Keeping calm for Christmas!

Christmas is amazing, but it can also be stressful, having a negative impact on your mental health. I’ve been there and over the years I’ve developed some steps I use in daily life to release that stress and keep me focused on the great things going on in life. I hope my tips will help you get through the holiday period feeling fab and hit January with your sanity intact. 

5 ways to stay calm over Christmas 

 1. Be kind to yourself. Breathe. Relax. Rejuvenate.

Christmas can be a stressful time of year. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to buy the perfect gift. Host the perfect meal and ensure everyone else has a good time.Take the time you have off to enjoy the things you like. If that’s an activity, a pamper or just relaxing in front of the tv then do it! Make some time for yourself this year as well as everyone else! 

 

2. Don’t compare. Take the pressure off. 

A lot of times we can become engrossed in what other people are doing for their Christmas and we end up adding pressure onto ourselves. Purchase things people really would like and not just a gift based on how much money you think they want you to spend. Also, social media can put way too much pressure on us to be perfect! That perfect social media post your glamourous friend posted in front of the perfect tree probably took 50 attempts and 3 hours to get and ended in a massive family argument. Life is real and social media only gives you a glimpse into someone’s life, the part that they want you to see. Not the full picture, so don’t compare!  

 

3. Be grateful.

Not everyone has buckets of money to spare around Christmas time and this is one of the biggest causes of stress for most people. Being grateful for all you receive no matter how big or small can really take the pressure off yourself and others. Rather than expending your energy on worrying what you got people or what they’ve got you just be grateful for the things you have and not for the things you don’t. 

 

 

4. Be the bigger person. 

If you feel stressed around Christmas, you can imagine most other people do to. With big family get togethers fall outs are bound to happen. Be the bigger person and empathise when people are stressed. Lend a helping hand to those in need and most importantly walk away from the drama. It will make your Christmas a lot more enjoyable.

 

5. Enjoy it. 

Christmas only comes once a year and it’s a time for enjoyment. Family. Giving and fun. Try your best to enjoy every moment and if things don’t go to plan don’t stress just go with the flow. Spend wisely. Relax and rest. It’s the most wonderful time of the year after all so make the most of it! 

 

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Holly’s Health Corner – Thank you.

I was amazed at the support I received from my return to work blog last week. Thank you so much for all your responses and taking the time to read my blog about where I’ve been the past few months. It’s been wonderful having people reach out, share their stories and relate to me.

It truly has touched me and made me realise how wonderful people can be!

I am on the mend taking each day as it comes and getting stronger and stronger! I think the most important thing I’ve learnt during this process is to take the pressure off yourself. When we end up in states of depression and anxiety it’s easy to feel guilty and bad for the people around us. But what we need to do is go inside ourselves. Look after our bodies and our minds. This is something I’ve been doing non stop every day for the past 3 months and trust me it works. I am not my usual self and have a long way to go with good days and bad days but with the tips I’ve been provided with I’m getting there.

Simple ways of doing this are by accepting the way that you feel. Giving your body the nutrients that it needs. Breathing. Meditating. Doing things you enjoy. Talking to people and regular massages.

The regular massages have massively helped me as they help to rebalance the toxins in the body. Reduce depression and anxiety. Lift mood. Remove physical tension and relax you. I’ve had one every week for the past few months and I definitely notice an improvement. It’s also a nice excuse just to have some pamper time.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is also one of the best things I’ve felt that has aided my recovery. Seeing a private therapist on a weekly basis and being provided with daily techniques I can use makes a huge impact. I’m not a therapist but i have learnt some really great tips I’m happy to share with you all!

Don’t forget for my return and to all those who need a little help we are offering half price 30 minute massages for £14 up until Christmas just call us on 01908 567766 or visit http://www.alchemytherapycentre.com

Holly is back!

Holly is back! 

Hi Everyone, I’m finally back to work and feeling much better! As some of you may know I have been away for the past few months due to illness and I am now recovering and am back managing the salon. Pop in anytime and come say Hi as I have missed you all very much! 

Back in August I became very unwell with an undiagnosed issue with my stomach. This went on for 6 weeks where I was back and forth to the hospital to try and find out what was wrong. I was unable to work, drive or even leave my house. This issue finally resolved itself after I stopped eating gluten and found out I now have Celiac Disease! After I stopped the gluten my stomach was much better however, I was not. Due to the prolonged amount of time being unwell. The rapid weight loss and having an undiagnosed illness I unfortunately ended up having a nervous breakdown.

