Aloe Bio Cellulose Mask

I’m always intrigued when Forever launches a new product as I know how much research goes into any new product line. And I have to say as a regular user of Forever’s Marine Mask, I wasn’t sure why they were launching a new one. So I did a bit of research (which of course included trying one of them for myself) and this is what I discovered………

We’re all into masks these days, who knew!

 I'm always intrigued when Forever launches a new products as I know how much research goes into choosing and formulating any new product line. But I have to say as a regular user of Forever's Marin Mask, I wasn't entirely sure why they had chosen to launch a new mask.......so I did a bit of research (which of course included trying one of them for myself) and this is what I discovered.........

We're all into masks these days, who knew?!

According to Google we're searching like mad to find the latest and most effective mask.....and the top things we're searching for is hydration and moisturisation.

What you need to know if you're thinking of trying a mask is that there are three tiers:

  1. Paper mask usually made from cotton or bamboo 
  2. Hydrogel mask
  3. Bio-cellulose mask

Bio-cellulose masks are top of the market as they stay on the face better (take a look at this review) and hold more of the mask ingredients so they're more effective.

Naturally, Forever has chosen to put themselves in the bio-cellulose category and their new mask is a top of the line, top of the market mask that delivers benefits deeper than any other mask in this category.

Apparently they've been working on this mask in secret for years

So if they've been working on it for years, it must have a few tricks up its sleeve then? Well, to grow this bio-cellulose mask, Forever starts with fermentation from coconut which grows good bacteria. This pro-biotic needs food and so it's fed Aloe Gel during development and then micro organisms spin a fibrous material which is the bio-cellulose. Forever are the first company in the world to have aloe spun into the fibres of the mask itself. And those fibres are a thousand times thinner than a human hair allowing bop-cellulose masks to reach fine lines and wrinkles traditional masks just can't reach!

Those bio-cellulose fibres are extremely moisture retentive and when the mask is dipped into a serum of aloe and other botanicals you have a dual phase delivery system.  The mask itself is suitable for all skin types and works well for men and women, yes it even works through a beard! And after use there's no need to rinse as the bio cellulose fibres drive the nutrients deep into the skin better than any other mask giving a really high absorption rate.

Key benefits

  • rejuvenates dull skin
  • helps fight the signs of ageing
  • soothes skin & reduces the appearance of redness and fine lines & wrinkles
  • the benefits can be seen as soon as you peel the mask off

Key ingredients

  • aloe vera which is present in both the mask and serum
  • seagrass helps to soften & condition plus it loves aloe and they work beautifully together

and in the serum

  • horse chestnut helps to reduce redness & rejuvenate dull skin
  • green tea empowers healthy ageing
  • antioxidants to combat the signs of ageing
  • glycerin which is extremely moisturising

Usage

  • use 1-2 times per week
  • when you tear open the package, squeeze any excess serum out and rub on your face, neck, chest, arm, legs......just don't waste it!
  • unfold mask and remove textured paper on one side
  • apply mask to your face and mould it - tip you can pull off the eye flaps and put them on your lips if you wish
  • peel off the outside textured paper
  • leave on for 20 minutes
  • remove mask, no rinse required, and rub in any excess serum

Note: the mask will feel slimey and cool, if it feels prickly you left the paper on! Once you've finished with the mask throw it in your compost pile, no need to add to your rubbish.

Sonya Daily Skincare System

The recently launched Sonya daily skincare system is the second new skincare range launched by Forever that is based on nature meets science. Yet again, Aloe has been taken into the lab to work out how best to leverage its affects this time on combination skin. Given how good the anti-ageing Infinite range is, I’m excited to see what they’ve come up with this time.

What does it do?

The scientifically-advanced skincare uses a gel delivery system that carries the aloe, moisture and botanicals directly to your skin. The products in the range boast a high concentration of aloe and a hydra-infused system that gently targets the skin to improve its overall look and feel. And in the same way as the drinking gel works synergistically, so the overall affect is more than the total of the individual components, the new skincare system works in the same way.

What exactly is combination skin?

