Want to keep your skin summer ready all year round? This is the perfect post for you! Now that the sun is out and holiday season is in full swing, the clothes are getting less and the skin that has been hiding under those sleeves and in those tights is in full view!
Not ready to bare all? Don’t worry, grab a razor, de-yeti yourself and let’s get summer beautiful skin together! In preparation for the holiday I have just been on, I was tempted to try out some new products; I can’t help myself, I’m a try-a-holic. I have heard some great things about Soap & Glory and I thought, why not try them out!
The perfect products to use to ensure your skin is bright and beautiful is a good body polish / scrub / exfoliator. I chose Soap & Glory Scrub ‘Em and Leave ‘Em. In the first instance of preparing my skin I like to use a buffing brush or exfoliating mitts. Here I have chosen the buffing brush to use. Its a large body brush which you can use in the shower and it’s great for exfoliation! I rub the scrub all over my body and use circular motions to rub the scrub deep in to my skin to ensure its all exfoliated. This removes dead skin cells from the body, thus providing a fresher complexion and tighter skin tone. Those with dry skin (like me) benefit from increased moisture as the brush stimulates sweat and oil glands. It can also improve skin texture on extra dry areas like the elbows, knees and ankles. Great for those who fake tan to get those areas in a better condition to apply tan to!
With regard to skin tone, buffing brushes are known to reduce the appearance of cellulite; however, there is no definitive scientific evidence on these toning benefits. Internally, brushing stimulates blood flow to the digestive system and lymphatic system, which helps to remove toxins from the body, a great way to keep the skin healthy on the inside and make you look fabulous on the outside! Soap & Glory also do the CUTEST face buffing brush, perfect! It also has a massaging side to the brush which I use when cleansing my face! This Soap & Glory Brush is great for stimulating circulation! I get all pamper ready using the towelling headband so that my hair is out of my face and I can make sure I can cover every inch.
Here is the final product (excuse the pout, I do it a lot) slightly red but this will fade, it is common when exfoliating as you are removing dead skin to reveal new layers of fresh skin.
Finally after removing the dead skin you are finally ready to apply the moisturiser. I have different products I like to use on my face as I have said before. However as the whole body needs the moisture replenished too! I chose Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter Lotion the silkiest lotion ever. It smells so gorgeous and goes on like a dream. I feel so fresh and polished once this on and it feels so smooth when its absorbed into the skin. It’s imperative after the exfoliation process to replenish the moisture back into your skin; by moisturizing dry skin, you will not only help you’re your skin protect itself from infection, but you will also help it decelerate the aging process. Dryness is one of the biggest causes of wrinkles, so by properly moisturizing your skin, you can help increase its rate of reparation.
I hope that you can now go about your summer and feel fabulous in your new skin!
Local business launch “Brew for a Hero” campaign for NHS & key workers
Harpenden based Twist Teas have announced their “Brew for a Hero” campaign is back! Launched to support and boost morale for NHS staff and key workers, the Brew for a Hero” campaign gives people a chance to show their appreciation for all the heroes from all walks of life during the current pandemic. This could be anyone – local postal workers, refuse collectors and cleaners, emergency services and health care staff, teachers and chefs, community groups and volunteers.
You can participate in the “Brew for a Hero” by nominating a NHS or key workers hero you know. Nominate your hero and give them a chance to win one of Twist Teas Rainbow inspired tea caddies. If you know a key worker, that you would like to surprise with a personalised Rainbow Caddy of tea, simply email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a brief reason, as to why they deserve a little treat. Twist Teas will again be tasked with the difficult job of picking winners, to be announced on the 31st of January.
Twist Teas will also be making caddies available to purchase via their website with profits going to NHS Charities. More information about Twist Teas can be found in our interview with founders, mother and daughter duo Nicky Kavanaugh & Claire Ayers.
Watford businesses to decide on the future of Watford BID
Watford BID have launched a video highlighting the reasons why they believe they deserve a second 5-year term. Many residents in Watford are aware of Watford BID but not many understand exactly what they do and more importantly, how integral their work is to the success of Watford.
What is a BID and why are they so important?
Essentially, a BID (Business Improvement District) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a specific area in which a levy is charged on all business rate payers. This levy is used to develop projects and provide services which benefit businesses in the local area. This can include:
- Activities to increase visitors to the area
- Reducing overall business costs for levy members
- Marketing and promotion of the area such
- Lobbying councils/local government
- Working with local police to reduce anti-social behaviour
There is no limit on what projects or services that can be provided through a Business Improvement District. Some BIDS are more effective at certain tasks than others for a number of reasons but overall, the benefits BIDs offer to the various towns across Beds, Bucks & Herts is immeasurable.
Three reasons for Watford BID to get renewed
We have selected what we believe are the three main reasons why Watford BID should get renewed.
1. Watford BID offers a central point of contact
At a time when the Government don’t know if they are coming or going, having a central point for all information relating to Watford offers residents, visitors and business owners a much-needed level of clarity. Social distancing procedures and safety communication both need harmonisation to keep Watford Town safe.
Watford BID have been extremely informative on Social Media and in the district sharing key information such as this statement on the national lockdown from the Mayor of Watford.
Typically a Business Improvement District is within a local authority boundary but in April 2013 government introduced Cross Boundary Business Improvement Districts enabling Business Improvement Districts to operate across local authority boundaries.
2. Watford Restaurants & Bars will need support after the lockdowns end
Promoting Watford’s entertainment venues post-covid is going to need a lot of collaborative support post covid. Individual businesses taking to to social media to posts and update Facebook is not going to tempt the same numbers back to the district’s nightlife venues.
By having one organisation working alongside all the venues to promote Watford as an entertainment destination, visitors will hear one concise message that Watford is open for business.
3. Think of the benefits for residents and visitors
There have been calls for BIDs across The Three Counties to do more by some levy payers but in fairness, the amount of work involved in some of the projects is not to be underestimated such as launching The Watford Gift Card.
It is also important to understand that alongside promoting what’s on in Watford and things to do in Watford, the organisation is a key source for useful information for those living in and visiting Watford.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Regardless of lockdowns and coronavirus, people want food. Fans of Five Guys could be getting a late Christmas present with a new Five Guys in Stevenage. A recent job post on the Five Guys recruitment page for a General Manager in the Stevenage area has got locals excited about the possible arrival of the much loved American Chain.
Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?
Spotted by an eagled eyed member of ‘Stevenage Chit Chat‘, the advert for a General Manager drops a few clues at a possible opening of a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.1 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – The perfect scene
Nothing cements a clue in a mystery more than a location. The recruitment team have placed a X on the spot and that is 51°54’02.4″N 0°12’33.7″W. For all the normal people reading this, that is Unit 10 in Stevenage Leisure Park. This was home to Pizza Hut since late 2002 but this recent Google treasure map shows the unit is currently empty.
Clue No.2 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A job for an ‘accomplice’
Did we mention there is a second job advert for a ‘Assistant Manager? If one job advert was not enough proof, two should be enough to convince you that plans are afoot for a Five Guys in Stevenage.
Clue No.3 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A motive
What more motive do you need than hungry people in Stevenage in need of a good burger? A Five Guys in Stevenage is well overdue. It could even tempt Sir Lewis Hamilton back to Stevenage.