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Spring Clean Your Skin – Inside and out!

As the cold Winter months finally draw to an end, now is a perfect time to treat your skin to a seasonal spring clean.  Dry and cold conditions, extra make-up and lack of sunshine could well have led to sallow, dull and even parched skin.

So what can we do?

Keeping your skin clean should always be tackled from the inside as well as outside – as ultimately lifestyle, nutrition and genetics play an equally important part as topical solutions alone. The latter however can not only give a great pick-me-up but greatly enhance ongoing skin health and appearance.

Clean on the inside…

Clean your skin with a smoothieA daily green smoothie will work all sort of wonders, not only for your complexion! There are numerous recipes out there but a simple, low sugar, easy to repeat one that only needs a basic blender is a good starting point.

The following recipe packs a real punch full of carotenoids (a small handful of kale has 10 times the minimum amount needed per day), detox goodies, vitamins A and C, enough healthy fat to aid absorption and a great source of essential minerals. It’s also slightly alkalising to help balance blood Ph. The following makes 500ml and has a surprising refreshing yet zingy flavour –

  • Small handful of kale, ideally frozen (split a fresh bag down into individual portions at start of week). Act as ice cubes then too!
  • Juice of 1 fresh orange
  • Juice of half a fresh lemon (or less if too tart)
  • Half teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • Good few grinds of black pepper
  • 300ml unsweetened/pure coconut water

Throw it all in the blender and blend until smooth. Add water to make up to 500ml or desired consistency and blend again. If not sweet enough, add a few cubes of frozen mango and blend again. Mind that sugar though!

Clean on the outside…

Cleaning your skin photoTime for a deep cleanse – and then ideally long-term maintenance too. Sloughing off dead skin cells, unblocking pores and increasing circulation is the single most important thing to do for tired-looking, flaky skin.  All three can be tackled in one sitting with a good face scrub. It might not be the best timing to do this prior to going out as the blood flow to the face may make it rather rosy!

The most effective scrubs tend have both mildly abrasive properties as well as natural enzyme action. Never choose artificial micro-beads though for environmental reasons – remember from nature (or bio-friendly) is always best. Here’s a nice and simple DIY “breakfast” one to try at home.  Exfoliating, moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial all in one! Only use light, slow swirls with your fingertips to avoid pulling at the skin –

  • Finely ground (gluten-free if needed) oat meal or oat bran
  • Natural bio-yoghurt or mashed strawberries if lactose intolerant.
  • Runny raw honey

Mix above ingredients in three equal parts in a small bowl. Add extra oats if needed to get a nice thick consistency. Thoroughly apply to the skin, focussing on any dry areas and leave for 15 to 30 mins. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.

Maintain the deep cleanse by making sure you thoroughly clean your skin before bedtime every day using your favourite gentle cleanser. A follow up scrub once a week will also keep you skin glowing and soft. 🙂


TWO STUDENTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE – Thai Foot Massage Course…

 

FTW Thai Foot CourseWould you like the opportunity to expand your portfolio and offer your clients this incredible treatment? Just a half-day hands-on workshop and you can – at half price! (£60 + VAT).

At Face The World, we offer affordable, straightforward training – all industry-approved and CPD registered for your peace of mind. All of courses include a starter kit containing one of our bespoke CDs, at least two of our exclusive skincare products, your training manual and your CPD Diploma Certificate or Certificate of Attendance as applicable.

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Introducing Thai Foot Massage

Thai Foot Massage – multiple benefits…

FTW Thai Foot Course

Thai Foot Massage (Nuat Phaen Boran) as we know it today is a wonderful blend of Chinese reflexology/acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principals and even Japanese Shiatsu. It’s an ancient, holistic treatment passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years… but it has clearly stood the test of time. And not without reason!

Benefits for the feet

• Encourages a healthy blood circulation, especially important for diabetics.
• Eases arthritic aches and pains.
• Aids mobility and flexibility of the joints.
• Helps to break down uric acid build up that can crystallise in the feet which can alleviate symptoms of gout.
• Detoxifies the feet and increases lymphatic drainage.
• Invigorates tired feet and legs – an essential boost for those of us in sedentary/desk jobs.
• Helps prevent blood and lymph from pooling, preventing early onset of varicose veins and burst capillaries.

