5 Tips for Saving When You Have A Baby

5 Tips for Saving When You Have A Baby

Having a healthy child is a huge blessing, and as a parent, you deserve to be celebrated. The only detriment
is that with the vast numbers of baby products in the market today, it can take a toll on your bank account.
It can be amazing to see how much it costs when you start buying all of the items your infant needs!
There are lots of different ways that will assist you to save money when you have a baby.
By implementing
a couple of strategic money saving strategies you will feel better about your financial situation, more
comfortable with the responsibility of having a child, and your bank account will reflect the positive choices
that you’ve made
#01. Avoid Formula and Breastfeed
One of the most heated discussions amongst parents is one the preference of breastfeeding vs. formula
feeding. While there might be lots of different opinions concerning the more nutritious option, it goes
without saying:
Breastfeeding is the most natural, organic and cheapest option.
Later on, after a while, some parents result in pumping, a convenient system that allows them to get back
to work without worrying about their kid’s lack milk. While pumping might sound expensive, and therefore
resulting in more spending, you will still come out ahead. Formula prices range depending on whether you
want powder, liquid, organic, or formulated for the babies with allergies. The point is, when you calculate
your costs at the end of the month, you will have spent more than 100 pounds a month.
#02. Make Your Own Baby Food
It can cost you more than 8 pounds a day if you are purchasing either regular or organic baby food from the
store. Instead of spending too much cash on these foods, you can try preparing your infant food. All you
have to do is get a standard blender to help you whip up a host of cheap and healthy meals. Some of the
most natural things to start with are nutrient-rich vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas. Just
cook and
purée them until they reach a soft, smooth consistency. You will have not only a healthy baby but
also a fuller pocket.
#03. Get Double-Duty Items
Does your child need a crib and a Pack ‘n’ play? Does he require that stroller and a classic pram? It feels
good to give your child everything that you think they need, but you need to prioritise. According to Sam
from MovingBabies, choosing one of the best convertible car seats offers flexibility and peace of mind.
Rather than buying a one purpose item, it’s best to look for items that will
serve multiple purpose especially when it comes to larger ticket items. In addition to a convertible car seat that fulfils different
needs, instead of purchasing that classic crib, get yourself a Pack ‘n’ Play system, which gives you the
convenience of a bed when at home and also while traveling.
#04. Let Your Mom Friends and Family Help You Out
All around the world, moms are the most enthusiastic persons when it comes to babies and baby products.
They love to pay it forward, and they are usually excited to give you, their dearest newbie mom, the clothes
their baby wore for only two minutes. Hand-me-downs not only cement your friendship with these ladies
but it saves you up to $500 which you would have spent at
#05. Save When You Shop
Some people are better at this than others. However, there is no denying that budgeting and shopping
according to the specials can help you save over the years.
You might also want to set up a new email
address and sign up for newsletters from your favourite stores, thus allowing you access to their daily
emails with discounts and sale notifications. It will help you not flood your email inbox as well as make it
easier to find the deals you want.
How you manage your money as a new parent can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Simple
steps like buying cloth diapers instead of disposable ones, breastfeeding rather than using baby formula,
and shopping smart can save you a lot of money every year.
It does not take much effort to save. You just
have to cut down on some of the fancy items you buy. Remember, being a great mom does not mean you
have to drain your bank account.
Inspired by James, from MyBestWorkBoots.com

5 Important Winter Care Beauty Products You Should Use

5 Important Winter Care Beauty Products You Should Use

Winter is not the most energetic of the seasons and it can be especially harsh here in Britain. The rain and the wind not only hurt your morale, they can cause a bit of havoc on your skin and hair as well. If there’s ever a season to look after yourself, then it’s definitely winter.

The good news is you don’t have to spend hours pampering your skin and hair or throw money at expensive products and treatments to look good. There are great winter care beauty products out there that help you maintain a radiant and healthy skin and hair.

So, if you want to make sure you survive this winter, these are the five important winter care beauty products to use.

1. A proper moisturiser

Moisturising your skin is always important but it’s definitely a crucial part of your beauty regime in the winter. The problem is the dry and harsh air that will put your skin under more stress – you’re constantly going from cold air to hot indoors air. What many people get wrong is they assume the same moisturiser they use in the summer to also work in the winter. This is often not the case but you need to opt for something more moisturising even if your skin is slightly on the oily side.

