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Hair By Roxanne Webster- Guest blog on dandruff

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Have you ever googled ‘how to get rid of dandruff’ we’re all in the same boat, we all want a solution that clears out every possibility of an irritable scalp with dandruff and replaces it with a healthy, nourished one. Dandruff can be an extremely embarrassing condition to deal with. You skip out on wearing darker colours, continuously feel self-conscious.

Getting rid of dandruff might be a longstanding problem for some, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this condition can get difficult to deal with. Especially when advertisements on television are selling you anti-dandruff shampoos left, right and centre.

WHAT IS DANDRUFF

Most adults have a yeast present on their scalp. Your hair follicles and oil glands naturally produce an oil called sebum. You might notice this oil as the third-day grease that starts to form. Or for some of us, dry shampoo cans come out. Dandruff occurs when excess production of this oil (sebum) reacts with the yeast present on your scalp, causing it to multiply rapidly, resulting in an itchy, inflamed, irritable scalp. If not taken care of properly, this can lead to more serious skin conditions.

This could happen due to a number of reasons ranging from hormones to stress, your environment, the weather and more. But We often mistake dandruff for a dry scalp and begin to treat it without understanding what the problem even is.

WHAT CAUSES DANDRUFF

Dandruff can happen to anyone, but there are certain habits, environments and situations that can trigger this condition further. If you’re suffering from those dreaded flakes, your next step would be to identify what is causing dandruff and/or what factors in your life are triggering it further.

The following causes -

•Not washing hair regularly - wash twice a week if you can

•your diet - fatty yeast product’s

•stress- home life, family issues, work-life
(Try yoga, this is a fantastic way to level your mind at stressful times.
learn to breathe this is such a powerful tool.
Remove yourself from the stress go for a walk.
less time on mobiles

•hormones -
-period
-Try taking evening primrose oil this can level the hormone out around this time of the month

•genetics - family genetics

•the environment -
-weather is a big reason our skin and hair suffers so swap shampoos And conditioners inline with the time of year.
-Central heating can also dry scalp and skin out so be mindful to moisture more

•reactions to products -
- stop using any product that is making the issue worse and start back to basics
- Less is more

A FEW WAYS TO IMPROVE DANDRUFF

•change hair care routine -
-shampoos not too drying on the scalp
-more conditioning products like hair masks would be a good idea twice a week at 1st

•use the correct PH level -
0-7 acidic
7-14 alkaline

•change your diet -
-Fresh foods
-smoothies
-vegetables
*stay away from sugary foods and yeasty foods

•exfoliating the scalp -
-brown sugar & honey

-coconut oil
Sugar
Apple cider vinegar
Honey
Rosemary essential oil

•home remedies -
-essential oils
Tea tree oil
Aloe Vera gel

-Olive oil & egg whites

 

Guest blog by Norwich hairdresser Roxanne Webster.

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Covid-19 closed beauty salon till July 2020

I thought it’s about time I emailed everyone on my mailing list to try and enlighten you when I will be opening again. I hope everyone is well. What is happening all over the world is incredibly scary and so much uncertainty on the future.

Following last night’s speech from Boris Johnson and clarity from Dominic Raab this morning we should be aiming to reopen 4th July 2020 onwards. I am happy for people to book in for then. We can simply rebook if we feel it’s not safe nearer time. Obviously, this isn’t set in stone!

This year I have decided not to increase my prices due to everything going on.

My daughter won’t be going back to school until September, so my hours will be limited to accommodate her homeschooling. Thankfully she loves reading! So she can bury her head in a book while I work. I will adjust my Google calendar this week.

To keep busy I am currently working on creating websites with my husband. I recently added an online shop to my website. I’ll be adding more items over the next month. Any product requests welcome!

If you know any local businesses that would benefit from an e-commerce addition to their website, please pass our details on. Andy was a software engineer at Aviva for over 15 years, so creating websites has been great alongside his photography business over the last couple of years. To stay up to date on what I am doing I do post the odd bit on social media.

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A few people have asked how they can help us small businesses. A Google review goes a long way with me!

