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April 07, 2021
Best Selling author and entrepreneur Steven Bartlett gave ten copies of his Best Selling Book, "Happy Sexy Millionaire", to share with our audience
.Steven is the Founder and CEO of Social Chain, an integrated social media company. He built the firm from his bedroom in Manchester at age 22 and took it public in 2019 with a market evaluation exceeding €200m. He has appeared as a speaker more than 400 times, including at the United Nations, SXSW and Ted Talk.
His story is both inspiring and motivating, no matter your age. We received ten copies From Steven of his best selling book, "Happy Sexy Millionaire," to give away to our audience.
On Kate's second anniversary, we received a beautiful note about inside a parcel containing his new book, which has reached number 1 on Amazon and became the Sunday Times Best Seller in just over one week.
Steve was introduced to Kate and saw her beauty and drive as something of an inspiration.
"What really stood out for me with Kate, was her level of optimism and positivity in the face of a clearly terrible situation. Her love for her family was overwhelming, as was the desire to leave a legacy for her daughter. The brand meant so much to her, and she cared so much about what she created and the impact she was having. You can tell that creating the product came from a very genuine place, and you can tell because the serum and its quality is essentially magic." Steven Bartlett
Thank you to Steven for investing time with Kate and her skincare brand; your generosity is very much appreciated.
Congratulations to all the winners!!!
Get your copy here
March 27, 2021
Chris, Kate's husband - "When out of hospital, Kate spent countless hours desperately researching how she could not only help herself but for others too. She had a passion for taking care of people, which is why I'm so pleased to say she would be so proud and excited to see her company launch on The C-List. The C-List is a hub of information to help cancer patients along their journey and beyond with their skincare, something that otherwise could easily be taken for granted. Our values align perfectly with the amazing and much-needed work they're doing to support and help people in some of the toughest moments of their lives. It feels so significant to be happening at Kate's two year anniversary.
TV Producer and mum of three, Helen, was 39 when diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. She found it difficult to figure out which products were gentle enough to use for her aggravated skin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I felt really lonely trying to navigate my way through trying to make myself feel good. Finding cancer-kind products was virtually impossible.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Joining forces, Helen and Lisa approached trusted brands to curate the best products that are suitable for sensitive skin AND give results. The pair have also spoken to fellow cancer patients for tips to look and feel good. The C-List sees itself as more than a shop. It’s a club to offer support to cancer patients when they need it most - a support system to deal with the C-card that has been dealt.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
100% of net profits from the affiliate fees earned through these sales will go towards gifting a much-deserving C-Lister with a beauty hamper or a spa treatment each month. ⠀⠀
To find our more about The C_List
March 24, 2021
A personal message to you all from Chris.
Another year passed without hearing your voice or enjoying your company, which I find more and more difficult to comprehend. An exhausting battle. At times suffocating. Another year of milestones coming and going that you, me, Lucia and our family and friends have missed, and what a cruel year it has been.
A lot of Kate's followers know how personable, open and honest she was throughout her fight, particularly in the last few months. She bared all in the hope that she would be able to raise awareness and help others that were enduring the same battle and were facing the same fears. I was blown away daily by the strength and selflessness my remarkable wife possessed, often in bed in pain but still finding the time to respond to messages and work to build her legacy for Lucia.
In my darkest days, I find the strength to carry on by reminding myself of one particular moment that Kate would have found insignificant at the time. Whilst Kate was undergoing Chemotherapy, Lucia was barely 2 years old - too young to understand what her mummy was going through. Kate made the decision that she would endure a cold cap during each session, which can reach -40 degrees Celsius, in the hope that she would maintain most of her hair to protect Lucia as much as she could. This meant that her sessions would be twice as long and would eventually induce physical nausea on the road to the car park at Clatterbridge. During one of her treatments, a very strong woman, twice Kate's age, entered for her first treatment very vocal and determined that she would beat the very slim odds of enduring the cold cap. Within minutes I saw the life drain from her after the realisation of how gruelling and painful it would be. Without a thought for her own struggle, Kate was offering words of encouragement and advice across the room, something which ultimately was overpowered by the immense discomfort. Kate's strength, bravery, resilience and will to help others, even when enduring such difficult circumstances herself inspires me every day.
