It is my belief that we can all make a difference in the world by working together in our local communities. I do what I can to support local events.

On April 22nd I will be taking part in an event to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

I will be waxing all willing volunteers (mainly men) who are raising money through being sponsored. They will have organised their own sponsorship but I would like to increase the money raised.

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Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It is your first line of defense in protecting you from harm and is on display 24/7 so it makes sense to take care of it properly.

In order for you to be able to do that successfully you need a basic understanding of how skin differs from person to person. There are four basic skin types – normal, oily, dry and combination. What skin type you have depends on a lot of factors such as weather, diet, exercise, stress levels, environment and age. Because these factors can change so can your skin – so people rarely have the same skin type their whole life.

Recognising what skin type you are can be a little tricky for some people. But there are some simple identifiers to help you decide.

Normal skin will look smooth, with no obvious open pores; never experience spots, greasy areas or tight/flaky dry area. This skin type is the rarest of all.

Oily skin often has a shiny sheen and if you stroke your clean skin with your clean finger you will be able to feel the oil on your fingertips. You will be able to see tiny openings which are open pores. These may be discoloured as they become filled with debris from your daily living and take on a brownish appearance. This ‘plug’ of debris then oxidises and turns black – now known as a blackhead or comedone.

In addition ‘spots’ will be present on the skin. There are two types you may see – the first often referred to whiteheads are raised bumps on your skin that are sore and have a small white/creamy ball shaped head on them. The correct term for these is pustules. It is essential that you do not pick/squeeze or try to remove these unless how you know how to do so correctly (watch out for this on future blogs). The other type of ‘spot’ you might see if you have very oily skin is what is known as a papule – a round, raised, red sore area with no clear opening.

Dry skin may look dull in appearance and often feels tight even after moisturising. You will not be able to see any open pores (tiny holes) on your skin but it may feel slightly rough to the touch when you stroke it with your fingertips. You may experience flaking of your skin – especially in the eyebrow area. Dry skin very rarely has outbreaks of spots but when this does happen it is usually associated with hormonal changes and is temporary. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles.

Combination skin is a mixture of any two or all three of the above. The most common pattern is an oily T-Zone (across the forehead, down the nose and chin) but it can present in any pattern.

Next week we will build on this knowledge with other characteristics you may see on your skin that are in addition to and can accompany any skin type.

So what exactly is Lava Shell massage?

It is a therapeutic massage treatment that uses self heating shells and the human hand to deliver a versatile massage. The shells use a patented, biodegradable heat technology that is incorporated into a Lava Shell which then emits heat for over an hour

Did you know winter is the perfect time to start your waxing routine?

It gives your body time to settle into a routine that allows you to achieve the very best results from waxing ready for summer next year.

Why should I have a waxing regime?

Just as we have different stages in life such as baby, toddler, child, teenager and adult our hair growth has cycles too. The 3 different stages of hair growth are what determine the ultimate success of your waxing treatment.

There are thousands of hair follicles in each area of your body, all growing at one of the different stages described above. Receiving regular wax treatments forces them into a set pattern of growth so that your legs stay hair free for longer, and eventually the hair grows back thinner and sparser.

Usually treatments are recommended every 4 – 6 weeks dependent on the area and your personal background.

Stage 1

Active stage of growth is when your hair is actively growing and in contact with a blood supply. The hair is visible outside of your skin. This is the best stage for hair removal by waxing as doing so weakens the root of the hair, causing future hair growth from that follicle (the pocket the hair sits in) to be weaker. In addition removal of hair in this stage of growth forces the follicle to retreat into stage 3 – allowing them to all grow back together at the same time.

Stage 2

Changing stage is where the hair is beginning to move away from the blood supply and is winding down in order to fall out. You can see the hair outside of your skin and they may be longer than the others. Removal of the hair at this stage will cause minimal weakening of the hair – so these hairs will still grow back stronger, however, removal at this stage will again force the hair to move into stage 3 and return all together.

Stage 3

This is the resting stage and is not visible. This is because the hair follicle is in complete rest, has no blood supply and no hair growth within it. In the root of the follicle miniscule cells await the signal from your body to start reproducing a new hair. This stage is not affected by waxing.