Hope everyone is well. Please keep in touch and don’t be shy if you need anything,

Liz

 

Beauty salon closed due to Covid-19 in the UK


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Molly's corner- Femme Luxe Finery clothing

Welcome to Molly’s Corner! I’m so excited to be able to share my thoughts with you about some fantastic pieces from Femme Luxe Finery. www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk is a website that offers women’s fashion at affordable prices. They have a faithful following on Instagram and Twitter. They are also on other social media including Pinterest and Youtube. They have videos of the models on YouTube which I like as you can see the outfits being worn and moved around in. I really love how Femme Luxe try to have something for every style type. They follow specific trends and fit all budgets. Delivery was in 3-5 days, but they offer next day delivery for when you need that style hit quickly! I found it really easy to find something I liked and there were lots of categories to choose from. 

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I was kindly gifted the pieces that I’m writing about below, but my words and my views are my own. 

 

My first piece is a White Ribbed Off The Shoulder crop top in a size 8. I love a crop top and this is perfect. I’ve dressed it up with jeans and dressed it down with joggers. I wore it with joggers when I was having a lazy day! I’m really looking forward to wearing this top when I next go out for lunch or on a date. The top has a cross body effect and this helps it to pull in nicely at the waist. The material is thicker than I expected, but this means it isn’t see through and it helps the top to sit nicely when you’re wearing it. It costs £13.99 and I think that is a decent price for a top that looks so good. 

Next is White PU Ruffle Strapless Bodycon Mini Dress. This dress is a bargain at £19.99! I got this dress in a size 12 and it fitted perfectly. I loved the ruffle effect and the trim at the hem. I wasn’t sure if I would like the material of this dress as I’ve never had an outfit in PU before, but I love it. It had a really subtle sheen to it and it looked really different. I would team this dress with some heels and a clutch bag for a perfect night out outfit. I think I would also wear it to a summer event as it is such a pretty strapless outfit. This is a perfect outfit for when you go on holiday and the white would look stunning against tanned skin.

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I also received the Pink Glitter Clear Strap Plunge Bodycon Mini Dress in a size 10. The bodycon style is something that I really love. It suits my body shape really well so this dress was a perfect choice for me! This was a real bargain at £9.99. The pink glitter created an amazing shimmering effect and is a brilliant flattering party piece. My only concern is that the straps are very thin and could break easily. One of my straps did break, but I easily fixed it so it wasn’t a problem. I would wear this with some white heels and some silver jewellery for an amazing evening look. 

 

My favourite outfit is the Blue Belted Pocket Denim Mini Dress in a size 8. I loved this dress as it looked gorgeous online and on me! It complimented my figure really well and looked stunning. Again, it’s another item that can be dressed up or down. I would wear this on a date for a casual summer look. I think it will look really good worn with trainers and a cross body bag for a casual look. I would also wear it with heels if you wanted to make it more dressed up.   

 

As with online shops it can be tricky with sizing. I know what size I need in different styles, but sometimes it can differ from person to person. 

I was really pleased with my Femme Luxe Finery clothes and I wouldn’t hestitate to use them again! Definitely go and take a look at www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk for all your style needs and wants! I’ll think you’ll find something for your style and budget. I will be checking them out for more cute dresses and beautiful outfits very soon!


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Tropic products with Georgia in Norwich

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Hello, I’m Georgia and I have been a client of Lizzie’s for 8 years now. I live in Norwich, Norfolk and have a little girl, who is 6 months old. I had heard about Tropic Skincare before, I had flicked through the catalogue at the hairdressers but never tried any Tropic products. A few weeks before my daughter was born, my friend brought me a Skincare Discovery Kit, containing four mini Tropic products including a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and serum. I was hooked and these Tropic Skincare staples even made it into my hospital bag.

After a few months of using the products, (even with a newborn), I decided I wanted more. I attended a Tropic Roadshow at Norwich North Holiday Inn and heard first hand from Tropic’s founder, Susie Ma. I learnt that the ingredients in the products you use, have an effect on your overall health when absorbed into your body. I was shocked by how many chemicals were in products designed especially for babies. I also met other Norwich Tropic Ambassadors who are also within my team.

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I had never thought about what I was putting on my skin and the affect it was having, not only on the planet and my body, but most importantly, my baby.

Tropic believe in cleaner beauty. All their products are verified safe by “Think Dirty”. They are cruelty-free and vegan, as well as being sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly.

