Product Review: LTI Homeopathic Aromatherapy Range Neck Formula

Product Review: LTI Homeopathic Aromatherapy Range Neck Formula

NECK FORMULA MASSAGE OIL

AT A GLANCE

The product: Neck Formula massage oil

Ideal for: Relieving tension and easing muscular spasms in the neck

Features and Benefits:

This neck massage product contains:

Homeopathic Ingredients

Gnaphalium Polycephalum: Eases stiffness, pain and immobility of the muscles.

Lathyrus Sylvestrus: Eases stiffness and immobility of neck muscles.

Gaultheria Procumbens: Relieves severe pain and muscular stiffness in the neck and  shoulders.

Essential Oils

Marjoram: Relieves muscular tension with pain and stiffness.

Lavender: Stimulates poor circulation and lymphatic drainage. Eases headaches due to muscular spasms in the neck.

Carrier Oils

Grapeseed: Helps to hydrate and regenerate the skin, aids in relieving water retention.

This product is particularly effective for those who suffer from headaches due to muscular spasms, or tension in their necks and shoulders.

 

How it works:

The Homeopathic Aromatherapy Range combines homeopathic remedies and essential oils. The resulting pure energy healing complexes, used through massage or reflexology, enable almost immediate penetration through the skin and mucous membranes to activate the cell receptors. In addition to the therapeutic and preventative uses, homeopathic aromatherapy complexes give excellent cosmetic results by improving elasticity and hydration of the skin. The complexes are 100% natural.

A complex is a synergy between homeopathic ingredients and essential oils. This combination uses homeopathic ingredient energy and the power of essential oils to penetrate the skin creating a unique and powerful result.

 

  • Addresses cellular detoxification.
  • Promotes excretion of heavy metals accumulated from environmental pollution.
  • Improves blood circulation & lymphatic drainage.
  • Increases oxygen supply to the tissues.
  • Stimulates the immune system.
  • Enhances skin texture, tone and elasticity.
  • Natural products with no added colourants or preservatives.
  • Not tested on animals.
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  • Overall Rating
4.5

Summary

This product is particularly effective for those who suffer from headaches due to muscular spasms, or tension in their necks and shoulders.

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User Review
5 (3 votes)

Jenny Robinson, 54

Internal Sales Manager

Skin Type: Mature

Concerns: Stress  

I am constantly on the go, and my job is very stressful. I tend to hold all my stress in my upper shoulders. This massage oil has a very pleasant scent, due to the essential oils. I felt the stress melt from my shoulders as the oil was massaged on my neck and shoulders.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Paige Elliot, 40

Marketing and media

Skin Type: Combination

Concerns: Neck stiffness and stress

My occupation means that I spend much of my time hunched over my laptop. This has resulted in one of today’s new afflictions – tech neck. Basically, it’s due to bad posture and the straining of my neck, which has resulted in strain and pain. I have been using this neck formula every evening for the last two weeks and have felt a vast improvement. Best of all, I am able to focus and concentrate better when working, as the pain has vastly been alleviated.

Overall Rating: 4/5 

Sandra Piper, 36

Lawyer

Skin Type: Combination to dry

Concerns: Tension headaches

My occupation and home life are very stressful at the moment, and I have been suffering from severe tension headaches.  The soothing scents of lavender and marjoram have helped ease the tension, and I found that the severity and pain of my headaches has lessened dramatically since using the product on a regular basis.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Abongile Dlamini

Spa Therapist

Skin Type: Combination to oily

Concerns: Tension

As a massage therapist, I love rubbing this product between my hands and have my client breath in deeply three times before I start the treatment. I can see them visible start to relax as they breathing in pleasing scent. It is great to work out those horrible knots that tend to collect on the upper back and neck area. Plus, after a day of absorbing my clients tension and stress, I find that using this massage oil on myself helps ease my own tired and tense muscles.

