7.12.2020

The At-Home Spa Day

At Home Spa Blogger

Through this truly unfamiliar chapter, it's never been more important to take some time to look after number one.

If you're needing a little lockdown pick me up (who isn't), what better excuse to book yourself in for a spa day - at your very own humble abode.

No need to make any unnecessary purchases, take a look in your bathroom cupboard and make use of your existing beauty gems.

Here's an insight into my routine.


Skincare

Starting with the skin, I am truly obsessed with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. 400ml of this magical stuff sits under the £6 mark (and is often on offer for less than £3!), making it a complete steal. Suitable for all skin types, it gently cleanses the skin and removes all traces of makeup.

Another skincare bargain is the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil. With Grapeseed Oil and Vitamins A and E, the oil works to dissolve any impurities whilst hydrating.

The Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel* is the sister to the brand's famed toner. A gel-based cleanse, this leaves your complexion looking bright, energised and feeling smooth.

Following this, I like to reach for the Omorovicza Refining Facial Scrub, something that quite literally transforms the skin. With Hungarian Moor Mud, Calcium and Magnesium, the scrub has quite the line-up of ingredients, making it no surprise that it quickly buffs away unwanted texture, revealing a radiant glow. The spa-like aroma only makes it even more special to use. Pricey, but it'll last you.

A skincare menu isn't complete without a mask, right?

The L'Occitane Purifying Facial Mask* is my go-to for times I'm feeling a little congested. Made with freshly cut, organic Thyme all the way from the stunning Provence, the mask-scrub hybrid minimises pores and leaves the skin feeling oh-so soft.

I'm sure you will be familiar with the Garnier Sheet Masks. Whether your skin is dry, fatigued or clogged, Garnier have your back - now available in around 15 varieties, you're certainly not short on choice. My number one is the Moisture Bomb - cooling, hydrating and fabulously inexpensive.

The next course in my skincare menu comes in the shape of the Inky List Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water, this stuff is a must for those with skin on the drier side thanks to the key ingredient of 2% pure Hyaluronic Acid.

To lock in some additional hydration, we have the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this spritz tightens pores, gives a dewy glow and works wonders at setting makeup.

Espa's Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser is the perfect finishing touch. The scent alone is especially luxe, however the nutrient-rich cream stands out for its power at hydrating the skin in an instant.

Body

I like to mix it up when it comes to my body products, however the soothing Humble Rose & Frankincense Body Wash has been a long-time love for me. Humble products are free from SLS and Parabens, are not tested on animals and are fully Biodegradable.

If you enjoy something a little more zingy, the Rituals Happy Buddah Foaming Shower Gel is a must. The divine combination of Sweet Orange and Cedarwood will last on the skin all day following your stay-at-home pamper.

If you're feeling particularly boujee, the Espa Restorative Bath Oil will no doubt fit the bill. A capful of the Sweet Orange, Rose Geranium and Lavender oil will fill your bathroom with a dreamy aroma and leave you counting down the minutes until you can climb into bed.

On the topic of sleep, post-bath I like to apply a generous handful of the Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Magnesium Body Butter. The perfect finishing touch pre-slumber.


Be right back, just off to run myself a bath...


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4.19.2020

Brand focus: Glossier

Glossier Blogger Review

One of the biggest beauty brands to hit the UK over the past few years is undoubtedly Glossier.

With the tagline 'products inspired by real life', the cosmetic giant create stunning, simplistic treats for the face and body, with a spritz of fragrance thrown in for good measure.

Glossier started out as oh-so popular blog, Into The Gloss (which is 10/10 if you are a newbie to the site). Fast forward a few years and the beauty company was born.

Playful, innovative and easy on the eye, Glossier products are now a staple for many - and for good reason.

If you're looking to sample their delights but are unsure where to start, here's a round-up of some of my favourites...

Glossier Balm Dotcom - £10

Sold in an array of flavours, Balm Dotcom is a universal skin salve that works wonders on dry skin.

Not only does it do good, but it tastes lush too. The balm is also ideal for minimal makeup days, with the majority of flavours (bar mint and coconut) having a sheer tint. Highly recommend!

Glossier Futuredew - £23

This dreamy oil serum hybrid is marketed as a skincare product - to be used as a final step in your routine following serum/moisturiser/spf. Whilst that may work for some, I personally find it works best implemented as part of my makeup.

The glossy liquid can be applied to the full face or dotted along the cheekbone (my preference) and is a must for those looking to achieve a hydrated, glossy look to the skin.

B-e-a-utiful.

Glossier Stretch Concealer - £15

Those with skin on the drier side will love this little pot of goodness.

Buildable, hydrating and non-cakey (yes!), the Stretch Concealer is quite literally a dehydrated gals dream.

