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Anti Ageing From 20-50 - 16th November 2017

 

One of the age old questions for many women is “when should I start using an anti-ageing cream or retinols?” Or perhaps “what’s best to use for my skin at this age?” “Shall I be using more than just face wipes at the end of the day?” Due to beauty being such a massive industry, it’s no surprise that there is a lot of confusion surrounding what ingredients work best for your skin at a certain age, particularly as your skin becomes harder to look after as it ages. We constantly have to adapt our skincare regime in keeping with ingredients that better serve our skin, so we’ve rounded up a selection of the best natural ingredients to look out for from your twenties up to your fab fifties!

 

Twenty something’s

Rosehip and rose essential oils are definitely something to include in your regime, especially if you’re prone to breakouts and acne. These essential oils are an anti-inflammatory ingredient, which is renowned for calming redness and flushing, as well as being a gentle emollient for the skin. 

 

Thriving thirties

Once we hit thirty, our skin naturally becomes significantly less hydrated so including absorbent botanical ingredients that are full of nutrients is really important. Hero hydrating ingredients to look out for are Aloe Vera, cucumber and Plantolin as they are all extremely moisturising. A list actress Cameron Diaz swears by Aloe Vera and has claimed she’s been using it for many years as it helps calm her acne!

 

Flirty forties

You may notice that your skin appears to be even more dryer than it was the previous decade, and this is because your skin loses a lot of moisture once you hit forty. As a result of this, your skin becomes a lot harder to exfoliate, which subsequently makes removing dead skin cells rather difficult. A way to go about this is to invest in skin exfoliators and moisturisers that contain shea better; it is extremely nourishing, so it will add hydration to your skin whilst your buff away the dead cells.

 

Fabulous fifties

Make vitamin E your best friend! Now, we’re not saying to entirely dismiss vitamins A, C or D, as they are all rich in antioxidants to help fight against free radicals, which target and destroy the structure of your cells, collagen and elasticity. However, vitamin E has significantly higher level of antioxidants that help combat skin damage. Vitamin E oil can be found in acai fruit oil, which is an emollient that eliminates dryness and keeps the skin barrier moisturized. Try our Pomegranate & Acai Micellar Water (RRP £18), as it contains acai fruit oil and many other strong anti-ageing ingredients including rose and mushroom extract.

 


 

Halloween Beauty Tricks & Treats - 31st October 2017

 

Halloween might be a good excuse for a night of mischief and perhaps a daring fancy dress but it is no reason to sacrifice your skincare. Ahead, we share 6 post-Halloween skincare tips that are sure to revive your skin after a night of treats & tricks. So make sure to clean every remnant of Halloween and get back to glowing and radiant skin.

 

SURVIVAL TIP No 1: PURIFY WITH A CLEANSING BUBBLE MASK

Because goblins and trolls have no problem with waking up to a horrifying breakout, pamper your complexion with a regenerating bubble mask, like our Instant Brightening Bubble mask. This facial mask has a unique dual-action formula that oxygenates and brightens when applied to the skin. The oxygenating process instantly detoxifies by providing oxygen to the skin while a cocktail of ingredients such as Vitamin C and Algowhite refresh the skin and gives a clear, luminous and smoother feel. Perfect glow post Halloween make-up.

 

SURVIVAL TIP No 2: FACIAL SERUM

Whether you used normal make-up or Halloween special face paint, chances are you caked on more than usual this Halloween— how else are you going to pull off that “Zombie Bride?!” After you’ve removed your makeup and cleansed your face, treat your skin to a hydrating serum. Our brightening booster serum works wonders on the skin, by not only brightening but refreshing and moisturising dull and dry skin too. With Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, that helps rejuvenate the skin and Algowhite, Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 to refresh and give a clear, luminous and smoother complexion while promoting a youthful-looking glow!

 

SURVIVAL TIP No 3:TREAT YOURSELF TO A REGENERATING NIGHT CREAM

Replenish your skin while you sleep with a nourishing night cream—we recommend Janjira regenerating Night Cream. A light, non-greasy overnight get that targets dull, blotchy and uneven skin tone.

 Formulated with rare extracts from brown alga and vitamin B3, this night cream can give your complexion a boost of hydration, leaving it feeling soft and moisturized post-Halloween festivities. Continuous use retextures and improves skin tone and promotes elasticity as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

 

SURVIVAL TIP No 4: STAY HYDRATED

Whether you’re spending the 31st munching on cupcakes and candy corns or enjoying a few spooky cocktails, keep your skin, and your body, hydrated with water. Drinking the recommended amount of water throughout the day—and night. Give booring tap water a flavour boost by filling a jug with water, add sliced fruits (citrus, berries or melon) and tear up some fresh mint leaves and leave to steep in water before drinking. Drink up!

