Find the “Essential” Line Cream For You

No matter what skin type you have, moisturiser is a crucial part of your daily routine. Skincare is not, however, a one size fits all kind of deal so it is vital you find the right cream for your skin type. That’s where we come in with this essential guide to finding the right essential line cream for you…

“I experience peeling, cracking or just a very rough, dry texture all over my face. It worsens in the cooler months and sometimes I experience itchiness, redness and irritation.”
You have DRY SKIN
Hello hydration! Our Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream packs the hydration punch you need. With Squalane to nourish and hydrate, Pear Seed Extract to repair and prevent aging, Royal Jelly to energize and oxygenate, Shea Butter to nourish and heal and Hyaluronic Acid for moisture bonding; this cream works hard to rejuvenate your skin and free you from dryness.

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“I am prone to blotchy, red skin that reacts to certain products and environmental factors. My skin often feels inflamed and irritated.”
Meet your new best friend Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream. If you have sensitive skin, you have a thin epidermis and your blood vessels are too close to the skin’s surface. This cream effectively promotes vaso-constriction of capillaries and strengthens the capillary walls. It is rich in Propolis, Vitamin A & B and Aloe Vera to nourish and soothe the skin while protecting it from environmental factors.

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“My skin seems confused. My T-Zone is always oily and my nose shiny but my cheeks dry out.”
So often people with combination skin try to use products made for oily skin only to discover their cheeks drying and peeling. So they go for dry skin products only to discover their T-Zone is suddenly an oil slick. Believe it or not, you can find the balance you need, you just need a product with the right mix.
Our Balancing Combination Cream is ready and waiting to help sort your confused skin out. Arnica, Aloe, and Lemon Grass combine to control oil, refine pores and hydrate as they provide your skin nourishing actives and valuable UV protection.

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“I am prone to breakouts, shine and large pores. My skin is thick and I am always blotting oil from my face.”
You have OILY SKIN
Often people with oily skin think they don’t have to moisturise because their skin is far from dry. This kind of thinking can do serious skin damage. Oil and hydration are not the same thing and if your skin is parched it will, in fact, produce more oil in an attempt to hydrate itself!
The solution? Mattifying Oily Skin Cream. This non-greasy, light-textured cream uses Lemon and Vitamin B complex to hydrate, mattify, prevent breakouts and effectively refining your pores.

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Mastering the Art of Affirmations

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes” – Mahatma Gandhi

noun af·firm·a·tion/ˌafərˈmāSHən/
1. The action or process of affirming or being affirmed.
2. A formal declaration by a person who declines to take an oath for reasons of conscience.

There has been much said about positive affirmations and the way they can influence not only how we feel but what we achieve. Some years ago, The Secret was published and it seriously made a mark. Whether a zealous devotee of the idea that the universe delivers according to the thoughts you give out or a skeptic of this school of thought, it seemed everyone had an opinion on the topic and there was more literature on positive affirmations out there than ever. With a few years of hindsight we can see that while some of the claims in the book are unrealistic there is no doubt that replacing negative thoughts with positive ones can only have good results .

But changing your thinking is easier said than done and when you start repeating affirmations to yourself it can feel really, well, silly. So, we thought we’d help you out on your road to happiness with this guide to Mastering the Art of Affirmations…

1. Identify your negative thought patterns
Catch yourself out each time you think something negative and write that thought and the time you thought it down in a notebook. Do this for one week then have a look over it. You’ll notice there are a few thoughts and times that pop up more than once. Take these and write each one down on a seperate piece of paper. These are the thoughts to conquer first.

2. Deconstruct your thoughts
Pick apart each of these thoughts. What are you really saying? What’s your internal tone? Are you thinking negatively about the past, future or present? Is your thought in first person? Does it make assumptions that may be incorrect? Spend some time dissecting this thought and you might be surprised at what you come up with.

3. Re-write it
Do a 360 spin on your thought. Turn a negative into a positive. If you thought, ‘I am always tired’ start thinking ‘I am full of energy’. If you thought ‘I can’t lose weight’ simply remove the ‘t’ and think ‘I can lose weight’.
Tick these boxes with each of your new thoughts:
– Write in the first person (use “I…” ).
– Use present tense.
– Express what will be true, not what won’t (avoid thoughts like ‘I am no longer always tired’)
– Keep it short.
– Make it emotionally meaningful to you. It should “feel” right.

