Spring Health & Beauty Tip 7 – Steam Clean Your Face

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Give your face a spring clean

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 7 – Steam Your Face Clean

Steaming your face can be a non-invasive way of opening the pores, unclogging and deep-cleaning your face.  Brilliantly, it is very easy to do at home.

  • Boil a kettle of water and pour into a large bowel, ideally wider than your face, but leave for a few minutes.
  • Lean over the bowel, but not to close, about 18inches away and put a towel over your head and the bowel so that all the lovely steam stays in the area, working its magic on your face.
  • You can add a few drops of essential oil to help, Rosemary is particularly good for unblocking pores, Lavender is great for the skin and relaxations generally and the two go really well together.  A couple of drops of each in a large bowel will be plenty.
  • After 4 – 10 minutes (no longer), wash your face with clean water as the cold water will help your pores to close again.
  • To finish tone, to remove any dirt that has been dislodged and make sure the pores are closed and moisturise.
  • Finally, admire your gorgeous skin!

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As with all these things, don’t do it to often as it can overstimulate the skin and produce more  of the dreaded oil.  Once a week is fine.

Happy Steaming! x

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 17

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Holly

Holly’s attempt at a yougart face mask! 🙂

Love the Skin You’re In

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 17 – Give Your Skin A Treat

Especially the skin on your face can take a serious battering everyday.  We have already discussed the effects of anti-oxidents on your face, so every now and then you need to give it a real treat with a lovely mask so that it can recharge and get loads of lovely nutrients in it.

Here are some simple – make at home – natural Face Masks.

  • All Skin Types:  Mix together a tablespoon of honey, 3 tablespoons of yogurt & a few drops of lemon.
  • Cleansing Mask:   Smear honey on to damp skin.
  • Normal / Dry Skin:  Crush a banana with a fork & smooth on your face & neck.
  • Oily Skin:   Crush 6 strawberries with a fork & smooth on you face & neck.
  • Mature Skin:  Mix 1 avocado, 1 teaspoon of clear honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice & 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt, mashing it all together with a fork.  Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Always apply your face mask to freshly washed skin.  Another good tip is to exfoliate your skin after cleansing but before your mask to get rid of all the dead skin first.

Let me know how you get on and post any piccies of your masks in the comments. xx

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 5

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Give yourself a good Scrub down!

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 5 – Scrub Away with an Exfoliator

Basically your skin consists of cells moving from the bottom layer to the top layer of skin.  At the bottom they are beautiful big plump cells, by the end they are slightly dried and tired looking…. if you think opf a grape turning into a prune…. you get the idea!

What exfoliating does is remove those dried up tired cells by gentley taking off the very top cells and exposing the lovely plumper one’s underneath.

You have to be careful not to scrub too hard or you can damage the underneath cells or even expose ones baby ones that aren’t ready to exposed to the harsh world at the moment and cause even more damage making them look worse (really don’t want this) and not to often.  2 or 3 times a week is plenty.

Exfoliating will also help rid the skin of any toxins that have built up from environmental factors that you skin is exposed to all of the time and give the skin a really good clean.

You can even make your own Exfoliating Masks at Home using everday products, this is also great as it ensures you aren’t putting any nasties on your skin!  For more information check out…. http://http://www.ehow.com/way_5426317_homemade-exfoliating-scrubs.html

TOP TIP:  A common misconception with exfoliators is that you should exfoliate all the time if you have oily skin to remove all the oil but the reality is this can cause the opposite to be true.  If you keep completly stripping the skin of oil your skin thinks ‘oh!  There’s no oil, better produce a load more’.  Keep it balanced by exfoliating 2 or 3 times a week.

Hot Wax, Hot Stuff!

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A treatment review from when I was pregnant….

Having a bikini wax seems almost pointless as I can barely see my belly-button, let alone anything below my bump but not wanting anything to get too out of control I went to Oxygene Beauty Salon in Muswell Hill, North London, but rather than having the regular warm wax that most salons offer I opted for Hot Wax.

If I am completely honest the only reason that I went for hot wax was because she was the only therapist available but once I was there, I was pleased it had happened, as my therapist explained to me the many benefits of using hot wax…

Hot wax is made up of Beeswax and a resin and is much thicker than warm wax. The warmer temperature of the wax on the skin means that the hair follicles open ensuring that the root sheath comes away. Which means it is supposed to last longer, minimise ingrown hairs and be less painful for the client.

Well, anything that makes a bikini wax less painful, I’m up for trying!!! So what happened in the treatment…

The therapist had her pot of melted wax, but rather than using a little spatula to take the wax out the pot (like with warm wax), it looked more like a slightly rounded wooden stick that she absolutely covered in wax. She then applied the wax straight to my skin, using small circular movements to get the wax around all the hairs and in a thick layer. The therapist then had to wait for the wax to cool and harden at which point she pulled the wax straight off the skin with her hands.

I definitely preferred this method!

Even with the extra-sensitive skin that pregnancy can cause, I found this method less painful – not pain free i hasten to add, it appears that will never happen!. There seemed to be less need to go over areas already covered to get out stubborn hairs (it generally seem that a lot of my hairs are very stubborn). As the therapist is applying the wax she could choose how big or small the areas were, meaning that she could pull off larger areas in one go. Although pulling off more wax at one time was probably more painful in the moment, it meant larger areas were covered instantly making it less painful in the long run.

The only downside I found was the waiting for the wax to dry and harden. There were quite a few moments when I was just laying there waiting.

The end result is fantastic, it is great to feel like at least one part of my body is perfectly groomed and I have definitely been converted to hot wax!