This week’s beauty guinea pig is skincare refusenik Ellie Austin. She tests a facial designed for plant-lovers. The USP A facial for people who want to avoid animal-derived products, whether for health or ethical reasons. It involves the same steps as your everyday omnivore facial, but with creams, serums and masks that are 100% sourced … Continued

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Bubbles on the skin

Sparkling water is surprisingly refreshing for the skin. It cleanses the pores and makes the skin feel plump. Most importantly washing your skin with sparkling water or using it instead of an ordinary toner is beneficial for all skin types without any side effects such as skin irritation when compared to traditional commercial skin care products.  … Continued

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What Is Manual Lymph Drainage?

Last year I studied for my qualification in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) in Los Angeles. But what exactly is MLD and how can it benefit you? MLD is a massage technique that was developed by Denmark’s Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930s. It soon became popular in Europe as a way of dramatically improving the … Continued

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Kefir Mask/Toner

GREAT FOR: Most skin types, especially problematic  (however use with care if you have sensitive skin) Having grown up in Russia, kefir is something I used every day. A fermented milk, it tastes a little like drinking yoghurt and contains many beneficial nutrients, including lactic acid, live bacteria, yeast and several vitamins, minerals and proteins. … Continued

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Aspirin Face Mask-brown post-acne marks

Masks that contain aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) can take the heat out of an inflamed spot and help gently exfoliate dead cells without irritating healthy cells. If you use this mask on a regular basis it can help reduce brown post-acne marks (apply at night once a week).   How to prepare: Mix a tablespoon of … Continued

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Yeast Face Mask for unbalanced and dull skin

Yeast is a unique ingredient because it contains nutrients that have an incredible effect on blood circulation, skin metabolism and hydration. It also contains antioxidants and amino acids that help with collagen production and skin elasticity, while reducing acne and occasional spots. For best results, apply this mask regularly – at least twice a week until … Continued

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Yoghurt Face Mask for all skin types and conditions

Yoghurt Mask.   Many of my clients use this mask at home between appointments to keep their skin in great condition and to prolong the results of their facial treatments. Yoghurt is rich in the following nutrients:   Bifidobacteria  These live bacteria stimulate collage production   Lactic acid   This not only moisturises but gently smooths skin by … Continued

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Protein Face Mask with Egg White – oily, dry, wrinkled skin.

  Egg white is pure protein that contains albumin, a substance that helps protect against viruses. Another ingredient in egg white called Lysozyme is an effective exfoliator that also tones the skin. Egg white tightens pores, lifts and tightens, and makes skin smoother. It’s particularly good for oily skin with wide pores (the egg white … Continued

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Beauty In A Fruit Bowl-Banana Masks

The humble banana is sometimes referred to as the “perfect fruit”. It is available all year round and provides high levels of nutrition. Packed with potassium, vitamins, fibre, manganese, amino acids and anti-oxidants, its health benefits are numerous. The banana is also Mother Nature’s beauty product. When applied to the skin (and hair) it helps … Continued

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