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Good skin care products

What makes good skin care products?

Recently I’ve had the fortunate or unfortunate experience [it depends on your point of view] of walking through the beauty department of one of the big London department stores. I was overwhelmed by all the chemical smells as the sales representatives tried either to smother me with perfumes or entice me to try a sachet of some new magical cosmetic creation.

Coming as I do from a background of treating clients who are highly sensitive to chemicals of any description and having grown up myself in what I describe as a ‘chemical soup’ on a farm, you can imagine what this onslaught to the senses does to me – It’s a disaster!

Once upon a time I would have had to leave immediately. Fortunately I’ve done a considerable amount of detoxing over the years and my system can handle it. Apart from my obvious bias against chemicals for this reason, I do not believe that good skin care products – that is – skincare that will benefit your skin needs to contain a cocktail of chemicals.

You are not chemically deficient!

Chemicals/pharmaceuticals have their place and I for one want buckets of them if I’m in a car crash and need emergency treatment, pain relief or whatever else it is that will keep me alive for a bit longer. Good skin care products should contain ingredients that are your body can metabolise and use because  what you put on your skin is absorbed. Your skin is a carrier and not a barrier.

Best under eye cream

Unlike chemicals that you might take in through food which are absorbed by the intestines and which end up in the liver to be detoxified, chemicals that you absorb through your skin go straight into your bloodstream and bypass the liver altogether. Chemicals like these have no place in good skin care products, not least because they could end up in your brain. And what they might do in your brain is a blog for another day!

What’s the best under eye cream for dryness?

What’s the best under eye cream for dryness?

The first place we see signs of ageing is usually that delicate area of skin under the eyes. It’s thinner and more sensitive than almost anywhere else on the body. The skin under the eyes contains no oil glands so it’s easy to see that this area is particularly prone to dryness. The dark circles we often get are due mostly to lymphatic congestion.

This congestion can be caused by allergies, nasal congestion, sinus problems, too much salt in the diet, lack of exercise – to name but a few. Gravity also plays a part, many women wake up with puffy eyes after using an eye cream at night. The obvious ‘culprit’ is the cream but much more likely is the fact that lying down your lymphatic system isn’t working – astronauts get puffy eyes because there’s no gravity and their lymphatic system doesn’t work properly (this was how NASA came up with the idea of rebounding on a mini trampoline) when they returned to earth as it’s great for stimulating your lymphatic system.

So, what should you look for in an eye cream?

The best under eye cream for dryness should contain natural, gentle ingredients to soothe, protect and intensely moisturise the skin. So it helps to know a few key ingredients that are important.

A really good ingredient to look for when choosing the best under eye cream for dryness is organic avocado oil. Pure, organic avocado oil contains only the oily extract pressed from the flesh of the avocado fruit The oil is extracted by pressing or by centrifuge extraction and yields a fantastic, bright green oil courtesy of the fruit’s rich chlorophyll content. This oil contains essential skin loving fatty acids and lecithin and is easily metabolised by the body. It’s rich in the antioxidant vitamins A, D and E that help with free radicals that are now known to contribute to premature ageing.

Avocado oil also contains plant steroids known as Sterolins which help heal damaged skin cells caused by sun exposure.To add to the list of the wonderful benefits of this oil, it also has one of the highest natural SPF ratings, creating a very natural, mild sunscreen to help soothe and protect. You do though, still need to use proper sun protection. To summarise the wonderful benefits of avocado oil, it soothes irritated or itchy skin, is anti-inflammatory and is great when skin is dry, tired and lacks lustre – exactly how that area under the eyes can look.

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Another key ingredient to look for when choosing the best under eye cream for dryness is the fabulous organic rosehip oil. This oil, which is extracted from the seeds of wild rose bushes predominantly grown in Chile, (the best is Rosa Rubiginosa) is packed full of the skin boosting vitamins A and C and the essential fatty acid Alpha Linolenic acid. It’s quite simply a powerhouse for skin health.

Rosehip oil is the only vegetable oil that contains natural tretinoin, in the form of trans retinoic acid (a natural precursor of vitamin A). It helps to reduce inflammation, reduces fine lines around the eyes, stimulates cellular growth and rejuvenates tired dry skin. It’s considered to be one of the best anti wrinkle oils and unlike some oils, it’s very light and easily absorbed, so when you find it in an eye cream you know you’re onto a good thing! It really is a key ingredient when you’re looking for the best under eye cream for dryness.

