Improving my lifestyle

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Holland and Barrett

When Holland and Barrett asked me to take a health and lifestyle MOT I thought it would be interesting to find out where I stand and how to make improvements. I've spoken before about how pathetically bad I am at looking after the 'beauty' side of my health; dry skin, severe lack of beauty regime, abstinence from moisturising. You name it, I probably forget to do it. I was sent some Aloe Vera wipes to help keep my skin fresh. I tend to use a multi stage process to clean my face; tissue to wipe off some of the foundation (my skin is so greasy that foundation tends to just float off the surface anyway), then wet wipes to get the majority off, followed by micellar water and then a while later a good wash with a sensitive facial wash. This is supposed to all be concluded with a little bit of a moisturise and as one of my resolutions I vowed to get myself into a better routine of moisturising my face in the hope that I can slow down the rate my face looks like it's ageing. Three weeks of regular attention was all I managed before getting forgetful and skipping the odd evening before abandoning it altogether. This Olive oil day cream looks rather luxurious and really ought to be applied albeit sparingly of a morning to protect my skin from the cold winter starts which seem to be drying my face out each morning.

You've probably notice that my hair is getting in worse condition in recent months, it looks and feels much drier which I put would say is partly down to the weather but mosty because I haven't been lavishing it with enough care. It really needs a regular moisturising mask but I just never seem to prioritise it and so my various tubs of gunk for that remain untouched. I was sent some Hair Food which contains vitamins and minerals needed for hair to grow and maintain good condition. Sadly, as I'm utterly rubbish and can't swallow tablets these are something I'll pass on to someone else who can make better use of them.  I've spoken before about how I really don't like nuts. As part of my attempts to eat clean and improve my diet I've taken to trying more in the way of including nuts and seeds. These almonds are sure to get eaten soon. More to come on the nut-front soon I hope.

It's no secret that I don't get enough sleep. I tried really hard last week and got a trio of early nights, two lots of over 7 hours and one full 8 hours, I was so proud of myself but conversely I did feel a bit poorly after the 8 hours, with a dull headache most of the day which I can't really explain. When filling in the Good Life MOT survey I perhaps should have elaborated that I was not gettng enough sleep because I simply don't allow enough time to sleep, as opposed to laying awake at night. Chris, on the other hand is something of an insomniac so I'm hoping these Valerian pills will be of some use to him. The lavender essential oil and lavender massage oil are really not my thing as lavender is far more of a scent either of my grandmothers would use and kind of puts me off so again, I'll pass these on to someone who can get more use. In fact I think I'll put together a giveaway with some extra goodies soon. Along with a blogsale, I HAVE to part with a load of clothes.

Thanks to Holland and Barrett for sending me this parcel! All opinions my own, as usual, as ever.


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  1. I could do with an update of my skincare regime, I think at 30 it's time I stopped getting the odd pimple, but the red pigmentation marks really annoy me the most...get off my damn face!

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

  2. Sorry I have not commented for a while I have been rather busy. I hope your well :)
    You are so healthy! x

  3. I'm very diligent with moisturiser and cleansing of my face but my body, I am terrible! I really should moisturise as I have hugely dry legs but can never be bothered. I like this post. Refreshingly honest. And I am the same about sleep. I get so cries with myself but dm NEVER in bed before 11.30! X

  4. I think we all tend to slip at times with beauty and health routines, but like you say we should take care of our selves.

    Both my girls and I take tablets for our nails and hair along with vitamins and cod liver oil (for me and my old bones lol)
    Moisturiser is a must for both my face and body and a can't function without a good nights sleep.

    X x

  5. Heading to bed early is not something I struggle with, I love my bed and sleep, although sometimes it eludes me and I spend hours awake in the middle of the night.
    I am having to be really careful with my skin, I've always had a pretty good cleanse, tone and moisturise routine but my terrible diet has taken it toll and presented me with the most attractive adult acne - joy! So I'm being forced to think about eating regularly and healthily but supplements are something I never seem manage to take everyday. I'm also utterly confused by supplements and what I shuold be taking, or not. Reports are mixed as to whether they do you any good anyway!


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