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  1. In Ayurveda, autumn is considered a "Vata" time of year, where we need to keep warm, grounded, get plenty of nourishment and stay hydrated.

    *Take regular hot baths with aromatherapy bath salts that soothe your muscles and joints
    *Keep your joints supple and your body grounded with gentle exercises like swimming, walking or yoga
    *If your skin is extra dry, use extra-nourishing facial oils or creams 
    *Stay hydrated with warming, hot drinks like ginger or turmeric tea 
    *Adapt your diet to include plenty of warm foods like soups and stews with root vegetables.  Also, remember to keep on eating your fruits for your Vitamin C protection against seasonal infections.
    *Take supplements such as Vitamin D, Echinacea 
    *Consider getting a SAD lamp if you suffer from seasonal depression and/or low energy

    If you would like any more information about any natural products that can help you during the colder months, then please drop me a line or give me a bell.


    For those of you in need of a little autumnal pampering, I have a Hot Stone Massage and Facial Combo offer on until the end of October.  Now that the weather has turned a little more chilly, this is the perfect treatment for any aches or pains or skin concerns that are aggravated by the cold, damp weather. 

    until next time take care and stay safe

    Zoe
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  2. elemis-superfood-midnight-facial-cream-review (1)
    I was recently a very lucky lady and  won a competition that Keeley Aydin (Elemis Skincare Specialist) ran on her Facebook page.  The prize was a 4 piece Elemis Superfood skincare set and the Superfood Midnight Facial cream was one of the products in the set. 

    The Superfood Midnight Facial Cream is described as a "prebiotic overnight sleeping cream that leaves dry, thirsty skin feeling silky soft, radiant and replenished with moisture upon waking".  So it fits into the final step of your night time routine. Personally I double cleanse, tone, add a few drops of Elemis pro defnition or superfood oil and then apply my superfood midnight facial cream.

     

    Aroma and Texture

    The aroma of the Midnight Facial cream smells edible, like a fresh fruit smoothie or cocktail minus the alcohol! It is not sickly sweet or sugarey though. 

    The texture is like a gel cream, so neither too light nor too heavy and is easily asborbed into my skin, which is dry/oily combination.

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    Ingredients

     

    In terms of active ingredients, it contains Camu Camu, a source of Vitamin C, and Cocoa Butter which contains Omega 6 & 9 Fatty Acids, which provide skin with essential moisture and Banana Flower Extract which has hydrating and prebiotic properties. 

    The full ingredient list is here: 

    Aqua Water/Eau, Peg-8, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydroxyacetophenone, Phenoxyethanol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Bentonite, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Propanediol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Lithothamnion Calcareum Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Flower Extract, Citral, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate

    The Verdict

    The morning after using the Elemis Superfood Midnight Facial Cream, my skin looked plumped up and felt smooth and refreshed.  I would not say that my skin felt that hydrated though, so this may not be suitable for those who have very dry skin, a richer night cream maybe more suitable.

    Overall, I love the aroma, the texture and I think for me personally this is a product that I will use more in the spring and summer months as I do need and prefer the extra moisture from rich night creams in autumn and winter.  However, as the aroma is so fruity and uplifting, I may be tempted to use it during the autumn and winter just for an uplift and reminder of a beach holiday and cocktails!

    If you are lucky enough to read this in time, QVC have a fantastic Elemis big deal on offer at the moment which includes the Elemis Superfood Midnight Facial Cream, Superfood AHA Cleansing Glow Butter, Superfood Kefir Tea Mist and Superfood Facial Oil for only £49.98!

    Until next time

    Zoe

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