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Information Technology v Generation Gap!

Yesterday I felt exhausted and completely downcast. For the 45 minutes it took me to drive home I was consumed with a feeling of failure and utter fatigue.

Why? My first attempt at posting a Blog looked nothing like the beautiful masterpiece I had produced earlier. Gone were the pictures. Skin type tables that made everything so clear disappeared leaving behind disjointed sentences that bore no resemblance to the original.

It sits on the site, exhibiting everything that makes a Blog bad news, amateur and difficult to read.

Well, I have all the professional expertise to deal with this don’t I? Highly trained, full of strategies and techniques to make life easier. I do this everyday on a one to one basis. I know that feeling as I did could have been controlled. It was a decision to let such a thing make me feel like a complete idiot.

What wonderful technique did I employ? I swore, I felt stupid and I wrapped my misery around me so that I could really get the most from it.

This morning I decided that I’d keep a clear head and give the job to someone who knows what they are doing. I shall type away for a while so that I can get the feel of this social media and information technology stuff but the fact of the matter is why would I be good at something that is not, as it is to younger generations, second nature? Why does it matter that I cannot do this when there are other things that I can do very well.

It is good to push oneself, to ‘grow’ and develop. However, it is also a good lesson to learn or be reminded of that challenges should be picked to bring out the best in us and sometimes handing a job to someone better equipped to do it is the best course to take.

Blog 1 – Skin


Our skin is amazing and yet something we take completely for granted. When you stop to consider how much attention you give it, what do you think? Is it enough? Do you have a regular routine? Is your face and neck the main priority? Do you ignore the rest or do you regularly use a moisture cream on your body? What about your hands and feet, are they rewarded for all the hard work they do with regular pampering?

So many people feel that the cosmetic industry is an absolute con. Fancy packaging wrapping very mediocre products.
Well, in some cases, yes. But the cosmetic industry does put a great deal of time and money into research. Science backed products usually do fulfil the promises made and if used regularly there should be noticeable results achieved.

There is also a growing demand for products that have not been tested on animals, don’t contain nasty chemicals and are vegetarian and vegan friendly. With such a vast array of products and information it can be mind boggling to decide what is the best buy. Cost too comes into the equation. In most cases ‘you get what you pay for’ is correct, but there are some fantastic brands and buys that won’t break the bank if you look around and don’t allow yourself to get too carried away.

The first thing to think about is what skin type you are.

A simple guide to skin type:
Tiny pores, rare or no breakouts, very occasionally a little dry = normal skin type
If you have a shiny T-zone = combination skin type

Good foods for normal and combination skin types include:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • nuts and seeds
  • cucumber
  • pomegranate

Hydration is important for this skin type as the skin is usually very fine.

Tight, matte and thirsty skin. Always =  Dry skin type. Occasionally =  Dehydrated

For both skin types hydrating foods help skin’s appearance.  These may include:

  • coconut oil in food
  • avocado
  • celery
  • melon and watermelon

Feeding the skin from within helps topical products.

Visible pores, shiny skin that looks greasy and feels oily = Oily skin type.

Starving your skin of nutrients won’t help and could make you unwell. Foods to balance and cleanse rather than fried or processed will help matters and should include:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • nuts (in moderation)
  • seeds
  • avocado
  • pomegranate
  • rich-in-fibre foods and wholegrain

This skin type still requires moisture cream and a regime. Products sold to ‘clear spots’ can actually make things worse so seek advice from a professional if you have break-out issues or any form of acne. Facial oil can also be applied as it is formulated to correct and balance skin.

For all skin types regular facials are a good idea but essential for this skin type.

Likely to go red easily and reacts quickly to something it doesn’t like = Sensitive skin type.

Don’t fear products as this skin type quickly ages if not cared for.

All fruit and vegetables including:

  • fresh figs
  • pomegranate
  • dates
  • nuts
  • wholegrain

Explain that you are a sensitive skin type when making purchases and request a sample pot to check how your skin reacts.

If you’re not so good at drinking water remember that foods can help hydrate …

The second thing is to think simple. You really don’t need multiple products.

You should have:

  • a good cleanser
  • toner to restore the skin’s natural pH balance
  • a moisture cream. (If you wish you can have a day cream, which is usually light and a night cream which has a heavier, richer consistency, designed to feed the skin overnight)
  • Eye cream for the delicate eye area is also good to have as the creams that you might put on your face could cause puffiness around the eyes

Exfoliation is also a good thing to do, but not as much as people seem to think.  Invest in a good one, take advice and follow it.  Overdoing exfoliation won’t take years off you, simply the beautiful new skin cells.

We age. This is something we cannot avoid.

An ageing skin = a change in the appearance of the face and neck, arms and hands

An older or old face is full of character and the wearer of that face, full of wisdom.

Reduced elacticity, lines and/or wrinkles, general lack of tone = 2nd stage of ageing

  • good, hearty, healthy food
  • regular facials

The hands of time simply cannot be stopped so by accepting the age you are, taking care of yourself and enjoying your life you will exude confidence and glow. Think – posture, diet and a good and regular skincare routine. Research products, become fascinated by what they offer and ask for sample pots. The sales assistants will want to help you so ask all your questions and take the time you need to think about what you want to achieve. Keep it simple and have fun!