The rise of ‘raw’ milk


Barely a week goes by without a new food trend emerging before being promptly disproven or forgotten…but some stick around a little longer. For some time now, celebrities, chefs, academics and nutritionists have raved about the health benefits and superior taste of unpasteurised, un-homogenised, full-fat, grass-fed milk. What is raw milk?  Raw milk, or unpasteurised milk, goes […]

Living with a dog cuts child’s risk of asthma by 15%


New research has suggested growing up with exposure to dogs can dramatically reduce a child’s risk of asthma. The study analysed data on over 1 million children born in Sweden between 2001 and 2010 where, helpfully, dog and farm animal ownership must be registered by law. The data showed that exposure to dogs during the first year […]

4 Top Tips for Reducing Stress


We’ve all experienced the feeling of emotional or mental tension or strain known as stress at some point or another, but many people don’t realise the direct effect this feeling can have on our physical wellbeing – particularly with regards to our skin. Many skin complaints, including eczema, rosacea and acne, flare in tandem with […]

Is water bad for my skin?


When you have sensitive skin, everything has the potential to become an irritant. Everything that is, except water – right? In recent months, a growing number of reports have suggested that water may be harmful to sensitive skin. Given the many variations in tap water and bottled water, these claims are difficult to prove. But […]

3 things about Eczema that just aren’t true


Eczema can be an upsetting, painful and very common skin condition – it’s estimated that up to 10% of children will experience it, but the majority of them (75%) “grow out of it” by their teens. That said, it’s not exclusive to childhood. One in five women develop hand or face eczema as a result of […]

Could worms protect against eczema?


Rates of allergies and associated conditions are on the rise – latest surveys show that up to 30-35% of people are affected worldwide. Initially, this increase was seen in countries such as the UK, Europe and USA, but can now be found in all developed countries. Digging a little deeper, I discovered that levels of […]

How to stop scratching


Anyone who has eczema, psoriasis or urticaria will have experienced the burning, uncontrollable and completely overwhelming urge to itch! Having had hives, I’ve woken up in the middle of the night ready to tear my skin off. While scratching can be one of the worst things you can do for your skin – when you’re […]

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


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

New Year's Resolutions

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?


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 […]

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