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Anti ageing night cream

Anti ageing night cream

For many people the idea that a cream could be both an anti ageing night cream that really nurtures your skin (and makes a difference) and at the same time be a cream that could help you get to sleep, is a concept that stretches the imagination too far for many people.

The idea grew out of my practice where I work with many energy medicine remedies and vibrational frequencies to help people find their health again.

Since sleep is one of the best things you can do to recharge your ‘batteries’, to rest and repair (at a cellular level) it’s easy to see why a cream that helps you to sleep would be so beneficial.

However, because it’s so ‘outside the box’, it’s not easy to explain this to people. So here are testimonials.


Getting your ‘beauty sleep’ is not just an old wives tale! You need sleep to repair and recover from the day.





Award Winning Moisturiser

Award Winning Moisturiser

Who would have thought that a moisturiser I made some 4 years ago, as a one-off for one of my clients who was highly sensitive to the chemicals in conventional skincare, would turn out not only to be the starting point of Celgenics but would be an award winning moisturiser and win the award for Best Facial Moisturiser.

Award Winning Moisturiser from Celgenics.comWhen I think back to all the serendipitous events that somehow linked together and lead to the creation of Celgenics, I’m amazed at how it all happened and I’m even more amazed that what I created as an experimental one-off would become one of my ‘hero’ products and win a prize!

The award for Best Facial Moisturiser went to  Moisturiser Plus.  Award Winning Moisturiser from

I really value awards that are genuinely tested by independent women who make a judgement knowing nothing about anyone else’s opinions.
In fact, I’m doing exactly the same thing independently testing a new product – Celgenics Elixir No 3 that tones and firms.  According to 90% of the  feedback so far,  it works!  Could this be a future award winner in the making!


A Good Eye Cream for Dry Skin

A good eye cream for dry skin

It’s often the first sign women get that the ageing process has begun, we see those fine lines at the corners of our eyes. For some women they can appear in their late 20’s / early 30’s, others may not see them till their 40’s – it’s very individual.

But no matter what our age, we can all think about what we’re putting into our body that might be speeding up the process. For we now know that the ageing process is definitely speeded up by the drinks we drink and the foods we eat.

That means we can make changes to slow down the process!

Scientists have learned that much of the ‘wear and tear’ of ageing is due to ‘advanced glycation end products’ (AGE’S).
They form when proteins mutate as a result of being exposed to high levels of blood sugar. That means your collagen is damaged and your ageing process is speeded up.

To find a good eye cream for dry skin is more than just finding a good cream, it means looking at the much bigger picture of how you look after yourself; because how you eat and drink impacts your health and your skin.

Natural Anti Ageing Skincare

Natural Anti Ageing Skincare

What are you prepared to put on your face to look younger and what price do you put on your health?

If these two questions seem unrelated it’s worth remembering that what you put on your skin will be absorbed and can have big effects on your health. This, after all, is how hormone patches and nicotine patches work.

So it’s worth thinking about the knock-on effects of any anti ageing skincare products that we use on a regular basis which contain a lot of parabens, SLS’s and petrochemially based ingredients. 

Although some people argue that the quantities in each product are so small, the fact is that toxicity is defined not only by the amount but by frequency as well (ie how often a product is used) and I don’t believe our enzyme systems (which break down foods, chemicals etc) were ‘designed’ to deal with 21st century toxic ingredients. 

There are at least 20-30 different toxic chemical ingredients that are routinely used by some of the big cosmetic companies.  Hopefully this will change as more and more people switch to natural, organic, vegan products. 

When you’re looking for Natural Anti Ageing Skincare, look for labels that say Free From or Vegan Skincare, avoid anything with any of the Parabens family, anything that starts TEA or DEA, Alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40), and of course sodium lauryl sulfates.

Here are some easy to make natural skincare products that will save you money, be fun to make and will be great for your skin.

Eye make up remover:

50ml sweet almond oil
48 ml Castor oil
2ml Vitamin E oil
Simply blend them all together.


