when it comes to choosing the right engagement ring. Let go of any control and simply allow yourself to be surprised. Chances are you’ll end up loving the ring you receive even more than the one you might have picked out yourself.

Engagements are beautiful but people sometimes make them into a bigger deal than they actually are. If you end up stressing too much about it you can easily forget to enjoy this wonderful part of your life. So, maybe just try to relax and let go and trust us, everything will turn out great in the end.

March Beauty Favourites

Thursday, 1 April 2021

 

It's time for a quick round-up of my March Beauty Favourites! This little edit features new green beauty products from Evolve Organic Beauty, The English Mineral Makeup Company, Wilkinson Sword and Green People. Let's jump straight in!

Evolve Organic Beauty Deep Clean Micellar Water* (190ml, £20, link)

First up, I'm pleased to introduce this brand new release from one of my favourite British green beauty brands, Evolve. Their Deep Clean Micellar Water is just the most beautiful refreshing cleanser to reach for at the end of the day when you want to take all of your makeup off. It's made from 100% natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and suitable for all skin types to use, including sensitive, as it's gentle on the skin. 

Packed full of Moringa Peptides to remove microparticles of pollution, there's also Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture so your skin won't be left feeling stripped afterwards and Organic Pomegranate which is well known for its high level of antioxidants to further protect and hydrate your complexion.

This cleanser doubles up as a toner as well, so it's a convenient 2-in-1 product to use and super easy to incorporate into your evening skincare routine. I also love the glass packaging and don't forget that you can recycle the pump via TerraCycle


The English Mineral Makeup Company Lip Massive Moisture Drench in Barely Peony* (15g, £28, link)

The perfect new lip product for Spring, I'm thrilled that The English Mineral Makeup Company has launched this brilliant Lip Massive Moisture Drench, and if you're a fan of organic, vegan and clean makeup, you'll love this as much as I do!

I always find that my lips are still feeling a bit chapped and dry at this time of the year, so this skincare-meets-makeup hybrid is the ideal lip product to keep in your handbag for those essential touch-ups throughout the day. With an intensely hydrating formula that features Jojoba Wax, Calendula Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin E, Hemp Oil, Rosehip Oil, Apricot Oil and Shea Butter, this luxury lip treat lives up to its namesake by literally drenching lips in moisture and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother pout.

You can pick this up in a colour-free version, as well as the beautiful Barely Peony (shown above) for a pretty pink tint. Sustainably packaged in a glass jar and aluminium lid so it's plastic-free.

Wilkinson Sword Xtreme 3 Beauty Eco-Green* (12 pack, £11.99, link)

As one of the best-selling brands of razors across the UK and Europe, it's great to see Wilkinson Sword bringing out a more eco-friendly and sustainable razor option for women. 

Named the Xtreme 3 Beauty Eco-Green, this new razor has a recyclable handle that is also made from 95% recycled plastic, and they have ditched the traditional plastic packaging for a new card box FSC certified design which is made from over 90% recycled paper. 

Not only is it better for the environment, but it's kinder to skin too with two lubricating strips of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, sandwiched between three blades to protect against irritation for a comfortable smooth shave. The uniquely designed handle has an inbuilt grip and the razor is designed to be flexible so it moves with the natural contours of your body - very clever!

Green People All Paws Cleansing Shampoo in Wild Mint for Dogs* (200ml, £14, link)

The last product that I wanted to mention is from the new range of pet grooming care from Green People which is the UK's first certified organic range for pets. Also certified organic and vegan-friendly, they have created two All Paws Cleansing Shampoos (a fragrance-free and a Wild Mint) just for your four-legged-friend!

I love this Wild Mint version which is a lovely, uplifting and refreshing blend of Mint and Eucalyptus. It's easy to use and despite being free from SLS, it lathers up well, leaves my dog's fur clean and soft afterwards, and of course, smelling much nicer! 

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Green Beauty: LoveLula Beauty Box - March 2021 review

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

 

If you love green beauty products as much as I do, you'll love the monthly beauty subscription box from LoveLula! Filled with a surprise selection of natural, organic and cruelty-free products, it's a great way to discover something new!