There are plenty of good moisturisers out there. Green People is a great organic brand to try – the moisturiser is free from parabens, lanolin, alcohol, artificial perfumes and colourants, making it suitable for those with skin problems such as eczema.

2.A good protecting serum

Another way of adding moisture to your skin and protecting it from the elements is with a serum. Serums come in all shapes and sizes – they can help with targeted problems such as dimples or dark circles under the eyes or help you keep your skin looking radiant and young.

For the winter season, Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense Lift Serum is a great pick. It’s a relaxing and calming aroma with a sweet lavender-like fragrance. It’s definitely a great product to put on at night, helping your skin look brighter and to feel smoother in the morning. Neal’s Yard has other lovely serums to keep in mind as well – if you have a particular problem you want to tackle, pick something to help you with it.

3. A soothing lip balm

The harsh weather conditions can cause havoc on your lips. If you are a regular user of lipstick and your lipsticks don’t have a moisturising effect, you might find them peeling and cracking during the winter. A good, soothing lip balm is a good idea to help your lips feel and look healthier.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil is worth looking into. It has a lightweight formula,which adds a tiny touch of shine to your lips without wearing them down. Another good option is the Bioderma Atoderm Lip Moisturising Stick – it’s nothing fancy but does the job well.

4. A purifying cleanser

Your face will have to deal with a lot during winter months. You’ve probably indulged in a lot of tasty (yet sugary!) treats over Christmas and perhaps even drank a few extra glasses of mulled wine. The air is filled with different types of toxins and pollution and your poor skin has to deal with all of this. It’s important to pay attention to your cleanser and to pick something that really gets to those pores and removes all the dead skin and dirt from your face.

However, you can’t pick a cleanser that’s too harsh. Your skin is going through a lot in these months so you need something gentle but purifying. Two good options to consider are the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser and The Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser. You can find both products online at Feel Unique, for example.

5. A relaxing and warming mask

Now, you do need a bit of pampering during winter. The weather can be dull, the nights are dark and summer seems so far away. Luckily, you can always attend a relaxing beauty treatment or simply pamper your face at home with a facemask.

A relaxing mask will give your skin time to rest and rejuvenate. You definitely want to pick something soothing and warming, as it’s the perfect way to prepare your skin for the cold air outside. So, consider checking out the Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask. It has a glorious fragrance to it and you get a lot of masks out of the bottle – you will have to mix the actual mask yourself each time. Grab a book, make a cup of tea, and just sit and relax.

The above five winter care beauty products will help your face stay healthy and happy over the dark and cold days. You can find discounts for the products with different beauty retailers through VoucherBin and can help yourself to save from winter hazards on a budget.

So, treat yourself and your skin. A good beauty regime over the winter will guarantee you look glorious during summer too!

Sponsored by Swapnil K, Marketing Analyst, VoucherBin

Eco cleaning recipes for sensitive skin

A huge chunk of human population share the same annoying condition which can prevent them from enjoying life to the fullest. It’s related to the biggest organ in the human body – the skin. Sensitive skin is something we have to deal with and manoeuvre around on a daily basis. From surprising rashes after trying a new moisturizing crème to random irritation and extreme dryness with cracking and even bleeding, abnormal sensory symptoms are hard to ignore. Store-bought cleaning products often contain various toxic and harmful chemicals, which can irritate and make even people with normal skin itchy, let alone those with the sensitive type.
In an attempt to alleviate this suffering, we’ll be sharing some ideas with you. When setting on the journey of DIY and skin-friendly cleaning products, three items should be always on your mind. They are baking soda, vinegar, and lemons. These are nature’s degreasers and disinfectants, and when combined with water they are capable of turning every stubborn stain and splatter into a distant memory.
Kitchen spray/Window cleaner
An easy recipe to start with is the one used for disinfecting your stove top, kitchen countertops and anywhere else. Its natural ingredients will keep the space where the magic happens squeaky clean and safe for your health. What you need for this concoction is one cup water, one cup white vinegar, 40 drops of essential oil of your choice and two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. We need the rubbing alcohol to spread the oils in the water – we don’t want them floating on top and demanding a good shake before use. Tenancy Cleaning London suggests to mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, apply to a surface and wipe off with cloth. Enjoy bacteria free kitchen!
If you remove the essential oil of the equation, you can also use this spray to clean and polish windows, glass table tops and cupboard doors. Stainless steel can also benefit from it, but always make sure you read your appliance manual before using the spray on it.
Oven deep cleaning 
Starting with our three trusty friends, we spray the oven walls with a water-vinegar solution. A good ratio is 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water. Powder baking soda and make sure you generously cover the more stubborn splatters. Then it’s time for the course salt sprinkling, right on top of the baking soda – this will fortify its degreasing powers. To seal it all spray again with the water-vinegar solution. Now it’s a waiting game, while you enjoy the low sizzling sound of the vinegar and the baking soda interacting. For best results, let it sit overnight. On the next day just scrub it carefully with a steel wool and you’ll see how easily all the buildup disappears. This proven recipe is one of the most effective eco ones and your skin will be more than thankful for ditching harsh chemicals.
Vinegar in the bathroom
№1 problem in the bathroom is mould and it’s something inevitable, when we are talking about a place where moisture can linger for longer amounts of time. Luckily, removing it is the easiest task when you put vinegar to good use. Spray it directly on the affected spots and let it do its magic. The acids will dissolve and completely get rid of the stubborn bacteria. As you know, it can linger and resurface later in time, but this won’t be the case after our vinegar total ambush.  And all this sans hard to pronounce ingredients.
Inspired by Demi at GMX