Combination skin tends to fluctuate between oily and dry. It can be really oily or really dry or a mixture of both! In order to cope with this the range has been designed to control shine while also delivering moisture to where it’d needed most.

Fab looking products!

The new range comes in really lovely, modern packaging and if you go for the whole lot in one go you get a stunning bright green toiletry bag to keep them in

What are they really like?

OK, so that’s all the factual stuff but what do the products feel like and do they actually work? The feedback on these products has been amazing. Their ability to adapt to the different skin types is brilliant meaning you really can moisturise the dry bits and control the shiny bits with just one product. Each product is so refreshingly light that it sinks quickly and easily into your skin leaving it feeling refreshed.

What’s in the set?

Refreshing gel cleanser – gently cleanses and conditions your face while it washes away dirt and debris without stripping skin. There’s no tightening of the skin after use as it’s full of moisturising agents like cold press baob oil and the acacia concinna helps remove dead cell build-up, dirt and make up for a thorough, yet soft, cleanse.

Refining gel mask – one of the easiest masks to use, simply apply before bedtime and let the mask do its thing while you sleep. It’s been scientifically formulated to optimise the way your skin functions at nigh and by leveraging the natural functions of the body while you sleep, the mask helps support balance by controlling oil and brightening the appearance of skin. The mask is infused with plenty of botanicals including carrot seed oil, basil oil Artemisia pallens flower oil and soybean oil along with moisturisers such as aloe gel, apple fruit extract clover flower extract, sasa quelpaertensis extract and liquorice root plant. Just rinse thoroughly in the morning.

Illuminating gel – thanks to encapsulated peptides in this quick absorbing gel, this products formula can help deliver the latest technology to your skin. A unique blend of green and brown algae, known for helping to even skin tone and soften age spots, has been paired with liposomes and red clover flower extract to help reduce the appearance of large pores. Illuminating gel is unlike anything else on the market thanks to its unique collection of five Asian botanicals scutallaria baicalensis root, glycyrrhiza glabra root, morus alba root, artemisia capillaris flower and zizyphus jujuba fruit.

Soothing gel moisturiser – although this looks like a lotion it is made with the gel based formula and so melts into your skin and doesn’t leave any residue. It’s packed full of natural ingredients like apple fruit extract, pomegranate fruit extract, fig fruit extract, mulberry fruit extract, ginkgo biloba extract, jojoba esters and olive oil to help skin feel hydrated and supple. Beta-glucan soothes and evens skin tone plus there’s anit-ageing ingredients like linoleic acid and hydrolysed collagen and it’s infused with with orange and mandarin peel oil, roman camomile and geranium oil, and bergamot fruit oil to leave skin feeling refreshed.

An exciting new product range that’s spot on for combination skin!

Pumpkin and Rocket Salad

This is a gorgeous looking and tasting salad that works at any time of year. It's an Aussie recipe so it's called a Pumpkin salad but here in the UK I make mine with Butternut Squash. Try it in Autumn with roast beef for a lighter Sunday roast.

Ingredients

  • Butternut squash cut into 2cm thick wedges
  • 100ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes (or more if you like!)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups wild rocket leaves (I tend to just use a small bag from the supermarket)
  • 1/2 cup (75g) Macadamia nuts roughly chopped & toasted
  • Salt to season

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line two baking trays with foil
  2. Arrange the butternut squash in a single layer on the baking trays. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil, scatter over the chilli flakes and season. Bake for 20-25 minutes until tender and lightly golder. Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile whisk the lemon juice with the remaining 1/4 cup (60ml) oil and set dressing aside.
  4. Place the butternut squash in a serving bowl with the rocket and toasted Macadamias. Drizzle with the dressing, then toss to combine and serve.




No Bake Protein Bars

A super easy and healthier treat to have round the house to stop you reaching for those more indulgent snacks!

Ingredients

  • 2 Scoops Forever Lite Ultra
  • 140g oats
  • 60g ground flax seed
  • 35g sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Forever Bee Honey
  • Dark chocolate chips for topping

Preparation

Depending on the texture you want, you can either use your oats as they are, or blend using a hand-held stick blender or food processor until they have a flour-like texture.

