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th[11]     Harsh winter winds can leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Here are some natural remedies you can try at home that can help!

Protect from the Inside

Guard against infections and boost collagen with vitamin C.  Vitamin A helps to feed the skin from the inside out and vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant which fights skin-ravaging free radicals and speeds the healing of scars.  The minerals zinc and selenium aid the regeneration of skin.  It is also important to have a balanced diet including 5 daily portions of fruit and veg so consider taking a supplement if you feeling you aren’t achieving this.


Winter skin can all too soon become dull and lifeless.  Exfoliating once or twice a week can restore brightness and radiance.  You can make your own exfoliant by mixing 1 cup of almond oil and 2 cups of Epsom Salts together in a jar and add a little grated lemon zest for fragrance.  The scrub will keep for up to 6 months in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also buy exfoliating scrubs if you don’t fancy making your own.


Look for an oil-based moisturiser which will provide better protection against cold harsh winds.  Avoid butter based shea moisturisers which can clog pores and opt for almond, jojoba or avocado-based products instead. Alternatively coconut oil can be applied straight onto the face. You can also make your own by adding 5 or 6 drops of almond oil to a couple of drops of water and rub into your face.

Chapped Lips

If your lips are chapped and flaky, apply a little honey, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties, and they will soon heal.  If you find this too sticky, try a honey lip balm instead.


1. A range of facials, including Collagen Facial, Bee Venom Facial and Rebalancing Facials are available with Helen Shortland.  For a longer facial massage try the half hour Vitality Lift Facial Massage with rosa mosqueta essential oil.

2. All vitamin and mineral supplements, plus a range of natural skincare products, are available from Little London Herbal Stores, 9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE. Tel 0115 9472854 or visit www.all-ages-vitamins.co.uk.

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. Please ring her on 07748 591690 to book a treatment or visit her website http://helenshortland.com for further information.

Her current special offer for March is a Hydrating Facial for just £23!


Keeping Your Skin Hydrated


Summer is here and I am sure we are all enjoying the warm weather and spending more time outdoors.  But what about the effect on your skin?  Summer sun and air conditioning can take their toll on the skin, drying it out and causing damage through UVA and UVB rays.

Sun damage, together with poor diet and an unsatisfactory skin care routine, can lead to dry, flaky skin. Years of sun-damage combined with the natural aging process result in a depletion of hyaluronic acid (HA), a break down of collagen and loss of elasticity. This results in thinning of the skin and the formation of lines and wrinkles. The skin gradually develops a dry scaly appearance with crepey fine lines and a dull greyish hue. These signs of premature ageing are most commonly found on the face, neck, décolletage and hands.

Dehydrated skin can also be caused by illness, medication, diuretics and dieting, as well as excessive exposure to the UV rays of the sun.

In short, good skin hydration is essential in order to maintain a healthy and youthful complexion

A Good Moisturiser

Moisturisers contain glycerine, sorbital or lanolin. These ingredients attract water and keep it in the skin, thus keeping the skin hydrated.  Dry skin should be treated morning and night with a moisturising cream.  Night creams are heavier and contain lanolin.

A wide variety of moisturising creams are available nowadays.  Some contain collagen which is the name given to the connective fibres.  Manufacturers claim to have isolated the essential protein compound and added it to their products in order to replace it in the skin.  Vitamin creams, such as vitamin E cream, are known for their rejuvenating effect on the skin.  Placenta creams claim to speed up cellular renewal, thereby having a rejuvenating effect on the skin.

Self-Help Ideas

  •  Drink plenty of water (at least 6-8 glasses a day).
  • Eat oily fish approximately 3 times a week for essential fatty acids or take an Omega 369 supplement.  A diet rich in good fats such as avocadoes and flaxseeds will also provide vitamins A and E which can help support dehydrated skin.
  • Moisturise well morning and night with a good quality moisturiser.
  • A cream cleanser is recommended for dry, mature skin but don’t over-cleanse the skin as this can strip essential oils from the skin. Some oil is necessary to protect the skin and help it retain moisture.
  • A supplement such as Hyaluron rehydrates the dermis, and is also excellent for relieving dry eyes and lubricating joints.
  • Fruit and vegetables have a high water content and support the find sodium/potassium ratio the body requires.  Spinach, chard, lettuce, melon, berries and oranges are particularly beneficial.
  • Yoghurt is approximately 85% water – eating this is both cooling and rehydrating.
  • Reduce or eliminate bad habits such as smoking, alcohol and caffeine.

This Month’s Special Offer Facial Treatment

During August I am offering a Hydrating Facial for just £23!  This includes a double cleanse, exfoliation, 15 min face/neck/décolletage massage with anti-ageing massage oil blend, nourishing jojoba face mask, tone and moisturise.

A Collagen Facial is also available for £40 which includes application of a pure collagen ampoule and a collagen face mask in addition to the cleanse, exfoliation, tone and moisturise.

Helen Shortland is a Holistic Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher and Meditation Teacher based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre. For further information about her courses, workshops and therapies, please visit her website at http://helenshortland.com. To book a treatment please ring 07748 591690.


All supplements mentioned in this article (ie. Omega 369 and Hyaluron) and natural skin care products are available from Little London Herbal Stores, 9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE (http://www.all-ages-vitamins.co.uk ).


Soothe your skin with an Uplifting Facial, just £23 during April!

Is your skin suffering from harsh winter winds and the drying effects of central heating? Is your skin dry, dull and not looking its best? Do you also need a bit of a lift emotionally? Why not try an Uplifting Facial with Helen Shortland Holistics to soften and nourish your skin and put the spring back into your step? Using skin care products with zesty mandarin and neroli essential oils to purify skin and improve skin elasticity, this facial is suitable for both oily and dry skins due to neroli’s sebum balancing effects. Facial includes cleanse, exfoliation, 15 minute face/neck/décolletage massage, face mask, tone and moisturise. This facial is available for the special offer price of £23 during April (usually £28). Based in Nottingham city centre at Little London Herbal Stores, 9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE. Please tel Helen on 07748 591690 to book.