Give your mum a gift to make her glow!

So as we approach Spring 2019 (despite the weather) its a good time to assess our health needs. I seem to be surrounded by friends suffering from colds and viruses at the minute and thankfully have not succumbed to any of them yet (I credit this to my regular use of Liposomal Vitamin C!)

With March also comes Mother’s Day, the perfect time to treat your mums to something different rather than the usual flowers & chocolates. As a single mum I normally get hand made gifts which I love but for my own mum (a breast cancer survivor, 10 years clear) I like to give her health related presents and normally an additional treat that I put thought into (I am still thinking!)

Below are some ideas for your mum, I have included some of my favourite skin care products too as who doesn’t love glowing skin to hide the tiredness of chasing around after our kids!

First up is from Magnitone. If you haven’t heard of them they sell a range of products and devices for your skin. I recently purchased a daily cleansing & toning skin brush and have fallen in love! It’s so easy to add to your skincare routine and perfect for busy mums as its all over in a minute (literally) and my skin feels so soft and smooth after using. After just one week I can notice improvements in my skin which is a dream for me as I suffer from dry skin on my face which has dramatically improved. These devices are £90 RRP but at the time of writing Look Fantastic have them on offer at a bargain £63. Perfect for mum or yourself, get dropping those hints to your partner and/or kids now!

A great all rounder product for women is Quicksilver Scientific Dr Chris Shades Thrivagen. A liquid herbal blend that can support the female endocrine system. Thrivagen can help support regular menstrual cycles, balanced mood and immunity, resilience, endurance, and healthy sleep. This is a great energy booster and so its perfect for mums on the go, whether that may be at work or chasing after little ones all day and crashing at night. Priced at £53.95 and uses a liposomal delivery system for higher absorption.

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SkinGlo Collagen is up next, what’s great about this one I hear you ask, well… it really works. My dry skin on my face and arms has cleared up using this and my Magnitone brush. My mum has even complimented me saying my skin looks good lately and when I put my make up on its not going patchy, I actually have achieved a bit of a glow. It has a lovely exotic fruit taste so no need to worry about it tasting like seaweed (I have tried some that do!) and uses liposomal technology to give the product up to 8 times higher absorption to the bloodstream than other supplements. I love this product so much that I will be stocking it in the near future but for now you can buy direct from SkinGlo it costs £54.99 for a one off purchase of 14 sachets or you can select a subscription option. They also do a version for men which can be seen on their website as well as reviews of the product.

I don’t know about anyone else but I often walk into a room and forget why I’m there or attempt to put the milk in the tea cupboard. I found that once I became a mum this forgetfulness increased and as I work full time I often have to be reminded of things. The solution to this same in the form of Revive Active Mastermind. This product was actually formulated in collaboration with the University of Northumbria – the Brain Performance Nutrition Centre and I find it really helps with mental clarity for me. Mastermind has become a popular product with University students to help their focus when revising for exams but for us mums it can help when we are trying to multitask! Currently on sale at £28.13 at the time of writing. Normal RRP is £37.50 

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Another amazing product is Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I have searched high and low for a cleansing balm that I really love for my skin and finally got my answer in this product. It comes with a handy cleansing cloth and my skin always feels so clean & fresh after each use. The great thing about this balm is it lasts ages thanks to the fact that you only need to use a small amount each time and it smells divine thanks to the essential oils. Perfect for boosting your skin and getting a dewy look. This cleansing balm can also be used on clean skin as a mask or overnight treatment but mostly I use it at night time or when I come home from work to let my skin breathe. At £47 it may seem pricier than other cleansers on the market but there’s a reason for that… its better! Can be purchase from a multitude of beauty sites all for the same price including Cult Beauty

Finally, I know I bang on about Vitamin C a lot but only because it really is the most important vitain in my opinion, mostly because our bodies don’t make it naturally yet it is a vital supplement for our diets. A lovely gift for mum or yourself is Sufficient C. It contains an impressive 200mg Vitamin C per scoop and is 100% water soluble. There is also added benefits from Green Tea extract and Bromelain. The benfits of this product are increased hydration, immune system support, reducing inflammation and is high in antioxidants. Sufficient C is Non GMO, sugar free, vegan and caffeine free. It comes in two sizes, 250 mg or a handy 125mg travel sized pot. There are price options for bulk buying on this one but prices start at £20.45 for one 125 gram pot.

