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Summer is here!!!!!

Summer

Summer is here and although it’s easy for us Brits to get a bit overexcited at the first glimpse of sunshine, it’s important to make sure we are fully prepared for the warmer months ahead! Looking after your skin in summer is vital in order to avoid some common beauty faux pas that have the potential to ruin your holiday plans. Below are some common seasonal beauty blunders along with our pick of summer products that can help to solve these issues.

Sun-damaged skin

A shocking 20%* of people are still failing to protect their skin from harmful rays. Applying a high SPF sun protection cream should be an essential part of everyone’s summertime regime, as it helps to protect the skin from UVB rays which can cause sunburn, skin damage and even skin cancer. To ensure your skin is properly protected you should also:

  • Re-apply sunscreen as frequently as stated on the product packaging.
  • Apply SPF cream in the morning before you step outside so that it has time to soak in – by doing this you are less likely to miss areas out.
  • Make sure you carry sunscreen with you if you are planning on being out all day.

It is also a good idea to pop a Forever Sun Lips in your bag as it contains SPF 30 and is ideal for protecting smaller areas such as lips, ears and toes.

Parched, straw-like hair

The combination of heat and humidity can often play havoc with our hair.  Added to this, the mixture of sand, sea and chlorine which often accompany the warmer weather means our hair can be left damaged, frazzled and seriously out of control. So, what are the best ways to tame your mane this summer?

  • Use Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo to cleanse the hair and scalp without stripping it of its natural oils.
  • Follow with Aloe-Jojoba Conditioning Rinse which contains jojoba and vitamin B to help nourish, protect and strengthen the hair. This pH-balanced conditioner helps eliminate split ends and gives hair a silky, salon-look finish.
  • Spritz wet hair with Aloe First every morning for an extra layer of protection from the heat and chlorine.

Streaky fake tan

As the dangers of tanning become increasingly apparent, it is becoming more tempting than ever to fake it! A sun kissed glow from the bottle can look sensational when done properly. However, there is nothing worse than seeing someone with unsightly tangerine streaks in unusual patches across their skin. Avoid this skin-conscious mishap by gently exfoliating skin before applying fake tan. Using an exfoliating glove and Aloe Scrub, gently prepare your canvas by washing away dead skin that clogs pores. Aloe Scrub is the perfect product as it uses natural microspheres of jojoba rather than harmful plastic microbeads that can be detrimental to ocean life. This scrub will help to reveal healthy-looking skin and its kind formula can even be used after your false tan application to correct any mistakes.

Dehydrated skin

After a day of fun in the sun, parched skin can be in serious need of hydration! Banish dry and flaky skin by smothering yourself with a good quality after sun lotion that locks in moisture and nourishes beyond the surface. Forever’s Aloe Lotion works as an excellent after sun lotion and contains jojoba oil, vitamin E, collagen and elastin. Added apricot kernel oil also helps to create a lightweight barrier to provide further protection. If you do catch the sun a little bit more than you’d like, try applying Aloe Vera Gelly to the affected area. This soothing gel lubricates sensitive tissue safely and helps to calm irritation.

*Statistics based on YouGov survey commissioned by Cancer Research UK.

Do you have any summer beauty tips you would like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you by posting your comments below.


 

Regular Servicing

Regular servicing is what we do to look after our cars but how many of us look after ourselves in the same way?  Yesterday I washed my car; filled the windscreen wash and today filled it with diesel.  Earlier on this week the car was serviced.  I was surprised it didn’t cost as much as I thought – maybe because it’s serviced regularly.

I wonder what funny looks I would get if I didn’t wash or shower on a regular basis?  I suspect that people would move away from me very quickly.

I wear glasses and I regularly clean the lenses so I can see out of them.  Not having windscreen washer in my car would mean I couldn’t see clearly.

And diesel – well that fuels my car and makes sure I do get from A to B.  If you think I’m wittering on – I’m not.  So many people I speak to don’t look after themselves and then wonder why their body ‘breaks down’!

I meet so many people who look after their cars more than they do they’re bodies.  Our bodies are the only ‘real’ house we live in  so let’s look after them.

One of the ways I do is to take our delicious drinking gel on a daily basis.

