Sensitive Skin explained

Almost everyone thinks their skin is sensitive but there is more than one type of sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin is generally defined as skin that is easily reactive.

Some people have a genetic predisposition for sensitivity and others because of something they are doing.

There are different types of sensitivity.

Allergic sensitivity occurs when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. Because anyone can have an allergy, all skin types can experience this type of sensitivity. It can be triggered by something you ate and will show anywhere where the allergen touched your skin (mouth, neck, face) but also some skincare components. Allergic sensitivity will show as redness, skin that is hot to the touch, swelling or rash.

Stop using the allergen immediately and focus on calming the skin. Do stick to a simplified skincare routine: cleanse, tone, moisturise.

For instant calming effect to an irritated skin, Dr Marine recommends Avène Skin Recovery Cream, which rapidly calms irritations and gives long-lasting protection to naturally sensitive skin or skin that has become irritable.

Then there is sensitivity caused by skincare products and irritants which lead to breakouts.

Some skincare and makeup can make you pores clogged which turns into breakouts. This type of sensitive skin is characterise by bumpy skin, whiteheads and Milia. You should avoid heavy makeup such as liquid foundation and creamy blushers as well as heavy face oil or water resistant sunscreens. 

Use lightweight skincare products including calming and anti-bacterial products to get rid of any inflammation.

Dr Marine recommends using Avène Cicalfate Repair cream which combines repairing and antibacterial properties.

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Sensitivity activated by heat.

Some people have skin that is sensitive to heat. This is because heat causes an increase in blood flow to the small blood vessels just below the skin’s surface. This causes capillaries to dilate and expand, which makes the skin appear red. 

Unfortunately permanently enlarged capillaries will remain visible on the skin.

Avoid exposing skin to high temperatures. So no hot yoga, very spicy food or very hot water. Use ice compress and put your skincare and tools in the fridge. Use skincare products that has soothing ingredients. We recommend La Roche Posay Rosaliac moisturiser which helps reduce the appearance of redness

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Sensitive skin caused by dehydration 

This is where skin has become fragile as the moisture barrier is compromised. When this barrier is not working properly, irritants can get in more easily which leads to skin inflammation usually such as skin burning or stinging.

That type of sensitive skin will show some flaking and peeling as well as redness and rough texture.

A big contributing factor is changing seasons (winter…) but also drying products such as acne treatments and over exfoliating.

To help with this type of skin sensitivity, Dr Marine recommends using a gentle and hydrating toner followed by a moisturiser with repairing properties such as Institut Esthederm Intensive Spiruline Cream

Cheese salad with goat cheese and walnuts

Whether as an appetizer or to accompany your recipes quiches, puff pastries or pizza, try this delicious salad that will not take you more than 15 minutes of preparation!

The delicate lamb salad is garnished with goat slices, crushed nuts and a honey and mustard vinaigrette.

Number of people 8


500 g of corn salad

100 g walnuts

1/2 goat’s log

2 tablespoons walnut oil

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon of cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of mustard

salt and pepper

Sort the lamb’s lettuce and wash it well. Drain it well and dry it. Arrange it on serving plates. Cut the goat into slices. Crush the nuts roughly. Arrange everything on the salad. In a bowl, emulsify oils, vinegar, mustard, honey, a little salt and pepper. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad when serving.

Best Essential Oils for Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis occurs most often following an ENT (rhinopharyngitis) or dental (caries or abscess) infection. It causes inflammation blocking communication between the sinuses and nasal passages. The mucus can no longer flow and the pressure in the sinuses increases. Depending on the sinuses reached, the symptoms may vary, but in general we can note: • nasal congestion with possibly more or less thick nasal secretions; • pain and feeling of pressure, especially in the area of ​​the affected sinus, these pains becoming stronger when one bends the head forward or in case of effort • headaches, more or less intense depending on the affected area • fever and fatigue Most of the time, sinusitis passes in a few days but sometimes it becomes chronic.

Chronic sinusitis is when the inflammation lasts for more than three months. There are two main causes of chronic sinusitis: on the one hand, infections by bacteria, on the other hand, polyps. Chronic sinusitis can also be related to a deviated septum, an allergy (hay fever), pollution or smoking. The symptoms are mainly a permanently stuffy nose, runny nose, headache and sneezing. In case of polyps or bypass of the nasal septum, surgical treatment may be necessary. HOW TO RELIEVE SINUSITIS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS? In case of chronic sinusitis, a visit to the dentist is necessary to check the dental status and establish a diagnosis of the causes of this sinusitis. Stopping smoking, a dairy-free and gluten-free diet, and liver detoxification can also help prevent sinusitis. In case of acute sinusitis, we have a battery of essential oils mucolytic, fluidifying and decongestant, very effective in relieving sinusitis. We will use the essential oils of Eucalyptus Radiata, Peppermint, Niaouli, Oregano, Ravintsara, Rosemary …

RHINITIS / SINUSITIS: J-P. Willem • HE Rosemary 5 ml • HE Eucalyptus Radiata 5 ml Use: To be diffused 3 times a day for 8 days.

