How to enjoy Wimbledon

Multi-mask

For the matches that go on and on, don’t let it eat into your evening. Pamper yourself and pop on a Proto-col Collagen Facemask whilst putting your feet up to watch the winner take their victory in style. Use clean towels and face clothes to remove or let the mask sink into the skin. It’s easy to multi-mask if you know how.

Murray Mount smoothie

Whether you’re lucky enough to have tickets to Centre Court or setting up a picnic on Murrary Mount/Henman Hill enjoy by creating a berry smoothie. The recipe is really whatever you would like, but it must contain the seasonal strawberry. Host your grassy patch of picnic area like Wimbledon’s finest garden party.

Pitch up your own spot

Sit in a pub or outdoor screening and enjoy the matches a little more sociably without worrying if your sneeze will put their serve off. There will be less queuing, you’ll get change from a fiver for a punnet of strawberries and you can cheer as much as you like.

Bathe like an athlete

Okay, so an ice bathe is not for everyone. But it’s important to rest your muscles after a tense match. Run a hot bath with scents such as lavender or chamomile to relax the mind and body. This can be especially effective if you go on to partake in the sport.

Boost your performance

Adding Proto-col Green Magic to your strawberries and cream, or taking capsules washed down by Robinson’s squash to watch your energy levels rise.

Manage your anxiety with these tips

Last month we spread awareness during Mental Health Awareness Week. However, mental health is still a huge topic across the country. Stats report that in the UK 1 in 6 people are affected by anxiety and depression. Whether you experience it as fleeting feelings of unease, dread or full blown panic, anxiety is something that we all have to manage in our day to day lives. It’s important to put yourself first and make your well-being a priority. 

For those times when the scales begin to tilt and the anxiety overwhelms you, it is good to have a couple of techniques up your sleeve to keep it in check! 

Talk to someone you trust

Reach out to others for support. Seeking help from friends and family helps to put everything into perspective and gives you the chance to offload and work through those nagging worries.

Alternatively, if you feel that it’s having an impact on your daily life you might want to get some expert help. Taking the leap to seeing a professional can seem a bit daunting, however, having a set weekly time to discuss your feelings with someone experienced can make a huge difference.

Work through your worries 

Get journal-ing! Put aside time in the morning or evening to write down all the things that are on your mind.  Are your worries rational or realistic, is there anything you can do about them?

Try challenging your worries – you might find that this helps you to change your outlook.

Mindfulness for grounding

Whether it’s taking time out to meditate or just practising mindfulness as you go about your day, whenever your anxiety crops up try noticing what thoughts you are having, or what is happening in your environment. Understanding your patterns of anxiety and what triggers you are prone too, can help you make changes.

Healthy habits for a healthy mind

Looking after your physical health can do wonders for your mental wellbeing, here are three areas that are proven to impact anxiety levels:

  • Healthy and regular meals – including a healthy mix of proteins, fats and complex carbs can help to level out your blood sugar levels and stop spikes and dips which can trigger or exacerbate anxiety.
  • Exercise – Including some gentle exercise such as yoga, jogging or Pilates can really help to ground you and get those mood-boosting endorphins flowing. Just don’t overdo it, as overexersising is another stressor on your body that can add more fuel to the flames.
  • Sleep – Get a sleep routine set up to ensure you aren’t missing out on those all-important zzz’s. Sleep has been shown to have a big impact on many psychological factors including mood and anxiety.

The truth behind laser hair removal

We’ve tried every hair removal tack tick under the sun… from shaving, plucking, threading to waxing. But, what about laser hair removal?

We ask our Beauty Therapist the secrets tips and secrets behind laser hair removal:

“How does Laser hair removal work?

A gentle burst of laser light penetrates into the skin and the root of the hair. This targets the brown pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft.

The hair absorbs the light energy and turns it into heat. The heating up of the follicle disables the hair growth. The hair then needs to be treated in the growing stage of the hair cycle which means several sessions are needed to catch each hair.

What are the benefits of Laser hair removals compared to waxing, shaving etc.?

The benefits of laser compared to alternatives such as waxing or shaving are that the results are longer lasting. During the course of laser sessions any hairs that come back are much finer and sparse. After the course of treatments you may only need 1 session as a follow up.

Can anyone have laser hair removal

Laser works best on people with light skin and dark hairs. Although darker skin types will still get good effects. Unfortunately laser doesn’t work on blonde, red or white hair as there isn’t enough melanin for the laser to target. There are some medical conditions but we always go through a consultation beforehand to ensure that the laser is suitable.

How many treatments does it usually take to get the desired effect?

Generally it is recommended that a course of  6-8 treatments will achieve the desired effects but sometimes more may be needed. People usually see a reduction in hair growth after just 2 sessions.

How much does it cost per session?

Laser costs as little as £20 per session but the price varies depending on the area being treated.

What does it feel like, is it painful?

The best way to describe the feeling is like being flicked with an elastic band. It can feel a little uncomfortable and hot but we use a cooling system alongside the laser to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

How can I prepare for my session?

It is important to avoid sun exposure for 6 weeks prior to your first treatment but also to ensure that your skin is free of self tan for 2 weeks beforehand. We recommend shaving the area that is to be treated in order to avoid waxing, plucking or threading for 6 weeks. Avoid using any lotions or creams on the day of the treatment.

What can I expect after a session and how can I care for my skin?

Expect to feel a little sore for up to 24 hours. The area may be red and have a goose bump effect but this is normal and means the treatment has been effective. Avoid heat treatments, perfumed products and exercise for 48 hours. SPF30 or above should be used at all times between sessions or alternatively it is best to keep the area covered up from sun exposure. Aloe vera gel can be applied at home to help soothe the skin but generally it is not required.”

– Jamie-Lee, Beauty Therapist at the Proto-col Clinic

Our desert island skincare survival guide

Our team put our heads together and thought about what key items we’d need on a desert island. Despite being skincare related it was a challenge, Proto-col has brought out an array of skincare products since launching in 2003. But if I had to choose my top 3 it would be…

Skin Radiance

Bursting with antioxidants this product is one of the first of its kinds. Formulated to be taken orally, this product is ideal for improving skin complexion. Feeding the skin long after you walk the plank onto the island, Skin Radiance is made up of Champagne grape and French melon extract. The red berry and SkinAx² ™ blend have been designed to improve rosacea, dark circles and skin tone.

The Lift XL

A unique lifting serum that reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles for up to four hours, mirroring an anti-ageing agent without the needles. Formulated with active ingredients, this moisturiser nourishes the skin with plant-based collagen. Especially effective for pro-ageing areas such as the eyes, neck and frown lines.

No.3 Miracle Balm

Perfect for a desert island, this body balm richly hydrates damaged skin to replenish and rejuvenate the cells. Not only is it pocket sized- it contains hyaluronic acids and orange oil to promote skin repair.