Refined sugar vs. Natural sugars. Is there a winner?

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2014 saw sugar become the ultimate heath baddie; it gets blamed for everything from weight gain, to skin issues and serious disease. Sugar has been shunned and the health conscious are now turning to natural sweeteners – think dates, honey and maple syrup, instead. But while these sugars may be ‘natural’, are they actually any […]

The 5 skin resolutions you should make today

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Forget about quitting twelve food groups and becoming a professional athlete – I’m all about totally achievable resolutions this year. That said, the New Year is a great time to tweak your skincare routine and create good habits for the year ahead. So here are the five resolutions you should make today for healthier, happier, […]

Should I avoid coffee?

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I’m not much of a coffee drinker but a recent article has got me thinking about the link between caffeine and skin. Coffee is the opinion-splitter of the health world, one minute it’s being slated, the next touted as the ultimate antioxidant or pre-workout booster (Google “bullet-proof” or “Paleo” coffee for evidence!). But what does […]

Scientists are getting to the bottom of the itch…

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The all consuming urge to itch is easily recognisable to an eczema or urticaria sufferer, and as they well know – scratching an itch always makes it worse! Scientists in Washington are claiming to have worked out why. Doctor Zhou-Feng Chen, director of Washington University’s Centre for the (wonderfully named) “Study of Itch”, has found that […]

Is turmeric the new sensitive skin saviour?

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Turmeric isn’t something that springs to mind when thinking about skin soothing foods – I might reach for it when I’m making a curry, but not when my urticaria flares up! But according to the in-the-know foodies, we should be having a lot more of this brightly coloured plant root it in our diets. Why? It’s […]

How Hay Fever affects your skin

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If the runny noses at Pai HQ are anything to go by, the last few weeks haven’t been great for hay fever sufferers. Interestingly, some of the most common complaints I get at this time of year aren’t the straightforward side effects like itchy eyes or a dry, chapped nose. The number of people contacting […]

Can Vitamin D help Acne and Eczema?

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It’s well known that vitamin D plays a crucial role in skin health. Low levels affect all skin types, and can be particularly detrimental if you suffer from conditions linked to your immune system like eczema or urticaria. Last week, I got chatting to Kelly McCabe, a specialist dietitian and Founder of Eat and Think, […]

What are the most common detergents?

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Following on from yesterday’s post about why sensitive skins should steer clear of detergents, today I’m focusing on what the most common detergents are. Unfortunately, it can be quite difficult to remember and avoid all detergents as there are a huge number of them and most are a bit of a mouthful! Here’s a shortlist […]

Not all Soap is bad for your skin

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Soap has always had a bad rap. The main criticisms of it are that it dries out the skin and strips your natural oils. In many cases that’s true, especially those of the more synthetic variety – and it’s fair to say I would never ever use one on my face! But for the body, […]

Common skincare preservative linked to Eczema ‘epidemic’

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Over the weekend it was widely reported that a preservative commonly found in beauty products may be responsible for an eczema epidemic in the UK. The synthetic ingredient in question, methylisothiazolinone (MI), is permitted for use under European regulation but since 2005 is now allowed at much higher concentrations than ever before. Leading dermatologists are […]