Top 3 Skincare Products – For Oily, Sensitive, Breakout Prone Skin.

For as long as I can remember, I have had sensitive skin! The slightest touch I would go red, a little bang I would bruise like a peach and any soaps or facial products just made my face blotchy or break out! As I approached my teens, I started to get those dreaded spots! Unfortunately, this continued in to my early 20s and its only the past 12 months or so that my skin has cleared completely and I am now so thankful for my pretty clear complexion and soft skin! HOORAH!

Growing up with bad skin is the ultimate self confidence killer. We all go through this stage, some cases last longer than others and some have worse cases than others. GIRLS…Hands up who has got up early in the morning when staying at their boyfriends and applied make up and got back in bed?! ‚účūüŹľ yes its shameful but it happens, I have. But thankfully because of the 3 skincare ranges I am going to talk about I haven’t done this for a year! ūüôĆūüŹľ Finding a good skincare regime for those who are prone to break outs or blotchy, irritated skin Is vital! I felt that as I understand the battle and have thankfully got through it, I thought this post may help some with their skin battle.

I couldn’t begin to tell you how low it made me feel, 24/7! I’ve had days where I have not left the house or even my bedroom! Covering my face with Sudocrem and praying I would wake up to a miracle and have a clear face! Let me tell you one thing, Sudocrem did NOTHING for it! For people with oily and blemish prone skin…. Avoid Sudocrem at all costs! BAN IT. Sudocrem causes you to produce more oils which the glands are already producing too much of, hence the spots. (I do know people who use Sudocrem all the time and don’t have problems but they tend to be people who aren’t prone to break outs)

I tried EVERYTHING! 

  • PROACTIVE 
  • CLEARASIL
  • WITCH
  • SIMPLE
  • ELEMIS
  • TOOTHPASTE 

You name it, I tried it! Nothing worked. There are truthfully only 3 Product ranges I took from years of trial and error which I would personally recommend.

Liz Earle , Forever Living Products (Aloe Vera based) and Hot Honey Mask! Here’s my verdict.


Liz Earle was introduced to me by my Grandma Anne (God rest her soul). She would swear by the Cleanse and Polish! She bought me this for Christmas one year when I was about 13 and I avoided using it! God knows why! Maybe I thought it was more for old people? Well was I wrong. It is for any age! Seriously. I wish I had used this earlier, to save me years of pain and embarrassment. Liz Earle is a very natural product with no harsh chemicals or fragrances so it doesn’t irritate the skin, I now swear by it too! (I am lucky that my Nana Brenda works at QVC so I can get it from her when they have it on offer!! Thanks Nan!!)

My Liz Earle Collection

The Cleanse and Polish is a soft, natural, hot cloth facial wash, you apply a small amount to dry skin and massage in. You instantly feel like you are having a facial as the smells are beautiful and natural. There are no stings like some products that claim to help acne, (personally I feel anything that stings is a no no and should be avoided! You don’t want to irritate the skin further, you want to calm it!). You then wet your Muslin cloth that you get with your Cleanse and Polish, in warm water, and gently wipe, starting from chin working up. This acts as a gentle exfoliation. You will find this will take off all make up pretty easy! Even mascara! Then splash cool water on your face to close the pores. This is a product to use every day, morning and night, it leaves your face feeling soft, clean and fresh with a ‘spa like’ sensation. You really do only need a small amount, the size of 2 peas, so it lasts for ages!

The other products such as the Toner, Moisturiser and Body Lotion are just as amazing as the Cleanse and Polish. I would say use the Toner every other day if you are prone to break outs. It is still much less harsh than other toners but I find Toner in general is a stripping product and you don’t need to strip everyday, especially when the cleanse is a light exfoliator too. The Moisturiser isn’t oily, which I love! Because I struggle to find a moisturiser that isn’t oily.

Tonic Spitzer, Moisturiser and Toner

Tonic Spitzer, Moisturiser and Toner


Cleanse and Polish, Body Lotion and Mini Moisturiser

 

Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer is my absolute fave! I use this everyday, all over my body after my shower or bath. This is so light and again has the same smell as all the other products. It is great for cooling the body down but at the same time you can feel it soaking into your skin for a natural boost and revitalise. Liz Earle have many products that are all great for sensitive skin,you can buy these products from most big Boots Stores, John Lewis or the TV beauty channel QVC. 