Put all of the ingredients (aside from the dark chocolate chips) into a mixing bowl and combine until you get smooth-textured dough.

Line a five-inch loaf tin with baking paper and spoon in the mixture, compressing down until it covers the bottom of the tin.

Sprinkle some chocolate ships over the surface, pressing them slightly into the dough.

Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and lift the mix out with the baking paper. Using a sharp knife cut into approximately eight pieces.

Either wrap in clingfilm individually to take as a snack on the go, or store in a box in the fridge.

Other options: swap the almonds for chopped cherries, raisins or dates for a fruitier protein bar.

Move

There was a bit of an uproar when this new supplement was launched last year.......words like revolutionary were used and people who had tried it were raving about it. But what's the hype actually about?  Why have these supplements caused such an uproar?

What's in them?

Move contains two powerful and patented ingredients; one of which is new to me and one is the fastest growing herbal supplement globally. Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) is something I've never heard before and Curcurmin Tumeric (Biocurc) is a long standing popular with people who lead active lives.

Who are they for?

Basically anyone who moves their body.......whether you're quite sporty and go to the gym or play sports or a parent chasing kids around the house, any kind of movement can result in stiffness and aches and pains. Sadly this is true especially as we grow older when the aches & pains seem to happen more often.......although that could just be me! People are becoming more health conscious and don't want to be restricted by stiff joints or pain.

What makes Move different?

  • Forever is getting really good at combining science with the best nature has to offer and Move has clinically effective doses of the patented technology ingredients to ensure they actually work. 
  • Quick and confirmed results in 7-10 days
  • Nearly 5x more clinically effective than glucoasmine and chondriotrin
  • enhances joint comfort and flexibility
  • supports a healthy range of motion
  • decreases pain and stiffness in muscles & joints
  • promotes fast recovery from exercise
  • promotes healthy cartilage
  • supports healthy inflammatory response

The two active ingredients work together within our body and trials showed confirmed results in as little as 7-10 days. 

NEM

NEM is derived from the membrane of an eggshell and is patented with Forever having an exclusive contract for this important ingredient.

  • All natural
  • contains chondroitrin, hylauronic acid, glycosaminoglycons and collagen
  • patented
  • supports healthy range of motion
  • enhances flexibility

Studies:

Trials carried out recorded results for range of motion and pain, both showing the biggest improvements in the first 7 days although these continued through to day 30 and beyond.

Range of motion: Day 0: 64.2%  Day 7:  82%  Day 30:  92.2%   44% improvement                     Pain: Day 0:  2.3  Day 7:  1.7  Day 30:  0.7      76% reduction

Biocurc

The second ingredient is a powerful tumeric:

  • all natural tumeric
  • patented with bioavailability increase of 200% (this is the way it works with the body)
  • Decreases stiffness in joints and muscles
  • Soothes areas of discomfort

Forever's range of joint care products

Forever now has three products in the joint care range. Each work a little bit differently in the body and work together to produce a synergestic effect

Aminotein Ice Cream

This is a clever way to make a yummy banana ice cream that’s packed full of the protein and nutrition you get from Ultra-Light power.

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Forever Lite Ultra
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 75ml milk

Preparation

  1. Cut a banana into about six pieces, then wrap in clingfilm and freeze for at least four hours
  2. Take the banana pieces out of the clingfilm and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the Forever Lite Ultra and milk to the bowl and blend with a handheld stick blender until smooth.

Then all you need to do it enjoy knowing that it contains one of your five a day plus a stack of protein and vitamins. Bliss!

 

Ever-Shield Deodorant

What is it?

Ever-Shield is a stick deodorant and as it’s made by Forever it’s packed full of lovely Aloe.  It’s worth noting that Ever-Shield is a deodorant which allows perspiration but blocks odour and not an anti perspirant that prevents perspiration from occurring.

Who is it for?

