Alex’s Product of the month
My main concern were all the little spots I had on my cheeks and no matter what I have tried, they wouldn’t go.
Until I had skin analysis with Nicolle, Caudalie’s expert.
After checking my hydration level, pigmentation, depth of wrinkles and pollution level, the sentence came out:
I was completely dehydrated and covered in pollution particles (typical London issue …)
She explained the dead skin cells was sitting on the surface of my skin due to the dehydration and that what the reason why the pollution particles were stuck between those dead cells.
She then recommended to me the hydrating mask from Caudalie and OMG after just the first application my skin was plumped as she never has been recently!
I keep it as a weekly routine along with my other favourite mask the glycolic ren mask and I think it is the perfect combination: the first one (glycolic) remove the dead cells and give me a boost of radiance when the second one (hydrating) nourish and replump my skin.
Such a great discover !
Who is Alex ?
Marine’s assistant and friend. (She is also a true actress!)
They work hand to hand and coffee after coffee to help Make Me Feel progress further.
New at Make Me Feel
In 1957 French stylist René Furterer opened the first hair spa in Paris. At the time many of his clients were struggling with over-bleached and damaged hair in the pursuit of the Marilyn Monroe style; aiming to overcome this problem René used his passion for plants and essential oils to create a solution. Armed with the knowledge that hair could only be repaired by focusing on the roots of a healthy scalp, a line of effective products were created all made with natural ingredients to treat both the hair and scalp. Since its creation the René Furterer brand has become a worldwide specialist in phyto-cosmetology. The brand incorporates pharmaceutical expertise along with carefully selected plants and pure essential oils into every product. The result is innovative and effective products for every hair and scalp type.
René Furterer created a method he called Etheirology, an original philosophy built around a healthy scalp and beautiful hair (etheirology, from the Greek etheira, hair, and etheiro, to treat). He began practicing this approach in his first Hair Spa in Paris by developing a three-phase “Prepare, Cleanse, and Treat” method, which offers a custom treatment ritual based on techniques carefully selected according to a sophisticated preliminary diagnosis.
After this initial phase, Furterer continued to push the boundaries: he was the first to create plant-based hair care products offering the luxury of being both ultra-effective and highly appealing to the senses. He selected rare and precious essential oils and transformed these quintessences of plants into an ultimate nectar, enhancing their therapeutic powers. Each essential oil was chosen to offer a specific sensory experience based on its virtues.
Primarily processed at the Gaillac site in France, these plant-based key ingredients are transformed into ultra-effective formulas obtained through unique expertise that respects the environment (ISO 14001 certification).
The René Furterer brand seeks to transfigure and enhance nature, but always in a principled and responsible manner, with the certified “Botanical Expertise Pierre Fabre” approach. All the brand’s innovations therefore respect, protect, and preserve the plant world.
NATALIE : SEMI PERMANENT MAKE UP ARTIST AND EYE BROWS MICROBLADING
With a passion for beauty and an artistic talent that was evident from an early age, Natalie knew she was destined for a career that would encompass both. Her interest led her to pursue a career in Cosmetic Permanent Makeup, where she would be able to demonstrate her artistic precision and help people to feel more happy and confident at the same time.
The ultimate perfectionist, Natalie would only be happy learning from the best. She completed her training with the renowned Tracie Giles Team in London before setting up her own business; one that prides itself in the ethos of ensuring absolute comfort, ease and understanding. Natalie appreciates the importance of a thorough consultation. She genuinely wants to satisfy each of her clients’ requirements and appreciates that no two individuals are the same. Natalie welcomes questions and ensuring that her clients are totally happy before any treatment is undertaken is her top priority.
Her unique style is very much focused on creating a natural look. She uses colour pigments and adapts her technique to suit each client based on their skin tone, facial features, face shape and her individual client needs.
Whether you are looking to enhance the way your brows, eyes or lips look, or you simply want to wake up looking naturally beautiful, Natalie can help. Please don’t hesitate to contact her to find out more about any of the treatments she offers, or to book in for a free consultation.
