Excitement is brewing at This Works HQ. We are soon to be launching our brand new product- sleep plus + pillow spray!
All will be revealed soon…..
During September, routines may have changed greatly- enjoying the leisure time to the full may have resulted in the development of some bad habits (applicable to children and adults alike!)
A change in a child’s routine can have a dramatic effect on their sleep pattern, leading to poor sleep and tiredness. Staying up later than usual, different varieties of food, meal times, unusual activities (both in and outdoors), can really affect sleep routines.
As September brings us back to the present with a bump, it is essential for children to get good, natural and restorative sleep, along with a good diet, helping them to achieve effective daytime performance. Sleep is a primary aid to growth and helps them to concentrate, making sense of and retain the learnings of the day, detoxifying the brain and body and refreshing both for the next day’s events.
However, there are many natural remedies to help: herbal remedies and lavender pillow preparations (recommend since the 16C) have been quoted as helping “those who cannot sleep” (on record at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and are becoming increasingly popular for all age groups.
So remember the importance of natural, restorative sleep when the first alarm clock signals the return to normal life.
More information on the different aspects of sleep problems can be found at www.thisworks.com.
Kathy Phillips, our Creative Director, shares the must-have products she will be taking to the front-row this catwalk season.
in transit no traces 60 pads
A favourite for make-up artists backstage, these refreshing pads are perfect for quick changes and instant fixes between looks.
in transit camera close-up 40ml
Boost skin after all the early starts, long days, late nights & parties with this mask, moisturiser and primer all in one.
skin deep golden elixir 120ml
For those who are lucky enough to sit in the front row, glamorous legs are a must-have. Show your pins off with a veil of 24 carat gold to give your legs a subtle shimmer.
deep sleep stress less 10ml
Full of anti-bacterial properties, deep sleep stress less is the key to staying healthy and alleviating any stress whilst travelling between cities and catwalk shows.
How bad is Britain in bed? Our partner’s at Feather & Black have taken a look and drawn upon their Annual Sleep Survey to create a go-to resource for sleep concerns, offering practical and easy-to-implement solutions to the nation’s most pressing sleeping problems, including our best-selling deep sleep pillow spray.
Read the full e-book here: http://www.featherandblack.com/ebook
A summer filled with sporadic bursts of sunshine can do wonders for bolstering your mood but it can play havoc with your tan lines. Here’s our guide to getting and keeping that elusive all-over glow.
Step 1: Prepare Your Skin
The first stage of getting your skin ready for any colour, be it fake or natural is to exfoliate and moisturise thoroughly. An energetic buff with daily boost body scrub, £7, sheds any dull, scaly skin leaving it prepped for hydration. To get legs looking more beautiful smooth over perfect legs skin miracle, £37, which imbues skin with moisture and disguises bruising and imperfections thanks to a cocktail of vitamin E, C and Arnica. It imparts a light hint of caramel bronze too so is ideal for a gentle transition into colour. If you’re already tanned a good scrub will keep your colour looking fresher for longer.
Step 2: Add Colour
If you’ve picked up a subtle tan from sitting in the sun now is the time to enhance it. Skin deep dry leg oil, £39.50, makes light work of hydrating limbs and adds an elongating sheen. If you’re after a serum with added oomph skin deep golden elixir, £45 is an antioxidant-rich serum embellished with 24 carat gold flecks to transform legs and leave them glossy and gleaming. If they’ve been hiding in trousers until now, ensure they match sun-blushed arms with a layer of perfect legs gradual tan, £38, a streak-free serum that promises a gentle build-up of honeyed colour.
And whether you’ve faked your colour or put in the tanning time, turn your attention to your face as colour fades faster here than anywhere else. Perfect look skin miracle, £28, is a Caramel and Mica tinted moisturiser that delivers an instant glow whilst plumping and soothing simultaneously. It’s a miracle for skin that’s been in the sun but needs a little TLC as well as that which is crying out for a healthy dose of colour. Not all tanning is without its mishaps but no wrinkles time dose mask, £36, provides a genius solution for any application that’s gone awry. Thanks to its naturally exfoliating fruit acids it removes unsightly streaks and returns skin back to a smoothed, even base. Simply leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.
