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Establishing the right skincare routine for you

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well!

Today I’m going to be talking about routines and choosing products that are right for you.

I’ve come to realise through the amount of emails I receive, that some of you are a little confused when it comes to choosing the correct products for your needs. I am of course here to help with that, and I actually really enjoy helping to choose the products that I feel will most suit you, your skin, and your lifestyle. However, we realise that for your own convenience it needs to be simpler for you.

Let’s make it simple
We are working on simplifying things and hopefully making the process easier for you. We are all very different and what suits one person may not work so well for another, so it can be trial and error in deciding what works best for yourself.

Baby steps
I also think that if you’re just starting out with NCN products it might be good to introduce one or two at a time so that you can really see and feel what they are doing for you. Alternatively you could start with a whole new basic routine and add other products in gradually. My mistake when first starting out with the products was to literally use everything possible all at once, use too much of the  product (NCN products are super concentrated so you only need a small amount) and I think I basically overwhelmed my skin. I was suffering with spots but I had no idea which product was causing it due to using everything. I do now use everything and rarely suffer from a spot. This makes me realise it wasn’t a product causing spots but the fact I went from using one or two products from another range, to using so many and too much all at once. These days I do use most of the products, and I do layer them (but I allow time for each product to sink in). I have days where I choose to alternate products instead.

Starting at square one
A good place to start would be to choose a cleanser from the range, followed by a toner. Then I would choose a serum, followed by a cream or an oil. I’d then perhaps choose a different product for the evening. You could choose an oil as a twice a week treatment instead of a daily ritual. I have occasions where I literally use just an oil in the evening.

An example for someone with an uneven tone and dry skin could be:
MORNING
Lemon cream cleanser
Cell renewal toner
Vit C+ Serum
SPF

EVENING
Lemon cream cleanser
Cell renewal toner
Formula 7
Face oil cocktail/or Volu-Lift/Multi-Active Accelerator or DNA Serum

This is just an example using a four step routine. Many of the products are great for hyperpigmentation and the new improved Formula 7 is amazing! But one product is only a part of the battle and so many of the products work in there own way to even out the tone of your skin. Using an SPF is imperative really to prevent wrinkles and pigmenation, loss of elasticity etc. We are going to be stocking the fantastic UltraSun products very soon so look out for those. They actually have an SPF50+ Anti-Pigmentation Cream that I have tried and loved.

An example of my current routine (though it changes daily depending on my mood)
THIS MORNING
Lemon cream cleanser
Cell renewal toner
Vit C+ serum
Formula 7
SPF

Sounds a lot? It didn’t take me long as I do it in stages whilst getting ready doing other things. This evening my routine will likely be:
Lemon cream cleanser
Cell renewal toner
Copper peptide serum
Multi-Active matrixyl serum
Multi-Active Accelerator
Retinol

Tomorrow I will likely use something that involves DNA Serum and Volu-Lift.

What I’m really trying to show you is that the products are very diverse. They are all based on cell renewal, plumping the skin, helping to even out tone, firming, reducing wrinkles etc.You can’t really go far wrong in your choices. They’re all very fabulous and very effective.

Take a look at your own skin
My advice is to try and establish what your skin type is and any issues that bother you. For example, crows feet, redness, dehydrated but oily, dry, uneven tone……….

Then figure out how much time you really want to spend on your routine. Most people have more time to spend in the evening, but you can layer products in the morning if you’re savvy with time like me (although I am always rushing out the door lastminute.com).

Have a read over the products and see what you feel sounds right for you. Then if you’re not sure that you have chosen the right products for you, or you’re not sure what to use in what order…..email me! I will happily assist you and get you on the right track to achieving your best gorgeous and glowing complexion.

Chat soon!
Katy
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June Beauty Favourites

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend!

So today I’m sharing my beauty favourites for June.

I hope you enjoy watching it and as always you’ll find the links below. Oh, by the way. In the video I said I had a couple of random things to share and then I forgot the last item. It was a herbal tea by Pukka and I’ll pop the link in anyway.

Lemon Cream Brightening Cleanser, HERE
Formula 7 Spot Remover, HERE.
Ginvera BB Cream, HERE.
Batiste Blonde, HERE.
Davina Fit in 15, HERE.
Pukka Night Time, HERE.

Please if you enjoy watching it leave me a thumbs up! And any feedback is always greatly appreciated.

Night all.
Katy
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New lemon cream cleanser for a brighter complexion

Hi my lovelies!

I hope you’re all well.

Today I’m going to be telling you all about our new Lemon Cream Cleanser.

We now have a gorgeous cream cleanser available to buy, for those that perhaps prefer to cleanse with a creamy cleanser, or if you feel that your skin needs some ‘brightening’. This cleanser delivers.