“Nervous breakdown” means so many different things to different people and can be caused by many issues or none at all. For me it has been a very difficult few months of recovery after I was involved with the home care crisis team who looked after me for 3 weeks. Since then I have been to counselling, taking on Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, meditating and getting regular massages to reduce the Anxiety symptoms I was dealing with. Although I still have a long way to go to being fully recovered I am much more myself and am now driving, working, leaving the house and taking control of my life again.

Mental health is something that is very rarely talked about and I want to put my experience out there to let others know that you are not alone and you can get out of the dark place. The biggest lesson I have learnt during this process is that we really must look after ourselves. Not just our bodies but also our minds. Without our minds functioning correctly then our bodies can’t either. This is why I have taken the past few months (along with a lot of support) to get myself back to the old me and moving forward!

I can’t stress enough how important it is to get help when you’re going through a hard time. Reach out and let people know. All of us at Alchemy are here to listen and help if there’s anything you ever need you know where we are. 

Thank you to all my clients for supporting my business whilst I have been away and I’m very excited for what the future will bring 😊

Lots of love 

Holly 

Environs brand new Acne range

We here at Alchemy are so excited to introduce to you Environs brand new Acne range. Focus care Clarity+ range. 

A range of products used specifically to target those who suffer from Acne, problematic or scarred skin.

For over 18 years Dr Fernandez the founder off Environ skin care has been developing a skincare solution that doesn’t just remove the appearance of acne and scarring but also targets the root cause of the break outs. This then preventing breakouts in the future.

The focus care Clarity+ range is tough on breakouts and gentle on the skin. It uses a 3-phase system to offer a complete skincare solution.

Phase 1: Clean 

Botanical infused Sebu-wash gel cleanser 150ml – £29.95 – A mattifying face wash        containing high levels of Tea tree, Salicylic acid and our newest ingredient to Sebu-wash Sarcosine. These ingredients help to reduce oiliness in just 28 days and its now available in a larger 150ml bottle! Sebu-wash washes away dirt and excess surface oil leaving the skin clean and fresh. Used AM and PM everyday.

Botanical infused Sebu-tone Clarifier 100ml – £26.00 – A gentle exfoliating and oil regulating toner that removes the build up of dead skin cells and reduces the appearance of oily looking skin. Lactic and salicylic acid helps to reduce skin blemishes and redness. Leaving skin looking smoother and more refined. Used AM and PM every day.

 

Phase 2: Control 

Vita-Botanical Sebu-ACE oil 60ml – £38.00 – A light textured vitamin enriched oil that helps to control the appearance of blemishes. Vitamins A,C and E are present in abundance in this product and help to reduce oil production, Promote cell renewal, Stimulate collagen and elastin to aid in the removal of scarring. Skin is left looking smoother and healthier.  Used AM and PM every day.

Hydroxy Acid Sebu-LAC Lotion 60ml – £32.00 – A non oily lotion to help combat signs of breakouts. Containing lactic acid, tea tree and Urea. Sebu-LAC helps to reduce skin water loss, helps heal scarring and wounds and contains an antibacterial agent to help remove skin impurities. This lovely product leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and rebalanced. Used AM and PM everyday.

Botanical infused Sebu-spot Blemish Gel 10ml – £26 – A targeted  spot treatment that is specifically formulated to assist in improving the appearance of visible spots an blemishes. Used as required on spots as they begin to appear. 

Phase 3 – Clear 

Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Clear Masque 50ml – £42 – A low pH creamy mask containing lactic and salicylic acid that penetrates the pores to help reduce oil and enhance moisturise in the skin. The Acids also gentle exfoliate to help remove dead skin cells and promote cell renewal. The skin is left looking visibly healthier and smoother. Used every 2 or 3 evenings apart for 10-20 minutes.

Our whole Clarity+ range can be purchased individually as prices shown above or you can have the whole range for £193.95 

We believe using the home care treatments alongside our in salon treatments is the best and quickest way to gain results. See photo below of Holly’s skin care changes using the Clarity range in just 100 days.

For more information or a free consultation give us a call on 01908 567766 or e-mail theteam@alchemytherapycentre.com

Skin Collagen Plus? Youthful skin!

Optimise your skins collagen with our brand new skin collagen plus packages from the Advanced Nutrition Programme. Only £36 for a two month supply!

Skin collagen plus packages together two skin care supplements to help enhance and support collagen production for healthy and youthful looking skin. As we age our skin looses elasticity and small lines and wrinkles begin to appear. This double pack of products delivers twice as many vitamins and nutrients directly to the skin to help plump and smooth.

