Purepotions Skin Salvation*

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I decided to try something new on my skin this week. I’ve had dermatitis on my hands since I was a child and nothing has ever worked at getting rid of it, so I wanted to work on that.

Pure Potions gifted me with their Daily Moisturising Cream and Intensive Moisturising Ointment and I couldn’t wait to try it out!

I started by using the ointment on my hands twice a day. I was amazed at how fast my hands got better. Within one use, my flakey skin had almost all gone. My hands are basically completely healed. I would highly recommend this to anyone else with sensitive and dry skin. The great thing about Pure Potions is that it is 100% natural, so it’s a lot less likely to cause you any side effects or reactions.

I then started to use the moisturiser on my face, as I really trusted the brand. I’m particularly funny about what goes on my face. My Rosacea is very temperamental, so I’m weary about trying anything new. Within one use, I saw the difference. My face has never been so glowy and clear! I’m still flushing occasionally, but I don’t dry out and my skin is so clear! No bumps or blackheads!

I really recommend this to anyone who has allergy prone skin or is looking for natural, cruelty free vegan beauty products.

Check out the full line of products here: https://www.purepotions.co.uk

*The products in this blog were gifted, but the opinions are honest and mine.

Synaesthesia and Me

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I’ve had synaethesia my whole life, but didn’t realise until I was about 15. I just thought everyone had the same kind of concepts in regards to senses as I did. I can’t imagine life without it, and I feel like I experience something really special. I don’t pick the colour or sensations I get, they just happen.

If you don’t know:

Synaesthesia is a condition where a sensation in one of the senses, such as hearing, triggers a sensation in another, such as taste. There are at least 80 different types of synaesthesia

For example, some people with synaesthesia can taste numbers or hear colours. Some people give personalities to days of the week or their emotions have colours. Read more about different types here.

A wide range of different synaesthetic experiences have been reported and recorded – a typical example is someone who described experiencing the colour red every time he heard the word “Monday”. You may have read about musicians who can hear colours. synesthetes are often very creative. Some artists to have reported having synaethesia are, David Hockney, Pharell Williams and Billy Joel.

What it’s like for me

I’ve read a lot about people hearing colours, which I do get but my strongest sense is smells triggering colours. I have always smelt colours and describe a smell to my friends as  specific colours. Generally, unpleasant smells evoke this horrible yellow colour which repulses me, whilst clean and pleasant smells evoke different blues (which is my favourite colour, because of this). I have an incredibly strong sense of smell and can often smells things most people can’t, so sometimes there can be a bit of a sensory overload for me.

Apparently, this form of synesthesia is very rare. I’d love to meet someone who also experiences this, because I find it fascinating and there isn’t a lot of literature on it.

Colours are also slightly tied up in emotions for me. When I first met my boyfriend I had a strong sense of blue towards him. Whereas people that I’m not so keen on are very orange. A loud annoying orange. This is also a rare one, typically of me. Some people’s personalities have colours, but not all.

When I look at letters, they have a sense of being ‘odd or even’. This also makes days of the week and months odd and even. I think this is related to the shape of the letters. The ones with more circular forms are even, whereas long thin letters are odd. I used to see colours for the different months, but I know longer has that sense. I also visualise time in a loop with dates going around it.

Different notes don’t have specific colours, but the sound an instrument produces does. For example the drums create a spectrum of greys. Not all instruments have colours though.

What’s the cause?

It’s likely that the brain of someone with synaesthesia is “wired” differently, or has extra connections.

brain imaging study has shown that when some people with synaesthesia hear spoken words, a part of their brain normally used to process colour from vision lights up.

Synaesthesia runs in families, although it may skip a generation and may not affect immediate relatives. It’s possible for only one twin to have the condition, or for family members to show different types of synaesthesia. In summary, there is a genetic contribution to synaesthesia, but the environment is also important.

I only know one other person with synaethesia and we aren’t related. No one, as far as I am aware has this in my family. Saying that, I’m the first known hypermobile and dyspraxic person and one of the only who is left handed….so I like to be special.

It’s possible for people to “grow out of” synaesthesia: there have been cases of people claiming that they used to experience synaesthesia, but no longer do. For a while I thought I had. It had dampened down a lot for me for a couple of years, but recently is has grown stronger again. Which I’m pleased about, because I would hate to lose it.

Is it common?

Synaesthesia has been estimated to affect at least 4% of the UK population.

Researchers at the University of Sussex have estimated that 1-2% of the UK population experience colour when they see, hear or think about letters and numbers, and that synaesthesia is just as common in women as in men (read the study).

Do you think you may have it? Let me know :)!

thisworks

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I love thisworks. I have had insomnia since I was a teenager and I’ve been making a big effort to fix my sleeping pattern recently. The deep sleep pillow spray has definitely helped me drift off. It’s nice to set a routine at bed time, to train yourself to fall asleep at bedtime. This pillow spray is a good product to add to your routine.

Conversely, I’ve found if I’m a little tired at work, breathing in some of the energy bank roll-on perks me up and can be used as perfume!

Have a look at some of their other products here.

Anatomicals

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Anatomicals is one of my favourite brands. Not only does it smell AMAZING, but it also actually works. My dry skin is a lot better since using the jet set saviour body lotion.

You can find the brand on ASOS or Ulta Beauty.

Rosacea Supplements

I’ve been trying different combinations of supplements to see the effects they have on my rosacea and general health and I think I’ve finally found my favourites. Do check with your doctor first if you are worried about the suitability of these supplements.

