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Amazing Hair, Nails & Skin

IMG_8555The benefits that omega 3 and 6 has on your skin, hair and nails are well known. I thought I would share two products I have been using simultaneously, one that I take in capsule form and the other I smear all over myself : )

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I have been using Mama Mio Omega Body Oil which is said to be superfood for your skin. I read somewhere ‘say goodbye to lizard skin’ and was sold. The skin on my legs is so dry at the moment. I also have post-pregnancy skin recovery going on so moisturising is very important. I should point out that you obviously don’t need to be pregnant to use this, just have crispy skin like myself : ) omega-body-oil_29Nov11_rgb__89055_zoom This oil slides on your skin so it’s much quicker to apply that a cream. The best bit about it for me is that it is a dry oil, I hate feeling sticky. It’s smells of sweet almond and jojoba, which is really just soft and natural if you have no idea what I’m talking about. It is recommended that you use it once a day on damp skin after your shower. I pay extra attention to my tummy since my skin is in the process of firming up there. I also make sure to apply it to my bum, hip and thighs for the lovely stretchmarks. It’s available from Debenhams, pharmacies and online and costs €27.

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I have always taken an Omega supplement, even as a child. Over the years I’ve learned that the quality of the oil is of vital importance. Now I’m a firm believer in buying within your means so I have tried all different kinds of oils over the years. When I was expecting I raved about Mor EPA, it ended the dreaded ‘pregnancy brain’. I have since switched to Udo’s Choice (which is also suitable for pregnancy). P070026_L Omega 3 and 6 help combat  wrinkles, acne and inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, cracked heels, dandruff, and even balances oily skin.For me it’s all about strong glossy hair, strong nails that don’t split and flake and radiant skin. When I forget to take my supplement for a week or so I notice a change in my all three, get grumpy and go pick up some more. Udo’s have a 6 Week Glow Challenge on their website, where you can log your results and get €4 off your next bottle. I will be doing just that. It’s available in oil and capsule form. The oil can be drizzled over salads of added to soups and smoothies. I tried this before with Viridian Beauty Oil (€13.45), which I also love. It’s a balance of 3:6:9 fatty acids and helps plump the skin amongst all of the other benefits for skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. 500 Ultimate Beauty Oil 200ml I have only tried the Udo’s choice capsules not the oil but it sounds just as good. The capsules are oils start at €14.99 which is a pretty good price for good quality supplements. Does anyone supplement? 

Aging, Beauty Tips, Diet/Excercise, Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing, Pregnancy & Baby, Skin Care

Stetchmarks – weight gain, pregnancy, teen growth spurts…

I received an email from a reader last week requesting a post on stretch marks. I may be in my twenties but I have a few run-ins with blasted stretch marks over the years, most of which occurred during my early teenage years. I have done much research over the years and tried just about everything to encourage them to fade. Now, I’m no expert but I’m happy to share what I have learned and what products I use.

1. Stretch marks can happen to anyone – They’re not age related. They can happen when you got through a growth spurt in your teens, put on weight or are pregnant. Stretch marks occur when the skin stretches and a tear appears in the tissue. It may appear purple at first but they fade to a faint silver shade with time.

2. Skin must be supple to bounce back. If you have dry skin it lacks lipids.

3. Stretch marks can be genetic. Blame your mammy.

4. You can help prevent them, although genetics may win in the end. At least when your body returns to normal the moisturisation will encourage your skin to follow suit.

5. They fade over time naturally. You can also help them fade by ensuring the skin the nourished and moisturised.

6. They may never completely disappear – it is ripping of tissue after all

7. Moisturise from the inside – If you have dry skin moisturising from the inside can help. My skin was so dry as a teen that I needed to moisturise my entire body 3 times a day for it to feel comfortable. Then a friend of mine, a naturopath, recommended I take flax supplements. After a few weeks my skin was far less dry and I only moisturised going to bed every second night. Drink plenty of water, if you’re body is dehydrated your skin won’t see a drop!