Step 3: Maintain and Repair
Holding on to your colour requires upkeep. Whether it’s from a bottle or not colour locks on to moisturised skin better. No wrinkles wonder essence, £30, is a treatment-serum-moisturiser hybrid that deftly tackles enlarged pores and pigmentation as well as hydration and skin rejuvenation. Use twice a day and underneath no wrinkles active serum, £39, at night (a powerful treatment that brings stressed skin back to life) and skin will retain its natural bounce and radiant colour. Add a layer of protection wherever you are with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Shop the range on ThisWorks.com - http://www.thisworks.com/body.html
‘I probably travel more than most and because of this I have several cosmetics bags packed ready for overnight or week-long trips, business or holiday. Each one has things I swear by after years as a Beauty Editor testing everything out there.
I never make do with what might or might not be available at my destination. That’s why in transit was created in the first place. I wanted products I can trust to deliver while I’m on the move.
Products that can be in my handbag, in my carry-on and breeze through customs. Two mega moisturisers, one with an advanced sun protection factor (skin defence) and one that acts as a mask, primer and moisturiser in one (camera close-up). Wonderful all-natural face wipes that leave no traces of make-up and don’t sting the eyes (no traces.)
These days all products need to be multi-tasking, even muscle therapy and first aid, which between them do everything from soothing muscles and insect bites, calming sunburn, relieving headaches and minimising bruises.
In transit shower gel is a revitalising blend of pure essential oils to refresh tired, lacklustre skin whilst in transit balancing body lotion is nourishing and firming, containing essential oils to give cocooning warmth and long-lasting hydration. These naturally fragrant but powerful products are sure to become steadfast in your beauty routine.’
Shop the in transit range at: http://www.thisworks.com/in-transit-range.html
Victoria Beckham tweeted her love for in transit camera close-up, our must-have multi-tasking product- a mask, moisturiser and primer all-in-one.
This portable pick-me-up, rapidly erases signs of fatigue, boosts hydration and preps skin for photo perfect make up. Get yours here >>
How good sleep can help overcome exam nerves
Insomnia is often defined as the experience of inadequate, restorative sleep. If this lasts for less than a month it is descried as short term – often linked to such things as exams. Unpleasant and stressful though they may be, assessment of our educational progress continues to be measured by a sequence of testing that many may find affects other aspects of their lives. Sleep and study do not seem to go hand in hand, but a better understanding of how to cope may make the process less arduous – even improve exam performance at all ages.
Around 3 million students will be sitting exams this summer but recent reports from ChildLine suggest concerning statistics about how young people are trying to cope with the upcoming pressures that accompany exam season.
The alarming statistics reveals that almost half of pupils say they have skipped meals, two thirds of those surveyed said they have had trouble sleeping and 14% said they have drank alcohol as a way of dealing with exam anxiety.(1)
Crucial exams appear to take place when students are most vulnerable i.e. during teen years when so much is going on and growth both mentally and physically can cause stress in itself. Secondly College or University exams may occur when young people are away from home for the first time and trying to find their way in an adult world.
For younger students it is parents and carers who need to recognise stress related sleep risks. These include: temper outbursts, poor performance at school, incomplete homework and eating/sleep disruption.
Some ways of coping with this is to talk with the child first. Show calm and sympathy; don’t “police” school work – if there is a problem teacher contact can be helpful. Offer treats and time “off” and encourage exercise. Some teens’ body clock dictate that they are more alert at night so don’t be too worried if they study late. Above all offer a special reward of some sort when exam time is over.
College and university students need to take responsibility for their wellbeing and exam performance – excellent top tips are available from: http://www.unhs.co.uk/unhs/your-health/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health/exam-and-assessment-stress.aspx
These include sleep advice, preparation and revision guides and self congratulation for getting though your assessments.
