This week is one of our favourite times of the year: Valentines Day. We love the outpouring of love that fills the streets this week, the numerous bouquets of flowers, boxes of chocolates, and generally loved up couples that make us believe in love all over again.
But this year we wanted to try something different. After you’ve shared some love with the significant people in your life, why not share a little love with yourself, and your skin.
Here are our tips on how to love your skin better this Valentines Day.
We all have aspects of our skin that we don’t like. Maybe it’s inconsistent skin tone, maybe its issues with dry skin, oily skin or a skin condition. Maybe we just aren’t happy with it in general. But, accepting your skin is the first step in learning to love it. Instead of thinking of your skin like a beauty item, think of all the benefits that it gives you, all the positives. It is true what they say: you have to love the skin you’re in.
If you want your skin to serve you well, look good and feel good, you have to protect it. This means giving it a regular coat of sunscreen, even if you aren’t sure you’re going to be out in the sun. It means guarding against dry skin with daily moisturising, even on the days when there’s so much more to do. And it means recognising that you might need your skin, but it needs you too.
Look Out For It
When your skin has a problem, it shows right there on the surface, which means there’s no reason for you to miss the signs. You need to know your skin, and check it regularly for things that seem out of place. This might just be a pesky skin condition that needs treatment, but it could also be the beginnings of skin cancer. Do yourself, and your skin, a favour and get to know your moles and blemishes, and be aware if something changes, or something new appears.
Your skin loves you, but you need to love it back. This means drinking between 1.6 and 2 litres of water every single day, and consuming a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. The combination of the water and the vitamin packed produce allows your skin to be its best, which translates into glowing, healthy skin you’re going to love every single day.
It is impossible to imagine where you would be without your skin, so why not treat it every now and again? Give your skin some pampering with a regular at home face mask, skin scrub or other DIY beauty treatment, and follow it up with some loving from one of Scentrelle’s oils. Sometimes, a little bit of love can really give your skin a lift, and that carries through to you. After all, you both deserve it!
Well ladies, it is official, 2014 is over! Looking back, the year has been one filled with new discoveries, healthy lifestyle changes, and lots of happy memories. But, in the last little while we’ve been looking back at the parts of 2014 that might be better off forgotten.
We’re talking about the weird, unusual and totally out of this world beauty treatments that have hit the headlines last year. From slimy saviours to bloody beautifiers, here are five we couldn’t resist reminding you of!
The Vampire Facial
Kim Kardashian made this one famous in a stomach-churning Instagram snap, but it’s actually been practiced by quite a few people. The Vampire Facial involves blood being taken from your arm and mixed to separate the cells, before being injected back into your face. This weird treatment, which can cost up to $1000 claims to rejuvenate the skin by creating new blood cells and collagen. But, to see results you’ll need to be getting your blood on three times every four to six weeks, making treatment as expensive as it is unusual.
Demi Moore admitted to being a Leech Therapy follower earlier this year, leading to a massive uptake in the procedure, which involves having leeches feed on you, and then having a mix of your own blood and leech enzymes applied to your face. Now, leeches are already used in medical treatments, particularly in limb reattachment, so admittedly the idea doesn’t seem so unbelievable. The treatment claims that lipids present in the leech enzyme reduce skin tension and improve blood circulation, leading to younger looking skin. Personally, we’re not sure we want leech juice and blood smeared on our faces, but that could just be us.
Beer Volume Treatment
This boozy beauty trend has been floating around for a while, but it resurfaced again in 2014 with the rise of at home, DIY beauty treatments. The treatment involves washing your hair in beer, with the aim of making it shinier. Science suggests that proteins present in the beer make your hair more voluminous, while the sugars also serve to improve natural shine. If it did work, it would be a pretty cheap treatment, but unfortunately all the beer treatment consistently offers is a chance for your hair to smell distinctly like the local pub.
Originating in a spa in Tokyo, the snail facial was another crazy 2014 beauty treatment that had us shaking our heads and shuddering. The treatment, which involves covering the face in live snails, who spread their mucus all over your skin, claims to remove dead skin cells, and help the skin to hydrate. Unfortunately for all those who think the idea of having snails slide on your skin is a dream, there’s actually no real research that proves this treatment does anything magic… except give you a chance to commune with tosme snails.
Placenta Face Creams
Before you lose your cool and boycott Scentrelle for even mentioning this, we’re talking about sheep placenta creams, a beauty treatment lauded by the likes of Victoria Beckham. This wacky, and slightly nauseating, treatment is based on the idea that the placenta and umbilical cord of mammals contains stem cells that can repair any kind of cell in the body. Celebrities claim that the treatment helps keep their skin glowing and wrinkle free, but we’re not sure we’re that desperate to ward off aging yet.
So that’s the five most unusual, weird and generally unbelievable beauty treatments of the last year… Have you tried any of these yourself, or perhaps you have a stranger one to add?
The New Year is on the way, pretty rapidly if you ask us, and that means it is time for our favourite, and simultaneously most hated, New Years tradition: New Years Resolutions.
We know: you make them, you break them, and nothing ever sticks. It is a universal truth that New Years resolutions are much harder than they appear.
But you have to start somewhere.
So with that in mind here are six New Years resolutions you should definitely try to keep in 2015. These aren’t just good for you, they’re easy to enjoy!
Drink More Water
We don’t care if you get a water bottle or keep a cup by your desk, your bed or your kitchen counter. In 2015 try and drink between 1.6 and 2 litres of water every single day. Getting a little bit of extra H2O into your body doesn’t seem like it can make a difference, but believe us the positive effect on your skin, your mind and your general well-being is amazing.
Protect Your Skin
Your mum was probably all over you about this when you were a kid, but we’re going to say it again. Wear sunscreen everyday! Sunscreen protects your skin from sun damage, and pairing your SPF protection with a moisturiser is an all around winner for every skin type.
Try A New Sport or Healthy Hobby
In a bit of a fitness rut? We’ve been there, but don’t let yourself flounder in the new year. Instead, sign up for a new sport, or commit to practicing a healthy hobby. This could be as complicated as daily boxing classes, or as straightforward as practicing yoga for 20 minutes every morning. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, exercise is always going to have a positive effect, and its a great way to move confidently into a new year.
Don’t Be Skin Lazy
We’ve all done it once, but in 2015 let’s all promise never to fall asleep in our makeup again. Sleeping with a layer of makeup, and all the dirt and dust that accumulates on your face throughout the day, is a recipe for skin disaster. In the new year, do yourself a favour: remove your makeup and cleanse your skin every night before bed. No excuses!
Treat Your Hair Right
Its a new year, and that means new habits, so why not make 2015 your year of great hair? Instead of dealing with the dreaded ‘bad hair days’ think about how you can make your hair shine every day of the new year. We recommend not overwashing, keeping your hair moisturised, doing regular hair masks, and having it trimmed every 8 - 10 weeks.
Spoil Your Skin
We’ve mentioned skin quite a bit in this post, and why shouldn’t we? We’re skin people after all. But in 2015 we don’t just want to be mediocre skin people, we want to be glowing, shining, healthy skin people. Your skin takes care of you, so in the new year make it your resolution to spoil your skin a little more. We’re talking facials, scrubs, and a regular dose of your favourite Scentrelle oil!
The new year is just around the corner, and there is never a better time to make a change than right now. So do yourself a favour, and make 2015 the year for you. Believe us, you’ll be thanking us later!