01-Jan-2019 - History of Eyebrows
Have you ever finished your makeup, looked in the mirror and thought “I just don’t look right today”. As beautiful as you all are, you may have been right and the reason, may have been your eyebrows playing up.
Our eyebrows are a functional feature and like most things in our bodies (bar the appendix, does anyone know what the appendix even does?!) they serve a purpose. Hair on the whole, is designed to keep dirt and sweat out of places it shouldn’t be, in this case – the eyes.
Since records began, eyebrows have been a prominent part of many historical cultures. For example, the earliest recording of eyebrow interest was the Ancient Egyptians who believed makeup had supernatural powers (this I still believe could be true!) and were famous for using a carbon and black oxide substance as the very first liquid eyeliner. A key feature of the Ancient Egyptian look was heavily lined eyes; this meant their eyebrows needed to be as prominent to balance the look.
More recently, eyebrows have been constantly changing and evolving in line with fashion. Each decade of the last one hundred years, has seen vastly different designs from pencil thin, to completely unedited – the brow is the most obvious fashion item everyone owns.
The 1920’s star, Clara Bow, famously shaved off her eyebrows and redrew them in the style of the time – a pencil thin line, slightly longer than the natural brow. The 1940’s were a time of natural brows, Vaseline was used to sculpt brows into a high arc and keep them neat, without any removal or colour added.
Moving to the 1950’s, the end of the war and rationing meant that women had disposable income to spend on makeup. Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor all wore their brows thick, defined and highly arched - this look was achieved by filling in the gaps with colour and plucking brows for neatness, much like we do today.
Hippies and disco divided the look in the 1970’s and this divide carried on for the next few decades. In the disco scene, Diana Ross was completely removing her brows, making space for more disco makeup and creating a whole fashion followed by millions over the next 20 years.
On the flip side, hippies went for the natural look; minimal effort and minimal changes meant brows were thick, thin, barely there or very dark. This look continued through the 80’s and 90’s with Madonna carrying on the natural undefined style. The 90’s grunge scene subsequently adopted this easy-going style. Disco brows were also seen throughout the 80’s and 90’s; pencil thin, an obviously drawn on line and usually very flamboyant. This is the brow that many of us will remember and possibly, if you are emulating the latest look of very thick brows, will still be feeling the effects of.
One person can define the current fashion for brows: Cara Delevigne. The top super model of the moment that has big, bushy brows. Cara’s brows have been copied the world over. The launch of her hugely successful career sparked a return to the Audrey Hepburn era of eyebrows. Big and bold yet defined and tidy.
Now, the tattooed eyebrow is booming – however, like fashion, the look of the eyebrow will forever evolve so permanent for some, may be regretted in years to come...
Brows are most certainly a fashion statement and regardless of if you follow the trends, they are right in the middle of your face so you need to look after them - just like skin and nails.
Some simple tips to follow include:
• Don’t over pluck! Over-plucking for consistent periods of time can lead to brow regrowth being sparse and uneven.
• If you are trying to grow out your brows, try rubbing a drop of olive oil into the sparse areas each day to stimulate hair growth
• If you aren’t confident, it’s always better to have brows professionally shaped. DIY is absolutely fine for tidying up but if you need shaping, it’s much trickier and easy to leave your brows uneven.
Niroshini offer complimentary eyebrow shaping and tinting, if you have 10 sessions of Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture or as a stand-alone treatment. Using only natural dyes and ancient sugaring techniques, Niroshini can sculpt the brow you want. If you have been thinking of having your brows shaped, why not give it a go?
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01-Dec-2018 - Identity – do you know who you are?
When you think about your identity, what springs to mind? Do you think of your hair, skin and eyes or perhaps your key personality traits? What about your family, friends or facts about yourself? These certainly make up who you are but these items compromise your “outer layer”; your mirror reflection - your human interactivity. However, identity of self goes deeper, touching your spiritual being, your soul, your true inner thoughts and feelings.
