It's Nutrition and Hydration Week!

This week is Nutrition and Hydration week, so we thought we’d jump on this one because of its relevance to skin health.  We love to educate and the benefits of eating and drinking healthily has such a massive impact that we wanted to share it with you.

What we put on our skin on the outside is massively important as the wrong creams and lotions can wreak havoc and leave the skin feeling and looking very compromised.  However, rebalancing the skin from the inside is going to reach cells that it is impossible for topical skincare to reach. Also, our skin portrays our general health and if we are eating badly then our skin will represent that on the outside, acting like a mirror.  We have an internal Eco System.

One of our favourite supplements that we recommend for EVERYONE is Skin Youth Biome from the Advanced Nutrition Programme.  This supplement has a unique combination of good bacteria specifically developed to target skin.  It has full scientific studies into the strains of bacteria and has formulated from 5 billion active cultures.  WOW!  So, what will this do for our skin?  Independent research and studies showed significant improvement in hydration, wrinkle depth and skin integrity, whilst there were also small improvements in smoothness and elasticity.

Microbiome has become hot in the skin industry of late as we are all discovering new ways of keeping young.  If our microbiome isn’t functioning properly then this can lead to several issues such as:  Immune System disorders, inflammation, fatigue, moodiness, inflammation, issues with metabolism as well as skin concerns such as problematic skin and ageing.

It all must start from within.

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Water isn’t as sexy as this supplement, but the results that it provides the skin is definitely sexy.  As well as flushing out toxins, water is essential for the skin to stay plump and youthful.  Drinking water will hydrate the skin, but one of the most important serums for this is Hyaluronic Acid.  We absolutely love Hyaluronic Acid because it is suitable for every skin type.

This isn’t a type of acid that will strip the skin.  In fact, Hyaluronic Acid is produced naturally by the skin cells and we need it to maintain moisture.  In fact, and here’s the really sexy part, Hyaluronic Acid holds a thousand times its weight in water.  Hyaluronic Acid acts like the ultimate skin drink, plumping out lines and wrinkles, even deeper ones.  It also has anti-oxidant properties so acts to protect the skin.

If you’re looking to add a Hyaluronic Acid Serum to your skincare regime, then Environ’s Hydrating Serum is just what you are looking for.  This high quality, pure Hyaluronic Acid is applied to the skin underneath your other creams.  Try it, you’ll be astonished by the results.

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Time to Talk - My story regarding mental health by Sarah

image copywright Rhianna Catt

image copywright Rhianna Catt

Today is “Time to Talk” Day.  It’s a day that encourages everyone to talk about mental health.  I feel that it is so important to talk about this, as it is an illness that there is still so much stigma surrounding, yet it is just that, an illness and it affects one in four of us. 

My own life has been surrounded by mental health issues including my own and others around me.  I was a massively under-confident teenager, scrabbling around trying to make sense of the world and this affected my ability to make friends and my self esteem.  As i grew up I drew on my experiences to make me into a stronger person.  For others, it’s not so easy.  My partner has always suffered with depression and my children have as well.  I can tell when James is low, and it’s not always easy as he can deflect his feelings over and be irritated easily.  I’m glad that I (sometimes) recognise it, as it allows us to talk about it more openly and him to sometimes acknowledge how he’s feeling himself. 

For my children it has been a constant battle.  With my daughter I don’t really remember a time when she wasn’t depressed, which is sad in itself.  She has suffered with this all her life and this has really affected her ability with friendships and introversy. She was bullied at school.  There is a question mark around Borderline Personality Disorder. She has recently gone through a very dark period in her life.  I credit the picture to her as it is one of her passions, and he is now on a brilliant journey finally studying her passion of art at university and bringing it to life. 

With my son, it’s been difficult, because unlike my daughter who is much more open, he is very closed off.  I guessed from around 14 that he had depression, but he would never admit it to me when I asked him about how he was feeling.  He was introverted, yet despite having friends he never really went out of his way to socialise with them. He lacked motivation with most things.  He’s so bright and went off to university to study Chemical Engineering, but after going through some traumas he didn’t complete his degree and eventually came home.  He has battled through some really hard times, and he still has some way to go.  He is however working in a very good job (though possibly not his passion, which he hasn’t really worked out yet), putting his life in order and planning an amazing trip away travelling. 

I am so proud of all of them.  There is no quick fix to mental health but talking is a start.  Find someone you trust and open up to them about your feelings.  It’s not a demon you want to face by yourself. #TimeToTalk