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My views on Foundations

Over the years I have tried and used many different foundations. I tried Mac, Clarins & Clinique.

I personally found Mac to be to heavy. I think Mac would be great for a photography studio photoshoot but I think for day to day wear its abit too much unless you like a really heavily made up look. I also found it blocked my pores.

With the Clarin’s foundation I found none of the colours were an exact match. Either too light or too dark. Again the coverage was abit heavy and I found it didnt look natural.

I absolutely love Clinique foundation. The colour matched exactly, its not too heavy so it definitely looks natural and thats the look I personally prefer. It gave my skin a natural flawless finish. I really like the Super Balanced Foundation which rehydrates the dry areas and drys out the oily areas. I also really like Clinique loose powder and the Airbrush Concealer which is great for covering dark circles but is light in texture so doesnt accentuate fine lines around the eyes.

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Exfoliation Questions

Is exfoliation a vital part of your skincare routine?
Yes and no. Pre-cleansing helps you to double-clean skin but if it still looks tired and and dull, a gentle exfoliation will help. Exfoliation should be as gentle as possible so you dont damage the skins surface protective layer. You shouldnt over exfoliate as it will strip your skin of its natural oils aswell as take off the top protective layer of skin which will make your skin more flaky in the long run. If you need a gentle exfoliator I like AVST hydrating exfoliating mask, C- Quence Energising Mask, B-Active Sebumasque, Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Cream & Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Gel. These products will melt off your dead skin in a very gentle way.

I have sensitive skin do I still need to exfoliate?
Its best not to exfoliate a sensitive skin. They need to maintain a healthy layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin (known as the horny layer) in order to prevent excessive water loss. It would be better to clean your skin with a pre cleanser then rinse off with water. If your skin is super sensitive take Vitamin A Capsules or supplements to try and rebuild and thicken your skins protective layer. Also a vitamin enriched cream is a good idea.

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Toning Questions

Are Toners really useful?
Toners are often undervalued in a beauty routine when in fact its your toner that completes your cleansing routine. If excess oil or make up is left on the skin it will clog your pores, mild alcohol free toners will remove this and prepare your skin for to absorb your moisturiser ect. The best toners wont strip your skin of its natural oils and will leave it feeling energised and fresh.

I have oily, acne-prone skin, do I need to use a toner?
An acidic toner will be beneficial for oily skin- It will pick up any leftover residue after cleansing and assist in maintaining the PH balance of the skin, which will reduce the risk of infection. B-Active Sebutone is great for extremely oily skin or acne prone skin, helping to degrease with lactic acid and disinfect with T- Tree oil.

I love Environ Toners, AVST Toner, C Quence Ionzyme Toner & Sebu Tone.

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Environ Accumax Info – supplements for break-outs and problematic skins

ACCUMAX INFO –

Skin Accumax contains a special combination of vitamins A, C and E, which support skin health. It also contains DIM, an active nutrient complex found in broccoli. These ingredients have been carefully formulated in a specific ratio for maximum results.

Accumax frequently asked questions

Who is Skin Accumax for?
Regardless of whether you’re only occasionally unhappy with your skin, or if you have ongoing concerns you can take Skin Accumax.  It’s suitable for males and females, as long as you’re over the age of 16.  It has been specially designed to address ALL levels of problem skin.

How soon will I see results?
This will vary from person to person however we recommend that you initially take Skin Accumax for at least 14 weeks. Most people will start to see results by then, and skin may continue to improve with continued use.

How long should I take Skin Accumax for?

Once your skin has regained its balance, you can discontinue taking Skin Accumax.  The results achieved are likely to be long-lasting, but if the problem recurs then you can start taking the supplements again until your skin concerns have been addressed.

Can men take Accumax?

Anyone over the age of 16, male or female can take Skin Accumax.

Is there anyone who can’t take it? 
If you’re breastfeeding, pregnant or planning a pregnancy or taking prescription medication containing retinoic acid or tretinoin, then Skin Accumax™ won’t be suitable for you.  If in doubt, please ask your doctor.

What happens if I forget to take it?
Just continue taking the recommended daily dose as normal, there is no need to compensate for missed pills.  It is okay to take all the capsules in the evening if you forget in the morning.

Are there any additives? 

Skin Accumax has no added dairy, yeast, artificial colourings or flavourings and no wheat or gluten-containing ingredients. We only add ingredients that help to protect and encapsulate the nutrients.

Can I take it with another multivitamin? 