Fresh and zesty lemon for luminous skin
I love to try out new products by NCN and I think a cream cleanser is a fabulous addition to the line, because really, not everyone wants to cleanse with a gel cleanser. Although, I have been more than happy with the Multi-Acid Cleansing Gel for a long time now and couldn’t really imagine switching to anything else. The thing for me though is that I absolutely love the smell of lemon. I find it a really ‘fresh’ smell and I think of the lemon having so many amazing skin benefits. This cleanser is particularly good for those that suffer from an uneven tone, dark patches, dark circles (yes it even works on those), and those that perhaps would just like a little more luminosity in their complexion-don’t we all!

Benefits of using this:

This cleanser visibly improves skin health – leaving you with a more even toned and brighter complexion.

It is absolutely loaded with antioxidants.

It very gently exfoliates with Lactic Acid.

It will even out your tone, fade hyperpigmentation and reduce redness.

What are the key ingredients:

Lemon Peel Bioferment
This inhibits melatonin synthesis. It is a safe, non toxic skin lightening and brightening ingredient. Super effective for age spots, marks left by acne and hyperpigmentation.

Niacinamide
A fabulous ingredient in this cleanser. This provides increased hydration and reduces water loss through the skin. It helps to reduce pore size, improves rosacea and fights wrinkles whilst firming the skin.

Lactic Acid
An AHA that will gently exfoliate your skin and help to improve its texture. It helps in the battle of lightening sun damage, dark marks and scars etc.

Liquorice
Liquorice is an effective antioxidant that will help to fight free radical damage and decrease the production of melanin in your skin. It will help to diminish under eye dark circles and reduce any skin redness.

These are the 4 key ingredients but as per usual with the NCN products, there are some other skin loving goodies that make this an exceptional cleanser.

My own experience of using this cleanser
I have been using this for several weeks now as I like to try things out myself before they go ‘live’, so that I can tell you all what my experience of the product is.

Firstly, I love the creaminess of this and I love the smell. Two winners from the offset! Next I would say that this massages in really nicely and I can feel it sinking into my skin rather than sitting on the top. As I’ve highlighted before, I actually remove my makeup with grapeseed oil pre-cleansing. I prefer to do this myself because I remove all of the makeup to the visible eye. I then feel my cleanser can work on my skin more effectively. Although, this cleanser does remove makeup very well. I personally believe in the double cleanse to really benefit from your cleanser, especially if it has amazing actives in such as this one.

I like to leave the cleanser ‘sat’ on my skin for a couple of minutes as I feel that this is really letting those magical ingredients do there job.

As someone who has a history of sun damage and I have areas of uneven tone, this is a perfect cleanser for me. I can definitely say that my complexion looks brighter and more luminous. I’m enjoying it so much that I’ve felt myself reaching for this one more than my other two cleansers. I’m fickle though and what I am using more of one week switches up the following week. I think I kind of get into habits and forget that I have other products there. I guess what you prefer might depend on your mood. Sometimes you fancy a creamy cleanser and sometimes a gel cleanser.

One thing to note is that if you have oily skin you might find this isn’t for you. This will work particularly well on dry, normal or mature skin types. It is not really recommended for very oily skin.

You can learn more about this fab new product HERE.

Chat soon!

Katy
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My review of the Ginvera bb cream

Good morning you gorgeous lot!

Apologies my blog is a little late out this week. I’m now trying to get this out before I have to get my little beauty ready for her ballet class. I have chaos going on all around me and a little boy trying to climb all over me whilst I’m typing!

Today is a little post about a gem I’ve discovered and am absolutely in love with. It’s the Ginvera bb cream. I was given a sample of this at the anti-ageing health & beauty show, last month.

A bb cream is the perfect solution when you want to go a little ‘lighter’ in the summer months, or I guess if you’re not really a foundation lover. I have to say I am more than impressed with this product. I used my sample. I then purchased the 25ml tube. Next up is the 40ml tube.

Benefits as listed on the Ginvera website:

Revitalizes skin with Green Tea Extract to nourish skin and protect complexion against free radical damage and helps prevent the formation of dark spots.

Allantoin, Ginseng and Angelica to encourage cell renewal and revitalize skin, resulting in visibly fairer and more radiant skin.

Formulated with SPF30/PA++ to protect skin from damage caused by UV rays, preventing premature ageing, wrinkles and fine lines.

Light velvety non greasy texture, creates a flawless radiant finish that conceals imperfections, enlarged pores and evens out the skin tone.

Provides natural and flawless coverage for a long lasting matte finish.

Specially formulated with a nano fine texture to allow easy spreading and application, resulting a more natural look.

Infused with Hyaluronic Acid to provide all day hydration for soft, supple skin.

As you can see from all of the listed benefits, this bb cream works hard for your skin doing far more than simply giving coverage, which I might add it does very well.

The ingredients are of benefit to your skin and the SPF 30 is a great added bonus (I still apply my regular SPF first), but I’m very cautious these days. This bb cream comes in one shade to suit all ‘nude’. It does fit well with my tone of skin and it doesn’t pull orange like other bb creams I’ve tried in the past.