4. Use it
Every single time that negative thought creeps back into your head, stop yourself and replace it with the positive one. At first it may seem silly or uncomfortable but soon enough this process will come naturally and you won’t have to think twice. Then eventually, the negative thought will be permanently replaced by the positive one and you will discover a lighter, happier you.

5. Review it
Our worries, thoughts and goals change over time so your affirmations should too. Take time out each month to repeat this process and wake up to the new negative thoughts that have crept in. After some time, you might notice that there are far fewer negative thoughts on your page, once you’ve weeded out those big nasty thoughts and replaced them with big positive thoughts, the smaller ones find it harder to survive.

Affirmation Examples:
Everything flows with ease and grace.
I always have more than enough time.
I am healthy and happy.
All my needs are met with ease.
I am loved.
I am worthy.
I am grateful for all of my blessings.
I am a money magnet.

We’re giving one of our limited edition Mother’s Day gift packs away on our Facebook page! To enter, just head here and tell us what’s the best piece of advice your Mum ever gave you is. Good luck.

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Good Eats: Couscous With Chickpeas, Fennel, and Citrus Recipe

The humble chickpea or garbanzo bean has been eaten for thousands of years and is basically a nutrient powerhouse. Rich in folic acid, fiber, manganese and protein, as well
as minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, and magnesium, this little legume packs a punch and is well worth adding to your diet.
We’ve found this drool-worthy recipe featuring chickpeas along with the uber-healthy fennel. Fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. Nutrient-rich ingredients like these are the key to healthy skin so chow down!

Couscous With Chickpeas, Fennel, and Citrus
Serves 2-4

1 large fennel bulb with fronds
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 cups (or 1 15-ounce can) cooked and drained chickpeas
10 Kalamata olives, halved and pitted
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup instant couscous
Trim fennel and cut into 1/4-inch thick wedges. Reserve fronds for garnish.

1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and caramelized, about 10-15 minutes.
2. Add coriander, chickpeas, olives, and lemon juice to pan and stir to combine. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
3. Juice the orange into a liquid measuring cup and top off with water to make 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
4. Add liquid to a small saucepan along with 1 tablespoon olive oil, orange zest, lemon zest, and salt.
5. Bring to a boil and stir in couscous.
6. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for at least 5 minutes.
7. To serve, fluff couscous grains with a fork and spread on a dish. Spoon chickpeas and fennel over couscous and garnish with fennel fronds.

Recipe courtesy of The Kitchn 

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Cynthia Nixon Shares Her Rosacea Story

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon conquered acne in her 20s and thought she had put her skin problems in the past. But when she hit her 40s her skin started flaring up again. She tells PEOPLE,  “I thought, ‘Oh here’s my acne back…” But after resuming an anti-acne routine, she found the condition did not disappear, in fact, it worsened and after a trip to the dermatologist, she discovered she had rosacea.

To combat the condition, Nixon started taking a prescription medication, then slowly weaned herself off of it and got her skincare routine under control. “With rosacea, you don’t want to throw a curveball at your face — you want to do things that are gentle, sensible and predictable,” she told PEOPLE. For more about her experience with rosacea, watch the video at the bottom of this post.
Nixon is not alone. Women and men all over the world suffer from rosacea and many aren’t even aware of exactly what it is that’s causing their skin to flare up. Luckily, there are many modern solutions to the problem including our RS2 line which ticks all of Nixon’s boxes – gentle, sensible and predictable.
Our range comprises of a cleanser, lotion, concentrate and cream all of which use the following key ingredients to calm and control the skin:
Green Tea – Healing, anti-irritant, anti-free radicals, anti-bacterial
French Rose Essential Oil – Calms redness, soothes irritation
Licorice – Decongesting, anti-allergenic, healing
Chamomile – Calming, de-stressing
Allantoin – Healing, desensitizing
We also have a handy Your Skincare Solution Rosacea Skin Kit available. It contains travel sizes of each of the cleanser, lotion and moisturiser.

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