However stressful exams are, students should be encouraged to seek support and understand the absolute need for self care for optimal performance.
Discover This Work’s deep sleep range, proven to help you get a better night’s sleep. Find out more >>
(3) The Good Night Guide, Yinka Thomas – Sleep Council
From office to Yoga class, from Beijing to Tokyo, from work to a dressed up function, from home, to the shops, to visiting a friend – I have been thinking of all the times I have been in transit since our range of that name launched a year ago.
Called ‘in transit’ not just because of travel, the idea was that we all need things that are easy to use and practical as we rush around. The pace of life has hotted up as much as the demand to look good at all times has, so the things we use and need have to follow suit. Cosmetics from skincare to make-up have to work not only in a suitcase or carry-on but also in a handbag, evening clutch, pocket or briefcase.
A year of using in transit myself has consolidated the notion that a few good multi-taskers can simplify maintenance especially when you’re on the run. For instance, the first thing that goes in my suitcase now is in transit no traces, which are easy to use and efficient when I’m travelling.
In general I’m no big fan of wipes because most of the big brand ones are full of sulphates and synthetic fragrance, which are both stripping and irritant to the skin. Cleansing is so important but there’s not always time for the whole routine– exfoliation, massage, hot flannels, toner and so on. With in transit no traces you get all-natural pads packed with floral waters which weigh nothing in your case – breeze through customs (because they’re less than 100ml) and negate the need for any other complicated cleansing paraphernalia.
I road- tested our in transit skin defence SPF30 both in the hot summer sun and in the snow and loved the fact that as well as keeping out both UVA and UVB rays it was light to put on and not at all chalky-my two vital (and hard to find) requirements of a sun protection formula.
In transit camera close up is genius for the transit of “work to dressed up function”. In an ideal world, I cleanse and put it on as an instant mask which doubles after two minutes as the perfect primer.
But there are days when there isn’t even time for that and I put a couple of dabs of it on over what’s left of my make up for the day- blend and massage in and then leave for two minutes. In that short time it gives you a real lift and becomes the perfect base for touching up your make-up for the evening.
Do I use all the In Transit products? Absolutely. In transit first aid and in transit muscle therapy have been favourites from the beginning and I’m very excited about our new addition – in transit spray-on moisture. This innovative formula has done wonders for my husband’s post surgery dry and flaky skin and I can see it being good after shaving, in the gym after a work out and in the dehydrating atmosphere of a long haul flight deck.
One of the people I most love to work with, Lloyd Simmonds, who is currently Yves Saint Laurent Beauté’s International Make-up artist always finishes a make-up, however dramatic with a spritz of water to give what he calls “a dewy look to the skin”
I think our in transit spray-on moisture will be ideal for this because of its locking-in moisture function in as well as its protective quality. It will be one of the first things in my handbag on the next journey for sure…
About one in five people have some difficulty with sleeping, however, there are many things people can do to help themselves. A better understanding of the importance of what we eat and drink can improve out sleep patterns.
There is an old saying advising us to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper- this would indicate that for some time, there has been an awareness that not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, but that lighter, smaller meals before bedtime helps prepare the body for sleep, rather than coping with a digestive ‘overload.’
This Works have teamed up with Tom Aikens, Owner of Tom’s Kitchen, to develop a food plan to help you achieve a good night’s sleep.
Berry Bircher Muesli
Poached Salmon with saffron quinoa, orange dressing and salad mache
Asparagus with poached hen’s egg and rapeseed oil
Follow your healthy dinner time meal by creating a good bedtime routine with the help of This Works’ deep sleep range - find out more here >>
Top tips for ensuring a good night’s sleep:
1. Make the most of the melatonin you have available by sleeping in as dark an environment as possible – even low amounts of light can affect melatonin production affecting sleep and other health problems.
2.Combine protein foods with low to medium Glycaemic Index (GI) foods to raise tryptophan levels.
