The Benefits of Aloe Vera

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

We have all heard of Aloe Vera, the plant used for its therapeutic properties and popularly used as a natural emollient, due to it being gentle, calming and soothing making it the perfect choice for skincare. Aloe, or ‘Aloe Barbadensis’, is full of nutritional benefits for your body and very popular amongst skin care manufacturers as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. It is also a perfect astringent, making Aloe the essential ingredient for a toner due to its deep cleaning, hydrating, moisturising and rejuvenating effects.

ID-10076222With so many choices out there, it can be difficult choosing which skin care product is best for you. Having the right levels of Aloe Vera and other active and natural ingredients in your skincare regime will make all the difference.


Aloe has mild healing qualities and is also known to kill bacteria, and when used as part of a skin toner, it delivers all the benefits into freshly cleansed skin.

Toners gently close the pores,  so using Aloe will confidently leave the skin perfectly clean, nourished and healed. Aloe Vera has properties which allow it to reach deeper body tissues, taking all the nutrients of the Aloe into the skin. It also helps to retain moisture in damaged tissue; the penetrating power of Aloe allows water and other moisturisers to sink deeply into the skin, therefore also making it ideal to use before applying your face cream. Collagen is a big factor in preventing skin ageing during menopause and Aloe Vera has been found to increase the production of fibroblast cells, these are the cells responsible for for producing collagen and it has been known to increase by up to eight times as much as normal cell production.

mailoutimagetonerStratum C Calming Toner uses a high level of active ingredients to give you the highest quality products. As well as Aloe Vera, which gives it a natural green hue, it also contains Hyaluron, Papaya, Cucumber, Sage and Orange Flower which all help to enhance the delivery of Coenzyme Q10 into the dermis. CoQ10 is an important anti-oxidant ingredient used in our Calming Toner, this active ingredient will prevent dry skin, ageing and a dull complexion by powerfully combating free radicals. Stratum C Calming Toner compliments our existing Gentle Cleanser with Rose Hip Seed Oil, giving you a complete regime for beautifully clean skin. Use the toner morning and night, after cleansing to deeply clean the pores, remove make up and bacteria, leaving it soft and replenished.

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Coffee can greatly improve your skin according to beauty industry insiders

A few weeks ago, we posted an article about the benefits of coffee in relation to preventing certain types of cancer. Well now we have heard that beauty industry insiders are now using actual coffee in their daily beauty regime, as apparently it is good for your skin.

You have probably heard of eye roll ons with added caffeine to brighten those dreaded bags, or caffeine shampoo to revive you hair, but recently in the Huffington Post, an article was written with regards to making a home made scrub using actual coffee. Here’s why…

Coffee contains lots of anti-oxidants and therefore helps to protect against what are known as free radicals, which are produced as a result of the oxidisation of organic molecules. This can help prevent premature ageing of the skin.


Caffeine also helps with inflammation and swelling, which is why it is sometimes used in beauty products to reduce ‘puffy’ eyes. Whilst there may be some truth in how caffeine can help with these sorts of ailments, the rest of the article in the Huffington Post about making your own body scrub from ground coffee beans, seems a little unrelated to the fact it’s coffee, but more because the texture of the coffee will help to exfoliate the skin, though I can see how the small amount of caffeine this could produce on the skin’s surface may have some benefits.

Either way you look at it, coffee does seem to have some health benefits. Though before you go consuming loads of espresso’s, remember that too much caffeine can increase your heart rate and can have an adverse affect on your levels of stress, or cause heart related problems. Therefore you should probably only drink coffee in moderation. If you have concerns or questions about the affects of caffeine you should consult a health professional.

To read the full caffeine fuelled article, click on the link below:

Sex or Food? Why not have both?

I’m not talking about at the same time…! But more specifically would like to share with you the facts about food that can help you to make the most of your sex life, and improve your skin, moods and general health and well being.

Every woman knows that menopause is inevitable, but the more we learn about it, the more it horrifies us. From wrinkly skin to vaginal dryness, our peers don’t really paint a very good picture of what to look forward to in our 50’s. What we need to remember is that there is a light at the end of the dry and wrinkly tunnel and I would like to share with you some simple steps you can take that will send you on the road to living a fulfilled and healthy lifestyle.

During menopause, the changes in your hormones can often have a detrimental effect on your sex drive. But you shouldn’t let it get you down. There are several benefits from changing your diet that have been linked to increasing your craving for intimacy as well as satisfying your cravings for naughty nibbles.

One of the biggest, yet simplest, lifestyle changes you can make to improve your libido is your diet. A good place to start is to look for foods that contain the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that are vital for staying healthy during menopause, and that can also help you find your mojo.

4-1378461394-eee1bSome delectable ingredients to get your teeth into, that are tasty and rich, but won’t give you that guilty feeling after you eat them, include: salmon, watermelon, dark chocolate, asparagus, oysters, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, garlic, avocado, and peanuts to name a few. These foods contain a range of good vitamins, minerals and essential fats (not like saturated fats but natural fats that your body needs to survive) that will keep you stay healthy and give you that added stamina for some extra curricular activity with your partner.

For the sweet tooth, blueberries, which are full of antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E, improve your skin and also help to build your immunity. They also improve circulation, encourage better blood flow. For the savory fan, salmon is full of omega oils, which can boost sex drive, brainpower and also improve your complexion. These are just a couple of the possibilities of the tasty foods available, to read more, click on the link below and find out how a spectrum of different delicious possibilities can help you make dinnertime and bedtime that little bit more interesting, but also keep you looking and more importantly, feeling young day-in, day-out.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be dull. Here are some recipes that will help nurture your skin, and your appetite!

So we all know that we should eat healthily in our attempts to remain eternally youthful, but often it is easy to get distracted by the other, yummier, options on the shelf that fulfil our craving for diminishing the feelings of stress and depression that menopause can often bring.

Well, not anymore… we have found some tantalisingly tasty recipes online that mean you can still eat your favourite comfort foods, and be safe

imagesin the knowledge that the ingredients are packed full of goodness for your body, and more importantly your skin.

Below are some links to fantastic recipes that include cookies, lollies, alleged healthy cocktails and a top 10 list of foods that are essentials in your daily meal round up. Foods that are high in anti-oxidants such as blueberries, pomegranates and almonds are great for the skin as they can help protect against free radicals. Healthy delights such as fish and spinach are full of Omega-3 oils, which can generally improve the appearance of your skin and also has benefits for keeping your heart healthy. Avocado is also a great anti-inflammatory food, meaning it can help to maintain healthy skin and is also a source of natural fats, which your body needs, as opposed to saturated fats that are in many other food products that we buy in modern day life.

So if your feeling down, or feeling guilty about wanting a cheeky mid-afternoon snack, you can instead choose a home made healthy cookie that will satisfy your cravings and maintain a healthy complexion.

I hope you find these links useful!