How To Detox With Style

Elle Macpherson

The New Year always has a habit of sneaking up on you, causing you to exclaim, “Where did the year go?!” Despite the surprise, we all welcome a new year with optimism and excitement… however, these feelings can be slightly dulled if you’ve hit the festive season a touch too hard. New year is the time to launch yourself into a cleansed new lifestyle that will lead to a happy and healthy year! But it’s not all about juices and cabbage, you can detox with style by following our top tips.

The Party Recovery

If you’ve succumbed to an extra glass of red wine or two and woken up feeling terrible then work your way through this 5-point plan and start feeling better, sooner.

1 – Eat a nutritious meal

Alcohol leaves you dehydrated and your stocks of essential vitamins and nutrients depleted. Refuel and reclaim the balance with a plate of eggs on wholemeal toast and a serving of spinach on the side. Eggs are a great source of cysteine, an amino acid that helps break down the toxin acetaldehyde in the liver, whilst spinach is rich in antioxidants and will help top up vitamin levels.

If you’re craving something sweeter, bananas are a great choice as they’re packed with potassium. Wash it down with coconut water for an extra boost of vital salts and natural electrolytes.

2 – Take a supplement

A supplement can really help you take the first steps of a detox. Milk thistle is thought to be the most effective at protecting your liver and speeding the ejection of alcohol from your system. B vitamins play a big part in helping your nervous system function so try taking a complex for a bit of a boost. Feeling queasy? Ginger is nature’s tummy soother so sip a ginger tea throughout the day to rehydrate, such as Pukka’s delicious Three Ginger tea.

3 – Sweat it out

You may feel sluggish and the cold winter’s air outside might not be particularly inviting, but force yourself to go for a brisk walk or perhaps something a little more strenuous, like a short jog. It will help speed up the ejection of alcohol from the body by upping your metabolic rate, and a good does of fresh air can really clear out those cobwebs!

Relaxing scents to ease your mind.

4 – Take a relaxing bath

To speed up the ejection of those nasty toxins, try running a warming bath and add purifying salts. Detox with style by using Guam’s Seaweed Algae as it will help draw impurities out of the skin and relax. If you need to catch up on missed sleep then opt for a soothing scent to help ease you towards a restorative slumber. Try Kneipp’s Lavender Herbal Bath which will nourish the body while relaxing the mind.

5 – Spritz a mood-enhancing scent

Avoid the post-Christmas blues by soothing your senses. Try Badger Balm’s Cheerful Mind Balm for an uplifting fragrance or Crabtree & Evelyn’s Lavender Eau de Toilette for something calming so you can let go of that stress and embrace the new you for the new year.

Help beat bloating

Cold weather can often get you reaching for warm comfort foods and stop you from getting outdoors. This can all lead to bloating and water retention which makes you feel tired and severely lacking energy to be proactive. When you need to re-energise from tip to toe, try these little beauties:

Body brushing helps speed up the ejection of toxins.

1 – Body brush on dry skin

If you haven’t heard about body brushing, you should integrate it immediately into your detox plan. Regular body brushing not only helps remove dead skin cells, but it helps support the lymphatic drainage system and the effective expulsion of toxins from the body. Aim to do it twice a week using a natural bristle brush like the lovely  Sp@Home brush from Elemis.

2 – Buff up with a body scrub

If you fancy something a bit gentler (and more indulgent) then rub Guam’s stimulating AlgaScrub on before hopping in the shower. It’s potent algae and sea salt blend helps energise the skin, softening and strengthening as it tones your skin.

 

Help tackle unwanted bloating with these fluid eliminating goodies.

3 – Battle bloating and water retention

Guam’s Fanghi d’Algae Dren Drainaige Mud is packed with antioxidant green tea and sea salt that helps drain excess water and toxins from the tissue whilst helping increase firmness. Slather it on your skin and use cling film to wrap the mud close to your skin. It will give your circulation a much needed boost and reduce water retention.

