Forever living by Julie-Ann Hunter in Norfolk

The many benefits of Aloe Vera



Until recently when I joined Forever Living,I hadn’t realised the many versatilities that the Aloe Vera plant has and that it’s a member of the lily and onion family. I’ve used it in many different ways over the years and even taking it in Forever Living products. But there’s so much more to know about this marvellous plant and how it can affect not only us humans, but can indeed help our four legged friends.

Many of us will have the Aloe Vera plant in our houses and would maybe know it as ‘the miracle plant’. It’s not what I would call a particularly pretty plant, almost cactus like with fleshy thorny leaves, but it is very hardly and will stay moist where other plants will eventually wither and die.

It’s incredible to think that there are around 400 species of Aloe but the true Aloe Vera is Aloe Barbadensis Miller which is widely used for its medicinal properties.

This plant when it is fully grown stands between 60–90cm high with the mature leaf weighing 1.5-2kg and measuring 7-10cm across at its base.

It is the lower leaf that is used for medicinal purposes. When the leaf is sliced open the gel can be applied directly onto any affected areas of skin. The leaves and the seads are the two edible parts of the Aloe Vera plant.

It’s so versatile it can be used in and for anything. I love the Forever Living products for this very reason. They may be a bit more expensive than some other products, but with Forever Living, because of its long standing reputation and for the length of time this company has been in business you know that you can guarantee that you will be purchasing the best product that money can buy.

Forever Living is all about the health and wellbeing of our family, friends and our four legged friends as there is something for everyone to keep us healthy, fit and looking good.

Although Forever Living has been trading for over 35 years it’s still an expanding business with lots of growth potential. The beauty about this company is that it enables you to start your own profitable business and it

gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose where and when you want to work, no overheads and very minimal costs. You can even run it alongside an existing business, which is what I am doing, and it’s proving to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

It’s basically a win win business opportunity, with scope to earn as much as you desire. You can even take it one step further and recruit others into your team, you will be able mentor them and help them achieve success and encourage them grow their own business.

Written by Julie-Ann Hunter at Professional beauty academy 

5 Juicy Fruits for Clear and Fresh Skin guest blog by Vaileria Dennis

5 Juicy Fruits for Clear and Fresh Skin



Drinking juices from fruits or vegetables is a great investment for people with the dull complexion to get a natural clear skin. Other than leaving you with a natural glow, juicy fruits can help alleviate symptoms of chronic skin conditions and eliminate toxins from your body. If you are prone to acne and other aggravated skin issues, you should learn how to detox your body using powerful, juicy fruits. It’s worth noting that veggies combined with fruits serve as potent detoxifiers that can help you succeed in your quest for a flawless skin.

Here are 5 juicy fruit ingredients you should incorporate into your daily diet to boost your beauty:

1. Carrots

Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which comes in the form of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents degeneration of cells, helping to slow aging and maintain a youthful look. Vitamin A contributes to support tissue growth while improving the health of your eyesight, bones and teeth. Carrots also contain a healthy amount of vitamin C, which is essential in the production of collagen. Collagen levels in your skin determine elasticity, prevent wrinkles and slow aging signs. Potassium in carrots plays a significant role in the growth of new skin cells and helps in the maintenance of electrolyte balance to reduce acne and blemishes while curing scars and dark spots on your skin. Lastly, carrots have detoxifying properties that assist in the elimination of toxins from your liver that can cause dull complexion or acne formation on your face.

2. Beets

Beets come with essential nutrients that have been scientifically proven to be useful for a naturally glowing skin. Beets help to cleanse your liver and blood. Due to their powerful and potent properties, it is never advisable to use an entire beet in a single juice formula. You shouldn’t drink liquids containing beets if you have kidney stones. Beets are anti-inflammatory veggies loaded with niacin, iron, potassium, copper, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, zinc and folic acid. All these ingredients are essential in giving you a natural clearer skin.