The zodiac is a small but significant band of space that wraps around our earth and is regularly intercepted by constellations that, thousands of years ago, ancient astrologers attributed to certain “signs” which are grouped by four essential elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) which when combined, allow life to thrive. The following list gives details of the 12 original signs, plus the 13th zodiac sign Ophiuchus which due to shifts of the earth’s position in relation to the zodiac, has become relevant.
The New Dates:
Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 - May 13
Taurus: May 13 - June 21
Gemini: June 21 - July 20
Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20
The elements pertaining to the Zodiac are symbolic of the sign they relate to. These elements, along with their corresponding signs, will allow you to find a greater understanding of not only yourself but others around you; their personalities, interests and life choices. Giving time to greater understanding of the human as a whole will encourage a more pure state of interconnectedness which is gained by both human presence and spiritual connection.
Within the phenomenon of interconnectedness, it is important to discuss how mind and body are interconnected within ourselves too. Biology, immune system, digestive system, bloodstream, mental capacity, creativity, emotions and thoughts are all working together in harmony within the body and supporting you as a person, as a whole. This whole being is interconnected with everyone and everything else alive within our world.
Interconnectedness permits us to feel attached to all things within our world and all beings around us. For example, the pure joy we can feel that another’s emotions can influence your own, how your feelings and actions could encourage another in either strength or weakness. Our nature is to connect with people around us and find a strength in numbers. Interconnectedness and spirituality is the intangible side of our identity.
To truly understand our identity we must acknowledge, of course, that we are also surrounded by physical, tangible objects that are both alive and non-living. Everything, you included, came from something, from somewhere.
“…The knowledge that the atoms that compromise life on earth, the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked the light elements into heavy elements in their core. Under extreme pressures and temperatures… they collapsed and exploded”. ~ Neil DeGrasse Tyson
This exploration into where we came from, is a fantastic insight into human identity. To understand and feel that we are part of this universe but also that the universe is also us, is as important as understanding that we are part of an interconnected network.
This provides us with a level of connectivity to our natural world. Within the universe there are two layers; matter and spirit. Without one or the other, there would be no functionality and humans could not interact, integrate or become connected to one another. Spirituality allows us to connect to ourselves, to our surroundings, nature, the world and the universe. This feeling is what encourages and allows us to be interconnected and to truly find our identity in mind, body and spirit.
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01-Oct-2018 - Fasting for Spiritual Enlightenment & Self-Improvement
The practice of fasting dates back over 5,000 years and is observed in different ways by many faiths including Muslims, Jews, Christians, Baha'is and Hindus. Most Religions believe that fasting opens a powerful gateway to God and allows oneself to become spiritually attuned.
The Purpose of Ramadan & Fasting
In addition to prayer and refrainment from any selfish desire, fasting is a significant part of Ramadan. During the Holy Month, the purpose is to enter a state of taqwa; a state of constant awareness of God. By adhering to rigorous fast and prayer and refraining from other human urges, Muslims are strengthening their willpower and self-control to ultimately “guard against evil” and bring about self-improvement and increase spiritual awareness in everyday life.
Muslims use time not spent eating and drinking during Ramadan to concentrate on prayer to achieve the state of taqwa and expand upon their spirituality. Outside of Islam, many people use this time to work on self-improvement, to meditate and free the mind or to participate in activities that encourage relaxation.
During and after a fast, people say they feel mentally stronger, more thankful and more in tune with their body and mind than prior; this feeling is often attributed to the ability to exercise and maintain self-control. By increasing the awareness of one’s human needs and denying this, a sense of personal and collective strength and achievement is felt which allows us as humans to feel more connected to ourselves, our peers and our Gods, whilst in a fasting state.
Health Benefits of Fasting
Not only does fasting have a strong link with spiritual and mental well-being, research shows that fasting has a multitude of health and physical benefits also.