Overall Rating 4/5

The Power of Multi-Masking

The Power of Multi-Masking

Facial masks are an undervalued beauty secret you should have in your anti-aging toolkit

Face masks are completely under-rated and undervalued, but are easy to apply and are a great way at delivering results fast and effectively.

These are one of the best ways to target your specific skin concern. The right mask can help hydrate tired, dull skin; remove excess oils; improve the appearance of pores; reduce redness and help pull impurities from your skin.

Facial masks can be applied weekly, depending on your skin needs and concerns, and can be an at-home or in-spa treatment.

According to Janel Luu, from Bielle Cosmetics in a recent report published by www.skinInc.com, masks make up the largest growth sector in the retail skincare market. In fact, market research shows that sheet mask sales will expand from $160,4 million in 2015 to a projected $336.7 million in just seven years. “One reason for this growth is because masks are impulse items, compared to serums, creams and other products in a complete beauty regime,” she explains. “Clients take a chance on trying a mask because it’s an easy way to clarify congested skin, plump fine lines and get a healthy-looking glow. A first-rate mask provides almost instant gratification.”

The best part is that your face is left feeling refreshed, toned and tightened, after a single use.

Six Reasons to Apply a Face Mask:

  1. Relaxation: They don’t only target your skin concerns, but can be therapeutic. And when infused with essential oils or natural elements, they can uplift your senses.
  2. Unclog pores: Mask products that contain clay help remove excess dirt and help absorb excess oils. Plus, the mask removes dead skin and debris that collects on your skin, unclogging those pesky pores.
  3. Deep Cleansing: A good mask helps draw out the impurities that hide just under the top surface of your skin, “detoxing” your skin.
  4. Anti-aging effect: A mask that is rich in antioxidants and skin renewal properties, such as those that contain Spirulina or algae extracts, helps in the anti-aging process. According to Jane Grainger of Seasentric.co.za, face and body mask specialists, these elements ensure that cell renewal is stimulated and wrinkles are reduced as your skin becomes more elastic. “The skin is gently remoisturised by kelp alginates”.
  5. Glowing Skin: Masks that contain elements such as ginseng, green coffee, mint and even cocoa can leave a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion. “Rich in essential vitamins (B, C & E), minerals and amino acids (arginine), Ginseng is known for its stimulating properties,” says Grainger. She adds that caffeine helps refine facial contours while cocoa has moisturizing properties that are essential for preventing wrinkle formation. “Mind provides refreshing, soothing, astringent, purifying and tonic properties.”
  6. Beneficial: A regular facial mask provides the perfect canvas for ensuring the rest of your beauty products work more efficiently. If you want your day and night moisturisers and serums to be optimally absorbed by your skin, a weekly mask will be of benefit. Plus, it benefits your toning and protecting products as well.

Different type of masks:

Sheet Masks: According to Luu, a sheet mask is a fast and convenient beauty treatment. This can be used as a 15-minute treatment to an overnight treatment, and generally consists of a gel sheet mask that limits oxygen to the skin, thereby improving microcirculation, resulting in a brighter, healthier skin. “The mask also saturates the skin with nutrients, creating a plumping effect that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Clay Masks: These absorb excess oil and help to soothe irritated skin. They can be used up to two times a week, to help refine pores, exfoliate and cleanse oil, acne-prone skin. Green clay helps absorb impurities and excess oil. Bentonite clay is highly absorbent and clears pores. Red and white clays draw out impurities, refine congested pores and help rebalance problem skin.

Splash Masks: These consist of a watery blend of ingredients that work as an exfoliator and moisturiser in one. Luu says that the Ingredients to look for are exfoliating lactic acid, moisturizing glycerin or hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-packed botanical extracts, such as rice water, white tea or green tea.

Sleep Masks: These are perfect for mature, dry or phot-damaged skin. They are generally cream or gel masks, which give the skin that extra boost. Your skin regenerates and renews at night while you are sleeping. At night, your skin’s metabolism increases, and cell renewal accelerates. (The best time for this is between the hours of 10pm and 2am). Ingredients to look for include hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides, as well as shea butter, algae extracts, macadamia seed oil and sacha inchi seed oil.

