Can Sleep Really Help Give You Beautiful Skin?

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We all know that sleep is a key ingredient for making us feel alert and energised, but can it really help give us beautiful skin too?

As we snooze, our skin gets to work to repair itself and studies suggest that new skin cells grow faster when we are asleep. It’s also the time that our skin produces collagen which helps to plump it up, leading to firmer, smoother skin and fewer wrinkles. Research also suggests that the blood flow to our face is also increased as we sleep, which helps to give our complexion a healthier appearance when we wake.

Have you ever wondered why many skincare companies offer specific nighttime serums, oils and masks? These products are specifically designed to aid our skin during the night. By having a good nighttime routine, this not only helps to relax your busy mind before bed, it also helps you get the most from the products themselves.

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So what is it a good night-time routine? I would recommend using a good quality cleanser Toner and Moisturiser. I would always double cleanse and for me personally, I love the The Skincare Collection from Sienna X. The Cleansing Balm helps to remove the negative traces left behind from pollution too. The first cleanse helps to remove make up, dirt and excess oils. I would then use The Cleansing Lotion to hydrate and purify my skin. The Toning Solution can then be spritzed over my face or applied to a cotton pad, followed by The Eye Cream, The Miracle Mask and or The Facial Oil.

Our skin is the largest organ we have and we need to take care of it. Even if you are someone that doesn’t wear a lot of make up day to day, you and your skin can still benefit massively from a healthy skincare routine and a good nights sleep!

If you would like any additional advice on a healthy skincare routine, you can always get in touch, by either leaving me a comment below or over on my Facebook page.

Until next time, enjoy your beauty sleep!

Love,

Nina x

How To Self Tan In 3 Easy Steps

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Self tanning can feel like a daunting experience and we all crave a flawless, natural glow. Therefore, this month, I wanted to share my top tips on how you can self tan in three easy steps. Whether you want to self tan at home for the first time or prolong your glow, I’ve got some really easy tips to help you tan like a pro.

Firstly you’ll need to exfoliate your whole body, paying particular attention to hands, elbows, knees and feet. Personally I love the Sienna X Polishing Body Scrub for this. Unlike some exfoliators, this gently removes the dead skin cells, without being too abrasive which will help you create the perfect base for your self tan to be applied.

You’ll then need the Sienna X Perfect Self Tan Primer. I recommend applying this to any dry areas, such as hands, elbows, knees and feet. This will avoid your tan being too heavily absorbed and give you a beautiful finish. This is also really great to use around your hairline and on eyebrows, especially if you have fair hair.

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When it comes to applying your self tan, the options can be confusing. If you are new to tanning or have fair skin, I would start off with the Sienna X Gradual Self Tan. This doesn’t have a guide colour and looks very similar to a moisturiser. You can also build up your colour to your desired shade as your confidence grows. Alternatively, you can choose from a Lotion, Mousse or Mist.

My personal favourite is the Sienna X Sleep Mousse which is also available in an express version, so you can shower off after just one hour. Take your Sienna X Tanning Mitt and apply your chosen product onto the mitt. I personally would start on my legs and just apply it in circular, sweeping motions. Your product will go quite far, so start of with a little and then you can always add more as you go. Make your way up your body until you just have hands and feet left to do. You shouldn’t need to apply fresh product to your mitt for these areas as you’ll just be able to sweep over the excess product left on your tanning mitt.

I hope this has helped, if you’d like any additional advice, please feel free to leave a comment below, or contact me over on my Facebook page.

Until next time, glow and be you!

Love,

Nina x

How To Glow Your Way Through Winter

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Through the cold winter months, there is no better feeling than coming home, taking off my makeup, getting into my comfy clothes and lighting my favourite candle. I’ve always loved candles, but was often left disappointed when they didn’t burn evenly, only smelt when they weren’t lit or were left looking ugly as the black soot began to form around the top of the jar.

But as soon as I discovered the stunning range of Gatcombe Candle Co, I instantly fell in love! Nicky’s based in Shropshire and creates beautiful scented candles and wax melts which look stunning in any home.

Just like her candles, Nicky is so warm and inviting and handcrafts all of her candles and wax melts using 100% soy wax. I’ve finally discovered a candle that looks beautiful, smells out of this world and actually throws its scent as it burns.

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I never stock anything I don’t love so I’m delighted that I can now spread the candle and wax melt love, as I’ve officially become a stockist for the Gatcombe Candle Co.

For me, a beautiful smelling home, makes me feel calm and happy. It helps relax my mind after a busy day. It may sound strange, but I also really like what a candle represents… As children, we were taught to always make a wish before we blew them out on a birthday cake. We often light a candle to calm our minds or to have a little soak in the bath after a long day or to reflect on loved ones who are no longer with us.

So, if you are like me and love a beautiful smelling candle or wax melt and would like more information on the scents available, please feel free to get in touch. Whether you are looking for a beautiful gift or simply want to treat yourself.

The wax melts contain six cubes which you can expect to get approximately 70 hours from the pack. The candles are available in a large tins which have an approximate burn time of 30 hours and the small tin is approximately 20 hours.

Love,

Nina x