Some 2,500 years ago, The Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates, was recommending abstinence from food or drink to aid the body’s natural recovery process from illness and disease. This is still practiced and advised today to improve mental and physical health in Western, Chinese, Alternative and Homeopathic medicine cultures.
Studies show that fasting can have a wide and positive impact on the body in individual areas and as a whole. By allowing the body intermittent periods of rest from digestion, it is able to burn through fat cells more efficiently in this period thus resulting in weight loss.
Fasting has also been shown to improve brain function by boosting the production of a protein that activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, triggering a variety of other chemicals which promote neural health also.
The benefits also extend to our outermost layer, our skin. Fasting has been shown to help clear the skin by expelling toxins. With our body not focussing on digesting periodically throughout the day, it is instead able to concentrate its regenerative energies on other systems and is able to clean up toxins and regulate organ function across the body, including our biggest organ of all.
Many, many millions of Muslims, of course. Plus, a multitude of other Religions. However, fasting is not only a religious act and can be undertaken by anyone who would like to practice mindfulness, give their body a break to regenerate or indeed for health reasons. Fasting is a difficult challenge (and one that should be undertaken with care) but why not see how the challenge could improve your mental well-being, your spiritual connection and also your skin!
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01-Sep-2018 - The Culture of Skincare
What kind of woman likes to look after her skin? How old is she? What colour is her skin? Does she use products to repair the damage done or also take steps to protect her skin from the elements?
The answer: “she” is everyone and anyone, “she” is someone who chooses to look after her skin in any way she feels best for her and “she” could also be “he” as of course, many men also love to look after their skin.
Niroshini is designing a line of luxury products which will help keep skin looking beautiful by using organic and indulgent ingredients. Many of us know that looking after your skin on a daily, weekly and monthly basis is worthwhile but what about preventative measures?
An obvious element to protect yourself from is the sun. In this respect, all of us likely use a 30+ SPF on our faces as many foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturisers contain it. It’s worth noting that you should use SPF even when the sun isn’t shining, the rays that cause damage such as fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots still get through the clouds.
Another method to protect the skin is to cover up. Many women who love their skin also wear a veil; be this for cultural, religious or indeed for protection from the elements. In particularly arid regions, the veil is used by women to protect themselves from sandstorms, the wind and the fierce heat of the sun. Also, in many cultures, the veil is used to protect women’s modesty and is a major part of the heritage of the country and peoples.
At Niroshini, we believe that women choose to take care of their appearance and look after themselves simply because it makes them feel good and not necessarily because anyone else can see the effects; this is never truer than for our clients who choose to cover their faces with a veil.
We recently posted a blog about Ramadan and used an incredibly beautiful image of a veiled woman; with bright and fresh skin, it is evident to see that she must look after it. The veil itself is a beautiful item regardless for what reason it is worn and the options are endless for women to choose from; plain, patterned, beaded, brightly coloured or even jewelled. Dolce & Gabbana has proven with their very popular new line “Abaya” which includes items such as long dresses and veils, that women who choose to cover their skin are just as included in the world of luxury fashion and beauty as those who wish to wear less.
As a global brand, with a multicultural market, we celebrate all women, all ethnicities and all cultures and include anyone who wishes to look after their skin, their well-being or even just occasionally read our varied blogs!
Do you have any beautiful images of women revelling in their own skin and femininity while showing their heritage that you would like to share? If you do, we would just love to see them; it will help us plan another blog to celebrate another culture!
To get in touch, visit: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/contact-us/
Picture credit: Stefano Gabbana/Instagram/arabia.style.com
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01-Aug-2018 - The male hormonal cycle
Men, like women, experience hormonal cycles as we all have the same hormones which function the same way. The differences that we see between men and women occur because of the amount, the pattern or the way the hormone interacts with male and female bodies. Albeit not as obvious as the female cycle, there is much evidence from Endocrinologists that hormones play a pivotal role in the day to day and monthly cycles of men, affecting everything from sleep to sex to stress.
