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Omega 3 Oils – Beat The Blues!

Posted by Mary Lawson-Evans
Mary Lawson-Evans
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on Tuesday, 06 November 2012
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With few daylight hours in the winter, serotonin (the happy brain chemical) decreases, so ideally up your oily fish intake or purchase a good quality omega 3 oil.

oilsFatty Fish such as salmon, tuna and trout are rich in omega 3 fatty acids & selemium. These fats increase the flow of white blood cells - that eat up bacteria, and have very powerful immune effects and is best eaten 3 times per week.

As well as moisturising your skin from the inside, omega 3 oils have been shown to improve moods, enhance mental abilities, they are naturally anti inflammatory and as an added bonus a diet rich in omegas aid weight loss by encouraging the body to use fat for energy.

Usually a tell tale sign of a body lacking in essential fatty acids are dry arms or legs.programmeoils

I believe it is a false economy to buy cheap supplements and often compare it to a 20p loaf to an organic baked bread which is better? We use Omega 3 supplements from the Advanced Nutrition Programme available at Henley Rooms £12.55 for 60 capsules

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Top Tips for Strong Healthy Nails

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on Wednesday, 24 October 2012
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Strong healthy nails should be flexible with a nice even white tip on show, this provides a visual sign to your overall health ie weak brittle nails are often a sign of nutritional deficiency. Follow these top tips to get your nails strong and healthy.

1. Keep nails well hydrated use a nail oil morning and night, massage a small amount into your nails and cuticles, (massage also increases the blood flow).

2. Wear gloves when washing up, cleaning products are usually high in chemicals which can strip the nails of natural oils and lead to dry ridges forming. (Add in hand moisturizer before wearing gloves for extra all over hydration).

3. Keep your finger nails clean & dry, to prevent bacteria such as fungal building up.

4. File your nails once a week, never back and forth. always in one direction, this is a bit like cutting dead ends off your hair & also prevents splitting.

5. Wear a base coat suitable to your nail condition – this is also added protection as well as a treatment – not sure what treatment to use - get your nails analysed by your manicurist. (Treatments are usually a mix of protein & hydration to suit your nail condition).

6. Take B vitamins 300 mg a day, there is research to say Biotin helps form good strong healthy nails.

7. Zinc, found in milk and boiled eggs, if you have white spots not caused by trauma then you will be lacking zinc – check your multi vitamin

8. Keep your manicure for longer and apply a top coat every couple of days.

Next blog on specific nail problems!!!

 

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Vitamin A For Your Skin

Posted by Mary Lawson-Evans
Mary Lawson-Evans
Mary is an advanced skin care professional and Salon Owner. She specializes in detailed skin analysis, Environ...
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on Sunday, 29 April 2012
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Having tried many products over the years, from shop bought to salon professional I came across Environ after researching different product lines for my business. I have to say, it is the one product that I have seen visible results with, almost instantly.

environbodycreamBeautiful skin for a lifetime, the corner stone of Environ treatments is the fabulous Vitamin A.

Extensive scientific research and trials have shown that Vitamin A has a corrective effect on skin, smoothing, softening and protecting it from the effects of ultraviolet radiation and free radicals. It's most important activity, the combination of vitamins A, C & E can help repair and prevent damage done to the skin cells and preserve the skin's immunity and natural barrier.

Vitamin A is one of the most important, medically proven ingredients to normalise even sensitive skin. It has been clinically proven to protect, hydrate and restore the skin, normalising it by stimulating the growth of cells, thickening the basal layer of the epidermis and compacting the stratum corneum which is the most important layer of protection against the environment and sensitising ingredients.

Now lots of product houses claim these magnificent benefits even if they have the smallest dot of vitamin A in it. From what I understand, the skin acclimatizes to the amount of vitamin A, gets used to it and then increases in strength. So the results are progressive. You can and do, leave yourself open to a retinoid reaction if your products are not prescribed by a qualified skin care expert. This in itself is a good indication that if you can pick it up off the shelf and have no reaction then you are back to the tiniest little dot of ingredient. So if you buy off the shelves ask yourself, how much Vitamin A is actually in that product?

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Environ Vitamin A-Stratford upon Avon

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Having tried many products over the years, from shop bought to salon professional I came across Environ after researching different product lines for my business. I have to say, it is the one product that I have seen visible results with, almost instantly.

 

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Your SKIN is what you EAT!

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on Friday, 20 April 2012
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True to say when it comes to your skin "You are what you eat", to achieve a great healthy skin you need to work on the inside too. So as well as drinking mineral water it is essential to eat water rich food. Ditch the junk food and avoid sugar and decrease the caffeine, as well as increasing your vitamins and essential fatty acids

SKIN Nutrition

Much of our skin is made up of proteins and elastin to keep it firm, unfortunately as we age the levels of these drops, due to FREE RADICAL damage caused by sun exposure, smoking, drinking, pollution and stress. Your main vital organs take what they need for everything in your body to work properly and the skin gets the dregs, so imagine if you don't have a great diet (you know who you are) then your skin, hair and nails are getting next to nothing nutrition wise.

Good idea is to take into consideration, how far our food has traveled, how it was grown, how it was stored, how it was prepared or cooked – so really how it got to your plate and then how much vitamins & nutritrients are actually left. So do we take a supplement to up our intake?

omegaThe question of supplements is an individual choice- I say if you haven't tried it don't knock it.

But you do get what you pay for, same difference than if you shop at Aldi or Waitrose. I take a strip of supplements from Patrick Holford's range of Advanced Nutrition for the skin – a strip a day keeps wrinkles at bay!

In my strip is 1000mg Vitamin C, a broad spectrum Multi vitamin, 1000mg Omega 3 and a great quality anti oxidant So purely from a skin point of view, Vitamin C is essential for skin health and repair, it holds up the capillary walls and helps to build up a resistance to the sun, Omega 3 (essential fatty acids) moisturize the skin from the inside and helps all the systems to flow properly. Anti oxidants helps to mop up free radical damage and a broad spectrum multi vitamin enables these to work better.

Skin is what you eat!

eatThe best nutrition advice I've ever heard is to eat a rain bow every day, the "Rainbow" refers to a variety of fruit and vegetable colours. Eating purple, red, orange, yellow, green and blue fruit and vegetables ensures that you're getting a variety of nutrients to help feed your skin. I do my best to eat a rainbow, yeah it is not always possible but working fruit and veggies into every meal and snack helps. Try a berry smoothie or add fruit to cereals, pop some crunchy vegetables into your sandwich box, make sure you have steamed veg for dinner broccoli & carrots – a banana is your ideal fast food.

 

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