4 – Boil the kettle

Herbal teas can soothe a painful stomach, but try sipping on Caudalie’s Draining Organic Herbal Teas for some detoxing action. It’s designed to be a slimming aid and is made with a mix of health-promoting plants for a rather relaxing way to flush out toxins.

Give your complexion a little glow

Christmas time brings a month of alcohol, canapés, late nights and stressful battling through crowds at events! It’s very easy to understand that you end up suffering afterwards with breakouts, dry skin and puffiness – exactly what you don’t want when you’re after a refreshed start to the new year! Get your skin back in check with a few of these nifty little tips and start spring with a radiant shine!

Quick fix

Get fresh, bright skin when you're feeling anything but.

1 – Cleanse properly

A proper cleanse means doubling your regime with a few must-have beauty products. Start with a micellar water, such as Nuxe’s Micellar Cleansing Water, to help take off the majority of your makeup before following with a cleanser. Gently exfoliate to help rid the skin of any dry patches with Alpha H’s brilliant Micro Cleanse, to get a radiant glow.

2 – Pop on a face mask

When you think detox, the classic regime always includes face masks – there’s a reason why they’re so popular in the new year! Face masks help to intensively cleanse pores and encourage a little glow out of your face. Decleor’s lightweight Hydra Floral Plumping Expert Mask is a favourite with beauty editors for it’s Moringa oleifera proteins and sunflower extracts – they work together to protect the skin from antioxidants and external stresses for up to 24 hours.

Keep the glow going

1 – Cut down on sugar

We all know that sugar is pretty addictive, but when it comes to a detox it is paramount that you reduce your intake. Sugar is believed to be one of the key factors in skin inflammation and it can cause an increase in the appearance of wrinkles and loss of elasticity when it attaches to the collagen in your skin. Try natural stevia sweetners or a sprinkle of cinnamon as tasty sugar substitutes and aim to eat more fresh veg instead of reaching for high-sugar fruits.

Elle Macpherson and Gwyneth Paltrow are big fans of healthy eating plans.

2 – Eat good fats

The best skin-plumping foods contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and the good news? They’re delicious AND filling! A helping of avocado on rye toast makes a wholesome breakfast, a tofu stirfry with sesame oil will be tasty dinner, and grab a handful of brazil nuts or almonds as a nutritious snack. try cooking with coconut oil as well as it’s a healthier alternative to vegetable of olive oil.

3 – Using time as an excuse?

If you just don’t have the time to chase up quality ingredients or you’re not sure where to start, then The Detox Kitchen (Elle MacPherson and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans) and Balance Box are two companies who will cut out all the hard work and bring meals brimming with goodness right to your door.

Detox with style: Make-up…

If you’re fighting off the effects of a hectic festive season or you’ve had a bigger night than intended, then your makeup needs to go that extra mile. Try these little tips to fake a wide-awake complexion and fool all into thinking you’ve successfully detoxed with style:

Soothing formulas for glowing skin.

1 – Pop moisturiser and eye gel in the fridge

The coolness will help combat puffiness and reduce swelling. Go for AHA-rich formulas which are very moisturising (make sure to pop on an SPF over the top). Bliss Ex-glow-sion! helps boost collagen in the skin with a little help from Micro-algae extracts and vitamin C.

2 – Plump for a light-reflecting base

A light-reflecting base will help simulate a healthy glow. Use a light foundation or tinted moisturiser, such as This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle, and a cream blush to mimic invigorated skin. Warm colours help combat a drawn pallor so think apricot or blush pink – try Jane Iredale’s Forever Pink stain for a flattering finish to cheeks and lips. Add a pop of gloss to give your lips a little shine and your good to go!

Keep these on hand to fake a wide-awake look.

3 – Avoid heavy eye shadows

Instead of heavy eye shadows, go for a slick of metallic shimmer which reflect the light. Try New CID’s flattering silver Shadow Quad or Elizabeth Arden’s warming gold Precious Metals for a colour that will enhance your features.

4 – Keep a hydrating mist on-hand

Hydrating mists are brilliant for regular moisture top-ups! Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is extra refreshing and Jurlique’s heavenly rose-scented Moisture Plus Balancing Mist will help keep your complexion hydrated and protected.