Here's what's inside the March LoveLula Beauty Box:-

Sukin Rehydrating Gel Cream (RRP £17.95)

Specially formulated for dehydrated skin types, this Rehydrating Gel Cream from Sukin has arrived at the perfect time this week for me to test out during this mini heatwave! I love the light texture which instantly sinks into the skin, so if you hate the feeling of heavy or greasy creams, this is a brilliant lighter alternative. Key ingredients include a Bio-Matine blend of Sea Algae with Hyaluronic Acid and Maize Complex to deeply hydrate and plump up dry and tired skin.

Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Hair Serum (RRP £7.99)

I don't know about you, but my hair needs all the help it can get when it comes to frizz - any kind of humidity causes it to look so messy so I'm thrilled to be able to try out the bestselling Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Hair Serum. As usual for serums of this nature, a few drops is all you need to make a difference and it does a great job of smoothing and adding beautiful shine.

Balmonds Skin Salvation (RRP £7.99)

Next up, I was also pleased to find this cute mini pot of Balmonds Skin Salvation which is a rich, oil-based balm/ointment that helps to lock in moisture. It can be used on any dry skin area that needs some extra TLC so give it a go on feet, hands, cuticles, rough elbows, chapped lips and more. It does contain beeswax though so it's not suitable for vegans, unfortunately.

Ayumi Neem & Tea Tree Face Mask (RRP £6.99)

If you're on a budget, Ayumi is a lovely affordable, green beauty brand to check out and this Neem & Tea Tree Face Mask is ideal for anyone who has oily skin that's prone to breakouts. It's an intensive treatment that deep cleans and refreshes the skin, removing all traces of dirt and impurities from pores for a smoother and clearer complexion. 


Madara City CC Cream SPF 15 (sample sachet)

The last product is a free sample sachet of the award-winning Madara City CC Cream SPF 15. With an innovative Hyaluronic Acid infused formula and an antioxidant blend anti-pollution blend, this CC Cream reduces the appearance of redness and dark spots and adds some sun protection with SPF 15.


LoveLula Beauty Box* is a monthly subscription box priced at £13.95 with free postage in the UK. Visit lovelula.com to find out more.

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Health & Lifestyle: ZOJO Beauty Elixirs Golden Adapto Latte - Turmeric Beauty Drink review

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

 

Turmeric lattes have been trendy for a while now, but if you're short on time or don't want to make your own, ZOJO have a luxury ready-made version just for you!

I first discovered Turmeric Lattes a few years ago when I was reading up on Ayurveda. This popular health drink has been widely used for centuries across Asia and is more commonly known as 'golden milk'. Traditional recipes mix a little turmeric powder with steamed cow's milk, along with other specially chosen spices and natural sweeteners for an instantly comforting and nourishing drink.

Nowadays, you're likely to see Turmeric Latte or Golden Milk popping up on the menus of artisanal coffee houses as a caffeine-free alternative, and the option to veganize it by using non-dairy milk is quickly overtaking its mainstream counterpart.

You can make your own Turmeric Latte at home (check out my recipe which is adapted from Jasmine Hemsley's East By West cookbook here), however, for those who are looking for a convenient ready-made version, look no further.

ZOYO Beauty Elixirs have created the Golden Adapto Latte, a Tumeric Beauty Drink full of healthy benefits for the skin and body. 

What's it made of?
This award-winning drink is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and free from gluten, lactose, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. The base is Organic Coconut Milk Powder, with Organic Turmeric, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon and Organic Black Pepper. There's also Organic Tapioca for a little added thickness and Organic Gum Acacia which acts as a natural stabilizer.

What are the health benefits?
Turmeric is world-famous for its natural anti-inflammatory properties and it's packed full of antioxidants to help fight free radicals. It's an amazing ingredient to support a healthy gut and liver function which offers better fat digestion too. The Black Pepper component allows the body to absorb the active Curcumin in the Turmeric so that you can reap all of these benefits in a bio-available format.

How To Use
Add a flat tablespoon (5g) to hot water and stir well. You can use a frother to whizz up more of a latte texture and add a little natural sweetener if desired. 

Overall thoughts
Although this ready-made ZOJO Beauty Elixirs version is an expensive luxury, for those with the cash to splash, it's an ultra-convenient way to keep this healthy drink on hand in your cupboard and it takes seconds to make. The result was a little more watery than I perhaps had anticipated, so you may want to add a dash of non-dairy milk if you prefer your Turmeric Lattes to be more indulgent and 'creamy' in flavour. No amount of sweetener will make you like the flavour of Turmeric though, so I can appreciate that this is a love/hate it kinda thing for many people!