Thanks to it’s light and fresh fragrance, this deodorant can be used by men, women and teenagers alike! I’ve used it for years now and love that I no longer have that yukky, sticky heavy residue on the under arm part of my vest tops that I used to get from other deodorants. It also never leaves any white marks on anything. My boys also use it, although not often enough, preferring instead to spray body spray all over themselves and their rooms to mask the pong with the latest boy smell instead of using a deodorant!  As the deodorant smells, well, clean, you’re able to fully appreciate your choice of perfume or after shave for the day without any fragrance conflict!

What’s the difference?

As it’s a Forever product it is of course full of lovely Aloe Vera which is incredibly good for skin. And because it is so lovely for the skin you can use it directly after shaving, waxing or epilating. I use after epilating each week and it calms and soothes my underarms.

One of the big differences is that this deodorant is aluminium and alcohol free.  There’s much talk in the press about the potential harm these ingredients can do in deodorants and while there hasn’t been any proper research into this yet, I note with interest that GP’s advise Aluminium-free deodorants after people have been diagnosed with breast cancer………

Alcohol and aluminium in deodorants

Alcohol in any cosmetic can be a problem as it acts as a fat solvent and for dry, sensitive skin that means an already fragile barrier of sebum (the skins natural oils) gets washed away.

Cancer.gov has this to say about aluminium in deodorants:

“Aluminium-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary “plug” within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminium-containing underarm antiperspirants, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and have estrogen-like (hormonal) effects.”

For me the jury’s still out linking these two ingredients to any health issues but I am not known to take risks with my health so the answer for me is simple.

Other uses

You’d think that a deodorant could only be used as a deodorant but I have come across two other reported uses.  Firstly, due to it’s waxy texture and moisturisers, it’s can be used on dried out heels on your feet. As well as being super moisturising it keeps your feet smelling fresh too! I am also aware that horse owners use it under their horse’s noses to help keep flies away. Not owning a horse myself I’ve never used it in this way but I have read many reports of how good it is.

How long does it last?

This is one of the things I love about this product, it lasts absolutely ages!  You get a full 92.1g of deodorant in the stick and it lasts a really, really long time.  I get about 6 months out of a stick and I reckon overall, compared to buying more of the cheaper deodorants each year, the cost is the same or slightly less.

Where to buy

You can of course get your hands on this essential product through my online shop www.jodavies.flp.com or please feel free to email me to discuss and ask any questions jodavies@flp.com

Banana & raspberry lollies

This recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s a fab little trick to get healthier treats into the hands of your little ones!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bananas
  • 360g raspberries
  • 4 tbsp low fat yoghurt
  • A few drops of vanilla essence

Preparation

Blend all ingredients until smooth, then pour the mix into four lolly moulds and freeze overnight (you can get lolly moulds in pretty much everywhere these days!).  Enjoy straight from the freezer.

And that’s it…….I’m almost embarrassed to call it a recipe but the kids (both small and big) will love them!

Arctic Sea

As I’m sure you know, I rely quite heavily on supplements to give my body the nutrition is requires.  Partly because I just can’t afford to have any nutritional deficiencies as they almost always result in increasing fatigue; and partly because my nutritional requirements are higher as I strive to get out of my current ME relapse.

And so this month’s product of the month is a supplement which both myself and my husband take every day.

What’s in Arctic Sea?

Arctic Sea is a blend of natural fish, calamari and oleic olive oil.  This blend contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids EPA, which contributes to the normal function of the heart, and DHA which contributes to maintenance of normal brain function.

Why do we need them?

Continue reading “Arctic Sea”

Be yourself, everyone else is taken!

Being authentically yourself is something that should come naturally.  We should just grow up that way and never have to give it a second thought…….shouldn’t we?

We’re living in an inauthentic world

Sadly we’re moulded by a world that favours the inauthentic.  From office politics in traditional jobs, to false information in news feeds and celebrities pretending to be anyone but themselves, we are surrounded by the inauthentic.

How often do you  pretend to be someone you’re not?  Or mimic people around you? Or compromise on what you feel is right?  If you’re being inauthentic you’re likely to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. Continue reading “Be yourself, everyone else is taken!”