 

SURVIVAL TIP No 5 EXFOLIATE THE NEXT DAY

The morning after your trick or treating, you’ll want to do a total skin detox. So make sure you are using a non-abrasive exfoliator that as an anti-inflammatory ingredient such as tea tree oil or coconut oil.

 

SURVIVAL TIP No 6 BARE IT ALL!

As great as this holiday is, sometimes you just need a day of ghoulish R&R. Halloween unfortunately passed. You looked fabulous and had a great time and made a splash but it is now time to put your costume away. It is important for your skin to rest up after a busy weekend. Don’t worry you’ll always have the memories and the Instagram photos.

 


 

Ultimate Guide to Thailand - 13th October 2017

 

Thailand is an amazing destination that has a lot to offer to a traveller (any traveller), whether staying for just a week, or embarking on a long-term discovery of the country. Thailand is a destination definitely not to be missed!

 

Best Beaches

The idyllic areas of Thailand’s beaches bow gently into turquoise water revealing some of the most fascinating landscapes. To get started here are some of the most inspiring beach vistas you must see:

  • Koh Lipe has become a party destination in recent years but still maintains a tranquil atmosphere with many delightful bays.
  • Chaweng Koh Samui is well developed, lively with water sports but can get very busy nonetheless this gives the place a buzzy atmosphere that does not diminish any of its qualities.
  • Railay Beach, the limestone cliffs are full of winding crevasses that makes the area popular with rock climbers making it also an impressive background for sunbathing.
  • Phra Nang is one of Thailand’s most photogenic places with spectacular cliffs and lush greenery but it can get a little crowded.
  • Phi Phi Don, Koh Phi Phi the perfect curve of sand here has made this island one of Thailand’s most famous destination.
  • 7. Laem Sing, Phuket otherwise known, as “the Pearl of the Andaman” is Thailand’s largest island, which has become a very exclusive destination.

 

Full Moon Parties

It is said that a group of people discovered that the most beautiful moon could be seen in Koh Phangan. They arranged an event along the beautiful beach of Haad Rin to celebrate the Full Moon Night. From there on, people from all over the world came to join the celebration and so the tradition was founded.

The party begins at dusk, while the yellow moon makes its appearance over the white sand beach. In twilight, small tables are lined up on the beach and thousand of lamps are lit giving a feel of pure heaven. There is something for everyone here music, jugglers and fire eaters entertaining the crowds as the night goes on with a spectacular fireworks display.

 

Hotels

Thailand is quite cheap, though the north is far cheaper than Bangkok and the southern islands. Guesthouses go for as little as 300 THB per night in cities and 200 THB per night in the countryside. Hotels start at around 1,350 THB per night and go up from there. As for big resorts on the islands usually start at 1,700 THB per night for a bungalow on the beach depending on season.

Relax Bay, Koh Lanta, Thailand – Just along the Andaman Sea coast, south of Krabi Town. Relax is the kind of place where you might end up staying longer than intended, thanks to the friendly service and authentic Thai food.

Sai Thong resort, Koh Tao

Sai Thong is a resort with wooden bungalows that are humbly furnished with balconies, hammocks and private bathrooms. The owners are very friendly and the landscapes include surreal white sand beach with a rocky headland. Once in a lifetime diving and plenty of wonderful places to lounge and to top it all off an unforgettable arrival by long-tail boat complete the picture.

Keemala resort and spa is focused on offering experiences that are truly unforgettable. The resort is close enough to the Kamala Beach and with the liveliness of Patong Beach and all the energetic action that Phuket has to offer. Still far enough removed to step back and take time to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the rainforest and a plethora of all-inclusive activities and culinary delights to help with wellbeing.

Bodega Phuket is one of the more popular hostels in Thailand. It's about a five or ten minute walk from the beach and is not far from the major nightlife scene along Bangla Road.

 

Traditions/Rituals

Thailand is a country that is steeped in tradition, from religion and spirituality to the foods served on the table and even the way in which one point’s his feet. One of the most distinctive Thai customs is the Wai. It is a traditional greeting and is done by putting your hands together in front of your chest and bowing your head.

Most of Thailand’s attractions are of cultural significance. Places like temples and palaces are highly respected by the locals for their religious and spiritual values and there are certain traditions and etiquette that one needs to respect when visiting, such as wearing appropriate clothing. This means no flip-flop, no shorts, no skirts above the knee and no sleeveless shirts.