 

Forever Living products. Now I have blogged about these before, however not specifically for skin problems. They are Aloe Vera based so again a very natural product, I am obsessed with them!. Funnily enough my Grandma Anne also introduced me to Aloe Vera when I was younger as she and my Grandad always had a Aloe Vera plant. If I ever had a bruise or a skin irritation she would cut a piece off and dab the juice straight on. It was magical to me at the time, and still is to be honest.

I use their Propolis Cream and Aloe Gel at night on my face when I feel I’m going to have a break out or right in the middle of one.. The Propolis Cream helps to dry the blemishes out but isn’t too dry. I found it was also good under make up as a Primer.


I also use the ‘hand and face wash’ on my face when in the shower – as a quick face wash. This is the ONLY time I would recommend using anything that says use it on the hands too (don’t use normal soaps).


These products are so natural and calming on the skin and reduce redness and irritation. These products also help with other irritation and skin problems such as Eczma. (Message me for more information on buying these products quoting discount code forever101)

 

Hot Honey Mask is a simple, quick and brilliant home remedy face mask that takes 2 minutes. Just simply add honey to a microwaveable tub, enough to apply to the whole face (neck and back if you wish too) and microwave for 30 seconds. BE CAREFUL, do not apply to the face directly after microwaving as this could cause burns. Let it cool for several seconds and test it out on the fingers and back of hand. If feels warm still but not too hot then simply apply to whole face, avoiding eyes and leave on for as long as you like. It is sticky, and feels very weird at first. Also, you wont be able to resist licking the bits that melt onto your lip (if you like honey that is) and you can because that’s all it is! Honey! This will leave your face feeling super soft and fresh and is guaranteed to reduce redness and irritation. Honey is an amazing natural ingredient, the benefits are endless. Having antibacterial properties, prevent infection and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing both swelling and pain, and even scarring.

So ladies, and gents! If you suffer from acne, break outs, sensitive skin or just want a natural skin regime then those are my personal top 3 recommendations.

Other tips for acne sufferers are as follows (from experience)

  • 10000% take your make up off at night (no excuses)
  • Try not to change facial products often
  • If I don’t have my Liz Earle or Forever Living Skin products with me, I don’t use anything else on my face other than warm water
  • Exfoliate lightly every 2-3 days and moisturise
  • DONT AND I REPEAT DONT wear thick make up that clogs your pores!! It is hard to transition from a thick full coverage foundation to a light one because of the fact we feel that if we cover the spots as much as possible then nobody will notice, yes that may be true but you will regret it when you have 10x more the following day and it becomes a vicious cycle! I finally transitioned from thick full coverage make up that is only to be used on photo-shoots and stage really, to a bare minimum tinted moisturiser and I couldn’t have made a better decision! Avoid wearing these thick make ups as everyday make up, save for a night out and your skin will thank you! I use Rimmel Light tinted moisturiser during the day or try Bare Minerals which is skin friendly
  • Get sunlight and with a bare face (except do wear SPF) my skin cleared up the most from my holiday last summer where I went barefaced for a week and let the sun and sea water work its magic
  • Don’t listen to people when they say it all depends what you eat, no research has proven this, although I would always encourage a healthy lifestyle with lots of fruit and veggies and protein etc anyway. Those do make your skin more radiant but they DONT stop acne and junk food certainly does NOT cause acne either (reason I say this is because I used to get so frustrated with the fact I ate healthy all the time but still suffered from skin problems, I did my research and realised that there is no evidence of junk food causing acne)
  • Drink water – this one is true. It does flush the toxins from the body giving health benefits everywhere in the body
  • Try not to get yourself so down about it, I know and trust me… I have first hand experienced the feeling this causes, but if you feel you are getting down about it… go to the doctor, seek counselling help and try not to corner yourself off from your friends and family.

G xo

‘Abs are made in the kitchen!’


So over the past 4-6 months I have majorly got myself into a ‘gym craze’ and I am loving it! Seeing the results has been amazing, tiring and hard work but still amazing! I haven’t reached my goal yet but it is an ongoing journey.