… and don’t forget to detox your make-up bag

There’s no point trying to be stylish in your detox if your make-up bag is drab and ratty. Upgrade your bag for the new year and give all your tools a good clean. Your brushes and sponges collect grease, oil and bacteria which can cause outbreaks on your skin so be sure to wash them regularly with a little squeeze of your normal shampoo.

Here’s to a new year where we can all look and feel the best that we can be! Farewell tired and lack lustre skin, hello hydrated and youthful features.

 

Francesca

 

Getting bikini ready!

Guam Seaweed Mud

When I heard about the product swap at work, I was very excited about trying a new product that I wouldn’t normally buy for myself. When my buyer, the lovely Olivia, asked for some ideas, I requested something that would help me get ‘bikini ready’ for my upcoming holiday to Marbella, so she selected Guam Seaweed Cellulite Mud for me to try. This product, along with the whole Guam range, has brilliant reviews and I couldn’t wait to try it out!

I live a fairly healthy lifestyle; I exercise weekly, drink a litre of water a day and (try to) eat a healthy diet, but if the research is true this won’t stop me getting cellulite as it is in your genes…  and there is no cure! I was pretty happy to also read that fizzy drinks do not give give you cellulite as I previously believed, so I can now feel slightly less guilty about my diet coke addiction. That being said, if you do have cellulite there are things you can do to minimise its appearance such as exercise, improving your diet, dry body brushing and cellulite creams/salon treatments. I don’t have a great amount of cellulite on my thighs but there is some there that I would prefer was not!

Guam Seaweed Cellulite Mud states to ‘reduce nodules and adipose fatty tissue, increase circulation and drain toxins from the body’. I must admit I was slightly dubious about the results I would get after trying many high street brand cellulite creams and seeing little or no results, but I am very impressed with this product.

Seaweed Cellulite Mud is available in 500g or 1kg. I had a 500g tub and this provided me with about five days of applications. For the first few applications you are instructed to use the mud consecutively over three days, then every 2 days, then gradually down to once a week and then monthly as a maintenance programme. I will say it is quite a time consuming (and messy!) procedure and if you’re looking for a quick fix that you can put on and leave to do its job then this isn’t the product for you. But if you’re prepared to put in a bit of time and effort, then you will get good results.

Cellulite mud applicationI recommend standing in the bath whilst you apply the mud as it did drip slightly and ended up in more places than just my thighs! You need to apply the mud generously to where it’s required and then wrap the treated area in cling film and leave it work its magic for 45 minutes. You will experience a heating sensation and possible reddening of the skin when applied due to the increased circulation. I did find my first couple of applications slightly uncomfortable and my thighs were pretty itchy but I was also quite pleased with this in a weird way as I felt like it must be doing something!

After 45 minutes you then remove the cling film and shower the mud off. I have also been rinsing in cold water and would recommend giving this a go if you are brave enough! Alternating between warm water and cold water is thought by some people to have health benefits including improving circulation and boosting your immune system. Once showered, apply your regular moisturiser and spend a bit longer massaging it into your thighs. Guam have a selection of creams which you can apply after the Cellulite Mud for maximum results.

I am now in my second week of using Guam Seaweed Cellulite Mud, applying it every two days and I have definitely noticed an improvement. As I said, I don’t have a great amount of cellulite but my skin does appear to be a lot smoother and toned and I will definitely feel more confident when it comes to putting my bikini on next week!

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Getting to know Bath & Unwind – my favourite products so far

As the newest member of the Bath & Unwind team, I thought I should spend my first few weeks here getting to know the products we sell, and what better way to do this than trying them out myself? It has been tough having long baths and using beautifully scented products all in the name of research! Here are some of my favourites so far:

Guam Thalasso Bath Sea Salts

I usually prefer to unwind in a bath full of bubbles, but these bath salts are amazing and I’m so glad I gave them a go as I have never felt more relaxed after a bath. Guam recommend you lie down in your bath robe for 5 minutes after a bath to get the full benefits and I was happy to follow their advice. Highly recommended after a busy day at work.