3. Investigate natural herbal/plant products that can be bought in pharmacies
4. Changes in diet can help you sleep better – but you may need to be patient – try filling in a “food/sleep” diary to monitor your progress.
1. Use stimulants such as caffeine and cigarettes.
2. Use sedatives such as sleeping pills and alcohol to aid sleep (unless medication is recommended by your doctor for a short time of for a specific purpose). The can be addictive and the benefits, short term.
3. Never buy melatonin supplements over the internet – not only are they only available on prescription in the UK but you have no idea what you are buying – counterfeit medicines are widely sold in this way.
4. If you are prescribed medicines for sleep – don’t stop them suddenly – devise a strategy with your doctor to come off them gradually if this is considered best for you.
It is important to understand that it is only when essential oils are blended without compromise that they keep their therapeutic value.
Essential oils, and indeed the whole of ‘aromatherapy’ are often rolled together and explained by sceptics as non- scientific. However, these fragrant oils and their formulation are now indispensable to medicine and to both the food and cosmetic industries.They form the active ingredients in drugs and provide flavour in food and drink while the cosmetic industry appreciates them for their beautifying properties and the perfume industry for their aroma and capacity for mood enhancement.
However in all of these industries they can be heavily adulterated, manipulated and diluted often with synthetic ingredients to achieve a certain taste or smell that will have consistent appeal to the consumer.
The true essential oil’s fragrance, frequency and chemistry all contribute to its unique therapeutic effect.
The way the ingredients are grown, where they are grown, harvested, extracted, packaged and stored – all to retain the essential chemical constituents of the plant, as well as its bio-energy, is key to the product’s integrity.
For instance, the lavender we use for our heritage Deep Sleep Bath Oil has to come from the South of France and not just any part of the South of France; from High Altitude growers (and our aromatherapist) probably not a million miles from St Remy and Grasse. This was where the father of all contemporary aromatherapy- René-Maurice Gattefossé -worked for many years, in around 1910, with small lavender farmers helping them develop sound cultivation and distillation methods for their superior, therapeutic grade essential oil.
Does it make a difference? It makes a huge difference. Because there are more than 100 types of lavender for the product developer to choose from which is why, just like a consumer buying olive oil from a variety of brands and origins, the sourcing of basic ingredients can make all the difference to the smell, experience and efficacy of the product.
Many lavender products are actually made from Lavandin, which yields a similar essential oil but with higher levels of terpenes including camphor. This, in my opinion, adds a sharper, petrol overtone to the fragrance. Lavenders from countries like Australia and America also give off this same bitter smell – it’s all to do with the soil, the climate and the growing conditions. Synthetic lavenders obviously have no therapeutic properties at all.
The lavender we choose – Lavendula Angustifolia – is the same type that was used in a study (published by the Lancet in 1995) set up to see whether lavender oil could replace drug treatment for insomnia, The results of this clinical study -confirmed in all patients taking part -was that they slept just as well with the lavender oil as with the medication and were also reported to be less restless during sleep.
RRP: £80.00/ 100ml.
Knowing the therapeutic, calming and soporific effects of the Lavender, our blender also uses Roman Camomile, good for anxiety, stress, shock and depression and grounding and calming Vetivert essential oils, in the formulation that has since become our heritage and best-selling bath oil.
The fragrance is subtle, rich and delicate all at the same time and being natural; it may vary from batch to batch.
It is a powerful concentration of oils, which might seem immensely strong in the bottle but will smell quite different once a capful is added to the bath water.
Over the last ten years we have had many wonderful testimonials about how this bath oil has helped calm, relax and de-stress our customers. One devotee told us that her doctor couldn’t understand how her blood pressure had gone down when the only change she had made was to use Deep Sleep in her bath at bedtime.
To celebrate this decade we have decanted our heritage elixir into a bigger and more glamourous glass bottle to give it the distinction we feel it deserves.