The endocrine system controls the body’s hormones and commands body activity through the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands control by sending out messages to organs like adrenal glands, thyroid, pancreas and for men, testes. The hormones controlled by the Endocrine system in turn control or affect key areas:-
• Cortisol and Epinephrine: stress
Although a little stress is fine, (it would be near impossible to avoid all!) too much stress can keep the level of cortisol raised and your body on high-alert. This consistent elevation affects the metabolic system and tells your body to store fat as an emergency response. To try and balance this out, try to relax, do a little more exercise and drink plenty of water. This may not get rid of the stress-inducing factor but will go some way to encouraging your body to lower the cortisol levels!
• Leptin, CCK, Insulin and Grehlin: weight
The hormone ghrelin tells neurons in your hypothalamus to make you feel hungry and prompt you to eat. Filling the stomach with food, causes it to stretch which then causes your body to release CCK, the hormone for supressing appetite which therefore makes you feel full. At this point, the body begins to metabolise a meal and prompts the release of leptin; a further appetite suppressant.
When you ingest too much sugar the body begins to secrete excess leptin. Although in the correct amount leptin is a suppressant, when disrupted, leptin actually tells the body to send out hunger signals – meaning more is eaten and you put on weight. To combat this, the best thing to do is eat less sugar; try looking at low sugar alternatives or upping the amount of vegetables and low GI fruits you eat instead of carbohydrates. This will encourage weight loss and also benefit your whole body, including your skin!
• Testosterone, LH, FSH: sex
Both men and women have testosterone (and oestrogen), just in different amounts.
One key factor of male hormonal cycles is the frequency. Where women’s are in a monthly cycle, men’s are often erratic; some fluctuate hourly, daily, monthly or even over a period of years. However, there is some regularity with men’s testosterone levels. These tend to rise throughout the night, peak first thing in the morning and level off by lunch time. Interestingly, men’s hormones also cycle throughout the year; studies conducted in the US, France and Australia found that men’s testosterone levels reach their highest in October and are at their lowest in April -with a hefty decline of 22%.
• Thyroxine: energy
The thyroid gland controls your metabolism and your metabolism in turn controls how your body converts calories in to energy. The hypothalamus detects fatigue, this causes the pituitary gland to tell your thyroid to secrete thyroxine. Thyroxine floods through your body, reaching nearly every cell and causes your body temperature to increase along with your heart rate.
We all know how important “having energy” is. There’s a huge array of products, lifestyles and exercises out there that are said to increase energy levels and whilst it’s entirely possible that what you eat, what you do or don’t do and environmental factors can affect energy, there is also the possibility that disruption of your thyroid could be to blame for low energy levels.
If you do suffer with low energy which isn’t medical, one way to combat this is looking after the next hormone, melatonin - the hormone which regulates sleep!
• Melatonin: sleep
Controlled by your pineal gland, melatonin is secreted once the sun goes down and you are in darkness. Melatonin helps you fall asleep and also regulates the circadian rhythm (your body’s personal 24-hour rhythm which tells you when to sleep/wake).
Melatonin production is at its highest in the middle of the night and can be disrupted by low levels of artificial light. For healthy sleep, it is best to have the room in complete darkness and at a relatively low temperature. Many people find that going to sleep at a similar time and sleeping for between seven to nine hours per night allows for the most restful sleep. Good quality sleep will help with energy levels the following day.
The very complicated Endocrine system is designed to support our body’s every day needs whether we are male or female. Just like the rest of your body, your hormones can be looked after by looking after the areas that can be affected. Helpful starting points are eating well, practicing relaxation techniques, exercising regularly, looking after your skin and drinking plenty of water – your hormones will thank you for it!
