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Signing off for Christmas

Hello!

I hope everyone is well and feeling calm/stress free, as well as super excited for Christmas!

It’s almost time
I’m definitely feeling more organised now. Most of the cards have been posted. I have just a few more to post today. Tonight I will mostly be perusing online websites for some healthy Christmas treats to make (Mr Ttsyi is at ANOTHER Xmas do LOL). Present wrapping will commence on Saturday evening with Mr Ttsyi, hopefully over a lovely glass of mulled wine. Then on Sunday evening I’m out with Santa and his sleigh, and a wonderful team of people, all collecting for various local charities. What do you have planned? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

So today is a blog about this and that really. I haven’t got a specific thing I wanted to write about exactly. I thought it would just be nice to touch base with you all and discuss a couple of things.

A time for reflection and appreciation
This time of year is definitely a time when I always look back and reflect on the year, and I think that naturally most people do. For some it may have been an amazing year (I hope that’s you), and for others not so great. For me personally there have been some real highs, some real lows, and a lot of learning curves. I won’t be making ‘New Years resolutions’, but I will be looking at the things I achieved, the things I didn’t and why, and I will be setting my goals for the year ahead with absolute intention of achieving every single one of them!! I’m actually so excited to ring in 2015 and enjoy living and loving life. One thing that really hit me particularly hard this year is that we shouldn’t take any moment for granted. Life is precious and we are lucky to be here and living it. Things can change in the blink of an eye. Gratitude is of the most importance to me. As Oprah put it “Start with being grateful for your breath”.

Huge thanks…You are all fabulous!
With regards to Treat the Skin You’re In. A huge thank you for all of your support. It really does mean so much to us and we value every single one of you. We realise you have choices in such a huge market of skincare, and the fact that you return to us consistently, as well as new clients that try us for the first time….it say’s a lot about the products to us (we love that you love them as much as we do) and we hope we also give you a fantastic service. We aim to look after you and we promise that we will be making improvements next year, and growing Treat the Skin You’re In, in a way that you will hopefully love and benefit from.

Education
I just completed an amazing course that I was absolutely immersed in. Advanced Skin Science. It’s a level 4 qualification and gives a very deep understanding of skin’s anatomy and physiology, focusing very much on skin health and the things that impact it. I passed all of the online exams, fingers crossed that I pass the other part. I will find out in January. I know not everyone would want to put it out there, but I feel like I’m chatting to my friends and I share things with my good friends. I put my heart and soul into it because I really want to  further my education in the skin health field and have a deeper understanding of everything. Education rocks and I believe it’s a good thing to keep on learning, especially when you genuinely love what you’re learning about.

What’s new…
Regarding skin, I’ve introduced two new supplements into my mix. Those are Alpha Lipoic Acid and Co Enzyme Q10. I recently read Dr Perricone’s book ‘The Wrinkle Cure’. He talks a lot about these supplements and what they do for the skin’s health and appearance, as well as other things they do for the body. I had to invest. Someone very close to me actually started taking these several months back. Not for skin concerns but for health reasons, and their health has improved in leaps and bounds and they actually feel great now. Supplements of the right kind can be a wonderful thing. I will do a dedicated blog post about them in the new year, talking about benefits and things I have hopefully noticed.

I’m also back on with derma rolling. I didn’t do it for a long time, however I’m very inspired by Dr Lance Setterfield. He is someone who grew up in South Africa, suffered a lot of sun damage and skin cancer. He has researched extensively the subject of dermal needling and has a book out that I am intending to buy – The Concise Guide to Dermal Needling Expanded Medical Edition. I’ve managed to read bits of it here and there online, but I’d like to read it fully and have access to it whenever I want to pick it up. He is well respected in his field and runs many courses all over the world on this subject. Dermal rolling is definitely becoming a favoured choice for many regarding skin rejuvenation. I just bought an MTS roller that has finer needles than the average roller (Dr Lance uses these). I’m excited to get back on track with this and see where it takes me results wise.

Also I know I haven’t filmed for youtube in quite some time. That will be changing next year and I already have some videos planned for you.

Current read
Current ‘Skin’ read on the kindle is Dr Murad’s – The Water Secret. The Cellular breakthrough to look and feel 10 years younger. I’ll talk about that in the new year too.

Product of the month
Go to favourite product of the moment still has to be DNA Serum. My skin is loving this so much right now. I didn’t use it really over the summer months but I feel my skin needs it right now.

Inspiring Skin Guru’s for me are;
Nanci Callahan Nivolo, lady behind the formulations of NCN Pro Skincare, and whom I consider a friend and true inspiration. Love the lady!

Kathryn Danzey, founder of Rejuvenated and the wonderful products, Collagen Shots, H30 Night Repair and H30. Kathryn is an amazing lady and I’m so happy to have met her.

Sally Durant, of Sally Durant Training & Consultancy in Cosmetic Dermatology & Clinical Aesthetics. The lady behind the course I just completed. I can’t wait to do more!

There are more people that constantly inspire me in this field, but these have to be my top 3.

I think that pretty much sums up today’s post. I don’t want to ramble too much.

It just leaves me to say that I wish you all a very Merry Christmas on behalf of us at Ttsyi, and we hope that 2015 is a wonderful year for you!

Lots of love

Katy
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DNA Serum for intense hydration

Hello gorgeous!

