Plastic Surgery: Yay or Nay?


We live in an image conscious age, where everyone wants to look “perfect”. The celebrity and pop culture makes matters worse, as celebrities never want to be caught dead looking less than perfect. The media also doesn’t help matters, as it promotes the celebrity culture at every turn. It’s rammed down our throats just how beautiful and perfect celebrities are. Consequently everyone wants to emulate their favourite celebrities who they hold in high regard.

This has given rise to the quest to seek out more and more daring procedures including plastic surgery, especially those favoured by celebrities. Celebrities in turn have become more and more open about their use of plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures to enhance their looks; or in some cases, even re-shape their features beyond recognition. Celebrities such as Sharon Osbourne see no shame in holding their hands up and talking openly about what they’ve had done.

When I was younger, I used to be dead set against plastic surgery. My dislike of it was compounded by horror stories all over our TVs and newspapers. These horror stories as we all know, range from people being butchered and scarred for life at best, and at worst; losing their lives as a result. A lot of these people sadly have to live with the scars and botched up jobs, as they can’t afford to have them reversed or at the very least, corrected.

However, as I’ve got older; I’ve seen my strong position shift to that of acceptance. I feel that if people have money and they need to change something about themselves that bothers them, then why not? I’m talking here about a situation where someone has something “minor” that affects their confidence, or their health. Like for instance if they have extremely large breasts, that have resulted in chronic back pain; they may opt to have a breast reduction. Or on the flip side, if they are completely flat chested and they feel it affects their confidence; I believe it’s ok to enhance their chest area. I don’t agree with it being used to completely re-shape someone’s features beyond recognition, where it’s clear they are being driven solely by vanity. For me it also raises concern where it’s become an obsession. However, I wouldn’t judge anyone for doing whatever they want to themselves. After all, it’s a free world, and if they’re happy with their new look, why not?

What is your take on this subject? If you could afford it, would you consider having plastic surgery?

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Spotlight on Essential Oils 2


Essential oils are becoming more popular by the year and I for one have taken a huge interest in them. Like I stated in my first article on essential oils, although they are safe for home use, you always have to exercise caution and ensure you use them accordingly.

A Few Pointers On How To Use Essential Oils

Although the most well known method is oil diffusers, this method may not be the best, as you risk burning the oils and losing the benefits. You are best opting for plug-in devices that diffuse the oils into the air. Likewise, you can put some drops long with some water in a spray bottle, which you can then spray around the room. Be sure to shake the mixture well before spraying.

Another option is to apply a few drops into a tissue or cotton wool pad and inhale the oils. Essential oils work very well in a bathtub too, because some of the vapours will release into the air, while some will be absorbed into the skin.

You can also put a few drops in a bowl of boiling water and set it in a corner. This will release the vapours into the air, which will then disperse into the entire space.

Another popular method is massage. Pour a few drops of your chosen oil and warm it up by rubbing it between your hands to warm it up and get started. Suggested massage oils include Jojoba, Coconut, Sweet Almond and Avocado oil; all available from good nature stores and some supermarkets.

If you’re using any essential oil for the first time, always do a patch test prior to using it.

Spotlight on Five Essential Oils

Sweet Marjoram

This essential oil is known to lower blood pressure. Seek guidance from a qualified aromatherapist on how to use it. Also remember, this does not take the place of your medication, always check with your doctor.


This is often used to calm anxiety and relieve insomnia. As with most citrus-based essential oils, Bergamot can spoil easily and is best kept in the fridge. It works well in a diffuser.

Ylang Ylang

If you have low blood pressure, this oil may not be for you because it’s very good at lowering blood pressure. It works well as a massage oil and is also known to be a good aphrodisiac.


Put a few drops of this oil into a tissue and inhale it to calm nerves, as it’s very good for anxiety. For this reason, people given to panic attacks would benefit from using Frankincense. This oil also is good at smoothing away those pesky wrinkles. Dilute a drop to 5ml water and gently massage into the area you want to treat. 


Known for its antibacterial properties, Geranium is used in many acne creams. It is also good for balancing female hormones, and is therefore ideal for those who suffer from PMS. Put one drop to 5ml water and gently massage clockwise into the lower abdomen for relief.

*Not to be used during pregnancy.

With interest gathering pace in the world of aromatherapy and its health benefits, these are indeed very exciting times for essential oils. Have you ever used any essential oils, and if you have, which one worked well for you? Would you recommend it to friends and family?

