Buy a charity Christmas card, change a life

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Whilst a text or email is enough for many, sending a Christmas card is still the traditional way to send love to those you care for.

Whilst you can go into any supermarket or chain store and pick up a great offer on a box of twenty cards, why not show your nearest and dearest you care as well as giving back to a charity close to your heart?

There are plenty of worthy organisations out there, so we have done some research and come up with what we think are the the pick of the bunch.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. They provide support to help people cope with cancer and get the most out of life. From diagnosis onwards, this great charity helps deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement. From sheep in the snow to contemporary candles, they have a gorgeous selection of cards to choose from.

‘Hounds for Heroes’ is a brilliant organisation that not many people know about. The team provide specially trained assistance dogs to disabled and injured personnel from the UK Armed Forces and the Emergency Services. They are based in Hampshire, where the puppies are put through their training before they go onto offer the companionship and love that can be missing when someone becomes disabled.

The National Deaf Children’s Society is dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. This charity believes every deaf child should be valued and included in society and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Their cute cards feature Santa and polar bears, robins and snowmen and as you pop your cards in the postbox you know the profits are going to a great, life changing cause.

You cannot help but notice more and more media coverage about Alzheimer’s and you might even know someone who is suffering from it. The Alzheimer’s Society is a key organisation that campaigns for better quality of life for those with dementia and greater understanding of the condition. They are involved with research as well as support and are really getting the message out there so people know where they can get help.

A less well known, but still very worthy cause, is the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. The Trust raises awareness of the symptoms of depression and believes early identification and improved treatment can help reduce suicide numbers and ensure sufferers receive the care they needed and deserve. We love their London themed cards and found their website, pretty impactful.

Last but no means least, is Make a Wish. We have a soft spot of this charity, which makes magical wishes come true for children and young people with life-threatening illnesses. From walking with dinosaurs, going on a brilliant holiday, meeting a celebrity or making a movie, this is where lives are changed and memories are made. Their robin on a pot card is as traditional as it gets, but it is Santa dressing the Christmas tree has stolen our hearts.

Remember, if can change in a moment so support a charity and change a life this Christmas.

Team Pure-Beauty

 

Fight the Signs of Ageing with Dermalogica and Decleor

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Fight the Signs of Ageing with Dermalogica and DecleorOne of the most common reasons for new customers coming to Pure Beauty is because they want to combat the signs of ageing and renew their youthfulness. There are lots of areas of the face where ageing can be a problem, so we’ve compiled a list to help you to get the best products for your specific problem.

Eyes

The skin around the eyes is perhaps the most delicate of the whole face and needs really specific products to keep the signs of ageing at bay. Decleor Regenerating Eye and Lip Cream has been formulated for use on the most delicate of areas and helps reduce puffiness and dark circles around eyes and smoothes fragile contours to regenerate, plump and invigorate the eye.

Mouth

The lips are the area of the face which move the most and as such are prone to fine lines around the outside, especially if you’ve been or are a smoker. Dermalogica Lip Renewal Complex is designed to replenish lost moisture in the lips and surrounding area minimising contour lines and helping to prevent the signs of ageing.

Hands

People often neglect the skin on their hands but it’s usually the area of the body which gets the roughest deal. Between gardening, harsh chemicals in cleaning products and a million other things that ruin the condition of your hands, they probably need MORE care than the rest of your body, not less! Decleor Dark Spot Corrector Concentrate can be used anywhere on your body where there are areas of hyper-pigmentation, but it’s great for use on your hands where these spots are often at their worst.

Body

When we think of ageing, we usually concentrate on our faces but our bodies can show signs of ageing too. Opting for a potent serum like Decleor Youth Activator Body Serum, which can be used all over your body, will help to replenish lost moisture and nutrients, encourage cell regrowth and will help to smooth and firm your whole body.

Nails

You may think that nails can’t show signs of age, but even they can become brittle, dry and discoloured as we age, so using a dedicated nail treatment like Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment is a really good idea. It’s a non-greasy treatment which will strengthen your nails and help to reverse discolouration, giving your hands their youthful looks back.

De-stress Your Festive Planning

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There hasn’t been much festive chat on the blog yet, but there is no denying the fact that Christmas is creeping up upon us.

The shops are jam-packed with the goodies, lights are being turned on and advent calendars will be cracked open on 1 December.

Whilst Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, for many it also brings stress and worry.

Yes, it is lovely to sit on the sofa watching festive films and drinking hot chocolate, but with so many other things to do first, that moment can feel like it is a world away.

We a great believe that surviving the holidays without tearing your hair out, is due to three key elements:

Planning. This has to be the greatest stress-buster of all.

Delegating so you don’t have to do it all yourself.

Being realistic and lowering your expectations. Christmas is a time to relax with family and friends, not for proving you are best interior designer and cook.

So, first things first for a less chaotic holiday, take turns. We know that deciding where to spend the big day and with whom, can be a delicate matter but taking it in turns can help. If you hosted last year, let your sister take over this year. If the in-laws camped out with you at New Year, maybe they can return the favour when seeing in 2017. If you really don’t want the politics, get away from it all and have a break somewhere sunny.

Decide on a budget, and stick to it. Make a list of everyone you have to buy for, from mum and dad to school teachers and the postman, and work out what to get each one. It can be tempting to blow the budget, but be sensible and remember, it really is the thought that counts.