Available to purchase at thisworks.com.
A point to note: deep sleep bath oil is not suitable for use during pregnancy.
Every year it happens – and we are reminded to adjust our clocks – usually in March – advancing an hour and in October going back an hour. For nearly 100 years this ritual has affected our sleep and the length of time we spend in bed – it can also make us late or early for Sunday morning appointments! The resetting of clocks across the UK isn’t just a whim – it started for very good reasons. Firstly it helped us to make the most of daylight hours and provided a safer environment for those doing essential war work during the First World War. In 1907 the concept was proposed by William Willett in a pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight, outlining plans to encourage people out of bed earlier in summer by changing the time on the nation’s clocks. He spent the rest of his life fighting to get acceptance of his time-shifting scheme. He died in 1915 with the Government still refusing to back BST. But the following year, Germany introduced the system. Britain followed in May 1916, and we have been ‘changing the clocks’ ever since (1).
On the basis that exposure to light has a proven effect on our sleep patterns – influencing the circadian rhythm – the 24 hour cycle that regulates our body clock and all our biological and physiological processes, it is essential that we get into good habits/lifestyle that can cause disturbed sleep.
Generally we are able to cope with environmental changes, but if we find it hard to adjust the clock changes and other influences of light exposure on our sleep pattern, it is helpful to understand how this can affect sleep pressure – which largely controls sleep – promoting wakefulness in the morning and accentuating the need for sleep after around 15 hours alertness – i.e. making us tired and seeking sleep/rest. As we currently have 24 hour lighting and heating, our body clock can become confused, desperately seeking the growing darkness that helps to switch on our need for sleep.
Sleep is regulated by two body systems: sleep/wake homeostasis and the circadian biological clock .
When we have been awake for a long period of time, sleep/wake homeostasis tells us that a need for sleep is accumulating and that it is time to sleep. It also helps us maintain enough sleep throughout the night to make up for the hours of being awake. If this restorative process existed alone, it would mean that we would be most alert as our day was starting out, and that the longer we were awake, the more we would feel like sleeping. In this way, sleep/wake homeostasis creates a drive that balances sleep and wakefulness. (2)
How can we aid this process – Firstly you need to look at your bedroom – keep it completely dark if possible and clear it of clutter. Don’t have the room too hot (tempting in long winter nights!) 16-18o Celsius ( 60-65o F).
Insomnia is often defined as the experience of inadequate, restorative sleep. If this lasts for less than a month it is descried as short term – usually linked to such things as exams, jet lag, change of environment etc. If the problem lasts for longer, it can be associated with long term situations, such as bereavement, chronic illness and mental health concerns.
About one in five people has some difficulty with sleeping (3), however, there are many things people can do to help themselves. For example, simple things like adjusting the lighting in your home – try dimmer switches in the bedroom and low watt lighting. Don’t treat your bedroom as an extension of your living space or study. Your bedroom is for sleep and sex (not necessarily in that order!). Concentrate on winding down before bedtime, avoiding certain foods and drinks, and getting into a good bedtime routine can help. Our mood can be affected by scents/smells –including lavender and chamomile which create a relaxing and inviting ambience – products for people of all ages are available – do get advice from your pharmacist or other health care practitioner. Further ways to promote sleep in more difficult cases include relaxation techniques, regular exercise, and behavioral and cognitive therapies(4).
(4) The Good Night Guide, Yinka Thomas – Sleep Council
I spend quite a bit of time in the Far East where they are mad about face masks. Invaluable research material for when This Works started creating our first ever mask.
In the Myong Dong area of Seoul- in Korea- one of the most popular shopping areas, it is not unusual to find a whole wall of face masks in any one of the many cosmetic shops.
There are face masks with a host of different ingredients including things like Ginseng, Mushroom, a dozen different kinds of fruit as well as Green tea, Rice milk, Chamomile and a selection of flower extracts. Each mask has a different function or solves a different problem – supposedly. Most are just to put on the face for ten minutes and wash off.