Using the same ingredients but changing the quantities

Skin Cleansing Oil

65ml Sweet Almond Oil
30 ml Castor oil
5ml Vitamin E oil

Whipped Coconut body butter

1 cup organic, unbleached coconut oil
1 tsp of Vitamin E oil [optional]
Few drops of your favourite essential oils [optional]

Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl. [do not melt the coconut oil]
Whisk at a high speed until it’s light and airy
Spoon it into a glass jar and seal
[Tip: don’t use a blender or food processor, it heats the oil too much]

This is amazing to use as a body butter, it literally melts when you put it on your skin.
If you want to vary the recipe use less coconut and make up the difference with equal amounts of aloe vera gel and an oil like rosehip seed oil or olive oil.



Anti ageing tips

Anti ageing tips

These are just a few of the anti ageing questions I often get asked:

1. There’s a lot of talk nowadays about not putting chemicals onto your skin, is there any evidence that it’s bad for you?

A recent study at the University of Bath showed that using SLS [sodium lauryl sulphate] in products can quickly reduce the thickness of healthy skin.  Normally, the skin has a protective barrier of lipids, [about one eighth the thickness of a sheet of paper] that stops chemicals from getting into the body and keeps moisture in. As we age, the skin starts to thin  so we want to avoid anything which could speed up this process.

2. Does it make a difference when I put my moisturiser on?

Moisturise while your skin is warm and moist. Warm water splashed on to your face helps  condition and hydrate the skin. [It helps exfoliate dead skin cells so that your skin can breathe] then pat your skin lightly with a towel and apply your moisturiser within three to five minutes of washing to lock moisture into your skin.

Whilst we’re talking about water, if you can drink 6-8 glasses of water/day, it helps to keep your digestive system functioning and will help remove toxins and waste from the body; this then helps your skin to look clearer and fresher.

3. I’m 39 and have very rosy cheeks, everyone tells me I look very healthy but I know it’s not normal.

You could well be right. As we get older we don’t produce as much stomach acid and there is a strong correlation between low stomach acid and red faces! Ask your local health shop for a good supplement of HCL [hydrochloric acid with pepsin]. If you’re on any anti-inflammatory medication check with your doctor first.

4. I’ve noticed as I’ve got older that my skin looks much more yellow than it .used to, is there anything I can do about it?

You could try taking B12 supplements. As we age and don’t produce so much stomach acid, we don’t absorb B12 as well. Yellowing skin can be linked to low levels of B12.

5. If you had just one tip for good skin what would it be?

Let’s start with the first basic requirement for good skin – cleansing it of all the grime, makeup and pollution that you’ve picked up during the day.

Your skin breathes and detoxes but in most people, this vital route of detoxification is often clogged with dead skin cells, the traces of make-up that hasn’t been removed and the natural waste excreted through perspiration. Just imagine what your skin looks like under a microscope!

If your skin isn’t cleansed properly, it doesn’t matter what you put on it or how much money you spend on products, your skin will struggle to look fresh and radiant.

These anti ageing tips may seem quite simple but like many things, it’s often the simple things that make the difference!

Facts about healthy living – where do we learn them?

Facts about healthy living – where do we learn them?

How do those models manage to look so gorgeous in the glossy magazines? Of course, some of it is down to brilliant make-up but models make a living by how they look, so most of them make sure they follow a healthy living lifestyle.
What does that mean? It means different things to different people and it covers everything from diet, exercise, exposure to a toxic environment, emotional well being and spiritual well being.

In my practice I have clients who tell me they have chocolate for breakfast and drink 6-8 cups of coffee a day. Others live only on salads and vegetables because they’re on a diet and are unable to lose weight. Other people tell me they have toast for breakfast, sandwiches at lunch and pasta for dinner; the busy executive tells me she just has one meal a day but it’s ‘very healthy’. All of these people see their diet as normal and relatively healthy.

To some people it means going to the gym once a month, to others it’s going to the gym three times a week. For some it’s limiting their pizza and big Macs to once a week and to others it’s never touching anything that’s processed.
Facts about healthy living from
Over the years I’ve come to realise that for most of us, our definition of what’s healthy comes from how we were brought up, it’s probably part of our DNA that whatever mum gives us is right, is OK, is good for us; after all she’s our mother. And if it wasn’t your mother who brought you up it’s still the same thing because as children we’re like sponges, absorbing and taking in whatever comes our way. What we learn – those ‘facts’ about healthy living – start seeping into us very early on.

So let’s not criticise people for what they put in the supermarket trolley or frown disapprovingly when they tuck into a big Mac. Facts about healthy living start being infused into our consciousness almost from the moment we’re born and it can take time to unlearn things we thought were normal as a child.