Aloe Vera

Another is to regularly see my Chiropractor – Vicky Sutton.  My body gets regular servicing from Vicky and so keeps everything in the right place which means I’ve less chance of ‘breaking down’ and having to call out the AA.

 

Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine

Elves

Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine – I wonder what that conjures up for you?

Personally there are aspects of Christmas time I love.  The memories of Christmas Past being one, or looking for the satsuma and apple at the bottom of the pillow case.  I love the cosiness of it and being able to shut off the rest of the world for one day.  Okay, I do let the In-laws in!  Watching people’s faces as they see what is in their parcel.  Leaving the men to do the cooking!!

Misteltoe

We very seldom have Mistletoe in the house but, maybe, we should change that this year?

We definitely have wine in the house.  Not to go over the top, but have a special bottle, for a special day.  A special day to spend some quality time with quality people.

BUT……… it’s the run up to it all that really stresses me out.  Writing the Christmas cards out; hoping I haven’t forgotten anyone AGAIN this year.  The crowds as I go shopping, although I usually find something in our wonderful products to give to loved ones.  People seem to change personalities whilst I’m out.  Other shoppers seem to be very stressed themselves.  I wonder why they put themselves through it.

I know not everyone is lucky enough to have family or friends to spend Christmas with, so – I’ll spare a thought for them this year.  Plus I’ll make my usual donations to Charities, that mean something to me.  Oh, and listen to Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine playing on the radio, as it seems to every year.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure seems to affect people as they grow older – or so a nurse told me recently.  In my time in Corporate life I saw lots of people having high blood pressure, often demonstrated with a very red face.

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I talk with people who are looking to lose weight.  They are concerned about developing Diabetes and high blood pressure.  They understand that carrying that extra weight brings other complications along the way – not just having to buy bigger clothes.

At the beginning of last year I was far too heavy for my height. If I’d been able to grow a little I’d have been fine.  The scales couldn’t be blamed any longer.  I made a decision to lose weight.  But how much?  Too much in one go and I knew I would fall at the first hurdle.  The little voice in my head telling me I couldn’t do it before I started!  Then there was the fear of losing it and putting it back on again, and some.

Decision time.

  • I decided how much I wanted to lose
  • I divided it into chunks for the year
  • I committed to a 9 day cleanse
  • I didn’t beat myself up if I strayed for a day
  • I took a photo of myself at the beginning and at intervals along the way
  • I kept my old wardrobe
  • I committed to a nutritional programme
  • I didn’t deny myself

Where am I just over a year later?  I didn’t lose the three stone I set myself.  I’ve since found if I did that then I would be underweight.  I have lost nearly two stone.  My clothes are a lot looser; some I’m going to have to give away or keep as a reminder of what I used to wear.  I don’t feel so tired; after all there’s not so much of me to carry around.  I’m getting lots of lovely compliments.  I almost feel as though there are too many positives I can’t write them all down.

The BEST thing though is that I know I have new eating habits which means I’m not denying myself anything.  This all makes for a happier, stress free and – oh nearly forgot to say.  My blood pressure was measured the other day 124/82 – near perfect.

Regular Servicing

Regular servicing is what we do to look after our cars but how many of us look after ourselves in the same way?  Yesterday I washed my car; filled the windscreen wash and today filled it with diesel.

I wonder what funny looks I would get if I didn’t wash or shower on a regular basis?  I suspect that people would move away from me very quickly.

I wear glasses and I regularly clean the lenses so I can see out of them.  Not having windscreen washer in my car would mean I couldn’t see clearly.

And diesel – well that fuels my car and makes sure I do get from A to B.  If you think I’m wittering on – I’m not.  I was dropping some products off to a friend in Stratford today.  I bought her a tea and ordered myself the same and a sandwich.  I offered her half of the sandwich. She took a corner and then said she hadn’t eaten breakfast either.  Do that regularly and she’ll run out of fuel!

I meet so many people who look after their cars more than they do they’re bodies.  Our bodies are the only ‘real’ house we live in  so let’s look after them.

One of the ways I do is to take our delicious drinking gel on a daily basis.

Aloe Vera

Another is to regularly see my Chiropractor – Vicky Sutton.  My body gets regular servicing from Vicky and so keeps everything in the right place which means I’ve less chance of ‘breaking down’ and having to call out the AA.