Holos Skincare https://holos.ie/ Nature. Science. Consciousness. Fri, 25 Feb 2022 14:00:48 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 https://holos.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/favicon.jpg Holos Skincare https://holos.ie/ 32 32 Can skincare help with better sleep? https://holos.ie/can-skincare-help-with-better-sleep/ https://holos.ie/can-skincare-help-with-better-sleep/#respond Fri, 25 Feb 2022 12:07:43 +0000 https://holos.ie/?p=26510 Getting enough sleep is very important for both your physical and emotional health. Our needs may be different. Some people may regenerate faster than others. Observe your body, you will find out what is your optimal sleeping time.
For anyone looking for a natural holistic approach to relaxation and sleep, you can approach it even through your skincare.

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Can skincare help with better sleep?

Getting enough sleep is very important for both your physical and emotional health. Our needs may be different. Some people may regenerate faster than others. Observe your body, you will find out what is your optimal sleeping time.

Buddhists say you don’t control when you are going to fall asleep. You can only wait until sleep comes. You have an impact on the quality of your sleep though.

How to improve your sleep?

  • Make your bedroom comfortable: aired, quiet, not too warm (a cooler bedroom promotes better sleep.)
  • If possible go to bed at the same time every evening – a consistent sleep routine helps falling asleep.
  • Do not eat or drink alcohol or coffee shortly before sleep. The last meal should be about 3 hours before going to bed. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but the quality of your sleep will be worse.
  • Get off electronics one hour before bed time. Studies show two or more hours of screen time in the evening can seriously disrupt the melatonin surge needed to fall asleep.
  • It’s wise not to sleep with your smartphone next to your bed. We are in a nearly constant cloud of wireless signals. It can affect our deep sleep or cause headaches.
  • Go for a walk – 20 min in the evening. You’ll get some oxygen while walking and clear your head after a busy day. Walking also syncs two hemispheres of our brain which help us learn, focus and perform. (more information in a book: “Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head”, Dr. Hannaford).
  • Have happy thoughts when going to bed. We tend to think about our troubles and stressful moments from our day. Therefore, intentionally let’s think or even write down three beautiful moments from the day. If you fall asleep with a beautiful thought your sleep will be better.

How can essential oils help with better sleep?

Essential oils are plant oils that contain the aroma but also the healing powers of the plant. Lavender, Chamomile and Rose oils are being used for relaxation purposes. Most of us have heard of Lavender being dropped on your pillow to aid sleep or burning Lavender in a room to relax in the evening. Some of you may have drunk Chamomile tea in the evening to help wind down. Rose also is known to be very soothing and you may have enjoyed Chamomile and Rose tea. Maybe you place a little bowl of water with 4 or 5 drops of essential oil on your warm radiator.

For anyone looking for a natural holistic approach to relaxation and sleep, you can approach it even through your skincare and combine it with other natural treatments.
Lavender, Chamomile and Rose are the inspiration for our Holos Good Night range. Any of below ideas will help you relax and fall asleep.

  • A night time bath followed by massaging Good Night Body Oil into your skin is just bliss and sets you up for a relaxing night’s sleep.
  • If you have no time for a massage add a few drops of Good Night Body Oil to your bath.
  • Massage your feet with the oil and leave it on. Wear cotton socks for better absorption (and keeping bed linen clean)
  • Use Good Night Body Oil as an overnight face masque.
  • Dry, dehydrated skin enjoys the effects of Good Night Rich Night Cream but you also get the benefits of the essential oils that help lull you to sleep.
  • If the Good Night Cream is too rich for you, massage only the temples and/or forehead with the cream.
  • Good Night Rich Night Cream is a beautiful hand moisturizer. You still benefit from calming properties.

For those of you who find Lavender scent too strong, try the Love Your Skin range instead. Mild scent of Rose, Frankincense and Benzoin have relaxing properties and may help with muscle aches and tensions.

We have good news for those who lost their smell because of Covid. You may not smell it buy if you apply them on your skin it works. Essential oils penetrate our blood stream and impact our mood.

