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3 Most Common Mistakes With Skin Care

Our skin is our largest organ. 

It’s living and breathing and it protects your internal organs from the invasive and dangerous elements of life: viruses, bacteria, pollutants, and harsh weather, including the sun.

Many people don’t understand or fully appreciate the role that our skin plays on our overall health and well being. 

Most of us focus on the end result, which is how our skin looks, rather than the process of reaching and maintaining that appearance through healthy choices. 

This results in the most commonly made mistakes with skin care:

1. Not Looking after our bodies inside and out

By not maintaining a well-balanced diet of foods and liquids rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, and by poisoning your system with too many harmful substances such as an overabundance of alcohol or cigarettes, you harm your skin.

Too much alcohol can dehydrate your skin and cigarettes deprive it of the oxygen it requires. 

Supplement your diet with Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) like cod-liver oil or borage, flax & coconut if you’re vegan. 

And remember to drink plenty of water! 

Add a slice of orange or sprig of mint to spruce up your water drinking experience.

2. Neglecting your skin when it’s young:

The sun and the wind can damage your skin.

This damage might not show when you’re young, but just like your favourite leather coat, the wrinkles and cracking will show with age.

If you treat your leather coat with moisturizers when it’s new and continue treating it throughout the years, you can wear that jacket for a very long time without it showing its age.

The same goes for your skin.

Moisturize it before it shows signs of needing the moisture and it will stay healthier as it ages. 

Use a heavier cream at night to re-hydrate your skin & assist with repairing cellular degeneration.

3. Using skin care products that promise instant results:

Most skin products that are manufactured and full of ‘instant improvement’ guarantees are just full of chemicals and broken promises.

If you listen carefully most of their marketing campaigns state that they will give you healthy-looking skin, which is a far cry from having skin that’s healthy.

Use all-natural creams and cleansers when taking care of your skin.

Avoid ingredients like mineral oil, alcohol, lanolin & parabens (preservatives).

So in short, the three things we need to make sure we remember when it comes to looking after our skin is:

  1. Eat a healthy balanced diet and drink water
  2. Start a skincare routine when you’re young – the sooner the better
  3. Use natural products with realistic expectations

Did you make any of these mistakes?

Is there anything you could improve on?

Let me know in the comments below! xx

Much love

Emma xx

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How Sleep Better When You Have KIDS

Having children is knackering. It is absolutely EXHAUSTING and as mums we need as much sleep as we can possibly get. However it’s not as simple as that.

Sleep brings about so many benefits, including better skin and health. But with children we can find it very difficult to get a good nights sleep, as they tend to have their own ideas.

Here are a few suggestions that can make a big difference….

Take Sleep Seriously


The first and most important point is simply to start treating sleep with the respect it deserves.

Don’t go to bed late thinking you’ll ‘make up for it later’.

Sleep will impact every aspect of the way you feel, look and perform and the negative effects can be cumulative with time.

Make getting enough, high quality sleep a priority. Where ever possible.

Drink Less

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If you are drinking even a couple of glasses of wine or beer a night, then this will be badly hurting the quality of your sleep.


Alcohol leads to dehydration, it increases your heartrate and it prevents you from getting fully restorative deep sleep. If you aren’t out socializing, pick a fruit juice instead.


Oh and the same goes for caffeine past 4pm as well!

Take a Hot Shower Before Bed

This is one easy change that can have a huge impact on your sleep.

A hot shower will stimulate the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in your body and thus help you to sleep like a baby.

It also naturally relaxes the muscles.

You could also use a scent like Lavender to help relax you and sleep well.

Avoid Screen Time


For an hour before bed, avoid looking at computer screens or phones.

Your brain registers this wavelength of light as sunlight because it’s a similar point on the spectrum. Try using the Blue Light filter instead if you need to be using a screen.

Spend the last hour reading quietly and you’ll reduce your cortisol and sleep much better as a result!

Many unnatural lights can cause this problem too – in fact, just going to the bathroom in the night can trigger the release of enough cortisol to have quite profound negative effects on your sleep subsequently.

Consider a Daylight Alarm


While you want to avoid screen time during the evening though, this same ‘blue light’ is actually very beneficial when you’re just waking up.

That’s because cortisol is one of the things that helps us wake up and it’s a lack of this natural light that often makes it hard to get up in winter.

Try getting a daylight alarm which works by simulating the effects of a sunrise first thing in the morning by producing light at just the right wavelengths and then getting gradually brighter. – I use an automated brightness setting on my phone, where it gradually gets brighter as the day goes by, and then dull again in the evening.

My Honest Advice to you?

Don’t worry too much about getting the best nights sleep just yet. We are all young, and while yes the signs of aging can’t be reversed, we can work on preventing them when our little cherubs are older, and we have more time to ourselves.

If you have a particularly bad night with your child then just enjoy the time you spend with them, even if it is 1o’clock in the morning. They grow up way to fast for us to be worrying about getting the “perfect nights sleep” right now.

