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Legs not summer ready?

Author and Columnist at The Sunday Times, India Knight, featured This Works skin deep dry leg oil in Style over the weekend. Read up on how to get your legs looking great for summer, right here…..

 

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This Works is on hand to help you survive exam stress

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 >>

References:

(1)http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/news/321-pressure-of-exams-causing-worrying-levels-of-anxiety-in-students.html

(2) http://www.patient.co.uk/health/insomnia-poor-sleep

(3) The Good Night Guide, Yinka Thomas – Sleep Council

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In transit one year on…

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…

 

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Eat well to sleep well – Recipes from Tom’s Kitchen

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.

  1. Mix the yogurt, oats and wheat germ in a bowl then stir in the coconut, toasted hazelnuts and apple juice. Transfer to a plastic container, clip on the lid and chill overnight in the fridge.
  2. When ready to serve, stir in grated apple and a few blueberries then spoon into dishes, top with extra blueberries, a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a few extra nuts, if liked.
  3. The remaining soaked muesli will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, just add a little apple juice if needed, as the oats will continue to swell.

Breakfast
Berry Bircher Muesli

Lunch
Poached Salmon with saffron quinoa, orange dressing and salad mache

Snack
Health Bar

Dinner
Asparagus with poached hen’s egg and rapeseed oil 

Click here for Tom’s Kitchen recipes >>

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:

DO:

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.

DONT:

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.

 

 

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The deep sleep bath oil story by Kathy Phillips

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.

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How can the changing of the clocks in spring and autumn affect the quality of our sleep?

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.

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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)

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 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).

References:

(1)   http://www.rmg.co.uk/explore/astronomy-and-time/time-facts/spring-forward-100-years-of-british-summer-time

(2)   http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/sleep-drive-and-your-body-clock

(3) http://www.patient.co.uk/health/insomnia-poor-sleep

(4) The Good Night Guide, Yinka Thomas – Sleep Council

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A thoroughly modern mask

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.

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This Works’ partners with Blow Ltd to create a new treatment.

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.

 

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Scent yourself to sleep

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 

 

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Travel Tutorial by Kathy Phillips

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.

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Sleeping partner offer: Exclusive 20% off at Naturalmat – mattresses made by hand in Devon

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.

Watch Director’s Mark Tremlett and Peter Tindall, tell you more the Naturalmat >>

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.

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How to take a brilliant baby photo

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.

Helen Marsden

Kids Fashion and Lifestyle Photographer

www.helenmarsdenphotography.com

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This Works’ Anti-Ageing Innovation

Building on the founding principles of This Works No Wrinkles Range, we have added a particularly pampering, hardworking night cream, and a hydrating, fatigue reducing eye cream.

We know that it’s not always possible to get the eight hours’ sleep you really need which impacts upon your complexion and can lead to eye bags, drawn features and dull- looking skin.

This is why we have designed two anti- ageing products to work tirelessly day and night, combating the side effects of insufficient sleep.

No wrinkles midnight moisture is an intensely nourishing and hydrating cream that accelerates the skin’s reparations while you sleep, leaving you radiant by morning.

Wake up with the glow of eight hours sleep, no matter how much you’ve actually had with visibly firmer, smoother and plumped up skin.

Too much stress and not enough sleep shows in your face and particularly round the eye area.

No wrinkles tired eyes is geared to tackling the negative symptoms that arise from lack of sleep. It  defends, hydrates and repairs the delicate skin around the eyes, delivering visible reduction in signs of fatigue.

How do I fit these products into my no wrinkles routine?

Step 1: no wrinkles tired eyes

Step 2: no wrinkles night repair

Step 3: no wrinkles midnight moisture

The press have given their verdict already!

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Jamie’s Fish Fingers and Modern Natural Beauty

By Kathy:

“Yesterday I really enjoyed like hundreds of other listeners hearing Jamie Oliver passionately defending his expensive new cookery book and his budget recipes on BBC Radio 4 during Woman’s Hour.  The journalist kept getting at him and he parried her tough questions easily and convincingly.