8. Moisture on the outside – Moisture is your friend. That being said there are very few ingredients that have proved helpful in fading and protecting your skin from stretch marks. Cocoa Butter has proved to be effective. As has Bio-Oil which is a little expensive. Bio Oil helped my scars heal flat so personally I would try it on stretchmarks. The Body Shop Cocoa Butter stick and Palmers Cocoa Butter(see below) are also good. I moisturise my stretched areas (for m e it’s hips)morning and evening without fail. It takes dedication and a constant stream of lipids to keep dry skin supple.


8. Pregnancy – start early. Genetics is in play, so if your mum had stretchmarks during pregenancy be prepared. They will fade after delivery but may not completely disappear. Palmers Cocoa Butter. Twice a day at least.

9. Teenagers – My own stretchmarks formed at the age of 14 when I took a growth spurt and my hips arrived. I didn’t actually out on any weight, I was a pigeon at this stage, but the growth spurt was enough to cause them. If you are a teenager, relax, they will fade. You’re skin is much more supple than women older than you. Moisturise regularly and take care of your skin. They will fade.

10. A bit of fake tan makes the world of difference. It counteracts the purple / silveriness. Try it.

* A note on organic – Many lab made creams that cost the earth and claim to rid you of your stretchmarks. Be realistic. You are often paying for the label and the advertising. Lab made chemicals are often too large to be absorbed by the skin, you will feel the residue sitting on the surface. In my experience a more natural approach is best. Nourish from the inside, add more moisture from the outside and stay hydrated. When you have those in check then start thinking about including a cocoa butter formula and maybe some bio oil. When choosing a cocoa butter formula check the ingredients on the back of the bottle – if cocoa butter is listed near the top of the list than you can rest assured that the product has enough of the ingredient to be effective.

I will post a recipe for a diy stretchmark cream later this week, it’s far more effective than most shop bought products thanks to the quality of the ingredients and the lack of synthetic chemicals.

As I said, I’m no expert, but I hope this helps!

Beauty Tips, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own

DIY Skincare: Scrub for Sensitive Skin

It has been a while since I posted a DIY Skincare piece. I thought I would share the recipe for a scrub I made myself this week.

My skin has been very sensitive and irritated lately, you gotta love hormones, so I need something extra gentle but still effective.

This scrub is very easy to make, polishes the skin but doesn’t strip moisture.

All you need:

  • 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 12g wheatbran
  • 25g ground oats
  • 115ml yoghurt (made from whole milk)

Mix the almond oil, honey and lavender oil in one bowl (not plastic). Then combine oats, bran and yoghurt in another bowl. Add one bowl of ingredients to the other.

Apply to damp skin. Massage well but be gentle, rinse with warm water and pat your skin gently with a towel to dry.

I had some left over so I kept the remaining mixture in a glass jar in the fridge. I used the rest the following day.

My skin is super soft today – no kp breakouts, no tightness and no irritation. I think I’ll make up another batch early next week until my skin has calmed down.

Acrylic, Gel, Stick On Nails, Beauty Tips, Nail Care, Nail Polish/Care

4 Ways to Get your Nails back into Condition after Gels /Acrylics

This morning on Twitter I was asked had I any tips to share on strengthening your nails after Gel nail removal. Instead of replying via tweet I thought I would write up a little blog post since I have some experience with crumbling post gel nails.

The first time I had acrylic nails removed My nails looked great for a few days but then crumbled to nothingness over a few weeks. I was not prepared for this and hadn’t taken any extra care of my nails.

The second time around I went for gel overlays and after removal I put a plan into actions. I managed to keep my nails from peeling and crumbling. In fact my nails grew strong and long, which I couldn’t believe. Here is what I  used:

1. Vaseline Healthy Hand & Nails

Vaseline hand nail cream

This has been a favourite of mine for at least a decade, I used to keep a tube in my school bag! After my gel nails were been removed I rubbed some of this lotion into my cuticles and left a layer on my nail to absorb twice a day. This might seem like a nuisance but I found it easier to do at times where my hands were still – watching tv in the evening, reading my book before bed etc. I kept this up for 3 weeks.