If you experience stress or lack of sleep, why not try Niroshini's "Facial Acupuncture" (specifically for health benefits). To find out more, visit: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options/
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01-Jun-2018 - The Summer Solstice – a time for appreciating nature and the beauty around us
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, where (depending where in the world you are) we are able to enjoy around 17 hours of daylight and hopefully, vitamin D packed sunshine.
A day of celebration for many the world over, the Summer Solstice marks the time when the sun’s path changes and our days begin to shorten. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) – before reversing direction, Astrologers say the sun appears to “stand still” at the position on the horizon where it seems to rise and set.
The Summer Solstice fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, allowing people who farmed or worked on the land time to relax and revitalise ready for the hard work of harvest and the winter beyond. Due to this rest period and increased free time, June is the traditional month for weddings.
Celebrations surrounding the Solstice have many different themes; religion, fertility and successful harvests being among them. Pagans hold religious rituals on the Solstice with a wide variety of customs. Dancing, singing, prayer and drum playing are amongst the most popular along with the burning of a Yule wreath in a bonfire. Celebration of the Solstice as part of religious practice, is a time for people to attune themselves spiritually with the natural world and all that comes with both the seasons of nature and humanity. Growth, birth, death and life are the rhythms we live with and the ritual of celebration inspires a conscious effort to allow this to resonate more thoroughly.
Linked to the religious rituals is the desire to strengthen the sense of being part of nature and interconnected spiritually with others and the world as a whole. Many feel this is a key reason to participate in the festivities, often referred to as “the turning of the wheel of the year”.
Outside of religion, countless towns and villages host Midsummer festivities, typically held outside where nature can be fully appreciated; flowers and trees are usually used as part of the decoration. People take part in the event to remind themselves of how precious time is and the changing of the season is another marker of time marching on. The celebration is also to encourage community spirit, friendship and an appreciation for our own homes and natural surroundings.
Summer Solstice is celebrated all over the world by many ethnicities and cultures. In Scandinavian countries, bonfires are lit, usually near lakes and by the sea and traditionally, unmarried women create a garland of flowers for their bed to dream of their future husband. A tradition that is still maintained today and is indicative of the fertility perspective of the Summer Solstice and how the natural world is interlinked with our own fertility and encouragement of new life. In China, the Summer Solstice is closely connected with “yin” and “yang” and celebrates the Earth’s “yin” femininity, the opposite being the Winter Solstice and “yang” masculinity.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire is amongst the most famous of locations to celebrate Midsummer and welcome the breaking dawn. Stonehenge aligns to the Solstice, allowing the rising sun to reach the middle of the stones and shine on the central altar only on the Summer Solstice. A prehistoric site long linked to spirituality, peace and nature, Stonehenge plays host each year to around 20,000 people who celebrate in the longest day with quiet meditation or exuberant revelries and dancing.
How will you be celebrating the Summer Solstice? Our Niroshini Tip is if you haven't got any celebration to attend, make sure you connect with nature, even if it's for 10 minutes. Kick off your shoes and walk on the grass or beach. It's so important to connect with what is part of us; by doing this, it allows us to become grounded, aligned and stronger on an emotional, mental, spiritual and physical level.
We wish you love and peace.
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01-May-2018 - The low down on contouring
What is contouring?
Contouring is a technique that uses three makeup products to sculpt areas of the face so that your features appear more defined or slimmer. By using your normal base colour (foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser), a product such as foundation or powder two shades darker and the same product two shades lighter; you are able to add extra shadow and highlights to create a contoured look.
Types of contouring
There are essentially two types of contouring: the natural contour and the “heavy natural”. Today we will talk about the natural contour which is designed to complement your already beautiful face and skin rather than mask it.
Natural contouring is designed to add depth whilst using gentle strokes and small amounts of product in strategic areas across the face to subtly define and accentuate your features. Conversely, “heavy natural”, builds layers of product to give an obviously made up look and can often completely change how a person’s face looks, much like a disguise.
Who contours and when?
