Our Top 5 Self-Care Rituals For A Happy and Healthy Life

Our Top 5 Self-Care Rituals For A Happy and Healthy Life

Sometimes life can feel very much out of our control, whether it is your recent flight that has been delayed for hours, the lack of hot water in your house or someone stealing your parking spot, these little annoyances can all build up to make you feel stressed. Life is not plain sailing but by taking small steps to care for your health everyday this will ensure your moods are never down for long!

 

Our Recommended Top 5 Self-Care Rituals:

 

Dry Brushing

Many would probably not think of dry brushing as a detoxing exercise but as a matter of fact by doing this beauty ritual once or twice a day it can help to boost circulation and remove dead skin cells. The brush used with a body oil or butter deeply massages the skin to help stimulate lymph nodes and help reduce the appearance of cellulite by breaking down the fatty pockets of tissue.  

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual done daily to prevent oral decay and help whiten and promote...[Read More]

13 / 02 / 2017

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The Importance to Detox

The Importance to Detox

Now the Christmas festivities are out of the way for another year many of us will be wanting to get back on track to get fit and healthy and millions of us will begin to detox our bodies back to health.

A detox involves weaning off your bad habits and abstaining from your unhealthy vices whether that be your alcohol sugar or caffeine overload, your coach potato lifestyle, smoking or snacking on fatty foods. The start of the New Year will trigger us to set goals and do ‘Dry Januarys’ and diets to make up from the damage done over Christmas and New Year.

We have listed our top five benefits of having a detox period and how you can keep yours up:
 

A Stronger Immune System

You may notice that you will be able to stave off the snivels more while you detox as your body will be absorbing more vitamins and nutrients from healthier foods, which will overall advance your immune system. Foods such as spinach, apples, carrots and berries are rich in vitamins C and E and zinc and are fantastic to add to your diet to boost your immune system. If your New Year resolution is to do more regular exercise then this will also have an impact on your immune system as exercise releases ‘feel good’ endorphins...[Read more]

16 / 01 / 2017

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How To De-stress This Christmas

How To De-Stress This Christmas

 

Cooking a Christmas feast for the hundreds, screaming kids enjoying their new toys and prissy in-laws judging your life choices – sound familiar? The festive season can bring a lot of stresses as well as joy. To help you unwind from the negative energies that can come with Christmas, here are our top 5 tips.

 

Bulk Buy On The Mistletoe

Having a cheeky smooch under the mistletoe is a time-old Christmas tradition but if you are feeling a tiny bit rattled kissing is actually a stress-buster. When we sneak in a kiss with a loved one this releases endorphins, the feel good hormones which will put you in a happier mood.

 

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Frankincense, bergamot and cinnamon are not only festive scents but are also stress-reducing smells.  Just apply a few drops in a diffuser or oil burner to bring an air of stress relief to your home.  Our Hydrating Facial Serum is also infused...[Read More]

25 / 11 / 2016

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Staying Safe in the Sun

 

 

Staying Safe in the Sun

Whether you’re jetting off far afield or spending a long weekend in Europe you will want to make sure you’re safe and healthy so you can enjoy your holiday this summer. Follow our top tips for this holiday season for a more comfortable experience so the only thing you need to think about is when you’ll get to the beach!

 

Prevent and Treat Sunburn

Here at What Skin Needs we’re champions of the mantra ‘prevention is better than cure’. With this is mind, ensure your skin is adequately protected this summer to avoid suffering from sunburn.

Cancer Research UK recommends using at least a factor 15 sunscreen with a star rating of 4 or above. Children’s skin is more delicate so ensure children are protected with t-shirts, hats and cover any exposed areas with a factor 50 and high star rating. Check out our guide to SPF and the difference between UVA and UVB here.

 A common misconception is how much sunscreen we should be using – many of us apply less than we’re supposed to. As a guide you should be applying around 2 tablespoons if you are covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume. Read More...                                                                                                     

13 / 05 / 2016

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The Power of Essential Oils

   The Power of Essential Oils

 

There’s no need to prove why essential oils are beneficial for our skin, they’ve been around and used for thousands and thousands of years for cosmetic purposes such as fighting acne, treating minor wounds and brightening our skin. A typical essential oil contains more than a hundred different chemical compounds that possess antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties making essentials oils incredibly useful for treating a range of conditions.

You can buy essential oils in their original form to dilute yourself or you can buy products such as face wash and moisturiser that already have diluted oils to treat your skin.

With over 90 essential oils to choose from, it can be a difficult process to work out which ones are going to be beneficial to your skin so we’ve listed the benefits and uses of some of the most common (and useful) essential oils that your skin will thank you for!

 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil has been around for thousands of years; Aboriginal tribes in Australia first (Read More)                                                                          

26 / 02 / 2016

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New Year Healthy New Natural You!

 Healthy New Natural You!

New Year’s resolutions, they are fun to make but incredibly hard to maintain. More often or not the majority of us, promise a healthier lifestyle every New Year, with the hope that extreme resolutions will help us reach our goals. This year lets say goodbye to unachievable resolutions and make the simple change of going natural for a happier and healthier 2016.

Leading and living a natural lifestyle will have countless benefits for you inside and out, and there are many changes you can make to your everyday routine, to bring you closer to a healthier you!