2. Nail Hardener

sally hansen hard as nails natural

I used a few coats of nail hardener to prevent help prevent chipping and peeling. The one I used was Sally Hansen Hard as Nails but to be honest I would use any brand. After a few days I would remove the hardener, do a little nail treatment (see below) and the reapply. My nails were never without hardener for the 3 weeks, with the exception of treatment time.

3. Olive Oil Treatment:

 

olive oil

As mentioned, twice a week I removed the nail hardener and used treated my nails to a warm olive oil bath. I used the olive oil from my kitchen counter. Pour a little oil into a small bowl and warm for a few second in the microwave. Treat one hand at a time, pop all of your finger tips into the oil and soak for 10 minutes. You could also add a little Vitamin E capsule into the olive oil for extra strengthening power.

4. Nail Supplements:

perfectil skin hair nails supplement

I also took a nail supplement daily for a month or so. I started using a Holland & Barrett supplement but then switched to Perfectil Skin, Hair & Nails. They contain Omega-3 and Co-Q10 which apparently strengthen your nails from the inside. I have also heard many people recommend prenatal supplements. If you eat a balanced diet you could just add an Omega 3 supplement and add Flax seeds to your diet.

What was your experience will overlays?

Acne/Breakouts, Beauty Tips, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own

Miracle Whip – a Miracle Beauty Cream! Skin Rejuvination

A friend of mine once told me that her mother swore by using Miracle Whip, yes the icky salad cream, as an exfoliator. This woman has the most amazing skin so I put my mild revulsion aside and decided to give it a try. Nobody said make-up and beauty blogging was pretty!

I was informed that the ingredients in Miracle Whip remove dead flaky skin. It also helps normalise excessively oily skin.

  • Firstly, tie back your hair – unless you want to experiment with the effects of Miracle Whip on the hair! If you do, let me know how you get on :)
  • Next, apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the the eye area.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes and then massage gently. The dead skin cells roll off with the salad cream.
  • Rinse your skin with warm water. Follow with your usual skin regime.

A word of warning – it stinks to high heaven! Vinegar is responsible for the smell but is probably responsible for the amazing effects too so I can’t complain. It also feels oily and weird but after 3 minutes it melted onto my skin.

My skin was in such a state, thanks to the flu. I am delighted to report that all of the flaky dry skin is gone and my skin feels smooth and tight. I’m quite surprised.

I also heard that Miracle Whip can be applied a few times a week for 5 – 6 weeks to reach skin rejuvenation.

Consider me on board! I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Maybe the manufacturers should rename it – ‘Miracle Cream’ has a nice ring to it!

Beauty Tips, Haircare / Styling

Repair Holiday Hair

There are very few downsides to a holiday in the sun. The one negative for me is the hair damage.

The sun, sea water and chlorine from the swimming pool don’t exactly leave your hair looking lustrous. This is the first year that my hair flew home in the same condition it took off in but this is thanks to the 12 week blowdry. It made me realise how horrible my hair usually is after a sun holiday. There are a few things I used to do to help my hair recover.

I highly recommend neem hair oil for dry, damaged, parched hair. I have also tried some Indian hair oils over the years that proved useful. Be careful with hot oils treatments if you have colour treated hair though.

Here is how I use it

  • Massage your scalp with your fingers to stimulate blood circulation
  • Apply some oil with your fingers and massage well into your scalp
  • Comb your fingers through your hair and add some more oil into the ends of the hair if necessary. Use enough to coat all of your hair.
  • Wrap your hair up in a warm towel for an hour. You can leave the oil in overnight if you wish.
  • Shampoo your hair two or three times and condition as usual.