Peel off Masks: Alginate masks are natural beauty treatments that provide fast and impressive results, erasing fine wrinkles, tightening and firming the skin, increasing its elasticity, leaving it fresh, supple and radiant. “They are also known as modelling, rubber or plastifying masks,” explains Grainger. “This means that soon after applying, the mask sets, following facial contours. The mask remains plastic, so it doesn’t cause any discomfort and peels off easily in a single layer.” No gauze is needed as the mask can be applied directly over the eyes and lips. Available in many variants to suit all skin types and conditions.

 

Why do your lips crack when you have a cold?

Why do your lips crack when you have a cold?

Cracked Lips & The Common Cold

As the common cold strikes, you feel your absolute worst, and there is no way to hide it with those red watery eyes, irritated nose and chapped, sore lips. Chapped and cracked lips tend to occur due to mouth breathing. When your nose is congested, you tend to breath more from your mouth. This naturally dehydrates your lips, leaving them scaly and sore.

What you can do for smoother, healthier lips:

  1. Condition your lips with a balm or butter that contains vitamins A & E, as well as an SPF for extra protection when outdoors.
  2. Unfortunately, severely cracked lips can let bacteria and viruses seep inside, which may result in an infection. This is usually preceded by tingling or itching. Ask your pharmacist for a good over-the-counter medicated lip ointment.
  3. Keep hydrated, and try not to lick your lips. As your saliva is acidic, your lips may dry out even more. And, of course, try to keep your stress levels down to a minimum.

 Home remedies

Here are some things you can try at home:

  1. Mix two teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of honey into a paste. Apply to your lips and leave it for a few minutes, before gently rubbing your lips to loosen any rough or dead skin. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  2. Honey has great antibacterial and moisturizing properties. You can make a paste of honey and glycerin and leave on your lips overnight.
  3. Coconut Oil is a fantastic natural moisturiser, as is olive oil. Simply rub a little bit on your lips to keep them soft and smooth when chapped and unhealthy.
  4. Good old fashioned castor oil (like your grandmother used to use) also works well. Simply mix one teaspoon of castor oil, with a teaspoon of glycerin, and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix together and apply to your lips overnight. Wipe off the next morning with a piece of damp cotton wool. Repeat for as long as needed.

Skincare In Your 30s

Skincare In Your 30s

Crossroads Between Prevention and Treatment

Dermatologist Dr Lauren Eckhert Ploch shares her top anti-aging tips for those of you in your 30s

Your thirties are great – you are leaving behind the ignorance of your teens (when you thought you knew it all), and have not yet moved into that space. And if you haven’t spent time on your skin, there is still time to rectify this. Board-certified dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr Lauren Eckerkt Ploch, shares that you are now at the crossroads between prevention and treatment. She shares her top tips for the general concerns faced at this time.

Dark spots 

“If you have dark spots at this point in your life, you’re at risk for getting more as you grow older,” says Dr Ploch.

As UV exposure causes dark spots, Dr Ploch reminds her patients in their 30s about the importance of sun protection. When applying your SPF 30 sunscreen each morning, she says, it’s vital for women in this age group to make sure you cover their neck and chest in addition to your face, especially if they commute. “Because UVA rays can travel through window glass, you need to make sure you’re protected if you’re spending a lot of time in the car or transport,” she says.

Women who received unprotected UV exposure when they were younger may start to see dark spots on their temples and cheeks when they reach their 30s, says Dr Ploch, and these spots may be mistaken for melasma, a condition that causes brown patches to appear on the face. While lightening agents like hydroquinone are a good option for melasma, she says, they usually aren’t effective in treating dark spots.

Instead, Dr Ploch recommends that patients with dark spots follow a multipronged treatment plan. In addition to sun protectiontopical vitamin C and retinoids may be used for both treatment and prevention. Laser surgery and cryosurgery are also options for reducing the appearance of dark spots, she says, but these procedures should only be performed by a dermatologist or another experienced medical professional.

