Japanese Lip Trainer MiniCase Study. The Results Are In!


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Our participants, all female (aged 45 – 70), commented on their experience of using the Japanese Lip Trainer at the end of the 2-weeks long trial in August 2015.

Inexpensive, focusing your mind and a reminder to exercise – ideal for people that are new to anti-ageing facial exercise. It might be a little tricky to start with and does not taste that nice. Happy reading!





  • Easy to do. Quick to remember. It is not pleasant but ok and just do for a few minutes while sorting things out watching news on tv first thing..
  • Short and easy to do once checked doing it correctly
  • It is a focus, something to use rather than relying solely on massage.
  • It has a limited info enclosed. I found it difficult to keep in place. 
  • Did not feel I had exerted my facial muscles..
  • I wasn’t keen on the taste of the lip trainer, it made me slaver.


  • It’s fine to do once a day. I would prefer to use it twice a day for a minutes or two at most. After using it for a while, I would hope it will get easier.
  • This is ok and sometimes have managed a bit extra either longer in morning or do a few minutes in the evening.
  • Even once a day for 5 mins would be fine..
  • Just about right – suits me when something is easy to fit into my day. I’m more likely to stick to it that way.
  • It wasn’t too long or too onerous. Doing while making a pot of tea and getting breakfast things out.


  • I felt a definite ache in my face after the exercise, but this lessened over the 2 weeks. Stretched, it really feels like it has had a workout! My body feels tense, but this does disappear soon. I also find my neck feels stretched.
  • I can feel it in muscles on face after doing exercise. No changes to body.
  • To start with I felt a mild ache in my jaw after the exercises but as the trial went on, I felt it less.
  • I can tell I have used my facial muscles but they do not actually ache.
  • Haven’t noticed any feelings/changes.
  • No changes felt
  • Anyone who wants to work on lines around the corners of their lips.
  • Anyone over 40. It should, with regular use, keep wrinkles as bay.
  • If you are concerned with sagging facial muscles, I cannot see it doing any harm and may do some good.
  • Anyone with concern about sagging jaw line.
  • It’s cheap, quick and easy to use so I would say anyone committed to trying to prevent the usual negative effects of ageing should buy it.
  • It isn’t expensive so I think anyone could buy it. And not feel they were wasting money. It may work.






  • The gadget is useful as it focuses the mind, it is “something to actually see” and the effort involved is minimal.
  • The guide of the gadget makes you feel you are exercising correctly.
  • The advantage of a gadget is visibility – if left out, it reminds people to do it!
  • This is a morning routine – to compliment a regular evening massage.

The original link to trial invitation, August 2015. 

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Beautiful Plants & Words by The School of Life III.


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Last instalment of the work on plants & wise words created by The School of Life, London.



Rosemary has long been a symbol of both remembrance and love – perhaps because love is ultimately about remembering someone else’s best attributes, day after day. Hamlet’s Ophelia famously used this herb to remember the dead.

Our family, friends, and jobs – and, in nature, trees and clouds – could use a little more regular and mindful appreciation. We need to remember bad things too; only by recalling our setbacks and errors can we approach the world with more humility.




Early in life we’re extremely vulnerable, and we need – and often are given – truly unconditional and selfless love. We’re fed, bathed and soothed whenever we cry out. As adults, we often demand this sort of love from each other – and make a bitter discovery: that we cannot now re-find the love we knew or longed to know as children. We need the insights of the aster plant.

The aster is traditionally a symbol of love, but also of afterthought. It represents the kind of love that follows losses, regrets, and other unavoidable difficulties of loving relationships. This can sound depressing, but instead the aster should serve as an impetus for true maturity.



It sounds a small thing: to say ‘good wishes’. But there are times when every little bit of encouragement can help in the job of keeping our spirits up. Too often, amidst everyday distractions and frustrations, we forget to make the minor signs and gestures that show others we’re keeping them in mind and wishing them well with the business of life; that we do care, even though we’re currently feeling run off our feet.

Basil is a herbal antidote to unintended neglect. The plant is itself a good ‘companion’ to the tomato – each grows better in close proximity to the other (and are marvellous, together, on a plate). Today, the herb’s sweet, pungent scent invites us to be a little more like it is: a good companion to those we love.



In nineteenth-century England, primroses were symbols of youth and romance. And to offer, or wear, a primrose was often a special sign of confidence in one’s lover. We should adopt the same confidence in modern courtship, not only when wooing people, but also when seeking other things we desire.

Confidence isn’t arrogance. It’s based on a constant awareness of how short life is and how little we ultimately lose from risking everything. Confidence is valuable because it helps set grander goals. It needn’t live in relation to our apparent success; it is instead meant to inoculate us against self-hatred and despair when things don’t go our way.


Beautiful Plants & Words by The School of Life II.