3. Lemons

Lemons fall under the citrus fruit family that has been in use since the tradition as food as well as medicine. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, and citric acid. To reduce dull complexion and yield a clearer and healthier skin, lemon juice helps to purify your blood, cleanses kidneys and assists elimination of toxic compounds from your body. Vitamin C in lemons has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that fight free radicals that contribute to cell damage.

4. Apples

Looking for a fantastic juice for a natural glowing skin? Think of apple juice. Apples are rich in antioxidants that help slow early signs of aging, including under eye fine lines and wrinkles. Also, drinking apple juice on a regular basis is an excellent way to get your skin soft and radiant. Other than making your skin clearer, apple juice also improves your immune system, which is essential in fighting common health problems. There is mounting evidence that juices from apples and other fruits contain compounds that have the potential to prevent various types of cancers including skin cancer.

5. Grapes

Grapes come with many health benefits for your body, skin and hair. They are high in nutritional value as well as in beauty. Grape juice promotes the production of nitric oxide that ensures flexibility of blood vessels essential for the supply of oxygen and nutrients to all body parts including your skin. Grapes are also loaded with antioxidants for fighting free radicals that cause cell damage. These antioxidants also ensure that your skin remains youthful and healthy while delaying the signs of aging. Also, grape juice acts as a natural solution for children and infants experiencing digestion related issues or constipation. By improving the function of internal organs, grape juices results to a natural clearer skin.


If you have tried various means to brighten your complexion without success, you should turn to fruit juices, and you will be amazed by the outcome. The good thing about juicing for clearer skin is that you will also reap a host of other benefits for your overall wellbeing. They are natural and free of toxic compounds that can exacerbate your already compromised skin condition. The above 5 fruit juices will ensure that your skin stays radiant and well-nourished for a brighter complexion. Drink them along with your meals and your skin will forever be thankful!


Author Bio:

Vaileria Dennis is a Beauty writer. She has written various articles on Beauty and Skincare. She is an independent researcher on Solvaderm daily routine. Vaileria has a bachelor’s in Health and Skin care from California State University. Connect with Vaileria on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.


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Sugaring for hair removal by Toni at Waxed Works in Norwich

What is sugaring?

sugaring Norwich

Sugaring is one of the oldest recorded methods of hair removal, dating back to the Egyptian times and it appears that it may be about to have a revival!

Hair removal sugar is simply sugar, water and lemon juice, cooked together until the perfect consistency has been achieved, it is then left to cool and is ready to use. It can be made at home but is so affordable from sugaring manufacturers and specialist salons that I wouldn’t bother risking sugar burns and mess, and that’s before you consider what an incredibly hard technique it is to master.

The benefits of sugaring is that it is 100% natural so is perfect for clients with allergies (although these are fairly uncommon), it is used at body temperature so there is no risk of client discomfort due to skin sensitivity; from our experience, it appears to be less uncomfortable than other forms of hair removal and finally sugar is water soluble, so it is easier to keep your client and salon clean.Read more

Solution for Scars

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World First: New Studies Shows Effectiveness of Natural Substance Scientifically Verified to SHRINK Scars

Manchester, UK – XX June 2015It would be unusual to encounter surgeons; whose tools to help our skin recover from wounds and incisions have long involved high-tech sutures, pristine needlework, lasers and topical silicone gels; waxing lyrical about the properties of ancient medicinal treatments going back millennia. Yet one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons and an internationally acclaimed wound healing scientist are doing just that: having proven for the first time ever the unique power of one particular natural ingredient in reducing the appearance of scars. This is significant as most of the currently available gels and oils that have been prescribed for decades, have limited scientific basis for their use.

By thoroughly investigating the properties of an ancient remedy, one of Britain’s foremost plastic surgeons alongside one of the world’s most published wound healing scientists have revealed a scientifically proven product for treating scars – and surprisingly, it’s completely natural. Whilst green tea has been consumed in the Far East for generations and is traditionally recommended for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, a specific active green tea extract identified by their study has been proven to actually shrink scars. It is now one of the active ingredients in Solution for Scars ( a brand new over-the-counter product launching this month.