Sweet dreams 🦋

Good night sleep through skincare

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“Holos in Wonderland!” interview with Niamh Hogan https://holos.ie/holos-in-wonderland-interview-with-niamh-hogan/ https://holos.ie/holos-in-wonderland-interview-with-niamh-hogan/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 14:04:21 +0000 https://holos.ie/?p=21007 “Holos in Wonderland!” interview with Niamh Hogan, CEO Beauty journalist and Awards judge Sara Niven talks to Niamh Hogan, CEO of 2021 Free From Skincare Awards Champions Holos Skincare, about her commitment to active natural ingredients, her support for up-and-coming Irish skincare brands — and some new formulations she has in the pipeline … The interview was published in […]

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"Holos in Wonderland!" interview with Niamh Hogan, CEO

Niamh Hogan, CEO Holos Skincare

Beauty journalist and Awards judge Sara Niven talks to Niamh Hogan, CEO of 2021 Free From Skincare Awards Champions Holos Skincare, about her commitment to active natural ingredients, her support for up-and-coming Irish skincare brands — and some new formulations she has in the pipeline …

The interview was published in Skins Matter on the 27th of July 2021

Holos translates as ‘entire’, or ‘whole’, in Greek. It’s a word that immediately stood out for holistic therapist Niamh Hogan when she came across it in a massage textbook back in 2003. More than a decade later, it sprang to mind again when she launched her own skincare range.

“I felt it perfectly summed up the ethos behind my products,” Niamh explains. “Whereas people used to have to choose between skincare focused on sustainability or driven by science, I wanted to provide plant-based products that are also high performance — the ‘whole’ package.”

Testers and judges at the Free From Skincare Awards have long been impressed with her formulations, resulting in numerous awards over the four years she has been entering, including a Gold in 2020 for the Super Natural Activity Pre and Probiotic Spritz.

But this year, Get Better Butter from the Holos ‘This is More’ range, beat all the competition — well over 300 other entries — to scoop the top prize. The rich, multi-purpose shea and cocoa butter blend won Gold in the Problem Skin Category — as well as being named Overall Champion.

It “worked miracles from the very first application, calming skin and alleviating itching” enthused one tester, while another cited it as her luxury item if she were to ever get shipwrecked! (You can read more feedback here.)

“There are many awards out there but the Free From Skincare Awards are definitely the most important to us,” Niamh confirms. “The extensive feedback all entrants receive is so valuable, as is knowing that every product is properly trialled over a full month by a panel of four testers. To receive a Silver brand award is wonderful too, and sales of Get Better Butter have rocketed as a direct result of our win!”

Holistic beginnings

Free From Skincare Awards TIM Butter 2021

While Niamh didn’t originally set out to create a skincare range, she has always had a keen interest in wellbeing. After successfully managing Nude, Dublin’s first juice bar, she returned to college to study holistic health. It was while working as a therapist that she began blending her own massage oils, eventually moving on to other products. The Holos range now consists of 23 products (with more in the pipeline) and in addition to retail sales, the company supplies qualified therapists throughout Ireland.

Niamh had clear ideas from the outset when it came to what she did and didn’t want her range to contain.

“I divide the ingredients I use predominantly into two camps — core and active,” she says. “The former would include argan oil and shea butter; products which rather than just sit on the skin, are absorbed well and protect and plump it up. Then there are the active ingredients — scientifically researched smaller extracts such as Octyldodecyl PCA which encourage and stimulate our skin to produce more of their own lipids. These lock in water and help towards reducing fine lines. Some companies use synthetic ingredients to boost lipids — ours are derived from beetroot.”

She adds: “I search out ingredients I want to include for their beneficial properties, then work to locate a plant-derived version. At the moment we are exploring a natural alternative to retinol called bakuchiol which is from the psoralea corylifolia plant.”

In terms of what Holos products don’t contain, you won’t find animal by-products, parabens, mineral oils, sulphates or SLS.

“I see the EU as being very stringent on safety and the ingredients it allows but am aware many people are keen to avoid certain ingredients and my view is, why include them if you don’t have to?” argues Niamh. “Even though deemed safe, I’m aware that some, such as SLS, may be more likely to cause irritation, so I substitute a coconut-derived foaming agent.”

