BEAUTY: HOW TO WINTER PROOF YOUR SKIN

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As the weather grows colder it is time to rethink our skin routine and rev things up to combat the drying effects of the harsh Winter weather. There a re some positive effects of cold weather .Less sebum production so less breakouts. the cold weather can act like a cryotherapy session pumping blood to the skin resulting in rosy cheeks and a radiant complexion. But sometimes we get a tightening of the skin which can be misleading that we think the skin is toning up when in fact it is lacking moisture. So the first thing we need to do is swap to heavier creams and oil based products to nourish our complexions.

YOUR 10 STEP ROUTINE FOR WINTER

1 Swap harsh cleansers to an oil based cleanser to ramp up a level of moisture. Use a natural sponge to remove. Try not to use too much water on the skin as this can be drying.

2 Use a serum or facial oil under a moisterizer to add an extra layer between your vitamin c cream and moisterizer.

3. Don’t discard your SPF because the sun is not shining. 80% of UV rays penetrate the clouds. Obviously they are not as strong as in the Summer so no need to overload the skin with SPF50 and unnecessary chemicals. An SPF20 will suffice.

4.Limit the use of harsh exfoliants and glycolic peeling pads as it is important not too strip the skin of its natural emolliants. Dead skin cells still build up but limit the use of these products to once a week instead of daily.

5. Pump up the use of hydrating facial masks two or three times a week to replenish the skin.

6. Night creams should be heavier in the Winter. Central heating and warm bedrooms are just as drying as cold weather.

7. If not currently using a great addition to your skincare routine at this time of year is a hyaluronic acid as this is a humectant that draws moisture from the air locking in moisture in the skin.

8.Do not forget lips as they can suffer and become dry and cracked. Exfoliate the lips to remove dry skin before adding an oil based gel to make the kissable again. Remember not to lick the lips when out in the cold it can exasperate the dryness due to the enzymes and chemicals in your saliva !

9. Do not neglect your body hands and feet this season. Our skins gets drier from being in drying central heating and layers of clothes. So bath oils, richer body creams and paraffin baths for feet and hands need to be built into your routine.

10.VITAMIN D ! EVERYONE should be taking Vitamin D in the winter. We usually get our Vitamin D from the sunshine the lack of Vitamin D can cause our skin to become dry, itchy and flaky.

So check your skin routine to make sure it manages to look radiant and glowing and protected from the elements.

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JOJO XXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOUR SKIN , HAIR AND EYES GETS DRIER AT THIS TIME OF YEAR IT MAYBE WISE TO INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER TO TAKE FROM ROOM TO ROOM. EXCELLENT FOR THE BEDROOM A PORTABLE ONE WILL LAST 20 HOURS. JUST MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THE WATER REGULARLY AND CLEAN THE MACHINE TO AVOID MOULD OR SPORES BEING PUMPED OUT INTO THE AIR.

BEAUTY : EYE CREAM-HELP OR HINDRANCE ?

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As you get older you realise that the beauty industry is largely a huge money making scam. You discover the promises sold to millions of consumers are mostly lies to get us to part with our money.

Eye creams are one such product . Beauty Companies, marketeers and beauty editors (with the promise of advertising revenue) tell us that it is essential. Tag lines inform us that this product will banish our fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Wow a miracle product !! Well it would be if it worked !

I have heard from surgeons carrying out eye bag surgery that on incision they find congealed creams that have not been absorbed. So could eye creams actually be making the problem worse ???

Eye creams contain exactly the same ingredients as your normal moisterizer but they need to appear heavier so have thickening agents/chemicals added to them so now bear in mind that the skin around your eyes is thinner so more is absorbed and in our conquest to fight our eyebags we use far too much of it naturally exasperating the problem.

The biggest ageing factor of eyes by far are uv rays from the sun but very few eye creams even contain SPF !

On carrying out further research for this article I was astonished to find out that Eye Creams by law do not have to be FDA approved in the US for effectiveness or safety. Under EU regulations in Europe there is a larger scrutiny of ingredients and rules and regulations exist preventing the use of words such as ‘replenish’ ‘restore’ a quick glance through my bathroom shelves or a flick through a magazine will tell you these are simply replaced with phishing words such as ‘anti age’ , ‘hydra plumping’, ‘advanced repair’. These ‘slogans’ have exactly the same effect of drawing you in.

