About Sarah Stacey

Sarah Stacey is the Health Editor of the Mail on Sunday YOU magazine and is co-author (with Jo Fairley) of the world’s bestselling series of beauty books, The Beauty Bible. She edits, with Jo Fairley, the accompanying website, www.beautybible.com

Posts by Sarah Stacey

Head Lice

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Q: Is there a natural product to prevent and/ or treat head lice in children?

A: These tiny insects breed profusely on scalps, attaching their eggs (nits) near the base of individual hairs. They spread by climbing from one head to another, up to a six-centimetre distance apart. Although harmless, they cause itching.

Some essential oils have potent pesticidal properties, according to medical herbalist and pharmacist Dr Chris Etheridge. The natural brand Puressentiel offers a Lice Repellent Spray, based on a derivative of lemon eucalyptus essential oil. A report from the University of Tours, France, showed a repellent effect of more than 24 hours in laboratory tests. Spray children aged three and upwards every morning.
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Skin, Nails And Hair

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My weak, flaky nails are finally growing to a reasonable length thanks, I believe, to my daily intake of Solgar Skin, Nails and Hair Formula (£12.50 for 60 tablets). This supplement is designed to help produce collagen and keratin, the building blocks of skin, hair and nails. It is based on MSM, a sulphur-containing mineral, combined with red algae, copper, lysine and vitamin C. Read More…

10 Of The Best Holiday Essentials

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Top 10 of the best holiday essentials:

1. Compeed Blister Mixed Plasters, £4.39. From blisters to corns and cracked heels, these soothe, soften and protect.

2. Murine Refresh & Soothe Eye Mist, £9.99. Easier to apply than drops for dry, tired or itchy eyes. Read More…

Spacemasks

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If you have spent a day at the screen, the new self-heating eye mask from Spacemasks will be an extraordinary relief. Pop one on at night and feel a delicious warmth spreading over and around your eyes. Lie down first, though, as the heat is activated when you open the pouch. The heat exchange is generated by oxygen in the air ‘cuddling up’ (the brand’s own phrase) to iron particles in the fabric. It apparently lasts about 15 minutes, although I fell deeply asleep well before. A good night’s sleep is lovely in itself, but there was a bonus the next morning when I saw my sparkling, rested-looking eyes – indeed, my whole eye area was refreshed. Spacemasks are designed for a single use, but my eyes still looked and felt unusually bright after I used it a second night – although the heat didn’t repeat. At £15 for a pack of five, Spacemasks are not cheap but worth investing in if you suffer from eye strain or are feeling stressed – and for special occasions, too. Read More…

Bodytox Detox Foot Patches

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Recently, I rediscovered Bodytox Detox Foot Patches, which you apply at night. Come the morning, I peeled them off, shuddered at the dark waste on each pad, then marvelled at how well I’d slept and how rested and toned my face looked. Your feet are the foundation of your body, according to Chinese medicine, with 60 acupuncture points and some 7,000 nerve endings. The patches combine wood vinegar, mugwort extract, chitosan (an ingredient from crustacean shells) and tourmaline (a semiprecious mineral), which claim to draw out toxins from your body. £12.99 for six. Read More…