The ground breaking research led by scientist Dr Ardeshir Bayat, in collaboration with Mr Douglas McGeorge, a former President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has demonstrated that this particular active form of green tea extract allows a completely different approach to scar management. Rather than using the usual products available to coat and protect an already-formed scar, the team identified that active green tea’s unique properties start working effectively from early on. Thereby, the active extract addresses both the initial redness and irritation, as well as helping radically change the course of scar development.

Once a wound is closed, the body naturally enters into an inflammatory phase. The skin can become dry, itchy and uncomfortable. Available scar treatments have historically provided mainly inert silicone-based formulations, with little scientifically proven data behind them. They only offer temporary relief, by sitting on the upper layer of the skin, acting as a barrier and trapping moisture. Most contain no active ingredients. A new evidence-based study, published this month in the Archives of Dermatological Research on the role of topical treatments and dressings in the management of scarring,* has reviewed the lack of data, and summarised concisely the ineffectiveness of some of these current treatments.

Designed to be applied as soon as the wound is closed, Solution for Scars starts actively reducing irritable skin by immediately controlling the irritation and redness, enhancing the skin’s reparative response and thus already minimising the appearance of the scar as it begins to develop. It has a direct effect on the progression of the scar and promotes healthier recovery as the skin can heal without interference from constant itching and uncomfortable symptoms, resulting in a scar that appears smoother and less visible.

As an international expert in Keloid scarring (an invasive, aggressive and recurrent scar type) and one of the most published clinician scientists worldwide on the topic of wound healing in human skin, Dr

Ardeshir Bayat wanted to find a solution that combined the best that science and nature could offer. He explains:

Although the inclusion of green tea may seem common, it’s an ingredient made up of many different compounds. We’ve been developing the research into various individual components of green tea and, following exhaustive experimentation; we identified a particular extract, which is the key active ingredient in our effective formula Solution for ScarsTM. In contrast to the treatment options on the market, our formula induces a completely new outcome for the appearance of scars. This promotion of early intervention has been proven to change the course of scar formation, a concept that has not been contemplated previously.”

Douglas McGeorge, one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeons in the UK and who worked in close collaboration with Dr Bayat in this research, had also noticed a lack of effective products on offer to patients after surgery. He explains:

“Patients could be treated by the world’s best surgeon yet most will focus on the visible aspect of lasting scars. Marketing constantly bombards people with the dream of having ‘perfect skin’ and the look of conspicuous scars is undesirable. As well as producing the must-have product for the bathroom cabinet, our research has been directed to help surgeons provide the best aftercare treatments possible; to enhance the effects of their work! Solution for Scars™ provides a better outcome both symptomatically and visibly. As it’s based on naturally occurring actives, it’s affordable to everyone – as suitable to breast augmentation or facelift patients, as it is to children’s scraped knees.”

Dr Ardeshir Bayat, who has given more than 450 presentations worldwide on the topic of wound repair and regeneration and published in excess of 390 original papers, reviews, scientific abstracts and book chapters, is an active member of the American Wound Healing and the European Tissue Repair Societies. He concludes:

“Our research has broken the mould when it comes to effective products to make a significant difference in the successful management of scarring. Solution for Scars™ works differently and far more effectively than some of the existing products on the market. Solid scientific research and harnessing the very best that nature can offer underpins all of our product development – and we now have the scientific evidence to back it up.”

The product, which is fragrance and paraben free, also includes microalgae and seawater minerals to keep skin hydrated and moisturised.

Solution for Scars is available via priced at £18.99 for 30ml. For press enquiries please contact Kate Chaundy on 0207 250 4750 /



About Science of Skin

Science of Skin Ltd ( was founded by consultant plastic surgeon Douglas McGeorge and academic skin biologist Dr Ardeshir Bayat in order to provide innovative solutions for family skin health. Combining the most ground-breaking ingredients from science and nature into effective skin treatments that safely helping to heal, soothe and repair skin.