When out of hospital, Kate spent countless hours desperately researching how she could not only help herself, but others too. She had a passion for taking care of people, which is why I'm so pleased to say she would be so proud and excited to see her company launch on The C-List. The C-List is a hub of information to help cancer patients along their journey and beyond with their skincare, something that otherwise could easily be taken for granted. Our values align perfectly with the amazing and much needed work they're doing to support and help people in some of the toughest moments of their lives. It feels so significant to be happening at Kate's two year anniversary.
I am so unbelievably proud of Kate, our daughter, what she has left and the work we're doing. Kate's vision and passion is always at the core of what we do, we see all of your kind words and loyalty to Kate's brand. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the support you've shown throughout and here's to a better 2021 for all and the continuation of supporting people in need.
Chris and family. xx
March 22, 2021 1 Comment
Kate wanted her business to impact the lives of others positively. Hannah's story is everything Kate wanted her platform to achieve to stop Cancer in its tracks.
We regularly share Coppafeelpeople's posts with our audience, hoping it will remind people to check their breasts and introduce Secondary Breast Cancer Charity, Makes 2nds Count and the less commonly known secondary signs.
It feels so right to share with you Hannah's story, especially in the lead up to Kate's second anniversary.
Thank you Hannah x
It’s Tuesday 2 March, three days until my 32nd Birthday and I’m already excited for cake. My alarm has just gone off after already hitting ‘snooze’ as I sleepily fumble around with my phone to perform the morning ritual of checking Instagram.
I eagerly look through stories, nothing fun happening there (sigh), so I proceed to posts, scrolling away looking for cute cats, I see a post from Kate McIver Skincare. As a self confessed skincare junkie I’m in love with their cleansing balm, if you’ve not tried it please do, it’s divine! The post is a regram from Copperfeel and it was a story from a young woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought how could this be? She’s so young and beautiful, how could this have possibly happened to her. She was discussing changes to the skin on her breast and this being the only outward sign of breast cancer and to speak to your doctor if you notice these or any other changes. My heart dropped. Right there and then I knew how stupid I’d been and the whole world became so small.
About ten months ago I noticed the skin on my breast had changed in texture, but I put this down to lockdown weight gain and the fact that I’m blessed with a ‘full cup’. It wasn’t until I read this gorgeous young woman talk about skin changes that I even realised that this could be something more than overindulgence on my part.
I scramble out of bed and immediately called my doctors surgery, I explained the situation and they said they would see me the very next morning. This was minor relief but the sinking feeling wouldn’t shake, I logged into work from home, as per my pandemic routine, but I couldn’t concentrate, I wanted to be physically sick. I knew this feeling, I’d had this feeling before, seven years before to be exact when I lived alone in London and was invited for my very first smear test. I had no idea what a smear test involved, only that my mum was very open with myself and my brother when we were younger and would inform us that we had to sit and wait in the reception for her whilst she had her smear test. I was used to hearing her talk about it so when the letter came I was reassured by how normal it was to have these and they were certainly nothing to be affair of. I attended my appointment and was told my the nurse at the surgery ‘these almost always come back clear, so I’ll probably see you again in five years’, I went home and didn’t give it another thought. Three days later I collected my post and there was a red ‘urgent’ stamped across one of the envelopes, presuming I’d been caught speeding I cursed myself as I tore open the letter, only to find that I my smear test had come back showing abnormal cells and that I had to call the doctors surgery immediately. They saw me within the hour. I trundled over to the surgery assuming they had gotten me mixed up with somebody else, the doctor sat me down and told me I was going to be referred to a consultant gynaecologist because my smear test had shown the early stages of cervical cancer. You could have knocked me down with a feather. I was 24, living in London, having a ball and had a budding marketing career. This was not happening.
I called my mum on the way home whilst having a sort of outer body experience, she immediately got a train from Liverpool to London to be with me. She attended my appointments with me and some surgeries. It became clear that I couldn’t live on my own anymore, I needed help whilst recovering from surgery. I left my dream job, packed up and moved back home with my parents, they saw me through my major surgery and subsequent treatments. During the time from diagnosis to being told I was in the clear I would go through phases or crying, to complete calm, then there were times when I’d make this noise that I can only describe as that which a whale would make, a muted scream of sorts, no tears came out just this feral, guttural noise that I’d never made before or since.
That morning on Tuesday 2nd March I worried I’d make that uncontrollable noise once more. My husband hurried home from work and I told my employer immediately, I’m so appreciative that they were so kind and compassionate. Once I had calmed down and started to think rationally I decided to DM Kate McIver Skincare, to thank them for sharing that post. Had I not seen it I probably never would have thought that these changes I was noticing in my own breasts could be sinister. I was met with the most caring and supportive woman writing back to me. I promised to let her know how I got on, and I felt really touched that somebody I had never met cared that I was going to be alright.
