Self-care

By the seashore

I’m currently enjoying some time with my family at the beach. This is a favourite summer activity and I always look forward to sunsets with a cocktail in hand, bicycles as a regular form of transport and swimming in the ocean.

Another consistency in this annual gathering is that my mother will suggest that whatever is ailing you can be cured with salt water.

Easy does it

Last time, I wrote about giving new products a month to deliver results for your skin. Alongside this, I feel it’s important to consider how your skin may react to active ingredients, such as retinol or alpha hydroxy acid. Because of the nature of the ingredients, skin can react quickly which causes us to conclude it’s not for us. However, this may just be our skin showing that it is benefitting from and improving with the ingredients and perseverance is required.

Timing is everything

Is it just me or do you get overly excited when trying out a new skincare product?  Anxious to see if the benefits will live up to the claims, every time a jar is opened or a bottle dispenses, I hope the contents will be my face’s new best friend. While what’s inside is very important to this determination, another key component is time and so I want to encourage you not to expect an overnight transformation.

Summer schedule

Can you believe summer is finally here? Whether winter is mild or brutal, more daylight is always welcome when we finally reach this point in the calendar.  While we may pine for this season during less clement months, summer can still sneak up on us, which is why I’m once again encouraging some strategising as we enter this new time.

Playing footsie

As the weather gets warmer and our wardrobe changes, so does our footwear.  After months of socks, tights and boots, the idea of sandals and flip flops is welcome.  However, you may be thinking your feet aren't quite ready for the big reveal.  One obvious solution to prepare them is with a pedicure, however in the same way that a facial should be supplemented with good skincare at home, your feet deserve regular attention as well.

Here comes the sun

You know I never miss an opportunity to talk about sunscreen as skincare.  It is key component of even the most basic routine and I believe it is one product no one should go without.  So when social media told me that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I knew this was my chance to return to my favourite topic.

Skincare from hairline to boobline

Whether you have a simple skincare routine or one that involves extra steps like eye creamserumessencemaskretinol and acid, where you apply your skincare is as important as what you apply.  Whenever you’re doing your routine, I urge you to include your neck and décolleté along with your face.  

More than a foot massage

I was at the hairdresser’s recently and found myself offering some reflexology advice to help one of the stylists with the back issues he was experiencing.  I didn’t set to work on his feet, but I did show him the area on his hands to alleviate pain and help the body to reset.  I encouraged him to continue doing it for 30 seconds to a minute a few times a day until he felt relief.

Seeing the light

You may have read about about LED (light-emitting diode) treatments that answer a variety of skin issues including acne, rosacea and life lines on social media and in beauty mags.  Have you wondered whether the technology actually works?  After all, the tools are not inexpensive and professional treatments require very regular appointments.  Well, based on my personal experience and research about how it works, I can say yes, it does achieve results.