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Spotlight On Essential Oils


I have always taken a keen interest in essential oils, and now more so than ever. I love the scent, and the idea of sorting out some of my ailments through use of non-medicinal aids. There appears to be growing interest in them too, as health and nature stores continue to sprout everywhere. People the world over are becoming more and more enlightened about aromatherapy. People are increasingly becoming more open minded and are now willing to try alternative remedies in a quest for optimum health. Perhaps this explains increased research into this area.

It is therefore not surprising that the medical world is also sitting up and taking notice and embracing it, with some hospitals even setting up aromatherapy units on their premises. Health stores are seeing alarming profit growth, as people have taken to using aromatherapy at home. However, It is always wise to ensure you know what you’re doing and administering the right dosage. So before you start using essential oils, always read the packaging and seek advise from the health store ‘practitioners’. They have the relevant training and experience, and are therefore best placed to guide you on the proper use of all herbal remedies.

Focus on 5 of the best essential oils:

Tea Tree Oil

One of the most well known essential oils, Tea tree oil can be used to combat all manner of skin ailments from insect bites, skin infections to the dreaded acne. It can be applied neat, although if you’re using it for the first time, you’re best doing a patch test before applying.


Most people will have heard of Lavender oil, but will probably only know it for being a good sleeping aid. If you struggle with sleeping, a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow and your sheets will soon have you nodding off! What many people aren’t aware of is that it also has natural antiseptic properties, which makes it very good at healing burns.


This essential oil could help treat alopecia. Apply one drop to 5ml water; apply to the affected area of the scalp and massage gently.


If you have dry, irritable skin, this could be the oil for you. All you have to do is add it to your favourite moisturizer and apply it to your skin. Patchouili has also been known to be good on dry, cracked heels.

Sweet Orange

Feeling down? Sweet Orange oil is well known for its ability to lift spirits. It can also be mixed in with your moisturizer and applied to skin. However, it can stain skin, and as it can lead to skin being photosensitive, you need to avoid sunlight when you have it on.

All these essential oils are safe for home use. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced Aromatherapist for guidance on dosage, which oils to avoid and which would be best for you based on your own personal needs.

Do you like using essential oils, and do you have a favourite?

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My Skincare Regime


Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve always been fascinated by skincare and skin products. I was also afflicted by acne from my early teens into adulthood. In fact, I was only able to address my catalogue of skin ailments in the past few years. It took a lot of trial and error, blood and sweat, tears and stress; but I got there in the end. I tried everything under the sun, in vain.

My prayers were answered when I stumbled across a product called Panoxyl (10% Benzoyl Peroxide). It comes in a face wash and gel, for just under £10! Shortly after I started using the two products, they reduced my breakouts by about 95%! To this day, I continue to use these products once in a while, especially when I have a couple of particularly stubborn spots to tackle.

Once I got rid of the acne, I had the mammoth task of tackling my unsightly, heavily hyper- pigmented skin tone. I was saved by the very expensive and aggressive, but very effective Obagi skincare range. I have to warn those who would want to brave it; It’s not for the faint hearted!! Obagi products totally transformed my skin beyond belief. I will do an informative review of it very soon, for those who are interested.

Now that I’ve won the acne and uneven skin tone battle, I religiously observe a skincare regime that helps me maintain healthy skin.

  • I ensure I wash, cleanse and tone twice a day
  • I use the Clarisonic Mia face brush which removes all the makeup and grime; to leave you with squeaky clean skin, and smaller, tighter pores!
  • I take Brewer’s yeast supplements on a daily basis
  • I wear sunscreen religiously, come rain or shine! * It has to be natural sunscreen, which contains zinc oxide
  • I also swear by Vitamin C Serum, every woman worth her “beauty” salt and who wants to grow old gracefully should start using Vitamin C serum as early as possible
  • I ensure I exfoliate 2-3 times a week. This procedure sloughs off dead skin cells to let fresher, more glowy skin through
  • Once a week I also administer a home made turmeric and apple cider vinegar mask, to keep uneven skin tone at bay

My skin is by no means perfect, but I’ve discovered over the years that skin needs continued tender, loving care. Look after it while you’re younger, and you’ll be rewarded handsomely as you get older. This is where the expression “ageing gracefully” truly comes to life, because it shows if your skin has been taken good care of.

What about you, what are your beauty secrets, care to share any?

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