Okay so why am I best placed to talk to you about the negative impact of eye cream. I have always been sceptical about them and early on investigated the pros and cons only to discover cons. So from a young age I have NEVER used eye creams or concealers in fact the less you touch and drag that whole area the better. I do not have any eye bags or wrinkles now in my fifties. So let me give you some alternatives that GENUINELY work without loading your body with chemicals as I can feel many of you nervously twitching when I am telling you girls and boys to toss them in the bin today !

  • All beauty starts with our nutrition. Too much salt and alcohol causes puffy eyes. You all know what you need to be eating without me preaching but do you do it? Flush out toxins with lots of water and food with high water content . Curb processed food. Like eye creams they contain chemicals.
  • Make it cold. Cold spoons over the eyes are very effective. Freeze a pack of baby wipes to place over your eyes. I keep a gel eye mask in the fridge and a rose quart roller just to revitalise my eyes in the morning.
  • Use natural products. Slices of cucumber contain mild astringent and antioxidants to reduce inflammation. Egg whites under the eyes have a temporary tightening effect for a night out much better than any product can deliver.
  • Under eye dark circles are usually because of congestion around the area . This can be down to blocked sinuses. I cannot recommend enough the regular use of a Neti Pot with saline solution to flush out the area. You will definitely love me for this and I am sure this weekly use has prevented me getting a cold in the last 10 years. It makes your whole face look less puffy and congested.
  • Pressure point massage around the eyes . So NO rubbing by just gently press with your ring finger in the corners of your eyes and either side of your nose and squeezing along the eyebrows to keep the blood flowing.
  • Sleep. Your eyes need rest too. T o replenish your eyes try to get at least 7 hours sleep every night.
  • AND the best way to prevent the UV rays ageing your eyes is to wear sunglasses with UV protection lenses. Wear them all year round . Look mysterious and stylish with the right pair.

Every one of these solutions reduce puffiness, stimulate blood supply restore and replenish in fact all those promises made to you on those expensive little jars can be fulfilled simply and cheaply without exasperating the problems with any chemically laden heavy creams and serums clogging up the area.

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Let me know of any home made solutions you use for your eye area and share them with the rest of my subscribers we would love to hear from you !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I AM SO AWARE OF THE MANIPULATION THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY SUBJECTS US ALL TO. YOU WILL ACHIEVE BETTER RESULTS WITH THE ABOVE SUGGESTIONS BUT IT DOES REQUIRE CONSISTENCY AND ROUTINE AS WITH ALL SUCCESSES IN LIFE.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

LIFESTYLE : WATER, THE BEAUTY ELIXIR ?

There are two schools of thinking on how much water to drink daily. On school say just drink when you are thirsty, your body will tell you how much water you need. But the other school tell you to drink at least 2 litres a day to fulfil all your body and brain requirements and thirst should not be the only indicator.

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So let’s take a closer look at what water can REALLY do for you.

Simply put water is the best way to hydrate your body. Just water no sodas, coffee, alcohol. Simple plain water. Our bodies are made up of 60% water so it needs replacing.. Our brains bare made up of 73% water so imagine the detrimental affects of being dehydrated mentally.

It is easy to see if you are dehydrated , look at your pee ! It should be pale yellow consistently at every urination. 75% of us are chronically dehydrated with many of us drinking less than 0.5 litres per day !!

So lets look at the benefits to staying hydrated.

