Let’s talk skincare, shall we?

Sleep, hydrate, exercise, feed, supplement, repeatTips for a healthy glow

Hands up who’s got skin, AND who wants their skin to feel sooo good they don’t even need to think about it anymore.

Gosh do I love wearing little to no make up! I was never super keen on slapping the war paint on, but for the past 20 years i was feeling it was necessary. Except that every morning, as I was putting on the foundation, then the powder, and the blush, and the eye shadows, and the highlighter, and the bronzer… every layer, every brush stroke was reinforcing “I have imperfections I want to hide to the outside world” and it never felt right.

It’s quite a powerfully negative message when you think about it. It spells out “not good enough”. And we all fall for it. The make up industry is built on these insecurities.

Then there’s the whole issue about what we put on our skin, which is the largest absorbing organ in our body. Ever thought about that? A decade or so ago (ok 15+) I noticed how certain cosmetics were better than others for my skin. It was well worth the expense I thought. Rhetorical question, but how many people can afford lugging £500 worth of war paints around, to hide their skin, plus the regular expense in a bid to solve the concerns?

I toyed around with many things, wearing no make up wasn’t really great and pamper sessions are nice. Anyway back in 2016, when my eldest started playing with essential oils, we started making lotions and potions. Fun activities for the kids, brilliant use for mum, here I was making my own skincare (and teaching the children some good life skills!). The improvements were noticeable. That’s due to using natural products from reliable sources. No more rubbish on my skin. Within a few weeks, I had somewhat of a Botox effect, and I finally started going without makeup. It was fab, a good start. My skin tone still wasn’t super even, and my skin could feel raw at times. It just wasn’t ideal, and I’d have to reach for Bobbi’s support every so often. It was progress, but I was still looking to optimise the wellbeing of my skin.

If you know me, then you know that I tend to dig to the core of an issue and I will always look for a holistic solution. That healthy skin glow is the reflection of your total health, therefore achieving the glow starts deeper. It takes care from both inside and out

Tips for a healthy glow from inside:

  1. Sleep – 7 to 8 hours and practice relaxation. One may be able to survive or even function on less, but to thrive and get that healthy glow, that’s non-negotiable.
  2. Hydrate – drink for your bodyweight and activity level. (Papa, I mean water!) Think 2 litres a day for your average human.
  3. Exercise – move about, do something that you enjoy, use that body of yours, it doesn’t have to be in a gym or even sports, but move that bum about.
  4. Eat real food – stick to a human diet preferably, it’s bad enough that our vegetables don’t quite bring all the vitamins they did 50 years ago, please use common sense before depriving your body of nourishment.
  5. Supplement – Food: not that rubbish from so H&B, or worse the supermarket. If you value your health truly, then please use the real stuff that’s pharmaceutical grade, with a guaranteed manufacturing standard. Do your research, do the tests yourself.
  6. Repeat – daily action is required. The cumulative effect of daily action is what yields results.

The finishing touches

That’s not where the story ends. The tips above are simple, but they are not easy for everyone. We need to look at the external care better… In March 2018, something else came along. A skincare that’s not only clean, made with natural ingredients but also boosted with the latest advances in cellular health science. Eeek!!! That’s my boxes ticked straight away. A few of my “health friends” had been trying it out, in particular Joyce, whose cheeks had turned baby-bottom-soft in the space of a few months really made me want to try this regimen out.

Oh the bliss. Here I was, at my sink, and my skin was feeling like I’d spent an hour at the spa. The freshness from the gentle cleanse, the plumpness from the hydration, the overall wow… just that from washing my face, apply a toner, serum and face cream?! At home?! Say whaaat?

Fast forward 4 weeks, the only makeup I’m wearing is mascara and lipstick. The big win is that my husband’s wrinkles are reducing, his rosacea is nowhere to be seen, heck he looks younger! Ok it’s easier to see the difference on him since he’s a smoker and likes a drink. The only thing he changed that month was his skincare regimen. It’s kind of striking.

The difference in my pics is more subtle, in the “I am happy having a selfie taken without makeup now” kind of way. For me it means the world. Sorry Bobbi, I think we’ve just parted, my bank account is happier already (it isn’t, I now spend the money on massage or reiki, it’s awesome!!!

So… who is keen on luscious skin with no makeup?

As I was saying earlier, hands up who’s got skin, and wants it to feel good by making a simple swap in their skincare? If you know anyone fitting the description, send them my way. If they’re in Southampton or London, I’ll happily give them a live demo, let’s have a party!

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Healthy home

Spring is here! It’s time to prepare for summer.

Our house is surrounded by ants nests. We don’t mind the little blithers, but we don’t want them in our home either.

Last year we did lots of research on natural and essential oil recipes. Some worked better than others. There are three to that were outstanding to manage our neighbours the ants: ant powder to spread as a barrier to the front garden, and a couple of sprays for inside habitable areas. One is ready made, which is great, but not as much fun obviously since the whole point was to have a “useful activity”.

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Ant 🐜 powder

Ingredients

1kg cinnamon powder

500ml Epsom salts

200g talcum powder

50drops YL* peppermint essential oil

*these are pure and non-toxic (most essential oils are not suitable for skin application or let alone ingestion, therefore not recommended around children and animals). They also take very little to be effective. Other brands will differ.

Wear gloves or use a spoon.

Blend the powders, add the essential oils, mix some more.

Spread in the desired areas.

We made a physical barrier in our border (it was the kids’ project) and it worked well.

Ant 🐜 spray

Young Living’s Thieves mix and house cleaner (go to products, search “Thieves”) work wonders, but they’re not as much fun, especially when we want to have a “useful activity”.

Homemade ant spray

In a glass spray bottle (essential oils will degrade most plastics), add and shake:

1/4 cup purified water or boiled water, salted

1/4 cup vodka to suspend the oil in water

15d peppermint essential oil

15d tea tree oil EO

7d of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit etc…) EO

3d cinnamon EO

Spray where needed.

Happy making!

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Hair serum for kids (and teachers too)

They’ve been back to school for a few weeks. You’ve sorted the clothes, the stationary, the schedules are filled with activities, you’re back in the meal prep routine and if you’re on of our health tribe you’ve even sussed the optimised them with their Body Rox.

The dreaded head lice are about to make their come back. Both my boys had three bugs crawling in their hair this time last year. There was no way I was going the chemical route.

There are various shampoos and treatments on the market, personally I endeavour to avoid all unnecessary chemicals when I can.

When affected, it’s good to give the hair a rinse with a vinegar, white wine vinegar or ACV are best in my opinion.

A serum that works well is:

  • 3 parts tea tree oil
  • 1 part lavender
  • 1 part peppermint
  • 1 part rosemary

For a 5ml bottle 1 part = 10 drops.

Top with olive/almond/defragmented coconut oil for the first pass. (Change to witch hazel after the head is clear)

Rub on the hair and scalp.

The nit comb (#NittyGritty) pictured here is absolutely amazing on fine hair. Well worth the money.

In my experience we get an all clear within 48hrs. l keep monitoring with the nitty gritty and rub precautionary witch hazel based potion for a couple of weeks as incubation time is given as 10 days.