7 Feb 2018
What is a scar?
Scarring is an essential part of the wound healing process that happens after surgery, burns or trauma, as the body attempts to restore the skin barrier. Scars commonly mature into flat and pale scars. However, they can behave abnormally when they become hypertrophic scars or keloids. These scars are red, raised and firm.
Hypertrophic scars and keloids are... Read More »
30 Oct 2017
What are fats and lipids?
Fats and lipids are the components of the body and tissues that are not soluble in water but are soluble in organic solvents such as chloroform, methanol ethanol and ether. Some are very familiar to us, in particular the common fats and oils we all know such as vegetable oils and animal fats. Many of the other classes carry the particular assignation as lipids –... Read More »
1 Jun 2017
The summer holidays are well and truly upon us and whether you’re enjoying a staycation at home or sipping cocktails while overlooking the Mediterranean, it’s vital to look after your skin. After a long day soaking in the sun’s rays it will thank you for taking care of a few basics.
Take a cool shower
A lazy day spent in the sun normally means applying layer upon layer of sunscreen. The... Read More »
30 May 2017
Sunflower oil is the perfect TLC for your skin! Taken from the seeds of the sunflower plant, it’s rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants as well as being a healthy, natural way of keeping your skin soft and smooth. Widely used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes, this miracle of nature is reportedly effective in reducing the symptoms of acne, eczema and irritated skin too.
Perhaps that’s why... Read More »
30 May 2017
Acne is a skincare condition normally associated with teenagers but for some it persists into adulthood. The bad news is, that women are more prone to adult acne than men, with around 5% of women suffering from unwelcome outbreaks, compared to 1% of men.
Acne is basically blocked pores that become infected with bacteria which are often the result of your skin reacting to hormonal changes, or... Read More »
30 Apr 2017
The use of shea butter in skincare can be traced back through millennia. The luminous beauty of Nerfertiti, Queen of ancient Egypt, was attributed to the moisturising effects of shea butter in a sunbaked climate. Nor was she the only member of Egyptian royalty to rely on its beauty enhancing properties. Cleopatra was also a fan.
Extracted from the nuts of the shea tree found dotted across the... Read More »
1 Feb 2017
Your skin is your largest organ and first line of defence against the harshest elements. Dry skin develops when your skin lacks the natural oils it needs to protect itself from the environment, a condition which often deteriorates during the freezing winter months, causing sufferers extreme discomfort.
Dry skin isn’t something that happens to other people. It can strike anyone at any time,... Read More »
30 Jan 2017
Eczema sufferers will be all too familiar with the discomfort caused by itchy, dry and inflamed skin.
This often painful condition can occur on hands, face, arms and legs, with frequent and severe flare-ups experienced in the worst cases. Eczema refers to a group of skin conditions including:-
Atopic eczema :Affecting 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 5 children in the UK. It often runs in families... Read More »
31 Dec 2016
The festive party season is upon us and while those celebrations are fun at the time, your skin will suffer for it. Hangovers show up in your face the next day, leading to grey dehydrated skin and even the finest of lines suddenly appearing more pronounced. As you emerge to face the day – and your reflection – the only option left open to you is damage limitation.
Try these emergency... Read More »
30 Dec 2016
Life takes on a frenetic pace during December. Many of us cover what seems like miles on our feet in our quest for the perfect Christmas gift. If we’re lucky and have the energy we may dance a few nights away celebrating the festive season too.
In the midst of all of this mayhem, it’s easy to neglect our feet as we cram them into ill-fitting shoes or slip on another pair of high heels.... Read More »