  • SKIN Drinking water flushes out toxins in the skin cells. These toxins increase ageing and also skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Many studies have shown that drinking 2 litres a day hydrates the water content in cells boosting them and reversing fine lines and plumping the skin reducing blotchiness. We use moisterizer to hold water in the skin , but there has to be water in the skin for your cream to have any effect. We spend a fortune on skin creams but one very cheap change is to drink more water and use a cheaper moisterizer.
  • HEART HEALTH Dehydration decreases the volume of blood in your arteries and veins which constricts the diameter causing the blood to pump harder. In short dehydration is as harmful to your heart as smoking. Studies show that half of all people suffering strokes are dehydrated. So easily preventable.
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  • WEIGHT LOSS Hunger is usually thirst. The same area of the brain controls hunger that controls thirst. So next time you reach for a snack try drinking two small glasses of water. Also water before a meal can fill up your stomach so you eat less. Healthy hydration can boost the metabolic function by 30% this is increased by drinking ice cold water.. Basic thermodynamics the body has to work harder to warm the water to body temperature. Although personally I drink more water if it is room temperature it is definitely harder to consume freezing cold water in large quantities.
  • FATIGUE Even mild hydration can lead to tiredness, sluggishness and brain fog. Trouble concentrating and mood swings can also be affected. This is where I personally notice when I am dehydrated. When I have had my 2 litres of water my energy levels soar my body and brain feel truly alert and my hormones feel in balance. Welcome to more energy.
  • SMARTER If our brains are made up of 73% water it makes sense that when they are dehydrated cognitive function is boosted. Studies have shown that even a 1% deficit of hydration can interfere with your ability to think clearly. Dehydration has been found to cause short term memory loss. Drinking just 6-8 glasses of water a day can amplify your brains ability to work and analyse by up to 30%.
  • BETTER BREATH Oral health is overhauled with better hydration.. Not drinking enough water means less saliva which in turn leads to more bacteria multiplying that no only causes bad breath but can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
  • LESS ALCOHOL When you find yourself reaching for that glass of wine in the evening grab a big glass of water , my bet is that you no longer need the wine. When out on the town drinking water between every drink can help to stay hydrated. Alcohol is one of the great dehydrators so help your body and brain .

So here are just a few benefits of drinking 2 litres of water every day. Not convinced try an experiment, drinking the full quota for one month and see how YOU feel .

MWAH MWAH XXX
JOJO

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF YOU TRY THE WATER CHALLENGE. DID IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR SKIN AND YOUR HEALTH ?

LIFESTYLE: BE A RADIATOR NOT A DRAIN !

RADIATING HAPPINESS

Its one thing to have a feeling of happiness but to radiate happiness to people around us is something we need to practise. Happiness is one contagion we do understand, the more we radiate happiness the more people want to be with us and more opportunities flow towards us.

Now doesn’t that sound good ?

Yes when you devlop the light within you and radiate the energy outwards it becomes a ripple effect. The best of you brings out the best in others. Can you imagine if this thought process spread throughout the world . What an amazing place this would be !

True happiness comes from our true self not our physical self, of limiting body , thoughts,fear and emotions. The true self is limitless and lies in the silence wisdom and grace that can be found in meditation. It has no bounds and is infinite. So you can tap into as much happiness that you choose.

Tune into your own thoughts and recognise how you are really feeling. The n notch it up a few levels on your “mood-o-meter” when you surrender to the joy and focus on the good things in your life and recognise that the bad moments are just distractions treat them as positive life lessons. Even forcing a smile releases endorphins and changes your mood in an instant.

DEPRESSED PEOPLE LIVE IN THE PAST

ANXIOUS PEOPLE LIVE IN THE FUTURE

HAPPY PEOPLE LIVE IN THE PRESENT

Deepak Chopra expresses some Do’s and Dont’s in order to radiate happiness.

  • DO express appreciation in others.
  • DO be open to the other persons truth. Respect their point of view.
  • DO wear a smile
  • DO share your laughter
  • Do contribute to the joy of another
  • DO turn your inner happiness to an outer activity
  • DON’T make other people feel wrong. As your self judgement decreases so should judgement of others.
  • DON’T draw attention to how much you have changed and how happy you now are as it arouses distrust.
  • DON”T point out how unhappy someone else is. They are doing the best they can from their own level of awareness.

Psychologically studies show that positive behaviour spreads virally to others.

As more people see the change and the light in you those closest to you will see a new radiance , a new kind of lightness and vibrancy.

LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD TOGETHER !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THIS IS ONE INFECTION WE DON’T MIND CATCHING ! STAY HAPPY AND CARRY ON.

