How to stay healthy over Christmas

Mince Pies

Christmas is the time of year that even the most virtuous of us tend to relax our healthy habits – and why not, everyone needs a little indulgence! Sometimes the excesses of rich food, alcohol and sweet treats can leave us feeling worn down, bloated and not quite at our best. I’ll have some top [...]

Ingredients to avoid during Cancer Treatment

Blank moisturizer container

Yesterday I touched on some of the ingredients you may want to avoid during cancer treatment in my Simple Skincare Rules post – and today I’ll go into some of them in a bit more detail. Before I do I want to stress that I am not a doctor, and you should always consult your [...]

Summer Holiday Skin Hazards

Beach summer umbrella

The great British summer is in full swing, and for lots of us that means jetting off to sunnier climes! Holidays are the time of year you want to feel most confident about your skin – and don’t need anything standing between you and your short shorts and bare-faced glow! To help keep skin looking [...]

Do I really need to use a toner?

removing makeup

This is a question I get asked a lot by customers – memories of stinging skin is enough to make most people wary! So, why do toners have such a bad rap? And is there any point in using them? Alcohol-Based Toners The majority of Toners contain high levels of alcohol which is used to [...]

‘Five A Day’ Focus: Oil & pH Balance

Cotton

Achieving skin balance is key to taking control of problem skin. Skin balance refers to an even pH and oil production, and is affected by products, diet, stress and lifestyle. Unbalanced skin experiences oiliness, dryness, breakouts and reactions, whilst balanced skin is calm, clear and comfortable – here’s how to achieve it: Give your skin [...]

‘Five a Day’ Focus: Sleep & Stress

Sleep

A couple of weeks ago I touched on the amazing processes our skin goes through as we sleep – processes so amazing, that sleep and managing stress have made it into my Age Confidence Five A Day. A lack of sleep and high stress levels really take their toll on the body and prevent it [...]

5 ways to achieve skin balance and why it’s so important

Splash in bathroom woman cleaning face

While there are many tips and tricks to keep your sensitive skin calm and under control, ultimately they all serve one common purpose – achieving skin balance. For me, achieving skin balance and identifying the factors that throw it out of balance was the epiphany in my sensitive skin journey. There are many aspects to [...]

Spotlight series: What exactly is a spot?

what exactly is a spot?

We all know that feeling of dread when you look in the mirror and are greeted by a new friend, Mr Spot – someone we’d happily never meet and who usually pops up when he is least welcome. But what most of us don’t know is what exactly a spot is… The science behind spots Each [...]

Can Thyme effectively treat acne?

Thyme treatment for Acne

Thought I’d share this interesting article I came across on Yahoo’s Lifestyle site last week – claiming that Thyme could be a gentle yet effective natural alternative to common chemical acne treatments. Yahoo reports that scientists from Leeds Metropolitan University tested the effectiveness of Thyme tincture on killing the bacterium that causes acne, Propionibacterium acnes. [...]

Face Wipes: So convenient, so bad for your skin!

Face Wipes

For many, face wipes are a beauty essential. While they may save time, the chemical-heavy cloths can be incredibly irritating for sensitive skin. Facial cleansing wipes have revolutionized the skincare industry, with almost every major brand developing their own variety. They are however the one thing the majority of Pai customers simply cannot tolerate, with [...]