It’s Sunday morning. The sun is out. The festive excitement is definitely rising! The temperature is definitely dropping…..which means the central heating is on that bit more….resulting in skin that is more ‘thirsty’.

I generally don’t have skin that is dehydrated too often these days. Sure, I have those days when I’ve not drank as much water when I’m on the go. I feel it then. And the odd occasion when I drink alcohol…I definitely feel it then, even when I up the water.

Feeling the changes from the weather
But in recent weeks my skin was feeling a little parched in the morning after a night with central heating on. I had ran out of my DNA Serum and was seeing how I got on for the time being without it as I was going full force with the Skin Tight and everything else. I lasted all of 2-3 weeks before I caved. I know how good this stuff is. It was never a long term plan to go without…..but sometimes going without something makes you realise how wonderful something truly is! A bit like abstaining from your favourite treat (dark chocolate for me) for a while, then savouring that first bite again and appreciating every little bit of it.

Psst, I think I’m noticing a pattern here….I just can’t actually go without any of the NCN products! Love them all too much to even try.

Deeply hydrating and pure special
DNA Serum is special! It’s like giving your skin the biggest most hydrating drink from the outside. It plumps out lines and wrinkles to give skin a more youthful look. It imparts a glow. It works on lines and wrinkles on a long term basis as well as the immediate effect of plumping. It helps skin to retain more moisture on a long term basis too, making it stronger, firmer and more resilient. It also helps to even out skin tone, fading any pigmentation marks.

I am obsessed again! I’m using DNA Serum twice a day. In the morning it goes on just before my SPF cream and in the evening after all other serums and then sometimes I layer Volu-lift or Multi-Active Accelerator over the top. My skin is loving this combination and feels so much happier, staying beautifully  hydrated all day long.

DNA Serum gratitude
Here are a couple of client comments recently:

Annemie is a new client

“This morning I used the Vit C and on the top the DNA Serum, and I have to admit that my skin is still feeling smooth and very much hydrated. This has never happened before with other products”.

Another client, Tracy

“Hi Katy, thank you so much for recommending the DNA Serum, it’s worked wonders on my dry, winter skin! I have a small amount of this serum left over from a previous order and had forgotten all about it as I had got out of the habit of using it during the summer. Will definitely be ordering some more soon”.

DNA Serum is one of the biggest sellers for us and NCN, and it certainly deserves its ‘Best Seller’ status.

If you’d like to know a little more about DNA Serum you can head over to the products page for further reading.

Have a fabulous Sunday and I’ll see you soon.

Katy
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How I cleared my Keratosis Pilaris

Hello,

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week so far and have indulged in some Black Friday sale shopping! You’d be crazy not to hey?!

Today’s post is about a condition known as Keratosis Pilaris. If you aren’t familiar with the term or what it is…it’s basically the red, bumpy skin, common on upper arms (but can affect other areas). Mine literally looked red all of the time. It was dry, bumpy, and I also had what looked like whiteheads…although the white substance is actually thick and hardened, unlike a typical spot. Sounds nice, yes?

This is only something that actually affected me since being pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago. I hoped it was hormonal and would clear up, but it never did.

Some bad advice
I did visit the doctor after the birth of my daughter. He advised me that it was hormonal. That it was common during pregnancy, and that it was the over production of the substance Keratin (Keratin is a fibrous protein in the outer layer of the skin). He also advised me to literally squeeze and pick the hardened plugs. That is something I actually consider to be very bad advice, as there is risk of subjecting the skin to bacteria and infection, and also scarring. At the same time this doesn’t address the cause of the problem.

So, I guess I just learnt to live with it. Although I was very self-conscious of my arms and found myself trying to wear sleeves unless it was really too hot. It definitely affected my confidence.

Rewind 7 months now and I started my journey with Collagen Shots. The amazing elixir of Marine Extract Collagen. Acai Berry. vitamin C. B vitamins and Hyaluronic Acid.

If you’re familiar with my blog you will know that I love Collagen Shots and can’t praise them enough. They are a staple of mine, and I believe they go hand in hand to make a winning team with NCN Skincare.

If you’re unfamiliar with how Collagen Shots work, a quick brief is that they supply all of the amino acids and vitamins that the skin needs to make amazing healthy collagen. The benefits don’t just stop at skin. Your hair will grow faster. Your nails will grow faster, and your skin will feel super soft and hydrated from within.

I also started taking another fabulous supplement by our Rejuvenated friends. This is called H30 Night Repair. A short brief of this by the company itself:

“Hydration while you sleep, wake refreshed and ready to face the world. Cellular hydration is one of the main keys to good health and staying young, H30 Night Repair includes Astaxanthin an incredibly potent anti-oxidant, Ionic minerals key in hydration, Hyaluronic acid – can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and Astragulus – a powerful herb used in Chinese medicine with Vitamins A, B, C, D & E .”

Kathryn Danzey and her team developed this as the perfect partner to Collagen Shots.

Feeling grateful
I personally love to do my facial routine at night using my skin saviour NCN products, followed by mixing up my magical potion and popping my hydration pill. It makes me feel calm and happy knowing that I’m doing the best I can for my skin health. Such a far cry from the uneducated, care free girl that I was years ago, not taking proper care of myself or my skin. I regret some of my skin actions…in particular the use of sunbed’s. However, I wouldn’t be here now doing what I’m doing and loving it, if I had been a skin angel all those years ago!

