Ok, so let's state the obvious - sorry for breaking the news - but if there is cruelty free brands and products categorization, it is because there are some brands and products out there that are all about the cruel world of animal testing.
Often this discussion is around makeup and skincare products categories, but the reality is that animal testing can be everywhere. On toothpaste, shampoos, shower gels, cleaning products, basically every product that may, somehow, touch your skin.
If you are trying to go cruelty free in your day to day life, you do need to be more careful with the products and brands you purchase, but we have three great reasons why cruelty free products are better, not only for you, but for everyone:
The decision is easy peasy - Cruelty free products are safe, good for us and good for the animals. The best part is that more and more brands are adhering to this philosophy, we have great products in the market for all sorts of price range.
By supporting cruelty free brands and being more conscious about your purchases, you also send a strong message to brands: animal testing is not acceptable, nor welcomed in our society - Convinced?
We pretty much can easily tell what is healthy and what is not in regards to food and drinks: water and fizzy drinks, broccoli and frozen pizza, homemade roast potatoes and a pack of crisps. Some of us go as far as reading labels, maybe picking some ingredients over the others.
But we don't seem to be so particular about the skincare products we purchase, checking the ingredients list is unspeakable. What are we really buying - miraculous package claims or what is inside the bottles? We do care about what goes into our bodies, so why don't we care as much about what goes onto our bodies?
The skincare products you use have more implications in your well-being, than just "looking good". We are going to dive into the organic skincare world, and try to understand the effects the skincare we use - organic or not - have on our overall health. We complied four great reasons why we should be all using organic skincare:
Organic products, on the other hand, are often nutritionally rich in antioxidants (Vitamin C and Vitamin E), skin repair agents (Vitamin A) and much more.
Next time you going shopping for skincare and cosmetics, remember our tips and start checking the labels. Try using an organic product and feel the difference on your skin and let us know how did that go.
Ah! It goes without saying, the smell is great!
You know that massage is good for you, whether you’ve had one in the past and enjoyed those positive effects or you’re just curious about whether a massage therapist’s professional training and experience could help sort out your aches and pains.
So what’s stopping you?
We have 10 reasons here that will inspire you to visit your massage therapist today…
1. Massage helps to treat some health conditions- If you suffer with constant back, leg and neck pain; muscle tension and spasm, a good massage will send you on the route to feeling relief
2. Massage can help improve circulation which helps deliver oxygen and nutrients around the body more efficiently
3. Massage can increase lymphatic flow- this helps fight infection and makes up a very important part of your immune system
4. Massage can speed up post injury healing- If you’ve overdone it in the garden or on the pitch, massage can break up scar tissue, free up your movement and enhance your recovery
5. Massage can help to increase your range of movement- some techniques help lubricate between the connective tissue which helps improve flexibility and balance
6. Massage can help improve your posture- it helps to train your muscles, and highlight and correct any imbalances caused by sitting for long periods- common in people who sit at a desk all day
7. Massage can boost your immune system- massage produces lymphocytes (white blood cells which fight infection) and research suggests that a massage can reduce the severity and duration of infection and minor illnesses
8. Massage can make you feel happier- massage stimulates alpha brain waves which are associated with relaxations and promotes secretion of endorphins- our feel good chemicals
9. Massage can help you to destress- by reducing cortisol levels (our primary stress hormone),and increasing serotonin and dopamine (relaxing and happy hormones)
10. Massage can give you a better night’s sleep– by balancing out your sleep pattern, massage may help you overcome insomnia and the fatigue that goes with not getting enough sleep.
Have we convinced you to book that appointment?
Call Denise at 087 1315947
I began my ITEC training in aromatherapy, massage therapy, sports therapy and reflexology in 1997 under the tutorship of Frances Daly, Cathy Hogan, and Olive Gentleman.
With the opening of the Ormonde Hotel, I moved to Kilkenny in 2000. This was a fantastic opportunity to set up my own clinic, and I quickly established a loyal following- my plan was to work with the Kilkenny Hurling Team - which never happened, as fate intervened!
In 2003, a young friend was diagnosed with leukaemia. His oncologist was Malaysian, and encouraged me to work on him to offer comfort and relaxation - remember this was a time that we were still being taught that massage could spread cancer. Sadly, my friend passed away after 13 weeks of treatment. This experience had a profound effect on me, both personally and professionally.
Over the years I took every class to support clients through the medium of comfort orientated touch. In 2007, I became an outreach therapist for The Solas Centre in Waterford, supporting people on all stages of their cancer journeys. This experience led to setting up Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre, Kilkenny, of which I'm a founding member.
In 2013, I began developing a range of natural, aromatherapy based skincare products to help soothe and support clients during cancer treatment. This range has evolved to include hydrosols, cold processed soap, body and facial balms and hand creams.
From my twenty years of clinical experience, I now have a special interest supporting people with pain and mobility problems, issues during pregnancy, and those with special needs. I love to learn, and constantly update my knowledge through CPD (continuous professional development) classes, and reading.
In my "spare time" (whoever invented that phrase?), I sing with The Cairdeas Parkinsons Choir, and volunteer with the local Scout Troop and Dicksboro GAA Club