I have come to realise that it’s not just what you do at the gym to get and maintain defined¬†abs and a flat stomach! Ever heard the saying ‘abs are made in the kitchen?’ Well it’s true! I have always been active, growing up a dancer and rehearsing / dancing 7 days a week, I admittedly have always been fairly slender so I am not here to talk about some massive transformation, however I have learnt a lot about the nutrition side and would like to share this with girls who¬†are starting out their journey or¬†maybe you are¬†already on your way but struggling with the food side of things!¬†This could help you ūüôā

I never really ‘watched’ what I ate growing up! Calorie counting or reading fat contents never concerned me and I’ll be honest I would roll my eyes at anyone who checked how many calories/fat grams were in a chocolate bar! But, I now get it! There’s a lot more to it!

What you eat is so important and vital when trying to build muscle, to the process of repairing and to visibly see the hard work pay off!
Here are some tips I have learnt along the way that may help you when you are starting out your journey to ‘ab’ville’ ūüĎĆ
1. Always look at the¬†saturated fats¬†in foods… Those should never be more than 6% of the fat contents… People get confused with good fats and saturated fat! Dont get it twisted!¬†¬†Believe it or not fats are good for us and we need it in our diets… But yes, In moderation and the RIGHT fats. Stick¬†to foods with low saturated fat in them but moderate in monounsaturated fats. Saturates are the evil ones we want to avoid eating too much of, unless you want to spend longer on that treadmill!

Benefits:- Monounsaturated fats can be beneficial on your heart when eaten in moderation and can help lower cholesterol. 

Examples:- Nuts such as Brazil, Cashew Nuts and Almonds¬†are great for snacking (unsalted / uncoated … Sorry chocolate peanuts don’t count) olive oil, coconut oil, red meats, fish such as salmon or mackerel, avocados and natural peanut butter.

 

2. PROTEIN PROTEIN PROTEIN! Yes we need a lot of it to repair and grow! It is essential to get lean and defined, which at the end of the day is the ultimate goal. We should have between 0.8- 2 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight per day! Try to have protein sources in every meal you have! However, did you know that your body can only absorb so much Protein in one go? So you really do need to be measured in the protein amount in your meals or it could start to have an adverse affect! Best time to have more protein is post work out and before bed! I tend to snack on hard boiled eggs during the day or add them to a salad with meat (no dressing) to add protein to my meal.
Examples:- Pumpkin seeds, Eggs, Fish, Meats such as chicken, beef, turkey, pork. Just be careful  with the quality of the meats and try to drain the fat juices when cooking! 

Note:- having protein shakes or supplements aren’t to be frowned upon! It can be hard to consume the right amount of protein naturally! They help a lot. Try ‘My Protein’ for quality and competitive prices for different protein products ! My Protein¬†(I like the Peanut Butter¬†and Chocolate Whey Protein, perfect for after a work out and before bed, Protein Wafers for snacking , Protein Breakfast Smoothie which fills me up until dinner and the Protein Pancakes are unreal!)¬†

  

3. Carbs…. This is a confusing one for me¬†because any type of carbs bloat me like mad, but Carbohydrates are in fact an essential part when trying to get six-pack abs and they are a must on your nutrition plan. Any time you digest carbohydrates (this includes breads, pastas, muffins, sweets, sodas, sports drinks, rice, oats, etc.) our bodies break them down into a simple form of sugar called glucose.When glucose enters the blood stream, it causes our pancreas to produce a hormone known as insulin. Insulin‚Äôs job is to come in and shuttle the glucose out of our blood stream and store it in our muscles throughout the body.Now when glucose gets stored, it gets stored as glycogen. Our bodies use glycogen as muscle fuel when going through an intense workout. However, serious problems start to arise when we do not use up the glycogen that is in our muscles. We want to be sticking with Complex carbohydrates, these¬†take the body longer to digest, providing¬†us with longer lasting energy than simple carbs. Some examples include sweet potatoes, beans, potatoes, oatmeal, and whole meal rice. However, this depends on how active you are too. If you are taking part in high intensity work outs then you will need more complex carbs. Fibrous Carbohydrates are the carbs we can eat as much as possible of as these have great benefits including fat burning properties and nutrients. Examples of Fibrous Carbs are broccoli, asparagus, brussle sprouts, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, and other green leafy vegetables.

AVOID:- The ‘simple’ carbs to avoid are ones that give an instant energy boost but an almost immediate crash, these are fruit juices, sports drinks, sodas, sweets, table sugar, and milk. Avoid any foods that are processed such as processed meats and ready meals.

Note:- Best time to eat carbs are after a intense work out (complex carbs), Fibrous carbs whenever possible with every meal if you can.