How do I think it feels
I have to say that the way Ginvera describe its texture etc is spot on. It does feel light and velvety in texture. It applies easily and gives fantastic coverage that you would expect from a foundation, only it feels much lighter. I have some imperfections at the moment. A couple of pigmentation spots that aren’t too dark. A couple of marks from spots I had. Redness around the nose area. This bb really evens all of this out and I’m more than comfortable wearing this on a day to day basis.

The cheapest place I found to buy it is HERE.

Get shopping and have a lovely weekend in this beautiful sunshine!

Back soon.

Katy
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Enjoying the sun whilst staying protected in more ways than one

Hello lovelies,

I hope you’re well and enjoying the glorious weather once again! It was 20 degrees at 9am this morning….wow! I am indoors at the moment but I will be out enjoying the weather later, safe in the knowledge that my skin is well protected from the damaging UVA rays.

I know I’ve talked about sun protection before and about the sun damage my skin has suffered through my own ignorance and lack of respect years ago. I really can’t stress the importance though. I’ve seen the effects of what I’ve done. Thankfully I know what to do to try and repair it. Better to not get to that point in the first place though and prevent the damage.

Sunscreen. Daily. Make it a habit now!
Firstly I’ll just touch on the sunscreen. It’s so important to do it daily if you want to be serious about protecting your skin. I just used to do it if I were on a beach ‘sunbathing’. I didn’t think about things like walking along the Vegas strip (I was an Air Stewardess for 11 years) shopping and mooching, bright, hot, sun beaming down. Later on (well the next day) partying at an after hours club, on a roof terrace, scorchio, until midday (unprotected). Cloudy days laying on the beach in the Carribean, half heartedly applying a low factor occasionally because it’s cloudy. Rainy, cloudy day in London. Why would I bother? It all accumulates!! Just apply first thing in the morning, after your skincare routine and before makeup- Men too. Don’t rely on that factor 15 in your foundation. There isn’t enough to give adequate protection (in my opinion) for a whole day of protection.

A new SPF coming soon!
The good news is…..I think I have finally found an amazing SPF cream to sell on the website. It is serious sunscreen at its best and I’m just awaiting samples to try out first. I have a very good feeling about it and it is backed by some fantastic science.

The power of antioxidants
Next up…..Let’s really enhance the protection of our sunscreens. To really help our skin be protected from environmental damage, a great addition to our daily routine is that of an antioxidant serum. I’ve used various ones pre-NCN days. The one we sell is of course the vit C+ Serum. Believe me when I say that the + is a serious +. This serum will protect your skin against photoaging by neutralising free radicals that cause premature ageing.

The vitamin C is the highest amount of vitamin C available in vit C serums- at 20%. It is made with L-Ascorbic Acid (the most effective form of vitamin C). The problem with many other vit C serums is that they can oxidise quite quickly rendering the serum useless. Our NCN serum will not oxidise. It has the added ‘super’ antioxidant-Glutathione. Glutathione stabilises both L-Ascorbic Acid and vit E. The addition of MAP (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) ensures the formulas stability even further.

Other points to note:
It has to have a pH of less than 3.5 to penetrate the skin (ours is 2.0).
It has to be non irritating. The addition of MAP means even the most sensitive skin types can use it.
It needs to be in an amber, glass, UV-protectant container that doesn’t need the lid removing every time.

Other benefits of using this:
Will reverse fragile and ‘crepey’ skin.
Diminishes deep lines and wrinkles.
Stimulates collagen types l&lll.
Fades hyperpigmentation.
Is both a corrective and preventative.
Protects from UV-induced cell damage and boosts efficacy of sunscreen.
Gives skin that ‘glow’ we all desire.
Increases your skin’s elasticity and firms.
Helps to reduce pore size.
Reduces inflammation.
Not tested on animals.

You probably realise by now that this serum is an absolute powerhouse and a real ‘must’ for a truly effective routine.

I wish I’d known about the importance of antioxidants in my youth! I must also add. This serum is a fantastic price. There are other serums that are very similar. I’ve used them myself a few years ago and they are 3-4 times the price meaning I couldn’t sustain using them on a long term basis. For a skincare routine to be truly effective it has to be consistent. It really is key.

This serum is applied every morning after cleansing. Once it has soaked in and dried you can follow with the rest of your routine. Find out more here.

A couple of other tips I practise myself to ramp up the internal protection are:
Drinking several cups of green or white tea throughout the day for their super antioxidant value.
Eat plenty of dark skinned fruits. They are higher in antioxidants than other fruits.
Get your dark leafy greens in. I add them into my smoothies.
Drink freshly squeezed lemon in warm-not boiling water.
Eat tomatoes or incorporate some paste or puree into your diet, for added UV protection. Learn more here.

Have a fab weekend.

