Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Detoxing after Christmas

Detoxing after Christmas
Hello to My Valued Clients!

The festive period is over and now it’s back to normality, with the exception of having to remember to write “2019” on everything instead of “2018.”

While Christmas is a wonderful time to reconnect with family and friends, all the traditions we indulge in can have negative implications for our bodies.

It’s great to gather round and watch family films on the TV, but then we miss out on necessary exercise.

Lots of people find champagne and other celebratory drinks essential for New Year’s Eve celebrations, but all that can put a strain on your liver, especially after all that Christmas pudding.

But the strain put on your body over Christmas can be eased in January by eating and drinking the right foods, as well as adding in some exercise and a massage or two into your routine.

Even if you don’t want to incorporate a complete change of diet, there are a few ways to ensure you can replenish your body’s energy. For example, smoothies can be the perfect way to get extra nutrients and an energy boost without changing any of your other eating habits.

Look at any fresh juice aisle in a supermarket and you can find detox smoothies. These can incorporate vegetables and superfoods as well as fruit.

If you fancy making your own, there are plenty of recipes on the internet. The BBC Good Food website has 28 recipes just to get you started!

Here’s Laura at Roman Beauty’s favourite green smoothie recipe;
·         Handful of kale
·         ¼ of cucumber
·         1 medium Celery stick
·         Half an avocardo
·         Cube of ginger
·         ¼ of the jug with fresh apple juice and make the rest up with water to the max line.
·         Blend in your smoothie maker & serve!

Also, having some hot water infused with lemon in place of a daily cup of tea or coffee, will help invigorate your digestive system. Green tea is also a good substitute, especially with a spoonful of Manuka honey.

Many of us will have been snacking on chocolates or other treats over Christmas. If you find yourself still getting hungry between meals, try one of the following snacks which should fill you up without piling on the calories:

·         Slices of dried apple or apricots
·         A handful of nuts
·         Greek yogurt with fruit or a healthy granola
·         A few squares of dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate
·         Cucumber slices or celery sticks, perhaps with a low-fat hummus
·         Hard boiled eggs
·         Popcorn instead of crisps
·         Handful of fresh fruit or a healthy snack bar such as from the 'Nakd' brand.

Beyond your diet there are other ways to compensate for the effects of Christmas. If you don’t already have an exercise routine, you could start with a few gentle walks, increasing the time and distance over the course of January and February.

If you fancy something a bit more energetic, then many people find the Couch to 5k programme very helpful to increase their fitness.

If it’s too cold to venture outside, or if you’d prefer a gentler form of exercise, then yoga or pilates classes could be just right for you. We run a yoga class every Thursday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and we still have taster classes left for anyone who wants to sign up. We hope to run more sessions and different classes throughout 2019.  To be kept up to date with any new classes we start offering; text ‘Retreat’ to 07919346107 to be added to our Roman Retreat database.

Of course, working off those calories and eating healthily are excellent ways to get you back to peak fitness, but don’t forget that you need to rest and relax as much as well. A massage can also be a good way for your body to get rid of toxins.

A massage at Roman Beauty salon will help move toxins from your muscles and other parts of your body to your lymph nodes, aiding your body in breaking them down and getting rid of them.

If you are interested in becoming a Roman Beauty, Silver, Gold or Platinum member, please call us on 07919346107 or visit our website here for member information;

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Happy New Year! Let's make 2019 the most happiest, healthiest year yet!

Roman Beauty x

Please note that Roman Beauty does not endorse these third-party websites, and if you have an underlying condition, you would be best to seek medical advice before commencing on an exercise regime, even a gentle one.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Seeking inner peace and calm?

Seeking inner peace and calm?  An Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop: A morning of guided mindfulness practices to reduce stress and promote a peaceful mind and body connection.


On Saturday 30th May, I will be facilitating a workshop on mindfulness for the beginner.  This is an exciting partnership with Laura Romans of Roman Beauty, Alwoodley.  Laura will be hosting the morning, and I will guide and support participants to experience mindfulness practice.  So, in case you are new to mindfulness, I thought I would share with you the basics of mindfulness and perhaps answer your questions.

What is mindfulness?

In its simplest form, mindfulness is a way to connect with yourself by watching your breath as you breathe.     

Through watching your breathing, you can live more in the present; rather than find that you are constantly thinking about your problems, what has happened in the past or what might happen in the future.   This ‘here and now’ presence can lead to less anxiety and low mood which you may have been experiencing as a result of feeling troubled by these thoughts of the past and future.  This is called living in ‘the present moment’.

