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 […]

Psoriasis Awareness Week


We’ve posted much about this chronic auto-immune disease in the past, but to mark this week’s Psoriasis Awareness Week, here’s what you need to know. Caused by the acceleration of cell turnover, the condition appears as red, flaky patches of skin that are covered in ‘silver’ scales. It usually appears in small patches on the […]

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 […]

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

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Suffering from red, aggravated skin that itches and occasionally burns? If it looks oily in appearance and regularly flakes, it could be seborrheic dermatitis. This common condition can be confused with eczema and psoriasis, but the scaly skin it causes typically looks yellowish and moist, rather than overly parched and inflamed. Where it appears Often […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can Vitamin D help Acne and Eczema?


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, […]

Treating psoriasis with cognitive behavioural therapy

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I read an interesting article in the Telegraph a week or so ago which echoed my sentiments on the effects of stress on the skin. Researchers at Manchester University have found that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis (which supermodel Cara Delevigne suffers from) and other stress induced skin conditions. Dr. Bundy who […]

‘Five a Day’ Focus: Sleep & Stress


A couple of weeks ago I touched on the amazing processes our skin goes through as we sleep – processes so amazing, that sleep and managing stress have made it into my Age Confidence Five A Day. A lack of sleep and high stress levels really take their toll on the body and prevent it […]

Your Pregnancy questions answered!


For those of you that missed out on last week’s live pregnancy skincare web chat, here’s a round-up of everything we discussed. Scroll down the page for answers. 1. I am currently 7 months pregnant and my facial skin is dehydrated but I can’t use anything too heavy because I’m worried I’ll get clogged pores. What […]

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