What is collagen?Collagen is a protein found in the skin, bones, cartilage and connective tissues. Collagen is responsible for strength and elasticity. Not only do they produce elastin but they also help to keep cells hydrated. This is vital in maintaining youthful skin and help reduce the speed of ageing. There are many reasons why the skin may loose collagen and these can be:

  • Natural skin ageing
  • Smoking
  • Excess caffeine intake
  • Alcohol
  • Excess sugar intake

How can I improve my skins natural collagen?One of the biggest issues when the skin looses its collagen production is down to harmful UV rays. It is vital we apply an SPF to the skin EVERYDAY regardless of if it’s sunny outside or not. In a world filled with advanced technology we are seeing more and more skin damage from computer screens, phones, TVs and even lightbulbs. Putting an SPF on every day helps protect the skin from these harmful rays. Reducing the risk of skin cancer and premature ageing.

We advise using Environs RAD Spf15 for only £19.95 a bottle. It’s scientifically proven to help protect the skin and fight against UV rays without all the added chemicals you find in shop purchased SPFs.

Research has shown that vitamins A and C are the most vital vitamins for producing collagen. We believe that starting from the inside out by taking skin care supplements is the fastest and most effective way in helping the production of collagen within the skin. This is where our brand new Skin collagen plus supplements come in. Combining two of the BEST supplements on the market to help get super fast and effective results. Skin collagen support and Skin Vit C.

What is skin collagen support?

Skin collagen support supplements contain high levels of vitamins A and C which we know through extensive scientific research helps with collagen production. These little beauties also help to protect the cell from oxidative stress. Reducing the effects of premature ageing. Skin collagen support is AnPs #1 seller for anti-ageing!

What is Skin Vit C?

Skin Vit C is a powerful antioxidant that helps collagen support. The high doses of vitamin C helps the skin to function normally, balances the function of blood capillaries and protects the cell from Oxidative stress.

The two combined give the best possible chances for collagen support, youthful looking skin and protection against free radicals! If you’re worried about ageing or want to reduce the signs of ageing then this is the product for you. For more information call us on 01908 567766 to speak to one of our skin care specialists. And don’t forget they’re 100% absorbable, 100% natural and 100% pure. ❤️

Benefits of Vitamin A on the skin.

We all know Vitamins are good for you but do we really know the power of vitamin A on the skin and how important it really is.

The first introduction of Vitamin A in skincare was ground breaking with so many benefitting factors and some very happy clients! Dr Fernandez who developed Environ skin care was the first person to use Vitamin A in high enough doses to counteract harmful effects of the environment. Not onlydies Vitamin A make the skin look beautiful but actually improves its health too! Vitamin A is the cornerstone ingredient within our products. It is an essential skin ingredient that has to be used everyday for full benefit.

Vitamin A is the ONLY scientifically known element that keeps the skin healthy and combats the effect of ageing. It’s is proven that vitamin A can:

  • Increase skins hydration
  • Provide a radiant glow
  • Strengthen the outer layer of the skin helping it to look firmer
  • Reduces lines and wrinkles
  • Prevent breakouts
  • Reduce the risk of development of potential skin cancer.

Now doesn’t that sound great?

We here at Alchemy don’t rely on our customers just being happy with how they look but also how they feel. We want to protect the skin along side making it look better. All to often in our industry we see people using methods of skin care to improve the look of their skin but in some cases this can be damaging in the long run. It’s so important we use vitamin A daily along with regular facials so we keep our skin safe!

If you would like more information on our skincare products then call us on 01908 567766!

#skincarefocus

The month brings us a new focus! A new way in which we can provide advice and education on a new subject relating to something we provide.

This February we will be focusing on everything relating to skin care. The importance of looking after your skin. Lifestyle changes you can start right away. The different skin concerns and how to fix them along with facials and home care that will greatly benefit you!

We’ve all got skin and at one point of our lives we’ve struggled with different concerns. It could be break outs, dehydration, aging etc. We as therapists know how this can make you feel not only physically but emotionally. You feel like people will notice your imperfections and judge you on them! Thats where we come in. Solely working with Environ skin care and Advanced nutrition programme we know this is the BEST route to take for beautiful skin for a lifetime.

Above results show 7 days difference using only 3 products from Environ and Advanced nutrition programme. These are:

  • A, C & E oil
  • Skin Accumax
  • Colostrum Gel

So keep your eyes peeled on our social media and blogs to get all the advice you need! Feel free to ask questions and gain the advice you need because that’s what we are here to do!

We also have a great Facebook competition where you could win an Environ skincare box worth £89.99! Pop on over to https://m.facebook.com/alchemytherapycentre/ to take part and good luck!

Use the #skincarefocus to tag us in your skincare stories, pictures and questions!

Alchemy x