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!  

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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!