To be honest- the masks themselves are not that special or original, it’s the ritual that is the key. Koreans, Japanese and Chinese are obsessed with beautiful skin. It is more important to them than make-up. And they spend a huge amount of time and money looking after and trying to perfect a flawless complexion. So- they would use a mask, two, three or even four times a week without a thought. The mask is then the clean base for their face, ready for them to layer on a number of creams, essences and serums!
Perhaps we- in the West are catching up with the thought that flawless skin keeps you looking younger because I believe that we are paying more attention to our skin than our parents or their parents ever did. We are slowly learning the ageing effects of the sun and the detrimental effects of environmental pollution on our skin.
So what do we need from a modern facemask now?
We want both instant and long term results- not just an instant boost on the night of the party or a salve to repair the damage of too many late nights and bad diet.
That’s how we came to develop the Time Dose Mask, which gives you three options to get the effect you want in the time you have.
You don’t have to wait for it to harden so you can peel it off. You don’t have to wash off a thick layer of goo to get to unveil your refreshed skin.
You just have to put it on for 10 or 20 minutes or overnight to get the results you want. Job done.
As usual we’ve worked with natural ingredients to get these results and added our favourite Hyaluronic Acid because we know it penetrates the skin and locks in moisture for hours.
Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon help remove dead skin cells and natural exfoliant, Prickly Pear, stimulates resurfacing enzymes and cell renewal. Then there are ingredients to soothe and refresh and ultimately plump up. These all work in a time-dose and time-release system – hence the name, Time Dose Mask.
I’m really excited about it after trying all three options. Hope you will be too.
Announcing a new This Works’ skin prepping treatment at London beauty-bar, blow LTD.
This Works are delighted to be working with blow LTD beauty-bar in London’s Covent Garden, the destination for Fast Beauty. The two brands have collaborated to develop a new treatment, named ’15 Minutes To Glow’, offering speedy priming to prep the skin for make-up, incorporating This Works’ new no wrinkles time dose mask.
Including up to five different This Works’ products, ‘15 Minutes To Glow’ cleanses, plumps and lifts the skin in preparation for your make-up base. Designed for those seeking a beauty quick fix, perhaps after work or before an evening out, this five-step express routine indulges and pampers the client with This Works’ bestsellers.
’15 Minutes To Glow’ costs £15 and is conducted at the make-up bar. The treatment starts with clean skin 5-in-1 water to remove make-up and cleanse, no wrinkles time dose mask is then massaged into the skin for 4 minutes, giving the Multifruit Acids (Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon) time to exfoliate and resurface the skin gently, then left for a further 6 minutes to lend the skin a healthier, hydrated and plumped appearance. While the facemask gets to work, a therapist then massages This Works’ perfect hands intense moisture onto the hands to instantly hydrate and nourish. The facemask is then removed with clean skin 5-in-1 water before applying in transit camera close-up, a rapid mask, moisturiser and primer in one. As an alternative, perfect skin super moisture can be applied for that extra boost of hydration.
Open since November 2013, blow beauty-bar, is a one-stop Fast Beauty destination, committed to offering a wide range of beauty quick fixes – from hair to skincare and make-up to nails – all under one roof. This Works, the home of Modern Natural Beauty, is pleased to collaborate with a brand that shares its ethos of natural beauty and skincare solutions for people with busy, active, modern lives.
Products featured in ‘15 Minutes To Glow’
Clean skin 5-in-1 water is an award-winning one-stop-shop cleanser, removing make-up, decongesting and brightening the skin all at once.
No wrinkles time dose mask is an indulgent quick fix treatment designed to plump and brighten the skin with a 4D hydration system, working with four tiers of natural ingredients that benefit the skin incrementally over time. From Hyaluronic Acid to prep, plump and moisturise almost instantly (within ten minutes) to Comfrey Root and Prickly Pear, which work overnight to limit water loss, exfoliate and promote lasting radiance, the benefits of no wrinkles time dose mask develop depending on the duration of application.
