As most of us now know, stress is the number one factor in illness and disease. The pressures of today’s Western Lifestyle have us constantly running around in circles, chasing our tails. The accumulation of this daily stress plays havoc with not only our health but also our skin!
Relax and Breathe
We constantly criticise ourselves for not having a good enough job, not earning enough money, not being a good parent, not looking good enough! OMG no wonder we’re stressed. Take a HUGE step back. Take 10 minutes out of your day and just breathe! Do this simple exercise and notice the difference in your mood, energy and appearance, oh and it wont do your blood pressure any harm either.
- Lay or sit down in a comfortable position, whatever you can manage.
- Close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath
- Think about the breath entering and leaving the body,breathing through the nostrils, allowing your chest to rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale.
- Try to consciously slow the breath down allowing it to naturally deepen.
- Bring your attention to your shoulders, allow them to relax, relax the muscles of your face, allow the lips to gently part, relaxing the jaw.
- Think of the area between your eyebrows the frown muscles. Feel them release and relax.
- Scan your body internally, becoming aware of any tight spots, try to relax them.
- Keep gently but deeply breathing for a full 10 minutes.
- Slowly open your eyes, smile and have a good stretch, soak up the relaxation you now feel.
If you follow this routine as often as you can, preferably daily. You will see rapid improvement in the tone and look of your skin, as it is flooded with vital nutrients and oxygen. The muscles will relax and your overall well being will improve dramatically!
What do you think off when you think of Castor Oil? Midwifes, Grandma, old wives recipes? Well the surprise is Castor Oil is as amazing and effective as any of the ‘trendy’ oils doing their rounds today.
It has been around for three thousand years and its uses and benefits are many, but for now let’s talk about, skin!
Castor Oil comes from the castor seed, Riccinus Communis. It is extremely high in ricinoleic, which is a fatty acid known for its anti inflammatory properties and this is what is thought to give it its amazing healing benefits. It is also an excellent anti bacterial and helps to destroy harmful bacteria.
In a skin cleanser castor oil is fantastic as it combats any bacteria on the skin, preventing
breakouts and spots. The composition of the oil is such that it acts like a magnet to dirt, breaking it down and drawing it out off the pores. It penetrates the skin deeply, taking with it any other ingredients it is mixed with, nourishing and rejuvenating the skin, if used with heat, it goes deeper into the skin increasing its efficiency ( see our video on our home page). If used in a skin cleanser daily you will see astonishing results! One last important point! Make sure the cleansing oil you use is derived from seeds that are pesticide free and have been produced without chemicals!
Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness. ~ D. H. Lawrence
Sharing a coffee with a friend recently, we started the great ‘will we won’t we’ debate. I’m talking about cake! I have a particularly sweet tooth and find it hard to resist anything remotely sugary. But after recently reading a report on the detrimental effect of sugar on the skin, I have consciously tried to drastically reduce my sugar intake.Basically if you eat lots of sugar in your diet, which can be hidden in all manner of foods, you will age a lot more rapidly than if you didn’t include it in your diet.Collagen and elastin are the proteins in our skin that give it the tone and stretch ability. The sugar affects these protein fibres causing them to become brittle and less elastic. The result, saggy, wrinkly skin with less tone. Try to cut out sugar from your diet, especially sugary snacks and drinks which are completely unnecessary for our nutritional needs. Go easy on fruit juices even the natural ones, and of course remember the huge amount of hidden sugars in so many of our foods especially convenience foods. The less sugar you eat, the better your skin will look. Simple!