Meridians of Body

It doesn’t stop there though. Many of us are already aware that reflexology principals within a Thai foot massage will also give benefit to the whole body – not just the region being treated. In Thai teaching, there are no fewer than 10 Sen or energy lines in the feet that map to all areas of the body. Applying the correct techniques and pressure can have an amazing effect on the whole body –

 

 

• Prevention and relief of numerous problems including headache, migraine, cystitis, gall bladder problems, sinusitis and constipation.
• Boosts the immune system.
• Improves digestive and skin problems.
• Increases energy levels.
• Alleviates stress, anxiety and general lethargy.
• Aids physical healing and improves sleep quality.
• Lifts the mood and promotes mental clarity.

Thai Foot Training

Would you like the opportunity to expand your portfolio and offer your clients this incredible treatment? Just a half-day hands-on workshop and you can!

At Face The World, we offer affordable, straightforward training – all industry-approved and CPD registered for your peace of mind. All of courses include a starter kit containing one of our bespoke CDs, at least two of our exclusive skincare products, your training manual and your CPD Diploma Certificate or Certificate of Attendance as applicable.

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Benefits of Facial Acupressure

Eastern Facial Acupressure – so many benefits!

Did you know?Eastern Acupressure - Face The World

…that the ancient Chinese treatment of acupressure has been practiced and perfected for over 5000 years? In simple terms, it was discovered that by pressing certain points of the body, pain or disease were alleviated – and often in regions of the body remote from the pain or pressure point!

Facial acupressure can be performed by a massage therapist or other certified professional, or a person can perform it on his or her own face once trained in what to do.

By pressing certain meridian/reflex points in the face, not only are there benefits to the facial area but for the whole body – a great bonus:

For the face…

  • Improvement of muscular tone and facial contours, including the area between the nose and mouth (specifically a problem for smokers)
  • Stimulation of circulation and nutrient flow to the facial skin
  • Promotes an effective lymphatic flow and removal of toxins
  • Glowing and healthier-looking complexion due to improved skin oxygen levels
  • Soothing of forehead wrinkles, creases between the brows and ‘crows feet’
  • Alleviation of sinus problems and improvement of air flow – may help tinnatus
  • Reduction of puffiness around the eyes, nose bleeds and eye strain
  • Reduction of facial spasms, tics and nervous twitches

Meditating LadyFor the body…

  • Balancing energy levels and general flow of Chi
  • Eases stress and feelings of anxiety
  • Improved sleep and feeling of well-being
  • Correction of hunger and appetite issues
  • Reduction in pain associated with toothache and migraine
  • May help to prevent hair loss

There’s more!

Just imagine… you can enhance all of the above facial acupressure benefits even further with the inclusion of beautiful, relevant music therapy and aromatherapy – making it a truly memorable and unique experience for your clients. That is where Face The World adds so much extra value and helps you stand out from the crowd!

Add-on CDsWe have workshops suitable for professionals (for CPD) and beginners (as a hobby) alike – all over the UK.Our price is inclusive of a starter kit per student which contains a ‘start-up duo’ FTW cleanser and massage crème (for your first 5 treatments, unique FTW “China” CD and your CPD Diploma or Certificate of Attendance as needed. We will train on a one-to-one basis so courses are never cancelled!

 

Find your nearest regional tutor and more information by clicking HERE or contacting us at info@face-the-world.co.uk or 0845 544 1555.

The benefits of aloe vera in skin treatment

aloe vera plant

Aloe vera is commonly known as Aloe, burn plant or lily of the desert. Early records of the use of Aloe vera appear in the Ebers Papyrus from the 16th century BC in which ancient Egyptian remedies and magical formulas are listed. Aloe vera was known as the ‘’plant of immortality’’ and was presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. This species is used widely in the traditional herbal medicine of many countries. In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe vera is called kathalai and is used as a multipurpose skin treatment.

Aloe sap

Pure aloe extract

Cleopatra massaged aloe gel into her skin as part of her daily beauty routine. Aloe was used in ancient Israel to wash and prepare the dead for burial and Egyptians used aloe in embalming. When Columbus set sail for America, he wrote in his diary ‘’All is well, aloe is on board’’. Aloe vera is still popular today and is cultivated around the world as a crop for its colourless jelly-like leaf parenchyma known as ‘’aloe gel’’. It is used for a variety of purposes in food and beverages, food supplements, herbal remedies and cosmetics.

Aloe vera contains many active ingredients which influence its therapeutic properties including vitamins A, B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, folic acid, choline, a host of minerals, amino acids and mucinous polysaccharides. It contains uronic acids which aid in detoxification, and fatty acids (natural plant steroids) which are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Aloe contains enzymes and antraquinones which are natural pain killers and antimicrobial agents, as well as salicylic acid which is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. The presence of saponins account for its natural cleansing and antiseptic properties.