Back to the Keratosis Pilaris (apologies, I get a little excited and side-tracked).

A moment of revelation
I was taking a shower last week and had a little more time on this particular morning. It wasn’t my usual rushed shower on a school morning. So there I was washing my arms and it actually occurred to me that they were smooth!!! This was a major OMG moment for me!! 5 years of being so conscious, and here I am with SMOOTH arms!!! I can’t tell you how good that felt to me. I still can’t believe it and just had a little check whilst writing this..yep! still smooth!

Oh, I almost forgot. I also began taking MSM powder with vitamin C  a few months ago too. I have taken this on and off for 4 years, but I’d had an off period whilst nursing my son for 9 months. Then I hadn’t got back on track with it properly until more recently. I have written other blog posts on this supplement and why I love it.

Conclusion
Although I can’t completely attest that it is any of these products. I really truly believe that it is these that have worked their magic on my skin. I think if you give the skin everything that it needs it will find its perfect harmony.

Kathryn actually shared with me that several customers have reported Collagen Shots helping them with Keratosis Pilaris! She say’s it works by the Collagen Shots helping to break down the thickening of the Keratin fibres to leave skin smooth. Adding in H30 Night Repair supports the condition further by helping to really hydrate the skin and keep it soft.

If you think you would like to try Collagen Shots or H30,  as a first time customer using the code ‘treat’ you will get free delivery!

Psst….I can’t get enough of DNA Serum right now. I stopped using it for 3 weeks after I ran out. Then I just had to buy some more because I missed it so much! The most hydrating serum ever. With the heating now on more than off, this just gives my skin that extra boost it needs. Dedicated blog post coming next week.

Take a peek at some of our own fabulous Black Friday offers not to be missed….

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love

Katy
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No need for Botox….REALINE BEAUTY

Hello!

I hope you’re all having a fabulous Friday!

I have something very exciting to share with today…….I was lucky enough to test something called REALINE BEAUTY PATCHES.

Sound intriguing?

A Natural Alternative to Botox
Realine beauty patches are a natural alternative to botox. So if you suffer from the dread ’11’s’ lines (the permanent lines left from years of frowning)….these could be your little bit of magic to waking up to a fresher face in the morning.

My Own Experience with Botox
I’ve been there and tried Botox. At the time I really did like it (second time around)….I had it twice. The first time I hated it. I looked frozen and couldn’t lift my eyebrows! I was practically crying with regret and panic the next morning….not deterred after it had worn off, I then went to a fabulous lady that was very conservative with the needle. I looked fresh faced and rested. I could lift my eyebrows and I couldn’t frown. However, within 7-8 weeks it had gone, along with the £250 I had spent.

I’ve never done it since, and as my focus is very much on the health of skin I’m not too sure that I’d go there again, purely because I think there is so much you can do without using it, but never say never!

In the meantime I’ve found an amazing alternative at a real snip.

The What You Get and How to Use
You get a months supply in a box. Very simple to use, you firstly cleanse the skin, and if you’ve applied moisturising products wait until they’re fully absorbed before applying the patch or else it will slip out of place (I learnt this the first night).

Then you simply peel the patch from the backing paper. Smooth out your frown line area, place the patch over that area and flatten it down in place. You can then go to sleep and leave it overnight, or if you were going to an event and maybe in the house during the day, pop one on for a few hours. At first it’s a strange sensation. It felt ‘tight’ to me, but you quickly get used to it and don’t notice.

As we sleep, and dream, we often frown and the older our skin is, and the more we do this, the deeper the furrows become. So by limiting that movement overnight we naturally wake up to a smoother fresher look.

Complimenting Your Skincare
I personally think that these patches compliment the products we sell too. By using collagen boosting and repairing ingredients in skincare, you’re working on the skin itself. Then by limiting the repetitive movement that deepens the lines, you are on your way to a much more youthful look.

It is worth noting that the patches are made of latex-free, hypoallergenic clear plastic that has been clinically proven to be safe on human skin.

Also, by using these on a nightly basis you’re re-educating your facial movements and skin, so on a long-term basis you should see greater improvements.

My Apologies..
I have to apologise as I started with the best intentions of taking progress pictures as I know this is the best way to demonstrate a products capabilities. However, I haven’t been too well recently and I didn’t end up logging the progress as intended.

If you follow my blog though, you will know by now that I only truly recommend and shout out about the products I love and believe in!! And these are no exception. I think they’re fantastic and I highly recommend them.

Where to Find Them
They’ve been featured in many magazines and newspapers, and are making big waves already…..You can find them in Selfridges, Fenwick of Bond Street and at www.realinebeauty.com

Why not hop on over to the website above for further information, great testimonials and some pictures!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Katy
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My reignited love affair with Skin Tight Lifting Elixir

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re all well and having a wonderful week so far.

Today I want to talk about my current, reignited love affair with Skin Tight Lifting Elixir.

You might question why is it a reignited love affair….and not one that has been constant.