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Our attention spans are short; discouragement comes so easily; we feel like running away. Yet more often than not, the key to managing a difficult situation or succeeding in an important area is simply not giving up. Endurance means knowing that one can be both deeply vulnerable, yet capable of recovery from serious blows. It requires patience and conviction.

The fennel plant is our botanical inspiration for this virtue. It is a hardy plant that can grow everywhere from the Mediterranean to southern Canada to South Asia. The Greek word for fennel is marathon, as it was said to grow in the battlefield where the first marathon began. Thereafter, Greek women braided stalks of fennel to symbolise victory.



The way the world is now is only a pale shadow of what it could one day be. We’re still only at the beginning of history. And imagination is the exceptionally valuable, yet all-too-rare, ability to envision the many different possible futures.

To be truly imaginative means being willing to question the status quo, including your own ideas. It involves a willingness to consider and even embrace what might seem impossible or absurd.

Poppy extract has traditionally been used as an anaesthetic, an escape. But another response to discomfort or disillusionment is to let the flowers’ bright petals and cheerful faces stimulate your imagination as you conceive of a better, bolder future.



Wisdom can feel like a distant goal – reserved for the elderly and (one fears) the dull. Actually, however, wisdom means understanding what really matters, and recognising what you can change and what you cannot (and must, therefore, accept). It is our path to emotional maturity: to becoming just a little more polite, gracious, grateful, resilient, and accepting of ourselves and others.

The sage plant is beautifully named in honour of this virtue. To the ancient Greeks, a sage was someone who had obtained a philosopher’s wisdom. And throughout history, the sage plant was believed to ward off evils of all kinds, protecting people from everything from witchcraft to the plague, just as wisdom guards against madness and despair.


The Business of Wellbeing: Working with Academia


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Mindfulness in a bottle 

On 17th September, I am presenting to Hull York Medical School and proposing a project in the area of Wellbeing & Skincare. 

Alternative therapies have been shown to improve quality of life for cancer patients – to alleviate anxiety, depression and fatigue. 

Research so far might not have established effectiveness but there are first studies adding to the body of qualitative evidence in terms of quality of life. Patients report these outcomes in their final interviews: release of emotional strain, escape, clearing their mind, feeling of inner peace and relaxation when being treated by a reiki therapist. 

However, evidence-based mindful daily skincare routines would prove a beneficial tool for self-management. 

Guided relaxation – consisting of a soothing skincare product with a calming scent, an easy facial massage routine and music – should be first tested in stressed yet healthy volunteers. If proven efficacious, these therapies could be extended to vulnerable patient groups in primary care.  

I am looking for academics and industry collaborators interested in this project. Please email info@faceworkshops.com

Beautiful Words About Plants and Virtues (by The School of Life)


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Words that inspired me through the summer.. For today, first three plants and virtues – hope, courage & devotion. We need them in our daily lives.



As adults, we might mock hope. It seems a lot like naiveté, especially as you get older. In a gloomy, disappointing and sometimes tragic world, scepticism and resignation become far easier, almost reflex. But we need hope as a corrective to the vice of excessive cynicism.

Simple, beautiful, optimistic things like daisies can help us remain hopeful. The English daisy has long been considered a symbol of childlike innocence, perhaps because children love to make chains of the flower. Its open face should remind us of the value of unshaken optimism and imagination.



Courage is the ability to face uncertain, even frightening, situations head-on. It’s a readiness to take risks for good reasons, to persist despite criticism and to keep going through the fear. Socrates defined courage as ‘intelligent endurance’.

For a dose of encouragement, turn to the thyme plant. The name comes from classical Greek. Thymos meant ‘bold spirit’ or ‘energetic drive’. For millennia, this herb was believed to be a source of courage; in medieval times, ladies would give knights and warriors thyme to take into battle.



Originally, devotion meant making a vow or offering to a deity. Today, our devotion might not be to a god or gods, but it still means love in action: sacrifice for a worthy cause or beloved person.

Lavender has long been used for devotion, as an antiseptic, and for bathing. The ancient Greeks and Jews used it in their temples as incense. In your own daily domestic devotions, you can use the dry buds in cupcakes for a delicately flavoured dessert, or hang dried lavender in your wardrobe to lend your sheets a calming smell.

These plant extracts are used in facial skincare. I will be back soon to explain their benefits. 

New Research On Sagging, Lymphatic Drainage & Facial Exercise


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My clients have experienced the anti-ageing results of a regular professional facial massage for some time now. However, newly published research lends more credibility to my work. 
Deeper penetration & Longer-lasting effect of active ingredients
A review published by the University of California suggests that massaging the skin helps the penetration of active ingredients, rubbing increases the intake of actives into the skin and their retention – making their effect long-lasting.

Reduced sagging of the cheeks
Japanese skincare company Shiseido have shown that impaired function of lymphatic vessels with ageing leads to accumulation of subcutaneous fat, which causes skin sagging. Also age-related loss of the dermal anchoring structures contributes to this concern (see picture below).