Mwah Mwah

JOJO XXXXXXXX

BEAUTY: SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

I have talked about the powerful beauty and health properties of herbs but now it is all about the spices. so now it is time to put some spice back in your life. so let’s take a look at a few spices you can introduce into your life immediately.

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Put The Spice Back In Your Life

TURMERIC

Sometimes called Curcumin. This bright orange spice has amazing anti ageing properties. Anti oxidant and anti inflammatory it has an ability to fight toxic free radicals in the body. Reducing the risk of free radicals forming and reducing stress in the body. It also has anti viral properties to protect the body from virus or eradicate what is already there.

Curcumin has also been found to increase the growth of new neurons in the brain to help fight degenerative brain diseases and boost memory and cognitive function.

It is good to consume with a fatty meal as it breaks down and dissolves in fat allowing for greater absorption. Try it as powder in soups , curries or golden milk (recipe given at the end to maximise all the spices in one drink ).

Turmeric should always be taken with black pepper tor maximum effectiveness which takes us to the next spice.

BLACK PEPPER

Often called the king Of Spices and has been used in ancient ayurvedic medicinal practices for many years. Black pepper contains Piperine which speeds up the absorption of turmeric so always add to your turmeric. Cn improve blood sugar control and increase metabolism. Other health benefits include anti-inflammatory and potential cancer fighting properties. Was used in ancient medicine for menstrual, ear, nose and throat disorders due to its anti bacterial content.

CINNAMON

The quality of the cinnamon is paramount here. Also I must point out that consuming cinnamon breakfast buns does not count ! This tends to be a cinnamon sugar so there are no benefits with these. Sorry folks !

Most of the cinnamon you see in supermarkets is “cassia” cinnamon which does not contain the same health properties as “true” cinnamon. So the only true cinnamon is Sri Lankan cinnamon. Many people do not realise there are two types of cinnamon. Cassia is considered a lower quality cheaper cinnamon. So look for TRUE cinnamon to enjoy its many benefits.

Just a sprinkle of cinnamon can reduce the fat and glucose absorption when taken with a meal. Very good for diabetics. Very rich in anti oxidants. Also sprinkled onto oats, coffee or milk can curb a sweet tooth. But can also be. used in curries, tagines and eggs and other savoury dishes. However cinnamon in large doses can be dangerous although it is hard to consume spoonfuls of cinnamon you only have to view the TIK TOK challenge to understand that !

CAYENNE PEPPER

Can help to reduce high blood pressure which also reduces the risk of developing heart disease. Also increases the production of digestive fluid to aid digestion and provide protection in the stomach against infections.

I also sprinkle this on food to speed up my metabolism. I am sure many of you tried Beyonces 3 day diet of lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne before an important event to shed those pounds.

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Ginger Root Or Powder Both Effective

GINGER

This ancient spice has MANY health properties in both fresh root or powdered variety. Helps in the digestion of food and speeding it along the intestines. Great for lowering blood sugar. It is very well known for curing nausea and travel sickness, remember Granny giving you a piece of stem ginger in the car ?

Can also help to fight off chronic dieases and promote health ageing by preventing stress and damage to your body’s DNA. I also find it fantastic with migraines and colds.

I love the taste of ginger in both savoury or sweet dishes. Use in curries, soups, green juices,rice pudding ,porridge, cookies the list is endless to get a daily quota of ginger.

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Golden Milk (add more turmeric for a rich beautiful golden tone)

RECIPE FOR GOLDEN MILK

An ancient Ayurvedic recipe this comforting milk can contain all the above spices for amazing benefits and sending you off to a peaceful sleep.

Boil some coconut or almond milk in a saucepan .

add a teaspoon of turmeric, a quarter of teaspoon of ginger, a sprinkle of cinnamon and black pepper. Add a couple of cardamom pods. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a mug and sprinkle the top with nutmeg. Do not add any cayenne as it will leave you awake all night.

This is delicious add some honey if you prefer it sweeter . I don’t know anyone who has not had an amazing nights sleep after a mug of Golden Milk at bedtime.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO. XXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: everyone needs some spice in your life time to get some in your store cupboard to add boost the health benfits of your food and liven up your taste buds. Visit your local Indian supermarket today for a wider variety and better quality spices.