Baby Massage Classes
A baby, this human being…
A baby, this little human being seems so fragile. He simply needs us to help him grow up. We, parents are doing our best to protect him, giving all our unconditional love and affection.
Infant massage is one of the things we can do for his well-being. It seems to be nothing, but a massage is much more than just well-being. It brings affection, it relieves from lots of pains and problems such as colic, cough, toothaches… With simple strokes, we can help him feel better, calm down, and breathe easily. Baby massage is a nonverbal emotional communication that parents develop gradually with the baby.
The Touch sense is one of the human senses that appear first in the mother’s womb and will leave us the last. The massage is a way to give the Touch all its importance here, by bringing up the full meaning of secure attachment bond. It is also a time to show our respect to the baby, and our welcoming to hear his silent language and feelings.
In our baby massage class, we teach simples but efficient strokes, and we talk about important subjects that help us understand better those little ones (such as baby cries, emotion, colic pains, reflexes and cues…)
Dr. Frederick Leboyer, M.D, was the first physician to challenge a lot of deeply held beliefs in West society about awareness in the newborn. He was one of the first doctors to record the ancient art of baby massage. He states, “Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant. Food as necessary as minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Deprived of this food, the name of which is love, babies would rather die. And they often do.”
Feel free to have a look here (https://aromabio.weebly.com/infant-baby-massage-iaim.html) for more information.
GIFTS: Find the perfect one!
We have selected wonderful gifts sets from our favourite brands and we have a large selection of presents from £10, perfect for stocking fillers or Secret Santa !
We can also organise bespoke boxes or gift certificates for your loved ones.
At Make Me Feel, we all voted for a bit of “me time”: Marine asked for a combined massage, Alex a sophrology session, Caroline for a Filorga facial and Barbara for an eye brow micro blading with Natalie!
°Did you know that Make Me Feel team is growing? Meet our 17 consultants highly qualified practitioners:
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Sugar Cravings: how to tame your sweet tooth
If you’ve ever tried to cut back on sugar, you may have realised how incredibly difficult it is. In some cases it may seem downright impossible.
It seems clear that when comes to foods like sugar and other junk foods, that something in the brain does not function like it’s supposed to. The system in our brain that is supposed regulates our food intake and prevents us from gaining weight malfunctions. The question is: Why?
Overstimulation of The Reward Centers of The Brain Causes “Addiction”
Sugar is uniquely fattening, primarily due to its high content of fructose.
There are several ways that causes us to overeat and gain weight. One of the mechanisms is the power impact sugar has on the reward centers of the brains. When we eat foods that contain a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released in an area of the brain (the Nucleus Accumbens). When we eat these foods often in large amount, the dopamine receptors start to down-regulate. Now there are fewer receptors for the dopamine. This means that the next time we eat these foods, there effect is blunted. We will need more junk food next time we eat in order to get the same level of reward. Sugar or other junk foods, due to their powerful effect on the reward centers of the brain, function similarly to drugs of abuse like cocaine and nicotine. The exact same brain centers are at play. People may start losing control over their consumption and it can be tough to break the habit.
Quick Sugar Highs…
Why do you get a rush when eat a midday candy bar? The sugar in it, called simple carbohydrate, is quickly turned into glucose in your bloodstream. Your blood sugar levels spike. Simple carbs are also found in fruits, veggies, and diary products. But these have fibre and protein that slow the process. Syrup, soda, candy, and table sugar don’t.
And Sugar Lows…
Your body needs to move glucose out of the bloodstream and into your cells for energy. To do this, your pancreas makes insulin (a hormone). As a result, your blood sugar level may a sudden drop. This rapid change in blood sugar leaves you feeling wiped out and shaky and searching for more sweets to regain that sugar “high”. So that midday sugary treat has set you up for more bad eating.