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Vitamin D

Since taking high dose vitamin D spray, I have REALLY noticed a difference. I used to get bugs and colds almost everything month. It has now been a year without having a cold. I am absolutely amazed, as I’ve never known life like this. I currently have my first cold in year, but it is nowhere near as bad as I used to get it. I would be in bed for a week in severe pain. Now I’ve just got a bit of a snuffle and headache. It’s crazy. I fully believe it is the DLux Spray I’ve been using. I go out for regular walks in the sun and take vitamins, but this spray absorbs faster into your bloodstream and gives you a higher dose.

Quercetin

For some people, the reason they flush is because of allergies and their Mast Cells reacting excessively to things. I have a lot of allergies and hypermobilty syndrome, so I think I may be experiencing this in a mild way. I have been prescribed strong antihistamines, but they make me drowsy, so I really wanted to find an alternative. There are many natural antihistamines and one which is very effective for rosacea sufferers is Quercetin. Quercetin is a naturally occurring bioflavonoid which can be found in apples and onions. I find taking a very small amount really helps stop flushing. I can’t tolerate a lot, as it brings on my vertigo.

Spirulina and Chlorella

Spirulina is good for a lot of reasons. It is a good source of iron, rich in protein, supports the immune system and is one of the best sources of iodine. It is also a natural antihistamine, so can be a good alternative to quercetin. Chlorella can boost the friendly bacteria in the gut which can be connected to rosacea.

 

These supplements definitely help me to feel and look good, but do check with your doctor of pharmacist before taking anything new.

Rosacea Toolkit

For as long as I can remember I’ve had trouble with my skin. It’s very inconsistent, so people never believe that I have problems with it. It’s either very good, or having an episode of flushing and breaking out.

I was diagnosed with mild rosacea last year and I like to think I do a pretty good job of managing it and stopping it for developing. I’m currently in ‘remission’ and I put it down to a few things, one of them being my beauty regime.

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Fans!

People often laugh at me and all my fans. I have hand fans for on the move and desk fans for when I’m at home or in an office. My rosacea is always sudden hot flushes, so if I can keep cool, I can hopefully stop the flushing.

Face Mists

I am a big fan of face mists, for their cooling and soothing effects. My favourites are Avène Thermal Water because it really cools my face down quickly and Trilogy Mist Toner, as it keeps my face moisturised. I also use the Clinque Moisture Surge Face Spray.

Moisturisers

In the daytime, I like a light moisturiser to wear under my make up. Clinque Moisture Surge is a firm favourite of mine. It has a light consistency and soaks in very fast, whilst being very moisturising.

In the evening I like to use a slightly richer moisturiser. I love Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream. It’s not too rich but offers a deep moisturising quality. I always wake up with a lovely glow after using it.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

This oil is a miracle oil. If I’ve had a really bad flair up and my skin has gone very dry, this sorts it out almost instantly. Combining nourishing essential fatty acids with super antioxidants, lycopene and phytosterol, it is deeply moisturising while helping to protect against environmental free radical damage. I also like to use it on an acne marks and other scars.

The first step to dealing with Rosacea is trying to work out your triggers. I find that spicy food, fermented foods, wine, dry heaters and stress are mine. Sometime though, you just have a random flush, so it’s great to get your toolkit ready!

I also find some supplements really helpful with preventing rosacea which are a key part of my toolkit. Have a look here.

Hotter Shoes

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I have had problems finding comfy shoes for as long as I can remember. Because I have Hypermobility Syndrome (and I broke my foot as a teenager and didn’t know!) it’s really important that I wear good supportive shoes.

My life has changed since discovering Hotter shoes. Particularly the designs using memorise insoles. I walk so much easier now and don’t feel frumpy!

L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Review

When I saw there was a new foundation out which claimed to be able to cover just about anything, I was a bit skeptical. Often I find that even my favourite foundations still let a bit of rosacea peek through or make you look like a clown. This one is different.

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I popped to Boots to buy the foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was 3 for 2 on the range… and you got a free blender!

Palette

The concealer palette is now a new favourite of mine. In the past I’ve tried  primers with yellows and greens in to neutralise redness and they’ve either, made me look ill or dried my skin out. The green in this palette is very creamy and blends into the skin easily, so it’s not like a thick layer on your face.

The main thing which impressed me was the blue section, to help cover dark circles. I’ve never found anything which covers up dark circles as well as this. Often, under eye concealers can fall in the creases too much. This is lightweight, so it doesn’t do that.

Foundation

I expected the foundation to be VERY heavy looking and feeling to be able to cover up my rosacea and acne marks. It really isn’t. It is surprisingly lightweight and natural looking but completely covers my blotches. I didn’t even need to apply concealer to my redder areas-which is new to me.

I also think the porcelain colour is better than standard porcelain. I often look washed out if I use porcelain, but anything darker is too dark. This has got a bit more of a warm tone to it, so it looks natural and makes your face look healthy.

Fixing Mist

The fixing mist is great for keeping the make up exactly how you left it in the morning, without drying your skin out.

I highly recommend trying this, if you too suffer with rosacea or redness. Much more affordable than a lot of the high coverage brands and not as cakey!

Have a look at their range here.

The Wet Brush

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The Wet Brush Pro

I have been brushing my hair whilst drying it for years. Recently I read that doing this can really damage you’re hair, and I’m not surprised, as my hair was very split ended! Since using The Wet Brush, my hair has been in a lot better condition and it drys a much nice shape.

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