Another Thai tradition that will delight visitors is the multitude of festivals devoted to praying for rain. Farmers depend on rain for healthy crops and as such they hold a variety of events as a means of asking for the rainy season to bless their crops.

 


 

Busy Mom's Beauty Tips - 19th September 2017

 

Being a Mom couldn't be anymore rewarding, bringing life into the world and watching them grow up to be the perfect Son or Daughter. However, as much as a joy as Motherhood is, it isn’t always easy getting time for yourself, especially if you are a Mom that is a fan of beauty. Follow these tips so that you too can start enjoying your beauty routine without having to rush.

 

Say Goodbye To Tired Eyes

You may not be getting the best sleep, no matter what age your children are; moms are always on the go. If you are looking for a product to combat those tired eyes and dark circles then our Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift is your new go-to. It helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles and contains Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 to give your under eye area a brightening boost. It’s also nice and compact so it’s no fuss to carry around.

 

Balayage

Having the time to go to the hairdressers can be very limited, especially when you get a treatment like highlights that requires touching up every four to six weeks. However, Balayage could be the thing you need. It’s very similar to highlights except for the fact that the colour is painted on by hand by weaving in your natural hair colour with a lighter colour, which gives you a nice sunkissed look. All in all it lasts around 10 weeks, which is plenty of time.

 

Pomegranate & Acai Micellar Water

Often you may not have time to use as many products as you would like due to lack of time, so products that double up as a two in one come as life savers. The Pomegranate & Acai Micellar Water is a gentle fragrance-free Micellar Water, and is great at removing makeup and any kind of build up from your day such as dirt and pollution. As well as all of the loveliness it already provides, it’s a good face toner, which is great if you want to add something a little extra to your beauty routine.  

 

Create Your Own Spa Experience

If you are looking for the perfect product to help you relax and unwind then our Therapy Massage Candles are the one for you, with two amazing scents of Grapefruit & Tangerine and Jasmine & Ylang Ylang. As well as creating the ultimate relaxing atmosphere, it can also be used as a massage oil, body oil, moisturiser or facial oil to make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a spa.

 

Add A Glow

If you want to add a glow to your face but don't have a lot of time to sit through adding highlighter and bronze, try using a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid to do the job. It keeps the skin hydrated and prevents the effects of aging.

 


 

Travel Edit: Which Thai island is right for you? - 24th July 2017

 

If you’re looking for FUN & CRAZY PARTIES:

Koh Pha Ngan

As one of the major party venues in Southeast Asia, Koh Pha Ngan is perfect for drinking and dancing along moon-bathed beaches. The main attraction is obviously the infamous Full Moon party on Haad Rin, a night full of fireworks, fire jugglers and neon paint. If you’re looking for a more chilled night, head to the night market in Thong Sala, the island’s main town, where you can pick up coconut ice cream, spicy papaya salad and other scrumptious delights all under £2! Don’t be blind-sided by all the crazy parties though, there is much more to explore and enjoy at Koh Pha Ngan! During the day, you can go temple-hopping or visit the beautiful waterfalls and lookouts in the interior of the island. You can travel around the island by motorcycle, taxi boats or elephants (only £6 for a 30 minute ride)!

 

If you’re looking for RELAXED VIBES & HIGH-END SPAS:

Koh Samui

The classic all-time favourite for both locals and Hollywood celebrities such as Robbie Williams and the Beckhams (who allegedly built a secret hideaway worth £3M!). Koh Samui is the perfect choice for anyone who just wants to relax somewhere beautiful! Wherever you stand on the price spectrum, Koh Samui will definitely offer you an amazing experience because of the many activities available ranging from an affordable zip line adventure to an indulgent spa session. You can splurge on picturesque resorts or opt for a simple budget-friendly bungalow by the beach – both will give you access to the beautiful beaches.

 

If you’re looking for a QUICK, AFFORDABLE CITY BREAK:

Koh Samet

Within 3-5 hours, you can take a bus, boat or plane and escape the busy Bangkok city – you’ll be lounging on a white sand beach in no time! Koh Samet is known for being a favourite getaway from the bustle of Bangkok because it offers stunning sunset views and relaxing vibes. This island has more of a laidback feel and focuses on enjoying the island’s pretty beaches than full-on recreational activities. Along the beaches of Ao Phai and Haat Sai Kaew are some of the best barbeques and while you’re sunbathing, fresh fruit and ice creams are always readily available to freshen you up. Also try the rotis which are a crepe-like dessert that can be filled with anything your heart desires – bananas, chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, you name it!

