Hello lovely people,
Who loved Bridget Jones Diary? I’m talking about the original movie and no, I don’t get commission for name dropping this film. However, I am more than happy to, as I know this film nearly word perfect.
I’ve got a habit, (irritating to some) of talking throughout my favourite films. I say the lines over the actors voice. I just can’t help myself. Bridget Jones Diary, Home alone, Staying Alive and Shrek are up there with my favourites. My niece will know the rest of the line to this one from Shrek: “Do you know the muffin man”?
It’s an on-going joke we have between us both. We might not see each other for months, (she lives in a far away country called Wales) and then when we do, all I have to say is that line and we will take it in turns to recite the whole scene, over and over again. I guess it’s one of those things that is only funny if you’re actually there to hear us…
Anyway, back to Bridget Jones. Do you remember the scene where she is invited to a dinner party with all the ‘smug married couples’ and she’s the only single person there. To start with, its outrageous that her ‘friend’ would even do that to her!
Renee Zellweger had some absolute classic lines in this scene; my favourite being her response to the extremely patronising pregnant lady, (the one sat beside the equally patronising and pompous man) who says: “why is it there are so many unmarried women in their thirties these days Bridget?” I cringe for poor Bridget every time I watch that bit and then laugh out loud at her witty response: “I suppose it doesn’t help that underneath our clothes our entire bodies are covered in scales!”
Now, had Tropic Skincare been around then, she NEVER would have had these issues! Anyone that has followed this film will know that it came out in 1998, six years before our lovely Susie Ma starting selling the gorgeous Body Smooth, out of a jam jar in Greenwich market, at the age of 15. That, is true dedication to what you believe in.
Bridget clearly hadn’t been introduced to the delights of Body Smooth and Body Love, an exfoliator and body butter that will leave your skin looking and feeling, beautifully smooth. Let me tell you, there are no scales on my body as I worship these two amazing products. Stretch marks, yes. Cellulite, yes. But no scales or dry skin.
I have a good friend, (I’m blessed with a very good circle of friends) who I met in 2003. For the first year I didn’t even know her name. I knew her daughter and her dogs name and she knew my dog. Anyway, it was from this friendship that I first started learning about cruelty free and naturally sourced beauty products. She was a health shop addict (and still is) and used to treat me to lovely shampoos by Jason and body creams by Weleda. Little did I know that 13 years later I would be embracing this subject with so much enthusiasm and excitement. I suspect that we will only remain good friends if I stop texting her in the morning. My morning can start at 5am some days and one of the first things I do is to check my phone for messages. Its also my favourite time of the day to send messages. This is probably not ideal for those people who get up later than me. As my mother would tell you, when I’m up, so is everyone else. During my pregnancy I really craved homemade cake. I also suffered badly from Insomnia, so, I would regularly bake cakes between the hours of 2-5am using my Magimix.
Anyone that has one of these machines will know that it’s a very powerful piece of equipment and it makes a LOT of noise. I only stopped these early morning baking sessions when my mum stayed over one night before heading to wales for my sisters 40th. She was amazed that our lovely neighbours weren’t banging on the door to complain! Thankfully, as well as good friends we also have great neighbours. Who like my cakes and fortunately for me, happen to be in for my Tropic deliveries more than I am.
I have heard so many ladies and men, say that they don’t use anything on their face for a variety of reasons. They don’t like putting products on their face, they have really good skin, exceptional genes, never get spots, the list is endless.
Well, answer this – do you subject your skin to the outdoor elements; (wind, rain & sunshine) do you smoke, drink, is your diet poor, do you take medication, do you work in an air-conditioned building, badly ventilated office? I’m sure you can answer yes to at least one of those. All of those things affect the skin on your body, (some clearly more than others) and in particular, the skin on your face and neck. A Skincare product alone, won’t work miracles in safeguarding your face from all those nasties, but it will go a long way in helping to keep your skin clean and properly hydrated.
Rather than go through the definitive list of The Tropic skincare range, I’m going to tell you about my skin specifically and what I use. I have pretty good skin most of the time. When my face decides to have a party and a breakout of spots, its always along my jaw line and around the back of my neck. I’ve been told by Dr’s that this is the classic hormonal outbreak. Apparently, it’s not just teenager’s that have raging hormones!
Ever heard of that saying: ‘I can read you like an open book’? Well, that’s exactly what my skin is like. It’s mega sensitive to how I am feeling. As soon as I’m tired or dehydrated, (I have far too many days where I just drink tea and forget all about the importance of water) my skin can look really dry and I’ve been told at times, I look ill.
I’m naturally pale skinned, (Irish descent so I’m not sure I can have an English Rose complexion..), so spots and minor blemishes stand out a mile on my face.
Do not be tempted to pick or squeeze spots (like a good friend of mine does, no names mentioned…), as you will run the risk of damaging the skin, infection, or worse, permanent scarring. It’s so tempting though when you’ve had a nice hot bath, exfoliated and the face pack has clearly drawn the spot out and you can see a white head literally waving at you.
