Wikaniko Cold Pressed Moringa Oil*

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I was very excited when this product arrived. I had heard a lot about Moringa Oil and its many benefits.

Moringa oil is reputed to be the best anti-ageing oil in the world, along with that it is also, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and very moisturising for skin and hair.

As I’m only 26, I thought I’d ask my mum to try out the anti-ageing side of things. She has only been using it a week, but she already sees a massive difference! Her skin is smoother and clearer. Her lines are disappearing and she has noticed the age spots on her hands are fading. She is incredibly impressed with the results.

We have both been using it on our hair, and I have definitely noticed my hair has stopped splitting as much. You can use the oil to wash hair, as a hot oil treatment or to moisturise the scalp.

One thing I was also interested in, was whether it helped the joint pain I sometimes get in my elbows. I had read that Moringa oil can benefit joint pain and arthritis. I would say, that the pain in my elbow gradually went away with use, and I am intrigued to ask my friends with arthritis whether it helps them.

It is high in vitamin C and anti inflammatory, so is wonderful for people who have rosacea like me! You can consume the oil if you wish to get the full benefits of the vitamin C. It can also help control blood pressure and supply you with energy throughout the day.

I really recommend this oil, especially for its anti-ageing properties. It is the best result I’ve ever seen from any cream my mum has used.

If you would like to buy some yourself click here to buy it from the ethical and eco friendly company Wikaniko.

*Wikaniko gifted this product to me, but all the opinions are honest and my own.

Why I Love Hydrotherapy

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When I was a teenager I was a competitive swimmer. Being in water felt a lot more natural to me than being on land!

When I was 15 I subluxed (partially dislocated) my kneecap in the pool. It was then that I was diagnosed with being hypermobile. It was a relatively minor subluxation and since then I’ve only ever subluxed that knee again, once last year.

Despite my joints being very stable and pain free for a hypermobile person, this last injury left me really nervous of my own body. I was frighten to move properly… let alone exercise, in case another joint might do the same thing.

My osteopath suggested that I try hydrotherapy as a way of easing back into exercise and for strengthening my body. At the time I also had an NHS physiotherapist, who I told about this idea. She scoffed and said that ‘hydrotherapy  is for decrepit people’. For a start that is a really derogatory word to use…especially coming from someone in her position. It’s shocking. But even if that word was ok to use, she is just plain wrong about hydrotherapy. There are lots of different types of exercises that people can do in the pool, which can be tailored to their abilities and needs.

So, generally hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of different conditions, including arthritis and related rheumatic complaints. Hydrotherapy differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that you do in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually 33–36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool. I actually did mine is a normal temperature pool, as I was ok to take a colder temperature.

You’ll normally have hydrotherapy treatment within a hospital’s physiotherapy department. Usually a physiotherapist or a physiotherapist’s assistant with specialist training will show you how to do the exercises. The focus of the exercises can be adjusted to help your range of movement or strength, depending on your symptoms.

Hydrotherapy tends to be different to aquarobics, which can be quite strenuous, as it’s generally more focused on slow, controlled movements and relaxation.

I’ve decided to compile a list of some of my favourite exercises which I still use to keep fit, a long side swimming, weights and walking.

1. Water walking or jogging: Start with forward and backward walking in chest or waist high water. Walk about 10-20 steps forward, and then walk backward. Increase speed to make it more difficult. Also, increase intensity by jogging gently in place. Alternate jogging for 30 seconds with walking in place for 30 seconds. Continue for 5 minutes. Place you hands on your hips as you do this, to really help practice your balance. It’s hard that it look, and you’ll feel it working your core!

2. Forward and side lunges:  Standing near a pool wall for support, if necessary, take an oversized lunge step in a forward direction. Do not let the forward knee advance past the toes. Return to the starting position and repeat with the other leg. For a side lunge, face the pool wall and take an oversized step to the side. Keep toes facing forward. Repeat on the other side. Try 3 sets of 10 lunge steps. For variation, lunge walk in a forward or sideways direction instead of staying in place. I’m useless at lunges on land, so this is great, because it takes the pressure on the knees.

3. One leg balance: Stand on 1 leg while raising the other knee to hip level. Place a pool noodle under the raised leg, so the noodle forms a “U” with your foot in the center of the U. Hold as long as you can up to 30 seconds and switch legs. Try 1-2 sets of 5 on each leg.

4. Sidestepping Face the pool wall. Take sideways steps with your body and toes facing the wall. Take 10-20 steps in 1 direction and then return. Repeat twice in each direction.

5. Push ups: While standing in the pool by the pool side, place arms shoulder width apart on pool edge. Press weight through your hands and raise your body up and half way out of the water, keeping elbows slightly bent. Hold 3 seconds and slowly lower back into pool. (Easier variation: Wall push up on side of pool: place hands on edge of pool shoulder width apart, bend elbows, and lean chest toward the pool wall.)

6. Standing knee lift: Stand against the pool wall with both feet on the floor. Lift 1 knee up like you are marching in place. While the knee is lifted even with your hip, straighten your knee. Continue to bend and straighten your knee 10 times, and then repeat on the other leg. Complete 3 sets of 10 on each leg. For more of a challenge, try this exercise without standing against the pool wall.

7. Corner Pool Kick ups: Rest against the corner of the pool leaning back on your arms, which are resting on the edges of the corner. Kick your legs up one at a time, reaching as high as possible. I really feel this one working my my uppers legs!

I am fairly fit now, and swim regularly but I still start with these exercises. I feel the difference in my balance and strength from doing them, and they gave me the confidence to start swimming again and try the exercises out on land. It is also a lovely and relaxing way to wind down and clear your mind. I also find, if the water is warm, it can help with loosening muscles and easing aches.

If you are physically able to do some form of water exercise, it really is very beneficially. You can work the muscles, without putting the impact on the joint that you would in the gym.

It’s just a shame that for people with severe mobility issues, the specialist equipment and sessions are not readily available on the NHS. The sessions I attended for my level were £50 for 40 mins, which REALLY adds up. Hopefully as chronic conditions are better understood, alternative pain treatments such as hydrotherapy will be more available.

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 :)!

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!

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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