See you soon.

Katy
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Safety in home derma rolling

Hi everyone, I hope you’re well!

If you follow my blogs you’ll know that back in January I started derma rolling for skin rejuvenation. I posted a video of myself demonstrating what I do and which products I use post rolling. I’ve now rolled 5 times (once a month). I also know that several of you started on your own rolling journey. I hope that’s going well.

I actually posted this blog on Friday night. If I’m honest I felt a little unsure of what I was posting, only in terms of wanting to give out a message of being safe and highlighting that there are so many opinions out there. I took it down whilst I had some more time to think about things and really make sure that I was happy.

Safety in Beauty
Today I just really want to emphasise the importance of being safe and responsible whilst rolling. I actually just started studying for level 4 qualifications in Advanced Skin Science, through Sally Durant. It was whilst attending the offices of the lovely Sally, that we got into conversation about derma rolling. It’s fair to say that Sally was very concerned at the thought of people rolling at home. Her concern largely being about hygeine and risk of infection. She would prefer that perhaps people had it done Antoniaprofessionally. Sally herself offers professional derma rolling in her beauty training centre. Sally is involved with a campaign called, Safety in Beauty. The founder of the campaign is the Cosmedic Coach, Antonia Mariconda.  The campaign uses the quote “Helping people look and feel better about themselves, safely”. There is an advisory panel and you can share stories on the website. It is there to support people in making safe decisions when it comes to treatments. I think it’s an amazing campaign! You can find out more here.

Where do I go from here?
My discussions with Sally about home derma rolling and safety in beauty really got me thinking a lot about if I should continue. She had highlighted things that I hadn’t really thought as deeply about if I’m honest. I know that if you’re not following the best hygeine practise you could end up with a nasty infection. There is also risk of scarring or injury if you’re not careful with your technique, and I guess a lot depends on needle length too. I suppose I felt comfortable because I wasn’t rolling with a really long needle and I considered myself to be following good hygeine. I read more information and talked to other skin specialists to listen to their opinions too. I actually plan to also visit Sally’s training centre to  either watch the procedure of a professional treatment, or actually go through the process of having a professional treatment. I want to hear the consultation and watch how it is performed in the clinic.

After much thought I’ve decided that I want to continue with rolling, however I’m choosing to be cautious. If others choose to follow the route of home rolling I really urge that you read a lot of information out there so that you can make an informed decision. Most professionals advise that nothing above a 0.3mm roller is used at home. This is considered cosmetic rolling and will enhance product penetration and skin texture, helping to thicken the epidermis. 0.5mm and above is considered medical rolling and best to be done by a pro in a clinic. This is most likely due to risk of infection and scarring. I am going to use a 0.3mm roller at home. I have a 0.25 Dr Roller, and when that needs replacing I’m going for either the MTS Roller, or the Medik8 Roller.

My views only
I’d like to highlight that my views on the blog are my views and opinions based upon the reading I have done from ‘experts’ in their fields. It is me sharing what I do, but I am not advising or telling others to do the same. I have a huge passion for skin health and I think I have some knowledge, although compared to others in the skin/beauty industry I have  little. The aim of my studies is to really deepen my understanding, fuel my hunger for learning about skin and its functions, in depth, and to specialise in skin health. I don’t ever want the learning to stop. What I have come to realise is this. There are so many view points and opinions out there and you just have to take it all on board. Weigh it all up. Do what’s right for you….SAFELY.

Get good advice and be safe
I need to highlight that there are people out there that do give bad advice, hence Antonia’s campaign. I received it myself several years back when I first dabbled in rolling. I was sold a 1.5mm roller over the internet by someone that owned a clinic. I was told to roll 3 times a week with it for 6 weeks, and then take a 4 week break before starting the process again. Let me tell you, my skin was a state. I shudder now knowing what I know. The inflammation I was inflicting on my skin was appalling. I had red, dehydrated skin that felt sore, unsurprisingly! I was listening and taking advice from an ‘expert’. My skin barrier was ruined for quite some time. With the right knowledge, products and tlc it recovered. I hope I didn’t inflict deep damage that I don’t know of yet.  I think if people are choosing to roll at home, my opinion now would be to start out slowly with small needle sizes and don’t roll to draw blood as there is a higher risk of infection. It’s scary to think that there is such bad advice out there, but I consider my own mistakes a learning curve. It is those that have brought about this whole business and my passions. There is always a positive from a negative if you can find it!

Procedures I follow when rolling:

I use a good quality roller by Dr Roller. These are considered one of the best in quality. I’m not tempted to go for a cheap roller as they can sometimes have bent needles or they may bend when rolling. It’s just not worth it the risk to my skin. I prefer to invest in quality rather than risk injury and scarring. As I said above though, I’m planning to try a different brand very soon. I check my roller needles thoroughly and regularly.

