Sunday, 23 October 2016

Eye creams

The skin under the eye is the thinnest in the body and the first area many of us see the signs of ageing. You must treat it and I particularly like to use  the following creams
Skin around the eye is more prone to visible signs of intrinsic aging, caused by internal factors such as hormonal shifts and metabolic slow down, can be most evident in this delicate area. Glycation, a major factor of intrinsic aging, occurs when excess sugar molecules bind to collagen and elastin eventually leading to Advanced Glycation End-products (A.G.E.).

Skinceutical A.G.E. Eye Complex

This is an anti-wrinkle eye cream specifically formulated to help prevent and correct visible signs of glycation around the eyes. An ideal eye cream for dark circles, it is also formulated with optical diffusers that instantly improve radiance of tired, dull eyes.


Significant clinical improvement in the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles and crow’s feet.
In a 12-week study, A.G.E. Eye Complex significantly improved the appearance of key visible signs of ageing:
+29% Improvement in puffiness
+27% Improvement in dark circles
+33% improvement in skin firmness and elasticity

Key Ingredients

Complex of Flavonoids and Synergistic Peptides: The unique combination of ingredients helps diminish the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags while reinforcing the look of firmness and tone in the eye area

Blueberry Extract: Naturally derived, both an antioxidant and anti-glycation ingredient helps fortify skin’s matrix and prevent the appearance of wrinkles and laxity

Proxylane™: Designed to help restore water and nutrients to improve the look of skin’s firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet

Optical Diffusers: Disperses light to minimize the appearance of dark circles and improve the radiance of tired, dull eyes

When you apply an eye cream, be extremely gentle-do not rub and do not drag the skin downward. Apply a couple of tiny dabs at the point where your eye hollow starts, then use your little finger to gently smooth these into the skin. The natural movement of the eyes when you blink, smile or speak will then help it migrate to where it needs to go.

Eminence organic Bearberry eye cream.

Ultra-hydrating eye cream with bioactive ingredients to hydrate and nourish the appearance of skin around the fragile eye contour area. Meadow eyebright, hop and bearberry help to reduce the visible signs of aging.

Made with Biodynamic ingredients from Demeter International Certified Biodynamic farms. 

*Dayspa Magazine's Editors' Choice, 2009

  1.     Bearberry Extract: brightens and is rich in antioxidants
  2.     Red Clover Extract: antioxidant
  3.     Parsley Seed Extract: improves the appearance of skin radiance
  4.     Eyebright: firms and brightens the appearance of skin
  5.     Hop extract: calms and tones the appearance of skin

Eminence Organic Herbal eye cream .

Instantly refresh your eyes with this luxuriously calming eye cream. Jasmine flower petals and St. John’s Wort nourish the delicate eye area, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Soothes delicate skin.


  1.     Jasmine Flower Petal: antioxidants, source of carotenoids
  2.     Bioflavonoids: enrich, nourish and moisturize the skin
  3.     Corn Germ Oil: source of Vitamin E & F
  4.     St. John’s Wort: antioxidant; soothes and calms the look of skin
  5.     Marigold: soothing, hydrating
  6.     Biocomplex™: an antioxidant booster of Vitamin A, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Co-enzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid
Apply a small amount of Herbal Eye Contour Cream to the contour area around the eyes using a gentle tapping motion. Try not to pull the delicate skin around the eye area.


Free Radicals

We come into this world with healthy cells, but every day the negative effects of free radicals add to the damage of the previous day. In fact, many of the processes we call "aging" are simply evidence of the minute, cumulative effects of free radical damage on cells and tissues in the skin, heart, blood vessels, brain, and so forth. What are free radicals and, more importantly, how can free radical damage be prevented? The answer lies with antioxidants, the molecules that fight free radicals.

What Are Free Radicals?

Your body produces thousands of free radicals every day; very simply, they are molecules that have an odd number of electrons. Normally electrons appear in pairs and so when a free radical forms, it basically tries to snatch its missing electron from molecules around it. That molecule then ends up with an unpaired electron of its own, which it then tries to match- so it then starts to repeat the process. This constant chopping and changing eventually damages the cell. You may have heard that antioxidants fight free radical damage. The reason is that they donate an electron to any unpaired molecules, which stops them from having to steal them from those within your cells.

How Antioxidants Work

Antioxidants are stable molecules with electrons to spare; they also have the ability to receive extra electrons. Antioxidants are nature's defence against the damaging effects of free radicals. They guard cellular structures and DNA against electron-scavenging free radicals. Antioxidants can donate or receive electrons to neutralise free radicals, stopping the cascading effect of oxidation.

Skinceuticals are the authority in antioxidant serums .

In 1997, SkinCeuticals changed the face of skincare with the introduction of Serum 10 and Serum 15, the company’s first stabilised, pure L-ascorbic acid topical antioxidants
SkinCeuticals founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell conducted research about antioxidant formulation and discovered specific formulation factors, now known as the Duke Antioxidant patent. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these standards. Since they have released CE Ferulic and Phloretin.

Buy your  Antioxidant serums direct from this link;

What is Hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a molecule which appears in the base of the dermis (the middle layer of the skin) and is one of a group of cell molecules called glycosaminoglycans. The work of these cells is to hydrate and cushion tissues within the body. Hyaluronic acid can contain up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, so having enough in the body is key to plump, youthful-looking skin, but every day you use up about a third of your hyaluronic acid, which must then be replenished. Like so many processes in the body, though, the body’s ability to do this decreases as we age and by the time we reach our mid-40s, we only make about half as much as we need. This contributes to drier skin, but as hyaluronic acid is also involved in the formation of collagen, it also contributes to how fast levels of this start to fall.