ZOJO Beauty Elixirs Golden Adapto Latte* (80g, £27, link)

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Introducing: Terre Verdi Herbs & Trees Balancing Facial Serum + Yoga & Sports Body Oil review

Thursday, 25 March 2021


One of the pleasures of being a beauty blogger is the joy of discovering new-to-me brands, and the latest brand that has caught my eye is Terre Verdi

Terre Verdi is a 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly skincare brand that's made in the UK. Its clean formulas have enabled Terre Verdi to be one of the first UK based companies to be awarded COSMOS Organic certification by the Soil Association, and their innovative products are kind to both skin and the environment. 

I love the luxurious and sleek black glass packaging and with enticing products for skincare and pampering, green beauty fans will easily fall in love with this organic range. To give you a taster of what you can expect from this brand, I've been testing out their Herbs & Trees Balancing Facial Serum and Yoga & Sports Body Oil which you can read more about below.

Terre Verdi Herbs & Trees Balancing Facial Serum* (30ml, £31, link)

As we move into Spring, you may notice that your skin becomes a bit less dry and breakouts are common amongst hayfever sufferers which starts to kick in around this time of the year due to the release of tree pollen. If this sounds like you, or you simply have oily or combination skin, Terre Verdi's Herbs & Trees Balancing Facial Serum is a brilliant product to try to help restore your skin's natural balance. 


Focused on rebalancing sebum production and relieving redness and inflammation, I've found this serum to be very useful for combatting seasonal and hormonal breakouts, and it easily fits into your routine, either in the morning or evening. Key ingredients include the astringent Geranium and Tea Tree essential oils, whilst Patchouli Leaf Oil and Frankincense Oil work their magic with their natural anti-ageing and wrinkle-reducing properties. Calendula extract is also included for its ability to boost collagen production and the combination of Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil provides a rich source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants to deeply nourish the skin. 


As a result, this oil-based serum feels a little denser and heavier on the skin than water-based equivalents, so use less than you think - 1-2 drops is enough for me to use in the evenings and it's moisturising enough to use on its own after cleansing.


Terre Verdi Yoga & Sports Body Oil* (30ml, £15, link)

As many of my regular readers will know, I'm an avid Yoga and Pilates fan so I was excited to try out a mini bottle of the Yoga & Sports Body Oil. This beautiful oil is a real pleasure to use after a good stretching session as it helps to aid muscle recovery thanks to its clever blend of carefully chosen plant-based ingredients. 

The base is made up of Argan, Camellia, Sunflower Seed and Jojoba Oils which provide a silky texture to gently massage into weary limbs and this leaves the whole body feeling soft and supple. However, it's the addition of Ginger Root Oil that delivers a warming, almost tingling feeling which stimulates collagen production in the joints, whilst Eucalyptus Oil brings a soothing sense of balance and relief,  and Black Pepper essential oil helps to ease sore and aching muscles. 

If you're a Yoga devotee, add this to your shopping list ASAP!


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Tried & Tested: KeraHealth Follicle Hero Shampoo & Conditoner + Supplements review

Monday, 22 March 2021


Give fine or damaged/weak hair a strengthening boost with KeraHealth's amazing Follicle Hero range - I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to try it out!

Since hitting my 30s, I've noticed that my hair, which has always been on the fine side anyway, has become much thinner as I've got older so I tend to always seek out haircare which can help to give it a boost. At the end of January, I received a lovely lockdown PR gift which included this haircare duo from KeraHealth, along with their popular Hair Women supplements to put to the test.

If you haven't heard of KeraHealth before, they're a specialist luxury brand dedicated to improving hair loss and hair health by combining the latest scientific research with ingredients that really work based on clinical tests.

KeraHealth Follicle Hero Shampoo* (250ml, £32, link) and Conditioner* (150ml, £38, link)

At the core of KeraHealth's haircare range is the Follicle Hero Shampoo and Conditioner. This hard-working duo is created with key ingredients such as Keratin, Biotin and Coconut Oil, and both products are free from SLES, parabens, silicones, petrochemicals, artificial colourants and mineral oils. 