NOTE OF CAUTION: AS SPICES ARE VERY POTENT ADDITIONS TO THE DIET TAKE IN MODERATION AND NOT AS A REPLACEMENT FOR ANY PRESCRIPTIONS.

BEAUTY : THE HAMMAM MASTERCLASS

Having experienced Hammam in Turkey and Morocco and the UK I feel I am well qualified to give you a masterclass in the art of Hammam. Some of you may be filled with trepidation or not be versed in what is exactly involved when you sign up for one. Hammam was very popular way back in the Roman empire but is now a prominent feature in the culture of the muslim world. In recent years it has shown increasing popularity in the Uk with most Spas now incorporating a Hammam as the norm.

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BENEFITS

  • Intense cleansing
  • Deeply nourishing
  • Detoxification
  • Skin regeneration
  • Stimulation of blood circulation
  • Decongestion of airways
  • Invigorating
  • Toning

WHAT TO WEAR

Many do a Hammam fully naked to get the greatest benefits. Or a towel wrapped around the lower half . But many Spas will issue paper panties. If feeling exposed you can opt to wear a bikini top. Be aware that many Hammam therapists will massage over your breasts so please indicate to your terapist if you would rather they omit this and opt for a towel placed to cover the area.

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SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Please note sequence of events will change dependent on your chosen location/Country but generally most of these next steps should happen.

On entering the steam bath and steaming for 15 minutes to open the pores…….

  1. Rubbed down vigorously with a black eucalyptus soap , decongesting and invigorating. A kessa glove is used to exfoliate all over the body , you will be surprised how much dirt comes off and how smooth your skin feels.
  2. Rinsed down. In Morocco and Turkey this is with icy cold water. Thrown over me in a bucket in Turkey ! But in Uk gentler with lukewarm water although I would recommend you try the cold and hold your breath . Feels great afterwards.
  3. Pat dry. You are taken to an adjoing room away from the steam area. Then apply the Rhassoul, a natural mineral clay mud mask. All over the body, face and hair to remove further dead skin cells and tighten the pores. Relax for 10 minutes once dried this is rinsed with warm water or you are asked to use a shower in the room to ensure all clay is rinsed off.
  4. The deep tissue massage is the final stage usually with an argan oil that can be neutral or you maybe offered an essential oil that can be added. Orange blossom oil is commonly offered which lifts the mood and refreshes the mind. I would not opt for a relaxing oil as the Hammam is not really meant to be a relaxing treatment but an iinvigorating refreshing wake up experience.

Do not shower off after the massage leave the oils on for as long as possible even if you have the oil in your hair just pop on a baseball cap go home and chill.

Well I hope that has dispelled some of the myths of the Hammam turkish bath and you feel confident to try one ! A monthly ritual is recommended for optimum benefit.

MWAH MWAH XXX

JOJO. XXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: When rinsing oil or clay from your hair always apply neat shampoo to hair BEFORE adding any water otherwise can take a while to remove !

BEAUTY: COLLAGEN POWDER A MIRACLE CURE ?

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Collagen powders are the latest beauty “fad” that all the celebrities are taking and it is now a multi billion pound industry. Well on this one I am ahead of the celebritiies I have been taken collagen powder for over two years and prior to that was consuming Skinade daily for about 5 years.

From your mid twenties collagen declines at about 1 % every day rising to a steep drop in your menopause of about 30% of total collagen.

So does our collagen need large replacement doses as we commence our menopause ?

WHAT IS COLLAGEN ?

The largest protein found in your body. Found in bones, muscles, tendons and skin. Think of it as a scaffold holding up the skin. As this diminishes so does the structure of our skin particularly evident on our faces as the connective tissue start to weaken and sagging and wrinkles appear. It is the glue that holds everything together and is found in teeth, nails, hair even corneas as well as the skin. So a super boost of collagen surely must hold many benefits.

DOES IT WORK ?

