How hypnotherapy helped me quit cigarettes after 10 years of smoking!

This week’s blog is part 2 of smoking and its effects on the skin so if you haven’t read last week’s post I would recommend going back to see my (slightly vain) motivations for trying hypnotherapy in the first place.

I started smoking at the age of 14, I can still remember my first one now, how much it made me cough and how bad it tasted, but I was so determined to fit in with the ‘cool kids’ that I pretended to enjoy it and unfortunately, as time went on I did start to enjoy it (or at least I thought I did).

At the same time, I had also started drinking with my friends in the park on Friday nights (again thinking we were so cool) and so the association of having a cigarette with a drink became ingrained into me, I couldn’t imagine ever having a drink without a smoke.

I’ve tried to quit many, many times over the past 10 years, actually trying hypnotherapy once before at my dad’s request when I was 15, but was not in the right frame of mind and had no desire to stop so it unfortunately did not work. I manged to reduce my smoking to weekends when I had a drink, but I went through phases of smoking the few I had left, over the week or even having a glass of wine midweek as an excuse to smoke!

I believe many smokers have gone through this process and refused to admit (as I did) that they were addicted, however after a stressful few weeks at work last year I found I was smoking up to 10 cigarettes a day and had finally had enough!


It’s a drug addiction guys…

I am proud of the fact that I am generally a very disciplined person who wants the best for myself. I exercise 4-5 times a week, I tend to opt for healthier alternatives because it makes me feel good but can also allow myself a weekly pizza (maybe this is another addiction I need to address), since deciding to stop eating meat over a year ago I have not once wavered in this choice and believe I will never eat meat again, but smoking, although the most damaging and harmful thing that I ever did in my life, I could just not seem to stop.

This is because it’s an addictive substance and realising that I was a drug addict scared the shit out of me. I decided that I didn’t want to be controlled by a substance that was slowly killing me, costing me hundreds of pounds and giving me absolutely no benefit.

Why hypnotherapy?

Really it’s because I had tried everything else. I went onto the e-cigarettes for a while but found that I was using that 5x more often than smoking cigarettes and ultimately I was still feeding a drug addiction. I had tried just giving up on my own before only to find that I was distracted and irritable and when I did go for a drink with friends, I couldn’t enjoy just sitting and having a conversation, because all I could think about was  smoking.

I wanted to just be done with it and after hearing of success stories, my auntie included, who hasn’t smoked in over 14 years now I thought ‘fuck it’, it’s worth a try and if it works it will be the best money I ever spent, if it doesn’t at least I tried.

The consultation

After doing a bit of research of local business’ I found Katie Brazier, who happened to be less than a 2-minute walk from my flat. I booked online for a free consultation with the mindset that I would just go and see what she had to say.

She asked me why I was there, and we chatted about why I wanted to stop and how smoking made me feel. She got into her occupation after having hypnosis herself many years ago for smoking and having successfully quit. This changed her life so much that she wanted to do the same for other people, which made me sure that she was the right person for me and I wanted to give this a go!

Her recommendation was 2 1 hour sessions done within 2 weeks of each other, from her experience she found that most people quit after the first appointment but the second helps to cement everything in place.

The cost was £140 per session so £280 total, I understand that this is a significant amount of money, but the way I saw it that was this is the cost of 28 packs of cigarettes (a 3 month supply for me) and so it was worth the investment for the long term savings to my bank account and the unequivocal benefits to my health.


The treatment

A lot of people have asked if hypnotherapy is having a watch swung in front of your eyes and being ‘under’, sorry to ruin the fantasy but it is nothing like this. First Katie explained how in hypnotism she was going to be speaking to my sub-conscious. In our logical mind we know that smoking is incredibly bad for us, however there is a part of the brain that rationalises smoking and makes us think we enjoy it, this is what she is targeting.

She likened it to an ice berg with the visible layer above the water being conscious mind and larger layer beneath the water being the sub-conscious (I liked this). We then discussed why I wanted to quit, how I wanted to feel when I saw people smoking, what I wanted to do instead of smoking, what my triggers were etc. I won’t bore you with all of these but my biggest one was smoking when drinking, I wanted to be able to be indifferent to seeing people have a cigarette rather than envious and not have the horrible tight feeling in my chest, desperate for a cigarette.

So, we began… I was told to get comfortable and close my eyes, Katie has one of those soothing voices like David Attenborough or Morgan Freeman, very easy to listen to. She told me to think of a place where I remember feeling completely relaxed and calm, which for me was in Positano on the Amalfi coast, sitting on a balcony looking out at the sea (refer to our Instagram for the very popular Pizza tour of Italy!)