I make sure I clean my roller and my face thoroughly prior to rolling. I just ordered a new spray that I found online from a skin clinic. It is by Medik8. I have read that if using a roller smaller than a 0.5mm you do not need to disinfect, but 0.5mm and above you do. I still think disinfect.

I think it’s important to clean your hands thoroughly afterwardsas well as before.  I also clean my roller immediately and store it in its plastic container to avoid contamination. Once I’ve applied my products I go to bed and I don’t touch my face (unless I do in my sleep).

I have avoided rolling if I have felt tired, run down, had a cold etc. To roll you should be in good health and be feeling well otherwise skin is not going to rejuvenate properly whilst trying to work on other ailments in your body that may be a priority.

It is advised not to roll if you’re pregnant.

Avoid using if you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, have any acne that is sore, or any kind of open wounds. If you suffer with keloid scarring or your skin isn’t great at healing you should avoid rolling.

Let your skin do the talking
I ‘listen’ to my skin. I let it have time to recover. Again, I have read differing views all over the internet as to how frequently you can roll. The opinions are that far divided.  With a 0.3mm I’m going to use it 3 times a week starting out, right before bed so that I can apply my products and then my skin can calm down as I sleep. I rolled last night before bed with a 0.25mm and it was mildly pink and not uncomfortable at all.  I take vitamin C, MSM, Collagen Shots and H30 Night Repair. I eat well and I supply my skin with great actives from NCN products to support the formation of new collagen.

Progress so far
It’s hard for me to say what derma rolling has done for me so far. My skin is more firm than it was and lines softened. This is most likely a combination of factors. I think it a positive step though, and right now my skin only continues to improve as I move forward on this anti-ageing and skin health journey. There is so much on offer out there product, supplement and treatment wise. It’s about finding a good balance and doing the best you can for yourself, with products that suit your lifestyle and budget. 

A couple of goodies to check out
Lastly I just want to say that a fab lady called Alex has been in contact with me. She has a blog you can check out iheartbeauty.net. Alex is on her own journey with derma rolling and anti-ageing. She recommended a book to me by Dr Lance Setterfield, The Concise Guide to Dermal Needling. She let me know that a lot of the ingredients that he says are

Dr Lancetruly effective are in the NCN line. That’s amazing to know and dare I say it, I’m not surprised because they the are the very best products I’ve ever used. I watched a little online video of the man himself. He is a true inspiration. He grew up in the South African sun and suffered horrendous skin damage. I really want to read his book now. I am following him on twitter @MicroneedlingEd,  and I’m very interested to learn the science of derma rolling. How it works and what methods he suggests. I’ve found snippets online and Alex is kindly sending me some bits over. Find the video here.

You can also receive a 15% discount on any products from the dermarollershop HERE using the code TREATME.

Have a wonderful evening and I’ll be back soon.

Katy
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May Beauty Favourites

Hi lovelies,

I hope you’re all well.

Don’t the months just fly by? I probably say this every time, but the favourites has come around really quickly again.

I have some fabulous products to share with you, and I hope that you enjoy the video. Make yourself a drink. Sit back and relax because it is around 19 minutes long. As much as I try, I really struggle to get the time right down. Imagine if I went into even more depth! All links to the products are below.

Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum 25%. Here
Volu-Lift Recontouring Cream.Here.
Magnitone Pulsar. Here.
Laval Blonde Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil. Here.
H30 Night Repair by Rejuvenated. Here.
Macadamia Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo. Here.
Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Masque. Here.
Coral Knot Statement Necklace. Here.

Katy
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A ‘HOT’ New Product-Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum 25%

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re well. Where did Summer go?? I’m looking outside at the rain and cloud, wishing for sun. On the flip side my garden is blooming. I actually went running in the rain last night, and I have to say it was really enjoyable. Two things I’m not sure I would of ever imagined enjoying. Running and doing it in pouring rain. It’s a new era.

Well I’m here to bring a little sunshine into your day today, with news of a new and fantastic product that I’ve been using myself for around 7- 8 weeks now. It is absolutely amazing (I know I say ‘amazing’a lot) but it truly is. You should know by now that I only sell and promote products (including other brands) that I really love and believe in.

I need to get my blogging boots firmly placed back on as I have so much to share with you. Apologies for being a little more absent recently, I’ve had good reasons. I promise I’m back in full swing now!

The wonderful new serum available to you is Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum 25%. This bad boy is going to work wonders on your skin in so many ways.

You’ve probably heard of the word ‘Matrixyl’. It’s kind of a new buzz word in the skincare industry, in the UK. Several companies are launching products containing this ingredient. Nanci, of NCN has been using this in her formulations for years. She knows what’s hot before it’s hot! This serum is actually a new and improved formula on a product she used to formulate. Matrixyl is already in the best seller – Multi-Active Accelerator Cream.