Perfect hands intense moisture is an instantly hydrating, non-greasy hand cream formula that eradicates chapped skin and dark spots with Rose Oil, Mimosa and Musk Mallow.
In transit camera close-up is a multi-tasking product that evens, plumps and moisturises for instantly lifted skin that’s prepped for make-up.
Perfect skin super moisture is a vitamin- packed, protective power serum with lasting hydration to boost radiance and protect the skin from environmental stresses.
£15 (15 minutes to glow treatment)
The products incorporated into the ‘15 minutes to glow’ treatment are available on thisworks.com, blowltd.com and selected online stockists.
blow LTD are a one-stop Fast Beauty destination offering blow dries £25 (30 minutes), make-up £15 (15 minutes), nails £15 (15 minutes) and now its first skincare treatment ’15 minutes to glow’ (£15) 15 minutes. Visit their website www.blowltd.com, or call for an appointment on 0207 240 7987, or visit at 8 Slingsby Place, St Martins Courtyard, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AB.
Aromatherapy really works as an alternative to sleep medication, says Kathy Phillips, founder of This Works.
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, This Works’ best-selling sleep remedy, cocoons you in a soporific mist and works on two levels: as you breathe in and enjoy its soothing scent of Wild Camomile, “oil of tranquillity” Vetivert and Provencale Lavender, and the essential oils help calm the mind acting as a natural sedative to prepare you for sleep.
This Works has been committed to treating sleep problems since 2003, when beauty expert and founder, Kathy Phillips, was inspired to show consumers what she had known for a while: that ingredients found in nature have unparalleled benefits for your body and mind. Kathy also knew what many choose to ignore: that poor quality sleep affects both how you look and how you feel, caused by and creating a vicious cycle of anxiety that can be hard to break.
The same three high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils – Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile – are blended in all of the Deep Sleep range of products (including candles, bath soak, sleep balm, night oil and more) creating an “olfactory lullaby”. This balanced blend of beautifully scented active naturals strikes a balance between naturally effective and intuitive products which also feel luxurious.
To show just how well aromatherapy really works as an alternative to sleep medication and to prove the efficacy, an independent sleep study was commissioned in 2013. A group of two hundred volunteers within three age groups, all of whom experienced mild sleep anxiety, spent two weeks using a placebo pillow spray (a synthetic lavender fragrance which lacks soporific plant actives) followed by two weeks using This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. The results showed that 86% of respondents across all ages would recommend Deep Sleep Pillow Spray to improve sleep quality, daytime wakefulness and to get to sleep faster. It was most effective at helping to reduce anxiety about falling asleep with 85% of users claiming they felt less anxious about trying to get to sleep when using This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray compared to placebo at 10% with the knock-on benefit of reducing anxiety in the day time (75% compared to placebo at 9%). In comparing age group preferences, a significant 95% of 18-30 year-olds reported a better night’s sleep – quite a feat considering all the modern day challenges to young people’s sleep like smart phones, tablets and other artificial stimuli.
Motivated to improve the quality of sleep experienced by young people and conscious that children who sleep well grow into adults who sleep well, This Works launched Baby Sleep Pillow Spray in 2013. A gentler yet highly effective formulation of the original product, designed to help parents give their babies a sleep routine to last a lifetime.
As an exclusive offer for the Times readers, a complimentary sample of This Works Pillow Spray is available to the first 500 entries at www.thisworks.com/times. Offer expires 31st January 2013, one sample per entry, please visit thisworks.com/times for full terms and conditions.
Purchase products from the deep sleep range on thisworks.com
One of the old lessons they used to teach at Vogue was how to pack a suitcase. I’m not sure they still do it but my first tutor was Anna Harvey, then the Vogue Fashion Editor who steered Princess Diana into choosing an appropriate wardrobe – so I learned from the best.