I take a nap when Isabelle is at school, and try to go to bed early (being around 9-10pm), so I am ready for the day ahead. For me a good nights sleep is waking in the morning feeling ready to take on anything that my toddler (is she still a toddler?) throws at me.

Sleep Well xx

Emma xx

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3 Simple Ways to Wear Long Hair

The long hair style is hot, which is why many women prefer to have lengthy, free-flowing locks rather than the popular short styles of the day. But long hair can also become boring. In fact, boredom is the number one reason why women get tired of their long hair style and choose to try a different, shorter style. (Like ME!)

The truth is, though, that there are never-ending options when it comes to styling long hair. You just have to know when and how to change it up a bit to keep your long hair style looking fresh, stylish and up-to-date. Yes, it may take a little practice in the beginning, but in no time you will be able to quickly turn out exciting new looks with a few simple tricks.

All you need is 3 simple ways to wear your hair!

Straight and sleek long hair style

A good ceramic straightening iron can help you achieve sleek, silky and shiny tresses in just a few minutes..

The trick to achieving sleek long hair is in the tools and products that you use.

What you need is a high-quality ceramic iron, a shine product and finishing spray.

Simply apply the shine product to your dry long hair and smoothly run the flat iron through your hair from the roots to the tips using about ½” sections.

The ceramic iron will infuse moisture and shine into your long hair style leaving you with healthy, shiny locks that will be the envy of everyone you meet.

Finish off your long hair style with a little bit of finishing spray, and you’re beautifully prepared to face your day.

You can style your long straight hair in any way you like. Keep an eye out on my instagram account for my “how to’s” on various different straight hair styles.

Textured and curly long hair style

If your long hair already has some curl or wave, you can accomplish this style with very little effort.

All you need to do is use a little gel and scrunch your curl into place with a diffuser blow dryer.

Once you do that, simply spritz your long hair style with an extra hold styling spritz.

If you have been blessed with poker straight hair, you can achieve the same look with tools, such as rollers/ curling tongs/ curling wands or even a hair straightener.

The trick to making this long hair style look natural is in the products that you use and how you use them.

Be sure to use a good quality spritz and finishing spray.

Use the finishing spray to spray your long hair before and after you roll it, and use the spritz to add shine and finish your style.

By applying spritz to your long hair style and gently running your fingers through the curled locks, you can achieve a natural look with a lot of shine.

My Favourite product is : Umberto Giannini Mess Up Dry Texturising Spray

Updos and long hair style

An easy way to change your long hair style is to wear it up.

And I’m not talking about a simple ponytail here girls.

This may take a little creativity, but with a little practice you can have your long hair style swept up into an exotic style that only takes a few seconds to achieve.

French twists are always a classic as are bun variations and pulled-through pony tails.

Again check out my Instagram in the next coming months to see some of my updo’s for medium length hair (I’m trying to get long hair again, it just takes time haha x)

BONUS

Another fun way to make ANY hairstyle different is to accessorize! Adding in a scrunchy, a headscarf, a hat, or even gems and jewels gives any hairstyle a MUCH different look and feel.

Have a little play around with all kinds of hairstyles and keep posted as I will be putting up my top 20 hairstyles within the next month.

Now that you have a few different ideas on how to change your long hair style, it’s time for you to practice. Good luck. And remember that the long hair style never needs to be boring or predictable when you have all of these options.

Much love

Emma xxx

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Vitamins Explained

It’s no wonder we are pretty confused when shopping for vitamins.

We’ve been told, that a good vitamin supplement will boost our energy level. In fact, we’re told this constantly: in magazine articles, television and web sites, to name a few.

So when you arrive at the vitamin shop, you’re already at a complete loss (and may have forgotten altogether) why you’re even there, and end up like many of us, just not taking any vitamins at all because it’s all so…so…confusing!

There is a vast array of shops, whether online or on the high street which all beckon promising renewed everything. If you have any health problems or complaints known to man, you’ll find a good vitamin supplement (or 12 to 15 of them) to straighten- out your suffering right away.

The good thing about vitamins (just one of many) is that they’re really largely “natural,” with very few containing harmful or otherwise irritating, toxic chemicals.

To put it plainly, vitamins are good for us because they are derived largely from natural plants and minerals. That’s the basic fact. And the benefits are many; it’s difficult to take the “wrong” vitamin, and it certainly can’t hurt you, so why not give it a swing? But remember: Take everything in moderation.

What are each vitamins for?

Beta-carotene

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Is thought to protect against cancer and heart disease. It can dramatically boost the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant, which controls those “free radicals” we’ve all heard about and prevents them from causing damage to cells that lead to premature disease and aging.

You can find Beta-carotene in foods such as: Carrots, Tomatoes, Pumpkins and Tangerines.