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel , Phytocorrective Gel, Phytocorrective mask contain hyaluronic acid.

Matchless Light-Emitting Diodes Phototherapy Equipment: the Most Powerful Light-Therapy Equipment - Antyage

Medical Device – EC certified* with a variety of different LED colours we are able to treat a wider range of skin conditions.

- Unique Technology: Cutting-edge RGB LEDS
- Incredible Power: 319mW/cm²
- The Widest Range of Wavelengths: from 400nm up to 850nm

LED treatments came from research on NASA astronauts. NASA had started using lights from LEDs to help plants grow in space and then wondered if it might aid cell renewal in astronauts too (they wanted to help preserve bone and muscle mass and trigger wounds to heal faster). Trials found that as well as doing this, it raised levels of collagen and elastin in the skin.
An LED treatment is painless, the wands are simply held over the skin and the light naturally passes into the skin just like sunlight- all the UV has been screened out. Vitamin C serums are applied to the skin that help the light penetrate and in a beauty-based example of symbiosis the light also helps these serums penetrate deeper too. You will see some benefits straight away from an LED treatment but we generally recommend five or six in a row.

The LED treatment system may assist with the following conditions:

Blue light – 415nm
Treatment of mild to moderate acne reduces the need for antibiotics and topical creams with their associated side effects. This treatment regime helps to reduce the bacteria count and inflammation associated with acne and therefore reduces the number of acne lesions when used in conjunction with our acne skin care range.

Treatments are recommended twice a week for 4 weeks, followed by once a week for 8 weeks.

Red light – 635nm

•           Wound healing
•           Scars
•           Rosacea
•           Burns
•           Rejuvenation
•           Wound healing, scars and burns would require treatment twice a week for 4 weeks.

Conditions such as Rosacea may require maintenance treatment after the initial treatment regime.

Infrared light – 830nm

  • ·        General skin rejuvenation, reducing deeper fine lines and wrinkles
  • ·        Skin tightening
  • ·        Acne Scarring
  • ·        Accelerates wound healing, post laser and post-surgery
  • ·        Reduction of pain, bruising, swelling and inflammation
  • ·        Reduction of post-inflammatory pigmentation
  • ·        Prophylaxis against scar formation
  • ·        Relief of muscle and joint pain
  • ·        Rejuvenation treatments can be done from 1 to 2 weeks apart and the more treatments that are performed, the better the results.

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Reflexology Videos

Karen Ball, one of the  instructors from the Florida School of Massage talks about reflexology

Reflexology and the Cancer Patient 

Reflexology and the Cancer Patient 

Nuala Woulfe Beauty: Reflexology

Nuala Woulfe Beauty: Reflexology: Reflexology  is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the feet  which are believed to correspond to ...


Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the feet  which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body
Some practitioners may also include work on points found in the face and ears. Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension.
During a typical reflexology session the Reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable couch. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of well-being. Depending on the reasons for you looking for Reflexology, we normally recommend at least 5 treatments and for this reason we have a reduced rate for booking a course of five treatments. You pay for 5 upfront and receive the 6th session for free.

Fibromyalgia was first described in the medical literature in 1843 as a type of rheumatism “with painful hard places.” There has been considerable debate over the years whether such a disease even existed. In the last decade rheumatologists have accepted fibromyalgia as a disease and given it an insurance number (CPT 729.1). Diagnosis has not changed much in a century and a half: there is no lab test; the physician still looks for painful hard places. Finding tenderness on palpation of at least 11 of 18 specific sites in the absence of any other disease to explain the tenderness is the current method of diagnosis.

Reflexology and Fibromyalgia.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet and lower leg correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologist's work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside standard healthcare to promote relaxation and improve well being. Improved well being is much more than simply the absence of illness; it also includes an enhanced frame of mind, better relationships with those around you and increased happiness.

 Reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years and was introduced to the western world over 100 years ago.

Will I benefit from reflexology?
As holistic practitioners, Reflexologists' are there to support you as a whole person and promote your well being.  Reflexologists' do not diagnose, prescribe or cure.

Reflexology acknowledges that every person is unique ; it is not possible to know in advance how you will react to a treatment.
Some benefits include-
Non Intrusive…
Promotes internal balance…
Improved circulation…
Reduces stress & tension…
Stimulation of body’s immune system…
A feeling of peace & well being…
Improved sleep…
It is completely drug free – no side effects…
It can help pinpoint areas of stress before they become apparent physiologically
• Helps to remove emotional blockages in underlying patterns of our being, so that it becomes no longer necessary to manifest disease…
Extremely relaxing.

Research study

There is an interesting research study on reflexology and fibromyalgia from Iceland.

The  six women aged between 27 and 55 with fibromyalgia were given 10 weekly reflexology treatments. All had suffered from a shock, accident or traumatic experience before the onset of the illness. They were asked to fill in daily symptom diaries for 13 weeks, starting before and ending after the reflexology sessions. Four of the six women noticed dramatic changes after six to eight treatments and felt very much better after the 8th and 9th weeks of treatment. In the early sessions, generally the pain changed and became worse before getting better. Other symptoms also responded to the reflexology such as migraines and oedema. Five women also found they felt less tired and could cope with better with work  responsibilities. Of the two that showed little improvement, one had very severe symptoms and the other experienced aggressive pain that briefly benefited from the reflexology but returned after the drive home.

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