Did I Take Life For Granted?

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I guess the answer to the question is yes! But maybe we all did? Seeing my friends and family as and when I wanted. As I sit and write this post, it’s hard to recollect what normal life feels like and I can’t quite believe we’ve been in lockdown since the 23rd March. I’m sure, like many of you, we wouldn’t have ever believed this could or would happen.

Lockdown has definitely taught me that I love routine and more importantly, I need it. The first few weeks I really struggled. I missed working a lot, seeing my clients and generally feeling useful. I guess I no longer felt I had much of a purpose. One of the many things I love about my job is making people feel good, helping them glow with confidence and I think I felt sad that all of that had temporarily been taken away, with no real idea of when it would be coming back.

One of the things that has really helped me is having a good old hinch around the house. For anyone reading this and has no idea what I’m talking about, be sure to check out Mrs Hinch on Instagram. It has certainly helped calm my mind when anxiety creeps in, plus I love cleaning and organising so its a win win because it’s really helped me feel like I’ve achieved something.

No matter who we are, our mental health is fragile and can affect any one of us at anytime. So getting out in the fresh air, taking a walk has been really good. Its also been lovely to walk locally and discover different places that I didn’t even know were on my doorstep.

Self care is so underrated and was clearly not something I used to do enough of. It’s only now, I can see that! Isn’t it funny how life works sometimes? Relaxing with a glass of bubbles, a beautiful Gatcombe Candle and doing a “at home” Sienna X facial has certainly helped calm my thoughts before bed.

With all the madness of practically the whole world going to sleep, it’s certainly made me notice the little things and be grateful for each and every one of them. Spending time at home in the garden, listening to the morning song of the birds and the beautiful sunshine.  It’s almost like mother nature stepped in and insisted we all stopped, learnt to appreciate the little things and gave us beautiful weather to enjoy it all.

I hope you are okay and that brighter days lay ahead for us all.

Love, Nina x

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

Behind The Scenes: The New Sienna X Skincare Collection

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Last month I was invited to Sienna X Head Office for the launch of their latest addition to the brand; The Skincare Collection.

It was such a great day, not just catching up with the team but also to have the opportunity to use each and every product of the collection on my own face! If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I never recommend a product, unless I have tried it myself!

The Cleansing Lotion: This is perfect to use as a first cleanse or to use as part of a double cleanse. The creamy lotion contains 97% of natural ingredients and helps to restore moisture and remove make up effectively.

The Cleansing Balm: I absolutely fell in love with this product from the minute I tried it. It starts off as a solid and as you warm the product in your hands and glide it over your face and neck, it literally melts away any long lasting make up and removes any negative traces of pollution.

The Toner: Infused with a fresh rose water fragrance, this toner helps to cool, hydrate and rebalance your skin. In the past I’ve used a well known toner that made me skin feel so tight and dehydrated. This is so delicate but does the job! You can spritz over the face and neck, or for a deeper cleanse, apply to a cotton wool pad.

The Face Polish: This is the exfoliator within the range and I loved it, the mineral volcanic pumice helps to remove congested areas as well as brightening and purifying your skin.

The Clay Mask: Unlike other clay masks I’ve tried in the past that literally after 5 minutes of being on my skin, crack. This felt lovely on my skin. It includes Chia Seed Extract which helps to fight dehydration, skin irritation and banish blemishes.

The Chemical Peel: If you are anything like me, I always used to be petrified of a chemical peel. I had visions of my skin literally peeling off. But I was completely surprised when I tried this. It’s 86% natural liquid exfoliator which is infused with Glycolic Acid which helps remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin. This would be a night time product as you’d want to avoid any exposure to the sun.

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Just a little sneak peek behind the scenes of my day at Sienna X HQ!

The Miracle Mask: Another of my absolute favourites within the collection. This definitely has the right name! It contains 10% Manuka Honey and I can honestly say, my skin has never felt so nourished!

The Day Cream: This contains SPF30, an anti pollution formula as well as Marine Bamboo which is known for fighting the damaging effects of blue light and infra read type A.

The Eye Cream: This contains SPF15 and is designed to brighten and tighten the eye area and like the day cream, also contains Marine Bamboo

The Retinol Serum: A retinol is something I’d never used before but it helps to reduce fine lines, boost collagen and brighten skin. If you like me, are new to using a retinol product, begin using 1-2 times a week and gradually increase. Never use with any other retinoid treatment. This contains 0.3% of pure retinol, the maximum UK strength.

The Facial Oil: I absolutely love to use an oil in my night time routine and this one did not disappoint! The 100% natural, lightweight oil helps to relax and hydrate your skin.

I am a huge fan of the new collection and have been using the range ever since my visit to Head Office! I love the simplicity of the range, but I also love that you can create the skincare routine that fits into your life! All of the products been dermatologically tested, clinically proven and are suitable for sensitive skin. All of the products are between 69% and 100% natural, all cruelty free, vegan friendly* except for the Miracle Mask which does contain 10% Manuka Honey.

If you are anything like me, you’re busy and don’t have the time to use 50 different products, but still want to look after your skin and let’s face it, at times, products within skincare ranges can be completely overwhelming and confusing! 

If you are looking for a new skincare range, without the confusion, that is packed full of high quality, natural ingredients this could be just what you’ve been looking for! If you would like any additional information, feel free to email me; info@bebeautifulhairandbeauty or leave me a comment below.

Love,

Nina x