How Is This One Different?
This formula is one of a kind, I believe. It doesn’t just contain one Matrixyl type, but it contains all 3 types, Matrixyl, Matrixyl 3000, and Matrixyl Synthe’6, with a whopping 25% for a triple whammy on your skin. It is paraben free (no nasties) and it also contains some other fantastic active ingredients such as Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, which stimulates new collagen as well as other benefits. Wild Mushroom extract, which can help improve acne, rosacea and eczema. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin D and selenium. Soy Rice Peptides, which stimulate fibroblast proliferation and increase collagen and elastin synthesis, and also dramatically reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. Pepha Tight, in simple terms it is an extract of algae combined with a fraction of well balanced polysaccharides. It functions as a skin tightener, and it protects fibroblasts from oxidative stress. This in turn promotes a long term tightening effect through strengthening the skin’s connective tissue.

There are also a host of other skin loving goodies in there such as Aloe leaf gel, Grape fruit extract and Camellia Sinsensis (Japanese Green Tea).

What I love about NCN products is that you are always guaranteed huge amounts of the all important ‘active ingredients’, you never get nasties that are going to wreak havoc on your skin. You get results!

What Have I Noticed Myself
Firmer skin. Lines are starting to lessen. Dark circles are not nearly as prominent. I haven’t worn under eye concealer recently, but it’s only as I write this that I have that realisation. I just got back from a holiday and it occurred to me that I didn’t once pull out the concealer for my under eye area. My skin feels overall better. I did start taking Collagen Shots around the same time as I started this, so it could be the combination of the two. I’ve said it before though and I’ll say it again. Treat on the outside with products that deliver and can work at deeper levels. Treat from within with supplements that supply your body with the essential building blocks. It’s the double whammy!

Oh btw, Nanci has hailed this as her ‘Best All Around Product’. She says that she sometimes gets asked the question “If I were to only get one product, which would you recommend”.

I often get this question too.

Her response. “That’s not an easy question to answer because I formulate with different actives that do different things. However, the most ‘all in one’ product would be the Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum 25%.

She says it’s the best all in one for the following reasons:

It’s for EVERY skin type.
Firms and lifts skin.
Decreases wrinkle depth.
Plumps out and fills in lines.
Delays ageing (anti-glycation).
Stimulates cell turnover.
Increases collagen and elastin synthesis.
Decreases under eye puffiness.
Reduces under eye dark circles.
Is an antioxidant.
Works as an anti-infammatory.
Increases hydration levels.
Improves skin tone.

To find out more click here.

Chat soon.

Katy
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The Anti-Ageing Health & Beauty Show-Part Three

Hello and welcome to part three of the Anti-Ageing Health & Beauty Show. The final post. The grand finale of an amazing event.

I’m writing this several days post show and I am still buzzing over how much I enjoyed it. I gained a lot of new information. I discovered new companies and products I’d never heard of before. I met people that I engage with on twitter, and I came away with lots of fabulous treats courtesy of the show and the generous companies attending. It felt amazing to be in a place where you know that everyone is as fanatical as you about anti-ageing, health, beauty and wellness.

So as I sit and put fingers to keys, I have an apple stem face mask firmly stuck on my face, courtesy of the very lovely Timeless Truth of thebeautymask.co.uk. I popped this on post cleanse, having used my lovely sample of Su-Man’s cleanser-heaven in a tube. I have a cup of Cha Yi tea on the go, a free sample I received from the show, and I have a whole load of information to share with you.

The Atmosphere
I headed down to London on the morning of the show. After what seemed like an age to get there (it wasn’t, I was just eager) we finally (I took my mum along) were outside the doors. As we walked in the atmosphere was literally ‘alive’. You could really sense the enthusiasm, excitement and passion for what was taking place. I was taken great care of immediately and shown to the press room where I could collect a press pack brimming with information.

Where To First?
My eyes were drawn to everything going on and I really didn’t know where to begin as I wanted to see everything and right now! The first thing I passed was Dr Sach Mohan demonstrating the EndymedPRO treatment. A miracle breakthrough in radio frequency skin tightening. This really looks like a fantastic treatment! It didn’t look uncomfortable and the results look fabulous. One to note for future reference. I wanted to watch everything that endymedwas going on, on all stages, although this of course was impossible and there were also so many stands to visit and a limited number of hours.

Collagen And Hydration In A Drink
Next stop…….The Rejuvenated stand to say hello to the lovely Kathryn Danzey, and introduce my Mum to the delights of a collagen shot and also a shot of H30 hydration drink. Kathryn is the creator of the drink mentioned in my previous two blogs, Collagen shots. I myself am a new fan and have experienced some amazing changes to my skin. The whole concept of treating internally is really starting to hit home to people of its importance, as well as the products we use externally and the treatments we have. I’ve heard Kathryn refer to it as the triple whammy. People are realising that it’s a whole combination of factors that will give you the skin you dream of.

