Archive for May, 2010

New UK government – changes to UK Border website

New UK government – changes to the UK Border Agency website

Following the UK general election on 6 May 2010, the UK Border Agency website has undergone some changes.

All news stories published before April 2010 have been removed from the UKBA website, as has information about their strategies and aims under the previous government. This content can be viewed on the UK government web archive.

Lets hope the new government sorts out the mess the Labour Government created.


Get rid of #acne and gain self esteem

May 10, 2010 6 comments

Acne. Absolutely, wholeheartedly hate it. I was an acne sufferer and here’s my picture to prove it.  

I have had the whole shabang of treatments. I kid you not.
I was like every other teenager and had a pimply face which I grew out of in my twenties. Of course the odd spot would appear here and then but I could say that spots weren’t a major problem until I hit the age of 28. I wanted the perfect complexion and had been using Mac Studio Fix make up which I believe was a contributing factor to congested skin and consequently acne.
It started of with one or two spots and then all of a sudden spots seem to overtake my face. It was awful. I hated meeting with people because meeting them would mean that they would have to look at me. In my mind, I had the belief that putting on more make up would hide the blemishes but it just got worse.

(please bear in mind when I was on treatments I did occasionally pick, touch, even burst spots. Every acne sufferer understands how this could and certainly does happen).

Clearasil – works on teenage spots as this was what I used when I was younger but is honestly useless for full-blown acne.

Pro-active – I was particularly keen to try this product as so many celebrities were endorsing the product. They say when you try a product you have to keep at it for a little while because the chemicals need to have time to work. I gave it a little time but to be honest their products just seemed to dry so I gave up.

Benzoyl Peroxide – I found out about this product having seen someone on you tube hark on about it. When I first used this, it made my skin red and extremely dry but I persisted. I didn’t seem to see any major change either in the spots and a tube only lasted a few days before I had to go out and get another pack.

Clinique spot treatment – expensive little tubes that you roll on the spot. It works by drying out the spot but not effective on a face full of acne.

Glycolic peels and dermabraision– an expensive facial treatment where I went to London each month. Each session cost me about £90. I would have the glycollic acid put on my face and left there for about 5 minutes (my time frames may not be exactly right as it was a couple of years ago when I had this treatment). This was then followed by the dermabrasion which was like a vacuum.
I think I went for a year almost of treatments and it did help reduce the acne but my skin was never spot free. if you can afford it I would recommend for a little while just to reduce the amount of acne but results are not immediate. It may take a few sessions before you see any results.

Light therapy- I always wondered if this actually works. I am told by several skin specialists that light therapy goes beneath the skin to kill the bacteria that causes acne. I had a course of six sessions and started off with a session every couple of weeks to begin with. This cost about £45 for a 30 minute session. I am still to be convinced if this treatment actually works as I never saw any improvements.

Exposed skin care – I found this treatment on-line via google and was attracted to their one year guarantee. Out of all the treatments that I have used, no other skin product has a year guarantee to their name. Every acne sufferer wants immediate results and no acne combatting treatment can give you that. However after using Exposed products for about three weeks, I was pleasantly surprised to see a marked improvement in my skin.
I admit that because I didn’t know the company I did do a review and everywhere I went had good things to say about the products of the Exposed skin care range. I am joining one of these many reviews and have been using their products now for over two years. In fact I am so pleased with their products that I took one of their challenges and gave my before and after pictures of my skin where I won a years worth of free Exposed skin care products. They now use my photos on their website and although its me at my worse, if it helps people use Exposed products to get rid of acne, then at least I can say I’ve done some good.  Click here for the website

I must add that I did go through a course of light therapy before embarking on the Exposed Skin Care line.  This may have had some impact on the acne treatment as it could have killed all the bacteria causing the acne.  However, my photo above was taken just before I started the Exposed Skin Care treatment as I was keen to take their before and after challenge.

This is me two years on of using their skin products.

This just has to be the best thing since sliced bread. For about £30 you can get a facial wash, acne treatment, clear pore gel, a face cloth, and its 60 days supply. You really can’t get better than that.

Self esteem
I have always taken care and even pride of the way I look. I was confident and sure. When I ended up with acne, confidence and surety were nowhere to be found. I longed for days where I didn’t have to go out but these days never came. I prayed God would give me new skin. I think the answered prayer came in the form of Exposed skin care products. After a couple of months of using Exposed, people would come up to me and compliment me and how great my skin looked. Welcome back confidence.

I’m nearly in my third year of using Exposed and still have great looking skin. Yes I do still have the occasional spot that appears but its nothing that the Exposed Acne Treatment Serum won’t take care of and usually disappears after a couple of days. This is the one skin care regime that I certainly will not be replacing anytime soon.


What to do when things get you down

May 7, 2010 2 comments

Today has been a manic, strange and weird day.  A day that I actually do not want to have to repeat.  Mountains of paper work spread over my desk which I have been trolling through very slowly, my one year old is feeling a bit poorly and I just feel a bit deflated and unmotivated albeit, the work still got done.

Sometimes, you just need some kind of ‘pick me up’ so amongst all the paper work that I did…heres what I did to get a smile on my face

1.  I painted my nails

I needed some kind of beautifying treatment for myself without having to spend any money.  Looking at my nails pre-polish made me feel quite ill and embarrassed.  I’m not a very good self-manicurist but actually pushing back the cuticle did feel quite therapeutic and the end result, hands and feet looked much better which on the outside made me feel much better.

2.  I redid my Curriculum Vitae (CV or resume)

Owning a business can sometimes be mundane and the effort to go out and re-market is actually what has made me feel ill….. I’ve got back to the stage where one care home is running smoothly but all the profit is being poured into a second supported living project which is quite draining on finances.

Anyhow, I re-did my CV, and I was pleasantly surprised with all my key achievements and my career progression.  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of things that we have done in the past to pick us up and when the going gets tough, because we’ve gone through similar trials before, we know that we can pass through it.

3.  I did something for my children

Yes, as mothers we do something all the time for the children but the majority of the time the tasks are routine.  This time I really made the effort to listen to the kids, talk and play with them.  Working from home is an extra pressure for moms because we have to juggle home life with business and picking up that business call when the kids are home is never an easy task.  It felt good to give something back my kids when they totally deserve it.

4.  Spend time with God and reflect

I haven’t done this part yet as the kids are still up but  I’m looking forward to spending time with the Lord  tonight because when all is said and done, I know He alone can be the only one to lift me up.