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Health, Fitness & Skincare Journey

One of my new year resolutions was to take my fitness and general health very seriously. Last year, I saw the consequences of not being fit, and I never want to experience any of that again. The body pains and the extra weight were not my cup of tea, so I rather be fit and healthy!

One of the issues with working from home is that it is so easy to be on your laptop, on the sofa all day, which is horrible for the body as you can imagine.

These days, I have been going on daily walks/runs; I easily go pass the 10,000 recommended daily step and I am loving it. I feel better, I look better and I am happier. I guess being fit has a way of doing that to you, plus the amazing scenery at the moment is priceless.

 

 

 

Apart from having a balanced diet, I have also been taking vitamins supplements, and trying to get as much beauty sleep as possible. I am currently taking Vitabiotics WellWoman Vitamins Supplement and Natures Aid Chewable Vitamin C, and I think they are both doing the job, I just need to remember to take them everyday.

 

 

So health and fitness aside, being in my 30s also means I need to step up my skincare routine, and start experimenting with various anti-aging skincare products, which is what I am doing at the moment. I have a few anti-aging products I am testing out and I will be reviewing soon, so keep your eyes open.

The way I see it, health, fitness and skincare are always going to be a journey, and not a destination, because they never end.

How is your health, fitness and skincare routine? Any major changes this year? Do sound off in the comments section below, and please remember to share. Thank you.

 

*Collaborative Post.

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Beauty & Health Products from Chemist UK

You all know how I am so into caring for my skin properly, now that I am in my 30s. I shared some skincare tips for over 30s

some days ago, and it was well received, so I thought to share some beauty and health products I have been trying lately, thanks to Chemist UK. These products are also great ideas to include in a hamper as a gift for Mother’s Day.

 


 

 

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex

This Elizabeth Arden cream provides moisture and a barrier to prevent moisture loss.

PROS

  1. It does what it says on the pack; provides moisture, which is what my skin needs.
  2. It has a lovely light fragrance.
  3. I love the pretty packaging.
  4. It is so affordable on Chemist UK website, currently retails at £12.99 only.
  5. It feels great on the skin.
  6. I can see a visible difference on my face and neck. It looks and feels soft and smooth.

 

 

CONS

None.

I recommend this Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex a 110%. It is great for my skin.

 

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Balm

This soothing balm is clinically proven to help support skin’s own regeneration process and is designed for very dry, sensitive or even cracked skin.

 

PROS

  1. It does not contain any colourants, fragrances or preservatives.
  2. It moisturises the skin beautifully.
  3. It is very good for dry, flaky, sore skin.
  4. It heals skin flare ups or irritation very quickly. I have used this soothing balm on my skin and my children’s skin as well, and it is great. It clears up various skin issues.
  5. It is great for sensitive skin.
  6. It currently retails for £7.65 only for a 40ml on Chemist UK Website.

 

 

CONS

None.

I love this Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Balm so much, I could shout from the rooftops about it. It is definitely one of the best skincare inventions ever!

 

Paul Smith Extreme Eau de Toilette

This Paul Smith Extreme Eau de Toilette feature fruity notes of Italian mandarin and blackcurrant mixed with freesia as top notes. For the heart notes, Paul Smith uses entire blackcurrant branches, softened by heliotrope and violet. The final notes come from amber and musk with the resonances of sandalwood and cedar.

 

PROS

  1. I adore the packaging. I think the bottle is really cute.
  2. It is quite affordable; it currently retails at £15.99 for a 30ml bottle on Chemist UK.
  3. I love the fresh fragrance.

 

 

CONS

  1. The fragrance is not as long-lasting as I would want it too, but I guess that is usually the case with Eau de Toilette perfumes.

I would recommend this fragrance and I would buy again. It is a soft fresh scent, great for summer days.

 

Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Translucent Powder

This Max Factor Translucent Powder is great for a fresher base, on top of your foundation, or even as an all in one make-up.

 

PROS

  1. It is great for all skin tones.
  2. It is a multi tasking makeup product – can be used as alone over moisturiser, on top of your foundation, and as an all in one make-up.
  3. I love the compact packaging, so easy to pop in a handbag.
  4. It looks amazing on my face. I love the flawless matte look.
  5. It provides excellent coverage.
  6. It is very affordable, currently retails on Chemist UK at £5.39.