Best Under Eye Creams

Many people think that eye creams are a bit of a gimmick, created by the cosmetic industry to encourage consumers to buy more skin care products, but actually this isn’t true.

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest layer of skin on the body making it incredibly delicate and sensitive. It’s much more prone to dryness and is one of the first areas on your face you start seeing the first signs of ageing.

They say that our eyes are windows to our soul – they’re a reflection to the world, to the people we meet, of our openness, our attitudes to life and our innermost emotional feelings.

The skin surrounding our eyes is where we see signs of tiredness and stress, whether we’ve been eating too much salt or drinking too much alcohol.

As we get older we lose collagen so this area is a crucial area to address as soon as possible. Don’t wait till you see signs of ageing, take preventive measures to help slow down the process.

How do you know what to choose as a good under eye cream?

First, look for eye creams that don’t have a lot of toxic chemicals – you’re not chemical deficient in treating your skin!

The best under eye creams will address puffiness, fine lines and will literally feed your skin with nourishing ingredients.

What we add to Celgenics Eye Essential is the healing energy from homeopathic remedies and flower essences to help with stress. As many of us spend too long sitting in front of a computer, I’ve also programmed the cream to help with tired eyes from the electromagnetic fields from computers, routers and wifi.

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Once you’ve found the best under eye cream that works for you, remember that you need to make sure you remove all your eye makeup properly before you go to bed.

Some people like to use their eye cream at night, but others find that using any cream around their eyes will cause them to wake up with puffy eyes; this is not necessarily the cream that is at fault, rather it’s your lymphatic system which isn’t working when you’re asleep and lying down. So if you’re one of these people, make sure to apply it generously in the morning. The Celgenics Eye Essential is easily absorbed through make up so some people do a top up at lunch time.

Finally, for your health and for happy looking eyes, find something every day you can laugh at. If you’re too busy to laugh, you’re too busy!

Anti Ageing Skincare Products

Have you ever found yourself reading the small print at the bottom of an advertisement for amazing new anti ageing skincare products where you’re given the percentage of women who agree the product works? There’s usually a picture of a gorgeous model with flawless skin and a list of ingredients that defy pronunciation and understanding.

I often wonder how true the statistics are not least because, when I look at the list of ingredients I struggle to see the benefit of half of them!

A lot of the ingredients are derived from petro-chemicals; I find it incredible that so many women are happy to let their skins absorb products with so many synthetic and potentially toxic ingredients in them.

Anti ageing skin care products should certainly have active ingredients to make a difference. But I don’t believe that they need to be chemicals that your body will have to break down into a less toxic substance.

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Did you know that carcinogens in cosmetics and skincare pose bigger cancer risks than food contaminated with carcinogenic pesticides. It’s no great surprise to me that so many women develop rashes and other adverse reactions when a product contains a laundry list of unnatural, toxic ingredients.

The skin is our biggest organ and it’s an organ of detoxification,  it’s sometimes called ‘our miracle coat’ because it’s strong yet soft, is semi permeable and reflects our state of health and state of emotional well being almost instantly.

My message is to use anti ageing skin care products that are as natural as possible. Getting older should mean getting wiser and that means making wise choices about what you should and should not put on your skin.

Treat your body and your skin like you would handle a piece of fine and beautiful lace – with care!

Affordable organic skincare

So many of us are now appreciating organic skincare, having gained a great understanding of the huge benefits that can be seen from using pure and natural products on our skin. But many of us are deterred from buying an organic skincare product due to the hefty price tag that often accompanies it.

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For me, affordable organic skincare should be accessible to everyone. Just because a skincare range is organic, why should it be expensive?

In a world of fast food, excessive pollution and ignorance about why we should be avoiding chemicals in our skincare, organic products should be the norm, not the exception. We should expect them to be free of toxic chemicals rather than having to promote them as something special.

What’s more, they should be easily available and at a price that everyone can afford.
For so long organic skincare, like organic food, has, let’s face it, been extortionately priced and exclusive – things are beginning to change though – organic food is much more available and affordable organic skincare is much more available as well.

Over many years as a therapist helping people back to health, one of the things that’s been very evident is how toxicity has such an impact on our health. A lot of my time has been spent detoxing clients to help with a wide range of health problems from bad backs, IBS, migraines and ME.