When it comes to groceries, shop online. It is so much easier to click your way through the aisles and by doing so you avoid brussel sprout wars and massive midnight queues. Things do still get busy in cyber space, so book your desired slot now and then unpack your turkey, mince pies and crackers in your PJs with a glass of wine, free of stress and other shoppers.

Another top tip when it comes to food is to cheat. Pre-made gravy, a ready to go Christmas pudding and frozen roast potatoes are just as good as the ‘real thing’ and lets be honest, with a glass of two of wine and the buzz around the room, no one will even notice.

Set yourself a target. If you want to actually enjoy Christmas Eve, plan to have all cards written and presents wrapped by 20th December. The worst thing is running out of tape and paper at the 12th hour and tears spoiling the festivities.

Keep a diary of where you are going and when and don’t be tempted to double book, or noses will be put out of joint.

Stay away from social media. There is nothing like scrolling through Facebook and Instagram to make you feel you aren’t good enough and this doesn’t change at Christmas. The main thing is you and yours have a great time. This doesn’t mean having the biggest tree, most presents or perfect make-up as you sit and open your presents, and putting it online, but rather enjoying the moment and making memories.

Don’t neglect yourself. Navigating the holidays can be a challenge so you need to be fighting fit and at your best. Try not to skip meals, get plenty of sleep, don’t over do the mulled wine and drink lots of water. These might be simple steps but they will help keep you smiling when those trying relatives are, well, trying.

Most of all remember to have fun and appreciate those you love.

Team Pure-Beauty

The Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine

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Benefits of Drinking WineIt’s that time of year when most of us like a little tipple with some festive nibbles and everyone is left feeling guilty about leaving their diet on the sidelines. However, if you make the right choices, a treat needn’t be the end of the world and there are actually several health benefits to having a small glass or two of wine in the evening. Read on to find out how wine can have a positive impact on your health (and help absolve yourself of Christmas guilt!)

Increases Longevity

Red wine is packed with antioxidants, and it’s been proven in several long-range studies that people who drink red wine regularly actually live longer. A 29-year study of almost 2500 Finnish men showed that wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. We can’t guarantee that it won’t speed up the ageing process if you indulge too much, though!

Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease

From the outside, it may seem as though the French should be more prone to heart disease, given their love of rich food and drink, but actually their rates of heart disease are much lower than here in the UK. Wines from France are packed with tannins which contain procyanidins, helping to protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines.

Wine Protects the Eyes

For many people, deteriorating eyesight and developing cataracts (you know, where the eyes look milky) is just a fact of life and something which is inevitable with age. However, a study of over a thousand individuals in Iceland showed that moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than non-drinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer.

Prevents Spots

Believe it or not, red wine contains something which could help if you suffer with acneic breakouts. Resveratrol is a natural phenol which can kill bacteria, and just so happens to be contained in red wine. Use it alongside Dermalogica Breakout Control for practically perfect skin.

Cut the Risk of Tooth Decay

Red wine contains many bacteria-killing enzymes and when it comes into contact with the nasties which live on your teeth, it neutralises them, cutting your risk of developing tooth decay in the process. Don’t drink too much in one sitting though – purple teeth are a dead giveaway!

Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair

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They say you are what you eat and that is so true when it comes to hair that is full of life and shine.

Last week we looked at tips and tricks to speed up hair growth and today it’s all about how diet can help you get the most luscious locks ever.

First things first. Your hair is made from protein and eating this is vital if vital if you want strong, healthy hair. Not eating enough protein could lead to hair that is dry, weak and lacking in shine. It is thought that eating very little protein can actually cause hair loss – something you do not want. Chicken, dairy products, eggs, fish and turkey are all fantastic sources of protein with legumes and nuts being perfect for vegetarians.

Iron is another must-have mineral for hair as too little can cause anemia which can lead to hair loss. Chicken, fish and red meat all provide iron that is readily available to the body. If you are looking for vegetarian sources then opt for leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach as well as broccoli, lentils and spinach.

Let’s face it, for health you can’t go far wrong with a decent dose of Vitamin C, and this is so the case when it comes to hair. Vitamin C is key to the production of collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts. It helps the absorption of iron and is also an antioxidant that your body will lap up. Blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes are all high in Vitamin C and taste pretty good so eat them with every meal.

Another hair friendly vitamin is A, which we need to create sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by the sebaceous gland and acts as a natural conditioner for your scalp. Eating orange coloured veg such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes will help which are high in beta-carotene (which makes Vitamin A) will keep that sebum alive and prevent a dry, itchy scalp.

Omega-3 fatty acids can only obtained through our diet and are vital as they provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated and supple. Oily fish like salmon, sardines, trout and mackerel are fantastic sources as are avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

It might be winter, but the sun can still damage your hair, so ramp up your Vitamin E intake to protect it. Nuts are a great source as they not only provide Vitamin E but also zinc, so be sure to add them into your diet mix.

A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and also make your scalp dry and flaky. Fortified cereals and wholegrains are a good source of zinc along with beef, eggs and oysters, so add them to your next weekly shop.

As well as eating vitamins for healthy hair, you could also whip up a quick mask to give your locks an added boost. Once a week mash together one whisked egg yolk and mix this with half a mashed avocado and a large spoon of honey. Massage the mixture onto damp, clean hair and leave for half an hour before rinsing thoroughly and leaving to dry naturally.

Got a super food you swear by? Drop us a line and let us know.

Team Pure-Beauty