REPOST // Face Mapping – What are your spots trying to tell you?

It may seem a bit primitive by today’s medical standards, but face mapping (the idea that where spots develop on the face is closely linked to organs around the body) is still often used by Dermatologists to examine clients to ascertain exactly what is going on underneath the surface of the skin, and to root out anything more sinister as to why the skin is behaving the way it does.  I personally have always referred to this map whenever I have a breakout, as it is usually always linked to how my body is performing at the time.  It also serves as a little comforter, knowing there is always a reason behind the mysterious spot, and it’s not just because I ate that small piece of chocolate!

Face mapping or reading, traditionally stems from ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  Back in the day, it was used as a diagnostic tool for prominent leaders and scholars. They believed that the face represented the fortune, health and energy of a person and that by closely examining the condition of the skin and facial shape, like a sleuth you could suss out a person’s character including their physical, mental and emotional state.  You could also have the necessary tools and requirements to change your fate and direction.

It works by having the face divided into three main zones – upper, middle and lower.  Any malfunctions within the organs and the systems – immune, excretory, endocrine, digestive, circulatory, nervous and respiratory – will show up on the face in the form of breakouts, redness, dryness or irritation.

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FOREHEAD – BLADDER AND INTESTINES: The upper part of the forehead reflects the bladder, and the lower part, the intestines and digestion. Issues in this area could relate to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Change sleep cycle, this is ideal for your liver. Ideally go to bed regularly before 10pm and wake up early around 6am
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Eliminate alcohol or consume less
  • Eliminate sugar and carbonated beverages
  • Eat more raw food and take probiotics – think kimchi, sauerkraut
  • Chew food well to improve digestion
  • Practice 30 minutes of light exercise every day – outdoors is particularly beneficial. Yin Yoga is ideal.
  • Practice relaxation or meditation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Make sure hair products are not irritating the hairline

EARS AND TEMPLES – KIDNEYS: Dehydration, poor lymphatic circulation. When the kidneys are involved, it indicates a deeper level of ageing and stress.  Nourish the kidneys with proper hydration.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drink plenty of water – add a squeeze of lime or lemon
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Eliminate sweetened and caffeinated beverages
  • Make the salt switch from processed table salt to sea salt
  • Cooling foods like cucumbers and melon are ideal
  • Eliminate processed food, fast food and junk food
  • Practice better skin hygiene – cleanse regularly especially during summer and when perspiring.

BETWEEN THE BROWS – LIVER AND STOMACH: Too much boozing, fatty liver, diseases like hepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder problems and dehydration could show up here.  Acne in this area can also be the result of eating too late at night, especially heavy, fatty foods.  Flaking and dry skin are linked to dehydration and overworked kidneys.  The liver is working too hard to remove toxins from consumption and pollution.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise that can be heating
  • Yoga is ideal and brisk walking
  • Get more sleep 7-8 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and cut back on dairy and red meat
  • Avoid late night snacks
  • Get plenty of fresh air

NOSE & UPPER CHEEK – HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: Acne and oiliness can be connected to circulation, blood pressure and cholesterol.  Skin conditions like rosacea tend to show up in this zone.  Indoor and outdoor air pollution, bad circulation, and high blood pressure can all play havoc with this area of the face.  Maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Increase cayenne, garlic, and reishi mushroom
  • Increase green tea and chlorella
  • Eat less pungent foods
  • Eat less meat and salt
  • Eat temperate foods that are not too hot or cold
  • Get more exercise and fresh air every single day
  • Massage the area around your nose to improve circulation
  • Check vitamin B levels and maybe take a practitioner recommended supplement.

RIGHT CHEEK – LUNGS AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Relate to issues with sinuses and allergies. Pollution, smoking, and asthma will damage this part of the skin.  Get plenty of exercise, stay away from pollution, and stop smoking.

WHAT TO DO:

  • The lung meridian is strongest at 7-9 AM so this is the ideal time for cardio exercise
  • Drink lots of green vegetable juices including dark leafy greens kale, cucumber, celery
  • Drink lots of water with lemon
  • Avoid fast food and junk food and hydrogenated fats
  • Avoid sugar, mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Get more fresh air
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city

LEFT CHEEK – LIVER AND STOMACH: Exposure to air pollution and smoke, gum issues or inflammation in the mouth or tooth sockets.  Lower left cheek acne could represent dental health, so have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months and keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing after you eat.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Keep a positive mood by practicing meditation and relaxation techniques for 20 minutes each day
  • Eat more cooling foods such cucumber, melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat and avoid processed and junk foods
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM so this is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM so make your workload easier at this time
  • Rest your eyes by palming them for 5 minutes every hour if you work in the afternoons
  • Practice proper cleansing hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Use a toxin free and fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Change pillow cases frequently and ideally sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • Clean cell phones regularly