Look Younger In Two Weeks
Kathryn Danzey has been in the beauty industry for 40 years and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to treating your skin. Rejuvenated have just launched a very exciting new program to rejuvenate your skin naturally in just 2 short weeks. Sound good? read on……The program consists of 3 amazing products to combat and fight the signs of KathrynDanzeyRejuvenated-sq-150x150ageing. These come in a pack, complete with a book to divulge tips and secrets to healthy skin.

The products themselves are the Collagen Shots-the ultimate anti-ageing drink. H30 Hydration-for healthy hydrated cells, and H30 Night Repair (a capsule)-cellular hydration and repair for cells while you sleep. My thoughts on sophiethis…..grab yourself a pack immediately because you deserve to have beautiful skin inside and out. Look who else popped by for a shot. The gorgeous Sophie Anderton.

Fab After Fifty
The next port of call was the Fab after Fifty stand. I’d been telling my mum about this stand and the website that Ceri Wheeldon owns and runs. I think it’s great that there is someone pioneering for the 50 plus ladies out there. Life isn’t over at 50. For so many women it’s a wonderful time of life where they have the utmost confidence and new opportunites. Ceri’s website is crammed full of tips, information and interviews to really help you move forward feeling confident and good about yourself in this period of your life. I salute her and feel glad there is so much positivity and amazing information out there for my lovely Mum, other ladies, and for me as I mature even more. Ceri looks fantastic too. A true inspiration for women out there.

The Latest Sunscreen
After leaving Fab after Fifty we headed to the Aesthetics UK stand. I really wanted to learn more about the new Heliocare 360 sunscreen. I’m a big fan of the Heliocare range and would love to stock it on my own website. Unfortunately they only supply it to clinics, however, Heliocare is the sunscreen that I highly recommend to you. I

Heliocare-360-Fluid-Cream-y-Airgelintroduced myself to the Lucy who was most helpful when it came to telling me about the new products. She also very kindly gave me a couple of samples to take away and try. Update. I’ve been using the 360 SPF and I love it!

Face Masks Galore
After saying our goodbye’s to Lucy we wandered off towards the Beauty Masks stand. I really enjoy using masks, or face sheets as they are also known as. These masks are state of the art masks from Timeless Truth. They provide the latest advances in bio-technology for amazing anti-ageing results. There are two ranges to pick and choose from. The Fusion series and also The Luxury series. Prices range from £4.95 to £8.95. I’ve already tried the apple stem cell mask twice and can see myself purchasing more to use as a weekly treat.

A Pill To Make Your Skin Grow Younger Looking

Next I spotted the Imedeen stand. I’d heard of the dermascan that Imedeen do to check your collagen and see how your skin is ageing on the inside. I must admit that I was partly curious and partly scared to have this done. The reason being that although I now do most things right when it comes to my skin, and have done for a few years. I haven’t always lived this way. When I look back over the years I’ve committed some real skin sins. Far too much time in the sun unprotected. Sunbeds (a long time ago). I couldn’t be paid thousands now to lay under one of those things, never mind me actually pay to use one! Several long haul flights a month for 11 years (I was an Air Stewardess). Not enough water and too much alcohol…..you get the picture. I believe in facing up to your fears though and felt it my duty to find out what was happening below the surface.

The gorgeous Frankie was very reassuring and told us to relax whilst she took out a tube of gel which she spread over my arm to take an ultrasound. An image came up on the screen which showed the epidermis (the black line) and the dermis below, the blue area. She said my epidermis was a strong black line which was good. She then pointed out the white areas as being areas where collagen was starting to be lost. So there is room for improvement. However photo 4she then showed us a graph and this shows you where you are according to your age. I was right at the top of the average for my age section. Frankie said this was good and nothing to be worried about. When I explained my background of neglectful years she was even more impressed with the result. I am now determined to try and improve it even more. I want my skin up in the green section!

My Mum was a little hesitant to have her reading done, but with our encouragement she took the plunge. Mum had nothing to worry about. She has great skin. She had a nice strong line and lots of lovely dense blue collagen.The graph measured where Mum was for her age. She was right at the top of average too, measuring exactly the same as me. I think she was secretly pleased and reassured that her skin is shaping up quite well. Feeling happy, we thanked Frankie for her time and carried on…….

Skincare That Contains An Ingredient In Red Wine
Before we knew where we were next heading to we were grabbed and whisked off to the Vine Vera stand, promptly sat in a chair and the next thing I had a serum being applied around my eye are with the promise of the lines disappearing….what? I have lines? I have to admit, the lighting and the use of mirrors under all of those lights is so unforgiving unless you have perfectly flawless youthful skin. Perhaps he thought I was a good example to pluck out and impress with the line removing serum.

