Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Dr Bragi Marine Enzyme Facial

Today I gave myself a facial with the Dr Bragi products I was sent.
Dr Bragi is a skin care brand that fuses marine biochemistry with pure natural ingredients.
The formulas are as clean as possible. All artificial preservatives, perfumes, dyes, lanolin, silicone and lipids are excluded. Instead, marine enzymes and raw materials are used. For this reason Dr Bragi have the safest formulas on the market, suitable for everyone including those with fragile sensitive skins. All products are also all unisex.

Dr Bragi's formulas are designed to speed up the cellular process. The marine enzymes help combat environmental and internal damage triggered by life style and hormonal changes. They holistically correct numerous problems including poor circulation and the loss of nutrients, collagen and elastin preventing the appearance of signs of ageing.

So, I started with the Bio Marine Exfolient which is 98% natural fossilised diatom algae. Although it does not have a strong overbearing smell it had a faint whiff of seaweed and the sea. The fine sand like texture appealed to me greatly. I usually feel sore after using face scrubs but after this one my skin felt healthy and clean. It got rid of my dead skin cells readying my skin for the next stage to allow enzymes to work in to the deeper layers of the skin.
Next, I used the Intensive treatment mask, also full of marine enzymes designed to rapidly target redness, dehydration and signs of ageing. I wasnt enthrauled with this product to be honest: It was a piece of material that is meant to be placed on the face, except it didnt properly fit mine. I had to lay for fifteen minuets in order for the mask to stay on which is inconvenient with my busy lifestyle. Again, there was no smell. Having said that, usually after facemasks my cheeks feel dry and tight. This one, however left my skin, although slightly greasy to the touch, soft, moisturised and healthy.

Lastly I applied the Age management marine enzyme which centers around a penzyme - an active but gentle deeply penetrating marine enzyme targeting all signs of ageing - which moisturises and sothes the skin whilst nourashing it. Again, there was no scent to it. My skin felt healthy, plump and soft, although perhaps, a little too greasy for my liking.
All in all I like the idea of this product and all it stands for. I think its great for dehydrated ageing skin but is not for me.

Sunday, 13 January 2013


I was sent a tub of Moa ‘the green balm’ its a 100% natural healing balm full of herbs that heal and repair.

The main ingredient is Yarrow also known as Achillea millefolium, which is renowned for its healing properties. It also includes tea-tree oil in a natural antiseptic, as well as beeswax, coconut, sweet oil, and soya beans which nourish and protect the skin.

This is the most magnificent pot of magic you will ever own. It is a must have, a vital part of your everyday beauty kit.

It soothes dry itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriases; treats cold sores and chapped lips; can be mixed with water and used to sooth a sore throat; calms sunburnt skin; helps to heal minor cuts and bruises, burns and blisters. It also combats insect bites and stings as well as athletes foot.

Not only does it do all this but can be used to moisturise and soothe skin on hands, calm areas after shaving or waxing, as well as cooling skin after tattoos. It combats acne prone skin, conditions eyelashes to promote growth, helps fade stretch marks and can be used as a facial balm to remove make-up and moisturise the skin.

Obviously I haven’t tried it on all these conditions. However I have found it soothed an itchy cut, it felt amazing on my face, hands and chapped lips. My eyelashes are in great condition after using it to take off my mascara. I now don’t leave the house without it.  

Friday, 4 January 2013

Cosmetic Surgery Review

Aggressive advertising used by providers of cosmetic surgery should be curbed, an interim report of the industry has said. The review comes following the Pip scandal in which 50,000 British women were given faulty implants.

There has been strong support for a ban on cut price, time limited, two for one discounts and aggressive selling in the sector. Offering cosmetic operations as competition prizes is also to be banned according to a wide ranging review of the regulation of cosmetic surgery being led by Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS Medical adviser.

The review saw 180 patients, industry representatives and members of the public interviewed as part of their consultations. The findings called for tighter restrictions on the sales and advertising of cosmetic procedures as well as a greater enforcement of existing legislation.

There have also been calls for a ban on free consultations, which puts pressure on patients to decide there and then. Patients should also be given a calling off period by introducing a two stage consent process as well as being given thorough information on the procedure and its side effects, including pictures of scars and bruising.