Starch Equals Sugar
Think you don’t have a sweet tooth, but crave bagels, chips or French fries? These starchy food are complex carbs that the body breaks down into simple sugars. Eaten without better foods, starches can make blood sugar surge and crash like sugar. White rice and white flour do this. Highly refined states like white bread, pretzels, crackers and pasta are worst.
Do Sugar Detox Diets Works?
Can you beat your sugar habit by quitting cold turkey? Some sugar detox plans urge you to avoid all sweets (no fruits, no dairy, no refined grains). The idea is to purge your system of sugar. For some people it can works but for some others this could be too drastic to keep up on long term and they fall back to their old habits.
Retrain your last buds
You don’t need sugar as much as you think you do. In fact, you can train your taste buds to enjoy things that aren’t as sweet. Try cutting out one sweet food from you diet each week. For example, pass on dessert after dinner. Start putting less sugar in your coffee or cereal. Over time, you will lose your need for that sugar taste.
Choose Good-For-You Sweets
You don’t have to give up sweetness. Just get it from other sources. Try fresh berries or pureed fruit on oatmeal instead of sugar. A glass of low-fat milk or low-sugar can help.
Kick The Habit in Baby Step
If you make small, simple changes to your diet, its’ easy to keep them up. Start by eating more vegetables and more fruits (but no more than 2 fruits / day). Drink extra water. Check food labels, and pick those that don’t have a lot of sugar. Cut a little bit of sugar each week. After a few weeks, you’ll be surprised at how little you miss it.
Let Protein Help
Eating more protein in an easy way to curb sugar cravings. High-protein foods digest more slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer. Protein doesn’t make your blood sugar spike the way refined carb and sugars do. Pick proteins like lean chicken, low fat yogurt, eggs, nuts, or beans.
Fill Up on Fibre
Fibre helps fight a sugar itch in many ways. First, it keeps you full. High-Fibre foods also give you more energy. Because they don’t raise you blood sugar, there’s no hungry crash diet. Choose fruits, vegetables, wholes grains. Or smear some organic peanut butter on an apple for protein/fibre combo.
Exercise can help wipe out those sugar cravings and change the way you eat in general. You start feeling better and want healthier foods. Do what you like, such walking, riding your bike, swimming. Start out slow, and work toward at least 30 minute at a time, 5 days a week.
Can Artificial Sweeteners Help?
Some studies suggest artificial sweeteners may leave you craving more sugar, they don’t help you break your taste for sweets. Pay attention to your body. Are sweeteners making you crave even more sugar? If so, look elsewhere for that sweet taste.
Limit the “Healthy” Sugars, Too
Honey, brown sugar, etc… may sound healthy. But sugar is sugar. Whether it come from bees or sugar cane, it can cause your blood sugar to rise. Honey and unrefined sugar are slightly higher in nutrients, but their calories still count.
Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?
Sugar itself doesn’t cause diabetes. But lots of sugar splurges can point you there. Too much of anything, including sugar, can pack on pounds, for on thing. Heavy bodies may have a harder time using insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar. When your body resists insulin, blood sugar and your risk of diabetes go up.
If you are struggling to beat your sugar cravings by yourself, a Dietician or Nutritionist can help you with your diet.
Sources: WebMD and Nutrition Authority.
Amandine Auteserre – Nutritionist
Amandine consults at Make Me Feel on demand.
You can book an appointment with her by clicking HERE.
Christmas-proof your Health
Take a look at the 10 most common festive health problems below and take steps to combat them with our festive health plan before the fun begins:
1. I always gain weight over Christmas and New Year
2. I dread the thought of the hangovers to come
3. Once everything’s ready, I always get ill and can’t join in the fun
4. I suffer from constipation
5. I have trouble sleeping
6. I simply run out of energy
7. I have breakouts or spots
8. I have an attack of thrush
9. I feel bloated and windy all the time
10. I’m so stressed I can’t relax
If you answered “YES” to 3 or more of these questions, it indicates that you have less then optimum health. At Make me feel we offer a a pre-festive health management programme… for £ 35.00 for 30 minutes
Face Up to the Festive Season Feeling Fit and Healthy by Dr Longmore
Every year we all feel under pressure to deliver a dream Christmas. yet it’s often the time when your body throws in the towel and you simply can’t conjure up any festive spirit. Face up to the festive season feeling fit and healthy with our festive health plan to deal with the most common reasons why you may not feel like decking the halls with a smile on your face.