Here’s the thing. I pretty much have the whole NCN Pro Skincare range in my bathroom. I love it. I think I need it. How can I talk about it and recommend it if I don’t use it and know what it’s doing for me? Besides which, I want it all! NCN Skincare is my passion. It’s what makes me get up in the morning, and despite my slightly crumpled and tired face (because usually my boy has me awake VERY early), I no longer look in the mirror and hate my skin. No I’m not perfect, occasionally I get a spot or if I’m particularly tired or run down it can show. I still have some lines (I am 38) However, my skin is a long way (in a good way) from what it was before I found my skin saviour. Hail to Nanci of NCN is all I can say!

So, the reason it is reignited is because between running out of my last bottle and trying new products etc, I kind of forgot to start using it again! I knew I loved it the first time, but there are so many products for me to fit in a routine that I never got around to re-purchasing and using it again.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I started again and I can safely say that I won’t be forgetting again..hell no! I am using this twice a day and when I apply it I really revel in the enjoyment of knowing what I’m ‘feeding’ my skin.

What is Skin Tight Lifting Elixir?
It’s an anti-ageing serum that delivers an immediate firming and lifting effect, as well as long term skin firming through the synthesis of new collagen.

What are the other benefits of using this?
Pores will appear smaller. Skin is more even toned, and the depth of those pesky wrinkles is greatly decreased.
Whilst many products stimulate collagen, this also stimulates the production of elastin too. This serum is also a strong antioxidant serum. Remember, antioxidants are key to more youthful looking skin. The more the better, both internally from our diet and externally from skincare.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel:
Aloe Vera Gel was found to increase production of fibroblast cells 6-8 times faster than normal cell reproduction. An excellent moisturiser and so soothing to the skin.

Centella Asiatica:
Referred to as the ‘fountain of youth’. This has a toning and tightening effect on the skin. Centella encourages the production of fibroblasts, the cells that synthesise collagen. It has antibacterial properties and contains a range of vitamins and minerals. These include, vit A, B, C, D and potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, selenium, silica. Centella Asiatica firms the skin and also reduces the depth of wrinkles.

Dynalift:
A skin tightener based on Sorghum bicolor juice. It forms a stretching film on the skin’s surface to provide an immediate and durable tightening effect. The result of which is lifted and smoothed skin.

Elestan:
Elestan boosts the production of elastin. The result of which is an increase in the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

MSM:
I’ve talked about this wonder ingredient often! MSM is an amino acid that supplies nutritional sulphur for protein synthesis of the skin. MSM builds and maintains collagen cell walls in the skin, improves cell wall respiration, moving nutrients and oxygen into cells and waste toxins out. It will reduce wrinkles, scar tissue, brown spots, relieve cuts and burns and rebuild skin tissue. (I love this stuff in skincare and as an internal supplement). It can also be found in the Multi-Active Accelerator.

Natural Alpha-Bisabolol:
Increases the penetration of active ingredients and is very calming to the skin.

Pepha-Tight:
Wait for this mouthful…it is a highly purified biotechnologically produced extract from the microalgae Nannochloropsis oculata, combined with a well balanced fraction of polysaccharides. It has been shown to protect fibroblasts from oxidative stress, which in turn increases the formation of collagen. It functions as a skin tightener and also promotes a long term tightening effect through the strengthening of the skin’s tissue.

Relistase:
Relistase is an active peptide for more mature skin, that leads to tighter, firmer, younger looking skin.

Sea Kelp Bioferment:
This beauty features in many of the NCN range. Loaded with trace minerals, it firms the skin and also heals and hydrates the skin.

Trylagen:
This active also features in the All-Trans Retinol. It stimulates collagen types l, lll, and lV. This is so important. Especially collagen type lll the ‘youth collagen’.

Okay, are you still with me??

As you can see, NCN Pro Skincare contains only the very best, highly researched actives for maximum benefits to the skin. There are no nasties in these products and they are not tested on our furry friends (or the non-furry type).

Now do you get what I mean about ‘feeding’my skin.

What I’ve noticed myself from using this
I am IN LOVE with this serum and seriously kicking myself for not having used it in a while. It goes on a dream. It sinks in beautifully and feels really soothing. I can attest to pores looking smaller. My skin definitely feels firmer and more lifted, AND where I’d suffered a breakout of spots a few weeks back (rare indeed but I haven’t been too well), I had some marks from those spots. These have pretty much gone now and my skin is looking brighter and more even toned. Another thing to note, as with all of the products in the range. A little goes a long way. You only need a small amount as it’s so powerful and concentrated, so it will last for several months.

I’ve covered an awful lot in this post but if you’d like to know more then check out the Skin Tight Lifting Elixir product page.

Have a fab evening!

Love

Katy
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Get your glow on with pumpkin peel and pumpkin smoothie

Hello gorgeous!

Wishing you a fabulous Halloween. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Halloween? For me it’s always a pumpkin…usually a scary carved out pumpkin…..followed by delicious pumpkin soup for dinner with the leftovers. We’ve also tried a pumpkin smoothie today too. Oh my goodness it is SO delicious. I’ll share the recipe for this at the end of the post and also on the Facebook page.

Pumpkin seriously gets your glow on when it comes to your skin! And who doesn’t want that?

Today seems like the perfect day to write a post about the NCN 30% Pro Pumpkin Peel. Now when you hear the word peel I bet you imagine in your minds eye, something like a bright red face, something that burns and leaves your skin looking and feeling raw, followed by days of flaking skin, hiding your face behind your scarf when you’re out and about, or even worse not being able to leave the house. Think Samantha on Sex and The City when she went for a peel.