This is an example of a typical day for me

This is an example of a typical day for me

4. PREP!! Preparing your meals at the beginning of the week is a much better plan then to decide on the day, as you are more likely to end up buying fast food or processed food if you don’t already have something prepared!¬†On a Sunday, go write a list of everything you are going to have for your dinners that week and do the same for teas and snacks. Only do Monday-Thursday as you do want to keep some spontaneous meals in there for the weekend even if it isn’t your cheat day! I prepare my dinners for work either on a Sunday for the week or the night before to ensure I take in my lunch as when I have forgotten them in the past or not prepared… I have always ended up at the shop and got something for double the price and with no nutritional value at all! Leaving me feeling slugging and full of regret for the rest of the day.

Note:- Get it out of your head that eating healthy is expensive, its NOT and that is a cop out! I shop in Aldi and find all the fruit and veg are fresh and tasty! I spend no more than ¬£25 a week on my dinners and teas and that’s with adding all sorts into my salads for dinner and getting the most ‘expensive’ meats there too!

5. DO CHEAT! No not on your partner….. Have a cheat day!! It has been proven that cheat days or cheat meals are important to keep you on the right track and not to ‘fall off the bandwagon’ so they say! You can’t deprive yourself of the foods you love forever! You will find yourself not enjoying this journey as much and could end up spiralling down a rocky road that can be hard to come out of! So if one day a week you feel like having ice cream, chocolate, crisps or just your favourite meal… Then do!!! ūüĎĆ it’s not the end of the world. It is also supposed to give your body a ‘shock’ and reboot your metabolism.

my cheat ūüôĆ

indulging my favourite vanilla slice ūüôä

6. Tough love- some meals that benefit your nutrition or growth you may not enjoy … I am one of the lucky one as I do enjoy healthy meals full of veggies and fish over junk food but I know we all aren’t on the same wave length! So do your research, mix up your meals and if you didn’t enjoy it… It’s kind of tough! You won’t get abs eating your favourite meals all the time,¬†if we did we would all be ab’tastic! Just think it will be worth it! But all healthy meals don’t have to be boring and plain…. Research alternatives or seasoning ideas!¬†You may be surprised….

For healthy and nutritious meal ideas please message me for examples. Alternatively, I will be posting a blog weekly on the top meals I have tried and tested that week! 

7. VEGGIES & FRUIT! Veggies & fruit have many health benefits & are great to fill you up without overloading on carbs! But be careful with fruit… They contain a lot of natural sugars, too many can store as fats! Also, although they say this is a myth… ‘when eating fruit after a meal then this could be due to the fermentation of the fruit sitting on top of the food’ this really does happen to me, so if you feel bloated and get pains¬†after eating fruit after a meal,¬†personally, I feel better when eating fruit in the morning on an empty stomach or a few blueberries and a banana with porridge oats as breakfast.¬†Of course you can eat fruit in the day as snacks but try to avoid eating directly after¬†a meal to avoid the bloating feeling.(Bananas are great for filling you up and for energy before a work out)

8. Mix it up. If you don’t particularly like fruit and veg (I’ve known people to be genuinely afraid to even touch fruit/veg) then try mixing it up into a smoothie! You can use frozen fruit or fresh, blend it up and add soy milk for a healthy milkshake! Avoid adding flavoured yogurts as they also contain a lot of sugar and fats. Use plain Greek yoghurt if you must!¬†The good thing about this is you can add whatever fruits or veggies you like, and you know whats been added instead of buying a smoothie from the store which usually is full of added sugars and sweeteners! REMEMBER TO DRINK LOTS OF WATER! You need water to flush out the toxins in your body.

9. SAY NO TO ‘FAT FREE’ ! So you think your being healthy having products that claim to be fat free?… They aren’t lying but what they fail to advertise is the amount of sugars added to compensate ! Even sugar free¬†can be a no no¬†as they add tons of sweetners! Try to go with normal versions but still with low¬†fat contents! Don’t be fooled!¬†

10.¬†NOBODY SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE EASY! It’s true, there will be days that you feel cravings like a pregnant woman, you will want to eat everything in sight and there will be days you feel the pressure. It is going to be hard, but its worth it in the end. My advice is to keep a track of your progress, weekly by taking pictures so you can give yourself a confidence boost which will help with maintaining the diet as you can see the results! Also, try to make it fun. This is why I think experimenting with different recipes Is the best idea instead of being plain and boring and sticking to the same meals to be ‘safe’.