TEN TOP TOPS FOR A HEALTHY FESTIVE SEASON:
1. Start helping your liver deal with the up and coming boozy nights by taking a herbal liver cleansing Make me feel offer different products to support your liver.
2. Try a mini detox to boost your energy and give your whole system a break. Make a big pot of vegetable soup with seasonal organic vegetables and eat just this along with lots of water and fresh vegetable juices for one to three days. It will help you both prepare for the over indulgence to come and recover afterwards if you forget to do it in advance.
3. Prioritise your obligations to your friends, family and work to minimise over commitments that are already making you feel nervous and too busy to look after yourself.
4. Cut out wheat and dairy from your diet to reduce bloating, water retention and skin problems and help get you looking great and help you lose those extra kilos before the festivities. Try Oatly oat drink, instead of milk and rye bread instead of your standard loaf.
5. Stay well hydrated drinking at least two litres of water a day. This will also boost your energy help prevent weight gain and prevent hangovers to come.
6. Eat a healthy breakfast – try a smoothie with fresh fruit, ground almonds, oil and flaxseed yoghurt.
7. Stick with your exercise routine, even if you’re feeling mega busy. Remember anything is better than nothing even if it is a brisk short walk or getting out the skipping rope for a few minutes.
8. Before going out for a night out, settle your stomach with peppermint or fresh ginger tea – just grate 1 cm of fresh ginger and cover with boiling water.
9. Just breathe – take some deep breaths to reduce stress and tension and promote physical and mental relaxation. Yoga and meditation can help give you an inner calm: invaluable around crazy Christmas time.
10. Take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement for energy and immunity and a probiotic for digestive balance.
What is SAD and how to help it ? by Emma Tubmen
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that has only relatively recently been named: the term first appeared in print in 1985. However, it seems that many people suffer with symptoms brought on by a lack of light in the Winter months. They can range from the ‘Winter blues’ when people feel slightly lethargic and sleep and eat more in the Winter, disliking the dark mornings and short days, to much more severe symptoms such as withdrawal, anxiety, serious overeating and depression, characterised by a severe lack of will to do anything. Some sufferers may even become hospitalized.
SAD has been shown to be caused by the lack of bright light in winter. Light entering our eyes stimulates our brain to control our daily rhythms through hormone production. In some people, the low levels of light in winter are insufficient to regulate the hormones that affect our waking up and sleeping, our feeling energised or depressed.
Reflexology can be very useful in helping to regulate hormone production, and therefore may be useful in treating SAD. Other complementary therapies such as therapeutic massage, craniosacral balancing and cognitive behavioural therapy can also play an important role in keeping a patient suffering with SAD from becoming depressed.
Light Therapy is the most common way to treat SAD
To treat SAD, most sufferers need light to their eyes as bright as a spring morning on a clear day, for around 30 minutes a day. The light must be at least 2,000 lux (the technical measure of brightness), which is roughly four times brighter than a well-lit office.
Lumie has designed lightboxes up to 10,000 lux that allow shorter treatment times and the option of sitting further away. They can be used while working or at home watching TV. Others are designed for travelling. Whether you have SAD from low light or milder winter blues, bright light is proven to tackle symptoms, put you in a better mood and make you feel more awake.
Lumie also invented Bodyclock, to wake you gradually with increasing natural light. This provides a natural signal to your body to adjust hormone levels, keeping your sleep cycle on track and boosting mood, energy and productivity levels all day. Bodyclock is an effective winter blues option and can be a useful complement to a lightbox in treating more severe SAD.
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Author: Emma Tubmen