Tropic partner with United World Schools, each Tropic purchase funds education for children in some the worlds poorest communities.

Then I became a Tropic Ambassador, purchasing my starter kit for £198. Within this kit was over £500 worth of Tropic products, most of which had been on my wish list. Anyone can host a Tropic Pamper Experience from the comfort of their own home. As a hostess, you’ll receive up to 15% of the total pamper sales to spend on your new favourite Tropic treats. If you live in Norwich and would like to find out more about hosting a Tropic Pamper Experience or becoming a Tropic Ambassador, please pop me a message.

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georgiabrandon.tropic@gmail.com
https://tropicskincare.com/pages/georgiabrandon

 


Where to find the Best Cooling Mattress Topper

Waking up in the middle of the night, the covers have been kicked off and you’re being strangled by your pajamas because they’re glued to your skin with sweat. This is not a pleasant sight, not for hubby who you pray won’t wake up, or for you, as you stroll to the bathroom mirror and look in shock at the state of you. 

Thankfully this is easily solved, and you’ll kick yourself for not having invested in one earlier. What am I talking about? The glorious cooling gel mattress topper, in all its comfort and chilliness.  It might keep you in bed on those hot summer mornings when usually you’re up at 6 am with the sun.

We’ll discuss more on them later in the article, but if you are new to them and what they’re all about, then check out the ultimate cooling gel mattress toppers and stop being out the loop. The last thing we want is to be the last sweaty man standing at the end of the day, even more so when it is so easily avoidable.

What are gel toppers?

They are those wonderful layers that help you not spend a fortune on a full-blown mattress when there is no need. There are, of course, many options to choose from so doing a bit of research is essential.

When using a gel mattress, as you lie on it, it should shape to your body, this then distributes you weight evenly relieving any pressure points such as shoulders and hips. If you’re like me then waking up with achy hips is a nightmare, limping around in the morning and trying to get the joints moving.

Another key factor to look into is the firmness of the topper, the higher the density count the higher the firmness. Go into a shop and lie for a few minutes on the various toppers and see which feels easiest when getting back up. If you’re not puffing, then that’s the one for you.

Many people complain about being hot with a regular topper, but with a cooling gel topper, this is no longer an issue. The topper will have large pockets with an open-cell design to allow the cool air to flow freely, and preventing any hot spots from occurring.

 

5 Advantages of using a gel topper.

 

  • Durability. Besides lasting longer than your average topper, they are for sure more comfortable. And with memory foam motion transfer resistance, you won’t be woken up by your partner rolling around in the bed. Sign me up, please!
  • Air circulation. With the open-cell design instead of trapping the heat given off by your body, it is dissipated through the gel and you’re kept cool and comfortable.
  • Pressure relief. This is aimed at the side sleepers, continuous tossing through the night due to throbbing hips or numb shoulders and you aren’t getting the rest you need. Gel toppers are made to cradle you and keep your sensitive areas free from tension.
  • Support. With even distribution of the cells inside there is no chance of having a mattress with a dip in the morning as is with regular toppers. I know I’ve experienced this on my husband’s side, as I climb into bed, if he isn’t there I roll straight to the middle. Let’s just say that mattress and topper didn’t last long in our house.
  • Spine. As you lie down the vertebrae align themselves and stay that way with the gel toppers, and you wake up fresh rather than the usual ‘get me a coffee now’ mode the family is used to seeing.

 

 

The different layers that can go on top.

People tend to get confused when mattress ‘jargon’ is being thrown around in-store and suddenly you’re overwhelmed when all you came in for was a topper.

So many layers, some you weren’t even aware of, others have evolved so much they’re unrecognizable. Let’s break it down quickly, but you can read more info here https://www.nosleeplessnights.com/how-to-choose-a-mattress-topper/ to back up what you already know or learn something new. 

An Encasement is when the whole mattress is covered, completely, thus protecting you from any potential bed bugs or mites, and also damage if there was to be any. Then there is the protector, and it does what it says on the tin, protects. Everywhere besides the underneath and still providing some relief from allergies.

One option is the pad, while not as popular a choice, it does give a decent amount of comfort and aids temperature regulation through the night. 

Then for the grand finale, the show we bought tickets for, the topper. Undoubtedly the nations’ first choice, it’s thick, provides a high level of comfortability and it supports our body in a way we didn’t know how we ever lived without it. 