 

If you’re looking for an AMAZING DIVING EXPERIENCE:

Koh Tao

Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is known for its natural beauty on land and underneath the waves. This island is one of the world’s best places to dive and snorkel  – at a reasonable price, of course! With over 40 diving centres available, you’re bound to find a highly experienced instructor who suits your needs and budget. For those extra keen, you can get your PADI certificate here and if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for a night dive! However, if you are more of a land lover, Koh Tao also has many other activities to offer. You can choose to do yoga along the beautiful beaches or go for a challenging hike with stunning views.

 

Whichever island you choose to visit, make sure you try all the delicious food and get an amazing (and super cheap!) Thai massage – you just can’t go wrong with this combination! Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and you can’t say you’ve visited Thailand without trying the delicious pad thai, tom yum and som tam. If you want to try something less mainstream, try pad kaprao or laap with sticky rice. Getting a traditional Thai massage is a great way to de-stress and relieve any tension in your body – it can also help reduce cellulite by breaking through the subcutaneous tissue!  All the islands are special and wonderful in their own way, so don’t overthink and book your tickets now!

 


 

Luxe Up Your Shower Routine - 7th July 2017

 

There’s nothing better than indulging in a relaxing shower to either kick start your day or wind down after a long day. But if you are strapped for time, showering can feel a bit more like a chore than a treat, so refresh and jazz up your routine to find your tranquil haven. Whether that’s with a new product that leaves your skin feeling extra smooth or a great playlist to jam along to find your shower bliss.

 

Create A Shower Basket

There’s nothing worse than being in the shower and having to jump out every time you need to grab a different product. Why not buy or get creative and make your own DIY shower basket. That way you’ll have everything in one place. It’s also a great way of discovering old favourites that may have got lost in the pile.

 

Playlist

Showering doesn’t have to be a tedious and silent in and out task. There is so much innovative technology nowadays such as Bluetooth Shower Speakers that listening to music in the shower couldn’t be easier. Start adding your favourite jams into a playlist or a create a free Spotify account where you can listen to playlists dedicated to showers such as ‘Songs to Sing in the Shower’ for an even better shower experience!

 

Argan Oil Shower Scrub
Leave your skin feeling replenished and soft by using the Argan Oil Shower Scrub. The key ingredient is Argan oil, which helps to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance and protect the skin from dryness.

 

Pomegranate & Acai Facial Mask

If you are looking for a bit of added relaxation after your shower then popping on a facial mask after is a perfect way to help. The Pomegranate and Acai facial mask is the ultimate creamy face mask packed with vitamins, antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients. Formulated with jojoba seed oil and shea butter to brighten skin and leave it intensively hydrated.

 

Jasmine & Ylang Ylang Therapy Massage Candle

A sweet smelling scented candle can help to put you in the mood to relax and unwind in a relaxing atmosphere. The great thing about the Janjira Jasmine & Ylang Ylang Therapy Massage Candle is that once warm and melted, the oil can be used as a massage oil, body oil, moisturiser or facial oil. Made using Soybean and Coconut oil to help restore moisture to dry skin. It also features beautiful notes of jasmine, ylang ylang and orange blossom for an aromatic experience to tease the senses. Studies have found that scented candles are more likely to help you fall asleep faster.

 

After Shower Comfort

If you plan on having a chilled night in after your shower leave a fluffy towel out and some slippers to get you all warmed up and if you are heading straight out make sure you’ve used a nice detergent when washing your clothes so they feel nice and smell even better. 

 


 

 Desitination Inspiration: Bali - 27th June 2017

It’s that time of year where everyone begins to prep for upcoming holidays or look for those last minute deals. One place that is a total dream to go jetting off to this summer is Bali. It’s one of the most popular destinations in the world and was recently voted number one in the 2017 Tripadvisor travellers’ choice awards. Bali is a beautiful Indonesian island best known for its stunning landmarks, beaches and feeling like paradise.

 

Relaxation

We all need to relax from time to time and Bali is known for being one of the most tranquil and spiritual places in the world with over 20,000 temples. It’s a place that is big on all things yoga, meditation and healing. Bali is such a relaxing destination to visit and the island has got plenty to offer, an ideal location for anyone looking to find their zen. There are also lots of spa locations where you can choose treatments from a full body massage or if you’re feeling for something a little different you can always try out a traditional Balinese massage which helps with increasing the blood circulation, reduces sore muscles and relieves stress. The Balinese massage involves your masseuse using firm pressure to relax the muscle tissue along with stretching and acupressure. This slightly differs from a Thai massage as it works your entire body using a combination of finger and palm pressure and yogic stretches to give your body a big stretch and release tension. Although they may be different styles, both are just as relaxing and invigorating!