The Recommended Daily Dose (RDA) reflects the minimum levels of nutrients to stay healthy.  The Upper Safety Limits are much higher and are listed below.  We recommend taking a multivitamin as long as it doesn’t exceed these levels when combined with Skin Accumax™.

•    Vitamin E  300mg
•    Vitamin C 1000mg
•    Vitamin A  3000 mcg
•    There is no RDA or Upper Safety Limit for DIM

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Cleansing questions?

Are pre-cleansers really necessary?
Pre-cleansing is a vital part of a two step cleansing process. Its first in-line to provide deep, specific cleansing and helps to to lift off surface debris that can cause break-outs and dullness. This should be followed with facewash or cleanser for complete cleaniness. Environ oil based pre cleansers are help you achieve a clean healthy skin with a double regimen that melts off the layers of unwanted sebum (skin oil), make up, pollutants, sweat and grime that build up throughout the day. A mineral based pre-cleanser such as B-Active sebu prep with soothe and improve problem skin whilst cleaning and unblocking the pores.

Certain cleansers leave my skin feeling tight. How do I know which one to use?
The right cleanser will leave your skin feeling comfortable and relaxed. A soap free foaming wash is great for a normal skin. Dry or sensitive complexions need gentle and hydrating formulation that wont strip your skin of natural oils. Oily or problematic skins need a mild foaming gel cleanser to keep excess oil at bay. Environ do a full range of cleansers and foaming washes for all skin types.

Why shouldnt I use soap to clean my face?
Regardless of your skin type or age soap is definitely not recommended. Your skin is naturally acidic and soaps are alkaline which means they strip your skin of your natural oils and acid mantle which is there to protect your skin and maintain your natural moisture levels. Using soap will strip this off leaving your skin dry and flaky, soap is way too harsh for the skin.

AVST Cleanser, AVST Pre-Cleansing oil,  Sebu Prep, Sebu WashC-Quence Cleanser

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Environ AVST range – What is it?

Environ AVST face creams are designed to put vitamin A back into the skin Please read my last blog to see the benefits of vitamin A for our skin. AVST stands for advanced vitamin skin therapy. It is designed for all skin types and all ages. The product is made of vitamin’s A & C aswell as anti-oxidants and flavinoids. The idea is the more vitamin A we put back into our skin the better our skin will be but the vitamin A must be introduced slowly and gradually.

The contra-indications to vitamin A are roaccutane users and clients that have been using retin A (very high level of vitamin A).

AVST 1 – It has very low levels of vitamin A, it is for first time users of vitamin A. The benefits are it will normalise and repair your skin, it will protect from free radical damage, it will protect from UV damage, it will hydrate and heal, will combat the signs of ageing by stimulating the collagen in the bottom layer of your skin and is anti bacterial. Use 1-2 bottles then progress to AVST 2.

AVST 2 – It has mild levels of vitamin A, it is for users who have been using AVST 1 for 1-2 months. It has the same benefits. Use 1-2 bottles then progress to AVST 3.

AVST 3 – It has medium levels of vitamin A, It is for users who have used AVST 1 & 2. It has the same benefits. Use 1-3 bottles then progress to AVST 4.

AVST 4 – It has high levels of vitamin A, It is for users who have used AVST 1,2 & 3. You should use this for 6-12 months before progressing onto AVST 5. When progressing onto level 5 it is a good idea to use AVST 4 in the morning and AVST 5 in the evening so you are introducing it slowly.

AVST 5 – This has the highest levels of vitamin A. It has the same benefits but at this strong level this is when the vitamin A will really start to work on your pigmentation, wrinkles, lines and scaring. After AVST 5 we can progress onto Retinal 1,2 and 3 or Ionzyme range.

How we use AVST cream – Apply morning and evening to a thoroughly cleansed face and throat in an upward movement including the eye area. It is advised you must use a sun screen every day on top of the AVST.

AVST Pre cleansing oil –  removes make up, oil and debris from the skin to facilitate the penetration of active ingredients. It inhibits skin surface water loss, its hydrating, soothing and calming. Apply to face and neck then massage in with damp hands to form a milky emulsion. Remove excess with water then follow with appropriate cleanser. Eye make-up can be removed with pre-cleansing oil aswell.

AVST cleansing lotion – Hydrates, removes excess oils, make up and impurities whilst maintaining the natural PH of the skin. Apply to face and neck, massage well and remove with tepid water or damp cotton wool.