 

 

 

CONS

None.

This is a fabulous pressed powder for all skin tones. I will buy it again.

 

Nature Aid Chewable Vitamin C

I had a bad flu earlier this year, and I have had a cold a few times already this year, so I know I need to work on my immunity. I have been searching for the right Vitamin C supplement to take for some weeks, so when I came across this Nature Aid Chewable Vitamin C, I knew I had to try it.

 

PROS

  1. It is free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
  2. It is lactose, yeast & gluten-free.
  3. It can be chewed or sucked. You only need 1 or 2 day.
  4. It is sugar-free.
  5. It tastes good.
  6. It is affordable at £5.06 for a pack of 100 tablets.

 

 

 

CONS

None.

This is a great Vitamin C supplement.

 

Dove Original Deodorant

This need no introduction….

 

PROS

  1. I love the fresh scent.
  2. It leaves my underarms smelling nice and sweat free for many hours.
  3. It is gentle on the skin, no sting.
  4. It is very affordable on the Chemist UK Website for £2.35.
  5. It leaves no white marks.

 

 

CONS

None.

It is a fabulous deodorant. I have it used over and over again!

 

All these products and many more can be found on the Chemist UK website (link above). It is a great online store for skincare, toiletries, health and wellbeing products, and it is very easy to search for products on the website.

What do you think of these products? Have you used any of these before? I think the products are fabulous for a Mother’s Day hamper gift. Do you agree?

 

*Collaborative post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Hormones Affect the Skin in your 30s

Our bodies go through a lot of changes. And as each day passes, these changes become more and more evident in our life – especially our skin.

As we get older, the level of certain hormones starts dropping. The decrease in these hormones leads to changes in our skin, especially our face, and usually starts in our 30s.

 

 

I clocked 30 in January, and I have started noticing changes in my skin for the last 3 years. As much as I may dislike having to deal with these new developments, I can’t run away from the reality that nature must take its course, so I might as well try to understand what causes these changes and how we can best manage the situation.

Here are some of the ways hormones affect your skin in your 30s and what you can do to deal with them.

 

Visible Change #1 – Breakout

When you thought you closed the chapter on your acne problem in your teens, those horrible pimples start rearing their heads in your 30s. The major cause of breakouts in your 30s is an increase in the stress hormone called cortisol.

High cortisol levels spring the sebaceous glands (the glands responsible for producing oil in your body) to make more oil. This is what causes your skin to be oily and when the oil gets in contact with dirt, sweat and grime it begins to inflame. Sometimes they fill up with pus especially when the pore gets infected.

 

Action Step #1 – Calm down and relax

Of course, it’s normal to get stressed. Work, family and other very important engagements can take a huge toll on someone. But we all need to make room for some relaxation.

I have been breaking out seriously recently, so I guess there is a spike in the stress hormone in my body, which I am not surprised about. I need to take my own advice, and relax a bit more.

 

Visible Change #2 – Dull looking skin

As we grow older, our skin tends not to glow as much as it used to when we were in our 20s. This is caused by a drop in the levels of a hormone called estrogen. Estrogen is produced in the ovaries and it promotes the production of collagen and elastin that make your skin look plump and give it that youthful glow.

A reduction of estrogen changes your complexion and causes your eyes to be puffy. This is because the lymph glands that are in charge of removing the toxins from your body weaken.

 

Action Step #2 – Apply products that contain Retinol

The best way to deal with a drop of estrogen is to promote collagen and elastin production. Retinol helps to boost both collagen and elastin by making the skin thicker. This will help your skin gets its glow back.

 

 

Visible Change #3 – Wrinkles and Fine Lines

This might be the one that gives women the most concern. A decrease in growth hormone makes the skin wrinkle on the forehead, and the corners of the eyes and mouth.

As we grow older the skin doesn’t bounce back as quickly as it used to, so the fine lines become more visible.

 

Action Step #3 – Exfoliate and Moisturize

Exfoliating the skin helps to activate the blood vessels and bring your skin cells back to life. It helps to reduce the presence of wrinkles and fine lines.

Moisturizing immediately after exfoliation will help nourish your skin and help you smoothen those wrinkles. You can apply anti-wrinkle cream to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles too.

 

Are you going through any skin changes? Do sound off in the comments section below.