Jamies Fish Finger and Modern Natural Beauty

My favourite bit was on why his own brand of fish fingers (Tesco) was so expensive, unaffordable to many on a tight budget.

His reasoning was so like the philosophy of This Works that I am even more of a fan than I was before.

Why are the fish fingers expensive?

“Because they are sustainable,“ he answered,  “and come from fish the other fish finger brands don’t use.  We have a totally clean deck when it comes to the ingredients. They have no colourings and additives and they are bigger than the other ones so you get more.  Yes- they’re more expensive but they are the only sustainable ones and if you care about food, as with anything else in life, you’d be prepared, if you can afford it, to pay that bit extra.”

For This Works, like Jamie- the important thing are the ingredients, not cutting corners on quality, thinking about the environment, using more nutritious and efficacious essential oils even in the bases and not over packaging.  We’re proud of that and now I’m on my way out to buy some fish fingers…”

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WIN: Get Summer ready with in transit & Hush laungewear

Get Summer Ready CompetitionWith Summer seeming to have disappeared (for the moment anyway), we are dreaming of escaping somewhere hot! So, we have teamed up with the fantastic hush brand, specialists in the cosiest and chicest nightwear and loungewear you can find! Be in with a chance to WIN our NEW in transit range (worth £110) plus a selection of hush Summerwear. All you need to get Summer ready…

Enter on Facebook >

And if you don’t have Facebook, no need to worry. Simply email kate@thisworks.com with the following information:

Name: Surname: ‘My Dream holiday destination would be _____.’

Good luck!

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Create the Perfect Summer Pins

The welcome arrival of sunshine brings with it the daunting prospect of bearing flesh after a long, cold winter. Cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, tan and finish your legs to feel soft and look naturally golden in just five days.

perfect summer legs

Step 1: CLEAN—deep sleep shower gel RRP £15.00
Sulphate free, removes dirt and impurities whilst calming the mind and protecting the skin. Massage into skin nightly, and rinse.

Step 2: EXFOLIATE – daily boost body scrub RRP  £18.00
Invigorates with Grapefruit and Tourmaline, removes dead skin cells and eliminates toxins to leave skin smooth. Massage onto skin and rinse.

Step 3: NOURISH – skin deep dry leg oil RRP £39.50
Multi–award winning, ultra nourishing blend of 16 precious oils including antioxidant Rose and softening Evening Primrose, designed to repair the skin barrier and tackle dry stubborn patches. Apply nightly.

Step 4: TAN – perfect legs gradual tan  RRP £38.00
Create an even, streak–free golden colour. This natural self tan is suitable for all skin types. Apply daily over the course of a week.

Step 5: FINISH – perfect legs skin miracle RRP £37.00
Our award–winning, and best–selling skin perfector for legs containing Vitamin C and E  with a subtle shimmer. An instant solution for even the palest of pins.  Delivers immediate colour, shimmer and moisture. Massage into skin after step 3 or 4, or just before leaving home for a fresh party glow.

 

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Kathy Phillips on how to look good ‘in transit’

I am writing this from Thailand, the third leg of a two week trip to Asia. In Beijing for three days it was snowing, in Tokyo, the cherry blossoms had come out early with balmy weather and blue skies. Here in Bangkok it is 40 degrees. This is the hottest point in the season for the Thai people and they are all about to go on their big holiday of the year.

in transit new range

in transit new range

Sadly, I have to be in the office (air conditioned) for meetings. So- it’s not Thailand on the beach with a bikini top and sarong. It’s Thailand, trying to look groomed and professional in sweltering, muggy heat.  It is a big lesson in packing for a trip like this. Not only the clothes change but the cosmetic needs. Here in Thailand, of course, I need a strong SPF moisturiser that won’t make me look greasy or strangely white as I have to put on proper make-up for meetings. I needed an SPF in Beijing and Tokyo too, as the sun is stronger there than in the UK and although I spend a lot of these trips in the office, there are days off which I love to spend walking around the cities. In Beijing everyone knows about the pollution and many people wear masks.