This practice gives you the chance to begin to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings.  It also helps you to realise that you are more than your thoughts and feelings and that these do not have to control you and how you experience yourself and your life. 

You may find that you begin to feel more accepting of yourself and what you experience, although this takes some time to develop.  It is a simple practice which offers you the opportunity for greater insight into yourself. 

Guided mindfulness can be the perfect way to experience this practice for the first time and find out what it offers you: 

Lots of people practice mindfulness for different reasons.  Some people say it offers them some peace of mind and calmness which they find very helpful in their lives.  Some people find that they are able to work out what is on their minds from sitting and practising mindfulness, so they know more clearly what’s troubling them.  It can also be used in therapy to help people explore their issues or find ways to live in a more balanced and positive way.

So, come and experience some beginners’ mindfulness!  

For more information visit:

If you would like to see what mindfulness might offer you, book a place on the Introduction to Mindfulness workshop on Saturday 30th May 10am-12.30pm at Roman Beauty, Alwoodley, Leeds. You will be fully guided and supported through some beginners’ mindfulness practices, in the comfort of Laura’s home based salon.


Monday, 23 March 2015

The Importance of a Beauty Regime

Most people are made aware and told time and time again, to wash their face properly!  It is drummed in to us that a good Beauty Regime should consist of Cleansing, Exfoliating, Toning & Moisturising our skin morning and night.  But why? Well basically, we all have different skin types, and if we don’t choose the appropriate skin care range then our skin may become unbalanced leading to problematic areas, for example, too dry, too oily, or flaring up due to sensitivity.

Also, we walk around in a polluted atmosphere, car fumes and chemicals in cigarettes etc. all have an effect on our skin.  Even drinking coffee can contribute to ageing and dehydrating the skin. The sun helps our bodies produces Vitamin D which we all need to feel good! But if a skincare range with UV protection isn’t used, then gradually the sun is contributing to the ageing of our skin also. So! With all these day-to-day effects taking place on our skin, is it any wonder we need to look after it?!

Why Cleanse, Exfoliate, Tone & Moisture?

Cleanse; to avoid clogging up pores, blackheads and spots.  Using circular motions, apply the cleanser as per manufacturer’s instructions (usually removed with either water or damp cotton wool) Repeat until all dirt, daily grime, or make-up is completely removed.

Exfoliate; only do this once a week. This is to help the old skin cells along in the shedding process.  Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought your complexion suddenly looks grey or tired? This is usually because the skin is at the point of cycle where it is old and is starting to shed.  The once-a-week exfoliation will help expose the new, fresh skin, increasing the regeneration process of new skin cells, making your appearance brighter and fresher!

Tone; after you've removed all that dirt and grime from your pores, you don’t want it getting back in do you?! So make sure you close /tighten those pores with a toner which works as an astringent and also balances PH Levels.

Moisture; Finish with an appropriate Moisturising lotion for Day or Night (night creams are normally thicker) to re-moisturise and nourish your now-so-beautiful-skin!

Which ones to use?

The Skins PH value is one of the major contributors to acne and other skin problems if out of balance. By choosing facial products to match your skin type they will be better matched to your PH. If there are dry areas, the skin can become flaky and make-up may look ‘clumpy’ (this is because your skin is dry and tries to ‘drink’ any fluid that it comes into contact with). So therefore you need to use a skin care range that provides extra moisture and deeply nourishes the skin.

If there are oily areas, this is due to an over-production of sebum (the skins natural moisture produced by the sebaceous gland) which can create shiny patches, or spots. A face range for oily skin will dry out the skin and reduce sebum levels.

If the skin has sensitive areas, it can become red, swollen or even itchy (if an allergic reaction takes place) so it is important to use a sensitive range with mild ingredients to avoid such un-pleasantries. If the skin has various problems, maybe dry cheeks and an oily T-ZONE (which is the forehead, nose and chin area) then opt for a combination skin range product to balance out the areas.

Lastly, everyone’s question. Why can’t I just use soap and water?

Well, it’s not going to treat your specific skin problem is it? Also, the skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, so it needs extra attention.  Soaps can be very drying, they’re not going to hurry the regeneration of new skin cells along, and are one of the worst PH offenders, unbalancing PH levels. They’re not going to add moisture or help to nourish your skin.

Just remember your face is for life. It’s worth it. Treat it, Pamper it, Love it!