Lubatti Dreamy Night Cream Mango & Avocado

I’ve never used a night cream before, as I was concerned it would leave my skin too greasy and I’d wake up in the morning with a face full of spots. I shouldn’t have worried as this cream absorbs quickly, making my skin instantly softer. My face is not left greasy in the morning, just beautifully hydrated and smooth.

Jurlique Love BalmJurlique Jasmine Hand Cream and Love Balm

These are now a permanent feature on my desk. I love the scent of jasmine and the hand cream absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my hands too greasy to type with. The Love Balm is such a versatile product, but I have been using it as a lip balm.

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My Easter weekend treats…

The long Easter weekend has finally arrived (hurrah!), which means four days of relaxation, eating chocolate and (hopefully) a spot of sun! To make the most of my long weekend, I have stocked up on a few little beauty indulgences from here at Bath and Unwind.

Essie Navigate HerI have got my hands on New CID’s i-gloss Light-Up Lip Gloss in Raspberry Kiss. This lovely lip gloss has a handy mirror attached to the side of the tube, complete with little lights inside the lid that light up your lips for easy application. This gloss has a soft, non-sticky texture with a bright, shimmery colour… perfect for hiding all traces of chocolate from around your mouth!

I also love Essie’s spring/summer 2012 collection, and I love Navigate Her in particular. This light green shade is absolutely perfect for the spring; the pastel shade is right on trend this season, and the colour just sums up spring: green, light and fresh. If you have been searching for the perfect shade to welcome in the warm weather, look no further!

If you feel like you need a good detox from all the chocolate you will eat over the weekend, then you need the help of Guam’s Seaweed Algae Bath Salts. Add a few spoonfuls into your bath water, lie back, relax and let the salts get to work. They use an osmosis effect to draw impurities from your skin, leaving you feeling fresher and very relaxed!

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Skincare from the sea

Look at any news website today and you will undoubtedly see headlines about film director James Cameron’s amazing solo journey to the Mariana Trench which, at nearly 11km deep, is the deepest place in the ocean. He is only the third person to ever visit the trench and his 12 tonne, lime green submarine, Deepsea Challenger, was kitted out with special 3D cameras, allowing him to film the three hours he spent on the ocean floor. I have been inspired to watch my DVD of The Blue Planet again, the fantastic documentary narrated by David Attenborough which introduced millions of us to the secrets of the world’s oceans (and was produced by the BBC Natural History Unit which is based just up the road from Bath & Unwind HQ in Bristol).

Guam Seaweed Algae Bath Salts

Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo

Many beauty products contain marine ingredients such as seaweed (actually an umbrella term for a variety of complex algae), which contains a number of beneficial nutrients. Here are some of our favourites:

Exclusive Q&A with Arlette Pisani of Guam

Guam is an inspiring brand and worldwide favourite used by over one million Italian women. Sold by 90% of healthcare shops in Italy, Guam accounts for 30% of the Italian cellulite market. Their bestselling Guam Seaweed Cellulite Mud has been proven to work through clinical trials, with an average loss of 2cm in each area measured. We invited Arlette Piscani to reveal more about the secret behind their global hit Seaweed Mud Cellulite Formula.

Why do you think people should use natural ingredients/products?

Natural ingredients have a stronger effect than products containing chemicals, often producing visible results right from the first application.  This is the case with the patented Guam seaweed mud formula. Time and again consumers have seen a reduction in cellulite and inch loss after a single 45 minute treatment.  The exceptional results are down to the natural concentration of the seaweed’s minerals and nutrients in the patented Guam Seaweed Mud Cellulite formula.

In fact, seaweed feeds on all the sea’s nutrients and is 50,000 times more concentrated than water itself. The benefits of such a concentrated natural ingredient is its re-mineralising and derma-protective properties.  This means that the natural seaweed ingredient will naturally drain toxins in order to restore optimum mineral levels in the skin. It will also restore the natural hydro lipid balance of the epidermis, thereby delaying the overall ageing process of the skin. As a result, this natural seaweed ingredient in the Guam Seaweed Mud will tone, smooth and moisturise the skin as well as help to reduce cellulite and fat deposits under the skin.