Guest Author: How to Deal with Pre-Birth Nerves

How to Deal with Pre-Birth Nerves

It is understandable that whilst you are pregnant, you will have some nerves and anxiety about the impending birth.

For some women, this can be a paralysing fear leading to them having medical intervention at the birth in order to help them through it.

In the main, however, nerves about the birth are usually able to be laid to rest but if you can feel your anxiety building, take action now. You can enjoy the birth of your baby!

Step 1 - Get Informed

The first step is to get clued about what happens during pregnancy, what to expect as you near the birth and the birth itself.

This means understanding the changes your body will go through, as well as some of the signs of impending labour. It means understanding the current thinking on giving birth and what you can expect when you arrive at the hospital.

For some women, it means getting clued up about home births too and how this works.

Step 2 - Talk to Trusted Friends and Family

You will find that most other women are incredibly supportive of you during pregnancy. So much so that during the birth, many women are now turning to trusted female friends and relatives to be birth partners.

They will understand your anxiety and rather than belittling it with ‘you will all right’, they will help you understand what could happen and how you can choose to deal with it.

Step 3 - Limit Horror Stories!

On one hand, you have friends and relatives who will be just as excited and anxious about the birth as you.

But on the other, you will have many friends and relatives who will seem to go out of their way to give you a horror story or two about giving birth.

Your own mum might want to share the story of how you were born. In some ways, this is to be expected but have you noticed how the majority of these stories centre around the ‘horror’ of this fantastic happening?

You need to limit these horror stories but firmly asking people not to ‘over share’ but also understand that everyone’s experience is different.

Step 4 - Talk to Your Midwife and Have a Plan

As you near the birth, your midwife will spend more time with you explaining what will happen and what to look for as you start labour and so on.

An important aspect of decreasing the nerves related to giving birth is that you have a plan for what you would like to happen. Although some people will have you think that once labour starts you will be in so much pain that you won’t care what happens, it could be that this is not the case.

Discuss with your midwife your fears and concerns. You will find that they have heard many of these concerns before and will be able to lay some, if not all your fears to rest.

Be clear about what you would like to happen and at one point you want the medical team to take over your care. Having this plan can make you feel less anxious because for some women, it is about feeling ‘out of control’ or feeling you have to agree to things that you don’t want.

Step 5 – Talk to Your Partner

You may be surprised to find that your partner is just as wary and anxious as you are able the birth. Quite often, they are unsure what their role is, how to become involved and what you want them to do in order to support you.

Your midwife will also help to allay their fears. Both of you should be involved in creating a birthing plan that suits you both.

Step 6 - Join an Ante-Natal Class

There is no substitution for talking to other women and their partners. Joining an ante-natal class is a great way of getting a support system around you that works.

You can share concerns – you will be amazed at how similar these concerns and worries are! And don’t forget, once your little bundle of joy has arrived, you can share your experiences with other expectant parents at ante-natal classes.

Share your concerns

There is a campaign that encourages us to share our concerns. #OKtosay is the hashtag for the mental health charity Head Together and the same goes when it comes to pregnant women sharing their concerns, anxieties and worries about giving birth.

If you feel anxious or nervous, and can feel it spiralling out of control, reach out – talk to your partner, friends or midwife, someone you can trust to give you both the information and support you need.

HARTMANN Direct offer a range of products suitable for use by pregnant women. Their incontinence products are also designed with the new mum in mind too.