Being a fan and frequent user of the Kate McIver Cleansing Balm, I was familiar with the ‘about us’ section on their website so I knew that the founder and creator, Kate was dealt the devastating blow of not one but two cancer diagnosis before her far too early passing. What struck me most about Kate's story that she so bravely shared on her website, was how she invented the Cleansing Balm. Whilst having therapy for her cancer she noticed her skin changed and was sore to the touch, it was then that she decided to use her knowledge as a skincare guru to help others get through the pain of such invasive treatments.
With it’s all natural ingredients the balm soothes and hydrates sore skin. I thought how could a young mother be thinking about the welfare of others at a time like that, such selflessness and courage she had to do that.
I never once for a minute thought that a skincare brand could post something that might save my life, but I’m so grateful that they did. My GP referred me to a breast cancer unit for some tests and turns out there is a benign cyst in my right breast. The relief was insurmountable. I got back in touch with the lady, Kathryn from Kate McIver Skincare and told her the great news, she shared in my delight. In that moment I wanted so much to thank Kate, for founding a company that is so much more than amazing skincare, it’s about loving and caring for each other.
I won’t be able to thank Kate but I would like to extend my gratitude to her family and friends for carrying her message through to that morning I saw that post. They could have saved my life by sharing that story and I will be forever grateful.
March 11, 2021
This one is for our Peri-menopausal and Post-menopausal ladies.
From the ladies in the Kate McIver Skin team who are not enjoying this Hellish time of Hormonal Days & Night flushes, we send our sympathy!
There are many side-effects to menopause, and unfortunately for us ladies, we can't go around it; we must go through it.
Our hormones make their presence felt on our skin, so we thought we would share with you what we know and suggest -
It all starts in peri-menopause, which can last for a few years this phase can be more unpredictable as you have surges of hormones and fluctuations are difficult to track and handle. When hormones fluctuate drastically, your skin can change when it experiences a drop in levels of Oestrogen.
Oestrogen plays such an essential role in your skin's wellbeing, and as it declines, your elastin and collagen will diminish too, and your skin can cause lack lustre, becoming very dull and dry skin.
Dryness is due partly to the slowing down of sebaceous glands in the skin. The depletion of Hyaluronic Acid causes the skin to lose its capability to hold onto water, and unfortunately, it will look less plump.
A decrease in collagen production, increased sensitivity and pigmentation are common. These skin changes might not affect you, and we hope they don't, but honestly, you will be in the minority, and you should count your blessings!
So, what can we do at Kate McIver Skin to help you remedy the side effects of menopause?
Your focus needs to be on Hydration!
The obvious being to drink plenty of water and eat a well-balanced diet with antioxidant foods and supplements, which we recommend for everyone no matter their age.
Regular time outdoors and physical exercise can both help to dial down stress and anxiety. We have found as a team our Walks and Talks meeting have done us the world of good.
The power of touch and carrying out facial massage with nutrient-rich oils is a productive way of improving your self-care. You can learn by following the expert Nicola Bellamy - The Face Fitness Choreographer Facial Massage on this link.
You should seriously consider including into your daily routine the super hydrator, Hyaluronic Acid, and Essential oils that will help with menopausal skin locking in the Hydration.
When your skin is adequately moisturised, it will help improve your complexion. Once your skin has a proper moisture balance, it should become smoother over time.
Keeping your skin moisturised can also enhance skin-cell turnover and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
We are proud of the Hyaluronic Kakadu serum, which has outstanding multifunctional active ingredients for youthful, radiant skin and induces exceptional results on the skin-transforming the appearance of dull, tired and dehydrated skin.
Anti-ageing - Moisturising - Pro-Collagen
Clinical trials back up the results on the appearance of wrinkles and skin radiance-
Two results-driven ingredients brought together to Illuminate your skin, Protect and Reinforce the dermis for a beautiful skin aspect. Extracted from Kakadu plum, the world's highest vitamin C source and a Hyaluronic Acid with a mixed molecular weight of low, medium and high molecules will improve skin radiance & boosts skin luminosity.
See the results at the footer of the blog for % improvement in Wrinkles and Collagen when using this super hydrant.