SINUSITE / COLD: N. Grosjean • HE Lemongrass: 2 drops • HE Lavender augustifolia: 2 drops • HE Pinus sylvestris: 2 drops • HE Eucalyptus Radiata: 2 drops Use: In a bowl of hot water inhaled.

Pregnancy: how to look after your body & prepare your postnatal recovery

During the 9 months of pregnancy, mothers-to-be will go through a lot of physical, emotional and hormonal changes that will for most of them, have a certain impact on daily activities. A lot of women feel some discomfort or pain because of those changes, which can be prevented & treated.

Some self-care exercises are possible whether it is to help with delivery or postnatal recovery, as well as other tips to go through the less painful pregnancy and childbirth possible:

Low impact activities

Without forcing too much, staying active with low impact exercises such as walking, yoga, Pilates or swimming can have positive impact to your body and also your mind. Poor circulation, especially in legs and feet can happen quite often in pregnant women. You will benefit from exercising a little bit everyday.

But don’t forget that it is also important to relax and look after yourself when you feel too tired. Find the good balance between staying active and taking a rest when necessary. Walk everyday but take a seat from time to time, put your feet up and avoid lifting heavy objects.

Pelvic floor exercises

Breathing and pelvic floor exercises are an important step in pregnancy and postnatal recovery. Not only this will help you prepare for a less painful delivery and might prevent you from getting vaginal tear or episiotomy, but it will also help you avoid postnatal conditions such as urinary leakage, organ prolapse or abdominal diastasis (separation).

Posture exercises

With the weight of the baby growing, lower back pain is the most common issue appearing in pregnant women, which can alter posture en increase pain in the whole back area, spreading from the upper back to the buttock or along the leg. You can benefit from being assessed by a pregnancy specialist, who will help you with back pain and will show you the right posture to adopt in your situation.

Book a prenatal assessment

Find a pregnancy and women’s health physiotherapist or specialist and book a prenatal assessment to be sure about the right exercises to adopt. The therapist will check you up entirely from head to toe, bringing you the most suitable advices on breathing exercises, pelvic floor and abdominal exercises, posture… but will also be able to treat any pregnancy related conditions you may be diagnosed with, whether it is back pain, sciatica, shortness of breath, pelvic pain or else. They will follow you all along your pregnancy and during your postnatal recovery, bringing out the best rehabilitation you will need.

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Mummy’s Physio is a team of physiotherapists and osteopaths with years of experiences and qualifications. Passionate and highly trained, they will be able to provide you the best treatments and rehabilitation in London, at the practices or at home.

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Essential Oils to Boost your immune system

Essential Oils to Boost your immune system


On the start of sneezing, sniffling and coughing season, it is essential to have a strong immune system.

There are many ways to boost your own protections with vitamins, plants and a healthy diet.

We wanted to focus on a very effective and natural weapon: essential oils which have antiseptic properties and can stimulate the immune system.

Here is a quick review of the most effective oils to boost and protect your natural defenses.

You can use essential oils by:

  • Diffused them to help purify the air and prevent the spread of air borne germs
  • Adding them to cleaning products, disinfectant surface sprays or the washing machine
  • Applying them, diluted to the skin to help support the body during illness


Eucalyptus globulus is one of the most popular oil to help treat the symptoms of colds. It can be applied diluted to the chest and feet or via steam inhalation it can help clear congested sinuses. It has proven effectiveness against flu, E. coli, some Staph strains and Candida albicans.


Rosemary is another helpful essential oil for respiratory diseases and is a also a great oil that clears the sinuses and shown to be useful treating bacterial and fungal infections and has mild anti-viral properties.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree is an immune stimulant and a very strong antiseptic oil. Tea Tree has been shown to be effective to treat viral infections of the digestive system, Candida albicans and a strong anti-bacterial action against E. coli, some Staph and Salmonella strains.


is probably one of the strongest anti-bacterial essential oils with some anti-fungal properties. Excellent for adding to cleaning products in small amounts and avoid using directly on the skin.

Don’t forget that essential oils have a synergetic action, that simply means that their properties are getting stronger by using them together so don’t hesitate to mix and play with them!


October Salad


A very easy, seasonal recipe.

Ingredients (dose according to your appetite, the salad is preserved 24h):

– Quinoa (100gr) 

– 1/4 of pumpkin

 – Feta cheese

 – Roquette

 – Pumpkin seeds

Cut the pumpkin in small cubes and cook the quinoa (follow the instructions on the package if it’s your first time).

Put in the pumpkin for 20 minutes at 200 ° C with a little olive oil.

Let cool and mix quinoa, pumpkin and arugula.

Add a little feta and squash seeds.