Face The World Mask and Cloths

A concentrate of aloe, lavender and chlorella (seaweed) extracts…

Aloe vera may be effective when used topically in the treatment of wounds and is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. It has been used to promote healing of first to second degree burns. Studies have shown that aloe’s antibacterial and antifungal activities may be useful in treating minor skin infections such as sunburns, boils, benign skin cysts, and tinea corporis.

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Aloe vera gel is used extensively in skin products such as lotions, facial creams, cosmetics and sunblocks. It encourages skin rejuvenation due to its antioxidant properties, relieves arthritic pain, improves blood circulation and reduces scarring and itching. Aloe has a moisturising effect and has a similar pH to human skin so it can be used on sensitive skin.

The Benefits of using a Facial Serum

So why use a facial serum?

We all know that plenty of sleep, being safe in the sun, a healthy diet and lifestyle can keep our skin in good condition from the inside – but can we do anything from the outside to keep those wrinkles at bay?

For those with an interest in skin care, you will already be aware that there is a world of different treatments and products all promising different miracles. Where do we start?

A good skin care routine is essential. Our skin is a living organ – our largest organ – and supplying it with essential nutrients and moisture is paramount, as well as keeping it clean and free of harmful chemicals. No matter what your skin type, nor what your preferred routine is; from soap and water to cleanse, tone and moisturize – there is a serum out there that will benefit your skin.

So what is a serum and do we need to use one? What’s the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?

The structure of molecules in a serum is generally smaller than that of a moisturizer, which allows the serum to penetrate deeper than a regular moisturizer. Serums can deliver vitamins, active naturals and antioxidants deep into the skin. Many are used overnight, which is the best time as this is when the skin heals and repairs itself.

Serums are generally lighter in texture than moisturizers. They may also have a higher level of active ingredients compared to their moisturizer counterparts. Always look for natural ingredients as they are kinder to the skin.

Here are some of the best to look out for –

Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil

limnanthesMeadowfoam flower oil is derived from the seeds of a white flower which has 98% long chain fatty acids. This oil hassuperior moisturising and conditioning properties and is emollient but not greasy.

Oenothera Biennis Oil

oenotheraEvening Primrose Oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA) derived from essential fatty acids (EFAs). This helps to maintain the moisture barrier of the skin and it soothes and protects dry skin. EFAs manufacture prostaglandins, which are responsible for maintaining the tone of blood vessels and balance of water levels in the body.

Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil

Wheat Germ Oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel and is a naturally abundant source of vitamins A, D and E. It also contains fatty acids and plant sterols. This oil has a softening and conditioning effect on skin and is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Triticum Vulgare Seed Extract

Wheat Seed Extract contains ceramides and glycosylceramides, which help to replenish the skin. It has anti-elastase, anti-collagenase and anti-free radical activity and acts against skin aging.

Rosa Canina Fruit Oil

rosacaninaRosehip oil is a cold pressed vegetable oil which is extracted from the seeds of a wild rose which grows in the Andes. It is unique among vegetable oils in containing retinol (vitamin A) and vitamin C. This oil is high in essential fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3). It is thought to reduce the size of pores and is good for skin infections due to its high level of vitamin A. Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidant tocopherols and is used to heal scarring and diminish photo-ageing caused by exposure to excessive sunlight. The essential fatty acids help to maintain the moisture barrier of the skin and soothe and protect dry skin.

Tocopherol

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant found most abundantly in wheat germ oil, sunflower and safflower oils. It is an effective antioxidant and free radical scavenger and protects the skin from environmental damage. It accelerates healing in burns and reduces scar formation.

Retinyl Palmitate

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin which improves the appearance of mature, sun damaged and dry skin. It hydrates and softens skin and helps to recreate a smooth, supple texture and tone. It protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter

Shea Butter is composed of fatty acids which melt at body temperature making it an ideal emollient for skin, without leaving a greasy feeling. It nourishes the skin with vitamins A and E, helping to maintain the skin. It is good for sun damaged skin as it has a high level of cinnamic acid, which acts a natural sun screen. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties. The high content of unsaponifiables and allantoin in shea butter combines to yield its soothing and protective properties.

serumFace The World has developed a natural skin care range, including an anti-aging, overnight skin-booster serum with ALL of the above ingredients in it.

“We included the serum in our range, even though it isn’t a direct part of the facial massage experience. The benefits of using a serum to enhance your daily skin care are too important to ignore.”

Head over to read the authentic customer reviews yourself – and e-mail liz@face-the-world.co.uk to see what the latest offers and coupon codes are!