 

Natural Skincare

This January refresh your bathroom cabinet with natural skincare. Natural skincare is seen as being better for our skin as it generally contains fewer irritants that can cause skin irritations. As well as this, natural skincare products will be free from any controversial ingredients that can lead to allergies and conditions such as dermatitis.

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28 / 12 / 2015

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Party proof your skin

The party season is fast approaching, so of course we will be looking at ways to get our skin ready for the festive time and looking it’s best. Christmas can have a massive impact on skin, due to long nights, lack of sleep, drinking lots of alcohol and forgetting to take makeup off, which can result in early signs of ageing, puffy eyes or dull skin. However, Christmas is the season to be jolly, so in order to keep your skin glowing and looking great in all of those Christmas photos, we have compiled a list of tips to keep skin healthy.

 

Healthy food

Christmas is the busiest time of the year and it is easy to get swept up in the festivities and just keep binge eating. Eating healthily will provide your body with a better first line of defence and give your skin a natural glow. The more antioxidants a person takes in, the better, as it will help protect skin from damage caused by free radicals. Choosing foods rich in Vitamin C such as blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes, will keep skin looking radiant and help to heal blemishes. It will also enhance the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin. 

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04 / 12 / 2015

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The Power of Antioxidants

The power of antioxidants

Our skin is our largest organ, which is why it’s extremely important to look after it; so when it comes to picking the best anti-ageing ingredients for our skin, it’s safe to say that antioxidants are always a wise choice. 

 

So what exactly are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds such as vitamins C and E, zinc and copper, but they are also found in botanicals like green tea, olives, pomegranates and mushrooms to name a few.

 

How do antioxidants help the health and appearance of our skin?

Antioxidants work to protect the skin by limiting the production of free radicals; the main culprit for damaging our skin cells, which leads to the visible and hidden signs of ageing.

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28 / 10 / 2015

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Back to School Health

As the summer draws to a close and the beginning of a new school year inches closer we take a look at common skin conditions children face and the best natural ways to combat them.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a very common skin condition in babies. It has a yellowish, patchy and scaly appearance on the scalp. Neither an allergic or bacterial infection, it is considered to be the effect of the mother’s hormones that are retained in the baby’s body after birth. While the exact causes are unknown it is believed that cradle cap could be down to the hormones over stimulating the baby’s sebaceous gland. Generally, most cases of cradle cap will clear up in their own in time, however, there are some natural remedies that can help treat it.

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16 / 09 / 2015

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Dive in to World Water Week

The 21st August 2015 sees the beginning of World Water Week! To highlight the importance of water in relation to our health, we take a look at the importance of staying hydrated, the benefits it can have on our bodies and mind and also how you can ensure that you are drinking enough for optimal health.

The importance of keeping hydrated

Every cell, tissue and organ in our body depends on water to function correctly and keep it in good health. For example, the body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints and eyes. As our bodies are made up of two-thirds water, it is no surprise that it has a big impact on how our body functions inside and out.

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21 / 08 / 2015

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Staying Safe and Healthy on Holiday

Whether you’re jetting off far afield or spending a long weekend in Europe you will want to make sure you’re safe and healthy so you can enjoy your holiday this summer. Follow our top tips for this holiday season for a more comfortable experience so the only thing you need to think about is when you’ll get to the beach!

 

Prevent and Treat Sunburn

Here at What Skin Needs we’re champions of the mantra ‘prevention is better than cure’. With this is mind, ensure your skin is adequately protected this summer to avoid suffering from sunburn.

Cancer Research UK recommends using at least a factor 15 sunscreen with a star rating of 4 or above. Children’s skin is more delicate so ensure children are protected with t-shirts, hats and cover any exposed areas with a factor 50 and high star rating. Check out our guide to SPF and the difference between UVA and UVB here. ...[Read More]...

06 / 07 / 2015

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Men's Health Week 15th - 21st June

Men’s Health Week has officially started and it’s a chance for the nation to come together to talk about men’s health, but most importantly, encourage men to talk about their own symptoms and concerns. Not only this, but charities like The Men’s Health Forum are working to improve men’s health services, as well as the health of men.

 

Here at What Skin Needs, we understand the importance of talking about men’s health, especially as in the UK, one man in five dies before he reaches 65. With shocking figures like this, it’s still a huge concern as to why so many men avoid visiting their GP. 

 

A past survey for the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign revealed that nearly twice as many men as women had not visited their GP in the last year.  Interestingly, women use male cancer helplines more than men, speaking on behalf of their partners, fathers and sons.    Today men will often avoid going to their dentists, asking a pharmacist for advice or even attending contraception clinics. ...[Read More]...

16 / 06 / 2015

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Back To Bed

How sleep affects your skin

How sleep affects your skin? As March 2015 is officially National Bed Month we spoke to Lisa Artis, spokesperson for The Sleep Council to find out how sleep affects your health and skin.

 

So how much sleep should we actually be getting?

“There is no ‘magic number’ for sleep. While everyone’s requirements are different (some of us cope far better on less than others), there is a fairly general consensus that around seven to eight hours is the norm for the average adult.  If you're getting a little less, there's probably no need to lose sleep over it, but a lot less is a problem.”

However, despite there being clear health and skincare risks link to lack of sleep, as a nation we are still missing out on beneficial hours. The Sleep Council have found that a third of the population (33%) now get by on five to six hours sleep a night, compared to 27% in 2010 and the majority of people (70%) sleep for seven hours or less. ...[Read More]...

13 / 03 / 2015

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