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Five reasons the “Natural Face Lift Massage” is a “must have” treatment.

The Natural Face Lift Massage gives a real face lift and is so much more than a relaxing massage.  It goes further than being simply “non-invasive” and is natural in every sense of the work – no needles, no machines, no electric appliances pulsing over your face, no high-tech gels and serums.

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Take all this away and what’s left?

What’s left is a gentle facial massage using the therapist’s hands and nothing else.  Not even facial oil is used.  So what can a manual massage do?  How can it hope to compete with the more sophisticated treatments on the market?

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Retrains your facial muscles. Think – a workout for the face. All the micro-movements used in the hour long treatment are lifting and toning your facial muscles.  Galvanic, electrical impulse treatments work on the same principle (e.g. CACI) of toning and stimulating the muscles.
  • Boosts blood supply to the face. This means more oxygen and nutrients to the facial cells and that means an enormous improvement to skin tone, clarity and quality.
  • Drains toxins from the face. Your skin will be clearer and more radiant. Drainage also reduces bags under the eyes and facial puffiness.  Instantly slimming!
  • Produces a level of deep relaxation that you have never experienced before. The gentle but highly specific micro-movements have a deeply soothing effect on the nervous system. The movements work over acupressure points, clearing mental chatter and creating a sense of calm and focus.
  • Get all the benefits of a holistic massage. This means improving the quality of your sleep, boosting your immune system, raising your endorphin levels, relaxing your whole body and improving concentration and energy levels.

So, if you feel stressed and exhausted and that’s showing on your face, then treat everything – stress, tiredness, poor skin quality, facial ageing – all in one blissful treatment of the Natural Face Lift Massage.

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The Art of Body Brushing

It’s so good for you…..and so easy!

According to research, 5 minutes of energetic body brushing tones your muscles as much as a 30 minute jog – I know which I’d choose!

So what does it do for us and what’s the best way to do it?

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Body brushing  improves our health by:

  • stimulating the body’s circulation
  • toning muscles
  • improving the nervous system
  • helping the lymphatic system remove waste and toxins and break down cellulite
  • removing dead skin layers, leaving the skin glowing and healthy

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It’s generally better to brush before your morning shower as the effects can be stimulating and stop you falling asleep if done too near bedtime.  You need to shower after brushing to remove dead skin cells.  To be extra virtuous you could alternate warm and cold water a few times while you the shower.  This will further benefit  blood, lymph and nerves.

 

It’s important to brush the right way to encourage good circulation and here’s how:

Use long strokes and brush towards the heart.  Start at the feet and brush up the legs.  Similarly with the arms, start with the hands and brush up towards shoulders.  Brush upwards over bottom and lower back.  Above the heart, you need downward strokes so brush down from shoulders over the chest.body brushing

Use brisk, light strokes.  Not too hard – I promise there will be gain without pain!  And don’t use over the face – the bristles are too rough for delicate facial skin.  Also avoid infected or damaged skin and don’t brush if you have eczema, psoriasis or varicose veins.

Lastly, you need to clean your body brush.  Every week or so simply soak the brush in warm water with some teatree or eucalyptus oil.  Then hang up to dry.

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Wearing a high SPF cream is not the ultimate sun protection solution

A recent survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists revealed that there is a high level of confusion about the difference between a product’s UVA rating and Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Only 38% of respondents knew that the SPF is what predominantly protects against sunburn and just 39% realised that is a product’s UVA protection, rather than SPF, that protects against skin ageing.
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The survey also claims that the recent rise in moisturisers featuring SPFs may have led to this misconception, as people often assume the added SPF properties will prevent wrinkling as opposed to UVA protection which is often missing from High Street brands.

“Contrary to popular belief, wearing a high SPF cream is not the ultimate sun protection solution. Studies show that people who wear higher SPFs put their skin at greater risk of damage by staying in the sun three times longer” warns Tracy Tamaris, Environ Training Director at the international institute for anti-ageing.

“There is also evidence that some sunscreen ingredients can trigger free radical damage once they have been absorbed unless they are frequently reapplied. Antioxidant vitamins significantly reduce the impact of free radicals that can damage DNA and lead to the destruction of collagen and elastin, prematurely aged skin, pigmentation and even skin cancer.”

Many sunscreen products do not block UVA radiation. UVA radiation does not cause sunburn but increases the rate of skin ageing and melanoma, a kind of skin cancer. So people using sunscreens may be getting too much UVA without realising it.

It is therefore essential to wear a broad spectrum sun cream containing a combination of absorbent and reflective UVA and UVB filters backed up by antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta-carotene (plant vitamin A) to combat the free radical damage inflicted by the sun’s rays on the skin.

Winter Skin Care Tips

We all notice the difference in our skin in winter. Chapped lips, dry hands and tight facial skin affect us all. For sensitive skin, winter dryness can lead to itching and flaking.

 

When you are outside, the cold temperature constricts your blood vessels resulting in poor blood circulation. This means your skin does not get enough oxygen and nutrients and all the healthy, regenerative processes that go on, slow down.

When you’re inside, indoor heating creates a dry environment so skin loses its moisture.

The good news is there’s plenty you can do to keep your skin beautiful and healthy during the harsh winter months.

Top of the list is change your skin care products with the seasons.

During the winter months it is vital to change from oil-fighting cleansers, toners and moisturisers to hydration boosting products. And there is no need to spend a fortune. Look for products that contain, glycerine, hyaluronic acid, shea butter or beeswax in the list of ingredients Or simply go for a product that says it’s hydrating on the label e.g. Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream.

Consider changing from cleansing gels to cleansing milk or mild foaming cleansers and from toners containing alcohol to gentle toners containing witch hazel or rose water. If you exfoliate regularly then switch to a glycolic acid cleanser rather than the gritty, more irritating scrubs. And why not give yourself an occasional creamy, healing face mask.

Don’t peel or exfoliate if you get flaky patches. Just use a heavier moisturiser instead to hydrate, and use it more often.

Check your day cream – does it have antioxidants in it? Does it contain SPF? Winter skin still needs protecting from pollution and ultraviolet rays.

Finally, try a facial oil. These are becoming more popular. A facial oil will enrich your skin and give you a healthy shine without a greasy effect.

Facial oils help nourish the skin and balance and control the skin’s natural oil production. Look for flaxseed or grapeseed oils which are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.

Let me know if you found this helpful. I’d love to hear from you about the products you use that help your winter skin.

More winter skin advice coming soon.