Essential oils will help with menopausal skin locking in Hydration.
There are 13 Natural Oils in the Secret Weapons Serum, and they were selected to promote faster cell regeneration and strengthen your skin and restore its elasticity.
One of the ingredients is Sea Buckthorn, and we love the benefits of this super oil for its Anti-Aging qualities. Its believed that Sea buckthorn oil helps prevent wrinkles' development and protects the skin's surface from pollutants. Since this oil is full of nutrients that promote faster cellular regeneration, it can strengthen your skin and restore its elasticity.
All in all, it is perfect for a ladies menopausal skin. See here for a list off all the ingredients included in our Award Winning Serum.
Finally, our Cleansing Balm was created to Respect and Protect your Skins Barrier with 16 Natural Ingredients with a key ingredient known to support menopausal skin, Geranium, balancing and nurturing the complexion.
The benefits are both for the skin and your senses, this sweet herbaceous floral smelling oil nourishes the skin while its supportive actions calm the nerves experienced through the menopausal transition.
This product was created to transport you to the Spa with its heavenly fragrance and we are all onboard that if something smells great our mood is enhanced pretty much straight away, so we are all for that.
We hope this information about how our products will help your skin and sense of well being. If you ever need a chat about how your feeling our team are hear to listen. We genuinely love a good chat about everything not just skincare and lets face our office "hot topic" pardon the pun is everything hormonal be whatever stage our customers and team are experiencing.
Team Kate McIver Skin xx
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If you want a high performing product that Induces skin brightening, reduces wrinkles and skin luminosity, this product is for you.
February 05, 2021 1 Comment
Feeling exhausted but can’t drift off to sleep when you climb into bed? During lockdown round 3, unsurprisingly, there’s a range of things that might be keeping us awake at night: worries about finances and future employment, the challenges of home schooling, our wellbeing and the ongoing restrictions on our lives, each detrimentally fuel our inability to ease naturally into sleep. This period in time aside, there will be very few of you reading this who has never experienced sleep problems. Our emotional wellbeing and the vast range of life challenges that we each experience mean that sleep health varies amongst us all.
Sleep is as essential to our survival as food and water. Its deeply restorative effect allows us to function effectively as human beings; without it, quite simply, we are unable to thrive. Given its integral role on the body and mind’s ability to regenerate and renew its cellular structures, it really is time well spent if we’re able to devote some energy to sleep preparation.
A whole range of factors can affect and interrupt our sleep pattern including heightened stress levels, menopausal hormone fluctuations, alcohol consumption, age and the physical and emotional health of our mind and body. Nestled within those very tangible variants, is the evidence that scientific research is now able to show us, which illustrates that it’s what we do in the hour leading up to sleep that can significantly impact on our ability to drift into and remain asleep for 6-8 hours.
Our cardiovascular and immune systems both rely heavily on a good night’s sleep, as does our metabolism. The protective function of our skin also benefits from the luxury of sleep as skin cell renewal and signs of daily skin fatigue are restored and rejuvenated with the TLC that a good night’s sleep provides.
Understanding the impact of sleep and its relationship to our ability to flourish as human beings is important. Developing healthy pre-sleep practices to aid and assist with the process of sleep can be life enhancing; self-care really is something that we all deserve to experience. Putting it into practice really does matter.
Treating ourselves with kindness, as we would a good friend, is the basis of self-compassion; a wonderful self-kindness starting point is putting some time aside for oneself, even if it’s only ten minutes a day. The cumulative effect of small amounts of time dedicated to self-care, all add up. Starting with what we do at the end of the day might sound like a contradiction in terms but it makes sense really. Expecting to climb into bed and find sleep immediately is an unrealistic expectation especially when we have so many extra troublesome things affecting our minds at the moment.
Being busy is a chronic modern day problem. We spend so much of our day ‘doing’, that the body’s stress response is constantly stimulated. Actively putting time aside to enjoy the experience of simply ‘being’ is something that we can all benefit from.
Following on from a post on Kate McIver’s Instagram page, I was encouraged to share with you my pre bedtime routine that’s helping me to ease into sleep more easily. It’s not complicated; it’s straightforward and that’s its beauty really. We’re learning as we move into our new normal that it’s the simple things in our lives that can bring most joy and comfort. My four-step approach involves what we all have readily available to us: our senses and our breath; it’s the essence of being mindful; something that we’re hearing so much about these days.
