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 […]

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 […]

Taking Care of Winter Hands


Our hands go through a lot in our lifetimes. Yet we think nothing of carefully cleansing and nourishing the skin on our faces while leaving our poor hands, quite literally, out in the cold. The combination of dry air and cold, plus frequent hand washing with harsh detergents, strips the hands of their natural oils, […]

Why do I blush so much?


Everyone blushes from time to time, but for some of us it can be a daily occurrence – sometimes to the point of becoming a source of anxiety and embarrassment, flaring up at the most unfortunate times and feeling horribly noticeable to those around you. Worse still, there is nothing you can do to stop […]

Sober October


We might avoid alcohol in our skincare, but a little teetotalism has its own benefits as Sophie, Office Manager at Pai HQ, has found while taking part in ‘Sober October’: “The last few months have seen endless summer weddings and milestone birthdays, and I thought I might just benefit from a month of total alcohol ‘detox’. I don’t tolerate alcohol […]

Watchdog investigates MI in beauty products

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Lots of you have been in touch following last night’s BBC Watchdog investigation into the presence of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in popular cosmetic products. (link) The programme was a great follow up to the story we commented on back in July, which revealed that a rise in the presence and concentration of MI in leading personal care […]

Is fake tan suitable for sensitive skin?


With the joy of warmer weather comes the dread of having to bare my pasty pins which haven’t seen the light of day in far too long! Many turn to the trusty fake-tan to fake that bronzed glow but sadly it turns me a fiery red rather than the desired golden brown. I frequently hear […]

Make-up Tips for over 50s


As part of our Age Confidence campaign, I was lucky enough to catch up with internationally renowned make-up artist, Debbie Gallagher, and quiz her on her top make-up tips for looking fabulous over fifty. As well as photo shoots for ID, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and InStyle, Debbie has also worked with big names like, Jessie J, […]

How to beat Crow’s Feet


So, you’ve got your three step facial skincare regime in place – but what about those extra essentials? Many people see Eye Cream as a non-necessity or splurge product and fail to use one daily. For me, Eye Cream is a core part of my daily regime (I apply at night) and one that makes […]

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