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Eight things women with flawless skin do every day

These beauty secrets will help your skin be the best it can be - with minimal effort.

You drink plenty of water an would never dream of stepping out of the house without a slathering of SPF, but is there more you could be doing in the quest for better skin.
From the products you really need for your daily routine to east lifestyle tweaks, these are the thing that women with beautiful skin do every day.

1. Always use toner
Between washing your face and applying a moisturiser, you could be missing a step in your skincare regime. Using a toner removes any remaining impurities but it also restores the PH balance of the skin. Your face is naturally acidic but the alkaline nature of soaps and cleansers alters this, meaning your skin has to work overtime to restore it's balance. A toner can help it restore that balance more quickly. 

2. Make time in the mornings.
Most of us are good at washing away the grime of the day before bedtime but what about the mornings? Instead of washing your face in the shower as an afterthought, follow the same routine as the start of the day as you would at the end. Why is this important? Because effectively prepared skin will be better at withstanding contamination from the environment during the day. Wash, tone and moisturise using an SPF moisturiser before you apply your make up.

3. Think about water
Drinking and washing your face with filter water could be better for you. Filtration removes chlorine and heavy metals and makes water softer, so the theory is that the purer the water, the cleaner the skin, Worth a try?

4. Do the Double Cleanse
Making sure you remove make up, sunscreen and the impurities of the day is the key to healthy skin but cleansing just once may not be enough. Instead, try double cleansing to really ensure that your skin us as clean as it can be. Use a Micellar water first to remove any make up and dirt build up then do a second cleanse to penetrate deep into your skin, naturally buff away any dead skin cells and clean out your pores. This will aisles aid with the absorption of your moisturiser. 

5. Dry brushing
We've been body brushing to target cellulite for a while now and those in the know are applying the same logic to their faces, just with smaller and softer brushes. Dry brushing removes dead skin cells and promotes blood circulation, making skin fuller smoother and rejuvenated. Use the same circular motions as you would on your body to reap the benefits.

6. Leave blemishes alone
People will flawless skin know that the best thing they can do to prevent blemishes and slow down the signs of ageing is to leave their skin alone. This means no picking or prodding as this can cause inflation and spread bacteria under the skin, making pimples worse. Harsh scrubbing with exfoliants can cause inflammations and weaken the skin's surface so limit exfoliation to once a week and remember to always be gentle on your skin, it's more delicate than you think.

7. Stay calm
Just as stress is bad for your heart, it's also bad for your skin. It can aggravate existing conditions or cause breakouts and premature ageing. Try yoga, meditation or some simple breathing exercises to help keep life a little calmer.

8. Never skip serum
What did we do before serums? There anti-ageing exiles are essential. Apply before your regular moisturiser and leave for a few minute to allows your skin to soak up all their youth restoring properties. Try one that contains vitamin C or hyaluronic acid for extra anti ageing power.

9. Pay attention to the ingredients

The price tag of your skincare doesn't matter - what insides it does. The best skincare regimens are simple and targeted. Learn more about your skin's specific needs and buy products that treat your issues, instead of following buzzword ingredients.
For example, for smoother skin you'll be needing a healthy dose of vitamin C. For blemish prone skin, find a cleanser that contains salicylic acid and keep an eye out for hyaluronic acid for it's wonderful anti-ageing powers.

What's your secret to flawless skin?

Breakfast | The Smart Way to Start the Day with Date Slices

Dates are a firm favourite in the traybake household and there is usually a packet of Whitworths dates in our pantry. I love dates especially in date slices! The latest traybake is another simple recipe. Dates, oats, flour, sugar butter then you have a tin full of Date Slices! These make a perfect breakfast on-the-go or teatime with a cup of tea - chewy, sticky, sweet and oaty. Yum!

It really is a remarkably easy bake. You make a crumble mixture with the oats, sugar, flour and butter and then sandwich it together with softened dates.


150g Whitworths Blocked Dates
125ml cold water
150g Plain flour
100g rolled porridge oats
100g light brown sugar
125g butter

Ready... Steady... Bake 

1. Preheat your oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6 then lightly grease and line the base of a 20cm square browse tin.

2. Break the block of dates up into pieces then place into a pan with the water. Cook over a low heat for 3-5minutes until softened.

3. In the bowl, mix the flour, oats and sugar together and then run in the butter to make a crumbly texture. Spoon half the mix over the base of the tin then press down firmly.

4. Spread the softened dates out evenly over the top of the pressed base, then top with the remaining oat mix pressing dow lightly whilst retaining a crumbly top.

5. Bake in the centre of your preheated oven for 30-45minutes until golden brown.

The Smart Way to Start the Day!!!

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Sandringham Estate

🇬🇧 Proud to be British 🇬🇧

I went to Sandringham Estate yesterday my first time to the house and gardens. I had such a lovely day, walking around the gardens/museum and seeing the house. What an attraction. This is a beautiful place; the gardens and grounds are well maintained. 

I would suggest going to the Museum first (which means walking past the house entrance) as this will give a better understanding of the history. The museum had lots of see, including a great collection of Royal cars.

The Church is unlike any other I have seen, with it's silver altar and pulpit. I would love to come back at Christmas to capture the queen and her family attending church. 

It is £11.00 to get in. How wonderful of the Queen of England to allow visitors into this home. Well worth visiting and I shall look forward to going again very soon. 

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