Blog by Sleep Rex.


Guest blog: A Guide on How to recognise your skin type

A Guide on How to recognise your skin type

Do you know what skin type you have?

As we are unable to get to our Beauty Skincare Specialist we are having to do DIY beauty.
This is essential to know your specific skin type to ensure you are using the correct skincare routine at home, using the wrong skincare products can actually give you additional and preventable skin problems, such as over sensitising your skin – resulting in tight or itchiness , over stimulating sebum production and oil – which can cause spots, dehydrating – dull appearance, or causing blockages resulting in milia.

This guide will enable you to give yourself a skin analysis

As a professional skin specialist at the beginning of every facial I carryout a skin analysis, this enables me to determine which products would most benefit your skin or your individual concerns.

First Cleanse the skin, you need to be able to see your skin

Remove all make up, Double cleansing is a must, the first cleanse removes make up and surface dirt and oil, while the second cleanse actually cleanses the skin removing dirt and oil that has collected during the day.
We then use a skin toner, make sure this is suited for your skin type, A toner will remove any residue of cleanser, tighten the pores, mattify the skin and if using the correct toner leave a natural antibacterial film to help stop spots forming
When you carryout your skin analysis it is useful to do it in good light, A magnifying mirror will help you see close up and determine pore size.
There are four main skin types
*We look at pore size
*Fines lines or wrinkles
*colour of the skin
*texture of the skin

Normal Skin

*Small, fine pores
*Even texture
*No blemishes
*Good balance of oil
*Healthy colour

Dry Skin

*Fine pores
*Fine lines and wrinkles
*Matt & uneven texture
*Dry patches
*Can have redness dilated capillaries across cheeks

Oily Skin

*Enlarged pores
*Thicker coarser skin
*Spots or blackheads
*Shiny / Oily appearance
Combination
*Any of the above together
*i.e. Oily t zone, dry cheeks

A skin can also suffer from the following conditions either temporarily or consistent.
Dehydrated Skin
*Skin lacking in moisture, superficial flaking
*May feel tight and itchy
*Can be temporary

Mature Skin

*Lack of firmness and suppleness
*Lack of muscle tone
*Pigmentation areas
*Lines and wrinkles

Sensitive Skin

*Flushes easily
*Dilated capillaries
*Itchy skin

Congested Skin

*Infected pussy spots
*Red hard lumps/spots
*Black heads – Blacked blocked pores
*Infected skin

Factors that can affect skin type

*Age - As we grow in years our skins natural production of collagen and elastin slows down resulting in fine lines and wrinkles
*Hormonal imbalance – The over production of different hormones (progesterone or oestrogen) can cause spots
*Incorrect skincare – Using the wrong products can result in dehydration or over stimulating the sebum production
*Climate – The sun can dry the skin, or the wind can sensitise the skin and cause broken capillaries
*Diet – intake of water and food – Water and vitamins are vital in producing cell regeneration
*Smoking & Alcohol – Robs the skin of essential vitamins and can dehydrate the skin

Some Technical Terms For Common skin disorders

Acne – Vulgaris
A bacterial infection of sebaceous glands. Usually caused by hormonal imbalance but can also be aggravated by stress or poor diet. Pustules, which are spots that contain pus and papules which are blind spots so have no head, can be sore and painful, and may be present on the face, neck or back.
Acne – Rosacea
Rosacea is recognised by persistent flushing, which can be aggravated by spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, stress or extreme changes from hot to cold. Papules are usually found and give the skin a lumpy appearance.
Comedomes– Blackheads
A grey spot caused by hardened sebum blocking the hair follicle. It is of black appearance due to oxidation of keratin in the sebum that changes colour when it comes into contact with the air.
Milia – Whiteheads
Milia are small cysts which are white hard pearly lumps under the skin, which can include sebum. Common around the eye area as the skin is thinner. Can be caused by incorrect skincare containing high mineral oil content. Milia can be removed with a sterile micro lance, but must be done by a skincare specialist

Helpful Information on products suited to different skin types

Cleansers
Cleansing milks are usually oil in water composition, making them light in texture; they will benefit a sensitive or Normal skin type. These can be removed with water and face cloth, sponges or damp cotton wool pads.