MOUTH & LIP AREA – ENDOCRINE SYSTEM: Breakouts are associated with hormonal imbalances and issues.  Menstrual problems or increased stress levels will trigger the release of cortisol.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Consider food sensitivities and toxic build up
  • Eat more fibre by including more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Avoid spicy and fried foods
  • Massage the abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Use a natural and organic toothpaste and lip balm

JAWLINE AND CHIN – STOMACH, KIDNEY AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS: Pimples in the middle of the chin are associated with the digestive system.  Eating too much fat and sweet food can cause problems in this area as well as excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption.  Try to maintain a balanced diet and eat plenty of fruits and demulcent fibre (chia, marshmallow, slippery elm, aloe vera) to improve stomach health.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats and processed sugar
  • Eat plenty of fibre from fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get adequate rest and nap during the day if possible
  • Reduce stress as much as possible by practicing yoga and meditation
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash and lip products
  • Drink spearmint and peppermint tea

NECK – THYROID: Good cholesterol production from saturated fats is the precursor of your most important hormones.  Eating the wrong foods, being under artificial lights and disconnected from nature can disturb healthy hormone levels and balance.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Get fresh air and avoid artificial lights
  • Eat grass fed meat and avoid hormone injected meat
  • Increase saturated fats like organic ghee
  • Drink adequate water
  • Sun gazing every day in the early morning barefoot on the grass or sand is beneficial for grounding
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Take omega 3 supplement to help regulate hormones
  • Take vitamin D and magnesium supplements both are needed for proper hormone function
  • Avoid hormone disrupting chemicals like phthalates

‘Trinny London’ makeup range by Trinny Woodall

Their story…

Trinny Woodall – ‘For the last 20 years I have worked with women all over the world.  I help them find the most flattering styles, the best skincare, and the most hard-working, perfectly matched, foolproof makeup ❤ As I travelled the globe, I improvised my own personalised makeup kit.  In a quest for the perfect tone and consistency I would mix a stick foundation with a liquid, blend a lip tint with a gloss… I mushed up colours and decanted them into little pots. And then I thought, “there has to be a better way”. The big idea was born: a portable, versatile range of makeup, with colours to suit every woman. ❤ After 3 years of experimenting, planning, developing formulas, and state-of-the-art technology to pinpoint which makeup truly suits you, welcome to the ultimate easy, modern, do-it-everywhere, premium makeup brand: TRINNY LONDON.’

Trinny London are all about portable makeup.  Whilst this is nothing new in the industry, I think the way they have marketed themselves and really pushed for all their products to be portable is refreshing.  They have considered what will give the maximum amount of colour, with the minimal amount of effort and take up only a small amount of space in a standard sized handbag?  I love the idea of this – not only is it better for the environment (as the pots are reusable) but also requires little skill in application, which is just perfect for everyday use.

My personal favourites are the pot blusher in ‘Fresh Flush Katja‘ and concealer ‘Miracle Blur

 

 

REPOST // Non invasive chemical skin peels – how to instantly rejuvenate your skin

Clients often tell me that they feel as though their skin looks tired, dull and lifeless.  Drinking plenty of water and catching up on some much needed sleep can work to reverse this.  However, water and sleep can only go so far.  If the skin has started to show signs of pigmentation, acne, wrinkles or an uneven skin tone then you may want to consider a non invasive chemical skin peel.

Skin peels have come along way from the grizzly looking peels often associated with face lifts in the early 90’s.  Now there is a skin peel for different depths, skin complaints and required end results.  There is only one thing that is important to consider before having a skin peel – who to get it from.

I personally can recommend any Sk:n clinic.  Their staff are medically trained to provide a range of non invasive cosmetic procedures including facial peels.  Meaning you are in very good hands.

What to expect from a skin peel

1. Rejuvenated and brighter skin
2. Revival of dull skin
3. Removal of dead skin cells
4. Even skin texture and tone
5. Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
6. Smoother, softer skin
7. Eliminated pigmentation and reduced effects of sun damage
8. Reduction of inflammation and breakouts caused by acne
9. Hydrated and nourished skin
10. Stimulated collagen production for plump and youthful looking skin

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.

Drew Barrymore’s ‘Flower’ makeup range

Their story…

FLOWER Beauty was the brainchild and mission of Drew Barrymore and her straight forward, no-nonsense philosophy of empowerment: that women everywhere deserve the best quality, most efficacious products at an affordable price.  Growing up in the makeup artists chair, Drew has learned a thing or two about beauty.  Now as a mother, award-winning actress, entrepreneur, producer and best-selling author she wants to share her passion.

Drew’s gift to everyone, FLOWER empowers women by developing products that help you look and feel great in your Own skin, and to embrace your individual beauty with the support of inspired, luxurious products made with you in mind.

At FLOWER our passion is creating cosmetics and tools that not only make life easier and more fun, but look and feel amazing- from our prestige quality formulas, to packaging that’s designed for performance.’