For me personally, I found the Shampoo to be the real star here because you can massage the ultra-gentle, yet purifying formula deep into the scalp where I feel you'll see the best benefits. The combination of added Wheat Protein with the strengthening abilities of Keratin and Biotin make a huge difference in reducing breakage and split ends, whilst Coconut Oil adds essential moisture and has antimicrobial properties to remove dirt and impurities from the scalp, resulting in healthier hair overall.

The accompanying Conditioner plays its part by helping to increase hair density and adds lots of lovely moisture and shine. Like the Shampoo, it's packed full of nourishing and strengthening ingredients such as Keratin and Biotin, as well as Aloe Vera for additional hydration. It's a great conditioner for fine and thinning hair as it doesn't weigh it down so it can be used regularly to keep your hair in tip-top condition.

KeraHealth Hair Women Supplements* (60 capsules, £60, link)

A finalist in the recent 2021 Pure Beauty Global Awards, KeraHealth's Hair Women Supplements is a nutraceutical dietary supplement that specifically targets female hair loss (which is very different hormonally from men's hair loss) and helps to stimulate new growth at a cellular level. It features full-spectrum antioxidants which are not only great for hair loss but also help to boost immunity and have anti-inflammatory and stress adaptogenic benefits too.

So what's in these supplements? A daily dose of two capsules contains 18mg Niacin (113%), 2mg Vitamin B6 (140%), 300ug Biotin (600%), 12mg Panthothenic Acid (200%), 9mg Zinc (90%) and 1000ug Copper (100%), plus the key ingredients of 500mg KerCysteine (an exclusive combination of essential amino acids), 220mg L-Leucine and 10mg French Maritime Pink Bark Extract. It's worth mentioning that these include 10mg Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) which is derived from natural sources and coated in a patented process to ensure the capsules are bioavailable to the body.

For best results, you do need to take these for a minimum of three months in a row so it's certainly an investment for your hair, however, compared to other supplements on the market, these appear to have an edge based on their ingredients profile. Free from trans fat, lactose, gluten and stearates, they are a drug-free alternative for those seeking a solution to female hair loss.

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The Weekend Post: How To Prepare Your Skin Before Laser Hair Removal by Austin K #AD

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Laser body hair removal is one of the most efficient and effective body hair removal solutions available for modern men and women. It can help anyone with any skin-type to get rid of body hair for a long time.

On top of this, the attractive laser hair removal prices are also ensuring that the treatment is rapidly adopted by people from all over the globe.

With that stated, before a person gets this treatment done on their skin, he or she would need to abide by the following pre-treatment precautions for the best results –


Keep your skin away from the sun at all costs

Before you head on over to the clinic, you would need to limit your sun exposure. You would need to stop heading out into the sun at least two weeks before your appointment date.

On top of this, you would also need to stop heading out to tanning parlours – if that is something that you prefer to do in your leisure. This is essential as it is the only way you can keep your skin from suffering burns or from developing blisters the moment it gets struck by the ray of the laser equipment used for removing body hair.

On that note, if you cannot stay away from the sun due to your work routine then cover every inch of your body before heading out. On top of this, you would also need to apply sunscreen all over your skin as an added layer of protection against sunburn.


You should stop waxing and plucking body hair from the target areas of your skin

Waxing or plucking body hair is one of the many ways that can irritate your skin. On top of this, it also leads to microscopic scratches on the surface of your skin. In such a situation, if laser beams strike on the surface of your skin then you are bound to feel a burning sensation. You can also suffer inflammation as well as redness.

Hence, to keep all of the above at bay, you have to stop waxing or plucking your body hair, especially on the target areas of your skin at least 6 weeks before you receive your laser body hair removal treatment.

Waxing and plucking lead to irritated skin – a condition that can worsen when laser beams strike the surface of waxed skin or an area of your skin that has been subjected to a body hair plucking regimen.


Shave the target areas at least two days from the appointment date

You would also need to shave the target areas of your skin that will be subjected to the laser body hair removal treatment at least two to three days before you receive the treatment.

This is essential as when laser beams strike a hair strand, it burns the latter. This can not only hinder the ability of the laser beam to strike the hair follicle directly but also increase the chances of the skin right below the hair strand from sustaining burns.

You should abide by the tips mentioned above before you head on over to receive your laser hair removal treatment. If you fail to do so then you might suffer from certain complications of your skin that can manifest as irritations or redness and even inflammation. Hence to avoid complications, you would need to follow the tips mentioned in the sections above with due diligence.
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