The spot is just the surface problem. It’s under the skin, under that spot, where there is something often referred to as a ‘bag’ containing sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells.
If you squeeze a spot you are in turn pushing all of these nasties into the surrounding skin, irritating it and making the problem worse. On the rare occasion where I have been patient enough to leave a spot alone, it has subsided after a few days. The swelling goes away once you stop interfering with it. Is that enough to make you think before you pop?
If you have spot prone skin like me or just at a particular time of the month, then use the Clear Skin blemish-fighting mask. Using the spatula, (your finger will introduce water to the mask and upset the natural preservatives), apply an even layer, steering well clear of the eye area. (More about the delicate eye area and my issues with eczema next week). Leave for 10-20 mins or until dry, and rinse off with warm water. This is a serious spot-busting mask that controls sebum levels and prevents breakouts. The Willow bark and ginger, extracts blemish-causing bacteria, the green clay and spirulina, draws out toxins and tightens pores. Lastly the charcoal and goji berry extracts reduces redness and calms skin. When I have a really big spot brewing, you know the one that has a massive bump and is so sore to touch, I use this mask as a spot cream and leave it on overnight. Trust me, it will be waving at you in the morning.
Incidentally this face mask scored zero on the Think Dirty App. Think Dirty is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Definitely worth downloading this App.
One thing I’ve come to notice since using Tropic is that if you maintain a good Skincare regime 99% of the time, then your skin will become loyal to you. Even when you have a breakout, if you continue to cleanse, tone and moisturise with The ABC collection morning and night; once or twice a week, add in an exfoliator – Face Smooth, and a face mask – Clear Skin, it will bring out whatever nasties are lurking under your skin. On the days where I use the Clear Skin Face mask, (I sometimes use all three masks, it’s called face contouring), rather than finish with my usual Night Repair cream, I use The Good Skin Day resurfacing serum. It truly is an amazing product. You will definitely feel it tingle in places, (on the cheeks for me), so you must stay well clear of your eyes and any sores, (edges of lips and nose can sometimes have little sores), as it basically resurfaces the top layer of skin. The morning after my face always has a marble like feel to it. It’s an absolute dream putting on my makeup as everything is so smooth.
On all the other days I religiously use my absolute all time favourite Tropic product – Super Greens nutrient boost serum. Ideally, you want to put this on at night time to let it soak in but If I’m having a no make-up day I will also splash it on during the day too. My face has a glowing sheen all day. A tiny little bit goes a long way and it honestly has improved the texture of my skin. If you are thinking of investing in either of these amazing serums then do so before the 25% off winter sale (on selected items) ends on 31/1/17.
I know some people who have been put off using natural skincare products as its has initially brought out some spots and blemishes. Using a natural skincare range is like opening up Pandora’s box. It will penetrate much deeper than products that contain parabens and other nasties. For a lot of people, your skin will need a couple of weeks to adjust to new products. Probably not ideal to do big changes or facials before a special occasion. On the plus side, once your skin has adjusted and you are consistent with your cleansing routine, outbreaks and blemishes will be rare, or for you lucky ones with good genes, a thing of the past.
The ABC collection is very popular with problematic teenage skin. My soon-to-be 13 year old God child is in her second month of using it and is so happy with what it’s done for her skin. The reviews speak for themselves.
Is your skin constantly breaking out or blemishes even though you follow a strict skincare routine?The answer could be a lot simpler than you think.
Have you cleaned your makeup brushes? I know that I had never even considered cleaning mine until a dermatologist told me that even if you cleanse, tone and moisturise, you may be ruining it all if you apply makeup with a dirty brush.
Make sure all your make up brushes are clean and dry. Ideally wash your foundation/concealer brush once a week and all other ones once a month. Clean them gently in warm water, squeeze out the excess with a towel and let them dry on their side. Never stand a wet brush upright as the glue will damage the bristles. Only you can be the judge of when its time to replace your make up brushes. I find that if you care for them well and keep them clean and always let them dry naturally, they should last a good while.
While you’re cleaning your brushes, have a good look through your make-up bag and be ruthless with what needs throwing out.
Accept and recognise the signs for when its time to throw out and replace your make up products.
Mascara is fit for the bin when its dry and looks cracked. The same goes for foundation. Lipsticks generally tend to have a longer life span, but if your lipstick is dry and no longer retains its creamy lustre on your lips, it could be because its time to throw it away. On all Tropic products you will find a best before date so use this a guide.
It took me a while to build up my collection of Tropic products and in doing so I have slowly thrown out all my old face/body creams and make up. I won’t mention names as this blog is about telling you what I love and not discounting other brands.
After all, we all pray to the same God – the beauty one!
On that note, I’m going to sign off and wish you all a wonderful weekend.
I will be indulging in a massive birthday cake tomorrow (not my bake), for my daughter’s early, shared 1st birthday party. Picture’s to follow next week.