My Journey – Arly

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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…

How To Fade Acne Scars

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Acne sufferers face more than one concern which of course includes the nuisance of acne itself, however most sufferers are usually anxious about acne scars since unlike acne, which may be temporary, acne scars are perceived to be for life.

There are numerous topical products aimed at treating scar tissue but before we investigate the types of acne scars, it is important that one should try and prevent acne in the first place. Read More…

Eliminating Vaginal Odour

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The vagina is an odourless organ of the body, but if your vagina is releasing an odour or an unhealthy smell, there has to be an explanation for this. Vaginal odour can be extremely unpleasant and embarrassing on many levels. Firstly, it is you who is creating this odour; secondly your spouse or partner may notice it and lastly if it goes on for a longer period then the people around you may notice it too.

Each and every woman has her own unique scent however an odour around the vagina is usually a result on one or more causes which include: Read More…

Drug-Free Relief From Heartburn

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It is estimated that 40% of the adult population suffer from heartburn. Drugs are often prescribed for sufferers from recurring heartburn and these are not without side effects. In fact many of these drugs prevent nutrient uptake, may increase risk of dementia, and may make one more liable to allergies. For these reasons, many sufferers are looking for drug-free relief from heartburn.

Heartburn occurs when the contents of your stomach travel backwards into your oesophagus causing pain, inflammation and damage with recurring episodes. This condition is called GERD or just called reflux and the inflammation accompanying this is term “oesophagitis”. Whilst most people attribute this inflammation and discomfort to excess acid, this is not always the case. In fact, other enzymes found in the contents of the stomach such as pepsin and bile can also cause damage the oesophageal lining resulting in the symptoms of heartburn. Read More…

Skin Problems

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Every spring, readers ask how to solve skin problems before the start of summer revelries. So I asked leading facialist Sarah Chapman and clinical pharmacist Shabir Daya, who has a special interest in skin, to suggest simple ways to get the glow back. Often, you will see a difference within days but skin cell turnover takes about four weeks so keep on with the TLC. In fact, make it a daily habit: look after your skin and it will reward you bountifully.

To sparkle like a summer day, try Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite Altrient Vitamin C gel (£22.95, victoriahealth. com), with Teapigs Organic Matcha Green Tea powder (£26.60, teapigs.co.uk) in a little apple juice.

Problem: Breakouts, oily or combination skin
Solution: Focus on deep cleansing and decongesting

  • Use gentle exfoliants or peeling pads to reveal a fresher, brighter complexion. Avoid products containing benzoyl peroxide or mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum), which will clog pores, dry skin, then send it into oily overdrive.
  • Twice a week, steam your face over a bowl of very hot water with a towel over your head to draw out toxins.
  • Massage breakout-prone areas daily, working out towards the lymph nodes and down the sides of the face – use fingertips or a facial massager.
  • Apply a clay-based mask twice weekly to help draw out blockages and blackheads and absorb excess oil production. Read More…

Natural Remedies for Gout

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My 38-year-old brother, a paramedic, has the most intense pain from an attack of gout in his big toe. He is taking prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatories, but is there a natural remedy?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in the body. This waste product forms as the body breaks down chemicals called purines in the cells.

If you produce too much or excrete too little uric acid, the excess can cause tiny needle-shaped crystals to form in and around joints, most often in the big toe. A flare-up, brought on by inflammation, causes severe pain, swelling and redness.

Gout often runs in the family, and affects one in 14 older men and one in 35 older women. Pre-menopausal women are protected by the hormone oestrogen, which reduces uric acid levels.

Your brother is taking the standard medication. He may be prescribed the uric acid-lowering drug allopurinol to prevent future bouts and asked to reduce purine-containing foods, such as red meat and seafood. Pharmacist Shabir Daya also recommends not eating asparagus, spinach, peas, cauliflower, lentils, beans and poultry. Read More…