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I hope everyone has a lovely Mothers Day this year and at the very least gets a little lie in!

 

Opinions are all my own and Magnitone, SkinGlo and Emma Hardie or any supplier did not give me products to review (sadly).

And as always these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

Feed your skin to nourish from within!

With the beauty industry booming it can be overwhelming when trying to find the best products for your skin whilst still staying within a reasonable budget. As someone who suffers from dry, sensitive skin I have tried a fair amount of products and even have to chose my make up with care so that I don’t end up drying my face even further. There are masses of creams that say they will make us look younger, more radiant and improve our skin elasticity but I have discovered the best way to treat and look after my skin is from within!

Yes the outside does need care, cleansing off the toxins we are exposed too everyday and dirt that clogs our pores should be removed but in order to make a real difference to the signs of aging I use a few products that have not only cleared my dry skin but have definitely made it look more radiant.

First on my list is Revive Active Beauty complex. With 7000mg of marine collagen per sachet 100mg Phytoceramides 100mg Hyaluronic Acid as well as Vitamins C & E it is a magic product that after 3 weeks of taking a sachet daily produced noticeable changes to my skin. This product is backed by Harley Street doctors and one that I will definitely continue to use. I take mine in the morning and you simply pour the sachet into a glass and fill up with water. It mixes well and I just drink it in one go before I head off to work. You can start to see results from this product around the 14 day mark with your complexion starting look more rejuvenated.

Even though there is Vitamin C in the beauty complex I add more vitamin C to my daily routine. Liposomal Vitamin C can be taken in ‘mega’ doses and doesn’t incur the gastric upset associated with regular vitamin c fizzies and pills. Clinical tests have been done to prove that it can improve your skin elasticity in just a couple of weeks and many cIMG_2062elebrities have shared that their glowing skin is due to liposomal vitamin c usage! This is due to the fact that Vitamin C increases collagen production in our body which can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and can help treat scar tissue. And lets not forget that Vitamin C boosts our immune system at the same time! As our body doesn’t make its own vitamin C it should be top of everyone’s list and in my opinion the more the better. My favourite at the moment is Your Zooki. Unlike many other liposomal vitamin C’s on the market it has no alcohol it also has no diary, no sugar, no gluten, no soy, is non GMO and is vegan friendly!

 

What we eat plays a huge role in the condition of our skin. Foods high in saturated fat can lead to break outs and excess oil. Eating a high alkaline diet and adding as much fruit and vegetables to our diet is important so that we feed our bodies a healthy dose of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. The saying ‘we are what we eat’ if taken in regards to our skin could be the cause of many peoples skin related issues. Yes we all like to indulge but limiting that as much as possible will benefit your skin and may help clear breakouts, redness or dryness. When I decided to combat my dry skin I took a hard look and found my diet to be lacking in mineral rich foods and the amount of water I was drinking was a good bit below the recommended daily amount (too much coffee instead!) I made some changes and now I sit at work with a jug of alkaline water beside me that I sip at throughout the day. I bring fruit with me for snacks and I always ensure that there are plenty of vegetables with my dinner. With my supplements on top of that I feel that my skin is improving everyday and recently a friend commented on a photo asking how I still look so young (I do love a compliment!)

I would love to hear what products everyone else uses to treat their skin, maybe you have some tips or things that you take that have made a real difference, I’d love to hear them in the comments below! The brands I love for the surface of my skin are Green Angel Skincare, Wild Ferns and Kiehls. In the future I will do a post showing my favourite products and a review of them against competing ones!

Use the products links in the text above until midnight on Black Friday (23/11/18) and you can get 30% off Revive Active Beauty complex and 20% off the Wild Ferns range that has a wonderful bee venom range and a Manuka honey night cream that is fabulous!