My mindfulness sleep preparation routine
We all know the importance of incorporating physical exercise into our daily lives; we can feel its benefits on our mental wellbeing and the improvement in muscle tone and strength as we regularly exercise. What is less well known perhaps is the importance of regularly attending to our mind, developing an awareness of our thoughts and the benefits of focusing on our breathing. This is particularly helpful to us as part of our bedtime routine, prior to climbing into bed at night.
When I incorporate this little nighttime ritual into my pre-sleep routine I’m much more likely to drift into sleep easily.
Step 1: Darkening the environment in the bedroom an hour or so before I’m due to climb into bed means that I’m walking into a dimly lit room at bedtime. This helps to further stimulate the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
Step 2: Limiting the exposure to my brain from technology devices such as my laptop and mobile phone one hour before my planned bedtime, helps to dampen down the output of adrenalin and cortisol stress response hormones that are spiked by too much scrolling time in the lead up to sleep. (We all know this is important. Sticking to it is the hard bit but not if we remind ourselves just how beneficial it is to our wellbeing).
Step 3: Includes a warm bath or shower using essential oil based products. I prefer to have a bath and soak for a minimum of ten minutes in warm but not overly hot water, with 3-4 drops of therapeutic grade lavender added to the water, once the bath has been filled. If you prefer a shower or don’t have a bath, then choose a body wash that contains good quality relaxing effect essential oils. My go to choice as part of my night time routine is always lavender and I make sure that it’s therapeutic grade lavender, i.e. that doesn’t have bulking agents or adulterants added and which is preferably sourced from France, the world renowned home for optimum lavender growing conditions, at high altitude. It matters that it’s good quality lavender with a high ester content to achieve maximum soothing, calming and relaxing effects on the limbic region of the brain.
Focusing my mind on each inhalation and exhalation during gentle breathing helps the aromatic molecules to calm and soothe the nervous system. (I also add two drops of lavender onto my pillow to achieve a layering effect on my sense of smell and to enable me to continue to inhale the organic, naturally occurring chemicals that are contained within its molecules as I’m sleeping).
Step 4: (This is my favourite part!). After drying and getting into pj’s, I lie on my bed and begin a short mindfulness meditation body scan:
And now, if I haven’t drifted into sleep already, a few more gentle breaths in and out, allow me to notice and focus on the aroma from the lavender on the pillow beneath my head. My sleep preparation routine has found its way home and landed me carefully into sleep.
So, who is Laura Ashworth, we can tell you she is one pretty remarkable lady -
Laura Ashurst lives in Stokesley in North Yorkshire with her husband Paul. She has lived with breast cancer in her life for the last 19 years, 13 of those years with secondary breast cancer. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 at the age of 34, when her son Jack was almost 6 months old and her daughter Megan was 3. Laura underwent a lumpectomy, and 25 sessions of radiotherapy but went on to face the challenge of another diagnosis of primary breast cancer three years later, aged 37. She had her right breast removed followed by an immediate reconstruction. Any hopes for breast cancer being eliminated from her life were dashed, when she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in her lungs and pleural lining three years later. She had just celebrated her 40th birthday. Given a prognosis of ‘up to two years ’, she experienced a severe decline in her mental health.
With the support of her husband, close family and friends and professional help via a clinical psychologist from whom she still receives support, Laura regained her ability to mentally function well. First line chemotherapy in 2008 was unsuccessful, allowing tumour sites to grow, but following ovarian radiation, Laura then responded to the aromatase inhibitor drug Letrozole, which has enabled her to exceed her original life expectancy prognosis by 11 years. Having first hand experience of receiving a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer and the lack of available support for the decline in mental wellbeing that this triggers, she is passionate about raising awareness of the emotional and physical support that people require after a diagnosis of a life limiting disease like secondary breast cancer.
The median life expectancy after a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer is approximately 3-5 years. Laura is acutely aware that the biology of her disease means that whilst she is currently responding well to second line treatment, this can change at any time. Despite the current availability of breast cancer drugs within the NHS that were still in the research and development stage when Laura was first diagnosed with the incurable version of the disease, accessibility to new drugs still remains an issue. She has met many people during the last 13 years who, despite living with incurable secondary cancer themselves, campaign tirelessly for change; these people inspire Laura daily. She is proud to feel part of a very supportive breast cancer community within the UK.
