3 Of The Best Dry-Leg Smoothers

  1. Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt, £19.95. This is made from a high-tech fabric that grabs and sloughs off flaky dead skin, leaving legs smooth and healthy-looking; it also reduces ingrown hairs, little lumps and clogged pores.
  2. Sanctuary Spa 4 Day Moisture Oil Scrub, £9.99, available nationwide and from sanctuary.com. A big pot of scrub, packed with fine salt crystals to exfoliate, plus organic olive oil, gold of pleasure oil and shea butter to hydrate for up to four days.
  3. Seven Wonders Miracle Lotion, £15. This longtime favourite combines 14 herbs, sweet almond and olive oils plus aloe vera, leaving skin immediately more supple and soft.


Karen Hockney, 47, author of Breathing Out, about her journey through breast cancer (£7.99, from amazon.co.uk). Read More…

The Breast Screening Debate in Perspective


Q. I‘ve just received an ‘invitation’ for breast screening but am confused about whether to go as there has been some adverse publicity. Can you advise?

A. In the UK, women between 50 and 70, without symptoms, are offered breast screening (mammography) every three years. But as of now, there is no clear advice to give you about the risks and benefits. However, an independent review of all the evidence for and against breast screening (mammography), led by Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Cancer Director, will report this year. Meanwhile I can explain the main issues.

The key question is whether breast-screening causes more harm than good. While the NHS leaflet on breast screening states ‘regular screening prevents deaths from breast cancer’, many experts say this is misleading and that women are not given all the relevant information. A recent review of 100,000 women over 50 by researchers at Southampton University supports previous evidence that many are treated unnecessarily. Read More…