Are Gel Nails damaging??

As clients you probably get bored of being asked the same questions when attending your nail appointments – ‘Do you wear gloves’, ‘Do you look after your hands’, ‘Do you remove the polish correctly if you do it yourself’. We don’t ask these questions because we enjoy it, we ask so we can know how and why your nails may look the way that they do. We have many clients saying to us ‘I can’t have Shellac because it ruins my nails’. If you look after your hands and nails, wear and use everything you can to help them you shouldn’t have a problem. However I won’t deny that some peoples nails are sometimes just not made for gel – if you work in an environment where you have your hands in water a lot (hairdressers for example) or you use your hands to stack shelves or open boxes, then you may not get the 10-14 day usage that most clients achieve. Similarly if you are a ‘picker’ then they might not last as long either!

The moral of my story is – look after your freshly manicured hands carefully, wear gloves and rub cuticle oil in at least once a day. And lastly, always follow the correct removal procedure – never peel off the polish (we can tell if you have!!!).

The gel does not deprive your nails of absorbing vitamin D or any other vital nutrients.

But remember – your hands are jewels 💎  Not tools !

Gluten Intolerance

Fact or Fad?

During the last 3-5years gluten has received more bad press than class A drugs!

Supermarkets have special shelves for their gluten free products with an equally special high price tag to match.

Health magazines, gluten free food manufacturers, recipe books, social media overflowing with advice on avoiding gluten. 

High profile celebs boasting how they have eliminated the evil gluten from their diet in a quest for supreme health. 

So what exactly is gluten? 

Gluten is a mixture of proteins sourced from cereal crops – wheat, grains and rye. Its role in the food chain is to give food products an elastic texture. 

Common foods containing gluten are bread, pasta, couscous and breakfast cereals to name a few.

What is coeliac? 

Coeliac is a serious medical condition of the digestive system which prevents nutrients being absorbed from food and is caused by eating foods containing gluten.

Symptoms of coeliac disease are headaches, excessive wind, diarrhoea/constipation, stomach pain, vomiting, weight loss and anaemia to name but a few. 

Fact

Only 1% of the population are medically diagnosed as coeliac! 

So why are so many people convinced they are gluten intolerant? 

Fact or fad? You decide …

Researcher Peter Gibson of Monash University, Australia conducted a study on non-coeliac sensitivity… 

He recruited 37 participants who claimed to be gluten intolerant and sufferers of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and followed a gluten free diet.

Participants were provided with 9 days of meal plans, consisting of various 

meals containing high gluten, low gluten and gluten free meals. 

None of the participants knew which plan they were on, and were asked to record their symptoms after each meal and end of day.

Participants were asked to submit daily urine and foecal samples to ensure no one strayed from the experiment. 

At the end of the study all participants recorded feeling bloated, gassy and nauseous regardless of which meals they consumed. 

Further studies concluded that these results could derive from a placebo effect. Anyone who spends enough time analysing their digestive system and how their stomachs are feeling after every meal can create a psychosomatic response.

(Basically imagining the symptoms) 

The purpose of my blog is don’t believe everything you read, don’t believe me. 

But don’t simply follow the latest celeb fad diets, and fall victim of expensive food prices.

Question the evidence, and let common sense prevail 

Channel your energy into a sensible healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise.

By Marie Genney

 

 

 

 

 

This week I will be reviewing the tonic body range from Clarins..

My mum bought me the ‘Tonic Body Polisher’ (body exfoliator) a couple of years ago, and since then, I have never stopped loving using it! The scent of it literally makes the whole bathroom smell like a spa when you use it and it can be used on any skin type. Clarins even call it ‘the ultimate glow-getter‘ and I can definitely agree with this after using it on holiday-a time of the year when you want your body to glow! As well as this, it also tones the skin and firms the skin, meaning it’s a great product to use after a workout, even! The backs of my arms, especially, are quite dry areas, so I always focus on this area more through exfoliating; but I can be guaranteed each time I use this product that they will be a lot smoother!

Next is the ‘Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate‘, which my mum gave me to try on holiday this year. If you want to turn your whole bathroom into a spa, then these are the products to use! Not only is it an ordinary shower gel, it is also actually ‘a concentrated cleansing treatment‘, so it’s like cleansing your body, just like you would with your face. In fact, the scent of the shower gel is so invigorating (with its aromatic virtues of: rosemary, mint and geranium), that it is a great way to diminish a cold and clear congestion, with the steam mixed in, as well. I certainly always feel revitalised after using this product!