Lymphatic drainage and specific facial exercises help to prevent/reduce sagging of facial skin.  

The Autumn School of Facial Yoga
I will be teaching specific massage & at-home facial exercises to work on the sagging areas – among other facial exercise routines – at The Autumn School of Facial Yoga.
Please email for more information. Places are limited.

References: Shiseido research on lymphatic drainage and on facial exercise

A blog about the active compounds mentioned in both research articles – licorice and pine extracts – to follow shortly. Also more details of the exercises involved. 

FaceWorkshops Mini Case Study: Su-Man Massage June 2015


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Healthy skin comes from a delicate balance of great skincare products, facial yoga, facial massage & professional treatments.

Daily facial massage is essential for youthful looks. We have tried an Asian Technique brought to the UK by the London facialist Su-Man.

What They Liked About It
• A simple and quick massage – so easy to follow * felt good * fits well within skincare routine
• Quick to do & easy to understand – yet need to keep referring to video.
• I particularly liked the ear rubbing and the stroking movements and the massage behind the ears, neck and cheek muscles.
• I did find that holding the position for a number of seconds made things slow down and was almost meditative.

“What I liked most about it was the feeling that I was doing something good for myself, it felt self-nurturing and that felt nice

Feeling the Benefit?

I found it really woke my face up, made my eyes feel and look less tired, left me feeling more alert. It felt stimulating. The stroking moves at the end felt quite calming and soothing. Overall I felt a bit uplifted by it.
• Skin looked brighter. Relaxing especially the gentle sweeps at the end.
• My face feels glowing after the massage * I feel enlightened.

Face feels alive and cared for * I did have a sense of release in some area – particularly around the nose and ears.

  • My face feels a little tingly and more awake. I felt more alert afterwards.

The participants found the massage pleasant. 


What They Did Not Like As Much

As with any new technique, one of the participants – advanced in massaging her face daily – felt the massage was not “in-depth enough for her”. Another was not so keen on the pressure point parts, especially on the eyes as she found that a little uncomfortable – but “felt as if it was perhaps doing some good”. Some participants were surprised at how tender their eyebrows were when applying gentle pressure, especially inner eyebrow.

In Summary: This is a Morning Massage. Awakening. Making you feel Bright & Alert. Be gentle applying pressure at pressure points to start with

Many thanks to the participants of the June Mini Case Study. The August Mini Case study is a little more challenging yet hopefully as beneficial. 


Mini Case Study Appeal: Japanese Muscle Tightener


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 I am looking for participants for my August Mini Case Study

Would you like to see the anti-ageing benefits of short daily exercise routine that strengthens facial muscles? My clients reported improved jawline and lip definition and reduced naso-labial lines.

The 2-weeks long trial will start on Friday 7th August. The Face Slimmer Mouth Muscle Tightener is now available from Amazon for just under £5

Please email me TODAY if interested to take part. 

SAVE OR SPEND: Summer Skincare Under £50


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I would like to run a small high street skincare shop in Beverley, stocking niche and innovative brands. However, for now MyShowcase.com is my shop through which I am able to recommend personalised skincare routines – right for an individual’s skin type and budget. There are an increasing number of new products on the market that are very similar to each other and some of the new launches are becoming prohibitively (and questionably) expensive.

Branding – and a great story of how the product was born – aside, it is the ingredients (and their concentration) that make a product work.

MyShowcase.com is a shopping platform stocking organic skincare I currently work with, my reviews are unbiased and based on science. Here are my suggestions for the summer products to refresh your skincare routine with.

3 Summer Essentials for dry to mature skin types

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  • The Balm Balm Rose Flower Water (£11) is a refreshing toner for facial skin – in the morning as well as during the day. For even skin tone and hydrated, well conditioned skin. Rosa damascena (rose) flower distillate, 100 % organic. 
  • The Balm Balm Superlight Coconut Cleanser (£13.25) is a great cleanser for a lightly tanned skin in summer. Gentle cleanser made from blended coconut oils, also suitable for removing eye makeup. 100% organic. 
  • The Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum (£13.25) Anti-ageing staple for evening massage, the oil-based serum prevents sun related dehydration and maintains a healthy tan. Use prior to applying your evening moisturiser. Richer texture, a blend of rosehip, jojoba and borage oils with frankincense, rose geranium, palmarosa, juniper and mandarin. 100 % organic. 

For combination and oily skin types

A good choice – instead of the Coconut Cleanser – would be Elizabeth’s Daughter Facial Gel Cleanser (£8.95) for morning and evening cleanse. A gentle wash-off cleanser based on mild surfactants (laurel glucoside, cocoamidopropyl betaine) and aloe, enriched with kiwi fruit extract. Refreshing, mild & hydrating, contains also vitamins C & E.


Take advantage of free P&P for orders over £35. If you like my reviews, please put my name in the “Recommended By” section when shopping at myshowcase.com.


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