Whether you're wanting to cover dark circles, blemishes or redness, this does the trick.

Even better, choose from an impressive 12 shades.

Glossier You - £45

With notes of ambrette, iris root and sparkling pink pepper, Glossier You is a unique fragrance housed in a gorgeous pink (50ml) bottle.

Thanks to the base notes, the eu de parfum adapts to your unique skin chemistry, meaning it will smell different on each person - because who wants to smell the same as everyone else, right?



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4.17.2020

Top 5 Wellness Podcasts


The past six months I have truly rekindled my love for a good podcast.

Free, informative and oh-so enjoyable, podcasts are now becoming part of a daily routine for many.

Whether you're getting ready for the day ahead (a.k.a. getting ready for a day in the house) or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, podcasts are the perfect accompaniment for the task at hand.

Although there are many a classic out there, with the likes of Emma Gannon Ctrl Alt Delete, and Ted Talks Daily, my go-to genre centres around wellness.

From mental health and exercise, to diet and supplementation, there's something for everyone.


The Doctor's Kitchen
Dr Rupy Aujla's podcast has been going since 2017, with over 60 episodes covering a wide array of focus points, including habits, depression and yoga. Each episode, Rupy, who is a medical doctor specialising in general practice, welcomes a guest onto his channel to discuss the subject of the week.

Most of The Doctor's Kitchen episodes span anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and they really are such a fantastic investment of your time.

Recommended episodes: The Brain Gut Connection with Dr Rabia Lalani  Motivation with Joe Wicks  |  Eat for Inflammation with Dr Anita Mitra


Get Your Glow Back with Madeleine Shaw
It's almost guaranteed that you will already be familiar with Madeleine and her (fabulous) work in the world of wellness, but did you know she boasts her own podcast?

With weekly uploads, she delves into conversations on stress, meditation, food and more. Get Your Glow Back is primarily aimed at motherhood, though many of the episodes hand themselves to topics useful for all, whether you are a parent or not.

Madeleine's bubbly and knowledgable persona keeps her loyal listeners coming back for more every Tuesday.

Recommended episodes: Skin Nutrition with Erica Rodriguez  |  5 Minutes to Change Your Life with Dr Ragan Chatterjee  |  Combatting the Anxiety Epidemic with Chloe Brotheridge


Happy Place
Alongside launching a wellbeing collection in Boots, publishing three best-selling books and organising her own festival (yes, really), famed TV and radio presenter, Fearne Cotton also hosts an incredible podcast, Happy Place. There's no denying, she is a busy woman indeed.

Bringing in celebrities and experts, her podcasts are published on a weekly basis, with over 40 episodes spanning back to 2018 to enjoy. Topics covered include everything from mental health and positivity, to daydreaming and transformational breathing.

Recommended episodes: Russell Brand: In Isolation  |  Sam Fender  |  Bryony Gordon  |  Dolly Alderton  |  Rebecca Dennis


Deliciously Ella
Back in 2015 Ella Woodward quickly became a household name for those interested in the health and wellness industry.

What started as a personal project for Ella transformed (almost overnight) into a business that includes cookbooks, snacks, an app and a successful podcast - to name just a few.

The Deliciously Ella podcast is a go-to for those looking to both inspire and motivate themselves. Each episode brings a new topic, so whether you're keen to explore the ins and outs of gut health, the steps towards accepting failure, or the power of digital detox, there's something new to learn in under 60 minutes.

Recommended episodes: How to Build a Healthy, Happy Brain  |  Do We Need a Digital Detox  |  Creating a More Mindful Life  |  How to Break a Habit and Make Lasting Changes  |  How to Have a Healthy Gut


The Neom No B.S. Guide to Wellbeing
First things first, if you're yet to experience this beautiful, beautiful brand, you must visit the Neom website at once.

The Yorkshire-born wellness brand has a history not too dissimilar to Ella Woodward's, starting off small and blossoming into a well-respected, natural business that can be found in stores throughout the UK.

Alongside the products, The Neom No B.S. Guide to Wellbeing podcast launched in June 2019 and consists of six inspiring sessions with industry experts. You will find yourself learning about sleep, energy, mental health and the all-important wellbeing toolkit. A must.

Recommended episodes: All of them! Though the Chloe Brotheridge: The Anxiety Solution episode is quite appropriate for recent times.


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2.23.2020

What exactly is Bioregulatory Medicine? FAQs with a practitioner.


I first encountered the magnificent world of Bioregulatory Medicine (alternatively known a Bioresonance) around a year ago when researching complementary medicines. After looking into practitioners that offer the non-invasive treatment, I found the incredible Sarah Bainbridge, who began her journey after experiencing ill health.