 

Activities  

Bali is well known for its laid-back sandy beaches surrounded by beautiful clear blue waters - anyone could mistake Bali for paradise! If you are not one for chilling on beaches for days on end then the adventurer in you can choose from taking a boat excursion, learning to surf or even exploring a cave. There are endless day trips and water sports to take part in and it doesn’t just stop there, the evening nightlife has a lot to offer with vibrant bars and clubs to dance the night away to.

 

Culture  

Not only will Bali leave you feeling in touch with your spiritual side but it will also emerge you in the Balinese culture. Bali hosts a number of festivals and events all year round from arts to traditional village festivals. The spirit festival runs for five days with live international music, dancing, yoga and healing workshops. Another traditional festival not to miss out on is the Bali kite festival, which is held on Sanur beach in July where villagers team up to fly homemade kites! Aside from the events, there are temples and museums that can also educate you on the culture.

 

Weather

Want to feel the sun kiss your skin? Bali has gorgeous weather and between their peak times, May to September the temperature is between 26-31 degrees, which is perfect for lying on the beach, and soaking up the sun. Always remember to use a high SPF sunscreen with a factor of at least a 30 when you’re out enjoying the sunshine to help protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

 

Friendly locals

You don’t’ have to worry about not feeling lonely when you’re out in Bali, as the Balinese locals are very friendly and welcoming to all tourists! There is so much opportunity to engage with them from interacting at local events or supporting their businesses.

 

Wildlife

Wildlife in a country other than your own is something that’s pretty exciting when you go away and the wildlife scene is pretty amazing out in Bali. You might be lucky enough to come across monkeys, elephants or reptiles on your travels and if you don’t, there are loads of safari parks to be visited or if you are feeling brave enough, you could take a trek in the jungle. 

                                     


 

Let Summer Prep Begin! - 10th May 2017

May is officially here, which means one thing – summer is now upon us and consequently so is the time to start prepping in order to get our skin and body beach-ready! It goes without saying that this time of year usually drives us to hit the gym and the salad bowls for lunch, but tending to our skin and giving it some TLC is just as important, so we’ve given you our top tips for 2017 summer prep. 

Exfoliate

It’s very important to exfoliate your whole body before you face the rays! Even during the colder months, our skin accumulates a large amount of debris and dead skin cells. Whilst there is nothing dangerous about this, if your skin isn’t entirely smooth and clear it’s likely that your summer tan may appear rather blotchy and uneven due to the uneven surface of the skin. Exfoliating with a soft and nourishing scrub, like the Janjira Argan Oil Sugar Milky Body Scrub, will ensure that your tan will develop on fresh new skin.  The same applies for your face, but we recommend using a slightly more gentle scrub such as our Marine Radiant White Exfoliating Scrub. It’s made with walnut shell, which means it’s suitable for very sensitive areas like the face.

 

Hydrate

We’re all well aware of the importance of hydration for the skin, but as well as drinking the sufficient amount of water each day, it’s also a good idea to give your skin an extra boost with some hydrating products! The sun significantly dehydrates our body and face, which ultimately is one of the primary causes of wrinkles and ageing. However, providing your skin with plenty of water and hydration will make a huge difference. Our Pomegranate & Acai Cleanser and Facial Mask are definitely must-have essentials for your summer prep bag! Both are PACKED with nutrients, antioxidants and anti-ageing agent s, so will sooth dry and thirsty skin by delivering instant hydration.

The Facial Mask also contains Shea Butter, a natural wonder ingredient that will keep skin super soft. And of course…drink plenty of water too! 

Soften

Last but certainly not least – MOISTURISE! When the warm weather starts to kick in, you’ll want your skin as soft as it can be to avoid any dryness or flaking when you’re soaking up the rays on the beach. Furthermore, if your skin isn’t moisturized it will also make your tan uneven and also fade that much quicker. It’s a good idea to moisturize at least once during the weeks leading up to your holiday, and then at least twice in the days coming up to your beach break! The areas you should focus on in particular are the elbows, hands, knees, ankles and wrists; they tend to be the most dry and are often forgotten about. We recommend using our Thai Lime & Ginger Body Butter; it contains Avocado Oil and Shea Butter, both of which are extremely moisturising and will help soften and soothe skin. The extracts of ginger and citrus also help to replenish, moisturize and give skin natural nutrients. Plus, the smell will make you feel as if you’re already on holiday!