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Massage in North Norfolk - Holt, Cromer area by Gem Fisher

Hi there I’m Gem Fisher from Natural Way Therapies in North Norfolk - Elizabeth has kindly allowed me to be a guest blogger on her site so I can introduce myself to all you lovely ladies, I live in Cromer with my husband, our four children and our two dogs, Cromer is a lovely place to live this time of year as you can imagine with a lot of time spent enjoying the lovely beach with children and dogs a like, I find the water really fills me with a sense of peace and balance.

I’m a Clinical Aromatherapist and I also teach Hypnosis for childbirth, I generally work in north Norfolk around the Holt and Cromer area, I like to be flexible and work both in therapy rooms around the area or travel to ladies homes, I also enjoy doing the odd pamper party ( I generally don’t have male clients as I work alone). I love making people happy and it’s really rewarding when I can literally see the stress fall off them as I work with them, it always makes me smile when I come away from giving a treatment just as relaxed as the person receiving it. I work in a very holistic way taking into consideration my clients life as a whole,  the environment, our thinking and the very way we use  our body eg. posture, breathing techniques and even our thought processes can really influences our health and can have either a positive or negative effect, both physically and mentally, so I really try and take all factors into account when I’m treating people.

I use Aromatherapy to help people with many stress related health issues, Anxiety being a prime example as this causes so much stress on the body it creates a whole host of illnesses. I have been thinking lately I’d like to extend my reach to the Norwich area, I have looked into the possibility of seeing clients at the complementary health clinic and Elizabeth has asked me if I’d like to come and massage at one of her pamper parties, which I’d be delighted to as soon as we can sync up some dates, I can offer 1/2 hr neck & shoulder, aromatherapy facials, face & scalp massage, 1 hr full body or even a nice foot and leg massage as a treat. I charge £20 for a half hour or £40 for the full.

If you would like to contact me to book a treatment or discuss any queries you can do so on 07826595011 or email me on  or take a look at my website I look forward to speaking to you all soon.

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Natural Eyelashes with Latisse from Medica Depot

Natural Eyelashes with Latisse

Every woman cherishes her natural appearance. In search for beauty and extravagance, we are always prepared to go a step further and do whatever it needs to remain attractive. As strange as it sounds, it is something that defines us. Our appearance and looks are something that gives us confidence in tough situations, allowing us to overcome even the biggest obstacles in our way. So, it comes as a no surprise that we will feel bad if that beauty is disturbed in any way. As hard as we try, there are certain situations that we can’t control. There are certain diseases and conditions that can negatively affect us. One such issue is Hypotrichosis.

This disease affects our hair and especially eyelashes. It can make it brittle and thin and it can eventually lead to complete loss of hair. Hypotrichosis appears after childhood. In this period of life, lighter, vellus hair cannot be replaced by darker, terminal hair because of this disease. In some cases, it can even lead to baldness. Sometimes, this condition can be caused by HallermannStreiff syndrome.Read more

Guest Blog - Honeymoon in Vietnam Week 3

Our third and final week started with us flying to Hanoi from Hue. We flew with Vietnam Air and it only cost £100 for the three of us, seemed so cheap that we couldn't refuse really, not when the alternative was £40 for a 14 hour train journey anyway!

Hue airport is tiny, but everything ran perfectly on time and the planes were similar to what you'd expect from one of the budget airlines back home, it was comfortable enough and a short enough flight that there was no time to get bored!

Hanoi airport is quite a way outside of the city though, so it's quite a pricey taxi ride from the airport to the old quarter (cost us around £14) and takes around an hour with all the traffic. We were staying in a hotel in the Old Quarter of Vietnam, it's a quaint little part of the city full of old buildings and a catholic cathedral, all surrounding a big lake. It's as pretty as it is busy, people everywhere, street sellers everywhere and a pavement is just somewhere to park a motorcycle!

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waxing in Norwich

Everyone else is doing it so why aren’t you? by Waxed Works

Everyone else is doing it so why aren’t you?

waxing in Norwich

So, you’ve talked to your friends and inevitably watched the dreaded You-Tube clips!