Fast forward some time and I have now been for several sessions with Sarah at the Life Waves practice in Whitby, and I am absolutely reaping the benefits.

So, for those that are open to the idea of complementary medicines, those looking to feel more energised or perhaps suffering from more severe health conditions, this may be the treatment for you.

Now, over to Sarah...

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What exactly is Bioregulatory Medicine?

Bioregulatory Medicine is a natural approach to better health utilising the body’s own highly sophisticated processes of maintaining good wellbeing.  Our bodies are beautifully designed to keep themselves healthy using a complex and finely balanced self-regulatory mechanism.  

Poor health, and accompanying symptoms, occur when this self-regulation – balance in the body – is lost. 

Bioregulatory Medicine works to reinstate the precious balance and with it that self-regulation therefore enabling the body to do what it does best – keeping you healthy!


How did you get into the practice?

Like many other practitioners I know, I found out about Bioregulatory Medicine, and in particular the Bioresonance Therapy approach I use, though my own ill health. I had always had some underlying digestive related issues, but after the birth of my second child these became markedly worse.  

After exhausting everything that conventional medicine could offer without getting any answers as to why I was so unwell, or seeing any improvement in my symptoms, I turned to the complementary therapy world. 

Again I tried several modalities: reflexology and homeopathy for instance, and although there was some improvement nothing really seemed to be able to resolve the issues. I was then lucky enough to come across a fantastic Bioresonance Therapist who not only could answer my questions as to why I was unwell, but could also help me see the causes of my illness, and most importantly of all, what I could do about it!  

I saw such an improvement in my health that I was inspired to train so that I could start to help others experience the same relief and better health I now enjoy.


How does the Rayonex machine work? What happens during a session?

Essentially the Rayonex Machine I use in practice is working with the body’s own energies or, more specifically, frequencies. So if you remember from science lessons in school, everything in the universe is actually made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies (the difference between solids, liquids and gases, the different spectrums of light, etc). 

Our bodies are the same. Each organ, tissue, nerve, and even cell is vibrating at its own unique frequency. When these frequencies are as they should be then the body is in balance and can carry out its self-regulation.  But when the frequencies are out of balance then self-regulation is lost and you become ill.

The Rayonex Machine has a unique di pole antenna system which is able to create the same wave pattern frequencies as those found in the body. It can then use these to identify which of the body’s frequencies are out of balance and what is causing them to be out of balance, and helps to bring them back into balance so that self-regulation is restored.

Treatment is very gentle and totally non invasive. You simply sit in a chair on a special sheet. This connects you into the ‘circuit’ so to speak so that the machine can ‘see’ your frequencies.  

We then test through all the various aspects of the body, the key features of the self-regulatory processes, vitamin and mineral levels, look for the presence of toxins, heavy metals, pollutants and pathogens, then provide the relevant frequency programmes to resolve these issues. 

You don’t feel anything during treatment and remember the frequencies the Rayonex Machine uses are the same as the body’s own, so no electric currents are present (these are really bad for you anyway!).


How can it help? Does everyone benefit from visiting?

As noted above the therapy ultimately is aiming to restore self-regulation in the body.  Ill health, whatever the symptoms may be, only occurs when self-regulation is lost so when the body is brought back into balance the symptoms can then resolve. 

As such, the therapy can potentially help with just about any condition, and because our modern world is putting all our bodies under increasing stress, even if you don’t have an identifiable health condition, you would still benefit from treatment.


Do you see instant results? How do you feel after?

Very occasionally clients see instant results which is wonderful, but for most people improvement is seen as a gentle feeling of increasing well being over a period of time as balance is restored and symptoms start to disappear.

Again, how clients feel after sessions varies from person to person.  Initially after the first sessions you may feel a little tired for a while but as the energy in the body improves this usually disappears.  Due to the gentle nature of the therapy there is rarely the ‘healing crisis’ type effect that you may experience with other complementary therapies during which symptoms appear to worsen for a while.


What are your standout success stories?

So many to choose from as every client I see has their own successes which to them can often be life changing!

But if I had to pick out a few, there would be the client who was suffering from severe headaches and had been told at the age of 25 that he would have to put up with them for the rest of his life. He is now headache free! 

Then there is the client who was told by a consultant that they had no option but to have their gall bladder removed who, 3 years later, has still not had to have the operation as they are now symptom free. 

The client who, at 27, was told that her only option to stop her continual menstrual bleeding she had had from the age of 15 was to have a hysterectomy but now has a regular ‘normal’ menstrual cycle for the first time ever.

And finally the client who was scheduled for surgery on her nose due to blocked tear ducts who has now cancelled that surgery as she no longer has the symptoms.


How often/how many times do you need to go?