Well it certainly has eased my arthiritic joints and my hair is super glossy and my skin is glowing although I am not wrinkle free…..yet. I only embarked on the collagen journey having met up with an old friend whose skin had improved dramatically and she seemed to have a glow about her to which she attributed to Collagen powder.

You have to commit to taking it EVERY day in a hot or cold drink. Although purists say it has to be cold as heat breaks the collagen down. So pop it in your morning smoothie. I have a bovine collagen drink though so I make it into a hot drink rather like a cup of soup. I t can also aid weight loss as it makes you feel quite full.

With these new wonder foods I honestly think the only way to see if they work is try it every day for at least a month and see if you notice an improvement.

MARINE V BOVINE

Collagen powder is either fish or animal derived. There are some vegan options but these seem to be largely vitamin c based. Although I personally have taken bovine collagen there are now some question marks over the sources. In some products large amount of metals and cadmium(also in spinach !!) have been found. Also when you think these powders are largely ground up bones , connective tissue and by products of cows I wonder how regulated these products are especially considering the BSE outbreak a number of years back ! I have now embarked on the marine collagen by Vital Proteins to see if it is just as effective as the bovine appeared to be.

But if taking supplements is not for you then there are foods that are natural sources of collagen.

FOOD SOURCES OF COLLAGEN

  • Egg whites
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Berries
  • Garlic
  • Citrus fruit
  • Kale

Or, you could try making your own bone broth with good quality bones sourced from a reputable butcher.

Remember diet is always first and foremost when it comes to good quality skin. All the above foods I include in my diet on a regular basis then the question would be whether I really need to be taking extra supplement when I cannot be sure on the source of the powder.

MMmmmm that is the big question and definitely ‘food’ for thought.

Mwah mwah. xxxxxx

JOJO x

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: REMEMBER PREVENTION IS ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION. THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF LOSS OF COLLAGEN IS UV RAYS SO SPF 50 SUNBLOCK IS A MUST ALL YEAR ROUND. OH AND NO SMOKING!!!

BEAUTY: BODY THERAPY

There is a heavy concentration in these present times on mental health but let us not forget therapy for our bodies. We invariably neglect our bodies as the nights draw in and we start to layer on the clothes but our bodies are truly amazing complex structures that need to be nurtured and maintained. It is time to devote more concentrated time to the body so lets start by having a body therapy day that ideally would be scheduled once a week.

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Here is a list to structure into a BODY THERAPY DAY to restore and revitalise.

  • On waking BEFORE getting out of bed start the day (every day) with the 6 way stretch. Catch the video on a previous blog (August 2019) on this site. I guarantee by performing these stretches before rising will ensure you move with grace throughout the rest of the day.
  • Brisk walk to your local Greengrocers for your food for today. Nutritious soups, cleansing smoothies and crunchy fresh salads and herb teas are the order of the day. Grab a lemon too for plenty of water during the day with some lemon slices. It is important to go to just a fruit and veg store. NO SUPERMARKETS, NO SWEETSHOPS…..NO TEMPTATION ! Focus today on gut health to and increasing your microbiomes introduce raw sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and kombuchka into your diet.
  • Once home discover a gentle yoga class on youtube. Denise Austen is very good and offer 100s of different classes and duration. Choose a stretching and breathing on hour class. Breathe into your stretches and love your body get to know any stiffness and work through those movement. Listen to your body.
  • Follow this with a full body self massage with organic sesame oil. Start with a body brush to remove dead skin cells. Then massage your body paying particular attention to your joints. Really wring those tissues out. Use this time to check your breasts too if you do this massage weekly you will recognise any differences in your breasts more easily. also don,t forget to massage your feet and any reflex points. Your feet deserve a treat when you think how hard they work for you.
  • Shower the oil off alternating the water from hot to cold to stimulate the blood in your body.
  • After lunch time to get your IPL handheld out we all have one of these now don’t we ?? If not book a session at your local salon. Its time to depilate and remove any unwanted body hair. This also must be a regular practice to semi- permanently remove hair.
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  • Hopefully after reading my previous articles you would have purchased my cannot live without PRANA MAT. If you lie on the needle like protrusians it really is like an at home acupuncture session and great for cellulite and back problems. Invest in one.
  • Evening time light some candles and time for some meditation. Again there are many downloadable meditations. Meditating regularly has proven benefits for your body as well as your mind. Cleansing your organs and clearing your body of so many harmful stressors and focussing on bringing light into your body and expelling the stale dark negative air. Practise daily .
  • Finally draw yourself a warm not hot bath and fill with Epsom Salts to soothe your muscles and rid your body of impurites and water retention. Create a peaceful ambiance in your bathroom with aromatherapy candles , soft lighting and warmth. Ensure you have a warm fluffy terry towelling robe to wrap yourself in. Bodies love texture and touch.