She is an Ambassador for Cancer Research UK for her constituency (Richmond-Yorks) and has worked on a number of campaigns for them since 2011, including A Voice for Radiotherapy. Her advocacy and voluntary work for breast cancer charities over the years has helped Laura to find her voice in trying to support other people who’ve experienced a breast cancer diagnosis.
She is the Patron of the Trinity Holistic Centre at The James Cook University Hospital, which provides a range of complementary therapies for patients undergoing cancer treatment. In April last year, Laura was invited to join the volunteer administration support team at the Building Resilience in Cancer Centre, which was founded by Professor Naz Derakshan. Her voluntary work plays an extremely important role in her mental wellbeing. By trying to help others, Laura feels the impact of this on her mental wellbeing too.
Laura’s career up to the age of 36 was teaching in a Further Education college where she was Head of Health and Care She has a background in beauty therapy and went on to specialize in aromatherapy, co-writing the first Foundation Degree in Aromatherapy (Complementary Therapies) in the North East of England for Teesside University in 2004.
She currently works as a consultant for the Halo charity in Middlesbrough, which was founded by Yasmin Khan. She developed ‘Halo Exhale’, which is an eight-week trauma aftercare programme specifically designed for survivors of honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Laura writes a blog at www.lauraashurst.com and speaks publicly at events across the country about her experiences. She is also a mindfulness meditation practitioner.
Her motto is ‘living with hope’.
January 28, 2021
Kara - Acne Positivity
Hello! I am Kara, I have a huge heart, and I love music, cooking, food, walking and lots more things! (Oh and I have adult acne).
For so long, I felt defined by acne. I’ve had it for five years on and off, and for the first two years, I was ashamed of myself.
1 in 4 people will experience adult acne. Repeat that. “1 in 4 people will experience adult acne!”
I am not alone. You are not alone.
But until I knew this, I did feel alone. I bet most of us do or have? Because from a young age, we are conditioned to believe that our looks and self-image define our worth, beauty, success and confidence.
But in recent years, I’ve discovered that I am SO much more than my skin. And you are too!
If you’re reading this and also have acne and feel the exact way I used to, I hope you leave this page with a different opinion and feel positive and beautiful just like you are and deserve!
My acne started when I came off the contraceptive pill at age 19. I was put on this pill for ‘heavy periods’ when I was 14 and suffered migraines, weight gain, mood swings and much more in between but my doctor always told me it was my ‘teenage hormones’ and not the pill causing these issues. So I stayed on it.
When I finally broke free of taking 21 little pills and seven sugar pills per month, I realised that it was, in fact, the pill causing ALL of my problems. But stopping the pill drove a bigger one I had never experienced before. Acne.
I started to break out on my back at first, and then a few months later, it spread to my chest and face. During this time it was a super hot summer here in the UK, and I was wearing winter clothes to cover my body acne and heavy makeup (which, might I add, I reapplied if it sweated off) during the day and I was really miserable, and I felt chained to my acne. It was so stressful to ‘upkeep’ this flawless facade, and ultimately I felt like an imposter in my own skin.
After trial and error, many months/years, taking lots of medications, trying different skincare products, I realised that my acne was a much larger symptom than just ‘my skin’. It had many root causes stemming from IBS, hormones, diet, bad blood circulation, toxins and stress.
The things that have helped me most would be lifestyle and diet changes. Looking after the inside for me has really shown on the outside. Many experienced naturopathic doctors, acne nutritionist or Chinese herbalists can help if you’re looking for a natural journey.
But also from my behalf, a lot of research and patience.
When it comes to skincare, I feel like I did the typical panic thing of ‘try this’ ‘oh and this’ and ‘TRY EVERYTHING!’ Everything that stated ‘Clear skin’ in the label I wanted to try in the hope it would help.
But this was a huge mistake I made and also trying too many products at once! Choosing the wrong products and being inconsistent can lead to irritated skin, compromised skin barrier and ultimately more acne.
Skincare requires time for it to work correctly, for our skin to adjust and also our skin needs to go through the natural cycles of shedding old and dead skin cells before real results are seen. Patience and consistency are required.
My biggest tip would be to look for non-comedogenic ingredients. Things that won’t clog the pores and further create breakouts or irritation. There are plenty of ingredient checker websites out there that really helped me search for the correct products.
I also found stripping my routine back to basics helped too! This way, I could pinpoint exactly what was and wasn’t working for me whilst giving my skin a break.
I started off with a simple and gentle cleanser, moisturiser, SPF and face mask. After that, I re-introduced acne treatments and actives slowly, once at a time to see which ones were helping and which ones weren’t.
