As an internationally qualified Beauty Therapist, Lecturer and Holistic Practioner, I facilitate a safe environment for my specialized clients to relax and bring balance and healing to their bodies, mind and spirit. My expertise and high standards come from years of practical application, experience and intuitive knowledge, with the intentions that the best treatment and healing therapy is applied to achieve the best results.
Living consciously is a great part of my life and teaching. I choose to use only the best quality ingredients and products that have a high integrity and that do not over promise and under deliver. Teaching each other to be conscious consumers is my top priority to changing the world one step at a time.
As a consumer we have so much power to change the world by just being conscious and careful of what we are buying. The greatest threat to the planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
Every time we spend our money we are casting a vote to what kind of world we are choosing to live in.
Over the course of the last century, we have seen the impact of synthetic chemicals on the world around us.
We now know that complex ecosystems don’t respond to single chemicals in predictable ways.
For example … when we spray DDT into an ecosystem to kill mosquitos, we succeed, but then we will then start to see unintended consequences. Decades after the ban on DDT, 99% of Americans still test positive for DDT residues in their blood. Girls exposed to DDT before puberty are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer as adults.
Although we achieve our short-term goals, the long-term effects are not easy to live with.
We feel that something similar is happening in conventional skincare. A single chemical is applied to skin for a short-term result without a full understanding of the long-term consequences.
The products I use stays as close to nature as possible and the Ecocert organic standards keeps certain that these companies stay on track. Ecocert don’t allow synthetic chemicals, genetic modification or hormone mimics. In our view, we don’t feel that the standards have been a restriction on our ability to offer sustainable anti-ageing results.
Organic farmers don’t use synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, so water courses and soil are not polluted by poisons. This also means that you aren’t polluted by the residues of these chemicals in your products.
In short, organic farming is sustainable and does less harm to the planet. It isn’t perfect, but it is far better than the status quo.
A person’s skin often has greater microbial diversity than their gut. Skin is now viewed by scientists as an ecosystem. Human cells and microbes co-exist with both contributing to optimum skin health.
THE EARTH IS AN ECOSYSTEM … DON’T POLLUTE IT
In 2015, a 3D molecular map of human skin chemistry was made for the first time. The subjects were asked to stop using all personal care products for three days to avoid contamination of the results. The prediction was that the majority of the skin chemistry would be from microbial origin and that the rest would be of human origin, with environmental chemicals making up a small but measurable portion.
The results didn’t follow that pattern.
Products of microbial cells did indeed contribute twice what human cells did to the chemistry on skin. The surprise finding was that residues from personal care products contributed 8% of the measured chemistry.
The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals on the skin are not yet known but it seems unlikely that they would improve long-term ageing outcomes. This is why we have chosen to certify our products organic and to avoid chemicals that do not occur naturally.
You can rise up from anything. You can recreate yourself. Nothing is permanent. You are not stuck. You have choices. You can think new thoughts. You can learn something new. You can create new habits. All that matters is that you decide today to never look back.
In The Future We’ll All Look After The Microbes On Our Skin
We’ll understand that they are our allies and that they protect our skin from pathogens. We will choose products without synthetic ingredients that pollute our skin microbiome. We’ll feed our microbes and seed our skin with probiotic species to slow the rate of ageing and help ease sensitivity.
THE FUTURE IS PROBIOTIC NOT ANTIBIOTIC… AND THAT FUTURE STARTS NOW.
Probiotics Are Live Microbes That Are Good For You
They can shift the skin’s ecology to favour a diverse ecosystem that is healthy enough to resist attacks from pathogens and to slow the rate of ageing in skin by reducing inflammation.
Our products seeds the skin with probiotics and feeds the skin with prebiotic nutrients to ensure an intervention in microbes that balances the ecology on the skin. We use mild preservatives and rapidly biodegradable foaming agents. We keep the pH of all our products at 5. We avoid polluting the skin’s ecosystem, so we are certified organic by Ecocert.
Since the completion of the Human Microbiome Project, it has become clear that each of us is a complex mix of microbes and human cells.
There are more microbes in your body than human cells… at least ten times more if you include viruses… and this has fundamentally changed our understanding of what it means to be human.
You aren’t just you… you’re an ecology of thousands of interdependent species and you wouldn’t last long without your microbial friends.