 

                                     


 

Indulge in a Little of Her Own 'Me Time' - 16th February 2017

 

                                               

 

Contrary to popular belief mummies need to be taken care of too. There’s no such thing as ‘taking a break’ when it comes to a mother’s job description. The long hours of labouring, while undertook willing and lovingly, can sometimes be very tiring and stressful. If you really want to give back to your mum this mother’s day there’s nothing she’ll appreciate more than the luxury of being free to indulge in a little of her own “me time”. 

 

If you think your mum could be in need of a little TLC, we’ve got just what she needs! Janjira’s Refresh and Revive Body Duo specialises in just that. From our heavenly aromatic Thai Lime and Ginger Gift Set, this body butter and Sugar Milky Body Scrub duo, caresses the skin leaving it soft and supple. 

The magic doesn’t end there! Our Therapy Relaxation Set creates the soothing atmosphere all mothers wish to inhabit once all the kids are safe and sound in their beds, enjoying sweet dreams. Allow your mummy to bring her own dream to life by drawing her a warm bubble bath illuminated by the soft flickers of the Therapy Massage Candle. Aside from the tranquil environment the candle facilitates, once blown out its oil can also be used to nourish the skin, a ritual perfectly complimented by the use of the soothing Therapy Hand Cream.  

 

Due to the full time nature of motherhood, it’s common that a mother feels worn out. However, she has no choice but to power through so never mind that beauty sleep, she often can’t fit in a daily make-up routine into her daily schedule. Luckily we’re here to help you help her because the Brighten & Illuminate Gift Set facilitates glowingly radiant skin even when up against the damaging effects of fatigue. The collection includes our popular Marine Radiant White Instant Brightening Bubble Mask, Booster Serum and Night Cream. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s a miracle worker! 

 


 

The 411 on Chinese New Year - 27th January 2017

 

                                               

A new lunar year hails the Year of the Rooster!

 

The Chinese New Year changes date each year and during 2017 it is due to arrive on the 28th of January. It has become one of the most globally renowned holidays with about 1/5 of the world’s population joining in on the celebrations! For those not in-the-know about this ancient tradition, we’ve formulated a starter pack to ensure you’re clued up on what to expect from the year ahead.

 

What Does the Chinese New Year Mean for You?

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rooster will be fast-paced and powerful. Impressions are now everything and alongside this new beginning lies the opportunity to encapsulate your hidden potential. It is vital that you are looking and feeling your best, guaranteeing that you are firing at all cylinders throughout the dynamite year ahead. It has been advised that you remain on practical and well-proven paths in order for you to achieve maximum success.

 

Interesting Facts about Chinese New Year

1. The Date Changes

The date of Chinese New Year varies from year to year. It always occurs somewhere between the 21st of January and the 20th of February, depending on the Chinese lunar calendar.

2. The Holiday is Referred to as the “Spring Festival”

Peculiarly Chinese New Year occurs in winter, however it is identified as the beginning of spring.  This is due to the fact that although cold weather prevails, the “start of spring” signals that the worst is over and one can begin looking forward to spring’s imminent arrival.

3. Every Chinese Year is Allocated an Animal of the Chinese Zodiac

It is an ancient Chinese tradition to name years according to one of the total twelve animals of their zodiac sequence. This year is the year of the Rooster and thus people are encouraged to adopt rooster traits in order to enhance the quality of their year.

4. More Fireworks are Used on Chinese New Year than Any Other Occasion

The hour that calls in the Chinese New Year witnesses more tons of fireworks than any other. China is responsible for producing approximately 90% of the world’s fireworks! Due to the belief that fireworks ward off evil spirits, they are considered to bring good luck in future endeavours.

5. People Pay Attention to their Priorities

In the period leading up to the Chinese New Year people focus on completing tasks that remain uncompleted or have not been addressed. Making amends with people and exercising forgiveness is prioritized. People attempt to establish and maintain civil relations while reconnecting with old ties. Buying new clothes and gifts for loved ones, as well as cleaning houses are activities undertook to establish goodwill and cleanse the self of previous misdemeanours.

 

Beneficial Rooster Personality Traits to Tap into

1. Being active and adopting a healthy lifestyle

2. Valuing social relations and attempting to be warm and charming towards others

3. Prioritizing hard work, perseverance and ambition  

4. Aspiring to be honest, open and loyal. This year it is more important than ever to speak your mind and gain people’s trust.