Toxicity comes in many forms – from breathing in petrol fumes, eating food that’s been sprayed with pesticides and of course from products we use on our body. What we put on our skin is absorbed and goes straight into our bloodstream. This means that things like parabens don’t get broken down by your liver but can be circulated around the body – including finding its way into the brain.

This is a health risk we should all be worried about so affordable organic skincare should be available for everyone.

You will often hear people saying they would absolutely love organic products to be the only skincare they use but they simply cannot afford it. Moisturisers, eye creams, toners and cleansing lotions are the basic elements of a skincare regime and we use them every single day of every single week throughout the year so they should be affordable; being chemical free shouldn’t bankrupt us!

Affordable organic skincare is slowly making its way onto our shelves, let’s send a message to the supermarkets and buy organic, that way we have a chance to make a difference to our health and ultimately a difference to the planet.

Winter skincare – the essentials you need to know

Winter Skincare

You might be thinking that just because it’s winter and there’s no danger of getting sunburnt, that winter weather is a time you can take a break from worrying about your skin.  Think again!!!

Cold winds and dry air from central heating which pulls moisture from your skin, can leave your face looking and feeling very dry and parched.  Usually we don’t drink as much water in the winter or eat as many fresh salads or fruit so that adds to the dehydration problem. The delicate skin around the eyes can get extremely dry and sore in winter, especially in cold winds, which can lead to the fine lines around the eyes looking much deeper and more prominent.

Technically what happens is that the outer layer of our skin – the horny layer – can’t hold on to the water that comes from deeper skin layers and we lose moisture by evaporation.
To hold the water in your skin, you need a humectant which is an ingredient that attracts water. The most common is glycerine which is a very strong binder of water and is an excellent  hydrating ingredient.


The recommended amount of water for women is about 1.5 litres/day and I think most women struggle to drink that amount as pure water in the winter. We tend to favour hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate – all of which are diuretics and further dehydrate our skin.  Hot or warm water though, can be flavoured with a slice of lemon or lime; mint leaves make a very refreshing drink; white tea is good and is said to strengthen collagen and elastin.
Whilst it’s lovely and comforting to have hot baths and wash your face with steaming hot water, if it’s excessively hot, it will strip the natural healthy oils from your skin. If you use water on your face, the general consensus is that warm or lukewarm water is best.

If you apply your moisturiser to slightly warm skin you’ll find it’s absorbed much more easily.  It’s not a good idea though to put your moisturiser into boiling water to warm it up, [it has happened!] you destroy the emulsification and it will separate into oil and water!  You’ve just lost your moisturiser.

I created Moisturiser Plus and Moisturiser Light with glycerine as a humectant and they both work really well to moisturise at a deep level.  If you like using a night cream, then Celgenics Night Essential has both glycerine and anti oxidants to nurture you whilst you sleep.

Sun protection
Yes, you do still need it, even though it’s winter and the sun is not glaring down on you.

Even though it’s cold and you can’t feel the warmth of the sun, don’t be fooled into thinking that it isn’t there and isn’t affecting you.
Despite the debate about Vitamin D levels and not getting enough exposure to sunlight, it’s important to understand what UV radiation is and how it affects your skin.
UV radiation is the number one factor responsible for skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.  In fact, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have identified broad spectrum UV as a human carcinogen.

UV radiation has 3 specific wavebands
They differ in their biological activity and the depth to which they penetrate into the skin.
The two you need to know about are

UVA is the long wavelength (320-400 nm) and accounts for up to 95 percent of the solar UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface.
It can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and has for years been thought to play a major part in skin ageing and wrinkling.
The important thing to remember is that UVA rays are present during all daylight hours including the winter months so we need to protect ourselves.
It’s also useful to know that it can penetrate through clouds and glass – which means that any windows you sit by are not protecting you!

UVB is the middle-range of UV with wavelengths between 290-320 nm.
It’s responsible for burning, tanning and acceleration of skin ageing and plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.  It doesn’t penetrate through glass like UVA.

Find protection that offers multi-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB.
Just because a sunscreen states a high SPF rating, it doesn’t mean it protects against both forms of UV radiation. Read the label to make sure you have proper protection.

Looking after your skin in winter will pay dividends in the Spring!

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