Well you can relax. None of this is going to happen with the Pumpkin Peel. This is a skin nourishing peel with a difference. This peel effectively dissolves skin cells without making your skin peel off – phew! no downtime required. At the same time as doing this it nourishes your skin with over 100 nutrients, giving you the glow we all crave.

Key benefits in a nutshell:

Firms the skin.
Reduces age spots/sun spots.
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Clears acne/blocked pores.
Dissolves dead skin cells that dull the complexion.
Makes your skin glow with health.
Delivers over 100 nutrients to the skin.
Is NOT tested on animals (as with all NCN products).
Paraben free and mostly organic.

Key ingredients:

Organic Pumpkin.
10% Glycolic Acid.
10% Lactic Acid.
10% Salicylic Acid.
Sea Kelp Bioferment.

You’ll also find lots of lovely spices in there such as Organic Ginger, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Clove to name a few.

The peel is ideal to use once a week if you don’t use any other form of exfoliating product, otherwise a once or twice a month treatment is enough. Although exfoliation is vital for healthy glowing skin, too much exfoliation can take skin in the opposite direction and damage the skin’s protective barrier. So respect your skin and don’t be tempted to overdo it.

It’s really important that you either purchase the Pumpkin Enzyme Neutraliser to use with this OR if you happen to have an alcohol free toner, such as the Cell Renewal Toner, this can also be used to neutralise the peel. Instructions on how to use the peel come with it.

I love to use the peel if I know I’m going to something special. Your skin will feel super smooth afterwards and makeup goes on a dream. I would tend to do this the night before or perhaps in the morning so that I’m not applying makeup immediately afterwards. Ideal products to apply afterwards are DNA Serum, Volu-Lift, Multi-Active Accelerator or Face Oil Cocktail. Something that is hydrating, soothing and nourishing. DO NOT apply Retinol or any other product that is exfoliating.

Lastly, give your skin a double whammy and feed it from the inside too with a gorgeous nutrient dense pumpkin smoothie! Pumpkin is loaded with the important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body, a very important nutrient for cell renewal. It is also a good source of vitamins C, K, E, and minerals, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Recipe:

1 cup of pumpkin (raw)
1 apple (cored)
1 frozen banana
Cinnamon to taste
All Spice to taste
Nutmeg to taste
2 handfuls of spinach (optional, but good to get some greens in)
A tablespoon of chia seeds (optional, but so full of goodness)
Unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk to blend

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend.

Katy
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Retinol for serious anti-ageing skin benefits

Hello!

I hope you’re all well and feeling the love for Autumn. I love this time of year…Halloween, Bonfire night. Lovely walks when you’re all wrapped up. Running, and feeling warm even when it’s crisp and chilly. The colours are just beautiful! The slow cooker is back out and so are lots of recipes using squash, pumpkin, and warming spices……

Today’s post is about the wonderful product that is NCN All-Trans-Retinol. A retinol product with a difference.

What is Retinol?
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and is essential for cell turnover. It is potent when it comes to reversing the signs of ageing in the skin. It will also help to erase any signs of sun-damage, fading hyperpigmentation and decreasing any lines and wrinkles, whilst firming the skin.

Retinol is a wonderful multitasker as it speeds up the cell renewal process, shedding dull, dead skin cells, helping to clear and prevent spots/blackheads, and boosting collagen production in the skin, which in turn prevents and reverses wrinkles and sagging.

What is unique about the NCN Retinol?
NCN Retinol is a very powerful 2% formula that works very hard to get the results, without the irritation that is often associated with strong retinol. The retinol is encased in liposomes, and time released, so it will work all night long as you sleep, without drying out your skin and leaving it red/flaky.

Making this retinol product even more unique is the addition of an ingredient called Trylagen. Trylagen boosts collagen types lll and lV. Retinol stimulates type l collagen. Three types of collagen boosted….one bottle.

It is paraben and chemical free, in an organic base of other skin loving goodies, and it is NOT tested on animals.  NCN products are not tested on animals.

Suitable for all skin types……..this is a must for your nighttime routine if you’re serious about anti-ageing your skin!

If you’d like to hear all about someone else’s fantastic experience with the NCN All-Trans-Retinol (and it really is a good one!) then you can read this article.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Katy
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A review of an eczema cream – Reczema

Hi everyone,

Today is a review of a cream that I was sent to try from a company called Secuvie.

Who are Secuvie?
Secuvie are a company dedicated to researching and manufacturing natural dermatology products that can improve sensitive or problem skin. All products are developed, manufactured and tested in Sweden. Reczema is a new natural cream that has been clinically proven to improve the symptoms of mild eczema and skin rashes.

Here’s how the company describe it:
“Reczema is a registered and regulated medical device product for treating the symptoms of skin conditions such as skin rashes, irritated skin and mild eczema. The cream will effectively reduce symptoms , leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. When applied, Reczema creates a protective film and begins working effectively to reduce various types of skin irritation and mild eczema. Because Reczema prevents itching it is also suitable for the treatment of insect bites, stings and sunburn”.