Once I was placed there, she started to slowly count down from 10 to 0 and with each number I felt more calm and more relaxed than I’d ever been before, which I  can honestly say that I was. I was aware of everything around me but I felt heavy, like I didn’t want to move my limbs and almost asleep like when you have very heavy eyes.

Once I was in the relaxed, calm space she started to tell me that I was now a non-smoker and built in all the ways I said I wanted to feel when I would normally be smoking. She told me that I was free from the addiction and I could live the rest of my life now happily as a non-smoker. It felt like only a few moments before she was counting again, from 0 to 10 this time, to bring me back. As she counted up, I could feel myself become more awake and able to move freely, it was like waking up from a light afternoon nap; I felt refreshed and very calm.

Post treatment

It wasn’t like some lightbulb moment had happened, I didn’t really feel much different until later on that day when I was having my afternoon coffee, which would normally be accompanied by a cigarette. When this craving came I took a deep  breath and thought ‘I’m free’ and this overwhelming feeling of joy mixed with pride and relief that I don’t smoke anymore washed over me, it felt like I quit years ago! The first session was the one that started this change, but for anyone wanting to try this practice I would definitely recommend the second session as it helped to cement everything in for me.

The best advice I can give If you’re thinking of quitting smoking is stop thinking that you will loose something, have the cravings forever or not be able to enjoy social events. Giving up smoking is one of the hardest things you can do, so if you manage it you need to feel so fucking proud of yourself, you have done something incredible!

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Smoking…How does it affect your skin?

We all know that smoking is bad for us, however that doesn’t stop 17% of men and 13.3% of women lighting up in the UK as reported by the office for national statistics. I was one of them until only recently, after taking up smoking at 14 (when I thought it was super cool) and continuing for 10 years, the longest I ever went without a cigarette was no more than a couple of weeks, I would hate to know how many I had in this time!

I always felt like a hypocrite preaching skin health and trying to live a healthy lifestyle while filling my body with toxic chemicals, but for anyone who is a smoker, it is so easy to convince yourself that you enjoy it and it’s not that bad.

This week’s post is part 1 of a 2-part blog looking at how smoking has a direct impact on the skin and premature ageing, I’ll follow this on next week with how I finally managed to quit and am now living a happier, healthier life as a non-smoker.


How does smoking effect the skin?

Smoking creates free radical damage within the skin which attacks healthy cells and leads to destruction. Remembering that the skin is the largest organ in the body and yet the last to get any nutrients, increasing the damage will have a direct impact on your skin’s brightness, healthy natural glow and collagen formatting abilities.

It reduces the blood supply to the body and therefore essential nutrients that collagen needs to synthesise, this results in premature ageing, commonly deep lines and reduction of volume in the face. There’s also the notorious ‘smoker’s lines’ around the lips and in turn the yellow teeth that come with it.

Smoking reduces hydration and Hyaluronic acid production which can lead to dryness. This again results in deep lines, a lack of skin hydration and reduction of the natural volume in the face.

Smoking can also result in zinc deficiency, lower levels of zinc in the body have been linked to acne.

What differences can you see in the skin once quitting?

I have always credited myself to having good skin due to my extensive skincare regime and frankly I’ve been blessed with some good genes to.

Even so, I am amazed at the difference I have seen in as little as a month, not only in my health, energy, ability to push myself when exercising and bank balance, but the physical benefits in my appearance have been beyond what I would have imagined…

  • My natural skin glow has improved – even before applying my skincare products my skin is naturally looking healthier and more radiant, I have had a lot of compliments on this
  • The dark circles around my eyes – I’ve always been self-conscious of dark eye rings which I mainly accredited to not getting enough sleep, but I have noticed that they have gotten a lot lighter and tighter with a visible reduction in fine lines
  • My hair feels stronger – I’ve noticed that my hair feels fuller and seems to be growing longer (mainly by the terrible roots I have which are not due to be done for another few weeks!)
  • My skin feels more hydrated – I would normally apply a hyaluronic acid moisturiser in the evening which I have now stopped doing and just stick to an antioxidant serum with no issues of dryness
  • My teeth are whiter – I have always used whitening products e.g. toothpastes but didn’t notice that they made much difference, now I have seen the improvement and they feel so much smoother and less ‘fury’
  • My spots have reduced – I am prone to some big ass spots, you know the super annoying ones that are rock hard and painful but they never come to a head so you can’t pop them? I haven’t had any since quitting!


