It’s Friday again already and the end of another week! Last week my blog was about my back pain and I am afraid that I have spent another week not able to do much and I wanted to thank all the lovely people who have commented and sent their love and suggestions for me which has really helped me to stay positive too through it.
Anyway I finally went for an MRI scan today – my husband drove me as I still can’t drive with the pain. I have had an MRI scan in the past and had been very nervous about the whole procedure because I suffer from claustrophobia but this time I was a lot calmer with knowing what to expect and as I lay down on the section of the scanner that moves you into the MRI I tried to regulate my breathing and anyone that has had an MRI scan will know they give you a buzzer in your left hand to press if you feel uncomfortable at any time. Anyway, they put the buzzer in my hand, but me being the nervous person that I am with scans, I had to test the buzzer, didn’t I just to check that it worked (I am sure they are used to people like me!) The operator was really kind and did say that if ever I had to have any other part of me scanned I could always go to my doctor for some kind of relaxing tablet! The whole process would they say take about 12 mins but it felt way longer than that and when he said it was finished I was so tempted to shout “I am a celebrity GET ME OUT OF HERE!” Phew! I was out and could open my eyes. So the results will be in a few days and I can actually see what the problem is and hopefully it won’t be too serious.
I have had quite a few requests to talk about my diet and vitamins that I take. I read a lot about Healthy Ageing as I truly believe that there is a lot that we can individually do to improve our health from within which also reflects on the outside. Having said that, I have definitely had to have some chocolate this week as when you are in pain I think you have to have some treats in your life and mine is definitely chocolate! For the friends that know me as well they will know that I am definitely happy to have a gin and tonic! One of my friends messaged me to say the reason that I was in pain was because I was putting too much tonic in the gin! Ha ha . One of the books that I have read recently on the subject is Patrick Holford’s The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing which might be a bit too involved for some but puts a good argument for taking certain supplements and ones that most health magazines and editors seem to support too. I went through a very early menopause at 43 which my doctor thinks was through the stress of my divorce and was a total shock to me as I hadn’t really had any problems up until that point. I have friends as well who have gone through it earlier when they have had to have hysterectomies in their 30’s and 40’s. All of this made me realise that I needed to look after my body even more and so now I try and eat lots of fruit and vegetables, organic meat where I can (but that is so expensive so it isn’t all the time), not much red meat, mostly chicken and fish and I try and cut down on the carbs and if I am going to have them generally tend to have them for breakfast or lunch. Every day I try and have blueberries or raspberries for the antioxidants but if not then I take it in tablet form and also take fish oils, zinc, magnesium and B vitamins and CoQ10. As we get older our cells are not renewing as much and we need to give them as much help as we can. In the winter I take vitamin D as well as you can’t guarantee enough exposure to that gorgeous sunshine and vitamin D again is important for lots of things such as helping you to absorb calcium for your bones and as we age one of the things we have to look out for is keeping strong bones. Oh and I also take a probiotic because again, as we get older the cells in our digestive system are not as efficient as they used to be and you want to make sure you are absorbing the right nutrients from your food.
Obviously the ideal is to obtain all of these from a very healthy diet, but we all know that sometimes this just isn’t possible so I like to feel that my body is getting the nutrients it needs.
Just like I think we need to look after the inside, someone wrote in and said that when you were very young pampering was a treat but as we start to get older then pampering becomes a necessity! Definitely!
So on to the beauty pampering bit this week and one of the products I wanted to talk about was The Body Shop and it is the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask. Really when you are in your late 20’s/30’s you are probably well into a night time beauty regime. We all know those nights when we have had too many and woken up the next morning and our skin has been a disaster – dehydrated from alcohol and everything else. Our morning skincare routine is definitely a lighter routine after sleep and to start the day off, but the evening one needs to be one where we nourish the skin the most, as the nighttime is when most of our skin repair cells get to work when our body is at rest. It’s like the hours before midnight are also the most beneficial for rest and repair as opposed to going to bed in the early hours of the morning.
This Bouncy Sleeping Mask has A) the most adorable texture I have felt in a long while and B) the most gorgeous name which suits it perfectly. So …. A funny tale …. I am lying on my back with my little laptop perched thinking “I love this texture” and how am I going to be able to describe it to the people reading my blog and as I am closing my eyes and applying some to my face I suddenly open my eyes and the gooey texture has blobbed all over my laptop – fortunately not over the keys! How I laugh …… well at least my computer will be moisturised! The texture is just like its name – a gooey gel bouncy mask. It comes with a spatula to scoop it out of its lovely looking round container and I am impressed with the weightiness of the product and its sleek looks and it would sit very nicely on a dressing table or bedside table. It contains Edelweiss stem cells for their cell renewal properties , hyaluronic acid which traps up to 100 times its weight of moisture, babussu oil which is light and non greasy and products to help increase production of collagen. Ideally you would put a serum underneath this after you have cleansed your skin and then the Bouncy Sleeping Mask on top and this seals it all in for the night. I like the feel of the mask as it didn’t have that greasy feel that some of them do where you kiss your partner goodnight and half of it gets stuck to him! In the morning I certainly did feel that my skin felt very smooth and plumped … ha ha even Bouncy. Love that name ….
I used The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate underneath the Bouncy Sleeping Mask which is for young and old to help the skin become smoother and help in the process of surface skin renewal to replace the uppermost skin cells with new skin below. It comes with a dropper and you just drop a few onto your clean fingers and work it into the skin. When it comes out it smells almost minty and fresh and it works into the skin easily. Again 98 per cent of the ingredients are organic and I have sensitive skin and normal to dry and this works perfectly.
Then finally, I need a little glamour/happiness in my life and so I turned to …… wait for it my toes!!
These I treated to a couple of coats of a beautiful shimmering gold Essie nail polish going by the lovely name of “Jiggle High, Jiggle Low”. Essie is a new brand for me to try and I loved the quality of the polish and found it really easy to apply. I have had it on my toes for several days and so far no chips and it cheers me up every time I wake up in the morning and look down at them and every time I come out of the shower …. it’s a gorgeous colour …. Not in your face party style but cheery enough to make January feel a lot happier. I know I am just putting it on my toes to cheer me up as I am still having to spend so much time at home, but this polish would look fantastic on your fingers for a sophisticated romantic meal for two. (Just need the date!)
I hope you have enjoyed this week’s blog as much as I have writing it. Please do comment and share your thoughts and experiences with me as it makes it so much fun and if you have enjoyed it, please share it with your friends. Have a great week and we are nearly at the end of January … woohoo!
Love Gill xx