Arthur putting it to the test
Not suffering from any of these conditions myself, I decided to put it to the test on my son Arthur’s leg. For as long as I can remember, Arthur (he’s 18 months old now, but this was used when he was 12 months old) has had a dry, sometimes slightly red patch on his right leg, right down near his ankle (not so bad that it needed medical help). I have used various things on it with limited success. The one thing that made the biggest difference for a while was coconut oil, but not as dramatic as I would of liked as it never fully cleared up. I have to add here, I really prefer the natural route with products if possible. I don’t like to put anything with chemical nasties on my children’s, or my own skin if I can help it. I think the thing that made it worse was as it was dry, it probably also itched at times and he used to scrub his foot on the carpet to relieve it, but this made it worse as it inflicted minor carpet burns, where it would of just been dry skin.

Ingredients and free from
This cream is free from steroids, perfumes, preservatives and cortisone. It is also free from all key food allergens, such as dairy, wheat, soy and nuts. Its ingredients are a combination of skin soothing oils, linseed, castor, jojoba, and oilve oil. The active ingredient is CHD-fulvic-acid. A purified form of fulvic acid that is suitable for the skin. The product can be used on children, babies under 6 months old and for pregnant and breast-feeding women.

In the hand the cream felt quite rich, but not too greasy. We started using it every evening whilst getting him ready for bed and I think he actually really enjoyed the massage.

Conclusion
I’m very glad to report that the skin condition cleared up, actually very quickly. It improved overnight and was clear in a matter of days. I’m also glad to say that it has stayed that way. I’m not sure that would be the case for other people as we are all so unique, and what works especially well for one person may not work in the same way for another. I do highly recommend this though if you are someone that suffers with any of the conditions this covers.

Thank you Secuvie for letting us trial this!

You can find more information, HERE.

Have a great weekend.

Katy
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Helping our skin survive the imminent change of season

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re keeping well.

I’m posting today about the imminent change of season and how we can help our skin by perhaps making a few adjustments.

This post actually takes me back as it was one of the very first blog posts that I wrote on here. It would be very easy to just re-post again, however, I want to take the time to actually write a new one as there are some different things to add in.

I know at the moment we’re actually having gorgeous weather again, but the evenings are definitely chillier, giving us a sign of things to come.

Let’s take a look at the things that affect our skin, and the impact they may have:

Central heating, as much as it’s cosy and essential, it will leave your skin feeling and, looking dry and parched. It might have a feeling of tightness and look a little ruddy.

The outside weather conditions, in contrast to the central heating. Wind and cold can leave you red faced and with chapped lips. I have a few broken capillaries on my cheeks that are barely visible, but in extreme conditions such as very cold and windy, or very warm, they seem to show up more. Conditions such as eczema or rosacea could also flare up more than usual.

Less water and more ‘cosy’ hot drinks can be something that really makes a difference to our complexion. When it’s colder outside I think it is so much more alluring to ‘stick the kettle on’ than perhaps drink a cold glass of water. On typing this I actually went and filled up my Bobble bottle and made myself a green tea.

So, I’m going to give you some tips on keeping your skin glowing and beautiful from the inside out.

Cleansing:
When it comes to cleansing your skin it might be a good idea for you to switch to something creamier or perhaps oil based. My favourite thing to do all year round, is to actually pre-cleanse my skin with grapeseed oil. I really give it a good massage in to my skin. It melts off makeup beautifully. I then tissue this off before cleansing my skin. My choice of cream cleanser is the Lemon Brightening Cream Cleanser. This is super creamy and smells divine. Your skin will be left feeling so soft afterwards. I also love the Multi-Acid Cleansing Gel. Although this is a gel and not creamy at all. It is very hydrating due to the panthenol and aloe. It will never leave your skin feeling tight.

Exfoliation:
Exfoliation is key to a smooth complexion and will help to get rid of any dry patches or flakiness. Both of the above cleansers actually mildy exfoliate with AHA’s and enzymes. However, I would also recommend to exfoliate twice a week with your product of choice. My favourites are the Microfibre Cloth and the Magnitone Pulsar. Both of these products will leave your skin smooth and glowing. Another treat I like to use once or twice a month is the Pumpkin Peel. It feels so appropriate in the colder months. I love lifting the lid and breathing in the pumpkin and spices aroma. This peel doesn’t ‘peel’ off skin so it’s not a product to be afraid of. It will literally dissolve dead, complexion dulling skin, to reveal new fresh skin underneath. It is also quite unique in that it delivers over 100 nutrients to the skin as it does this. Leaving you with glowing nourished skin.

Serums and creams to hydrate and nourish:
When it comes to the creams or serums you use, choose something a little richer and more hydrating. I still use all of my regular serums during the daytime, although I am now reaching for my gorgeous DNA Serum even more so lately (It feels like giving your skin the biggest drink). This serum is super hydrating and will become a daily use product again as we progress into much colder weather (although it is suitable all year round). Good ingredients for you to look out for in your products are  Hyaluronic Acid. This ingredient really helps to plump and hydrate your complexion as it attracts and binds water to the skin. Ceramides are another fantastic ingredient. Ceramides are natural lipids and a major component in surface skin structure. Dry irritated skin often lacks in ceramides. This results in your skin’s barrier being compromised and more vulnerable to environmental changes etc. I absolutely love the NCN Volu-Lift Cream which contains both of these magical ingredients. My favourite thing to do is layer the Volu-Lift over the DNA Serum. It’s like wrapping your skin up in the cosiest blanket for the night. Your skin won’t have any opportunity to be remotely dry or dehydrated with these two.

