The Smooth Way To Beat The Bumps

Keratosis Pilaris - Chicken Skin

The rough bumpy dry skin condition keratosis pilaris (often called ‘chicken skin’) affects nearly 40 per cent of people. Harmless but unsightly, the red bumps are caused by keratin and dead skin cells blocking the opening of hair follicles. Used twice daily, a new body lotion called Ameliorate, which contains potent moisturisers and exfoliating compounds, can help to re-texturise skin. £27.50, from victoriahealth.com.

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Give Cystitis The Red Card

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Almost every woman will have cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder usually due to a bacterial infection) at least once, and about 20 per cent will get it again. The usual treatment for recurrent cystitis is antibiotics, but GPs may prefer not to prescribe them because of the risk of antibiotic resistance. North American cranberries have high levels of PACs (proanthocyanidins), which are effective at preventing the bacteria that causes cystitis from sticking to the bladder wall. Cysticlean capsules – a cranberry supplement – are now authorised to be used for the prevention and treatment of cystitis. Vita Green Cysticlean, £24.99 for 30 capsules.

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13 Of The Best Holiday Helpers

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  • Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream, £8.99 for 50ml. Intense moisturisation plus strong antibacterial ingredients to kill 99.9 per cent of germs, including staphylococcus aureus and e coli, instantly.
  • Food Science of Vermont Mega Probiotic-ND, £18.50 for 60 capsules. Start taking one week before travelling then daily to prevent holiday stomach upsets, ease digestion and help support your immune system.
  • Lepicol, £12.77 for 180g powder; this natural product (psyllium husks plus pre-and probiotics) is a must for anyone prone to holiday constipation, according to nutritionist Gillian Hamer.
  • PapayaGold Pawpaw Moisturising Balm, £5.99 for 25g, nationwide. A legendary standby in its native Australia, this soothing balm combines the medicinal properties of papaya and manuka honey. ‘Indispensable for any and every skin irritation, cuts and bruises, and for dry lips; a tennis-ball-sized burn from a metal slide healed very quickly,’ says our mother-of-two tester. Read More…

July Newsletter

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Welcome to the July newsletter where we take a look at ‘summer solutions’ and we launch six new kits, two from iS Clinical and four from In Fiore. We also throw the focus on summer sleep and summer bathing, we celebrate the second birthday of the Innovative Skincare range and this newsletter is also pretty loaded with treats, so please read carefully. In addition I bring you all the latest news and feedback, but we start with the release of a new product, which is going completely bonkers in America and now it is here. Let’s go:

Yacon Syrup

When a product starts to trend heavily, we need to look at the root cause and investigate; in the case of Yacon a study was released in America that found that overweight women using Yacon lost an average of 33 pounds over 120 days and subsequently dropped four inches from their waist. So we started to dig deep and look at the health benefits of Yacon, not just the weight loss factor, and I think we have a superstar of a product, most especially if you are concerned with your sugar intake. Read More…

Can Yacon Syrup Help You Lose Weight?

Can Yacon Syrup Help You Lose Weight

Yacon Syrup is a health product that has recently aroused the curiosity of the health experts and consumers alike and it is heavily trending in America. The main reason for this was a study that found that overweight women using Yacon Syrup lost an average of thirty three pounds over 120 days and more significantly they dropped four inches from their waist, so let’s explore Yacon.

Yacon Syrup is a thick sweet syrup obtained from the root vegetable, Smallanthus sonchifolius, found in the Andes mountains. The syrup is extracted from the tuberous roots and has been used a sweetening agent for several decades in Peru due to its low sugar content. It is particularly useful for those requiring a natural sweetener that does not have an after-taste of synthetic sweeteners or even the natural sweetener Stevia, which many users find has a “dry-after taste”. Yacon syrup has no major influence on blood sugar levels making it particularly suitable for diabetics. The taste of Yacon Syrup is very similar to caramelised sugar or smoky molasses. Read More…

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Loss During Summer

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There are a number of life aspects that we all need to be careful about in order to stay healthy. Eating a healthy diet and incorporating some form of exercise are essential, but sleep is equally important. A good night’s rest has many implications beyond just making you feel refreshed. Insufficient sleep usually makes us irritable and more likely to suffer from anxiety. Additionally, a lack of sleep is implicated in heart disease and weight gain.

Summer can be a very difficult season for sleep. During the summer months, there is more light later in the day and your body rhythm needs to shift accordingly. Light signals your body what time of the day it is. If it is bright late at night, this can push your rhythm back. If you normally go to bed at 10 pm then due to brighter light during summer your body thinks it is earlier, thus it will take some time to adjust.

There are many other problems that can disturb sleep patterns during the summer months. Allergies can be a big problem because there are many sufferers of hay fever who simply cannot get sufficient sleep during the night time due to blocked noses and breathing difficulties. Read More…