Guest Author

A Reason to eat Chocolate by Nikita Hoskin

A Reason to eat Chocolate

I am a mum of one little girl and no I have no desire for anymore 4 years of no sleep so far is quite enough but I do have a desire for chocolate. Some days because I want it and then there are the days like today. You know the kind of day where you have worked 12 hours the day before to make not that much, where your boiler is broken so you are cold and quite frankly gross and you have a child who has a radar that goes off as soon as you either sit down to eat or your head hits the pillow. All these joyful series of events left me sat on my sofa after finally wrestling her into school where I’m sure other mums gave me knowing looks as if to say I know you have your pj’s on under your coat blocking out the beautiful sun and contemplating hiding for the next six hours.

It was a good thought I had been up most of the night I had unsuccessfully bled a radiator in the hope of hot water so the thought of shutting the beautiful spring day out seemed quite reasonable. Then I looked in the mirror and saw my tired dehydrated red skin. It had not enjoyed a 5 hour drive and my skin has not enjoyed the fact that it is never going to sleep again so I decided to not waste the day and make myself some chocolate and a beautiful face mask in the hope of not doing the school pick up in the tragic state as this morning.

Now as you may have gathered I am not in the most energetic or organised mood today so these 2 recipes I am about to give you are all about having the maximum effects with the least amount of effort possible.

The first is for my dark chocolate, green tea and goji berry truffles. They are dairy free truffles that are delicious and contain only ingredients that give your skin a beautiful healthy glow so you can have something in your life that doesn’t feel you with guilt.

So in the interest in being a simple as possible put all the ingredients in a Bain Marie together and stir until it reaches 50’c (this is what will give you truffles a beautiful shine. Decant the combined mix into silicone moulds and chill. If you do not have a mould you can half chill the mix, then you or your little one can roll into balls or whatever shape they decide to go for chill and then eat.


226g Dark Chocolate

¼ Cup Coconut Oil

½ vanilla pod (seeds only)

2 tablespoons of Match Green Tea Powder (I love T2 Tea!!)

A handful of Goji Berries chopped

Pinch of sea salt

3 tablespoons of water

As I said just chuck it all in together and stir in a Baine Marie until glossy and combined. Chill and enjoy a treat for your skin.


Whilst I was waiting for my truffle to cool I realised I had not done anything about my increasingly irritated skin so I decided to throw together a little green tea mask to sooth and soften I am not going to lie I didn’t measure it as you can see from the picture but let’s just go with a fireman sam teaspoon of each

Green Tea and Manuka Honey Mask

1 tsp Matcha Green Tea

1tsp Manuka Honey (normal honey will be fine I must have just been feeling fancy at the supermarket)

1 tsp of pro biotic plain yoghurt

¼ tsp of bicarb

Stir all together and leave for 3 minutes stir again and apply to your face leave for enough time to drink the cup of green tea eat lots of your truffles and remove with a warm flannel if you have hot water if not cold seemed to work fine for me.

So I still haven’t managed to face the beautiful spring day but it is ten past 2 and now my skin feels so soft and glowing I really don’t think I have to bother to put on makeup for the school run and I now feel ready to face the wonderful tea and bedtime battles.

Hope you get to enjoy these skin treats

The Skin Chef


Guest blogger - Nikita Hoskin

5 Tips for Landing a Job in the Beauty Industry by Hanna Johnson

5 Tips for Landing a Job in the Beauty Industry

A lot of people dream of working in the beauty industry. With all the gorgeous-looking models endorsing beauty products, the beauty industry seems to be an ideal place to build a successful career in. There is the strong pull to work in the middle of all the glitz and the glamour, to be able to be a part of the force that makes people look good and feel good. However, landing a job in this sector necessitates much more than just having an interest in makeup.  With the right background, skills, strategies and eye for style, hopeful applicants can find their way into the industry. Here are some tips to help.

Know What Truly Interests You

If you do have a passion to work in the beauty industry, it is important to know what part of it that makes you feel excited to deal with. The industry is made up of various sectors which include makeup, fragrance, skincare and hair. What exactly is your interest? Would you like to be a makeup artist? Or do you prefer hair styling? Some also work for nail art. For example, if you would like to be a makeup artist, there are many job opportunities that range from prosthetics, film, theatre, modelling, remedial camouflage…etc.. Or, you can also be working in the laboratory doing all the scientific things that create those beauty products. There are so many possibilities and one just needs to have the patience and to know where to look. Online tools, such as the site and app uk.jobrapido.com, can be a convenient source of offers when looking for a job – allowing you to filter your search according to industry, geographical area, or company.