This is the interesting bit. Contouring has long been seen as the reserve of teenage girls and particularly, millennials. However this is no longer the case and this relatively simple technique is being used by more and more women in their day to day makeup routine or reserved for evening makeup looks.
When to contour and how much time to spend creating the look, is entirely up to the individual. Contouring takes a bit of practice to perfect and as the real secret is to blend, blend, blend - it can also take a while to achieve the natural effect.
What products to use?
When deciding what products to use to contour, you have several options... Always start with your normal base (which matches your skin tone), be that foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser. Next you need to choose your contour product and highlighter. The best for beginners is using your normal brand of foundation two shades darker for contouring and one, two shades lighter for highlighting. Using a stick foundation will help with precision and using the same product allover means blending will be a breeze. Aside from the main products, you will also need a good blending brush or beauty blender sponge and a loose powder for setting.
Option two, is a powder contouring pallet which will usually include both contouring colours and highlighters – choosing the right tools to apply the products is particularly important if you use powders, as you will need to be precise. Fan brushes are excellent but if you don’t have one, a clean and dry foundation brush will also work.
How to contour
1. Prep your skin. Exfoliate if you need to, then apply your usual toner and daytime moisturiser and allow it to settle into the skin (5 – 10 minutes) before carrying on.
2. Apply a good primer, if you use one - this will help your foundation and all other products stay on for longer and stop them becoming caked or sliding off.
3. Apply your usual base. Using a foundation brush, beauty blender or your fingers. Apply your foundation working from the centre of your face outwards.
a. Suck in your cheeks and apply a small amount of the darker product underneath the cheekbone on both sides of your face.
b. Apply a small amount of the darker product on your jaw line and on your temples.
c. Again, add a small amount of product along the top of your hairline either side of your face (working toward the middle).
d. Last place, from where your eyebrow meets your nose, dot small amounts down each side of your nose and just under the tip.
5. Don’t blend yet! You will have lines and dots everywhere - this is fine. Now take the lighter shade and highlight;
a. Apply the lighter shade on your cheekbones and underneath the darker product on your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, on your cupids bow and on your chin.
b. Apply a small amount under each eyebrow, close to the hairs and a small amount above each eyebrow too.
c. Apply under your eyes in a triangle shape.
d. Lastly, apply the lighter shade in-between your eyebrows in a fan shape (the one triangle point facing the top of your nose).
6. Blend, blend, blend! Once you’ve applied both lighter and darker shades, use a clean damp beauty blender or stippling brush and start by blending the colour under your cheekbones toward the hairline. Using gentle strokes keep going until you blend away any lines or dots.
7. Once blended, use a large fluffy brush to set your contour with a loose powder. You can now add blush to the apples of your cheeks.
Practice absolutely makes perfect when it comes to contouring so keep trying and you will be able to achieve a natural, sculpted look!
Thank you to hairdresseronfire for the use of this photograph.
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01-Apr-2018 - The importance of looking after your nails
Aside from the occasional or perhaps regular manicure, how often do you think about your nails - either as part of your beauty routine or just how healthy they are?
Nails are an excellent indicator of our overall health and it's well-known that there are signs, (such as peeling, discolouration or flaking) we should be aware of that can be symptomatic of other issues. However, nails themselves also need looking after to keep them strong yet supple and should be thought of as what they are - an extension of your skin! (Also, the perfect little places to add a splash of colour to any outfit!).
Nails are made from keratin; the same as our hair but due to the accumulation of keratin in the area, are far stronger. The nail itself is dead however the nail bed and cuticle is very much alive and needs the same care as the skin on any other part of your body. Nail beds and cuticles require oxygen and minerals to keep the nail secure and healthy so it’s worth remembering when moisturising your hands to pay special attention to the cuticle and work some mineral-rich oil or cream in to the area.