When looking for skincare, I also opt for products now that are natural and kind to the skin. I also look for brands that share this same ethic, like Kate McIver. Their products are vegan, clean and natural with real user reviews and result too, which I applaud over a huge skincare company with false advertisements any day.
A personal favourite of mine is the ‘Secret Weapon Serum’ which is easy to use and great for my acne and sensitive skin.
Aside from all of the things that can help acne, time is precious and finding the right things that could help you might take a long time… That is why I chose to my skin, just how it was whilst on my journey to healing. I didn’t want to continue putting my life on hold and being unhappy because of my ski
I noticed that I wasn’t kind to myself or supportive during my acne journey. I didn’t love myself, and I didn’t think I was beautiful either.
But life is too short to wake up every day hating ourselves. Not thinking we are good enough or worthy of success, compliments or love.
I was so fed up with feeling rubbish and like the quotes, always say “change has to start with you”. So I made that happen.
I started to write down all of the things that I liked about myself. The list grew every day (it wasn’t easy at first) but after a few days, I had stuff on there like: ‘Loving sister, caring daughter, can make people laugh, good at my job, good at knitting’ (yes I love to knit) and it was this that I was proud of!
My acne hasn’t taken any of that away from me. It hasn’t taken the love I have to give away. It hasn’t taken my ability to care away, I am still good at my job, and it sure hasn’t taken away my good sense of humour because I love nothing more than sticking on a comedy film or making my friends laugh.
I now journal daily, write gratitude lists, and each morning I preach positive affirmations to myself.
I realised I was in charge. Only what I allowed to hurt me could. What I think about myself has helped more than anything.
I follow a range of social media people who are a part of the #acnecommunity who daily I think are beautiful inside and out. If I think these people are beautiful then surely I should think of myself as beautiful.
Now here I am, fully confident in my skin, embracing all that is and loving everything about myself. I’m not perfect as ‘beauty standards’ claim, but what really is perfect? I feel like a huge weight has lifted off of my shoulders since opening up about my acne struggles and being present and staying true to myself.
If you are loving, caring, funny, intelligent, good at your job, creative, have a hobby, have something you are passionate about or anything else, then THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.
What we see on the outside is only 1% of who we are as a person and it’s the things inside that count the most!
Be proud of your achievements, the love you’ve given and dreams you hope to come true. Please remember that you are beautiful, inside and out, and worthy of love. Start with self-love and the rest will follow.
On behalf of the Kate McIver Skin team thank you for sharing. Follow Kara on instagram @karaoliviabeauty
January 19, 2021
Everyone at Kate McIver Skin HQ, our friends and families are all finding things so tricky since New Year, a Winter Lockdown is more challenging than we expected and we are guessing your feeling the same.
We have you been walking in the rain, hail and snow just to get out of the house as the fall walls are sending us all stir crazy, also trying to get our steps in for our daily exercise. Again, Central Heating turned up, which can make you and your skin feel groggy.
Does your skin feel like the moistures zapped out of it?
Have you noticed any deeper lines and flaking of your skin?
The decreasing humidity can make the atmosphere drier and your skin dehydrated.
For those with Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, you may be experiencing a flare-up, and what with PPE everyone seems to be enjoying more than the odd pesky spot or two.
We believe at Kate McIver - If your mood is flat, your skin is too!
So, what can you do to get your Glow Back?
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
If you haven't managed dry January, try reducing your alcohol intake to reduce skin inflammation and aim to drink about eight glasses per day.
Also, a little bottle of Magic with 11 potent ingredients cleverly mixed that can protect your skin.
The ingredients within the Secret Weapon Serum Original are combined to achieve a hydrating Glow.
We have chosen a few key ingredients to explain why they the Secret Weapon Serum will help support your skin through the Winter.
GLA is a type of fatty acid that your body converts, the substance acts like a hormone in your body, helping reduce inflammation tied to skin diseases.
Borage oil is said to have the highest GLA content compared with other essential oils. It has shown promise in clinical research for inflammation, acne, eczema, rosacea.
SEA BUCKTHORN OIL is another critical ingredient known for being a great skin repairer; the Secret Weapon Serum's smell and colour are from this oil. Olive Squalene is very similar to human sebum; therefore, it gets absorbed quickly. It helps the skin to retain moisture and smooths out blemishes such as age spots. More importantly, it boosts cell regeneration and oxygenation.