 


 

Overnight Fixers - 2nd January 2017

 

 

There’s no denying we all love the festive season – catching up with old friends and family, indulging in lots of delicious food, drinking one too many glasses of bubbly, enjoying many lie in’s, and celebrating with several parties. It’s not surprise Christmas wins as many people’s favourite time of year. However, as fun as the festive frolics can be, it doesn’t do our skin or body any favours. The late nights, rich food and alcohol can leave our complexion looking dull and depleted, so if there was any time our skin needed some extra TLC it’s now!

 

Although it’s still important to cleanse, tone and moisturise your face daily as usual, the optimum time for your skin to regenerate is actually at nighttime. This is because your body naturally enhances its ability to fight natural and environmental damage whilst you are resting. Sleep reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and increases melatonin, which acts like an antioxidant to fight against fine lines, dark circles and spots. Therefore, what you apply and incorporate into your regime at night is twice as important if you want to speed up the rate at which your complexion returns to its bright and beautiful self.

 

1. Apply Moisture-Attracting Ingredients

Whilst we sleep, our skin naturally loses moisture so one-way to keep it sufficiently hydrated is to maintain healthy levels of cellular hydration topically. Before going to bed, opt for a thicker cream as these tend to penetrate the layers more. It’s also a good idea to look for products that contain ingredients such as shea butter or hyaluronic acid; these will significantly lock in hydration and attract moisture to the skin’s surface.

 

2. You are what you eat!

Although applying the right products are very important, hydrating yourself through your diet is just as beneficial. To further prevent dehydrated skin, it’s VITAL that you increase your intracellular water levels before you fall asleep. As well as upping your water intake, snacking on water-rich fruits and veg like cucumber, apples and watermelon will keep you hydrated from the inside, and will also release free-radical fighting antioxidants while you sleep – ideal for skin cell regeneration!

 

3. Remove your makeup!

It goes without saying but you’d be surprised how many people forget to remove their makeup before bed. Regardless of how tired you are, or whether you’re still slightly intoxicated when you come in from a night out, removing ALL makeup is an absolute MUST. Whilst you sleep, your skin repairs itself and the skin pores open up; if you’ve got a layer of makeup on your face, lips, or eyes, the pores will get clogged leaving you prone to spot breakouts and an uneven skin tone.

 

4. Use an Eye Cream

One area on your face that will significantly show signs or tiredness and aging is your eyes. When your complexion is looking particularly dull, it’s always a good idea to apply eye cream in order to help hydrate and de-puff dark circles. Look for creams that contain ingredients such as caffeine, peptides, brighteners and antioxidants.

 

5. Never Sleep with your hair done

This may seem like an odd one, but if your complexion is already looking a little worse for wear, sleeping with strands of your hair across your face won’t do it any favours. Our hair is FULL of natural oils, and whilst this is good for maintaining shiny and glossy locks, the oil from your hair can also clog up your pores, leading to forehead breakouts. Furthermore, sleeping with your hair up and completely out of your face will ensure that any products residue (hair spray, serum, etc.) won’t get in contact with your skin. 

 

 


 

Party Survival Skincare Guide - 28th October 2016

 

With the party season right around the corner, you’ll want to be looking and feeling your best. All the late nights, alcohol and yummy food can take a serious and unwanted toll on your skin. We have compiled seven top tips on how to save your skin this season and keep it in its best possible condition.

 

1. Monitor your alcohol consumption.

Keeping alcohol consumption to a moderate level can do wonders for your skin, and will also save you from being weighed down by a hangover when you have things to do. Most alcoholic drinks contain high levels of sugar, which can cause those unsightly breakouts, the last thing you want before going to a party! Swapping your alcoholic drinks to soft drinks or water is an easy way to prevent spots and calorie intake. 

 

2. Let your skin breathe.

Even if you love experimenting with new makeup looks during the party season, try and allow yourself to have a makeup free day. Aim to have a bare face day once a week as this will give your skin a chance to breathe and recharge for the week ahead. 

 

3. Don't neglect your beauty sleep.

Party season means you are bound to have one too many late nights, but you should still try to get 6-8 hours sleep as this will give your skin cells the time they need to naturally renew themselves, leaving your complexion fresh and healthy.

To help you relax & unwind before bed try using the Janjira Jasmine & Ylang Ylang Massage Candle. The rich aroma and ambience of this candle will put you in to the perfect relaxed state before bed whilst the warm oil is absorbed by the skin, leaving it supple, soft and protected. 