So that completes our body therapy course now get plenty of sleep to ensure its recharged for a more strenuous day tomorrow !!!

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: BE YOUR OWN THERAPIST ITS SIMPLE AND CHEAPER WHICH MEANS YOU CAN RECEIVE IT MORE REGULARLY. HOPEFULLY YOU CAN ESTABLISH A REGULAR ROUTINE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME AND BEGIN A LOVE AFFAIR WITH YOUR OWN BODY.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

BEAUTY: RETINOL V RETINAL

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Invest In A Good Skin Care Regime

Are you as surprised as me to discover this is not the same product just spelled differently but they are completely different products. Retinal is the new girl on the block. so let us look at the two products individually as the world of beauty becomes increasingly confusing with hew products and science hitting the stores on a daily basis.

Firstly retinol/retinal forms an important part of any skin regime. Retinol is Vitamin A that creates retinoic acid this plays an important role in cell growth and regeneration of cells and also increases collagen production. If you are new to retinol start by using a low strength product two or three times a week for the first month , then build up gradually to a higher strength and using more regularly .

The benefits are an even toned compkexion, wrinkles and lines are diminished. Age spots appear more faded. Skin has a more radiant look …..and it works.

RETINOL

So hands up those who have not been using retinol in their beauty regime ? Go straight to the bottom of the class ! Whatever age you are retinol should be used as part of your daily regime preferably at night. Retinol is the gentler of the two and it is great for younger skins to prevent ageing, it is also great for acne and blemishes.

Retinol has to be converted to retinal then to retinoic acid by the skin so is slower to act but great for a long term approach to skin care.

A Retinol for Every Skin

RETINAL

Now for the new girl on the block. Even though retinal has been around for a long time it was difficult to isolate and frm a topical solution. But thanks to advances in beauty science and technology this has now finally reached our beauty shelves. Retinal is the stronger sister, it is proven to work 11x faster than ordinary retinol. It is ideal for mature skins wanting to see a significant improvement on lines and wrinkles. it also has an accelerated action on blemishes. the exfoliation rate is much higher making the skin instantly more radiant. This may prove too harsh for youthful skin.

The accelerated action of retinal is based on the fact that it converts directly to retinoic acid so it becomes a two stage process instead of a three stage one.

I currently use the MEDIK 8 Retinal and have just progressed to level 6.

MWAH MWAH XX

JOJO. XX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I WOULD RECCOMEND YOU DO NOT TAKE THIS ON VACATION WITH YOU, GIVE YOUR SKIN A BREAK IF YOU ARE SUNBATHING. I DO THINK IT IS RATHER HARSH TO DO BOTH. STICK TO THE SPF. I CURRENTLY USE MEDIK8 CRYSTAL RETINAL 6 AND LOVING IT. THE INKEY LIST ALSO DO A VERY REASONABLY PRICE HIGH QUALITY RETINOL REGIME.

STYLE: 12 TIPS FOR TRUE STYLE !