A facial oil and body oil:
A nourishing oil is another great way to really increase the moisture in your skin. Natural organic plant oils are natures gift. Full of essential fatty acids and other gorgeous ingredients, these can really make a difference to your skin. It might be something you choose as a ‘treat’ a couple of evenings a week, or for those that really love an oil, it can be a daily use product. The product I choose to use on my face is the NCN Facial Oil Cocktail for dry/ageing/mature skin. It isn’t at all heavy. It is a combination of 8 organic plant oils that really feed and nourish my skin, whilst fighting the signs of ageing.

For use on my body. I absolutely love Lucy Bee Coconut Oil or Argan Oil which I purchase from Fushi.co.uk

Don’t forget the SPF:
Yes it’s colder and perhaps more dull. The UV rays are still present and damaging though. Make sunscreen a daily habit just like brushing your teeth. Accumulative sun damage can creep up on you, and more importantly protecting your skin will help in the prevention of skin cancer. My sunscreen of choice is the award winning UltraSun. I choose to use an SPF 50+. UltraSun products are formulated without preservatives, fragrance and emulsifiers.

Give your skin a helping hand from within:
There are things you can really do to help your skin from the inside out. The first obvious one I think is to continue drinking plenty of water. It really makes such a difference to how I look and feel. On the days I drink less I really notice! A great thing to help you stay on track is the Bobble bottle. Carry one around with you so water is always available. This actually filters the water as you drink it.

Less tea and coffee and more green tea or herbal tea. The caffeine in tea and coffee is dehydrating to your skin. I know if I ever choose a coffee over a green tea, I can really feel the difference. It’s like I’m literally gasping for water afterwards. If you choose to drink these because you’re just not a fan of herbal tea, ramp up the water consumption to try and counteract the effects. Another ‘cosy’ drink to have when you’re feeling chilly, is warmed up almond or coconut milk with some raw cacoa powder and/or cinnamon. You could try this over a coffee maybe. If you add raw cacoa powder you’ll reap the benefits of some serious antioxidant power!

My anti-ageing youth elixir to drink every night before bed is the fabulous Collagen Shots. This magical drink contains 10,000 mg of Marine Extract Collagen per shot, as well as the super hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, B vitamins, vit C and Acai Berry. This has really been a skin transformer for me, alongside my beloved NCN products. It is so important to work from both the inside and the outside to really help your skin be the best it can be. This drink has really helped to increase my skin’s natural collagen levels by supplying all of the amino acids it needs to produce healthy collagen. You can read more about this on a previous post HERE.

Finally, what I like to do is to make sure I’m giving my body the essential fatty acids that it needs to keep my skin supple and well moisturised from within. Foods that contain these are, avocado, oily fish such as salmon and mackerel. Nuts and seeds. My favourite seed being the Chia seed which is so versatile.

I also like to top up my levels through supplements as I don’t always eat all of these things every day. This ensures that I’m still giving my body what it needs. I use Cod Liver Oil and Omega 3 Fish Oils from simplysupplements.co.uk. I get many of my supplements from here as they seem to have the super strength versions and often have offers on too. Using these makes a real difference to my skin. Not only that, I am running around 4-5 times a week now as I’m in training for a 10K in October and a half marathon in November. I’m really increasing my mileage and I often feel this in my knees (I have the knees of an old lady). I find that taking these supplements really helps with my joints and how I feel the next day after a run.

Next time on the blog I’ll be writing about an eczema product. Tried and tested on a dry patch with great results.

Chat soon.

Katy
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How I took my collagen levels from average to excellent

Good evening all,

I hope everyone is having a lovely bank holiday weekend, despite today being very rainy!

I’m very excited to be writing this post tonight and sharing with you some information about my own skin. Do you remember that back in May I attended the Anti-ageing Health & Beauty Show? It was whilst I was at the show I’d decided that I would be brave and have a dermascan with Imedeen – the brand behind the anti-ageing pill that stimulates collagen. As they say “Beautiful skin starts from within”. I have to agree on that one!

Let’s talk collagen levels
The dermascan measures your collagen levels to let you know what’s going on deep down below in the dermis. I won’t lie. I was apprehensive about this. My only experience previously of any kind of analysis of my skin, was where your face is put under UV light to assess sun damage etc. I did this 6 years ago and it wasn’t good. I had used sunbeds for a while on and off, back when people told us they were a good thing! I’d been a lover of sun-bathing on my trips away as Cabin Crew. I had loved a good drink and late nights etc etc. Seeing all of the damage under the UV light gave me a huge reality check and fuelled an obsession, which became a passion – Treat The Skin You’re In. Say’s it all really doesn’t it?

Having a Dermascan
Sorry…..I’ve done my usual thing and gone off on a tangent. Back to the dermascan. I was apprehensive but I was reassured it would all be fine, and thankfully it was fine. I breathed a sigh of relief as I wasn’t in the red zone (not good).  I was nearer the top of average (yellow section) for my age. Okay, so not so bad. I can handle being in the average section. It was a case of could be worse, but could also be better. However, considering my past ignorance and abuse of my poor skin, average was good! I dread to think what I would have been a few years ago before I started on my skincare journey and using NCN products.  Then I got to thinking……I don’t want to be average. Who wants to be average when you can be excellent? I was determined to get my collagen reading up into that green section, and when I want something I focus on it and I believe in it. I make it happen! I’d like to point out that I had been taking Imedeen on and off for about two months leading up to the dermascan, but then having heard about another collagen product – Collagen Shots, I decided to make the switch. So I had been taking Collagen Shots for a couple of weeks before my scan.