In the seven years since the brand was set up, Niamh has noticed consumer expectations rising dramatically: “Back then, having natural credentials was seen as enough, but that isn’t the case today. The flipside is that natural brands are now taken far more seriously as effective skincare ranges that can rival their ‘scientific’ counterparts in terms of results. I see Holos as occupying a unique position in the Irish skincare market as a brand that blends eco credentials and cosmeceuticals.”

Other Irish beauty brands often approach her for advice, something she takes a generous attitude towards providing.

“I love the skincare industry and I love supporting new brands,” she says. “The way I see it, there’s room for all of us to be successful and supportive. If I’m advising someone who is promoting their products as organic or natural, I will say that’s great but tell me how your ingredients will improve people’s skin. For me it is really important that a product doesn’t only tick ‘natural’ and ‘free from’ boxes — it needs to have a beneficial effect, or what’s the point?”

 

Future Formulations

Niamh is currently busy working with a cosmetic formulator on new products for 2022. These include three new face serums with active plant extracts in addition to fragrance-free products.

“The serums are intended to close the gap I see in the range for customers willing to invest in a more elaborate skincare regimes,” she explains. “And my aim with the fragrance-free range is to provide a choice for people with extremely sensitive skin or concerns about sustainability.”

It’s clear Niamh is unlikely to run out of products to enter in the Free From Skincare Awards any time soon and nor does a big win mean she is about to stop doing so.

“The support we get as a brand from the awards organisers is deeply appreciated,” she says. “There is a community there that can learn and help each other and for me that is what the awards represent the best of.”

For full results of the 2021 Free From Skincare Awards, click here.

 

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Holos Skincare - Overall Champion, at the Free-From Skincare Awards 2021

This is an official Holos press release - July 2021

Niamh Hogan CEO Holos Skincare

Irish skincare brand Holos scooped top honours, named Overall Champion, at the tenth annual Free-From Skincare Awards.

Get Better Butter from the Holos ‘This is More’ range triumphed over 300 different skincare product entries to take the top award, beating luxury and designer beauty brand offerings.

The multi-purpose skincare treat took the Gold award in the Problem Skin Category, as well as Overall Champion of the 2021 Free From Skincare Awards.

One of the tester judging panel said Holos This is More, Get Better Butter ‘worked miracles’ from the very first application.

“It calmed my skin straight away, taking away the itch.  If I were shipwrecked, this would be the one luxury item I’d want… a Godsend!”

Free From Skincare Awards 2021 Holos This is More Get Better ButterGet Better Butter is a rich buttery cream that is excellent for very dry skin, on the face or body. It forms a barrier to lock moisture in, resulting in smoother softer skin.  Also ideal for sensitive skin, its organic cocoa and shea butters are antioxidant rich, hydrating and softening.

Collagen boosting, vitamin rich shea butter, and natural antioxidants, jojoba and grapeseed, in the multi-tasking cream help protect the skin from the signs of ageing, while juniper and lime are anti-bacterial and gentle on sensitive skin.

The prestigious Europe-wide awards encourage and reward producers of skincare products that are ‘free from’ many of the allergens, preservatives, additives and fragrances associated with both skin sensitivities and allergies, and with ethical, environmental and health issues.

The innovative Holos skincare brand, handmade in County Wexford, is a range of 100% plant-derived, vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly products.  Its natural products are multi-award-winning, so much so, the brand’s popularity has recently seen it launched on the U.S market.

The Holos ‘This is More’ collection is multifunctional and multi-beneficial skincare that is plant-based and like food for the skin, brand owner Niamh Hogan says.

“As an holistic brand, Holos works to make beauty routines easier, and to simplify choice.  Our award-winning formulas can be used in many different beauty applications to nourish, enhance and calm skin.

“We are thrilled to have our small Irish brand acknowledged on the international skincare stage.  We are dedicated to innovative products that bring real benefits to the skin, while also being committed to natural plant ingredients and sustainability”.

The Holos brand collection also claimed Silver in the Best Brand category, based on product performance, free from attributes, brand ethos, diversity of product range, value, originality, and eco credentials.

The awards announcement in July followed a long judging process which included a rigorous month-long assessment by four experienced skincare testers, and concluded with round-table expert judging sessions.

Awards Director Alex Gazzola says “We highlight the best products and brands offering something ‘different’, using alternative ingredients that work for people who live ‘free-from’ lives, and for whom mainstream cosmetics and skincare are often unsuitable”.

The award-winning Get Better Butter and the complete Holos ‘This is More’ range is available online at www.holosskincare.com and from pharmacies nationwide.

With dermatology experts reporting that up to a third of people may be allergic to skincare ingredients, the natural look is definitely best, and natural Irish-made Holos is now officially the best of the best!

For the full set of results, see the Awards website at: https://www.freefromskincareawards.co.uk/

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"A touchy subject" - how to care for sensitive skin?

Niamh Hogan CEO Holos Skincare

Holistic therapist and owner of Holos Skincare, Niamh Hogan, advises on caring for sensitive skin

The interview was published in Belfast Telegraph on the 10th of July 2021

What does having sensitive skin actually mean?
Sensitive skin is skin that is easily irritated and is reactive, but is a very broad term as sensitivity can be caused by many factors. It isn’t a one size fits all approach to sensitive skin and when someone presents with sensitive skin, it is wise to try to identify the cause. Knowing the cause is key to finding a balance in the skin.

What causes it?
There are so many causes. A person may be born with a skin disorder like eczema which can flare up due to environmental, dietary or other factors. A person can develop contact dermatitis from coming in contact with just one substance, a new shampoo, cleanser or any other product or maybe they work in an environment where chemicals are used. Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and sometimes even painful pustules. Rosacea flares can happen with changes in temperature like hot showers or cold winds. Rosacea sufferers report that they can get flare ups from alcohol and spicy foods. There is mounting evidence that Rosacea can be linked to gut health. Using active ingredients incorrectly without proper advice can lead to damage of the skin’s acid barrier and lead to longer term sensitivity.

What should I look for in skincare products that will be less irritating to sensitive skin?
A rule of thumb should be unless a brand says specifically that a product is for sensitive skin, I would always seek advice before using. Elave is such a brand. Other things I would look for in skincare are pH balanced products and Probiotics. The Holos – Super Natural Activity Pre & Probiotic Spritz is a must have for both pH balance and probiotics and will keep the skin barrier strong defending it from pathogens that can cause irritation.

Are there any ingredients I shouldn’t use?
Anything that will upset the skin’s protective barrier so alcohol as a main ingredient should be avoided. Avoid synthetic fragrances and sulphates which can be irritating so use face washes like Elave Skin balancing cleansing gel £13.50. If using Vitamin C, avoid L-ascorbic acid and look for gentler forms of Vitamin C like the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum £18 which uses sodium ascorbyl phosphate . It is important to mention though that even the most innocuous ingredient has the potential to irritate someone’s skin so if you are unsure about your sensitivity, seek advice. You may also have sensitive skin that is not caused by the use of skincare products, it may be internal but just manifests on the skin.

How should I test for a sensitive skin reaction?
You can only really know by trying a product so seek out sample sizes and test on a small area of the skin. Sometimes reactions are instant, sometimes they are not so getting large enough samples that will do for a few days can help you gain a better understanding of any reaction.

How can I protect sensitive skin in summer?
Include antioxidants like vitamin E which you will find in plant oils and butters in your skincare routine. Holos This is More Get Better Butter is suitable for sensitive skin and is naturally rich in antioxidant vitamins which protect the skin from free radical damage that causes premature ageing. The Shea butter will also help treat any red irritated areas. But the most important thing is SPF when outside in the Summertime.

What do I need to look for in a SPF for sensitive skin?
When choosing an spf, a mineral one is the better choice for those with sensitive skin. A chemical spf absorbs into the skin while a mineral one like Skingredients Skin Shield SPF £39 will be less irritating as it forms a barrier on the skin.

Can you outgrow sensitive skin?
Yes you can outgrow sensitive skin. Some people will have eczema as a child and have it disappear in adulthood. However I would always exercise caution if there is a history there. You can also remove sensitive skin by identifying what is causing it and avoiding it so it may not be a case of outgrowing it but a case of avoiding it.

What are the common mistakes those with sensitive skin make?
Assuming that if something is ‘natural’ it is safe for them to use. Natural skincare can be very potent and covers an array of ingredients that have major skin benefits but also the potential to cause irritation. For example, some natural skincare companies preserve products with ‘denatured alcohol’. which is irritating. Another mistake is assuming you can’t use active ingredients. All skin will benefit from ingredients that penetrate the epidermis and many active ingredients can be found in less irritating forms. Vitamin A which as retinol can be irritating but Bachuciol, a Retinol alternative is non irritating. Check out The Inky List, Bachuciol £10

Are exfoliators recommended?
Harsh exfoliants that have a rough pumice like apricot kernels or acid exfoliants with levels of more than 5% Alpha hydroxy acid can cause irritation and should be avoided. Choose an exfoliant cleanser that is specific for sensitive skin like the PHA Restore cleanser £30 from Neostrata Restore regimen which is an age-defying range specifically designed for sensitive skin. This cleanser allows even those with sensitive skin to get the benefits of active exfoliating ingredients.

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Using oil on your skin - here's the low down!

They are good for your skin. I promise.

I hear all sorts of thing about using oils on your skin, especially your face, from “they block your pores” to ” they leave a greasy residue” to “oils are bad for your skin”. I want to dispel these myths and tell you to embrace oils! They are good for your skin. I promise.

I’ve put together a few questions and answers that I hope will help you understand better how oils on the skin work.

  1. What is the difference between a mineral oil and a plant oil?

Skin Care products can contain mineral oils or plant oils or both. A mineral oil is petroleum based and does not absorb into the skin because its molecular structure does not allow it. Instead it forms a barrier on  the skin that keeps water locked in. The oil itself does not add any moisture to the skin as it can’t absorb. A plant oil is obviously from plants and unlike mineral oil, it can absorb into the skin. Some plant oils will have higher absorption abilities due to smaller molecules in the oil that allows them to penetrate the skin. Plant oils will also keep water locked in as the water can’t escape through the oil. Plant oil differs to mineral oil however in that it does add moisture to the skin. This is extremely useful as it helps protect the skin against the signs of ageing. It helps to plump the skin up and smooth out fine lines. Every skincare routine should include a Facial Oil, especially the over 30’s. Holos Skincare uses plant oils in all of our products.

  1.  Is coconut oil good for the facial skin?

coconut oilIt depends on what you want from coconut oil and how you use it, and in what form. When you buy coconut oil in a jar, that is solidified, you are buying coconut oil in its most natural state. It will have its coconut aroma and will melt when you touch it. However this form is not very highly absorbable so won’t penetrate the skin to lock in moisture or add plumpness to it. It will however be useful as a cleansing oil or an oil mask that will be removed. To use coconut oil as a moisturising oil, it needs to be fractionated. That means the element that causes the oil to solidify is removed making it more readily absorbable for use on the facial skin. We use this form of coconut oil in Holos Skincare so that you get the most from the oil and it adds vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to the skin as it can absorb.

  1.  Should we use the same plants oils on the face as on the body?

sweet almondsNo. As the skin on the face is thinner, and more prone to the signs of ageing (this is because it is uncovered and open to the elements at all times), it needs more absorbable oils than those used on the body. Also people don’t generally want to have a thick oil on the face that takes a long time to absorb. Oils such as sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and olive oil are too thick for the face but are perfect for the body. They are excellent carrier oils to massage essential oils into the body for absorption into the skin. They are fine to use on the face if they are used as cleansing oils or masks. The best oils for adding moisture to the face are Argan and Rosehip. They absorb quickly adding vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants to the skin, giving it a natural plumpness. Holos Love Your Skin Anti-ageing facial oil is made with Argan Oil and we also have a lovely new products that contain Rosehip: This is More Multi-use Plant Oil.

  1. Should people with oily skin avoid using oil on their face?

argan oilNo. Everyone should use oil on their face as we lose oil in our skin as it ages and we need to replace it  to maintain good skin health. There are certain oils however that you should avoid if you have oily skin. Mineral oils won’t absorb and will sit on the skin. They can block pores so need to be avoided by those with oily skin or large open pores. Thicker oils like sweet almond and olive oil should also be avoided unless being removed straight away (perhaps if you are using the oil as a cleansing oil) as these too can sit on the skin and block pores. However Argan oil is perfect for oily skin and will absorb and in fact help balance out the oil levels in the skin.

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Why Holos Super Natural Activity range is a Skincare Savior? https://holos.ie/why-holos-super-natural-activity-range-is-a-skincare-savior/ https://holos.ie/why-holos-super-natural-activity-range-is-a-skincare-savior/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:43:31 +0000 https://holos.ie/?p=19929 Why Holos Super Natural Activity Range is a Skincare Savior? The Super Natural Activity range bridges the gap between natural skincare & cosmeceutical skincare. It is created using 100% plant-based ingredients alongside scientifically proven plant actives (cosmeceuticals). It is also vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. In short, Super Natural Activity harmonises Nature, Science and Consciousness. There […]

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Why Holos Super Natural Activity Range is a Skincare Savior?

The Super Natural Activity range bridges the gap between natural skincare & cosmeceutical skincare. It is created using 100% plant-based ingredients alongside scientifically proven plant actives (cosmeceuticals). It is also vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. In short, Super Natural Activity harmonises Nature, Science and Consciousness.

There are 4 products in the range:

Super Natural Activity Botanical Micellar Pre-Cleanse 200 ml – Non abrasive, pH balanced, minimal ingredients, it contains herbal and plant waters. This 1st cleanse will remove makeup and ready the skin for deeper cleansing. Pump a few times onto Eco Essentials by Holos reusable Cleansing pad and cleanse your makeup off your face & eyes.

Super Natural Activity AHA Deep Cleansing Cream 150ml – You can use it as a cleansing/exfoliating cream once a day or a deep exfoliating masque once a week. Alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric acid) exfoliate not only the surface layer of the skin but they also can go deeper and exfoliate the deeper layers of the epidermis. It helps to break down the dead skin cells. As we age the process of renewing our skin slows down and it needs help with removing those dead skin cells.

As a Cleanser, massage a few pumps onto the skin avoiding the eye area and take it off after 20 seconds with a warm facial towel. If you want to use it as a masque once a week, leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes.

Using regularly you will have:

  • Smoother softer skin texture
    Less visibility of pores
  • Less pigmentation
  • Better absorption of active ingredients in serums, oils & treatments so better results.

While using AHA product pH of our skin is lowered. It is very important to restore it. That is where the Super Natural Activity Pre & Probiotic Spritz comes in. Restored pH means that it is harder for your skin to harbour bacteria and prevents conditions like breakouts, rosacea or eczema. Holos spritz contains good bacteria which fights redness, inflammation, dryness, psoriasis – conditions which can be caused by external pathogens or pollutants from the environment.
Spritz your face three times making 1 second pauses for the pump to work properly. Use it morning and evening but also to prevent maskne use during the day to keep good bacteria on the skin. It dries instantly. You can wear a mask after. Also perfect for use over makeup.

Super Natural Activity Triple Lipid Replenish Cream 100ml – Excellent for mature skin and dry or dehydrated skin. As we get older the production of lipids slows down. An active ingredient from beetroot stimulates the skin’s ability to produce ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids (all members of the lipid family), therefore it plumps up the skin naturally. An active ingredient from pomegranate creates a fatty layer which stops water leaving the epidermis.

Super Natural Activity Triple Lipid Replenish Cream hydrates and plumps the skin therefore reduces fine lines and makes the skin look younger. Use 3-4 pumps and massage onto your face and neck. It is rich but light and smells amazing with frankincense and orange. It gives the skin a healthy glow without wearing makeup.

Use all 4 products as a night routine for healthy young looking skin.

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What would you do for a healthy challenge?

Would you jump into the sea? I did! It was a bit of a coincidence.  I have read about this Iceman guy, Wim Hof. He says that breathing techniques, meditation and exposing your body to coldness will make you strong, happy and healthy. This did not convince me enough at the time. I was terrified even thinking about putting my bare feet into the sea.

Cold water plunge for strong immune system

In December my friends got me involved into the Dip for Laura Lynn charity. I was quite happy to just donate 😅 My friends were very “encouraging” let’s say. On the 20th of December I was chicken-hearted and would run away if there weren’t so many onlookers. It would be a shame… so I did it! Thousands of needles were piercing my body. I could hardly breathe but I was so happy and proud after probably 30 seconds in the water 😀 It is truth that endorphin fire occurs after. You are just the happiest person in the world! I am still happy even writing about it 😂I would not think I would do it again but my friends’ enthusiasm turned out to be contagious. I did it 5 more times since and I love it! I was so energized after the dip that I cleaned my house and cooked dinner in no time 😀

What have I learned?

• You need to change clothes quickly. Have warm, easy to wear clothes.

• Have a yoga matt to stand on while changing clothes.

• A hat, gloves and a scarf are a must. Wear a hat while dipping. Neoprene socks and gloves may be handy (for later if you love it and stay in the water longer).

• Have a flask with hot water, tea etc. (alcohol-free of course).

• Do not try to be a hero. Stay in the water as short as you feel. Yet my fear of cold water was gone after two dips.

• Do not have a hot bath straight after. Soaking feet in hot water is safe.

• Do not eat sweets after the dip (sugar of any kind). According to dr Ewa Dabrowska, one candy can block our immune system for 30 minutes. Have some vit. C instead 😉

• No one mentioned to me a lip balm and a hand cream and this is something I felt I needed after the dip. Especially if you need to drive to the seaside. If you’re lucky to have it within 5 km…

• Having a warm shower at the evening and using Holos body oil after is the nicest thing in the world 🤗

I am going to dip once a week. That is my resolution for 2021!

Share with us your experience and advice. We can learn from each other.

Love,

Ewa

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Have you had your 5 a day? https://holos.ie/have-you-had-your-5-a-day/ https://holos.ie/have-you-had-your-5-a-day/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:28:01 +0000 http://holos.ie/?p=6893 Healthy skincare Our immune system is vital. Especially now. We need to take care of it to keep our body strong by eating good quality food and supplements, by exercising, relaxing and drinking a lot of water. In Holos we always emphasize that skincare is an extension of your healthcare. Our skin also needs good […]

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Healthy skincare

Our immune system is vital. Especially now. We need to take care of it to keep our body strong by eating good quality food and supplements, by exercising, relaxing and drinking a lot of water.

In Holos we always emphasize that skincare is an extension of your healthcare. Our skin also needs good quality “food” regularly to be strong and radiant. The aromatic signature blend of Rose, Palmerosa, Benzoin and Frankincense in the Holos Love Your Skin range not only targets dehydration, fine lines and inflammation, it lifts and balances the senses. Naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids feed the skin leaving it with a healthy youthful glow.

Have you had your 5 a day?

Love Your Skin the Holos way

5-a-day steps

Follow these 5 a day steps to maintain happy healthy skin:

Step 1.
Massage Love Your Skin Cleansing Cream  into dry facial skin and neck to remove make-up and grime.

Step 2.
Soak Holos facial towel in warm water and use to gently steam and exfoliate the skin while removing Cleansing cream.

Step 3.
Using Reusable Cotton pads (or spray pump) apply Love Your Skin Floral Toner all over facial skin and neck to close pores, balance PH and reduce inflammation.

Step 4.
Massage 4 drops of Love Your Skin Anti-ageing Facial Oil into face, neck and around the eyes for 10-15 seconds to plump the skin, smooth out fine lines, hydrate and reduce inflammation.

Step 5.
Massage 2 pumps of Love Your Skin Face Cream into skin to lock in moisture and add skin nutrients.

Love Your Skin range is suitable for dry or mature skin, treating redness, imbalanced pigmentation and rosacea.

Holos Skincare … A comfort blanket to the senses and velvet to the skin …

Holos is handmade in Ireland, natural and holistic, ethically produced and is ever mindful of the environment.

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Behind The Scenes – Holos Photoshoot https://holos.ie/behind-the-scenes-holos-photoshoot/ https://holos.ie/behind-the-scenes-holos-photoshoot/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 18:40:41 +0000 http://holos.ie/?p=13900 Have a look behind the scenes!

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Have a look behind the scenes of one of our photoshoots, back in 2017!

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Multi-use ‘This is More’ range https://holos.ie/multi-use-this-is-more-range/ https://holos.ie/multi-use-this-is-more-range/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 18:36:40 +0000 http://holos.ie/?p=13896 Niamh explains the multi-use 'This Is More' range

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Watch as Niamh explains the multi-use ‘This is More’ range.

 

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