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Lie back and multi-masque!
The Power of Charcoal
Clean Body, Clean Mind, Clean Skin!
Beauty Bug in the press!
Is your moisturiser damaging your bones?

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Lie back and multi-masque!

There's nothing I love more at the weekend than a lovely soak in the bath and kindle time!  I also love to give my skin a good weekly facial and apply a masque to work on my skin while I relax!

Depending on how my skin is looking and feeling I like to use a couple of different masques on my skin to make sure I am treating any skin problems.  



My main skincare concerns are ageing (fine lines around my eyes and laughter lines), congestion (blackeads) on my nose and chin and dryness/dehydration on my cheeks.

The Power of Charcoal

Charcoalis the big beauty buzzword for 2017! It's no secret that activated charcoal is considered a powerhouse when it comes to adding a boost to your skincare regimen.  So what is it and how does it benefit your skin?  


Activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated to increase its absorbency. It can draw dirt and grime from deep within pores, clearing unwanted bacteria, chemicals, dirt and excess oils.  The toxins stick to the activated charcoal like a magnet.  

It has been proven to absorb thousands of times its own mass in harmful substances, which is why it's become such a popular ingredient in face masks, deep cleansers and detoxifying products.

Clean Body, Clean Mind, Clean Skin!

Clean body, clean mind, clean skin!

I've been "Clean eating" on and off (mostly on) for over a year now and when I am in the "zone" I feel great!  Clean eating and exercise (motivated by my lovely friend and fitness guru Teresa Wall) has been the only way that I have managed to lose weight, tone up and keep the weight off.  Taking control of my diet and fitness has resulted in me feeling generally less stressed out and a much happier person!

Then the Summer holidays happened.

Beauty Bug in the press!

How excited was I to be told by one of my clients that she had just been reading my beauty tips in a magazine!!

A few months ago I was approached by the Deputy Editor of Tesco Magazine asking me to provide expert quotes on a DIY Facial- a treatment that someone could do at home on a Sunday night!

This month, the article came out (sadly my local Tesco doesn't have it in yet) but my client kindly gave me her copy!

So I thought that this month, I would bask in the glory of my article and base my blog on it and add in a few of my favourite products!

Is your moisturiser damaging your bones?

As a skin therapist I promote skin health and advise all of my clients to use a moisturiser with an SPF to protect the skin against UV which can lead to premature aging, pigmentation, skin damage and Cancer.

Skin cancer risk factors (Cancer Research website)
  • 86% (90% in males and 82% in females) of malignant melanoma skin cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.
  • A person’s risk of developing skin cancer depends  on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk  factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).

Spring Clean your Make-up Bag!

What's in your make-up bag?  I have too much make-up for a bag (I'm not boasting I just love make-up!).  I have a drawer stuffed with make-up, skin products and samples!! It's a mess....or should I say it was a mess!  With Spring in the air, I love nothing more than a good clear out!

The transition from Winter to Spring is a good time to get rid of old, stale make-up and introduce more Spring tones to your make-up collection. It's also a great time to "Get the Glow" back into your skin by freshening up your skincare routine.

Show your skin some LOVE!

It's FABULOUS FEBRUARY!! 
Time to show your skin some LOVE!


As a therapist (Dermalogica Skin Expert....thank you very much!) one of the first things I ask my facial clients when they walk into my Beauty Room is; how is your skin?  followed by do you have any concerns about your skin? Do you have a skincare routine?  What products do you use? Do you exfoliate regularly?  If there is a particular issue, what could be causing their current skin care condition?  (I sound like some kind of skincare Columbo!

Enjoy your "Me Time" with Beauty Bug

When I started Beauty Bug nearly seven years ago my goal was to offer clients something different. An top quality beauty treatment using the best products on the market at an affordable price.  A friendly relaxed atmosphere for clients to enjoy their "me" time.  As a mum of two gorgeous boys I know that enjoying some time out for yourself is very rare! Trying to get to a salon to get some waxing done let alone any nice treatments can be impossible!!  I always found that going to salons could be a very impersonal experience mainly because fast staff turnover meant that you rarely saw the same therapist twice and quite often they lacked experience and conversation beyond where I was going on my holiday!

Review of Beauty Bug by Swazi Rodgers

I met Yasmin of Beauty Bug when I was pregnant with my first son and I booked a maternity package of treatments. She came to my home and brought a massage table and all the products for a wonderful afternoon of pampering. I was heavily pregnant at the time and it made all the difference to how I was feeling about being so big and not being able to see my own toes. Even now we joke with my son that she met him when he was still inside Mummy's tummy. 
 
In the years since I've become a regular and have had pretty much all the treatments on offer at Beauty Bug.

Fighting the signs of Ageing

One of the biggest skin concerns for my clients (and myself) is skin ageing.  Growing older is something we can't change, but we can certainly try everything we can to look younger!  There are more than 500 million ageing consumers in the world today (BCC Research: Anti-ageing products and services: The Global Market 30 April 2015), which is contributing to the rising demand for products and ingredients that help treat the many signs of skin ageing.  

We all know the signs of ageing when we stare back at our reflections in the mirror!