Last but not least is the ‘Tonic Body Balm‘ (body moisturiser). This product is not only another gorgeous addition to the range, but it actually lasted me through two summer holidays and more! I always like to use moisturisers that deeply moisturise my skin and this certainly does the trick and has a non-oily texture, which I like. You can even mix in some of of the ‘Tonic Body Treatment Oil’ if your skin is really dry or you want to reduce stretch marks. A perfect treatment to use after the tonic body polisher and shower gel!www.aclassaboveclinic.co.uk

Olivia Thomas X

This week I will be reviewing the tonic body range from Clarins…

My mum bought me the ‘Tonic Body Polisher’ (body exfoliator) a couple of years ago, and since then, I have never stopped loving using it! The scent of it literally makes the whole bathroom smell like a spa when you use it and it can be used on any skin type. Clarins even call it ‘the ultimate glow-getter‘ and I can definitely agree with this after using it on holiday-a time of the year when you want your body to glow! As well as this, it also tones the skin and firms the skin, meaning it’s a great product to use after a workout, even! The backs of my arms, especially, are quite dry areas, so I always focus on this area more through exfoliating; but I can be guaranteed each time I use this product that they will be a lot smoother! 

Next is the ‘Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate‘, which my mum gave me to try on holiday this year. If you want to turn your whole bathroom into a spa, then these are the products to use! Not only is it an ordinary shower gel, it is also actually ‘a concentrated cleansing treatment’, so it’s like cleansing your body, just like you would with your face. In fact, the scent of the shower gel is so invigorating (with its aromatic virtues of: rosemary, mint and geranium), that it is a great way to diminish a cold and clear congestion, with the steam mixed in, as well. I certainly always feel revitalised after using this product!

Last but not least is the ‘Tonic Body Balm‘ (body moisturiser). This product is not only another gorgeous addition to the range, but it actually lasted me through two summer holidays and more! I always like to use moisturisers that deeply moisturise my skin and this certainly does the trick and has a non-oily texture, which I like. You can even mix in some of of the ‘Tonic Body Treatment Oil’ if your skin is really dry or you want to reduce stretch marks. A perfect treatment to use after the tonic body polisher and shower gel!

by Olivia Thomas

http://www.aclassaboveclinic.co.uk

This week I will be reviewing the tonic body range from Clarins…

My mum bought me the ‘Tonic Body Polisher’ (body exfoliator) a couple of years ago, and since then, I have never stopped loving using it! The scent of it literally makes the whole bathroom smell like a spa when you use it and it can be used on any skin type. Clarins even call it ‘the ultimate glow-getter‘ and I can definitely agree with this after using it on holiday-a time of the year when you want your body to glow! As well as this, it also tones the skin and firms the skin, meaning it’s a great product to use after a workout, even! The backs of my arms, especially, are quite dry areas, so I always focus on this area more through exfoliating; but I can be guaranteed each time I use this product that they will be a lot smoother! 

Next is the ‘Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate‘, which my mum gave me to try on holiday this year. If you want to turn your whole bathroom into a spa, then these are the products to use! Not only is it an ordinary shower gel, it is also actually ‘a concentrated cleansing treatment’, so it’s like cleansing your body, just like you would with your face. In fact, the scent of the shower gel is so invigorating (with its aromatic virtues of: rosemary, mint and geranium), that it is a great way to diminish a cold and clear congestion, with the steam mixed in, as well. I certainly always feel revitalised after using this product!

Last but not least is the ‘Tonic Body Balm‘ (body moisturiser). This product is not only another gorgeous addition to the range, but it actually lasted me through two summer holidays and more! I always like to use moisturisers that deeply moisturise my skin and this certainly does the trick and has a non-oily texture, which I like. You can even mix in some of of the ‘Tonic Body Treatment Oil’ if your skin is really dry or you want to reduce stretch marks. A perfect treatment to use after the tonic body polisher and shower gel!

by Olivia Thomas

http://www.aclassaboveclinic.co.uk

 

Waking up your glutes!

The reasons that people suffer from underactive glutes is due to lifestyle, inactivity and imbalances.  It is important to stabilise the hips and increase power, which in turn helps to improve posture and alleviate lower back, hip and knee pain.  Even when people train hard every day, if they spend the majority of the remainder of the day sitting down, then they are simply not using their glutes. And remember the old saying – if you don’t use it, you lose it.  Unfortunately, this is just what happens with your glutes.
Another common reason glutes aren’t working properly is due to injury. Often an injury happens that changes the mechanics and motor programming of a person’s body. This can lead to some muscle groups becoming overactive, while others become underactive (think: compensation). This can alter things for a long time without the person even knowing it.
Four simple glute activation exercises are – bridge, clam, side lying abduction and hip extension.  Using a mini band to assist and align is a great tool to improve function as you progress.  Remember to squeeze your glutes to activate.

By Claire Hunter

http://www.aclassaboveclinic.co.uk

Foundation Brush V Beauty Blender

Foundation Brush vs Beauty Blender

I have never been a fan of using my fingers to apply liquid foundation. I was a religious foundation brush user until I discovered the Beauty Blender. There’s a lot of different opinions on what absorbs and ‘wastes’ foundation, I personally don’t know which absorbs more foundation but regardless I would choose the Blender every time! It gives a flawless, even look to the skin.

Apply a small amount of foundation to the back of your hand, be sure to dampen the sponge and rinse it out really well. Then use the wider part of the blender to apply the foundation to the face and the point to get into the little bits around your eyes and nose.

It is by no means time consuming or difficult – anybody can do it, it’s amazing what a difference a different application can make to the look of your foundation. Go and give it a try!