Wrinkles 

Dr Ploch estimates that about half of her patients in their 30s are dealing with both wrinkles and acne. As a resultmany patients in this age group may not be able tolerate wrinkle treatments designed for more mature skin because these heavier formulas can aggravate acne or cause milia, small cysts that occur when dead skin cells become trapped at the surface of the skin.

Dr Ploch recommends women in their 30s use a retinoid to address both wrinkles and acne. “Retinoids are my go-to wrinkle treatment for women in this age group,” she says. “In addition to improving your skin’s current appearance, they also help build collagen, which can lead to more voluminous skin in your 40s and 50s.”

Dr Ploch suggests that women in their 30s use a light antioxidant serum to protect their skin from the elements and improve signs of early skin aging, and she says those who are concerned about wrinkles also may want to consider botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid fillers. “A low dose of botulinum toxin can minimise muscle movements that lead to future wrinklesand hyaluronic acid fillers can restore volume loss, reducing the appearance of lines around the mouth.”

Spider veins 

While spider veins are one of the most common problems for women in their 30s, Dr Ploch explains that they’re also one of the least-addressed problems in this age group. “Many women believe that treatment would be too invasive or expensive so they leave the condition unaddressed, allowing it to get worse as they get older.”

Dr Ploch believes that laser surgery and sclerotherapy are two accessible and noninvasive treatment options that women in their 30s may want to consider if they have spider veins. She also suggests that women in this age group take preventive measures against the emergence and progression of this condition.

Pregnancy and frequent standing are two risk factors for spider veins and the condition takes several years to develop, which is why it often appears in women when they reach their 30s. “To help relieve the pressure that causes spider veins, she recommends that women wear compression socks, elevate their legs when possible and exercise, especially if they work in a field that requires prolonged standing, like healthcare or education.”

 

Celebrate Global Wellness Day 10th June

Celebrate Global Wellness Day 10th June

Sign up for Global Wellness Day today, and change a life

Have you ever thought about it… there are more than 7 billion people on the earth. But there is only one dream shared across dozens of cultures: living well. All of us would like to be healthier, to look better, and to live in physically and mentally good conditions.

So if this is the situation, why don’t we have a world-wide day dedicated to “Global Wellness Day”?
It was with these thoughts that “Global Wellness Day” was born, and introduced six years ago.

So sign your spa or salon for “Global Wellness Day”, and be a part of the movement started for a better life, and shared by 83 countries, including South Africa.

Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social platform created and dedicated to living well. It is a step that can ignite the flame of happiness burning throughout the world. It is a special opportunity to bring together the wellness world.

Get Involved

No matter the size of your event or awareness created, it is more important that you do something to value this important day for the spa industry.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

3 Simple Steps

Create an awareness in your spa / salon on the 10 June 2017 of Global Wellness Day.
A few examples:
All staff can wear the GWD button or T-Shirt
Decorate your spa with the balloons and create a focus point where clients can take a photo holding the paddle committing to wellness (perhaps a space where your logo is behind)
Staff can go for a walk together before work on the day or eat a healthy lunch together
Put on a wellness day special for clients
Arrange a wellness day event at your spa

2. Place Promotional Material Order before 10 May: All marketing material: GWD buttons, balloons, T-Shirts, Posters, Paddles etc are available from the Spa Association, so making the event simple and easy.

Post photos of your event on the respective social media platforms using the #Global WellnessDay, so showing South Africa as a valued contributor to this Global Initiative.

The main aims of the day are:

•To recognize the value of our lives
•To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year
•To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits
•To make peace with ourselves
•To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year

So sign your spa or salon for “Global Wellness Day”, and be a part of the movement started for a better life, and shared by 83 countries and including South Africa.

For more information contact the SA Spa Association on info@saspaassociation.co.za
Website: www.saspaassociation.co.za