Why Your Self Care Matters Now More Than Ever

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Self care is something we often forget to make a priority at the best of times, but now more than ever I really think it matters. With the recent Coronavirus situation changing many of our lives, I wanted to share some tips with you on how you can incorporate a little self care into your life.

Start Something New…

Do you have a hobby? If not, maybe now is the perfect time to start. What do you like doing? What helps relax your mind and just escape for a while? Up to now, I’d never really had a hobby, I’m a bit of a workaholic, so planning work things, even on my days off didn’t really feel like work because I enjoyed it. But I came to realise, I needed something more; so at I’ve taken this opportunity to try my hand at learning modern calligraphy.

Create an Evening Routine…

First of all, I light my favourite scented candle, this for me is always from the Gatcombe Candle Co. range. These candles are by far, the best I’ve ever had. The stunning scents are out of this world and really help me to relax. I loved them so much, I became a stockist!

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When it comes to my skincare, I’ve been using products that are infused with essential oils such as The Cleansing Balm and The Facial Oil from Sienna X. Not only do these products feel amazing on my skin, they also help to relax my senses too. My final step for my facial is using The Miracle Mask, I  lay on my bed allowing the mask to do its magic, close my eyes and listen to relaxing music while the beautiful scent of Tigerlilly Blossom fills my room.

Calm Your Mind…

If you are like me and struggle to switch off before bed, maybe try an audio book or podcast. There are lots of different categories to choose from, so something for everyone. This just helps to quieten my thoughts and relax, allowing me to get a better nights sleep.

I hope you’ve found this useful, if you have any tips, feel free to share them with me in a comment below. In the meantime, stay safe.

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

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