Treatment sessions are usually carried out around about 4 weekly.  The therapy is using the body’s own energy so treating too frequently simply results in the depletion of that energy which is counterproductive. 

The number of sessions people require varies from individual to individual and usually depends on how much imbalance there is, how long symptoms have been present, and how much they are willing to aid their own treatment with appropriate lifestyle changes.  We can help the body regain balance but how quickly the body reacts to that is out of our hands really. Having said that, most people begin to see an improvement after about 3-4 sessions.


How long does it take? How much does it cost?

Each session is about 1 hour 15 minutes long and costs £60 including your treatment remedy.


Do you need to do anything between sessions?

During your treatment we prepare a treatment remedy.  This is a small bottle of liquid which contains all the frequency programmes we use during your session.  By taking this remedy on a daily basis between sessions it ‘reminds’ the body of the treatment and, as such, helps that treatment work better and faster. 

In addition you will be given relevant lifestyle changes you may like to implement based on what is found to be causing the imbalance in the body – so things such as dietary changes, supplements which may help, reducing exposure to chemicals or harmful EMFS, for instance.


Are there different types of Bioregulatory medicine? How do they compare?

As noted above Bioregulatory Medicine is all about using the body’s own energies to bring about better regulation.  There are many different ways of doing this using homeopathic remedies, nutrition, acupuncture, for instance, and of course Bioresonance Therapy. 

The approaches differ mainly in the areas they are targeting, how they target them and therefore, their ‘strength’.  I like Bioresonance Therapy as it, in my view, sits at the top of the tree so to speak!  

In other words, due to the way we treat and the incredible level of detail we can work to (we can even see disturbances at cell level!) then it is capable of dealing with just about anything.


What would you say to someone thinking of trying it?

Even if you are a bit skeptical or struggling to understand how it works give it a go.  Only by experiencing the therapy can you really start to see if it’s for you and how it could help your own particular situation. 

Bioresonance Therapy potentially offers one of the most comprehensive assessments of the causes of ill health, and can offer one of the gentlest, most non invasive but potentially powerful means of resolving health issues.  And because its focus is on regaining self-regulation, allowing the body to maintain its own good health, and identifying and addressing not only where symptoms are occurring but why – so the underlying causes – then the therapy can truly offer a long term solution and not just a quick fix that only works while you have treatment.

But a word of warning - if you are wanting to try Bioresonance Therapy then do make sure you are seeing a qualified and insured practitioner.  As with anything, not everyone who offers a service are as well trained as they should be.


Sarah Bainbridge BSc (Hons), MBA, Dip BM (Hons), SBRCP (Bioresonance Medicine)
Certified Bioresonance Practitioner According To Paul Schmidt

"Resolving health issues using drug free bio-energetic testing and treatment"

www.lifewaves.co.uk
info@lifewaves.co.uk
07884 250430
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1.05.2020

Brand focus: Neom


What better way to kick-start my blog posts for 2020 than discussing one of my all-time favourite brands?

Whether your resolution for the new year is to stress less, sleep better, feel more energised or be overall happier, Neom have your back.

From the history and the (organic) ingredients, to the packaging and, of course, the products themselves, the brand are bloody incredible!

I originally sampled the delights of Neom back in 2013 (hello vintage post) and I knew they were a brand to keep on my radar. Fast forward seven years, and I absolutely did just that.

After listening to a podcast with Neom founder, Nicola Elliot where she was discussing the significance of a 'wellbeing toolkit', I have since adopted the idea into my everyday routine and I-am loving-it.

Whether it's ten minutes of meditation before bed, taking supplements and/or using aromatherapy, it can make the biggest difference.

'Small steps, big difference'.

One of the many reasons I love using Neom is thanks to the overall experience you have when enjoying the products. It's not just a case of quickly slapping on some body butter, or lighting a candle and then job's a good'n.

It's the branding, the gorgeous scents (formulated with 100% natural ingredients), and the benefits you reap from each use - don't forget the 7-11 breathing technique for added zen...

Choose from the four wellbeing ranges depending on your needs - Scent to Sleep, Scent to De-Stress, Scent to Make You Happy and Scent to Boost Your Energy.

Yes, they may not be the cheapest of purchases, but they are well worth it and I truly believe each is a fantastic investment in yourself. Even more so, a little really does go a long way so you won't be running out in a flash.

So, in case you couldn't tell, I'm a mega fan of the brand.

If you're looking for a go-to item to introduce yourself, I'd recommend the Pulse Point, the Real Luxury Body & Hand Wash or one of their incredible Hand Balms (seriously put this on and not only will you have super-soft hands, but people will be asking you what you've used from the other side of the room).

Are you a fellow Neom fan? If so what are your favourite products?


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