You’re only one step away from finally getting your first Hollywood wax! But how much do you really know about intimate waxing and how do you find the best salon and therapist?

Firstly, know what you want. Terminology can vary from salon to salon but generally, a Hollywood wax is all hair removed from the intimate area and should include between the bum cheeks. A Brazilian is the same but a small amount of hair is left on the pubic mound, usually a thin strip or small triangle.

Secondly, find a salon. Personal recommendation is one of the best ways to find a good salon so ask your friends or colleagues. If this is a little too awkward, google reviews can be very useful to help sort the good from the bad, also the quality and content of the salons website can speak volumes. If you can, find a salon or therapist that specialises in intimate waxing as they will be more experienced and practised in that specific treatment, after all, you don’t want to put your most delicate bits in the hands of just anyone!

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Hot Flushes…don’t sweat it!! Guest blog by Colette Ogle

Hot Flushes…don’t sweat it!!


So many women (up to 50%) suffer with hot flushes, these are usually attributed to the changes that our bodies go thru when we reach menopausal age.

What causes them?

Changes in hormone levels (increased Gonadotropins) can cause night sweats and day time hot flushes in addition to other unwanted side effects such as disturbed sleep, depression and headaches. Not much is actually understood about the aetiology of hot flushes, Western medicine believes that an increase in Gonadotropins is to blame. These are vital to the normal function of our endocrine system which is responsible for growth, sexual development and our reproduction functions.

There are other explanations which involve the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that controls temperature. It is thought that when hormone levels drop, as part of the menopause, the hypothalamus wrongly thinks you are too hot sending more blood to the skin and causing the body to sweat to cool the skin down!!Read more

All about skin - guest blog from Up Town Spa

All about skin


Skin is the biggest organ of our body. It represents a layer which protects us from outside influence but at the same time, it has some internal functions as well. Although it serves to protect us, it is very gentle and it reacts to most of the changes in our environment. Through skin, we are able to tell if something is good or bad for us. Like any other part of our body, it needs to be regularly checked and treated with utmost care.

There are three main layers of skin: epidermis, dermis and fat layer.

Epidermis is the thinnest layer of our skin and it represents our first line of defense. Its main role is to protect our body from various microbes and foreign agents which would harm our organism. At the same time, this layer prevents water from flowing out of our body while it allows some other liquids to flow in. One of the most important functions of the skin is absorption of the sunlight. Melanin which is part of epidermis helps us absorb quality sunlight turning it into vitamin D while it prevents ultraviolet radiation to our skin. Epidermis also serves to improve our immunity.

Dermis is lower layer of skin and its main role is production. It creates hair follicles, sweat and sebum, which is important oil used for follicles. At the same time, nerve endings are positioned here, allowing us to feel things on touch. There are many blood vessels in this part of the skin allowing us to regulate temperature and efficiently use minerals and vitamins.

Last layer of skin or fat layer, has mainly protective role. As you can presume, it is the fattest part of skin and it provides our body with isolation from temperature.

If you follow a few, relatively easy rules, you will be able to have healthy and nurtured skin. Have in mind that skin is same like any other organ in our body and same set of rules applies for it. First, you will need to have healthy diet filled with various minerals and vitamins. This way, you will be able to provide your skin with all the nutritive components which it needs. Some bad habits such as smoking or drinking are disastrous for it. Smoking makes your skin yellow while drinking dehydrates it. You need to drink at least two liters of water per day to keep it moist. Also, avoid some conditions such as extreme heat or cold and don’t expose yourself to sun during middle of the day.

Furthermore, it is best if you seek assistance and help from professionals. Your dermatologist is always the safest choice if you notice some surface changes on your skin. However, when it comes to daily treatment, the best choice is your local beauty salon. Even if you are a guy, it is recommended visiting it from time to time. Here, you can get best advices how to treat your skin on daily basis. Toronto has one of the best Canadian beauty salons, which takes extra care of your skin. This place is called Uptown Spa – massage salon in Toronto and it can provide you a great assistance in nurturing your skin.