Fancy a tipple of Collagen Shots?
If you don’t know about Collagen Shots I’ll fill you in. Collagen Shots is a powder that you mix up with water and drink daily. The best time to drink it is a night on an empty stomach so it can be absorbed very quickly and get to work doing what it does best, whilst your skin is repairing itself as you sleep. It comes in a pouch which is a months supply. Collagen Shots is the creation of Kathryn Danzey. Kathryn has been in the skin/anti-ageing/health and beauty industry for around 40 years. She had always believed that what you put into your body is very important and has a huge effect on the skin. She set out to make the ultimate anti-ageing drink, and in my opinion, and many others, she has well and truly succeeded. The ingredients in this super drink are: 10,000mgs of marine extract collagen per serving. Super fruit Acai berry. Hyaluronic acid to really hydrate and plump the skin internally. Also B vitamins and vitamin C were added to create a synergistic blend for maximum benefits. I have to say it tastes quite nice, just mildly fruity.

Super soft skin
The first things I noticed without really thinking about it were how soft my skin was, and not just on my face. I really noticed it on my arms and legs. My elbows weren’t as dry and another thing I noticed was that my hands looked younger. I now notice how quickly my nails grow and how much stronger they are too. Collagen shots don’t just deal with the face or the areas that might concern you, they have an effect on your whole body.

 

Smoother Plumper Skin
Facially I can definitely see and feel a difference. My skin is tighter, plumper, and lines have faded. My skin also feels smoother. At the same time as starting Collagen Shots I also started using the fabulous Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum 25%. This serum is amazing and so potent! It is exactly what it say’s it is. Multi-actives and all three of the Matrixyl family at 25%. That is Matrixyl, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe 6. Each one on its own works great, but together – POWERHOUSE. This serum stimulates collagen to plump skin and work on lines and wrinkles. It also dimishes dark circles which I can vouch for. My use of under eye concealer has lessened somewhat.

Treat The Skin You’re In
I’ve said it before – Treat internally. Great nutrition on the inside. Plenty of antioxidant rich vegetables and fruit. Essential fatty acids and drinking plenty of clean filtered water. Limit alcohol and sugar (sugar is a real enemy of collagen). Drink Collagen Shots on a daily basis! Externally use amazing skincare products that work at the dermal level to really make changes in your skin. Spend that bit more to have the active ingredients that work, and at levels that will do something. Prioritise yourself and your skin health. NCN products were my first skin saviour. I couldn’t be without them. Collagen Shots are my second skin saviour. They have made a huge difference to my skin and I feel good when I drink it knowing that I am supplying my body with all of the amino acids that it needs to stimulate collagen, right before I go to bed. This, combined with the products I then apply at night, gives me the confidence to wake up feeling okay about how I look (I still look like I have no eyes without mascara but that can be fixed).

Small changes BIG results
I knew I’d have another scan at some point but wasn’t sure of when. I focused on trying to eat less sugar. I ate more fish, took my fish oils, and got back to taking MSM mixed with vitamin C. You may of heard me talk about MSM before in other blogs. MSM is needed to make healthy collagen. MSM is sulphur, which can be found in certain food sources such as dark leafy greens and eggs. Unfortunately due to cooking processes etc a lot of the nutrient is lost. Step in MSM in powder or tablet form. I have both. I was taking Doctor’s Best MSM powder, but recently I switched to tablet form from Simply Supplements. It is available in 1000mg strength which is ideal. Small changes, but small changes all add up. The exciting part! I recently went on a little trip to London and decided that whilst I was there I would book in for another dermascan to check my collagen levels, in the hope that I may have managed to creep up into the green section. I have to add here. I did feel a little guilty as I am no longer taking Imedeen, much as I think it’s a fantastic product too. However, I needed to know, and the only way I could compare was by going for the same kind of scan as before.

The moment of truth
Well…….I could not believe it when the scan showed that I had not only crept into that green section (excellent) but I had skyrocketed up to 70 or just over! 80 is the highest by the way. How amazing is that? I have to say it made my day and my wonderful trip to London even better. It was the day before my 38th birthday so it felt extra good. This doesn’t mean I now look ten years younger of course. It simply means that for my age, my collagen levels are well up there, well above average….woo hoo! I can’t tell you how much this means to me considering my skin past. I attribute it largely to the wonderful collagen shots. Thank you, Kathryn. However, I also think the other factors contributed. Remember, it’s the combination of your actions that all play a part in how your skin looks and feels. It’s that double whammy I talk about. Treating the skin you’re in! Below are my readings for you to take a look at. Also, If you fancy trying out any of the products I’ve talked about, all links are below. I have a special code for you to use with Collagen Shots which will give you FREE SHIPPING on your first order. The code is treat.
photo dermascan 40 photo dermascan 70 You can learn more about Collagen Shots HERE.

Find MSM tablets HERE.

Multi-Active Peptide Matrixyl Serum 25% HERE.

I hope you found this post helpful and maybe even inspiring! If you’re not truly happy with your skin, it can be worked on. Do not worry. Katy X