Get your skin ready for the Summer season

shutterstock_217888879It’s time to get your skin ready to look its best for the sunny season.

Dr Spiezia has a few tips for you to ‘awaken’ the skin ready for the summer


One of the problems, after a long winter where we are constantly covered by layers of clothing, is that the skin can lose tone and appear flabby and weak.

This is partly due to the cold: the blood vessels nearest the surface shrink, resulting in a lack of blood supply and nutrients – this impairs the production of elastin and connective tissue.

Moreover, in winter we tend to eat more fats and carbohydrates and fewer vegetables, reducing our intake of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

So, to combat this, here are a few steps to tone and awaken the skin ready for summer: – 

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It’s all about Chocolate

chocWe have no doubt all indulged ourselves in chocolate at some point or another.

A special occasion, a birthday, Easter?

There are so many types of chocolate in the market to choose from these days, how do we differentiate the good from the bad?

Not all chocolate is good for us of course, this is due to the way it is processed and to the various ingredients added to it, refined sugar being one of them. Eating the right type of chocolate, however, can be beneficial.

Cocoa beans are the basis of chocolate. The word Cacao is derived from Theobroma Cacao beans, which literally means “Food of the Gods”. Cocoa is made by fermenting and drying the seeds of the cacoa tree. These are the main ‘good for you’ ingredients in chocolate.

It is considered a superfood as it contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium and was in fact the basis of a drink enjoyed by the Aztecs.

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Under Eye Revive – unveiling a new “gem”

 After months of trials a new product is ready for the market!

Under Eye Revive 15ml_Box and Jar (300x200)Fascinated and intrigued by many requests for a new eye product I embarked on the new challenge: dark circles and under-eye puffiness.

The unbearable morning look of dark shadows and puffiness around the eyes can’t be blamed on the skin only!

Over the years of my medical practice I have noticed how stress, bad habits, – and of course the inevitable passing of time – influence our eyes and their contour, often producing dark circles and what we commonly call puffy eyes.

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New Launch for 2015- Already Award Winner

A new jewel in Inlight’s luxury crown is set for unveiling!

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Already winning Janey Lee Grace’s ‘New for 2015′ award, Inlight Under Eye Revive targets the delicate under-eye area to brighten the look of dark shadows and minimise puffiness.


Gold medal ingredients include pro-collagen gotu kola to reduce swelling, powerful antioxidants green coffee & green tea to help prevent free radical damage, high performance camu camu known for its anti-ageing efficacy, and cooling and de-congesting cornflower.

100% organic and oil based to nourish and moisturise Under Eye Revive is Dr Spiezia’s ultimate effective formula for eye repair suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

RRP £55 15ml

Come and try it first hand at this year’s Country Living Spring Fair, where we will have the official launch. Get discounted tickets to the show with the code S15EX23


12 steps for happy cleansing – inside and out

woman_apple_1First of all: Happy new year to you all!

The question is: what is happiness?

As a doctor I always wish to all my friends a “healthy” New Year knowing that without good health it is very difficult to be happy and enjoy what life offers us as a daily gift.

Hard to start January full of stamina and energy mostly used to cope with excess of food, sugar, alcohol and lack of sleep.

The more we eat or drink the more energy we spend on digestion and the excess of food often becomes fat that sort of clogs our system with toxins and debris. This is the reason for feeling sluggish, with a non-sharp-non-sparkle head and a dull, dehydrated skin.

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Dr Spiezia voted 25 top personalities in the industry

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Launched in October 2007, the Natural Beauty Yearbook is the natural beauty trade’s annual go-to guide for new trends, fresh perspectives and all the best ethical, organic, sustainable and Fairtrade products. 

Each year they award the Who’s Who in Natural Beauty which profiles the Top 25 personalities in the industry as voted for by retailers, manufacturers and industry consultants.

For the second time Dr Spiezia is award winner  in recognition of his commitment in creating the sustainable, innovative, effective and luxurious Inlight skincare products.

As the first person in the UK to achieve Soil Association accreditation for a skincare company, and with Inlight  the first UK brand to achieve the new COSMOS organic accreditation, we feel this is worthy merit for Mariano.  And with the plans that he has for 2015, we’re sure this recognition will continue!


Autumn-Winter beauty


I am passionately interested in observing the transformation that Nature goes through in its transition from summer to wintertime…

Everything starts to slow down; the colours change their brightness, the leaves start to become reddish, then brown, and then fall – returning to the soil where everything started… This is the eternal cycle of Life where, according to the Physic Law of Mass Conservation, mass is neither created nor destroyed, but only transformed.

What seems to be the beginning of the end is in reality only a rest for a new beginning later on, in spring time.

Autumn’s transmutation also begins to take effect in our bodies, with the withdrawal of vital energy from the outside in order to protect the important inner organs from the cold, in order to keep them warm. Consequently the skin becomes paler, with a reduced blood supply, becoming more prone lacking in nutrients, and possibly looking more flaky, dehydrated or aged.

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Organic pampering for sun-kissed skin

nj_medical_spa_ethosspa_by_gloriamckelvy-d5zroylAs you may know the skin is strongly connected with the brain, through millions of nerve endings. Every day an enormous number of messages are sent from the epidermis to the brain and spread into different areas, resulting in a chain reaction, including an emotional response.