NATURAL and contains absolutely NO Chemicals, Parabens or EDC's. They are entirely vegan and formulated to rehydrate the epidermis and seal in the moisture, perfect for Winter Skincare.
January 08, 2021
Here we are again in total LockDown, and we are forever indebted to our NHS staff and Frontline workers who have put their country and job before themselves.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we wanted to try our best to support in some way and have offered all NHS and Frontline workers advice and 20% Discount off our Secret Weapon Serums. If you send your Blue Light Card or ID to email@example.com or DM our Socials and we will send you the code.
There are so many reviews from Nurses, and frontline workers here are just a small sample of them -
Many nurses have asked for Tips to keep their skin healthy whilst wearing PPE, so many have never had skin issues before COVID.
They have been experiencing abnormally irritated skin, increased breakouts, dryness, and peeling are common skin issues that have been occurring. Those who have struggled with Acne, Rosacea, and other skin conditions previously, the PPE has exacerbated their problems.
Our advice is to keep to a gentle skincare routine while wearing PPE and Protective Masks, try to use fragrance skincare, avoid using makeup and harsh ingredients, and exfoliating scrubs.
We recommend that you prep your skin with a Serum to create a barrier to protect and moisturise whilst wearing PPE.
Whilst working a great tip is to cool your skin down when you get the chance by removing your mask when permitted and splashing your face with cool (not very cold) water to reduce the salt excretion from sweating under your mask as it creates a humid environment. Lightly dab your skin dry. Especially carry this out if you have Maskne.
As soon as you arrive home, Double Cleanse your skin and apply your Serum. If you are suffering from dehydrated skin considering using Hyaluronic Kakadu Serum's layer on damp skin to absorb the moisture and repair your skin. If your skin is experiencing severe itching and the break out is becoming very angry, we suggest you consult your pharmacist as you can get over the counter creams. If the pharmacist thinks necessary, you may need to visit the doctor.
October 09, 2020
Thank you to the Hello Magazine team for choosing Kate's Secret Weapon Serum as one of your HELLO LOVES products.
Recognition for Kate's products in October, Breast Cancer Awareness month means so much to her family and team. Being celebrated for helping to make a difference is truly fitting for Kate's legacy and also will help support our charity partner @coppafeelpeople
If you are struggling with Sensitive Skin see why Hello Loves the Secret Weapon Serum Original here.
Sat side by side with global brands like Estée Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Jo Malone, Bobby Brown, Guess, Aveda, Origins the list goes on.. was a Hello Magazine girl, it was in her clinic, she loved fashion and everything Glam, she would often talk to her clients about the content, and this would mean the world to her!
Thank you for ’Sharing the Secret.’ 💓
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October 05, 2020
They are currently based in Edinburgh and work beside their office companion, Oscar the dog.
October 05, 2020
The 2020 #Faceathon will be slightly different due to the obvious, but we are determined we won't be beaten, and we try our best to put smiles on Cancer Warriors faces - "Regardless!"
October 2019 with the help if so many skins across the UK Cancer Warriors, had all kinds of complementary treatments. We also took a group to London to enjoy a luxury break and visit celebrities. We will always be so grateful to those who gave their time and celebrate on the 29th of October last year's events.. What a month it was !!
2020 is going to be a jam-packed month of fun with so many giveaways.
We will support our wonderful partner @Coppafeel!
We will support @make2ndscount Secondary Breast Cancer Charity and their incredible work raising money for much needed Secondary Breast Cancer research.
We will celebrate and thank individuals who are doing great things for people affected by breast cancer Cancer Warriors will share their journey on our Platform.
We will introduce Cancer Warriors who have created brands because of their journey. There will be some fab entertainment. We will exercise, talk self-care, and discover alternative therapies. Gain nutritional advice and introduce you to Apps with support services. Look out on our Instagram for the schedule of events.
Kate McIver Skin are proud partners of CoppaFeel! Part of our revenue from the sale of our Secret Weapon Serum Original is donated to this fantastic charity that raises awareness of Breast Cancer.
Our customers play their part in giving everyone the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer.
We started this relationship in March 2018 when we lost Kate. Her wish was to support Coppafeel as they open up the conversation with young people, talking boobs in their environment to affect real behaviour change.
We all know why we should check our boobs, but are you checking each week?
In the UK, 1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer in their lifetime, and 400 men are diagnosed every year!
If you check, you have a better chance x