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What is collagen and why do I need it for my skin?

Tuesday 17th April 2018
Charlotte

What is collagen and why do I need it? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and it is found mainly in the skin, muscles, bones, cartilage and all the body's connective tissues. Collagen's main role in the formation of healthy skin, is to create strength and elasticity. It is made by fibroblast cells in the deepest layer of the skin called the dermis. That is why deep penetration of skin loving vitamins and peptides is so important when looking to increasing collagen production as the deeper the products can go the more effective they will be. Fibroblast cells also naturally make hyaluronic acid, which is a natural moisturising factor and inhibits the production of collagenase, an enzyme which breaks…

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How does retinol work to target the signs of ageing?

Monday 19th March 2018

"How does retinol work to target the signs of ageing?" This is a question we get a lot in the salon. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and an anti oxidant which means it will help to neutralise free radicals that destroy healthy cells and in some cases can cause skin cancer. Retinol has been found to be one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients for cell rejuvenation and collagen production. By encouraging cell regeneration it ensures that collagen continues to form as a person ages, resulting in fewer wrinkles and improved skin tone and texture. By replenishing collagen within the skin, old skin cells are shed, hyper pigmentation fades, fine lines recede and skin starts to reveal a brighter…

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NEW to Heavenly Green, Introducing Callus Peel by Mavex

Tuesday 6th March 2018
Charlotte

The perfect post Winter pick me up for your feet, Callus Peel by Mavex is a gentle yet effective treatment from Switzerland with visible results from just one treatment. It removes hard dead skin and calluses on the feet, making them feel super soft and supple. The treatment is quick and painless and done without the use of blades or sharp tools. Mavex products are free from parabens, formaldehyde, mineral oil and paraffins. They are formulated with a synergic complex of plant extracts from alpine herbs and plants such as Gentian, Blueberry, Spruce and Fir. All the extraordinary power of the mountains and nature, captured in a beautifully delicate treatment that heals and protects, while giving the feet wonderful freshness, lightness,…

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LED light and your skin....The Facts

Monday 26th February 2018
Charlotte

You may have seen in the press recently, there is a lot of talk about LED light therapy being used in facials, but what exactly does it do and how does it benefit the skin? LED light and your skin, the facts There are two types of light therapy that are most commonly used within facials, blue and red LED lights. Blue Light Blue light therapy is often used to treat acne, rosacea, psoriasis. It is very calming on the skin and perfect for use after a deep cleansing facial or skin peel.Blue light has antibacterial benefits which help to sterilise the skin and reduce breakouts and calm irritation. Red LightRed light therapy is often used to help promote collagen production within…

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Let's talk about...Absorbing Nutrients

Friday 9th February 2018

Let's talk about...absorbing nutrients We may think we know how much we are getting when we ingest a supplement, but how much of that supplement does our body actually absorb? There are many factors that can affect the absorption rate of vitamins and minerals. Age is the most prevalent factor, because as we get older we digest less well due to a reduction in stomach acid and enzymes resulting in absorbing less than we did when we were younger. What you eat when you take the supplement can also enhance its absorption. For example, studies have shown that up to 50% more vitamin A, D and E are absorbed when taken with a meal containing fat. This is because they are…

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Take on the Challenge...28 Days to Make Time For Me Time

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

January can be a bit of a long month...the fun and festivities of Christmas are over and the reality of every day life resumes once more (and did I mention it's still cold!) So, looking forward to February, here at Heavenly Green we are taking this (shorter) month as a chance to help you find some Me Time with our campaign of 28 days of Self Love Me Time is different for everyone, one person enjoys sitting alone reading a book, whilst another likes the fresh air of a brisk walk. Whatever it is that makes you tick, helps you switch off ,we encourage you to take that time this February. For some, its needed more often than others, but listen…

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Detox Body Bliss from Spiezia Organics

Friday 5th January 2018
Charlotte

Give your body and your senses a real boost this January with our NEW Detoxifying Body Treatment from Spiezia Organics. Designed to help with Water retentionBloatingCelluliteSluggishness Dry skin This gorgeous treatment starts with an inhalation ritual with lemongrass and calendula petals to encourage you to breathe more deeply and de stress. This is then followed by the Spiezia welcome touch, using heated towels on the soles of the feet and gentle stoking movements. First off is the stimulating body brushing ritual, which uses a dry body brush to encourage blood flow to the skins surface, remove dead skin cells and help lymph drainage to remove toxins and excess water retention build up in the body. Afterwards a strong and…

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How to handle your skin hangover

Thursday 14th December 2017
Charlotte

Eat, drink and be merry....but did you know that your skin suffers from a skin hangover for up to 4 weeks after alcohol consumption! Alcohol not only dehydrates your skin making fine lines and wrinkles more prominent, the toxins and sugars contained in alcoholic beverages make skin appear puffy and dull whilst accelerating the aging process. Dark circles appear worse and Inflammatory skin disorders such as rosacea can flare up. Those with sensitive skin can suffer from exacerbated redness and broken capillaries making skin tone appear uneven. Add to that the unwanted post booze breakout and you have a full blown skin hangover! So apart from going T-Total (we are saving that for January) here are our top…

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The Wedding Beauty Countdown

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Charlotte

It's all things Bridal Beauty in the salon this week, as my big brother proposed to his girlfriend of 5 years at the weekend! So, being the dutiful little sister that I am (and might I add a Bridesmaid to be!) I've been thinking about the Wedding Beauty Countdown. What to do, when to do it, how long before for maximum effect, what matters, what doesn't...this is Heavenly Green's Bridal Beauty Bible! 6 Months Before Establish a good skincare regime. Quality skincare is the foundation of all things beauty, and a solid regime is critical to achieving that dewy glowing skin on the day. Get into the habit of having a monthly facial, your skin will thank you for it and…

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Stress, Skin and Wellbeing

Thursday 16th November 2017
Charlotte

One in six people in the workplace are affected by stress, anxiety or depression at any one time in this country, according to the leading UK charity MIND. As the festive period beckons, tensions can run high, so it is important to help yourself relax and take five to help lower your stress levels and remain mindful. Stress can also have a major impact on the skin's appearance, with certain skin conditions actually directly caused by stress. These include: Dryness/Dullness. Raised levels of cortisol promotes transepidermal water loss resulting in dry and dull skin appearance. Fine Lines. Raised cortisol can trigger elevated blood sugar levels via a process known as glycation. Ultimately, glycation damages collagen and elastin, two fibers that help to…

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