Many of these messages stimulate memories from our childhood, when we were cuddled and when the sense of touch was extremely important; both to give us security and for the right development of the brain, character and body identity.

This is why the word “pamper” is often used in the skin care industry to describe the effect of cosmetic products, but actually, to be fair, many of these positive sensations come from the skin stimulation itself, when applying creams or oils. Of course, if the skin stimulation is done using top quality ingredients with beneficial effects, the final result is greater than the stimulation only, producing an amplified effect. The expression “pamper yourself” is therefore correct when describing the emotional/physical status provoked from the application of a cosmetic, especially if done in a specialised environment, such as a spa (or…your home spa!).

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Skin and Sun Protection

We all know how lovely the sunshine is, especially after long wintery grey days. Often we crave for sunlight because of its many positive actions on our life – such as helping to produce serotonin, (the happiness hormone), stimulating the immune system or converting Vitamin D into its active form, enhancing the health of our bones.

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But sun protection is important for our skin’s health. During the summer the light is much more intense and we are at risk of over-exposure to UV rays: they damage the skin, oxidizing the epithelial cells (free radicals), making them prone to inflammation and the ageing process, altering their DNA.

 Another risk is the loss of water due to heat, sweating and swimming in the sea. Sea water with its high salt content dehydrates the skin: the skin becomes harder, less elastic and opaque.

Many recent discoveries identify in the carotenoids family the best free radicals “scavengers”: alpha, beta and gamma carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin: they can be taken orally or applied to the skin through good organic skin products.

Carrot, cherry, pomegranate and tomato juice are some great examples of best summer skin friends. The other family of naturally-occurring “friends for the skin” are the Essential Fatty Acids, particularly Omega 3 and Omega 6, but not forgetting Omega 9: these all keep the skin moist and soft, reduce damage from UV rays and make the skin glow: a wonder from Nature.

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The key to healthy, calm skin when it’s exposed to the welcome sunshine lies in looking after its natural lipid barrier, so underneath your daily SPF give your skin enough antioxidant protection to help neutralise free radical damage to the skin’s collagen.

Avoid soapy cleansers and harsh exfoliators and keep skin well moisturised and cool all day long. If your skin is very sensitive use a body oil even before the shower during the summer months to reduce stinging as the water hits your skin. Always shower with lukewarm water. Avoid exposure to direct sunshine between 11am and 4pm if you want to prevent skin irritation.

Add to your wash bag my Inlight Daily Face Oil, Body Oil with Arnica, Night Balm and Super-food Face Mask. Don’t go anywhere without them!

Dr Mariano Spiezia

Tackle the ageing process in style: Inlight Organic Supreme Eye Serum

At Inlight Organic Skincare, we believe that skin ageing is a normal, natural and inevitable process: everything in life follows this change and it is important to face it with positivity and honesty. If we observe the seasonal mutation we can see for example how after the flowers bloom in spring – synonymous with youthful energy- everything starts to decline in autumn, losing colour, vitality and hydration; heading off to winter time where the cycle seems to end.

By better understanding the reason behind the ageing of our skin and its physiology it may seem easier to prevent and treat what appears to be an aesthetic problem – but is not, as it is rooted in the ageing process of the whole body,

Ultimately the main problems as we grow older are dehydrated skin (due to loss of water) reduction of elasticity (due the inability of the fibroblasts to produce enough elastin and collagen), reduction in production of melatonin hence the skin can be more easily damaged by UV rays, and finally reduced production of sebum resulting in dryer skin. All these are endogenous factors, but there are also external and environmental factors such as pollutants, excessive sun exposure and bad habits such as poor physical exercise, junk food, alcohol and smoking.  The sum of all these factors produces a high level of oxidants (free radicals) that damage the DNA/RNA and proteins, resulting in a thicker skin and loss of elasticity.

The eye contour, with its delicate skin, is one of the most vulnerable areas thanks also to the continuous activity of the orbicular muscles as laugh, cry and squint in the sun, creating micro-wrinkles commonly known as crows’ feet. (In Italian these are called “hen’s feet” and I wonder if it is because Italian women are more exposed to the sun, so that we needed a bigger animal than a crow to express it?)

My response to this problem has been the formulation of an extraordinary product for the eye area: Inlight Supreme Eye Serum.

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It took nearly two years of research and trials but in the end I found the perfect point where science and alchemy meet. A wonderful challenge!

I have chosen some of the best oils such as the exotic Argan and Wild cherry seed oil, famous for improving skin elasticity and reducing water loss, by creating a natural hydrolipidic barrier. To deal with the free-radicals I decided to include Spirulina algae and barley extract that both supply chlorophyll with their high anti-oxidant action, bringing life and solar energy into the skin. And finally to help the production of elastin I have added Gotu Kola and Horsetail extracts.

Inlight Supreme Eye Serum targets the most common causes of the skin ageing process, helping to nourish and replenish the skin and slowing down the signs of time.

With Inlight there are ways to extend our springtime! 

Before moisturising, apply one drop once or twice daily onto the area around the eyes, including the eye lids, massaging very gently until absorbed.

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Dr Mariano Spiezia