 

For those nights when you haven’t had your 40 winks of sleep and dark circles have reared their ugly heads in the morning the Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift will help make your eye area look brighter and more awake. It contains Vitamin B3, which boosts radiance and prevents under-eye shadows, while the innovative metal applicator gives a cooling and soothing feeling. Your late night will go unnoticed!

4. Remove your make up before bed.

It’s easy to jump straight in to bed after getting home late, but taking a few minutes to remove your makeup first is key for blemish-free skin. Using cotton rounds soaked in micellar water is a fuss free, quick and effective way to remove the bulk of your makeup and your skin will thank you the next morning!

 

Janjira Pomegranate & Acai Micellar Water removes all traces of makeup, impurities and unclogs pores without leaving a greasy film or drying skin out. It is enriched with plant extracts such as pomegranate, acai, Japanese rose and mushroom, that prevent skin dehydration, premature ageing and reduce the appearance of pores.

5. You are what you eat.

The party season means plenty of delicious food, but this overload of sugar can lead to sudden breakouts. Sugar also supresses white blood cell activity, making us more vulnerable to flu and allergies. In addition, consuming foods high in salt increases dehydration and water retention, which causes puffy eyes. We recommend trying to avoid overindulging and instead of having an occasional treat, which will also help to keep the extra pounds off. Many people may reason that they can lose the extra weight in the New Year, but gaining and then losing weight can actually cause your skin to lose elasticity and sag, so avoiding doing this is the best option!

 

6. Stay hydrated.

It’s no secret that drinking water is essential for great skin, and plenty of alcohol, salty snacks and cold weather during the party season can leave you and your skin extra dehydrated, resulting in fine lines and dullness. To combat this, aim to drink around 8 glasses of water a day and if you find this difficult, try drinking fruit infused water for more flavour.

7. Pre-party exfoliation.

As well as treating your skin during and after the party season, it is just as important to prepare it. A great makeup look for the party season starts with great skin. For an ultra smooth and radiant base underneath your makeup make sure to exfoliate your skin.

Janjira Marine Radiant White Exfoliating Scrub contains Algowhite that brightens the skin, Vitamin C that reduces inflammation & enhances skin’s repair process, and Vitamin B3 that protects the skin and encourages the production of natural emollients, that keep your skin hydrated.

 


 

Skin Concern - Dry Skin - 17th October 2016

 

 

Winter is on its way, with its strong winds and cold weather. This can have a significant effect on your skin, changing the skin’s texture and drying it out. However, dry skin can be prevented and replenished, and with our tips below you can fight dry skin this winter!

 

What is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a very common skin condition where there is a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the outer layer of the skin, and this can be worsened depending on how humid the air is. During the winter when the temperature drops, the humidity level also does accordingly, leaving you with parched, itchy, and cracked skin.

1. Drink more water

It sounds obvious, but drinking water is crucial to ensure skin stays hydrated, soft and supple! Aim to drink at least 8 glasses a day, to decrease water loss and maintain skin hydration.

2. Quit the steamy showers

With the cold nights coming, long, hot showers start to seem very tempting! However, this can have a significant effect on your skin, drying it out by stripping your body of its natural oil barrier. The barrier is essential for trapping moisture, therefore stick to warm (not hot), and short showers, to improve the amount of moisture in your skin, and keep skin looking smooth and soft.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliating is highly recommended to keep your skin soft and supple. The dry skin needs to be buffed away from the surface so that the fresh skin can shine. Make sure to use a gentle exfoliator, such as our Thai Lime & Ginger Sugar Milky Body Scrub, the perfect gentle scrub to keep skin smooth!

 

 

 

 

Thai Lime & Ginger Sugar Milky Body Scrub - £26

This scrub uses refined sugar to help exfoliate, enhance, smoothen and brighten the skin. The emolient-rich oils help restore the skins moisture and hydration. It helps to buff away dead skin cells, leaving skin smoother with Sweet Almond Oil leaving skin nourished.

4. Moisturise

As previously explained there’s less moisture in air during winter so moisturising the skin is necessary! Moisturiser helps dry skin by allowing you to hydrate the areas of moisture or oils that your skin is missing. Moisturiser should be applied immediately after washing, to trap the existing moisture in your skin. For truly nourished, supple skin, we suggest using a moisturiser with natural oils and ingredients. This is because natural oils such as Avocado Oil and Coconut Oil are enriched with vitamins, which can help to soothe the skin. Try our Thai Lime & Ginger Body Butter enriched with Avocado Oil for the body, and our Marine Radiant White Regenerating Night Cream for an intense hydrating treatment!