Co-Owner of Framar, Ed Howe Discusses his Health Journey

As seen in Northern Woman magazine Feb '19

My Bee Venom Conclusion!

My journey over the past month using Wild Fern's Bee Venom serum has now come to an end, and as I reflect on the past month and the difference in my skin I can quite honestly say it has been a positive skin experience. The above pictures were both taken on a night out, the left hand side pic taken at the end of March and the right hand side pic last weekend. I am surprised by how tired I look in the first one, and my skin has a few blemishes. Whilst I do have a way to go, I think the primary difference in the RHS is the radiance of my skin - it just looks brighter and not as tired. At the beginning of the month my skin felt tired and lack lustre. The area around my chin went from being p

Nighttime Skincare Tips

At the end of a long day nighttime skincare can take a backseat. But it's so important to look after our skin so that we make the most of the restorative impact of sleep. So looking ahead to tonight, here are 4 top tips to make the most of your beauty sleep: 1. Cleanse you skin At the end of the day invest in a good cleansing routine. This gives your skin an opportunity to repair itself during the night, free from the dirt and grime that it has gathered throughout the day. Removing your makeup and cleansing your skin gives a clean palette for applying your nighttime skin products. 2. Moisturise at night Moisturising your skin at night is a nighttime skin care must! At night when your s

Top 4 Super Foods for Glowing Skin

In our quest for glowing skin there is no disputing that old saying, "beauty starts from within". Feeding our skin is of primary importance to its health and radiance and therefore our diet needs to be full of antioxidants, good fats, vitamin C, amino acids and collagen. Think juicy grape and not wrinkled raisin ;) There is something about a plate full of colour and fresh food that is so appealing to both the stomach and the skin. I have personally struggled in my relationship with food since I was a teenager when I went from depriving myself to making up for it as a tired mum of young kiddies in my twenties when I ate too much sugar and processed foods. It has taken me into my third deca

3 Top Tips to Clean Out Pores

Hoping for a clean and healthy complexion is top of the beauty list for most of us, but what do we do when we are faced with clogged pores? Many of us will chose to cover up, but unclogged pores give a fresh even skin tone and glow. So whether you are a teenager with problem skin or have more mature skin, it is important to know how to clean out pores effectively. What are clogged pores? Pores in our skin connect to oil glands, also known as sebaceous glands, through the hair follicle. They produce an oily, waxy substance called sebum, and sometimes produce it in excess, which blocks the pore. Dead skin cells inside the pore clump together, along with sebum and hair, and remain trapped u

How to Properly Hydrate Your Skin

Drinking enough water and keeping hydrated is important for our general health, helping maintain proper body functions, supporting our digestive system, regulating body temperature and keeping the body and mind healthy. But what are the impacts of hydration for the skin? The skin is the body's largest organ and is made of skin cells, and like all cells they are made up of water. Lack of water for this particular organ results in dry, tight, itchy and sometimes flaky skin. For skin that is naturally dry and sensitive (e.g. eczema or psoriasis) it is particularly important to keep hydrated as transepidermal water loss is increased. According to Dr. Justine Hextall, "Anybody can suffer with

Bee Venom: The Story So Far...

I love that natural skincare doesn't meaning boring skincare! Over the past couple of weeks I started trying out one of our newest recruits to our skincare range, Wild Ferns Bee Venom Serum. According to the company, "Venom from the Bee is renowned for its ability to create a younger looking complexion by stimulating the skin to encourage collagen and elastin production, helping to firm and plump facial tissue. Not all Bee Venom is equal which is the reason Wild Ferns have used VENZTM purified venom to ensure you get the highest quality available which is also ethical and humane." So far, so good! Just to give you a little background about me and my face

Clean Up Breakouts in 4 Easy Steps

Skin breakouts are common place during teenage years, but can persist into adulthood. This is dependant on varying factors such as hormonal imbalance, dietary influence or nutrient deficiency. Thankfully when a breakout hits, there is plenty we can do to help ourselves: 1. When dealing with spots, the first thing is to notice whereabouts on the face they occur. The following face map, courtesy of John Tsagaris (a practitioner of Chinese medicine) and the Daily Mail, shows how different areas on the face correspond with varying causes of the breakout: 2. Water is always an essential ingredient when trying to clean up breakouts. According to, "When the outermost layer of your s

Bee Venom Serum Product Review

This month I will be reviewing the Wild Ferns New Zealand Bee Venom Serum as part of our Skin Rejuvenation Month. Recently I have been feeling that my skin is looking very tired and my complexion is uneven. There are many varying factors that can be attributed to this (including raising 3 boys!), but I will be very interested to see how effective this serum is. Of the product, Wild Ferns say, "This serum is designed to provide the beneficial effects of bee venom and nourish the deeper layers of your skin with precious nutrients. Bee Venom assists in energizing the skin's natural activity, encouraging increased circulation, collagen and elastin production. When your skin needs an extra boost

Yoga for the Face?

We've all heard of yoga for the body and the many health benefits and mindfulness techniques it gives, but is there such a thing as yoga for the face? The team at Goop seem to think so. They say that exercises for the face that specifically target the muscles below the facial skin and fatty layer and will help to bulk-up the muscles, which can "compensate for age-related volume loss". Sound too good to be true? Gary Sikorski, certified facial-exercise instructor and founder of Happy Face Yoga says, "Moving your limbs against oppositional weight either from your own body (yoga is an excellent example of resistance training), dumbbells, or elastic bands is one of the most strengthening and t

What is Clean Beauty?

At first glance the multi billion pound beauty industry appears to rely on individuals insecurities to hyper sell products with empty promises. But the reality if that many of us just want to nourish our over exposed skin with a little kindness and plenty of nutrients. However many of our favourite high street brand skin creams contain a dirty little secret... toxins! Toxins come in many different forms and are difficult to avoid. We have even become immune to the various names for them including innocent sounding 'fragrance' and common place 'Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)'. But these toxins have been linked to harmful health effects and hormone disruption. And as adults it is worth notin

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