Go to School

Having the right and ample educational background makes you an attractive applicant to beauty companies who are always on the lookout for individuals who have the passion, the drive, the skills and the right education to be an asset to the company. Courses can be taken up in a school or in an accredited program. Moreover, choosing where to study is also an important factor. Some schools include training or apprenticeships in well-known beauty companies as part of their course program.

Choose Companies Well

There are so many beauty companies that continuously hire people who can contribute to the development and advancement of the business. Target the right companies by choosing those that you believe can help you develop as an individual and can provide you the right setting to sharpen and polish your skills. When you have a list of businesses which you would want to work for, always be on the lookout for job openings in the particular sectors you are interested in.

Continue Learning and Being Informed

It is essential to always stay on top of your beauty game. New products, strategies and styles continue to be introduced and adapted. If you are always updated with your skills as well as with information, companies will be very interested to hire you. Companies prefer to hire people who show that they are well-informed and know the latest developments in the industry. You can join short courses or even browsing the Internet for new developments can increase your knowledge.

Apply, Apply, Apply

Certainly, you are not going to immediately land a top job in a big beauty company after your schooling. Most of the time, people find themselves climbing the ladder to achieve their dream job. You can get there as well by starting somewhere. Send in your applications (constantly) even to big companies. If you have to start as a salesperson in the cosmetics department of a shopping mall, for as long as you like the job and you know it will help build your resume and training, then go for it.

The beauty industry presents an exciting platform and opportunities for career growth. Don’t expect to immediately land a position in the top tier. Work your way from the bottom and you will even find more satisfaction with all the hard work and sacrifices. If at first you don’t get hired, don’t despair. Soon enough, a job will land right at your door.


How Massage got rid of my stubborn Cellulite by Nikita Hoskin

How Massage got rid of my stubborn Cellulite

I am lucky myself my mum gave me good genes where I have pretty much been a size 10 my entire adult life without having to put much effort into it. Yes, being a massage therapist means I am on my feet all day and if I tempt you into trying one my Cellulite Busting massages you will find out I get some exercise but I have always suffered with cellulite.

Many people believe that if you are slim that you do not have to worry about such problems but cellulite can hit anyone no matter of their size and shape as it is caused by a toxin build up in the body. I know from experience the knock on someone’s confidence having cellulite can cause so I decided in my early 20’s to get rid of it.

First thing I tried was every cream under the sun and although most did absolutely nothing no matter how religious I was with my application the Bliss cream lovingly named “Fat Girl Sleep” was the best of the bunch for me.


So, the easy route of creams was not working for me but I was 23 and wanted to wear short dresses to go out and dance the night away in so I looked for my next solution. It was pointed out to me that perhaps my caffeine and alcohol intake was slightly too high back then and that could be the cause of those annoying dimples appearing in my thighs. I decided to detox full blown clean eating cellulite busting diet began straight away. I drew up a 2-week detox plan with plenty of green vegetables and food rich in lecithin such as kale, eggs, peanuts and apples. I added in only essential fatty acid foods such as linseed, hempseed and oily fish which all improve tissue hydration and made sure to eat lots of diuretics which I learnt are great for fighting cellulite. Great diuretic foods are cucumbers, celery, asparagus and onions. Finally, I of cause cut out caffeine, alcohol and any other toxins. Back then I didn’t realise the affect that gluten and dairy had on my body although I am not allergic to it in any way I always cut these two food sources out of my diet whenever I do a detox now.Read more

Physiotherapy Supports Your Body’s Natural Healing Process

Physiotherapy Supports Your Body’s Natural Healing Process

The body is a marvel. Its ability to heal itself is just one example of just how wonderful it is.

However, sometimes you may need to provide your body with additional support. This is particularly the case if you have been involved in an accident or have been seriously ill. In those situations, seeking the help of a physiotherapist could greatly speed up your recovery and rehabilitation.

An example of how physiotherapy reduces recovery time

Numerous case studies demonstrate this fact. For example, a recent study carried out in Glasgow showed that stroke patients recovered faster when given more access to physiotherapy sessions.

During the study, the recovery of two groups of patients was compared. The first group received 35minutes of treatment five times a week. Whist, the other patients underwent 62 minutes of physiotherapy each day.

