Supplier Spotlight on Eve of St Agnes, Natural Skincare

Eve of St Agnes

Hi, thanks for taking the time out to have a read of my blog…. today’s post is all about one supplier that I can wholeheartedly recommend.  In fact my featured supplier blogs are dedicated to people I know and trust and those that I’ve have had the privilege of working with on past projects whether it be weddings or commercial work.

So, I met Emma, owner of Eve of St Agnes back in July 2011 when I attended by invitation the Women in Business network at the Catherdral Quarter Hotel.    At that meeting, Emma had brought along sample size pots for us ladies to take away and try her products for ourselves.  I was amazed at the facial scrub so light yet very effective and no hidden nasties in the ingredients.  In fact that is what Eve of St Agnes products is about, using all natural ingredients that feed our skin with all the nutrients it needs, without the need for chemicals that so many cosmetic creams have in them today.

I asked Emma a few questions about her business and her plans for the future> Plus she also shared with me her article all about preparing the skin in readiness for brides, their bridesmaids, mothers etc for the big day :).  Can’t get any better than that and trust me ladies, these products are gorgeous!

How long have you been doing this?

I have been making skincare products for around four years, but set up Eve of St. Agnes in 2011.

What aspired you to start your business?

My quest to find products that didn’t irritate or dry out my sensitive skin.

What aspect of your business gives you the most satisfaction?

I really enjoy formulating new products and discovering about new, exotic ingredients that have amazing benefits for the skin. I also love it when I get great feedback from customers who are receiving compliments on how good their skin is looking!

What are your future plans for your business?

I would like to increase the number of retailers that are selling the products both nationally and internationally to introduce the products to as many people as possible.

Eve of St Agnes products can be purchased online at www.eveofstagnes.com or via Derbyshire department store Bennetts.

Now I introduce Emma’s wonderful advice on how to get beautiful skin for your wedding day.

Say ‘I do’ to beautiful skin.

Your skincare preparation should start as long before your wedding day as possible.

The skin renews itself approximately every 28 days so how your skin looks now is a reflection of what you were doing / eating around one month ago!

There are two ways to tackle the quest for great skin and it’s not as difficult as you may think. You have to look at it from not only the outside but also the inside. It’s not just what you put onto your skin that has an impact on how it looks, it’s also what you put inside your body.

What does great skin look like? It looks healthy, glowing, looks radiant, plump, blemish free and well moisturised. So how can you achieve this?

Firstly let’s look at the skincare routine. You do have a skincare routine right???! Well if you don’t, you’re not alone, many women don’t have a routine, but now is the perfect time to find a skincare routine that really works for you and that will keep your skin looking its best right up to your golden wedding anniversary! By routine I mean ensuring that you cleanse and moisturise every day, especially at night. If you go to bed with make-up on you are asking for trouble!

The important thing is that you don’t try any new products a month before your wedding. You want to avoid the risk of having a skin reaction at all costs! Research what products are right for your skin type and ask for samples from retailers before you commit to a purchase. This way you can get a feel for what products are going to do most of the hard work for you!

If you suffer from the occasional blemish, be sure to exfoliate regularly – at least twice a week. You can exfoliate daily with an appropriate exfoliator designed for everyday use. The purpose of exfoliation is to keep the pores clear of dead skin cells and excess oil, as it is clogged pores that lead to spots.  Avoid using harsh cleansers that are aimed at oily skin. You need to use a cleanser that will help to balance your oil levels. Overly harsh cleansers will take out all of your skins oils, which will just prompt your skin to produce even more oil!

At the other end of the scale are those of us who suffer from dry skin. Again, choose a balancing cleanser, or a wipe off cleanser will be the best bet. Choosing the wrong cleanser could mean that you are using a cleanser that is too harsh for your skin, which will leave it feeling tight and even sore. Exfoliate once or twice a week and make sure you moisturise twice a day, using a face oil or serum before moisturising if you have very dry skin.

So internally, there are 5 things that you can do to help avoid the dreaded wedding day spots and help your skin to look radiant and healthy.

1.)    drink water – we are always told to drink plenty of water, but there’s a reason why you see bottles of Evian permanently fixed in the hands of supermodels and actresses! If your body is dehydrated, then so is your skin. Make sure you get into the habit of drinking 8 glasses of water throughout the day.

2.)    take vitamins, make sure you take a good multivitamin daily, as long before the wedding as possible, to make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs to help you look and feel fantastic!

3.)    exercise, I am sure I don’t need to tell you the benefits of exercise to the appearance of the body, but it can greatly aid in the healthy appearance of the skin, by increasing blood flow and nourishing skin cells and helping to flush cellular debris out of the system.

4.)    cut down on sugar. As well as being your body’s worst enemy, too much sugar can also be an enemy to the skin. This is because sugar rapidly raises blood sugar levels, so in order to keep up with the spike in both blood sugar levels and the proteins that are being burned, our bodies excrete a surge of hormones all at one time, including blood fats and oils. This excess of hormones can not only cause our skin glands to go into overdrive, but they can also produce an overwhelming amount of oil, clogging our skin and blocking our pores = SPOTS!!!

5.)    take an oil supplement – If you suffer from dry skin, start taking an oil supplement such as 2000mg a day of Evening Primrose oil, which can help balance your body’s oils levels and also help combat PMT symptoms.

Most of all, remember to relax as much as you can in the weeks leading up to your big day, as stress can play havoc with your skin. Remember to give yourself some ‘you’ time to relax and you will be all set.

Good luck with the big day ladies!

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