Five Foods for Fabulous Skin

It’s often said that you are what you eat – and that’s certainly true when it comes to your skin.

Certain foods can have a positive effect on the quality and health of your skin – and you don’t have to smear them on your face to get the benefits, you just have to eat them! Even better, they are all super tasty.


Tomatoes contain a compound called lycopene. This is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells from damage. You could think of it as a kind of sun protection from the inside (though you still need to use sunscreen on the outside!), and tomatoes are one of the foods with the highest concentrations. And if you cook tomatoes, the lycopene gets transformed into a form that is even easier for the body to use in protecting your skin.

Kidney Beans

The key ingredient in kidney beans that helps your skin is zinc. This element has a significant anti-inflammatory effect, so can help keep skin smooth and reduce puffiness. Zinc also fights bacteria that can cause spots and acne.


Walnuts are high in omega-3 oils, which are really amazing for helping improve your skin. Omega-3s help to strengthen cell walls, meaning the cells get less damaged by toxins and the sun, while they also help the skin retain moisture and nutrients, giving you a fresh, rejuvenated look. Not only that but walnuts contain copper, which boosts collagen production for smoother, firmer skin.


These deliciously divine fruits are packed with a form of antioxidant called polyphenol. This element fights free radicals – molecules in the skin that weaken your cells – and help regulate blood flow to the skin. So eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice can help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and keep your skin moisturised.


These pretty pods of soybeans contain something called isoflavones, which help to boost your skin’s production of collagen, meaning more youthful-looking skin. The proteins in soybeans – and other soy products like soy milk – also help to prevent hyper-pigmentation.

With these foods in your diet, along with a good skincare regime and the right salon treatments, you’ll ensure you have glowing, fresh-looking skin every day.


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Six Tips to Prepare for your First Bikini Wax

A bikini wax can be – let’s face it – a bit of a daunting experience. At Refine we do everything we can to make it as relaxing and pain-free as possible.

But there are a few things you can do before you come to the salon to help your bikini wax go as smoothly as possible – literally.

Tip #1 – Don’t shave

For a bikini wax to work best, you need a bit of length to the hairs, so avoid shaving for a couple of weeks beforehand. You can trim, but you want around a quarter of an inch of length when you go for your bikini wax, as this helps the wax catch the hair and so makes for a cleaner finish.

Tip #2 – Stay in the shade

Stay out of the sun for a day or two before and after your wax. You don’t want to wax sunburned skin – ouch! – and after a wax, your skin will be a little more sensitive and can be more prone to hyper-pigmentation  (darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.

Tip #3 - Exfoliate

Do exfoliate – up to the day before your bikini wax. This will help keep the skin smooth for the best application of wax. From 24 hours after your wax, also gently exfoliate the waxed area – this will help prevent ingrown hairs.

Tip #4 - Shower

Take a shower before your wax. This will help to reduce the oiliness of the skin, which inhibits the best take up of hair by the wax.

Tip #5 – Don’t moisturise

For the same reason, avoid moisturising after your shower on the day of your bikini wax. If the shower helps reduce the oiliness of your skin, you don’t want to be applying lotion to make it oily again. A shake of baby powder is the best option to avoid moisture build-up.

Tip #6 - Relax

That might be easier said than done, but with an experienced beauty therapist you are in good hands for the least stressful wax. If you are prone to feeling pain, taking an ibuprofen tablet an hour beforehand can help relax you and dull any pain.

These tips will go a long way to making your bikini wax as pleasurable an experience as possible. 

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Trends in piercing – as in other areas of fashion – can come and go. While there are classics that never seem to diminish in popularity, such as the ear lobe and the nostril, other perforations will inevitably get more coverage at some times than others.

So what’s trending in the world of piercing at the moment?

Multiple ear

In 2016, there is a definite upswing in the numbers of people getting multiple piercings in a single ear. A double lobe piercing is very popular, as is having several perforations – typically decorated with rings – running from the lobe up around part of the rim of the ear. This can make for a striking look of uniformity if you choose similar jewellery, or it allows you to mix and match to create an individual style.


Septum piercings are definitely making their way back into the spotlight. They weren’t so prominent for a few years there, but will be big in 2016. The septum is the cartilage between the nostrils of your nose, and the piercing is typically decorated with a ring. And, perhaps surprisingly, it’s not as painful to get as you might think!


Another trend we’re seeing more and more of is the helix. This is the upper rim of the ear, and looks great with a small ring through it. If you have long hair, it can be a charming surprise when you push your hair back over your ear.


We are also seeing an increase in the numbers of people getting daith piercing. The daith is the innermost fold of cartilage in your ear, just above the ear canal. Not only is this a cute piercing in its own right, it could also have therapeutic effects. Working much like acupuncture, the daith piercing is said to be located on a pressure point that can help relieve migraines and headaches. A great looking piercing that makes you feel better? Sounds pretty good.

Whether on-trend, classic or individual, the right piercing for you is just round the corner.

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