Supercharge your wake-up, naturally
Based on an original bath oil blend created by Founder, Kathy Phillips in 20014, the New Energy Bank collection promotes a wellbeing boost with instant skincare benefits. Fighting fatigue and elevating mind and body naturally, Energy Bank is like a battery pack in a bottle.
Kathy says… “These days the one thing I always want is more energy – So much is happening all at once in every corner of our lives that I’m always looking for a booster. Here it is – in the Energy Bank blend – which offers revitalizing and energizing properties in one fabulously scented package. It helps with positive thinking and it’s brilliant if you feel you’re flagging – a reviving shower, a massage with the oil and you’re ready to party.”
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From bedtime to beautiful skin
Sleep…we are fascinated by it…we study it, read about it, chart it, and debate it: why do we sleep, how do we sleep, how much should we sleep, what happens whilst I sleep, what if I can’t sleep?
A universal leveller, This Works recognises sleep for the essential commodity it is, as necessary for suvival as air and water. Acknowledged as the creators of industry leading efficacious sleep solutions This Works relationship to sleep is simple, it is at the heart of everything we do for, “With Sleep Comes Beauty” - it is the start line from which all attempts to look and feel one’s best begin.
Portable sleep solution kits for a good night’s sleep every night.
Here at This Works, we believe that a good night’s sleep is the key to looking and feeling your best, so in the spirit of this ethos we are pleased to introduce two new sleep kits can’t sleep? and sleep over, two portable and proactive natural remedies that help lull you to sleep wherever you are.
can’t sleep? kit – £10.00
A mini sleep solution for nights when you feel restless. The kit features our deep sleep pillow spray 5ml and deep sleep stress less 5ml.
sleep over kit – £15.00
The perfect antidote to occasional sleeplessness and can alleviate the effects of a bad night’s sleep. Containing our best natural sleep remedies including deep sleep pillow spray 5ml, deep sleep stress less 5ml and sleep balm 10g.
[Hello Magazine} When you lived in London you regularly shared your favourite British beauty brands on your lifestyle website Goop. Are there any that have made the journey back to the US with you?
[GP]“I like This Works because it mixes natural, high quality ingredients into all of it’s formulas. There is an excellent oil for dry legs and a super-rich moisturiser that I use.”
skin deep dry leg oil >
no wrinkles extreme moisturiser >
A bath before bed is brilliant to helping along a good night’s sleep. With your body temperature naturally dipping at night time, its the signal to us to fall asleep. Raising it by bathing will accelerating the drop, sending you off more quickly. This Works deep sleep bath salts will calm any nerves caused by the festivities as well as soothe tired muscles and stressed our bodies. As featured in the Sunday Times Style supplement over the weekend…
Can’t sleep? 100% of restless sleepers said “This Works.”
In any one month Google will see 1.3 million searches for ‘Can’t Sleep’, 3 million searches for ‘Insomnia’ and 3.2 million searches for ‘Sleep.’
The issue of sleep has never been so widely debated, discussed and reported. With the launch of our latest aromatherapeutic sleep solution, sleep plus pillow spray, our aim is to provide a natural, fast-acting and highly effective remedy for those who experience interrupted and broken sleep during the night. Sleep plus pillow spray has been clinically proven in an independent study to improve sleep quality and daytime wakefulness, naturally.
100% felt less restless during the night
89% woke less often during the night
97% felt more awake in the day
89% of ex-sleep prescription medication users would use sleep plus pillow spray in place of sleep medication.
* In a study of 100 subjects and 100 ex-prescription users compared to no product.
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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.
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‘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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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A point to note: deep sleep bath oil is not suitable for use during pregnancy.