Christmas gifts part two: brands & products

As I said in part one of my post on Christmas gifting, I try to choose and buy my gifts mindfully, hoping that the person for whom it is meant will be genuinely surprised and delighted. At the same read more

Fancy a skin ‘trainer’ and mind guru from Nourish Skincare ?

If you follow me on social media or subscribe to my website you probably know that I work with Nourish skincare ( I am part of a team that is an exclusive distributor of this natural British brand in Russia and I believe in full disclosure when it comes to writing about products or brands on my website, so you know the full picture ). Having started using Nourish products pretty much since the official launch of the brand, I continue to do so as a consumer – in part because I like the products and because they work for my skin, in part because it is a necessary and pleasant part of my job, after all if I don’t try the products myself ( or have feedback from my testers ) how can I recommend it to you or write about it ?

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Part of any beauty brand’s success in a very tightly saturated marketplace is the ability to never rest on its laurels and to respond to customer feedback and requests. Nourish used to have wonderful body butters for four different skin types ( Relax, Protect, Balance, Radiance ) but some of the customers found their packaging ( large glass jars with screw-on lids ) quite bulky. Pauline Hili, Nourish founder, always says that a customer is always at the forefront of her mind, hence the brand recently re-launched the body care products in the new, light, 100 mls airless pumps. You can still make your choice based on four skin types, your skin’s needs in the moment in time and depending on your sensory preference. The product is now called ‘Nutri-Rich Body Cream‘ and comes as a convenient 100mls bottle which you can easily put on a shelf of your bathroom, throw it in your gym bag or in your suitcase without the worry that it will spill. When you skincare comes in the jars with screw-on lids exposure to air can affect the efficacy and smell of the product so the new packaging puts this issue to rest as well.

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I have been using two of Nourish Body creams in the last month: Protect in the morning or after the shower, post workout, as its uplifting citrus scent gives me a mental boost, while photo-active marine align and hyaluronic acid and peptides work on toning and smoothing my skin ( I call it nourishing my body with exercise and skincare, both inside and out ). In the evening, when I unwind and try to de-clutter my mind, Relax Body cream helps to sooth my tired limbs and soften the skin with Omega-rich borage and argan oils, while the natural scent of lavender helps to put me in a relaxed state of mind. One product acting as skin ‘trainer’ and mind guru is not bad, is it?

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Xmas Gift Ideas: Kale magic trio from Nourish Skincare

=&0=&Throughout this year kale has been hailed as the magic ingredient in your diet but Nourish skincare was one of the first to introduce kale extract it into skincare.

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Their Xmas special ‘Kale Trio’ is a wonderful introduction to the power of kale and features the following three of best-sellers:

Kale Biomimetic Eye Cream

Argan & Kale Hand Cream and

the new Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser.

In addition to the unique Kale extract with its array of skin enhancing read more

Autumn Skin Series, part 6: a triple treatment in one from Nourish Skincare

With most women being pressed for time it’s not just the efficacy that we look for in skincare it is also the multi-tasking aspect that we want as well. After all, if we multi-task daily, can’t our skincare do the same? Dr Pauline Hili, founder of Nourish Skincare and her team are always open to their customer feedback and their recent launch, Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser is the testament to that.

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Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser works as cleanser, mask and enzymatic facial, so no wonder it was nicknamed ‘Urban Armour’ for the skin. It works by gently yet effectively exfoliating your skin to allow a healthier, smoother and fresher complexion to emerge at a time when our suntan has faded, it is cold outside and radiators are keeping us warm inside. Pauline, a pioneer in results-driven bioactive formulations, was one of the first to introduce kale into skincare formulas. Organic Kale Extract (rich in betacarotene and Vitamins C & K), used in this product, helps to increase suppleness of the skin, as well as reduces the appearance of wrinkles and redness. Other note-worthy ingredients here are:

– Probiotics that stimulate collagen synthesis, oxygenate skin cells and cellular renewal;

Griffonia Extract that acts as a protective shield against environmental aggressors to which we are sadly exposed daily. It helps to revive and lift the skin, as well as reduce fine lines. Its blend of carbohydrates provides a unique defence mechanism that supports your skin matrix.

Phytoactive Pomegranate Enzymes gentle exfoliate your skin surface but also help to clear away dulling cellular debris that can trap pollution and grime. Pomegranates are known as very effective antioxidants which help fight free-radicals like environmental pollutants thus delaying the signs of ageing in our skin.

Argan Oil helps to heal skin tissues. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and protects against sun exposure ( you do need a separate sun protection product though, even in winter time, but do remember that your body requires at least 15 minutes of direct daily sun exposure in order for you to top up your Vitamin D, which is essential for immunity and bone health ).

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Now that you have the scientific facts on board, let’s proceed to the ways to use this product effectively.

As a Cleanser: Massage over wet skin & rinse. It feels very gentle & therapeutic on the skin and when you wash it off your skin not just looks healthier and brighter but feels baby-soft as well. I also love its uplifting, minty smell that wakes up your senses – a multi-tasking result of a revitalised complexion and sunnier mental disposition.

Daily Mask: Smooth over dry skin and leave for about two minutes. Wash off with warm water, spray your face with tonic and let it be absorbed by the skin. Follow it with your usual serum, moisturiser or face oil.

Weekly Facial: Apply as mask. After five minutes spritz your face with Nourish Toning Mist or warm water to soften; massage your face and rinse with cool, but not cold water. Pat you skin dry.

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I want to finish this review by gently reminding you how important it is to nurture yourself. Mothers are often beset by guilt but I can honestly say that making time for yourself, even if it is for 10 or 15 minutes a day, will make for a happier family environment & increase your productivity at work. ‘Me-time’ will also boost your well-being, as well as your complexion and have a positive effect on your sense of self. A happy you, a happier world!

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Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser is part of Nourish Skincare Kale & Argan Treatment Collection. 81% certified Organic. §16.50 read more