Small Changes In Difficult Times

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Nobody reaches adulthood without discovering that life is a rollercoaster. Sometimes we’re up – elated, overjoyed, beaming ear to ear. But unavoidably, we all face challenging times, facing sadness, grief, frustration, depression or simply fear. (Certainly, pick up any newspaper right now and the world can definitely feel quite scary.)

We’ve long believed that small changes can make big differences to how we feel – and that’s definitely true when facing life’s challenges. So when you’re on the low of that rollercoaster, here’s what we know works – on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Read More…

A Better Form of Vitamin C

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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vital water soluble vitamin, which the human body cannot manufacture and yet every single cell and tissue within our body requires this nutrient for healthy function and repair. We therefore have to ingest vitamin C through the foods that we consume including vegetables and fruits and by way of supplements. Most of us reach for this vitamin when we have colds or flu however its actions are very widespread.

Maintaining optimal levels of vitamin C is difficult since it is water soluble and hence is excreted out of the body within a very short space of time after ingesting it through food or by way of supplements. Some vitamin C is retained in our body within organs and blood however based on current research we simply do not have sufficient vitamin C intake in the first instance which exposes us to illness. This inability to maintain optimal levels is recognised by scientists all over the world as a limiting factor to its potential benefit in protecting us from chronic health concerns. For years scientists have been looking at ways to boost the impact of vitamin C because of its recognised benefits that it provides to our bodies. Read More…

The Morning After The Night Before

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Famously, this is the season of Big Nights Out, one after the other. The temptations of champagne, cocktails, canapés. And there’s no doubt that from a beauty (not to mention health) perspective, the Christmas season can take it out of you, leaving you looking terrible and feeling worse. (Before you know it you’re down with a cold and chances of squeezing into the little black dress you wanted to wear for the Christmas party seem fairly remote!)

So here, you’re going to find your Morning After The Night Before beauty guide. But working on the principle that prevention really is better than cure (or concealer), I’d like to share some secrets that I once gleaned from Danièle Ryman, who’s probably the world’s leading aromatherapist (and who’s treated literally thousands of clients, at her London practice). Danièle has a set of top tips that will have you bouncing out bright-eyed and bushy tailed the next morning – but you know what? Looking great the morning after actually starts the night before! Read More…