Get Better With Age

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Many of you know that my other hat bears the words ‘Beauty Bible’. For the past 17 years, I have co-written the seven books and jointly edited the website (beautybible.com) with YOU contributing editor Jo Fairley. This week, a new edition of The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible is published, with updated ‘tried and tested’ products to reflect award-winning new arrivals.

We’re rather proud that Beauty Bible product trials are known as the biggest independent ones worldwide. Each product goes to panels of ten women to trial in real-life conditions and report on comprehensively. We average their scores to find our winners; a convincing eight or nine out of ten is typical for the top scorers. Read More…

Supplements: What We Take

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Our bathroom shelves may be lined with the latest wonder-in-a-jar miracle-promising products, packed with antixoidants, herbs and vitamins – but trust me: it’s only half the battle. True beauty is more than skin deep and over the years, the two of us at Beauty Bible have come to believe that for truly amazing skin, it’s also what you put inside your system that really counts.

Hands down, experts agree that healthy skin is the product of good nutrition. Why? Epidermal tissue – which makes up the outer body – is synthesised from proteins (collagen and elastin), fats, vitamins and minerals. Skimp on those and you’ll short-change skin. Not so long ago, we saw for ourselves just what a difference dieting can make, during a five-day pop-up shop at Selfridges for the launch of our latest book, The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible.

We did 160 back-to-back anti-ageing consultations with real women – and there’s no question: in those who ate well and supplemented their diet, this literally shone out through their healthy complexions. (By contrast, fascinatingly, one woman who came to see us – I’d call her fat-phobic, as she’s eaten a virtually entirely fat-free diet for the past 20 years – looked a good 20 years older than she is, with deep wrinkles. And no, she doesn’t sunbathe: it can only be her fat-restricted diet that is the culprit.)
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Put the love back into lovemaking

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Q: It’s been a year since my last period and sex is so painful my partner and I have nearly given up. My doctor isn’t very helpful. What can I do?

A: Your problem is most likely due to vaginal atrophy (VA), which means the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal wall caused by a drop in oestrogen levels. Up to 45 per cent of postmenopausal women suffer from VA, according to a recent large-scale multinational study. It also found that 70 per cent of British women with VA avoided intimacy and over half said it had put them off sex altogether. Although it is so common, many women simply don’t know about VA and how it can be treated.

Symptoms of VA include vaginal dryness, soreness, itching and painful intercourse. ‘This is a huge problem that causes so much distress,’ says consultant gynaecologist Michael Dooley (thepoundbury clinic.co.uk). ‘The severe discomfort with intercourse can cause relationship problems.’ Read More…

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of … Cherries

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A middle-aged friend who’s suffered long-term insomnia reports good results from a natural remedy based on Montmorency cherries. CherryActive capsules contain natural melatonin, the sleep hormone. Adding CherryActive to her existing strategies (not drinking caffeinated drinks after midday, a light supper without alcohol) has given her the best nights’ sleep she’s had for five years. Plus she’s much less anxious. CherryActive capsules, which are supported by experts including Dr Jason Ellis of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, cost £12.95 for 30 (dose one to two before bed) Read More…

A Gut Reaction To Good Digestion

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

We all know that stress affects our digestion. For some, it’s butterflies in the tummy (and a quick dash to the nearest loo) but for many others, being on ‘high alert’ causes a sluggish digestion and constipation. Gudrun Jonsson, a qualified biopath who uses the principles of nutrition and homoeopathy to treat the whole person, explains that ‘if we’re in stress mode, our bodies prioritise other systems such as the heart and brain, and that can disrupt the smooth passage of food through our bodies. So an efficient gut is vital to feeling well’.

One of her patients, ‘Rose’, says she has benefited greatly from regular sessions with Gudrun, a longtime leading figure in the nutrition field. ‘I learnt that what comes out is just as important as what goes in. Going to the loo regularly every day makes us feel lighter and healthier – mentally and physically – as it eliminates toxins from the system. So the key is not only to manage stress – Gudrun advised me to lie down and breathe slowly in and out of my stomach, do yoga and meditate – but also to manage your gut.’ Read More…