Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Home Pedicure with JOLI

One of my favourite things to do during the cold winter days is to give myself a home pedicure to warm myself up and leave my feet delightfully refreshed and moisturised.

1. Have a shower, run a bath or make a warm foot bath.  Either way soak your feet in a warm or moderately hot body of water for at least 10 minutes.  If you make a warm foot bath add a few drops of Peppermint Lavender or Eucalyptus Foot Lotion to the water.

2. Wash your feet thoroughly with Peppermint Lavender Foot Wash Scrub; this cleans feet while the essential oils leave feet smelling and feeling refreshed, plus the exfoliating granules give your feet a gentle scrub.  Scrub toes and nails with Scrub Brush.  Scrub heels, pads and around toes with a Pumice Stone.

3. Follow with an application of Peppermint Lavender Foot Salts Scrub around the soles and heels of feet.  The Salt Scrub has strong moisturising properties as well as leaving feet smelling fresh.

4. Remove your feet from the water and dry them thoroughly, especially in-between toes to prevent athletes foot.  Cut and clean your toe nails and remove nail polish, if you’re wearing any.

5. Drip one drop of Peppermint Lavender or Eucalyptus Foot Lotion on to your big toe and distribute oil over other 4 toes, repeat for other foot.  Massage Foot Lotion into cuticles and in between toes thoroughly. 

6. Finish off with an application of Luscious Body Butter to the he heels of your feet to richly moisturise and hydrate.  Put on some slippers, thongs or socks and let your feet bask in the lovely smelling moisturising lotions.

Note: all of the above products are in the Pedicure Pamper Pack on the JOLI website.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Germs, what you NEED to know

Are you germ phobic?  Bacillophobia- Fear of microbes.  Bacteriophobia- Fear of bacteria.  Verminophobia- Fear of germs.

We live in a world where germs are viewed as they silent invisible enemy.  Some tiny parasite that breads and spreads faster than we can wipe it out.
These germs are every where, from our kitchen benches to our toilet bowls lying in wait until some unsuspecting hand comes in contact with them, then they race onto the hands and spread out like miniature warriors ready to take over the body and wipe us out completely.

Anti-bacterial power:
We now have anti-bacterial agents on our side in the form of triclosan and tricocarban.  These anti-bacterials are in many household products; soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, mouthwash, laundry powder, disinfectants, glass cleaner, moisturisers and other cleaning products.  While they seem like superhero's they are NOT good guys...

Anti-bacterial hazard:
Aside from being seriously heavy duty chemicals, studies of these anti-bacterial agents have shown that they are creating bacteria resistant to antibiotics (super-bugs) – which means if you get sick antibiotics won’t be able to help you.  They also kill off 99% of germs, many of which we NEED in order to keep well and healthy and protect us from the onslaught of those tiny germs invading our bodies.  They have adverse effects on allergies and asthma and can interfere with thyroid hormones.

Good Germs:
The good news is we each produce our own germ-fighting good germs.  The idea that these bad germs get onto our hands and invade our bodies is slightly exaggerated.  What in fact happens is the germs on our hands, created by our own bodies as a defense mechanism, kill off the bad germs before they spread out and attack and they are VERY good at protecting us.
When we use anti-bacterial washes they kill off all the germs including the ones our bodies need to protect us, thus leaving us defenseless against the onslaught of germs and illness.

Good Old Days:
Think back to your childhood, when you played in the dirt and made mud pies; when your baby brother was picking his nose and eating it, when your mothers and grandmothers used plain laundry soap to wash and clean their hands.
There was no fantastic amazing anti-bacterial triclosan back then and yet no-one was dying from secret germ invasions.  In fact, we were healthy stronger and tougher back then because we relied on our bodies own defense mechanism and every battle we won naturally made us stronger, instead of opting for chemical warfare which has only resulted in weakening our defenses and creating super-bugs.
Bring the good old days back into your and your families life.  Wash with a normal (preferably natural) soap and let your body do what it does best – i.e. protect you with it’s natural defenses.