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

Don’t Let Moles Grow Unnoticed

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

The potentially fatal skin cancer, malignant melanoma, affects one in 110 women with no family history of the disease (slightly more than men). About 8,000 cases are diagnosed annually and it claims nearly 1800 lives. It’s the fastest growing cancer in young people, aged 15 to 34, and the first evidence is likely to be a tiny mole.

Jane Neal, now 38, a working mother from Oxfordshire, admits she always liked ‘a bit of sun. As a child, my mother would shoo me outside to play on fine days. I tanned eventually, after going pink first and sometimes burning. We didn’t really “do” sun cream then…’ As she grew up, holidays meant dedicated sun bathing. ‘We’d fry on the beach all day. It wasn’t ‘til our twenties that we started to worry about the possible effects.’ Read More…

More Than A Beauty Footnote

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

Acquiring beach-glamorous feet isn’t just about vanity. Remember how much time you spend working them – literally – into the ground. With every step you take, you feet have to absorb the stress of up to twice your body weight so it’s no wonder that eight out of ten people suffer from foot problems.

Spend a little time, a little money, keeping them in good shape, and they will carry you happily around, looking and feeling great. Neglect them – and not only will they look unattractive but you’re storing up problems both short and long term. Maintaining your feet isn’t rocket science and it doesn’t take much time – unless you’re starting from seriously untended when you will need to invest a bit more at the beginning. Read More…

The Total Tone-Up, Tailor-Made

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This spring, Susannah, 45 a fulltime PA, felt basically OK healthwise but never 100 per cent – my energy was low, I often felt tired and I had no ‘glow’. I ate well and had lost some weight but wasn’t happy with the shape of my lower body – it lacked definition, and I had no knees! Plus I never felt really on the ball.’

Susannah agreed to do a month’s trial at Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition and Wellbeing in London, where the expert staff creates tailor-made but affordable programmes for clients. (There’s no membership fee, you pay as you go so it’s great for anyone who cant commit to every week, and visitors too.) Susannah loved the small ‘boutique’ set-up: ‘not like a gym, more a “health hub”.’ The state-of-the-art fitness space offers different training options in eight fully-equipped pods. Susannah opted for the Body Sculpt programme, which involves diet, exercise, massage and a special extra session with leading motivational coach Ali Campbell to help ‘overcome my negative inner voice’. (She recommends his book ‘Just Get On With It: A Caring Compassionate Kick Up The Ass’.) Read More…

Give Cellulite the Brushoff

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

Cellulite is the bane of 90 per cent of women – from plump to stick-thin via all shapes in between. The dimpling is likened to orange peel, or in more advanced cases, a mattress. Until recently, there was little you could do. But, according to Dr Elisabeth Dancey of the Bijoux Medi-Spa in London and Southampton, ‘we understand cellulite better now and there are techniques that really can have a beneficial effect.’

‘Cellulite is a disorder of fat cells caused by poor lymphatic drainage and poor circulation, probably exacerbated by inflammatory processes,’ explains Dr Dancey, who has researched the condition for many years. ‘Poor drainage means the fat cells become congested and surrounded by toxins. Then they store more and more fat. Poor circulation leads to the surrounding tissues being deprived of essential nutrients and oxygen so they starve. They respond by creating fibres round the fat cells in an attempt to limit their growth. As the fibres thicken, it leads to the mattress-like tethering of the upper layers of skin to the underlying tissues.’ Read More…

Give Prickly Heat A Cool Response

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A reader from Northern Ireland asks for help with prickly heat. ‘For the last 15 years – I’m 54 – I’ve been troubled by prickly heat in warm weather, especially when it’s humid. I’ve just had my first outbreak this year. I ‘ve had outbreaks in the past on my shins, feet, armpits, upper arms and the back of my hands and fingers, in places both exposed and not exposed to the sun. Lots of tiny blisters appear and can grow to several millimetres across then form scabs. An outbreak can last five days or more, and takes about two weeks to heal.’

According to NHS Direct, prickly heat is an itchy red rash that often causes a stinging or prickly sensation. It can occur anywhere on your body, but most commonly on areas covered by clothing. It usually appears when you perspire excessively, so is most likely to affect people who are overweight, or sweat easily anyway, and, of course, if you’re in a hot, humid climate. Babies and children are more prone to it because their sweat glands are not fully developed. Read More…

There’s Something in the Water!

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More than half of UK households don’t own a First Aid manual. Rather shamingly, I was one of them until I received a copy of the revised 9th edition of Dorling Kindersley’s First Aid Manual, which is written by St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross. (All run first aid courses by the way.)

The book is covers everything: from how to treat an unconscious adult or child, who’s not breathing – begin CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) with chest compressions immediately, the first two minutes are vital when someone stops breathing – to today’s topic: dehydration. Read More…