It has been a whirlwind month since I officially joined the VH inner sanctum and I still can’t get over it. One of the reasons this new role is so special to me is because Victoria Health saved my life and not figuratively, I mean that literally. Gill, Shabir and the dearly missed Sally Brampton helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life and their collective help, knowledge and support changed me in so many ways. Without them I wouldn’t have a blog, wouldn’t be as passionate about skincare and certainly wouldn’t be here writing this. I know many of you will have only just discovered me through the articles I’ve written on here or from my blog or Instagram, but I have been here with you as a fellow VH Addict for years, and today I want to share my journey with you.
We have all heard the cliché adage regarding health, wellness and skin, how it’s all connected and that you can’t have one without the other, but for me that was never true. For most of my life I existed in the realm of “generally” – generally good health, generally good skin and generally active (but not really), all while eating whatever I wanted and generally looking very well. Read More…
Q. I tripped recently and tore a layer of skin off both my knees. I realised that I didn’t know the protocol for dealing with this small but painful injury. What should I do next time?
A. Most cuts and grazes are minor and can easily be treated at home, according to NHS Choices (nhs.uk). Here is a guide:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Stop any bleeding Apply pressure using a clean, dry, absorbent material (eg, a flannel, hanky or piece of bandage) for several minutes. If the cut is on your hand or arm, raise it above your head; if to a lower limb, lie down and raise the affected area above the level of your heart.
Clean the wound under running tap water (if you are abroad, ensure it is drinking quality). Don’t use antiseptic as it may damage the skin and slow healing. If there are any residual fragments of grit, remove them with tweezers.
Pat the area dry with a clean towel and apply a sterile adhesive dressing, eg, a plaster (waterproof plasters mean you can take a shower). Change the dressing daily if possible.
Encourage faster healing with a specific product such as Sheald Recovery Balm (£43), which can be applied to open wounds.
Go to your GP or minor injuries unit if you think your wound is, or could become, infected. Go to your nearest A&E if you cannot stop the bleeding or if the wound is large – particularly if it is on your face or the palm of your hand. Check with NHS 111 if you need further medical advice.
Woken up to a complete sensitivity breakout? “Streamline your beauty regime to prevent further aggravation and avoid products with aggressive actives”, says Tom Ogden, European business manager at Alpha-H. That means retinol, glycolic acid and vitamin C-based products are a no-no, but try this balm instead. Originally formulated for use after plastic surgery, it’s rich in hydrating hyaluronic acid, as well as glycerin for repair and oat kernels to reduce redness.
iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm, £43
People think Lupus is very rare, but one in 3,500 people in the UK , most commonly young women between 18 and 45, are thought to be affected by some form of the condition. Lupus occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive and produces too many antibodies. Researchers have not yet identified the cause and there is no cure, but it runs in families. It can be controlled with drugs in most patients.
The first big hurdle was getting a correct diagnosis. There is no single test and the symptoms can mimic other conditions. I had lesions on my face and scalp, in my nose and on my arms and legs, plus mouth ulcers and arthritic symptoms. Doctors said I might have HIV or hepatitis C, the mouth ulcers could be gingivitis, the aches and pains down to sleeping badly and so on. Read More…