skincare

The Inversion Method for hair and skincare

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I happened across a tagline a while ago that caught my eye – grow 1 inch of hair in 7 days.  Naturally, my first thought was something along the lines of “pffffffft, yeah right.”  Once I got that out of the way, I watched some of the youtube videos about it, and decided to give it a go.  It would cost me nothing except a few minutes time, so why not.

The inversion method is simple; you put your head upside down for five minutes, every day for seven days.  It’s as simple as that.  Some folks say to use oil in your hair and there is some debate about which oils to use etc, but my hair is really fine and any added oil just turns me into an oil slick.  I decided not to use any oil, and just to invert my head and do a bit of scalp massage while I’m down there.

What I did was to stand up, bend down to touch my toes, and remain down there for five minutes.  Now, this next bit is VERY important so take note.  Getting up must be done slowly and carefully or you will feel dizzy.  I have severe postural hypotension, so I have learned over the years to take care when getting up, even from lying down.  I’ve got into the habit of being careful, but anyone who isn’t used to taking care, TAKE CARE WHEN STANDING UP..!  You do this for seven days, once a month.  They say you should not be tempted to do this every day, as the body gets used to the extra blood flow, which will cease to have such a dramatic effect.  I don’t know if this bit is true, but I guess it could be.

Most of the folks in the videos and blogs I looked at, took pains to measure their hair before and after, but I didn’t bother.  Extra length was not really what I was after.  The science behind the inversion method is that the extra blood flow to your head during those five minutes, shocks the system, which then uses the extra blood flow that it does not normally receive.  It’s like your hair and skin suddenly says to itself, “hey guys, what’s with all this extra food?  Let’s party.”  Most people seem to get around one inch growth in the seven days.  What I thought was that all that extra blood flow would contribute to my hair’s health in all sorts of ways, so it might contribute to extra thickness huh?  At the very least, the extra blood flow would give the follicles a blow through, which can only be good right?

Okay, so what happened to me?   Well, today is the seventh day of my trial, and I have been able to tie my hair back for the first time in over a year.  A week ago it was too short to tie back,  now I have a baby ponytail that gets my hair off my neck in this horrifyingly hot weather.  I will  have to wait to find out if the thickness has been affected or not, but if not, I’m delighted to have seen some growth.

The unexpected benefit of the inversion method that I’ve found, is the effect on my facial skin.  During this seven days, the skin on my face has been extremely soft, much more so than usual, with no change in my skincare regime.  It makes sense when you think about it; all that extra blood flow to your head is going to have benefits everywhere on your head isn’t it?

I shall definitely be doing it again next month.  It’s worth a few minutes a day surely?

Wish Upon a Jar – Review

I seldom do review blogs but having tried a new product recently, I feel compelled to write about my experience.  The product in question is this:-

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This new face cream is made by the Soap & Glory company and they market it as a “21 day collagen overhaul cream.”  The wonderfully retro packaging always delights me and having used a few of their products before, I was happy to give this fairly expensive cream a go.

I bought it in Boots for just under £15.00 and the packaging says you should use it either in place of or underneath your usual moisturiser, twice a day for 21 days and then stop.  You have to wait 3 months before using it again.

It comes in a gorgeous silver globe pot which made me drool as soon as I saw it on the shelf as I’m heavily into anything chrome and I will admit that one of my first thoughts was how well it would go with my decor (yes, shallow of me I know, so sue me.)

The cream itself is thick in texture and a beautiful pale pink colour with the most heavenly slightly orange smell.  A little goes a long way and in fact, if you’re too generous with it I find it hard to get it worked in, so remember, less is more.  It glides on, despite being quite thick and even though I have oily skin, it sinks in quickly without leaving a shine.

It claims to reduce fine lines but as I’ve only been using it for 3 days now, I can’t verify that.  What I can verify is the amazing smoothness of my skin.  My complexion is fairly open and, being 50 now, not as fine as it once was but I noticed immediately how amazingly smooth my face feels with this cream.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this product, just for the softness if nothing else (apart from the uber cool pot of course) and I will update after the 21 days are up as to the state of my ‘fine lines’ (wrinkles to you and me).