Dee-jay Hadfield knows all to well how hard the Ab Journey is but seeing her results in just 7 weeks should make anyone want to kick start their journey today!


I’ve had a few comments from people who say that I must be starving myself or taking diet pills for these results to be real, which really offends me because the amount of hard work I have put in is unreal. I am infact doing the complete opposite of starving myself, I have to eat clean and strict but I have to eat every 2-3 hours and drinking a hell of a lot of water! I was a bad sugar addict, so I have had to cut that out completely and this has made¬†me lose my flab so quick! There have been days I feel like crying, I’m not going to lie. You do have to sacrifice some of your social life for abs… I can’t go out every weekend drinking alcohol or eating out. I have to make sure I am eating the right foods, fresh and at the right time. I do let myself go every now and then with a cheat day/meal¬†but it is rare and I’m ok with this because I know the results will be there. It isn’t as easy as some people think! But¬†still all worth it!’ Dee-jay Hadfield, Tameside .Contact Deejay for information on her classes in Tameside, Manchester on deejay.hadfield@activetameside.com

If you would like any advice/training sessions then please feel free to contact me (Manchester based)

gnesbitt0111@hotmail.co.uk

Published by Grania Nesbitt

Forever Loving ‘Forever Living’

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Well, there’s a new craze in town! Forever Living products are not only my new favourite beauty and health product but it seems this new Aloe Vera infused brand is becoming a massive demand and new found love to many across the world! I remember when I was growing up my Grandma had an Aloe Vera plant, if I ever fell over or banged my knee or elbow, Grandma Anne would swear by this plant- cutting a piece off from the leaf and squeezing the gel onto my bruise or injured area and I always knew I would be bruise free! It used to amaze me!

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If you haven’t heard of it before don’t fret ! I’m here to give my own personal experience about most of the products that I’ve used!

First things first girls, lets get to business… hair products ! Every girl wants glossy, shiney , fabulously smelling locks right? Well the Forever Living shampoo & conditioner works wonders for these features! My hair is growing so fast and thick, it smells amazing after using these products and I find that my hair doesn’t go greasy as quick! what more could a girl want?

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Suffer from dry skin? eczema? inflamed skin? Then the moisturisers and Aloe Vera body gel is an essential product to your daily routine! You may of noticed that Aloe Vera
is a well known natural extract added to most beauty products?! ‘After Sun’ is one of the main ones, and most sensitive skin products! There’s a reason for this and why it makes Forever Living products so trustworthy to use. When I moved back to my mums I had to get used to her washing powder again which always is a pain when I have such sensitive skin! My legs were so itchy for days then I used the Gel and Moisturiser and the following day the irritation had gone! It felt so refreshing and relieved the pain quickly! Didn’t feel sticky or leave residue behind either like some
moisturisers do! winner

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Now I don’t know about you guys, but starting to see the shops clothing lines change from knitwear and wellies to bikinis and jelly shoes (cute) is making me feel slightly conscious about the fact I’ve not been to the gym
for …. too long! I’ve decided to make a lifestyle change and go for the Clean 9 Detox that Forever Living offer!

20140224-205950.jpg 9 days of the detox drinking the Aloe Vera gel (which is meant to be incredible for the digestive system, skin, energy and immune system) , Protein Shakes,
supplements and 500 calorie meals! My mums been on it for 3 days and lost 4 pounds already, she feels great and less bloated and I can see the confidence beaming out of her! Celebs like Posh Becks love this detox and it’s not a ‘quick fix’ diet, it’s a total detox and it’s down to you to make that lifestyle change after the 9 days to remain healthy. Although they do have the Forever nutri-lean as the next step to help manage and maintain your weight loss and health regime! (I do hate it when people say ‘yeah but you put all the weight back on after’ …. YEAH IF YOU EAT CRAP)

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They even have products for IBS, Acne and other medical issues that have been proven to reduce symptoms quite drastically! I’ve ordered the Bee Pollen vitamins which is supposed to be great for the skin but also a energy boost as I’m feeling so lethargic lately! My Nan uses these as she suffers from IBS like symptoms and she has highly recommended these too! (I’m yet to give my verdict…)

Even my Peggy’s are getting some Forever Living action, since using the Bright Toothpaste my teeth feel so clean and I can start to see them brightening and whitening! ūüėÄ check those bad boys….

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Grania xo