Cleansing creams are higher in oil to water content and thicker in consistency, these makes them effective in removing oil based make up. Because they have higher oil content they will benefit a mature, dehydrated or dry skin type. These are better removed with a muslin cloth or face cloth.

Foaming cleansers are gel based with a mild detergent that when mixed with water produces foam. This is idea for clients who like the feeling of washing with water, and suitable for an oily or combination skin type.

Skin toners generally contain a small amount of astringent or alcohol which gives the slight feeling of tightening; it also removes any residue of cleanser and closes the pores. Toners are applied to the skin on cotton pads.

Masks are applied to the skin in a thin layer to aid easy removal. Masks may contain ingredients such clay for oily combination skins which set on the skin, or non-setting masks which may contain oil or cream for Mature, dry or sensitive skins. Masks are deep cleansing and can be used to push in moisturisers and oils for a more nourishing effect. Masks can be applied with a facial mask brush or the fingers, they are removed with water.

Moisturiser lotions are light in texture and are usually a high water to oil content, making them a good choice for oily, combination or sensitive skins.
Moisturising creams are richer in consistency and texture because of higher oil content, so perfect for Mature, dehydrated or dry skins.

Written By Louise Baxter
www.templespa.com/louisebaxter
Louise Baxter Skincare And Beauty Specialist


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Reopening the salon action plan

Reopening the beauty salon action plan after Covid-19

My diary is currently still ‘open’, you could simply move your appointment to after the lockdown date. The new review date from the government is 7th May 2020. At the moment I am just contacting people week by week to cancel or reschedule. I won’t cancel anyone’s appointments without contacting them first.

I will be sending out an email to everyone on my contact list once things are clearer.

If you are self-isolating/ shielding until July, do let me know so I can reschedule your appointments. If you need anything please don’t be shy to ask!

 

My business doesn’t involve any social gathering and was one of the last to close, so guessing we will be one of first to reopen.

When I am able to see clients again, you can be assured that my strict hygiene practices remain as stringent as ever.

In the meantime, please stay well and I look forward to seeing you very soon.

 

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Artwork by my daughter Jessica.

Advantages of a Custom Suit for Ladies

Advantages of a Custom Suit for Ladies

Suits are a great indicator that the limit in 'male-female' clothing combinations is almost lost. Today, ladies are thrilled to opt for this piece of wardrobe, and not just to wear it for work. Increasingly, women in fashionable suits can be seen in restaurants, nightclubs, or relaxed Sunday brunch with their friends.

Every famous brand has women's suits in their latest collections. However, if you want to jump from the pattern of uniformity, opt for a custom suit. True, this fashion adventure may cost you more than buying ready-made clothing, but once you try on bespoke clothes, you'll see why they are worth every penny.

Tips on how to find a reliable tailor see below: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bespoke_tailoring

Ladies' suits have certain similarities to men's outfits, but they differ in the designs, materials, but also the wardrobe pieces. While men exclusively wear pants as part of the suits, ladies can choose between skirts and pants of different lengths and models. The blazers are waisted, lapels on them are deeper, with or without buttons. With so many choices of creating an outfit, every lady can find something for herself.

No Wandering to Find What You Want

 

Even though ladies enjoy shopping, the hours spent touring the boutique can sometimes be tedious (although no women will admit this). In one fashion store, they will see a lovely model of the suit, but they will not like the material. In the second boutique, they may like the jacket, but they will not be impressed by the lower part. 

The probability of finding just what they want is quite small since those desires generally do not fit the standard commercial models of well-known brands. If you want your piece of high fashion (but at a far lower price), a good tailor can make your dreams come true. Off-the-rack suits will never fit you as well as a suit tailored to your measures. The tailor makes unique clothing for you, not for mass production.

As for the choice of materials, their quality justifies the price. Also, an understanding of the textures and colors will be beneficial in finding the perfect fit for you. Tailors possess extensive knowledge of the materials and process of making clothes. They'll explain to you how to maintain and store your suit correctly. No label can compare to an experienced stitcher.

It Shows Your Style More than Anything

 

The style is about the details, not about wearing something that anyone can have. You can buy a blazer and pants of a well-known fashion brand, and give it your unique mark by putting details like jewelry or scarf. But it is entirely different when you design your own outfit, based on something you saw on the fashion shows.