The group that had access to more treatment was able to recover the ability to stand and walk faster. They were also able to stand for longer, and walk further. You can find out more about this study here.

Numerous other medical studies show that physiotherapy supports the natural healing process. The fact that this type of treatment is effective is why professional athletes and sports men and women employ physiotherapists.

The exercises used by practitioners are designed to move the limbs in the right way. This gentle movement helps to build muscle and improve circulation.

Treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient to make sure that they are as effective as possible. Importantly, these exercises are gentle enough to make sure that the body is not put under too much stress, which ensures that patients do not experience injuries.

Moving the body in this way increases the flow of blood throughout the body. This speeds up the rate at which nutrients are delivered to the organs, muscles and bones. It also increases the speed at which toxins are picked up and expelled from the body.

Physical therapy has been practiced for nearly 2,500 years, and practitioners are continually working to improve the way they treat patient. The way they practice is continually evolving and improving.

A holistic approach

Increasingly, physiotherapists are opting to continue their training even after they have qualified and have started treating patients. They are increasingly choosing to study other complimentarily treatment methods, so that they can better support to their patients.

A good example is this physiotherapist in Northwich. He offers acupuncture alongside traditional physiotherapy treatments. In addition, the clinic that he works in offers clinical reflexology, podiatry, biomechanical assessments and low-level laser therapy. By taking a holistic approach, this physiotherapist is able to help more people and get better results.

New treatments

Practitioners are continuing to innovate. They are taking treatment techniques from other disciplines and adapting them, when possible, for use in physiotherapy. A recent example of this is the introduction of low-level laser therapy, which stimulates the cells in the body to enhance the healing process. This technique is still being developed and honed, but it is already proving effective for some patients.

If you want to maintain a strong and healthy body, a visit to a physiotherapist can prove helpful. They will identify any existing weaknesses and explain which exercises you need to do to address them.

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5 Wrinkle Fighting Foods you must try - guest blog

5 Wrinkle Fighting Foods you must try


Every human being wants to maintain a young and smooth face free from wrinkles. To attain this goal, one has to feed on plenty of fruits and take about two liters of water every day. The skin being the largest part of the body gives a reflection of whom a person is. No one is comfortable with age spots and facial wrinkles, yet you have not reached that age. Eating healthy diets and avoiding junk foods is the main secret to a wrinkle-free and smooth skin. Fish is also an amazing diet that can enhance your skin to look beautiful. Causes of wrinkles on the skin may be due to age, chronic stress, lack of enough nutrients and excessive exposure to the sun, dust and impurities.

1. Berries

These sweet fruits pack more antioxidant punch than any other fruit or vegetable. Plenty of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries work well to help protect skin from damage that leads to wrinkles. 250ml of berries juice daily works the best. These fruits contain vitamin C, which helps to boost collagen formation to fight facial wrinkles. Blueberries are also loaded with vitamin E and also have the high concentration of anthocyanins and neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue and by scavenging free radicals triggering age spots.

2. Green Tea

It is high on the list of skin-friendly beverages. Four cups before lunch can help in reduction of facial wrinkles. Green tea has a powerful compound called catching that is known to have extremely powerful antioxidants that essential for skin care regimen. Intake of green tea helps the skin pores to open, such that it can extract dirt and breathe in oxygen. This helps prevent skin cancer and reduce damages triggered by harmful UV rays to prevent the formation of age spots or wrinkles. Considering their well-documented antioxidant and ant-inflammatory activities, green tea is likely to slow down the development of premature aging signs. It is useful to incorporate green tea to your skin maintenance routine to possibly slow down skin aging process.

3. Tomatoes

Tomato is the most commonly used ingredient during food preparation. It is widely known for the sweet taste and aroma in food. It also has additional benefits not known by many since it has a skin care compound that fights facial wrinkles and age spots. Tomatoes contain lycopene that can neutralize the harmful effects of UV light which damage the skim. Daily intake of 5 spoons of tomato mixed with olive oil protects sunburn by 33%. They help towards the achievement of a youthful age spot free skin. Your daily intake of tomatoes can increase your natural skin protection and maintain a skin free from wrinkles. Good skin free from age spots and facial wrinkles rely on an adequate supply of nutrients found in tomato. Tomato mixed with cucumber come with a natural sunscreen that soothes the skin and reduces the facial wrinkles.

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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 seeds 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 of 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 to mentor them and help them achieve success and encourage them to grow their own business.

Written by Julie-Ann Hunter at Professional beauty academy