Which Guam products can you not live without?

Of course, I love Guam Seaweed Mud, it’s definitely one of the products I can’t live without! I’ve been using it consistently and I’ve seen a remarkable loss in and around my thighs, a vast improvement of imperfections caused by cellulite and I can safely say that my skin is firmer and more elastic (no more sagginess). To enhance the Guam Seaweed Mud performance I love to use the Guam Dren Oil. I tend to use this oil everyday really… after a shower as well as after a mud wrap.  I find the that the active synergy of the softening and nourishing properties of the Guam Dren Oil leaves my skin feeling like velvet. At the same time the draining action of the Guam Seaweed blended with green tea reduces any puffiness caused by water retention; my legs feel so light! Definitely a must buy for busy lifestyles!

What inspires your daily work with Guam?

I love working for Guam, and it’s got to be because of the testimonials I receive.  Testimonials by happy consumers certainly spur me on to create a greater Guam awareness and an increased understanding that Guam does not just eliminate excess water in the body but that its ingredients actually go to the root cause of cellulite and restoring the skin at the subcutaneous level leaving visibly long-lasting effects. I feel confident working for a company of integrity whereby the product actually does what it claims to do. For over 25 years the patented Guam Seaweed Mud Cellulite formula has been unrivalled and is still being used by over 1 million Italian women!

Thank you Arlette!

Get holiday ready in just two weeks!

My lovely holiday seems like a long lost memory (I got back from the Algarve a week ago) and I’m already planning the next. I was extremely proud of my pre holiday prep and treated it like a military operation. Here is my run down of how to get holiday ready so that once you touch down,  you can concentrate on having a really great time rather than worrying about shaving rash or dimply thighs!

1 Month to Go

Legs, bums and tums.  Start adding extra bits of exercise into your routine. Walk everywhere when possible, take bike rides at the weekends, visit the gym once more per week or add in a class or two. Your body gets used to your level of activity very quickly so even if you think you are doing enough, trying something different! Upping the intensity a little will really make a difference. Start cutting down on alcohol and sweet items.  Invest in some free weights so you can tone those wobbly arms while you watch TV or while you are waiting for your bath to run (that’s what I do).  Try dry body brushing arms and legs (again easy to fit in whilst waiting for the bath to run or the shower to heat up). This is imperative to achieving toned, smooth, Giselle-like limbs and eliminating cellulite! Follow with deeply moisturising and toning lotion – these usually contain caffeine, essential oils or sea minerals.

My tried and tested favourites are:

2 Weeks to Go

Detox. For a final attack on the (now minimalised) wobbly bits, invest in a detoxing bath that will draw out toxins and impurities, reduce water retention, whilst replacing with vitamins and minerals (much like traditional Epsom Salts), I love Guam Seaweed Algae Bath Salts.

1 Week to Go

Do a full body exfoliation. Don’t forget, very importantly your bikini area, if you are doing any kind of hair removal as this will help to combat rashes and ingrown hairs that commonly and annoyingly occur after waxing.  Try the summery Korres Watermelon Body Scrub. After you have exfoliated, start to build up a subtle tan with a gradual tanner that will also moisturise at the same time. Contrary to my article on the Bath & Unwind Tan-Off, my new fave product is Decleor Gradual Glow Body Milk, I’ll never look back – sorry St Tropez! It’s important to stop using products that may contain active ingredients such as vitamin C, glycolic acid or hyaluronic acid when you’re exposed to the sun. These ingredients can make you extra sensitive to the sun and can be damaging if you don’t take extra care with sun protection.

1 Day to Go

With only 24hrs to go, trim, file and paint your toenails. Opt for a neutral shade such as Essie Nails Not Just a Pretty Face. The pink/nude shade will give the illusion of elongating your legs where coloured nail polish can cut your legs off too early. Enjoy your holidays whatever you are planning and if you have any pre holiday prep tips we would love to hear them.