New Brand Alert: Vitry

We are delighted to welcome Vitry at Make Me Feel as Vitry is a real ironic French Pharmacy Brand.  

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We have won our First Award!

We are so happy to announce we have been successful in winning the French Pharmacy of the Year! at the London Prestige Awards.

“The judges were impressed with the personal service you offer as well as the consistency of reviews and overall attentiveness. It something that makes you stand out in a very competitive industry and I hope this achievement serves as a springboard for more success. “

Every year London Prestige Awards invite the general public as well as readers of the Corporate LiveWire and LTG publications to put forward companies, products, services and individuals who they feel are deserving of recognition. All their winners are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving businesses are chosen as a winner.

Over the last 16 years their awards have run on a national or international basis. For 2019 they have introduced their regional awards to recognise smaller, independent businesses that are extremely successful on a local level.

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What Is Cupping Therapy?

What Is Cupping Therapy?

If you watched the swimming events at the Rio Olympics in 2016 you might remember the dark purple circles dotting some swimmers’ backs and shoulders and running all the way down their legs. In fact, they were rather hard to miss.

Those perfectly circular marks are the result of cupping, a type of alternative therapy that originated from China that involves placing cups on the skin for a short period of time to create suction. The suction pulls the skin away from the underlying muscles in order to stimulate blood flow and facilitate healing and reduce pain. For athletes, it is a way to promote faster recovery and to get rid of the build up of lactic acid in the muscles that can lead to soreness.


Cupping was originally performed using animal horns. Later, the “cups” were made from bamboo and then ceramic. The suction was primarily created through the use of heat. The cups were originally heated with fire and then applied to the skin. As they cooled, the cups drew the skin inside.

Modern cupping is now often performed using glass cups that are rounded like balls and open on one end. The therapist put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, they put the cup upside down on your skin, where the heat builds up pressure and starts pulling the skin away. Over several minutes, the blood vessels start to expand and tiny capillaries near the surface break, which causes the redness.

Some modern cupping practitioners have shifted to using a hand-held pump to create suction versus more traditional heat methods.

There are two main categories of cupping performed today:

  • Dry cupping is a suction-only method.
  • Wet cupping may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. Sometimes the therapist first inserts acupuncture needles before placing the cups over them.

Therapists can also move the cups from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect (obviously there are no acupuncture needles involved when sliding the cups!).

With wet cupping, cups are usually only in place for a few minutes before the practitioner removes the cup and makes a small incision to draw blood.  They will apply a dressing to the cut afterwards.

When practicing at Make me Feel, I only use the dry cupping method and use resin cups creating suction with a handheld pump. I can perform cupping along with acupuncture treatments or as a standalone treatment.

What does cupping treat?

Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This relieves muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains.

Since the cups can be applied to major acupressure or acupuncture points, the practice can be effective at treating digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure or acupuncture.

One report, published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, notes that it could help with acne, herpes zoster, and pain management.

Similarly, in a 2012 report, published in PLoS One, Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. They concluded that cupping therapy may support other treatments, like acupuncture or medications for various diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Herpes zoster/shingles
  • Acne
  • Facial paralysis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • cough and dyspnea
  • pain management in lumbar disc herniation

Side effects

There aren’t many side effects associated with cupping. The side effects you may experience will typically occur during your treatment or immediately after. You may feel light headed or dizzy during your treatment. You may also experience sweating or nausea but this is very unusual.

After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. Depending on the strength of the suction and the length of time the cup is applied on the skin, there will be bruising on the site of the cup, the famous circular marks observed on the backs of the Olympic swimmers and the bruising might last for a few days.

Get in touch

Cupping is a long-practiced treatment that may help ease the symptoms of both temporary and chronic health conditions. If you would like to know more about cupping and whether it is right for you, please get in touch with Sophie Silverwood-Cope on 07809828402 or I’ll explain to you in details the method I use, the benefits and indications of cupping as well as the contra-indications.

New therapy: Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) for anxiety, phobias, addiction

A new neuroscience-based therapy!


Our Clinical Hypnotherapist, Jenny Colin, is now also offering Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT). This is a new breakthrough therapy that is grounded in neuroscience and can deliver incredibly rapid results for targeted problems, often in one or two sessions.

Developed by the psychotherapist Terence Watts, BWRT uses the way that the brain naturally processes information to resolve mind-based problems. This includes unwanted habits and addictions, anxiety and  phobias and it can be just as effective if you are not comfortable with disclosing personal details.

The BWRT process is designed to quickly create new, adaptive neural pathways that don’t have old, distressing or unhelpful emotional responses associated with them. So, if you are confronted by a particular situation or trigger, you can respond in a different, positive way.

​As part of your initial therapy session or phone call with Jenny, you can discuss whether BWRT can be used as all or part of your overall therapy plan. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more, have a look at or

Jenny is available for bookings at Make Me Feel on Monday mornings or ups request.