Maybe you find an off-the-rack suit that seems nice, but you think the blazer probably would look better with peak lapels. Or you prefer a pencil skirt as a part of your costume, instead of tight pants. Skilled tailors can turn any idea of yours into reality, as seen on any website related to bespoke tailoring.

You can ask for lapel embroidery, an eccentric collar, colorful stitches, or buttons of unusual shape - anything that fits your style and personality. These are just some of the details that can make even a casual outfit unique.

 

Tailor’s Advice Are Worth of Gold

 

The bespoke tailoring is about creating something unique and everlasting. The custom-made clothing should be like a second skin, to fit you perfectly and to make you look and feel good about it. But often, women have unrealistic expectations when it comes to clothes.

An established tailoring company or an individual stitcher will do their best to fulfill your wishes about how you want your measure-to-made suit to look. But they also have useful suggestions on how ti fit clothing to your style, anatomy, or even your personality. The tailors, in addition to making clothes, are here to help with the advice.

Professional suit makers will help you understand that, for example, a wide-cut suit won't fit you if you're short. They will suggest a different cut, color, or pattern that better matches your body shape. A bespoke suit should flatter to your figure, not to make you look silly in an expensive piece of clothing.

You Get Value for Your Money

 

You may not have thought about it, but going straight to the tailors instead of endlessly touring the boutiques can save you time and money. In the beginning, you will pay a bit higher price for a bespoke suit, but at least you won't waste time trying out a bunch of clothes (that you actually don't like) in search of what you want.

When you put handmade suit on for the first time, you'll see why going to the tailor was a good investment. This costume will always take a special place in your wardrobe, and you will wear it for many years (if you take care of it properly). Tailors make clothing to last - among other things, the quality of the materials and the craftsmanship justify the cost.

 

Having a custom-made suit is, to some extent, a matter of prestige. In addition to being a clear indicator of style, it also shows that the person wearing it does not fit into fashion patterns. Women in suits can be seen everywhere today. In a handmade outfit, you will surely be noticed, even if you opt for suits of simple cuts or neutral colors with no accessories.

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Benefits of The Amaira Skin Lightening Serum

Benefits of the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum

Who wouldn’t wish to have flawless skin? And yet, due to many factors, including our lifestyles in general, this goal seems to be hard to achieve nowadays. If you take a closer look at yourself, you will definitely find some spots that you feel could be improved. You might have some scars you wish to remove, or certain color irregularities that grab your attention.

One of the most common skin conditions today is hyperpigmentation, known as the darkening of skin. It can occur on small patches, or cover the entire body. Caused by various factors, such as excessive sun exposure, or medications, it can affect the skin color of people of any race. In addition to that, there are several different types known to occur. Learn more.

This condition is generally regarded as harmless, but some people are not happy with the way it affects their appearance. Luckily, there are successful ways to treat hyperpigmentation. These are called skin lightening treatments.

Sure, if you type that phrase in your browser, you will be swamped with results. You will find lists of possible causes and even more treatment tips and tricks. Nevertheless, when it comes to something as important as your skin, it is best not to trust everything you read. This is why, while you are online, it would be best to find some real people reviews and hear their experiences with different products.

For that purposes, I will try to offer my insight into the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum, which is one of the most popular ways of treating hyperpigmentation. For those of you who are not familiar with it, don’t worry. I will cover the basics of how it works and outline its benefits.

What Is The Amaira Serum?

If you want to avoid clinical treatments, but are still looking for a way to solve your pigmentation issues, then topical products might be the real deal for you. As any other Amaira review, mine also starts with explaining what this product is and how it is used. After that, we will get to see if the serum really works.

Basically, the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum is a cream used for whitening delicate parts, such as underarms, inner thighs, nipples and genitals. Made with no parabens, harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances, it is considered completely safe. And to top it all off, it has proved effective in making skin 3 shades lighter.

In addition to that, it is rather easy to use. After cleaning and drying the problem area, you simply apply the serum. For the best results, it is recommended to be used twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. Although a 6-week treatment is suggested, depending on the condition of the area you are treating, the first results might be visible even after the first two weeks. But, remember, the more the patch is affected, the more time it takes to be treated.

What Is It Made Of?

