In no way do I profess to be a health & beauty blogger but I was recently sent a couple of items to review and I’ve been very pleased with both so thought I’d share them with you and have a little giveaway too.
First to arrive were the Bimuno prebiotics which I hadn’t heard of before. I’ve tried PRObiotics before in the form of Yakult but I probably thought both were the same. I’m not alone though, Bimuno carried out a survey that told them 80% of us don’t know the difference. In case you’re one of them, here’s the facts:
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
Probiotics are live so-called ‘friendly’ or ‘good’ bacteria found in a variety of foods and food supplements, including yogurt drinks as well as various tablets and capsules.
These bacteria play a number of vital roles in the body including helping to regulate the immune system, aiding the digestion and absorption of food, producing essential vitamins, and contributing to digestive health.
Probiotic bacteria found in these products often belong to a number of well-known types of bacteria commonly present in the gut, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
DO PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS WORK?
Probiotic bacteria undoubtedly have benefits. However, since they are live ‘perishable’ bacteria they face a number of problems including the very real difficulty of reaching the large intestine (colon) in sufficient quantities to have a positive effect.
They are difficult to store as they are sensitive to both high temperatures and oxygen which can damage and kill them. That is why they are most commonly found in chilled products on the shelves of the supermarket. In the case of supplements, those stored at room temperature will steadily lose their ‘effectiveness’. It has been estimated that you need to take at least 10 billion live bacteria in a dose of probiotics to be of some benefit so if they are damaged or dead before you start then you are wasting your money!
SO, WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS?
Prebiotics are sometimes confused with probiotics but they are completely different. Like us, ‘good’ bacteria have their own favourite food. This is a special type of complex carbohydrate scientifically known as a prebiotic (literally meaning ‘before life’) which they thrive on.
Prebiotics feed and increase the ‘good’ types of bacteria such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria without feeding the ‘bad’ types.
WHAT MAKES THEM SO GOOD?
One of the biggest advantages of prebiotics is that they are highly stable, being un-affected either by temperature or long term storage. Consequently, they can be added to almost every type of food, drink or supplement without compromising their effectiveness. And because they’re resistant to the body’s enzymes and acids they are not destroyed, digested or absorbed as they travel through your digestive system.
Essentially, they reach the colon intact and unaltered, prebiotics work naturally in your gut to feed your own good bacteria helping them to grow and multiply.
WHY USE SUPPLEMENTS?
While prebiotics occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables you would have to eat impractically large quantities of even the richer sources such as garlic, leek and onion in order to have appreciable benefits.
Fortunately, prebiotics can be extracted and concentrated from these natural sources. Examples include inulin from chicory and FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharides) which can either be extracted from plant sources or produced commercially.
A newer much more advanced form of prebiotics is now also available known as GOS (Galacto-oligosaccharides). GOS prebiotics are produced by combining the sugars present in milk in a way that mimics the structure of highly beneficial prebiotics naturally present in mother’s milk.
The Bimuno prebiotics are ridiculously easy to take too. When you’re as many tablets and supplements as I am for allergies and migraines and vertigo etc., you really don’t want the burden of trying to swallow yet another pill while trying leave the house in the morning. These are pastilles and you just chew two after breakfast. A very pleasant way to get more goodness, their pleasant tasting too which is always a bonus!
Healthy levels of good bacteria can be easily upset by factors such as stress ☑ , poor diet ☑, illness ☑, antibiotics, travelling and even the natural process of ageing ☑. But, you can help maintain the right balance by boosting your body’s own good bacteria. Bimono Immunaid is a brilliant way to get an immune system boost and you can expect to feel a difference after just 7 days.
Because my immune system is really struggling at the moment it took a couple of weeks for me to notice a positive change in how my digestion was working but I have noticed a difference and will continue to use these pastilles.
You can buy them direct from the Bimuno website or from Boots at a price of £9.99 a pack (currently on a 3 for 2 offer) and in the meantime I have been kindly given 2 packs to give away to one of you when you get to the end of this post.
I was one of those fortunate teenagers that wasn’t burdened with breakouts of acne, however, blackheads have always been a nuisance. So, when I received an e-mail about trying The Incredible Face Mask from May Beauty telling me this:
• Prevents acne
• Removes blackheads and whiteheads
• Takes away dead skin cells and impurities
• Makes your skin cleaner, smoother and healthier
Well, I was keen to give it a try. Like most of us I expect I’ve used face masks before of varying types but this one certainly sounded different enough to be worth a go.
The masks arrived in individual sachets with a brush to aid application. I have to admit I didn’t get on very well with the brush being cack-handed and found the mask much easier to apply with my fingers. If I was using this a lot I’d prefer it in a tube as I did get the mud all over my hands and the outside of the pack with this method. The sachets however contain the perfect amount for one face mask and there’s risk of the rest drying out before the next use.
Of course once I looked like a bad interpretation of a black and white minstrel I couldn’t put my glasses back on but I did remember to find a straw so I could still enjoy a cuppa while I waited the 40 minutes for the mask to do its thing.
There’s no muddy scent to the mask, it just feels cooling and reassuringly tightening. I’d been warned that it may be a little painful to remove the first time as the mask does indeed quite thoroughly remove impurities and I was half expecting for my skin to be quite red. All was fine though but be prepared for an ouch moment if you inadvertently get the mask on your hairline!
Once I’d rinsed my face in warm water I couldn’t really see an improvement but my skin was definitely softer to the touch. After the second mask it was softer still and I could notice a reduction in blackheads on my nose but sadly not my chin or forehead. I’ve just done the third and there is improvement everywhere. I often get the odd little spot on my chin but there’ve been none since I started using the masks.
If you fancy giving these a try I have a 30% discount for you to use on the May Beauty website; just use the code lisafacemask30. There is a test package available currently at £19.99 which gives you 5 masks, the brush, and, a skin guide. Or, if you don’t feel you’d need the brush or the guide, 8 masks at the same price. May Beauty ship worldwide.
Now, as promised I have a giveaway for you:
I have 2 packs (one month’s supply) of Bimuno Immunaid plus an Incredible Face Mask to give away.
All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your best health or beauty buy has been. It could be a supplement, or a skincare product, or even make-up.
My clever WordPress Winner Picker will randomly choose one of you on Wednesday 24th June so get your entries in by 11:59pm on the 23rd please. UK only I’m afraid.
Good luck x