AVST moisturising toner – Mildly exfoliating, evens skin tone and texture, hydrates, protects from free radical damage and is a penetrant enhancer which means it will prepare the skin for your AVST cream and help with the penetration of the active ingredients in the cream. After you have pre cleansed and then cleansed apply the toner to a cotton pad and wipe over the face and neck. Follow with appropriate AVST cream.

AVST Eye gel – Very low levels of vitamin A, repairs skin cells, protects from free radical damage, heals and hydrates, stimulates collagen, firms and tightens. Apply am and pm around the eye area after you have done your cleansing routine before you apply your AVST cream.

AVST Moisture gel – The lowest level of vitamin A in a face gel, lower then AVST 1. Most people can start on AVST 1 but if you do get a retinoid reaction to AVST 1 then the moisture gel is another option. Use 1-3 bottles before progressing onto AVST 1.

Possible side effects to vitamin A – When using products that contain Vitamin A your skin can develop a retinoid reaction. The symptoms of this are dryness and flakiness, redness and sometimes a break out of pimples. This can happen when you first start using the products or when you are using a level of vitamin A that is too high for your skin. If you get this when you first start using Environ if the reaction is slight then you can continue to use the products and wait for the phase to pass usually anything from 2-6 weeks. If the reaction is more severe it is recommended you go down to a lower level of AVST like the moisture gel or even the AVST body oil. If you get a severe retinoid reaction when you go up a level on the AVST it is recommended that you go back to your previous level and introduce the higher level again once the reaction has cleared up but introduce slowly like once a day every other day. If your skin is struggling with the acclimatisation to vitamin A  you can take vitamin A capsules orally to help.

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What is Environ Skin Care?

Environ is a cosmeceutical range which basically means pharmaceutical and medical science has been used when formulating the product. Environ contains the maximum permissible level of Vitamin A in a cosmetic product.

Environ was created over 20 years ago by Dr Des Fernandes who is a plastic surgeon in South Africa.

Environ is designed to put Vitamins back into your skin, particularly Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is present in all skins but is lost daily through light and free radical damage. This leads to ageing, dry skin, pigmentation, breakouts and sun damage. Also most common skin cancers are associated with low levels of Vitamin A.

So what will Vitamin A do for your skin?

•    It will repair your skin cell DNA by normalising the skin cells.
•    It will stimulate cell turnover which means your skin will naturally exfoliate itself.
•    It will smooth and compact the top layer of the skin creating a healthy barrier to protect the skin.
•    Over time it will thicken your epidermis so will have a plumping effect on the skin so will help with lines, ageing and wrinkles.
•    It will stimulate the blood flow to and from the skin which will in turn detoxify the skin and also bring fresh blood and nutrients to the skin.
•    It will normalise your sebaceous glands (skins natural oil) so if you suffer from extremely dry skin or extremely oily skin it will normalise this for you.
•    It will stimulate the skin collagen. We start to lose our collagen once we hit 25 and this causes us to age so it’s important to boost the collagen where we can.
•    It will lock in your skins natural moisture. This is important to prevent the skin becoming dry.
•    It will boost your skins immunity so in-turn will prevent skin breakouts and infections.
•    It will repair cell melanocyte damage so helps with pigmentation.

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The idea is the more Vitamin A we get into our skin the healthier it will be but Vitamin A must be introduced slowly. There is an easy to follow step up routine to suit all skin types. The great thing about Environ is as our skins are made of Vitamin A no-one can be allergic to it. If you are concerned with ageing, acne, pigmentation, oily skin, dry skin or maybe you just want to maintain a healthy skin then I would thoroughly recommend Environ.

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Things you can do to make the best of yourself

So most of us arent blessed with the looks of Angelina Jolie. Obviously there are a few obvious things like doing our hair and make up which will improve anyone’s appearance but I think  there are a few key things that everyone can do to make the best of what we have been given.

Get your Teeth Whitened
I have had mine laser whitened when I was travelling in Thailand. I have also done the home kit and it makes such a difference. The laser procedure is very quick, it took approx 45 minutes but the result is instant and your teeth get whiter and whiter over the next 48 hours. In Thailand its really cheap but here you can expect to pay £500+ and it lasts around 5 years although I would say if you drink lots of red wine, tea or coffee it wont last as long and you may need to do a top up every 6 months with the home kit. Make sure you go to a reputable company because if its not done properly it can cause you health problems. The other option is the home kit which takes about 2 weeks and the result was pretty much the same, although it doesnt last aslong. For the home fit you can expect to pay around £150 to get your mouth trays made and around £20 per gel syringe. For a 2 week course you will use around 4 syringes of whitening gel. So the first time around it costs more but then each time you do it you just need to buy the whitening gel  so its approx £80 every 6 months which isnt too expensive.

Have your Eyebrows tinted and shaped
If your fair or if your Eyebrows are grey you can have them tinted to match your hair colour or to make them a shade darker to add definition to your face.  Well shaped Eyebrows make a huge difference.

Exercise
Exercise will not only release stress & increase endorphins. It will make you look & feel better. If you feel better you will start to look better. I recommend getting in shape to everyone as for one its the healthy thing to do but also when you start to look better your confidence will increase. If you struggle to get motivated to exercise then I recommend getting a personal trainer as then its an appointment in your diary each week so its harder for you to not go. If you really cant bear the thought of it then find something active that you enjoy like walking, dancing, bike riding, pole dancing, horse riding ect. There are lots of things you can do to keep active and avoid the gym.

Look after your skin
Find a skin routine that suits you and stick to it. If your unsure what products to be using and then consult a Beauty Therapist who can advise you on a good skincare routine. I offer Facials and skincare advice.

Look after your nails
Regular Manicures and Pedicures will make a huge difference to the general health of your nails. If your not the sort of person who likes to paint there nails with colour then at the very least use a clear nail varnish that strengthens your nails. Nailtiques is 100% the best one on the market that I have used.

If your not very good at applying your make up properly then go for a make up lesson. I have had several makeovers with Mac and I’ve always been happy with the result.

Have a spray tan. There is no doubt that everyone looks and feels better with a bit of colour

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My thoughts on Teeth Whitening

I absolutely love Teeth Whitening and think it makes a huge difference to anyones smile. I have had my teeth whitened 3 times in the last 5 years.

The first technique I had was Laser. I had it done while I was in Thailand so I dont know which laser it was but you could feel heat when the laser was on. My mouth was clamped open and a thin line of gel was applied along the line where the gum meets the tooth. A laser was held over my teeth for 4 rounds of 30-60 seconds. Each round was a tiny bit more painful, it wasnt unbearably painful but it was uncomfortable and the heat felt hotter and hotter with each round. I paid £140 but in London you can expect to pay around £500+. Initially I thought the treatment hadnt worked but over the next few hours my teeth got whiter and whiter and but the next day they were gleaming white. I was thrilled with the result. The only side effect I experienced was I would get a second of sensitivity every few hours over the first 24 hours but that was it. Coloured food and drink should be avoided for 48 hours after the laser. They told me the laser should last 5 years but after 3 years my teeth became abit dis-coloured again so thats when I did the home kit.

When I did the home kit I had to pay approx £100 for my mouth trays to be made then you pay approx £20 per syringe of tooth whitening gel. Its recommended you use 4 syringes over a 2 week period. During this time coloured foods and drinks should be avoided. The gels come in different strengths I think I had a 10% and a 16%. Your dentist should recommend which percentages to use as it all depends on your tooth sensitivity. Again I was thrilled with the result, teeth were gleaming white. I was abit sensitive over the 2 week period and the result lasted maybe 6 months before I needed a top up. The good thing about the home kit is once your trays are made you only have to buy the gels everytime you want to repeat the process so that works out about £80. I used the Polar Light brand and was very happy with it.

The 3rd technique I used was the cool laser. The process was pretty much the same as the other laser but accept the laser is held over the teeth for 5 rounds of 4 minutes and you couldnt feel any heat. This is definitely the least comfortable way of doing it. They put a bleach on my teeth which smelt really bad like really strong chlorine and you feel like your breathing it in. My gums were red and sore after and my teeth werent any whiter. It was a complete waste of money. If you do see a cheap laser deal online then beware as its probably the cool laser method they use. Before paying for anything I would ring the company and ask what laser is it they use and do they apply a bleach first that smells like chlorine.

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What’s the best product to strengthen your nails?

I have always had thin, weak, peeling nails that never grew very long without breaking. That was until I discovered Nailtiques. Nailtiques are protein formulas for the nails and come in 3 different strengths.

•    Formula 1 – Maintain a healthy nail
•    Formula 2 – For thin, weak, peeling nails
•    Formula 3 – For hard, brittle nails

This Nail Strengthener is the the only one I have used that actually really works.  Within 2 week of using Nailtiques I had nails and within 6-8 weeks they were long and strong.

What you should do is buy Formula 2 or 3 depending on what your nail type is and then once your have your nails in the condition that you want move onto Formula 1 to maintain your nails. If you over use Formula 2 it will have an adverse effect as over proteinising your nails will also make them break.

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