When one thinks of nails, we mostly think of pretty colours and polishes or the chic French manicure, topping off elegant fingers. To achieve this look, many women are regulars in the nail salon and are offered a range of long-lasting options to keep their nails chip-free and glamourous. Alongside the many harsh cosmetic treatments to come out in recent years, (Vampire facial, anyone?) there has been a boom in the nail salon industry and the accessibility to express gel or acrylic manicures.
Acrylic manicures involve the filing down of the nail surface and a nail shaped tip being glued on, painted, polished and filed to the desired shape. These usually last anywhere up to 3 weeks before in-fills are needed. There are also gel manicures which last approximately two weeks and involve several layers of special polish applied and then hardened between each coat under a UV light.
There is significant evidence that acrylic extensions can be extremely bad for the natural nail and can cause your nails to become very thin, painful and flaky – which is only obvious once you take them off. Although gel nails have less of an impact on the nail surface, leading dermatologists have recently been discussing practices of application which require you to place both hands in a direct UV light for minutes at a time on each visit, increasing the risk of developing skin cancer.
Acrylic and gel nails can also both block oxygen from reaching the nail bed thus starving that part of your skin and causing painful and unhealthy areas around the base of the nail. Some standard application nail polishes can be beneficial due to their hardening and strengthening qualities but other, low quality polishes can stain the nail from being too highly pigmented and can also weaken the nail by blocking oxygen.
So what can you do?
• Make sure you give your nails a break from time to time; take off all polishes and apply a nutrient and mineral-rich cuticle oil and a soothing hand cream. Do this several times whilst the nails are bare.
• If you use a salon, be wary of how they sterilise their equipment – you don’t want to pick up any infections.
• Use good quality nail varnishes to ensure they aren’t too heavy (oxygen-inhibiting) or too pigmented (cause staining).
• Be aware of current practices and warnings.
• Make sure you read up on the risks of treatment before you decide to go ahead.
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01-Feb-2018 - Microneedling - how does it work?
Non-ablative procedure, Micro Needle Therapy (MNT), known as Collagen Induction Therapy in the cosmetic medical industry, is a method to help combat signs of aging, acne scarring and uneven skin on the face and body. The handheld medical roller is a handled tool with a rotating head which has up to 200 micro needles. As each tiny needle penetrates the skin, the body brings in its own healing mechanisms to repair it and this is done by producing new collagen. It is vital that your face is thoroughly cleaned; this procedure needs to be carried out under sterile conditions. It is important to be mindful of hygiene as it is an invasive treatment. A topical anaesthetic cream or gel must be applied before the medical roller is used.
Non-ablative procedures are where the topmost layer of skin, known as the epidermis, remains intact and is not removed. MNT is a treatment to encourage the production of collagen without removing this outer layer of skin unlike “ablative” treatments such as chemical peels, some laser treatments and microdermabrasion.
Keeping this surface layer intact helps it maintain its role as an essential barrier; preventing dehydration, protecting from ultra violet radiation and stopping the entry of foreign bodies.
Be aware, that in some cases there are side effects and you need to have that discussion with your practitioner before going ahead with the treatment. It is also important to add that there is a shedding of dead skin cells in the downtime following the treatment and it usually takes up to 3 weeks until the appearance of the skin is completely smooth again.
As the procedure is only a collagen induction therapy, it can’t target muscle toning which is required if you want to address sagging skin.
Alternatively, if you wanted to undertake a different facial rejuvenation treatment which can also address sagging skin, why not try our Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture Ritual. The Ritual is a completely natural alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery, addressing multiple health and beauty concerns. Focusing on holistic wellbeing, the treatment combines facial and cosmetic acupuncture along with specialised lymphatic drainage, working together to create “rejuvenation from the inside out”.
The Niroshini Ritual not only focuses on cosmetic concerns but also overall health and wellbeing. The “Niroshini Method” that we’ve developed focuses on musculoskeletal issues as well as regulating the immune system and internal organ function.