Biotin

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Metabolizes protein, fats, and carbohydrates.

It also helps in energy production, and there is some proof that it can help people with diabetes by keeping glucose levels reduced.

Other benefits include healthy hair, skin and nails, and reducing fatigue, heartburn and some allergies.

This is one of my favourite vitamins to take, as it does so much.

You can find Biotin in foods such as: Eggs, Salmon, Mushrooms and Sweet Potato.

Folic acid

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This is a vitamin that women trying to conceive and pregnant women take to keep a healthy baby, and body. Other benefits include keeping your heart strong, increasing energy and helping ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Midwives will advise women to take this vitamin because of all the benefits. Unfortunately for me, taking this vitamin made me very ill when I was pregnant so I had to stop taking them.

You can find Folic Acid in foods such as: Broccoli, Pinto Beans, Asparagus and Marmite (or other yeast spreads).

Vitamins and minerals are now seriously recognized in playing a role in the health and vitality of every organ in the body, from skin and bones to the nervous and immune systems, right up to the brain. Vitamins can lower cholesterol levels, help wounds heal more, raise your sperm count and make you more resistant to colds and flu, asthma, cataracts, and even gum disease.

Again, you really can’t go wrong with vitamins. Look beyond the fancy marketing and packaging. The key is to focus on your particular ailment and go straight to the natural remedy. Don’t let all the hype distract or confuse you; all you really need to do is keep it plain and simple.

Here are a few of my favourite multi-vitamins

NEW LEAF Multi-Vitamin Gummies


Bassetts Adult Multivitamins


Centrum Advance, Multivitamin Tablets

Do you take any vitamins? Have I helped you out with the kind of vitamins to take? Would you like to know more? Let me know in the comments below, or drop me an email. xx

Much Love

Emma xx

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Organic Shampoo

Going Organic is all the rage at the moment. With Vegan movements on the rise and a generation caring more for the well-being of the planet we are starting to see many products arising which are nature based and organic.

Organic shampoos are really easy to come by, as they are super popular at the moment.They offer immediate tangible benefits and really help you see the benefits of switching to a more organic lifestyle. It’s fun and easy, and it’s a great learning experience.

Why Use Organic Shampoo?


The big benefit of an organic shampoo is that it is much kinder to your hair, your skin and your overall health.

While you might not realise it, many of the unnatural shampoo and hair products you buy in stores will actually being doing more harm to your hair health than good!


This is due to a number of factors.

Many synthetic, chemical-based shampoos will use much too astringent ingredients. These are designed to help remove the bacteria that can otherwise smell, while also helping to eliminate grease.

The downside of that though is that they’re often just too efficient. – I know right! Surely if it’s too efficient it will be doing me a world of good? NOPE!

They can end up completely stripping the hair of all its natural moisture, which leaves it looking dry, coarse and more prone to splitting.

This makes your hair instantly appear a lot less healthy and the more you wash it, the worse it becomes! What’s more, is that these ingredients can also end up stripping the skin of its natural moisture too which can also lead to flaky itchy scalps.

Likewise, you’ll also be rubbing your hands and your face with the shampoos, which means that they can also affect other parts of your skin – possibly even leading to acne and other blemishes!

So what can you do instead?

BUY ORGANIC OF COURSE!!

Or if you can’t afford to buy organic (because lets face it organic products often come with a hefty price tag) why not make your own? It is really quite simple.


How to Make Your Own Organic Hair Shampoo


There are plenty of different ingredients and recipes you can use, each of which uses different natural ingredients to help you avoid chemicals and really support the natural health of your hair and scalp.


One that I have tried so far uses the following ingredients:


• Coconut milk
• Liquid castile soap – such as this Castile Liquid Soap Base 1 Litre
• Essential oils (peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange
are all good)
• For dry hair, add a little almond oil


All you do is combine all the ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar. Shake well to mix and then keep in the shower for up to a month. Shake before each use and use about a teaspoon each
time you wash your hair.

While the coconut milk will moisturise your hair, the soap will kill off any bacteria and cleanse your scalp and the essential oils will help to provide a pleasant smell.

Use about ¼ cup of coconut milk, ¼ cup of soap and 20 drops for your essential oils.

That’s all there is to it! It really is that simple and you can play around with so many different ingredients to get the shampoo which is just right for you.

Let me know how you get on with your shampoo creating, and any organic products that perhaps you use, or want to know more about.

Much Love xx

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The Ultimate Anti Aging Guide!

No one wants to get older but unfortunately, until they discover an elixir of youth, it’s fairly unavoidable.


But just because you have to get older, no one said you had to do it quickly. And no one said you couldn’t age well and keep your youthful good looks, energy and health!

Many of us make the assumption that getting old automatically has to mean getting covered in wrinkles, losing our ability to walk around and eventually developing incontinence and dementia.

As it happens though, none of these things are inevitable and most of them are only partially related to age!


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