Anna packed a case for a fashion shoot I was styling and I couldn’t believe how many changes of outfit she managed to get into a tiny carry-on case. It was so exquisitely packed flat that I had more than a dozen choices for the model when I got to the location and a hell of a job getting it all back into the same case for the return journey.
More recently I’ve had tips from Nancy Pilcher ex-Editor in Chief of Australian Vogue who I’ve travelled with all over Asia and who manages to conjure any number of outfits, day and evening, as well as matching accessories, bags and watches out of her one suitcase like a never ending Pandora’s box of tricks.
Lessons in packing may sound quaint but it’s incredible how much you can slot into the tiniest space if you know how. I don’t do that rolling up thing- I lay everything as flat as it will go to the edges of the case and put tissue paper in between it all. (Anal maybe but I don’t have to spend time ironing anything so worth the initial effort). I force myself to economise on shoes.
That’s the tricky bit. I have a friend who travels with an extra case just for shoes. And he’s male not female. I aim for three pairs max. Not easy.
The one thing I don’t economise on is products. You can never get your favourite shampoo/conditioner/suncream/moisturiser/serum when you get to the other end. In my experience holiday destinations have the worst products unless they’re international cities. Anyway- who wants to spend their spare time shopping for basics?
I wrap products in waterproof sponge bags and often put them inside a ziplock just in case.
I often take my This Works skin deep dry leg oil, or deep sleep bath oil and I couldn’t bear them to have leaked all over my stuff. One of the most important things about the new in transit range was that the packaging was tough and leak proof and even better it could go into any hand luggage because each of the five products are 100mls or less. I now take all five on every trip.
Perhaps its because I travel so regularly that I have come round to planning. Being spontaneous and throwing a few things into a case at the last minute sounds wonderful. But I can relax far more easily and work better if I know I’ve got a moisturiser and an SPF that I trust safely in my makeup bag and those early Vogue packing tips over the years have helped me get the whole process down to a fine art.
This Works’ Christmas Collection is designed to help your dreams come true- giving you better skin, better sleep, and the confidence to go further.
From simple stocking fillers to a luxurious bedtime ritual, give the gift of sleep this festive season with an award- winning gift from This Works.
Shop the collection at http://www.thisworks.com/gifts-1/christmas-gifting.html
To celebrate the launch of our very own baby sleep pillow spray and our focus on all things ‘sleep’ this month, we have partnered with our friends at Naturalmat who know all about helping babies and children sleep safely and comfortably in the best, most natural environment possible.
Harnessing the amazing potential of natural and organic materials like organic coir, natural latex and organic wool, they’ve created a range of hand crafted mattresses that are superbly comfortable, breathable, washable and non-allergenic.
Naturalmat are offering you an exclusive 20% off their range of natural mattresses. Visit naturalmat.co.uk and enter the discount PNHRM7847 at checkout.
Offer ends 17th November 2013.
The christening of Prince George is being held today at St. James’s Palace. Traditionally, a family photograph with the baby in its robe is released to the media.
Ever wondered how to take perfect baby photos? Helen Marsden, Children’s Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer, advises on some key steps to success.
Helen says, ‘Babies, like anyone else love to be entertained! To take a good picture, talk to them, engage with them, hold and play with them to encourage trust. They want you to like them!’
1) Babies need to feel warm, safe and secure as they react to their environment quickly. If you are photographing your own baby, put them somewhere safe so you can relax and stand back. Use a long lens if you can and then chat, talk, make noises and sing, or do whatever works for your baby.
2) Work as quickly as you can in case their mood changes. Daylight is easier as it’s softer and more interesting.
3) Babies look better in soft light so avoid bright lights and strong sunlight.
4) Keep your background simple and subtle and be sure to have wipes to hand so they have clean faces and noses. Don’t be afraid to go really close up, as their little faces and pure skin will look amazing.
5) If you dare and it’s warm enough, lay them naked their fronts!
This Works’ baby sleep pillow spray is perfect to calm babies and set a peaceful surrounding when taking photos.
Kids Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer