Protecting skin in the cold

With temperatures outside dropping below zero, cranking up the heating and enjoying an extra coffee can keep the chill off – but, it can also play havoc with our skin.


Here are our top tips for looking after our skin in this chilly weather…

The rays are still out to play

Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean UV rays disappear. Whilst they are weaker than in our warm summer months, if its bright outside, UV rays are present so it’s important we still wear an SPF daily to protect us from harm.

Heat can dehydrate us

Heating inside can rapidly deplete our skins moisture levels by drying our humidity in the air. Ensure you drink plenty of water and wear a good moisturiser morning and evening to prevent over drying

And so can the cold

Its not just heated homes and offices that draw moisture from our skin – but we are susceptible when outdoors too. Cold winds can whip the moisture from our faces, so again, preparing skin before you leave the house with a deeply moisturising cream will help to prevent damage.

Read your lips

Your lips will feel the signs of the cold first, cracking and drying. Use a good quality lip balm to keep them moisturised

Most of all, keep warm have fun and enjoy the snow if we get any!


Much love,


The FG girls xx


September Offer Of The Month – The Body Boost Cocoon

Relaxing | Detoxing | Anti Cellulite & Toning

It’s here! Our September offer has landed with a HUGE big bang – and it’s a reeeeallly good one (with two options, too)!



This ‘all about you’ 55 minute experience not only gives you some precious time, but it also blasts cellulite!

Awesome, huh?!

This one-of-a-kind, limited edition and totally unique treatment includes –

A full body invigorating body brush
A full body application of a Rosemary and Guarana Peel (helps with cellulite, reducing puffiness and smoothing skin)
A body wrap
A pressure point facial massage
A scalp massage
Peel, removal and application of green, jojoba and chamomile firming lotion
A cup of green tea to finish

Just £39 Monday to Friday and only £49 at weekends!

Or, if you prefer a longer treatment…


This option is even more indulgent with a 25 minute scrub added into the mix too.

Not only will this option blast cellulite and chill you out, it will help to rejuvenate the body, leaving it silky smooth and soft. This 80 minute experience includes –

A full Body invigorating body brush
A full body exfoliation
A full body application of a Rosemary and Guarana Peel (helps with cellulite, reducing puffiness and smoothing skin)
A body wrap
A pressure point facial massage
A scalp massage
Peel removal and application of green, jojoba and chamomile firming lotion
A cup of green tea to finish

Just £55 Monday to Friday and only £65 at weekends!

As always, you can book online by clicking HERE or by calling us on 01202 295774.

Here’s our founder Hollie to tell you more…

Top tips for Anti – Aging



Simple steps can have a BIG impact.  Small tweaks to our daily diet, exercise routine and water consumption can result in huge changes. 

A little bit of everything in your diet

To maintain a healthy body and mind, and stay young and active, each meal should include high-quality protein, low-glycaemic carbohydrates and healthy fats.

Get your food in order

To promote digestion, the ideal order we should ingest food is: protein first, then the fibre and, finally, the complex carbohydrates.

Get hydrated

We should drink 8 to 10 glasses of purified water a day: first thing on an empty stomach, one at each meal, the rest during the day.  Depending on its purity, water greatly moisturizes the skin and improves the metabolic process, which is also crucial for the rapid elimination of toxic waste that haunts the body after we eat.

Hydration with water also gives a glow to the skin and helps to flush excess weight.

When we do not drink enough fluids, we are promoting the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles.

Go organic

I know organic food is priced higher than the regular alternatives.  But it’s worth it if the outer glow is important to you!  Organic produce is considerably healthier and doesn’t contain pesticides or hormones or any other yucky contaminants that can be detrimental to our overall health.
Keep it real

Always choose unprocessed real foods.  Processed food is just what is says – a process.  The natural product is amended for consumption – often meaning vital nutrients are stripped away and additives and artificial ingredients are added to keep food lasting longer.

Trade the cup of coffee

Many of us depend on a cup of coffee first thing to get us moving in the morning – but trading in the coffee for a green tea can have incredible benefits.  Studies have proven its anti-ageing qualities and its high levels of anti-oxidants which cleanse the body eliminating the toxic substances that accumulate in the fat on our bodies.  It also diminishes sugar cravings – an all-round winner!

Sweat it out!

30 minutes a day is all it takes to really get your body into gear.  It might seem like a lot – but remember we have 1,440 minutes a day – can’t you find 30 for a bit of workout time?

HIIT training, lifting weights, a run, even a brisk walk can all have huge benefits for our bodies – and our souls too.  When our body is in motion, it is excreting harmful substances and helping aid the purification of our bodies and our skin.

If we sweat – even better!


Sleep for 7 – 9 hours a night.  Whist we sleep, our bodies regenerate cells – it’s when we heal and repair – so it’s vital we give our bodies an opportunity to keep us healthy.

As we get our forty winks, our bodies cancel the negative effects of cortisol (which affects our metabolism and immune system) and our growth hormones and melatonin are released.

This has a huge effect on our skin – and of course, our immune system.

There is no better remedy for a tired and depleted body than quality sleep.  Try a relaxing bath or a herbal tea before bed and switch off your phones and TV for a deep sleep.

Try to De-Stress

Our lives are fast paced.  We pile pressure on ourselves and carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.  This is called stress.

Unfortunately, stress accelerates the ageing process because when we feel stressed, worried or nervous, our bodies produce an excess of cortisol.  And when there is an excess, our bodies can’t cancel it all whilst we sleep.

Include some relaxation techniques into your daily routine like meditation or breathing techniques to help manage stress.

Pamper yourself

An hour of your time, weekly, can do wonders for the soul.  Now, of course, you can always visit the spa – but realistically, weekly may not be possible.

So, utilising your home and some clever little tricks can give you some much needed ‘You time’

Choose a day when you can relax at home – our skin mimics our environment and our skin becomes stressed or tense in a difficult environment – and put aside some pamper time.

Get scrubbing

Too many of us fall asleep with a face full of makeup and impurities.  When we sleep, our skin regenerates – and blocked pores and a face full of product that we’ve had on all day, can only upset the regeneration process.  Remember, even makeup  free skin needs a decent cleanse nightly – we pick up dirt, pollution and more each and every day.

Double cleansing nightly and using a good quality cream to help accelerate the repair process will help us wake in the morning with a glowing complexion.


These little changes can have big results! 

Bad Ass Broccoli




Broccoli is a green vegetable, catalogued by experts as a superfood. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean and it has been described as the vegetable of higher nutritional value per weight unit of any edible product. It is almost the perfect food, having many uses, benefits, and versatility when it comes to its consumption. It has anti-cancer properties, is a good source of minerals, has almost no fat and is a rich source of many antioxidants.


Broccoli is so rich that it is difficult to summarize all its benefits, but one of the highlight traits of this rich vegetable is being the best source of a chemical called ‘sulforaphane’, a compound that prevents free radicals from breaking down in our body, slowing down the cellular ageing process.





Broccoli may prove to be a natural wonder drug for many types of cancer, in particular, the ones located in the internal organs. That being said, it is particularly beneficial for breast cancer and uterine cancer, since it also removes extra oestrogen from the body.

This is due to the presence of strong anti-carcinogenic compounds like glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, beta-carotene, selenium and other nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E, zinc, potassium and certain amino acids, which are also good anti-cancer agents.


The presence of vitamin-C, sulphur and certain amino acids make broccoli one of the greatest detoxifiers. It removes free radicals and toxins like uric acid from the body, thereby purifying the blood and keeping away problems related to toxins such as boils, itches, rashes, gout, arthritis, rheumatism, and kidney stones.


The credit for keeping our skin glowing and young goes to antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin-C, as well as vitamin B complex, vitamin E , vitamin A & K, omega 3 fatty acids , amino acids and folate present in the broccoli. They all take very good care of our skin, hair, and nails and leave them glowing, healthy, and radiant. Furthermore, glucoraphanin, one of the phytonutrients found in significant amounts in broccoli, has been connected with reversing the negative effects of sun exposure, so we can turn back the clock on our skin by eating plenty of this beneficial vegetable!


Broccoli is very rich in fibre, the primary dietary ingredient that can relieve constipation – which is the root of almost all stomach disorders. The magnesium and the vitamins present in the broccoli cure acidity, facilitate proper digestion and aid in the absorption of nutrients.

Tummy’s are soothed by aiding inflammation.


Apart from the antioxidants mentioned above, broccoli has a very high fibre content, along with significant levels of beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, and other vitamins. They all reduce bad cholesterol and keep the heart functioning properly by regulating blood pressure. When we steam broccoli, studies have shown that the fibre components combine better with bile, making it much easier and efficient to excrete. Reducing bile has a strong impact on cholesterol levels, thereby helping our heart health. Furthermore, the potassium found in broccoli is a vasodilator that can boost blood flow and oxygenation of essential organs by relaxing tension and stress of veins and blood vessels.


Zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, vitamin A, phosphorus and other vitamins such as B complex, vitamin C and E found in broccoli are very good for ocular health. These substances protect eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts, while also repairing the damage from by radiation.


Being very rich in calcium and other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus, eating broccoli can be very beneficial, particularly for children, old people, and lactating mothers. That’s because these are the people most prone to osteoporosis, weakening of bones and teeth, and calcium deficiency. Since broccoli is so rich and full of nutrients, it can become essential for a pregnant women’s nutritional needs. Furthermore, the folate content in broccoli helps to ensures that there are no birth defects, such as neural tube defects, which are a major problem for pregnant mothers who suffer from folic acid deficiency.


An important mineral, chromium, found abundantly in broccoli, regulates the proper functioning of insulin and blood sugar levels, thereby regulating blood pressure as well. The vitamins, which make all our systems function properly and are found in abundance in broccoli, along with fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, help to regulate blood pressure even more.


Anaemia is directly related to a lack of iron and certain proteins. Broccoli is rich in both of these and hence forms an excellent remedy against anaemia. When we eat Broccoli, our blood travels powerfully through our body, spreading oxygen and nutrients to keep our systems functioning at a high level. Copper is also found in broccoli, which is another mineral that, along with iron, is essential for the production of red blood cells.





Select the small and compact clusters of broccoli as these contain the most concentrated form of nutritional benefits. Choose bright green-purple and form stems – and reject offerings with open flowers or are soft and turning yellow.

Steam or boil broccoli, alone of with other veg. Start by rinsing rather submerging to clean to avoid losing nutrients.

The stem is packed full of goodness, peel this too and include in your meals for extra nutrients.

Cooking broccoli – as with any vegetable – can create a loss of nutrients. Utilise the stem or boil water to form the base of soups or for cooking pasta or rice.

Although broccoli clearly has a wealth of health benefits associated with it, there is always room for caution. For some people, contact with broccoli can cause an allergic rash, as some of the powerful compounds in the vegetable can be irritating to the skin. Other than that, eating broccoli in moderation can be an aid for several diseases and medical conditions that are usually treated with traditional medicine.


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This smoothie is a rich source of folate, vitamin B1 – B6 and K, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It’s a great breakfast alternative!


  • Juice from one large red grapefruit, (or 1 whole, peeled and deseeded)
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • 100ml of filtered water



  1. Add the grapefruit juice and water to a blender.
  2. Add the bananas and kiwi and blend.
  3. Add spinach and blend.
  4. Add flax seeds (if you do not have a powerful blender, grind flax seeds prior to adding in a pestle and mortar or with a coffee grinder).


If you like this recipes, there are tons more in the book we wrote, all about anti ageing!

It’s just £2.99 in the Kindle store and can be eaily downloaded to any phone or computer of Kindle in seconds.  It was researched and written by our founder Hollie and has already received ten 5 star reviews!

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Its all about the avocados



This little green fruit is loved by many!  Avocados are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. It is the fruit of a tree native to South Central Mexico, which is not sweet, but distinctly and subtly flavoured, with a smooth texture.

Its consumption has spread in the last decades; people eat it either due to its taste or to its healing and beautifying properties.


Avocado is one of the richest foods in the world.  It is vastly recognised and used internally and externally as an anti-ageing food and supplement due to its high amounts of good fats and vitamins.

This tasty fruit has also a fairly high percentage of folic acid (23%).  Folic acid is a vitamin found in green leafy vegetables and their role is to restore overall health.

A typical serving of avocado is rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium.  Avocados also contain phytosterols and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

Avocados have diverse good fatty acids.  About 75% of an avocado’s energy comes from fat, most of which (67% of total fat) is monounsaturated fat as oleic acid.  Other predominant fats include palmitic acid and linoleic acid.  The saturated fat content amounts to 14% of the total fat. It is a rich source of oleic and palmitoleic acid





Thanks to a carotenoid called lutein, avocado absorbs ultraviolet rays from the sun.  Avoiding these can help to protect the retina.  The acids on the pulp also protect the eyes from degeneration and cataracts.



Avocado fruit contains the benefits of Vitamin E: When you consume this vitamin regularly, our body is fully equipped to fight disease.   In addition, Vitamin E also revitalises the skin making it soft and supple thanks to its antioxidant properties.



Eating avocado guarantees an improvement in the absorption of certain nutrients.  Carotenoids in other fruits and vegetables are absorbed more efficiently when we eat avocado.  Some research has shown that a person who eats avocado increases five times the nutrient absorption compared to one that does not.



The avocado is high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to keep cholesterol levels low.  Avocados contain monounsaturated fat (healthy fat), which reduces LDL cholesterol which is harmful to the body.  Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors.



Again, avocado is a high-fat food.  The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.  This is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects such as protecting us from cancer and tumours.  Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.  The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.



Fibre is an indigestible plant matter that can contribute to reducing blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many digestive diseases.  Avocados tend to be high in fibre, which can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.



This perhaps is one of the most popular of the avocado’s benefits.  It repairs dull, dry hair, due to the large number of vitamins and fat you consume from eating it.  Avocado oil is also used on the skin to repair sun exposure related damage, and signs of aging.



A deliciously full of flavour fruit, the avocado is a very versatile food product that can be consumed in many different ways.

Although costly to produce, nutrient-rich avocado oil has diverse uses for salads or cooking and in cosmetics and soap products.

It is used in both savoury and sweet dishes, though in many countries not for both.  The avocado is popular in vegetarian cuisine as a substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.

Generally, avocado is served raw and can be sliced, cubed or smashed.  Avocado face masks and skin treatments are also very popular.

Helping your makeup last the distance


As women we like to present ourselves in a certain way, so we take the time to apply our daily war paint, whether it be a full face or just a slick of mascara, that little something helps us brave the world and our Chrsitmas parties with a touch more confidence, but we often notice towards the end of the night, we may not be looking as perfect as we did a few hours previously.

There’s no escaping Facebook, Snapchat and instagram now with cameras on every phone – so looking good and staying looking good is key to ensure picture perfect tags this Christmas!

  • Keeping make up on all night starts with the skin. Make sure skin is well exfoliated a few times a week to slough off dead cells which are prone to flaking. If applying makeup onto dead flaky skin it will naturally be shedding more throughout the night, taking your make up with it.
  • Skin also needs to be well moisturised to make sure skin isn’t thirsty but avoid super rich creamy moisturisers during the day as these will force foundation to slide off the skin.
  • It is easy with our hectice ‘get ready’ schedules  to not take the time to allow our water, serums, moisturisers, foundations etc to sink in, but leaving the appropriate amount of time in-between each product will give a firmer base for  makeup
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  • Trial a primer and see if it works for you. Sometimes primers can be excellent in helping the makeup stick to your face but sometimes if using the right products, it might be a wasted effort. So visit some counters and ask to trial a primer to see if it works for you and your makeup.
  • Keep foundation thin, add more layers if you need to, but start with less so you can be as thin as possible while still gaining the coverage you require.
  • Setting powder over the top of foundation can make a real difference. This is also a better product to re apply half way through the night if you need to, to keep your matte look, than a liquid or cream foundation.
  • Make sure all previous mascara is thoroughly removed from the lashes before reapplying a new layer. Build up can be bad for the lashes causing them to break.
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the night. This is something we all do more than what we notice, but with every touch removes more product.

Enjoy your parties ladies! xxx

Stella dot trunk show

Stella & Dot Trunk Show – Here’s What Happened

We love all things sparkly here at Forever Gorgeous.   That’s why we were so excited to be hosting our first Stella & Dot trunk show and open night right here at the spa.

There was a wonderful selection of jewellery and accessories on display, as well as personal styling and – of course – some bubbles to help things along!

You can see what happened in the short video below –

If you’d like to host your own trunk show with your friends – and earn some FREE jewellery in the process – just drop an email to and we’ll send you some information.

It’s a lot of fun! 🙂

You can also see the whole range at

How To Slow Down The Ageing Process

When those pesky lines appear around our eyes, it can make us feel a ‘little sensitive’ to say the least.

There are some of us that embrace the laughter lines and grow old gracefully, and there are others (like us) that dig our heels in and refuse to give in!
There are some incredible products and facials available nowadays that can do wonders for skin – but, its so important that we understand what’s causing our skin to change, and the steps we can take daily to prevent stop aging in its tracks!
OK, we all know this – its nothing new.  But do you know why suncream is so important?
Its been reported that the sun is responsible for 80% of premature aging in skin – and if that statistic doesn’t make you slap on the SPF, then nothing will!
There are 3 types of UV rays emitted by the sun – all that cause different concerns for us .

UVA is responsible for premature aging and skin cancer

UVB is also a culprit for premature aging and skin cancer but is the ray responsible for burning us

UVC is kept out by our ozone layer – but is the most harmful of the 3.

Using a good quality SPF can work wonders in protecting us from damage, burning and aging.
It’s super easy to forget our hands – but cream up guys, as our hands can be the biggest giveaway when it comes to aging!
Our hands go through so much everyday and need some TLC to keep them hydrated and firm!
Massage some good quality hand cream in every night so skin can rest and rejuvenate through the night.
We’ve all done it…. stumbling up to bed (after a long day or maybe a little too much wine) and we skip the night routine to fall into bed.
Makeup on or not, our skin picks up all sorts of toxins and pollutants through the day.  Night time is when our skin repairs the damage from the day.  And if it’s covered in makeup or that day’s exhaust fumes, it can’t breathe properly and do what it needs to do.
Cleansing and toning nightly remove all the yukky stuff that blocks pores, leaving our skin ready to breathe and renew.
Ever bought a new miracle product, and trashed it after 4 weeks because you didn’t look ten years younger?  Well, you might want to use it for a bit longer.
It takes 30 days for our skin to renew its self and 4 months for collagen and elastin to renew.  It takes time for the products to work their magic, but be consistent with them and you’ll see a great difference.
Did you know that missing out on valuable sleeping time can actually age your skin?

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones.



Staying hydrated promotes skin circulation at its base. A good rehydration can make us feel more awake, slimmer, healthier and look younger. health organisations recommend 8 glasses per day.

Facials And So Much More For Problem Skin

Over the years a facial has become one of the most popular and diverse of treatments.

There are scrubs, peels, masques, relaxing treatments, stimulating treatments, electrical treatments, snail facials, gold facials and laser facials.

The list is endless, something to suit every budget and an absolute minefield of choices for what is best for our skin; so how do we choose what facial is for us?

Facials are for men as well as women!

Facials are for men as well as women!

The best thing if you have no idea where to start would be talking to a skin specialist at somewhere such as Forever Gorgeous.

Discussing with a professional can slowly start to narrow the process down and advise you on what treatments will have the greatest effect on your particular issues.  For example some people have excellent tone in their facial muscles but lots of fine lines have appeared so for them a microdermabrasion would be most suitable compared to dropping jowls and facial muscles but very few wrinkles which would be better suited to a non-surgical facelift to help target and tone the muscles.

For acne scarred skin and deep very inset wrinkles something stronger like a skin peel would be most beneficial as this is re building the skin, slowly working the scars or lines up and away from the skin.  Of course a combination of all treatments would the ideal scenario to keep the skin at its absolute pinnacle of youth, however we know this isn’t realistic for busy lives and empty purses.

So as a rough guide, (skin is so unique and individual it is hard to say exactly) below are the best treatments and how often you could be having these treatments to help sort the problem as quickly as possible.

Elemis facials have been listed the majority of times as they have some very advanced systems that can be incorporated into their facials to target every problem, visit here for more information on how these very special products can help you.

Fine lines – twice a month

Microdermabrasion, Elemis facial

Prevention – once a month

Elemis facial, microdermabrasion, non-surgical facelift

Spots – twice a month until reduced problem, then maintenance as needed

Elemis facial, Regima skin peel

Acne – Once to twice a month depending on therapist’s advice and severity

Regima Skin peel

Jowls – Once a week

Non-surgical facelift, Elemis facial

Crows feet – Twice a month

Non-surgical face lift, Elemis facial,  Microdermabrasion

Nothing beats chatting to the experts ahead of any treatment or course of treatments.  We take your skin very seriously so get in touch today for an informal chat on 01202 294774.