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Feed your skin from the inside out

You are what you eat is a cliche but true.  When I look at my clients diets and discover they have 6 cups of coffee a day, a ‘health’ bar for breakfast, white bread sandwiches for lunch, chocolate at 5pm to give them a boost of energy, 3 or 4 glasses of wine in the evening and they don’t know why they’re so exhausted, we start a journey of making changes that will give them energy and vitality. Skin Food

I liken it to running a Rolls Royce on lawnmower petrol.  And the older we get, our diet becomes ever more important as we make fewer enzymes and less stomach acid to break down our food, so the food we eat needs to be the most nutritious we can make it.

Our skin is often the first place we signs of deficiencies.

No 3 of my top 10 – feed your skin with Zinc

Zinc is often forgotten when people think about nutrients needed for their skin. But zinc is present in both the dermis and the epidermis with about 6% of your total body zinc found in skin.  It is essential for normal skin function. It helps to stabilise cell membranes which sounds a bit technical but basically, it means that cells function better and the zinc gives them protection against free radical damage. We know that ageing and premature ageing is often caused by inflammation and free radical damage.

Zinc is stored in your liver and kidney mainly, and it is a crucial mineral for many biochemical pathways in the body.

Deficiency of zinc:

Not enough zinc can lead to changes in skin pigmentation and skin lesions on areas that have been exposed to friction or pressure – such as elbows.

If you have ever wondered why your taste buds don’t seem as good as normal, you could be deficient in Zinc.

If you cut yourself the speed of healing is also dependent on the amount of zinc in your system.

It’s useful to know that if your diet is high in cereals brackets which contain phytate) it can interfere with intestinal absorption of zinc, similarly, excess copper can also affect zinc absorption.

If you go on a weight loss programme ,you excrete more zinc in your urine (normally you excrete about 1 to 2 mg a day from your intestinal tract through bowel movements).Feed your skin

For anyone with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, alcoholic cirrhosis, type 1 diabetes, their absorption of zinc from their diet will be reduced so they should probably supplement to keep their levels at a healthy level.
The contraceptive pill can interfere with zinc absorption as can diuretic drugs.

Foods containing zinc:
Oysters, liver, beef, chicken beef, veal, crab, turkey, seeds, brazil nuts, cashews, cheese, egg yolk, milk, shrimp.

“ Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, so said Hippocrates in the 5th century BC. In today’s world this is probably more important than ever before. Hippocrates is known as the father of western medicine, he recognised the value of eating well and the potential of certain foods for good health.

Organic Skincare with a Heart

Why do I do what I do?

I started Celgenics by accident – if anyone had told me 5 years ago what I would be doing now, I would have thought them mad! I’ve been a therapist for close on 20 years treating people with chronic health problems using a variety of different skills that I’ve built up over the years. I love helping people back to health and I love the different ways people choose to get better; this means that one person will prefer working with homeopathic remedies, another will want nutritional remedies, another will work with flower essences or aura soma oils and another will want a hands-on treatment such as the visionary Cranio Sacral work I do or Bowen Technique.

I digress!

The story goes like this – one evening I had a client who lay on my treatment table and told me she was going shopping for a moisturiser on Saturday – she hated shopping for skincare as she was allergic to everything that contained parabens or petrochemicals. Being a Kinesiologist I was able to muscle test her for all the ingredients she couldn’t tolerate. I then went away, did my research into what type of cream would be best for her and finally made it. To my great delight, she loved it! She then asked me to make creams as Christmas presents for her sisters in Ireland, happily they too loved the creams.

For a few months I sold creams to my clients and then I had my first light bulb moment.     Luxury skincare by Celgenics, organic, vegan and award winning

If the homeopathic remedies and flower essences etc that I used in my practice worked by taking them orally, then they would work equally well if they were absorbed into the skin! After all, that’s how hormone patches work.

I experimented. My friends tried them and the feedback was very good.

My vision

My next light bulb moment –  I saw that the energy I gave clients in my practice of love, peace and healing was something that could be infused into the water that goes into the creams.

If this stretches your imagination too far, it’s worth remembering that Creme de la Mer were the first company to work with energy – they infused their ingredients with sound and light frequencies and they still do so today. Creme de la Mer was founded by Max Huber, a NASA scientist. So it turned out I was unconsciously standing on the shoulders of a very respectable scientist.

My vision then, which remains today, is that I could send my creams out into the world carrying the message of love, peace and healing. That has always been my driving force and is the reason I continue to do what I do. 

What Mask do you wear?

Sitting looking at these amazing rocks, open to the sea and the elements, made me think about how we women put on our Masks – the face we present to the world.
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Many women feel embarrassed to be seen without make- up, it is literally a mask, a protective shield that defines how they want to be seen and perceived.

This is not a new phenomenon. Women have always worn jewellery or some form of decoration; you have only to go and look in the British Museum at the jewellery found by archaeologists, so it’s a small, short step to putting ‘decoration’ on our faces.

The problem for some women is that the face they present becomes ‘who’ they are, without it they feel vulnerable and anxious about revealing their flaws and imperfections. And as the saying goes “as above so below” so what we manifest outwardly to the world can become our internal world as well. We feel an increasing pressure to be perfect, to conform to the ever increasing messages of looking younger than our age; no wonder cosmetic surgery is such a huge industry.

So where does this leave us?

Stressed, feeling vulnerable and lacking self-esteem would tick the boxes for many women and they’re not conducive to having good health. Stress is now recognised as a major factor in many diseases and how we handle stress is key to our wellbeing.

Not having botox, not being airbrushed, not having photos touched up and being completely happy with herself is Helen Mirren, a wonderful role model for us all!

Next time: more about “as above so below”

Puffy eyes and dark circles under your eyes

What can you do for puffy eyes and dark circles under your eyes?

One of the most common problems women have as they get older and what they’re always looking for help with is a cream for puffy eyes and/or a cream for dark circles. If your eyes are a mirror to your soul, some people’s souls look puffy, tired and wrinkled! 

But there are natural tips and tricks that will help besides finding the right eye cream.

The first is good old fashioned tea, caffeinated tea that contains tannins. Tannins act to tighten and are a mild diuretic. You soak 2 tea bags in warm water, then chill them in the fridge. Place a tea bag over each eye for 5 minutes and see the difference.

The second is cucumber. When your eyes are red and puffy, cut some slices of cold cucumber, lie down and place a slice over each eye for 5 minutes.

In third place is raw potato or potato juice.

Cold milk also works well, soak a cotton pad with cold milk and place one over each eye.

I believe it’s important to understand why we get puffy eyes and of course there are no simple answers. The answers are usually a combination of factors, such as lack of sleep, smoking cigarettes, excessive alcohol, pollution and allergies.

In Chinese medicine, puffy eyes are often linked to problems with the kidneys which are themselves linked to what we eat and drink. Too much water or too little water, salty foods, too much fat and dairy, refined sugars are all possible causes of puffy eyes and dark circles.

Try cutting them down or better still, take them out of your diet for 3 – 4 weeks and see the difference for yourself.   If you’re thinking, “what am I going to eat”, then the likelihood is your diet has strayed away from  fresh wholesome foods.  It’s time to get back to basics; think of eating as if supermarkets and convenience foods had not yet been invented!

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.





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.