In Tokyo, girls carry umbrellas not because of the rain, but to protect them from the UV rays.

The other thing I have to deal with is airports- flying at 30,000 feet (dry eyes, radiation, other people’s germs), packing and unpacking (terrible for the hands and nails) and constant changes of temperature which affects the skin.

All in all, these trips are a battle against which I need to plan my defences. Hence why I worked to develop the in transit range, not only for the travelling bit but for everyday needs as I rush around from continent to continent. (I reckon if I’m living like this then so are lots of other women with the same sorts of dilemmas).

I don’t have that much space; one suitcase and one carry-on. I want to keep cosmetics to a minimum but I do need the following:-

1. Moisturiser with SPF (I want one product with a broad spectrum I trust). Check out brand new in transit skin defence with SPF 30.

2. Good natural cleanser with no sodium laureth sulphate and other drying synthetics. (I hate most cleansing pads ). Now I can take our in transit no traces which have just that; no traces of ingredients that will leave my skin vulnerable.  I also take our clean skin gentle cleanser too.

3. Oil for my body which gets dry with all these temperature changes. (I took deep sleep night oil this time but I sometimes take skin deep dry leg oil.) I always pack this product in a plastic wash-bag but I’ve never had a leak drama yet.

4. in transit first aid for spots, burns, etc.  -surprising things happen on trips, a cut, a bruise, a headache, or a colleague with a rash or a cold.

5. After a few days on the road or if I have to go out in the evening, I need something that will pep me up when I’m feeling that the jet lag is getting to me.

The speedy equivalent of an instant mask (more moisturising but without any sun protecting ingredients) and brightening treatment all in one. This became in transit camera close-up. Why? Because you can’t escape the cameras these days. Everyone is snapping and Instagramming and we all need to be camera ready.

For instance, the Thai Vogue Beauty editor snapped us all at lunch today, the editor had taken photos yesterday at our first conference, I was taking pictures of the Thai girls dancing at the temple, the amazing colour of my Butterfly Pea juice drink, the skyline of extraordinary high rise buildings from the office as well as the team in the office. Photos that could all end up on Facebook or Weibo or one of our websites.

I make notes and lists of things that I wish I’d packed so that next time I don’t leave anything behind.

This trip I’ve done well. I may even get time to have a Thai massage before I leave for home. But now I have to pack……..

 

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Kathy’s trip to the Mughal India Exhibit at the British Library

Love going to any exhibition and can’t imagine why it took me so long to get to see the Mughal India exhibit at the British Library. (It goes on until April so lots of time left.) . The British Library itself is an inspiring place to visit just for the architecture and the location in a part of London that’s really starting to buzz.

Portrait of Prince Dara Shikoh

As someone whose instinct is to enjoy modern and futuristic design (This Works packaging aims to be ultra- modern, almost clinical) -the Indian empires from the 16th through to 19th century and the lives of the many Mughal emperors is not my usual territory. But the idea that this part of the world was all-powerful and the source of art and innovation for around 300 years are fairly awesome.

During that time it was the ONLY part of the world that mattered. The paintings and manuscripts, jewellery and artefacts not only trace this history but are full of extraordinary and intricate miniature detail.  I came away with lots of ideas about colour and pattern and wanting to know more.

My next treat will be the Manet exhibition which opens this week at the Royal Academy.  Working for Vogue, I can guess that there will be little influences from the mid-19th and the turn of the 20th century creeping into fashion design in the future. New exhibitions, films (yes, Les Miserables was set in the1860’s) and books always inspire fashion – not overtly; but if you’re in the business you can see it coming.

Don’t believe me? When (apart from a short flirtation with the Zapata look) did so men so universally have beards and moustaches? And when did everyone (men and women) wear hats or some sort of head dress most of the time?  All the Manet portraits show men with moustaches and everyone with hats. On my last Vogue China shoot in New York, every stylist and assistant was wearing a hat during the day. Interesting.