Now FLOWER is making its way to Superdrug, with some products available on its website already.  The products are quite basic so perfect for everyday light use and at a very affordable price, as promised by their story and mission statement.  There are particularly good reviews for its Lift & Sculpt Contour Palette and Long Lasting Setting Spray.  Hopefully the full range will become available soon x

REPOST//Tips for growing beautiful, healthy nails for your wedding

I have a confession to make.  I am a former nail biter!  I’m not going to lie it took a lot of patience and time to kick this lifetime habit.  And it all started with starting to plan my wedding and wanting to make sure my nails (which were in a sorry mess at the time) were not going to let me down.  Especially as my good friend and wedding photographer Mia mentioned that she would be taking a few ‘wedding ring’ shots, which immediately spurred me into action!  Don’t get me wrong there were plenty of relapses on the lead up to the wedding, as no wedding is completely stress free!  I learnt a lot of things along the way that helped me kick this naughty habit and now I’m going to share them with you x

Let’s get started!

1. Buy the wedding nail polish you want to wear and get excited about putting on that first coat of polish!  Often if you can visualise what your nails are going to be like by the end of your journey, then it makes it all the easier to make a good start.

2. Often our hair and nails need a little help in getting the right vitamins to them, so try adding a supplement to your daily routine.  I personally love Imedeen Derma One teamed with Imedeen Hair & Nails so my skin and nails get a kick start.  Also Perfectil is a wonder and slightly cheaper, but still as good.  Always check with your local GP before taking any supplements.

3. Get off to a good start by having a professional manicure to improve the cuticles and shape of the nails (be that with tiny nails for now!)  This will ensure good habits and make you want to keep up the good work.

4. Avoid the temptation to have false nails applied for your wedding.  I honestly don’t know why these have not been banned yet!  False nails are incredibly bad for your own nail bed – cutting off the air supply to your nails can make them brittle, yellow and left with unsightly ridges.  All those chemicals are not good for the nails, or your lungs!  There’s a reason why they all wear masks in nail salons…

5. Regularly paint your nails in expensive nail polish, or top coat it in special nail biter polish which tastes awful!  Why expensive nail polish?  Well, knowing how much it cost often made me not want to bite it off at all (I definitely wanted to get my monies worth!)

REPOST // 6 things to consider if wanting an ‘up-do’ hairstyle for your wedding

When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like.  Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome.  Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want.  I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x

1. Do you prefer your hair up or down?  It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked.  If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural.  Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered.  So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.

2. What’s your wedding gown like?  Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair?  Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?

3. What is your hair colour like?  Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common?  The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair.  They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist.  It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.

4. What’s the weather likely to be?  If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket.  Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.

5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair?  Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do.  A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.

Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do.  I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both.  Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain

6.  And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want?  9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions.  It’s a well known trade secret.  This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic.  Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x

Perfect bridal pink lipstick shades…

For a classic bridal makeup look there’s nothing more chic than a nude, pink lipstick shade.  But, like skin tones, nude lipsticks come in a myriad of beautiful shades.  Whether you like a ‘true’ nude in a beige colour or a subtle pink or orange hue to enhance the natural colour of your lips, one of my top 5 nude lipsticks will be perfect for your wedding day.  For those who are die-hard matte lipstick addicts, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is your NBF, but if you’re a satin-finish girl (and even like a bit of shimmer) you need a Nars Satin Lipstick in your make up bag! x

1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk

2. Mac’s Amorous

3. Nar’s Cruising

4. Chanel’s 54 Boy

5. Mac’s Modesty

Eat your way to fabulous skin with these tasty fruits

Everyone has a favourite face cream or treatment, but beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within.  Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of key nutrients is essential to support this rapid growth.  Eat the correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.

Try and add any of these gorgeous fruits to your diet to encourage glowing skin.  Isn’t nice to be able to add to your diet, instead of taking away!

1. Strawberries

2. Citrus fruits including oranges & lemons

3. Papayas

4. Avocado

5. Watermelon

6. Cucumber

7. Mango

8. Banana

9. Apples

10. Grapes

 

 

 

REPOST // How to extend the life of your wedding perfume

I am a HUGE fan of perfume.  I love having a choice between scents to match my mood, occasion or even outfit.  But how can you make that gorgeous smell last all day?  Well, I’ve complied a list of top tips on how to do just that.  Hope you enjoy! x

5 Top Tips to extend the life of your perfume

1. Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don’t put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in a draw, or on top of a wardrobe away from windows.

2. Rub a little vaseline on your pulse points, as this will hold the scent better on your skin and for longer.

3. Pop your perfume on right after getting out of the shower, and before getting dressed.  The moisture from the shower will help to lock in the scent – and putting your perfume on before dressing will stop any staining coming through on your wedding jewellery and dress!

4. For a lighter scent, spray in mid air and walk through the mist.  The fragrance will distribute evenly over the body and leave a hint of scent.  Perfect for if you have a very heady perfume.

5.  Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume.  This squashes the top notes and makes them disappear faster resulting in a fragrance that doesn’t last the morning!

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