“FASHION FADES. STYLE IS ETERNAL “

– YVES ST LAURENT

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STYLE IS NOT FASHION. STYLE IS NOT GLAMOROUS. STYLE IS NOT TRYING TOO HARD. EFFORTLESS CHIC. SLEEK. SIMPLE.KNOWING YOURSELF. GETTING IT RIGHT EVERY TIME. LEARN IT AND BUILD IT INTO YOUR LIFE STARTING WITH THESE 12 POINTERS TO RAISING YOUR STYLE QUOTA AND STANDING OUT FOR THE RIGHT REASON

  • 1. DO NOT BE A SLAVE TO FASHION BE A MASTER OF DEVELOPING YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE AND DISCOVERING WHAT REALLY SUITS YOU.
  • 2. INVEST MORE MONEY (ACCORDING TO YOUR BUDGET) ON KEY PIECES FOR LONGER TERM CLASSIC PIECES. E.G COATS,SUITS,TAILORED TROUSERS.BLAZERS. YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE.
  • 3. QUALITY ACCESSORIES CAN LIFT A WHOLE OUTFIT. AIM TO BUY ONE CLASSIC DESIGNER ITEM IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. SUNGLASSES, JEWELLERY,BELTS,PEN,BRIEFCASE,HANDBAG. THESE ARE YOUR STATEMENT PIECES, YOUR ARMOURY AS YOU HEAD OUT TO FACE THE WORLD.
  • 4. KNOW YOUR BODY SHAPE AND COLOUR PALETTE. ENLIST THE HELP OF A STYLIST/COLOUR THERAPIST. THIS CAN TAKE YEARS OFF YOU AND ONCE YOU KNOW YOUR COLOUR PALETTE EVERYTHING IN YOUR WARDROBE WILL MATCH. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DRESS ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY SHAPE . THE SECRET OF MANY STYLISH WOMEN IS TO KNOW WHAT TO ACCENTUATE AND KNOW WHAT TO DISTRACT FROM. THE SCIENCE OF STYLISH DRESSING.
  • 5. RSVP WITHIN24 HOURS OF RECEIVING AN INVITATION. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE IF A BETTER INVITE COMES ALONG. DO NOT CANCEL ONCE ACCEPTED UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNAVOIDABLE.
  • 6. ALWAYS BE ON TIME. BEING ‘FASHIONABLY’ LATE IS ABOUT FASHION NOT STYLE (SEE POINT 1 !!). BEING LATE IS INCREDIBLY DISRESPECTFUL TO THE OTHER PARTIES AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF LESS INVITED IF YOU MAKE A HABIT OF THIS. THERE IS NOTHING LESS STYLISH THAN BAD MANNERS.
  • 7. THERE IS NO NEED TO OFFER TO PAY HALF WHEN ON A DATE WITH A GENTLEMAN. LET THE GENTLEMAN ENJOY LOOKING AFTER YOU . KNOW YOUR WORTH . BUT BE GRACIOUS , THANK THEM AND COMPLIMENT ON THEIR CHOICE OF VENUE. ANY ‘GENTLEMEN’ I KNOW WOULD BE INSULTED IF I INSISTED ON PAYING. ITS TIME TO LET MEN BE MEN AGAIN.
  • 8. READ THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS SECTION OF THE BROADSHEETS OFTEN. STAY INFORMED AND EDUCATED. GOOD CONVERSATION STARTERS.
  • 9. LIVE WELL. LAUGH OFTEN. LOVE ALL. EVEN IF YOU ARE FEELING ANY OF THESE !!!
  • 10. REDISCOVER THE ART OF HANDWRITTEN ‘THANK YOU’ NOTES. THERE IS NOTHING NICER THAN RECEIVING A BEAUTIFUL AUTHENTIC HANDWRITTEN NOTE AS A HOST.
  • 11. AS IN YOUR PERSONAL STYLE THE SAME RULES APPLY TO YOUR HOME. NEUTRAL, BEAUTIFUL,UNCLUTTERED ACCENTUATED WITH KEP PIECES.
  • 12. BE CONFIDENT. QUIETLY CONFIDENT NOT LOUDLY CONFIDENT. ACT AS THOUGH YOU KNOW A SECRET THAT NO ONE ELSE KNOWS………AFTER ALL ITS GOOD TO BE YOU !

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THESE ARE PERFECT POINTERS TO START FILLING YOUR STYLE FILE. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR……..

JOJO STYLELIST TIP: I THINK IT WAS COCO CHANEL WHO SAID”ELEGANCE IS WHEN THE INSIDE IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE OUTSIDE” THIS IS THE EPITOME OF STYLE.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XX