Serum smoothed on under eye, I gingerly peeped into the mirror. Wow! My lines had indeed been smoothed out. Next came out a mask of some description. I was told that my forehead lines would disappear with this. Really? those lines have been there for many years and I accept that perhaps I just have an expressive face. I’ve been told. I’m not sure anything will ‘remove’ them. Anyway, mask smoothed on one half of my forehead and my mum exclaims “Where have they gone”. She looked so impressed. I took another peek into the mirror and can honestly say that yes those lines were smoothed out. “So how does this work?” was my question. Apparently it’s a very special treatment and it eyecollection3_2_1contains the ingredient ‘resveratrol’ found in red wine. Still not sure how it works, but we were told we could have both of them for the absolute bargain price of £500. A special offer. There is no doubt that we were impressed, but I like to do my research on things and don’t spend out too easily without doing so first. So with that we said goodbye once again and off we went in search of more new delights.

A Well Defined Brow
Next stop the Beautiful Brows stand. Having over-plucked my brows in my youth, I’d spent some time growing them back into a much more flattering fuller brow. I have to admit I usually use a pencil, but I’d read about this stand and was eager to learn more about the product and how it worked. The product itself is a semi-permanent powder that is applied with a brush using a stencil. There were several stencils to choose from, ranging from a thinner brow through to fuller brow. There were also a range of colours to suit everyone. When I looked in the mirror my brows were transformed. I decided to think on it though as I was unsure of taking the plunge from pencil to powder…..

So as we continued on our anti-ageing adventure we spied what appeared to be another brow stand. It was actually mineral makeup-KCo, but this included another brow powder complete with stencils. Now it was Mum’s turn to be transformed. Mum, bless her, really lived in the days where you virtually plucked your brows into oblivion. She doesn’t have much there at all and I knew that having her brows stencilled in would make a huge difference. I wasn’t wrong. The difference was actually amazing. I don’t think Mum could actually believe the difference herself either. Easy sale! I actually decided there and then that I would go for it too and treat myself. I haven’t regretted it at all. The powder actually gives a much softer look to the face, more natural than the line that a pencil can sometimes leave. The pallet we bought actually contains 4 different shades so you can mix and match depending on your needs, and it can also double up as eyeshadow and an eyeliner using the small angled brush that comes with it.

Time For A Cuppa
As Mum decided it was time for a sit down and a cuppa, I spotted a green tea stand right opposite, complete with samples. Being a green tea fan myself I was interested to learn more about this particular brand-Cha Yi. The tea is a green tea blend that really works to detox you, help to burn fat stores, give you a boost of antioxidants and re-energise you. What is so special about this brand is that they’ve really worked on the taste. Green tea can at times taste quite bitter and strong. The Cha Yi tea really doesn’t have a bitter taste whatsoever. It’s an enjoyable drink and I can definitely see myself buying this in the near future. I personally drink several cups of LongLOGO-smgreen tea on a daily basis as I know it has so many benefits. If you’re a milk and two sugars kind of person it would be great to try and make the switch over, or at least try and drink one cup a day. It might seem strange at first but it soon becomes a habit- just like milk and two sugars in a builders tea.

We left Cha Yi with a generous amount of samples and slightly weary feet by this point. I had my super high wedges on, more comfy than a heel but still retaining all of the benefits, not as comfy as flats….Just one more stand as by now it was actually late afternoon and we had a long journey home.

The last stall on the way out was the lovely Neal’s Yard Remedies stand. Neal’s Yard products are mostly organic and very natural. The products smell divine, especially the frankincense cream. Actually they all smell amazing!I chatted to the lady there about different products and tried a sample of the cream on the back of my hand. It felt so so soft and I have to say, a little bit went a long way. If you’re looking for super natural skincare and love a nice (natural) smell, this could be the brand for you.

The Conclusion
Unfortunately this was a much as we managed to fit in on our visit to the show. Actually I’d prefer to say ‘fortunately’ these are all of the new things we learnt about today and it’s been a real pleasure. There really is so much going on for everyone. I think I could actually have spent two full days at the show to really reap the benefits of all the information out there. All in all a truly fantastic experience with a whole range of real experts in the beauty industry, and a real buzz to be there and be a part of it.

Bring on the next show!

Katy
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April Beauty Favourites

Hello,

I hope you’re all having an enjoyable bank holiday weekend. The sun has had his hat on hip hip hooray!! Everything is better when the sun is out.

So here we have my beauty favourites for the month of April…….

Please excuse my rather drab looking hair colour in this video. I’ve had a bit of change by default really, though I think you’ll find me blonder again next month. For some reason when I film on the iPad it doesn’t give a true reflection of hair colour. It is actually more vibrant than it looks (but craving some more blonde bits).

Here are all of the links to the fabulous products I talk about in the video.

NCN Pumpkin peel, here

NCN Cell Renewal Toner, here
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, here
Nars Key Largo Eyeshadow Duo, here
Mane n Tail Conditioner, here
Lucy Bee Coconut Oil, here
Collagen Shots Drink, here

I hope you find a new little something to treat yourself to!

Chat soon.

Katy
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