Other improvements are that I can taste is so much better now, I love food but didn’t realise how much smoking reduced my taste sensations, this is probably my favourite thing to have come out of quitting! I can also work out harder & for longer which is giving me more body confidence, I don’t wake up with a horrific cough everyday and have now become aware of the way that smokers smell, it is not good!

I know it’s fucking hard…

Believe me I do, and to anyone who has never smoked it seems completely ridiculous that people readily inhale poisonous chemicals into their lungs. I knew all the health risks but did it because I thought that it felt good, I enjoyed it and having a cigarette with a drink at the weekend was the best combination.

I’m trying to appeal to your vain side (because I believe that everyone is a little vain) and if I’m being totally honest, the reason I wanted to stop was because I knew it was ageing me rather than slowly killing me! (Believe me I know how ridiculous that sounds!)

So next time you have a cigarette look in the mirror and imagine yourself in 10 years, when you hit 30 but you look 50 and have to think that you did it all to yourself.

So, look out for next weeks post, this is going to be about how I finally kicked the habit after 10 years, how it was easy and how I have no desire to smoke anymore! I was planning on saying the method, but I think it will be more fun to make you wait 😀

Thanks for reading and I will see you next Friday




Semi Permanent make up – Everything you need to know about getting your brows to look great everyday!

The pressure to have your eyebrows ‘on fleek’ can be a challenge. I have naturally very fair eyebrow hair so was a regular for waxing and tinting, but if you know me then you know I like a shortcut, so why wouldn’t I want to try a treatment that gives me perfect brows everyday! This weeks post is about my experience with before and after photos, as well as all the facts from Helen Taylor, my well trusted semi permanent make up artist!

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How to get rid of skin tags, milia, xantholasma, seb keratosis, thread veins and many more with ACP…

Guys I hate to brag, but I’m kind of a big deal in the ACP world…

I’m joking, but also kind of not…the featured image of today’s post is myself in the textbook used for clinicians starting a career in ACP (advanced cosmetic procedures) as the featured practitioner. It was my favourite treatment to do in clinic because you get such a lovely instant result with minimal downtime and at a reasonable price. This weeks blog is about what you can treat with this versatile treatment and my many years experience performing it!

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Supplements for skin health, do we really need em?


So, seeing as together we have pretty good knowledge of both skin health and nutrition for health we thought we’d combine our expertise in this post. So if you’ve ever wondered what effect what you put in your mouth has on your skin health and appearance, look no further!

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Fungal nail infection, gross right! Well did you know you can get rid of it?…


Fungal nail infections affect between 3-12% of the population. A lot of people will suffer in silence and just ignore it, commonly because it’s not widely known that it can be treated, however there are in fact many treatments available! This week’s blog is about getting under the skin of this infection and giving treatment options for healthy, strong, fungal free nails!

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Dermal fillers – The facts and my experience with ‘before & afters’ at MediZen Clinic

A lot of stigma surrounds fillers with overdone lips and puffed out faces in the press constantly, not to mention some of the horrendous reactions that can happen when this procedure is performed by inexperienced practitioners. I have however had only good experiences with fillers and wanted to share this with you, along with a few facts that may well put your mind at ease and help you make good choices when deciding on a practitioner.

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Retinol/Vitamin A – Is it really worth the hype?

Retinol is arguably the most researched and clinically proven anti-ageing skincare product on the market. Brands such as Obagi and Environ which are Retinol based have had huge success due to the effectiveness of the product, but is all Retinol the same?

Surprise, surprise…the answer is no! This blog is to help explain Retinol strengths, normal reactions and what to expect from this super anti-ageing ingredient!

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Everything you need to know about how to get rid of tattoos with laser!

I love my tattoos…all 5 of them and can’t say that I want to remove them right now but we all know someone who has regrettable ink. In a recent article from the Huffington post it was reported that nearly 1/3 of brits with tattoos regret getting them. People who do have second thoughts are left with 2 options…cover it up or remove it! This weeks post it about tattoo removal using lasers and what to expect…

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Mineral make up, what’s it all about and do we really need to use it?

Make up is such a wonderful thing, I hear some women complain about it being another thing forced upon us by the patriarchy, but I feel lucky that when I’m hungover and looking like death, it’s socially acceptable for me to stick on concealer or mascara and look half human again!

I spend a lot of time, effort and money on my skin, so isn’t it reversing this hard work when I wear make-up?

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