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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

UltraSun SPF cream and why you need it in your life

Hi everyone,

I hope all is well with you. It feels as though it’s been a while since I put fingers to keys.

Today is quick post about the UltraSun SPF products that we are now selling on the website. I posted a video about them and this is just really expanding on that.

Why an SPF is an important part of your daily routine
Listen up! I know how good the sun feels on your skin. I know how having that golden glow makes you feel sunnier, less ill looking, slimmer, more toned looking. I understand how having a tan can just make you feel better overall. I’ve been there. You would struggle to find a picture of me years ago that looked pale. Quite the opposite in fact. However, when I look back I really don’t like the look. I overdid it. Pale is where it’s at! Pale is interesting. Pale is the new youthful. Yes I’m hesitant to bare my white legs (really need to get the fake tan out). But the fine lines and faded areas of pigmentation, due to my tan obsessed years, are a stark reminder of why a daily SPF is necessary and remind me that although some of the damage is done…….well, better late than never! Prevention is SO much better than cure. In a nutshell. If you don’t use an SPF daily you will accumulate sun damage over time from the UV rays that are present EVERY DAY, rain or shine. Damage from the sun will cause your skin to age prematurely. It will present itself in the form of lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, skin laxity (sagging), uneven tone, leathery texture, enlarged pores, broken capillaries……the list goes on. Pop your cream on daily as part of your routine in the morning. Even better use an antioxidant serum underneath for a double whammy force. Plump youthful looking skin will be forever yours (well for longer anyway). More importantly you’re helping to protect your beautiful self from the big C – Skin cancer.

Why UltraSun
It took us a while to find the right SPF cream that we are happy to sell on the website, but we’re happy to have finally found the one that is right for us. In these products you will find 0% perfume, emulsifiers and preservatives. Additionally you will find no mineral oil in the SPF 50+ and the SPF 50+ Anti-pigmentation. This is a huge plus point. These ingredients often found in sun protection, can cause all kinds of reactions in our skin. The more simple and ‘cleaner’ the better. I am happy to use these on my children. These creams offer once a day protection based on your personal sun account. Your personal sun account tells you the maximum length of time you should expose your skin to the sun each day. You can find out yours HERE. Be sensible though. If you have been sweating a lot, or in a pool swimming, personally I would reapply.

My personal experience
I am personally using the SPF Anti-pigmentation cream. I have really reduced my morning routine to simply, cleanse, tone, vit C serum, SPF. I spend more time on my evening routine, layering products and alternating my products. This is working well for me currently. The cream is a nice consistency. Not too thick. It doesn’t leave a white cast. It feels as though it gives my skin moisture, yet it sinks in well and is a good base for makeup. I don’t get any ‘balling up’ of my makeup and I feel happy knowing I have full protection for the day.

UltraSun awards

Best new sun care launch – face 50+ by Pure Beauty 2012

Customer favourite by QVC UK 2012

Customer favourite by QVC UK 2013

If you don’t already use a separate SPF cream as part of your routine, perhaps now is the time to fix that. I was 32 years old when I started and really wish I’d done it from a much younger age.

If you’d like to watch my short video you will find it HERE.

Take care

Katy
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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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