The cosmetic acupuncture techniques can help with many skin requirements including sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, dry skin and acne. The improvement to facial contour is by using lifting and muscle toning techniques, invigorating Qi (energy) and blood circulation.
To ensure each session is bespoke, a detailed “Niroshini Treatment Plan Development” session is held beforehand to assess health requirements and desired results. The treatment is completely tailored to each individual.
The session also includes the option of a complimentary hand and arm massage for a truly relaxing two hour ritual.
So what are our results like? Here’s some feedback from one of our client’s that has experienced both MNT and the Niroshini Ritual: “I have used dermal rollers for years to combat signs of aging, however, it never achieved the quite simply, dramatic results that the Niroshini Ritual has. I have a clean jaw line, all my deep wrinkles have completely gone and the skin is lifted above my eyes”.
If you would like to find out more, please visit: http://niroshini-acupuncture.com/treatment-options
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01-Jan-2018 - Spot prone skin - what can help?
At Niroshini, we have several simple tips you can try if you suffer with oily or spot prone skin. As with everything we do, we approach the concern in a holistic way. Let’s look at what’s going on inside the body that may be causing the issues, as well as examining what you can do to ensure you keep your skin clean and healthy from the outside and stop the spots spreading.
First off, there’s one thing that we always ask our clients, whatever their skin issues. It may be obvious but think about how much water you are drinking each day. Is it really enough? If you find your skin is prone to breaking out, try upping your intake of water to 6 – 8 glasses a day. Water flushes out toxins from the body, clears the skin and encourages a healthy glow. We’re a great advocate of water, whatever the concern with a client’s complexion because well hydrated skin appears fuller and more youthful, helping to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Secondly, we’d advise taking a look at what you are eating. Is your diet balanced, full of nutrient rich foods and is the main component of each meal fruit and vegetables? Fatty foods and high sugar foods are a key player in causing breakouts – we’ve all heard the old adage of people breaking out from eating too much chocolate; it’s sad but true unfortunately and in fact, all sugary food and drink will have an adverse effect on your skin.
Another preventative measure is oil pulling using coconut oil. Oil pulling is the practice of putting a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth on an empty stomach and swishing it around for twenty minutes. This ancient ritual is said to remove toxins from the body; the oil acting like a cleanser in your mouth and removing any nasty bacteria before it is able to enter the bloodstream. The positive effect this can have on your skin, is because effectively, the toxins never make it as far as the skin and therefore aren’t present to cause breakouts. It may sound a bit strange but there’s lots of anecdotal evidence that it works!
Vitamin E is great for your skin because it protects it from environmental damage and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammatory conditions can cause premature skin aging so that’s definitely something to be avoided. Try to incorporate foods rich in Vitamin E into your diet – foods like almonds, avocados and spinach. Aside from ingesting Vitamin E, you can also buy skincare products containing it, giving you even more benefits from this remarkable nutrient!
The reason spots occur, is due to an imbalance in the body, blocked pores or an over-production of sebum. Keeping your face clean, will help stop bacteria from existing blemishes being spread across your face which will result in more spots.
It’s a vicious circle so we’d advise washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser then apply a toner and a light moisturiser. Favourite active ingredients that we can recommend are witch hazel and tea tree. When choosing a moisturiser, try to find one designed for spot prone/oily skin or alternatively one that isn’t too heavy and creamy. Heavy moisturisers are often too much for oily skin and result in more blocked pores and as you can imagine, more spots. On the subject of cleanliness, make sure you keep any makeup tools clean. When you apply makeup using brushes/sponges/blenders these are touching your skin and any blemishes you are trying to cover. The bacterium is then transferred on to the tool and if not kept clean, back on to your face when you next use it. You can buy specific brush cleaner solutions which are often anti-bacterial and well worth the money for keeping brushes in top condition.
We hope you've found these tips useful. If you have any skin concerns, we’d love to help you.
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