This serum is completely plant-based and Hydroquinone-free. It is made of a mixture of natural ingredients that work together to get yourself rid of hyperpigmentation. Some of those main ingredients are:

  • Mulberry Leaf Extract 
  • Mulberry Root Bark 
  • Asian Orchid Extracts 
  • Kojic Acid 

All of these play their own part in the overall efficiency of the product. Most affect the production of melanin by reducing it. However, some also have moisturizing effects and help in making your skin look more youthful and stay healthy.

As a result of mixing these ingredients together, the Amaira Skin Lightening Serum has a natural yellow color, although it might turn brown over time. This can be avoided by storing the product in the fridge. But, don’t worry if you see the color becoming darker over time – that is completely normal.

Does It Actually Work?

If you are a mere mortal such as I, the whole list of ingredients and the complete production process explained would not mean much to you. When using any skin product whatsoever, the one thing you want to be sure of is that it actually brings results. As I have already mentioned, the only way to be sure of its functionality is to hear what previous customers have to say. 

Since there are numerous forums today where people can share any kinds of experiences, I am sure that, if you conduct a thorough research, you will come across many reviews of this particular product. The ones I have found were rather positive, claiming that this serum brings quick results, while causing no skin irritation whatsoever. You can even find photographs of people showing off their achieved results.

Overall Benefits

From what we have learned so far, people struggling with skin discoloration can certainly benefit from the Amaira Lightening Serum. It appears to be efficient and give quickly visible results. And, hey, if you can solve your issues without clinical treatments, that is always the option to go for.

Another crucial advantage of this serum is the fact that it does not contain Hydroquinone and is made of natural ingredients. Owing to this, it is perfectly safe to be used on the most intimate areas. As a result, you don’t have to worry about damaging your skin while you are actually trying to repair it.

Possible Side-Effects

Even though this serum is generally safe, one can never be cautious enough. After all, it is a melanin inhibiting product, which essentially implies that it makes your skin a little bit more sensitive to UV rays, which can eventually lead to sun burns. Because of this, you should apply sunscreen whenever you expose the area you are treating to sunlight.

Furthermore, you should be aware that using the product on open wounds, broken, or freshly shaved and waxed parts can cause rashes and irritations. Therefore, it is best if you avoid those areas. Similarly, the serum is not recommended to be combined with other beauty treatments and products, since a combination might lead to negative effects.

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Starting up a beauty salon

Business plan for setting up a home-based beauty salon.

Obviously, if you are planning on opening a large spa or beauty salon with employed staff members you will have a lot more to consider. This blog post is aimed more at small home-based beauty salon startups.

Get yourself a spreadsheet and work out your start-up costs. Have a very good think about what you really need. You don't need 300 nail polishes and the most expensive beauty couch! There are great companies like NWES to help people write business plans. At the moment they offer free courses for you to attend. However, I believe NWES is funded by the EU, so I’m not sure how long this will continue.

Logo, branding and website

Get this right from the start when starting up a beauty salon. It's a good idea to spend a little bit of time on this. Have a good think about branding colours, fonts etc. Remember to Google the business name you pick to make sure it's not been copyrighted or overused. My husband was a software engineer for 15 years and he creates beautiful websites. He has some great packages on websites for small businesses. Aperature design. Aperture Design can help figure out exactly what you need from your business. If you have a small budget for a logo I recommend canva. Canva is really easy to use and, for free, you can get a low res logo. When picking colours, chat to your art and design friends. They will know what colours compliment each other.

website design

Register with HRMC

Call up HRMC and register your new beauty salon business. They are super friendly and extremely helpful. They are there to help you. Don't believe things your friends tell you that you can put through the books as expenses. Always check on the HMRC website. It's very clear, take your time to have a really good read. There are many sections about being self employed and it is worth ensuring that you fully understand it. If there is anything that you are not sure about - then call them. You can even tweet HMRC and ask them questions on their twitter feed! You can claim for laundry and household bills, but obviously not the whole bill. Just a percentage! If you claim for things that aren't true expenses this is a form of tax dodging! Same as 'cash in hand'. Just declare what you earn. Paying taxes is what keeps our schools free and our National Health Service running. Plus, you will sleep better at night knowing you are doing things correctly. Well, I do!

Spreadsheet or accounts software?

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