Skin Care

Natural based products for people who suffer from Eczema or Psoriasis

Born out of a fathers’ love to ensure his son did not have to suffer from the same debilitating eczema he endured as a boy, this natural skincare range ranks as Australia’s best-selling brand of top-to-toe treatments for sensitive skin conditions.

“After living with eczema all my life and having one of the worst cases of infantile eczema medics had ever seen at the Royal Children’s Hospital at Melbourne, I simply couldn’t bear to watch my son, Ryan, as a young toddler in such pain with intensely itchy skin head to toe and bandages over his red, weeping skin on his ankles and feet,” Geoff Graham, Founder of Grahams Skincare explains. http://www.grahamsskincare.co.uk/

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Makeup Brushes

Look Good Feel Better have now introduced a brand NEW set of makeup brushes which are exclusive to M&S (RRP £35.00). This Anti Bacterial set has been treated with non toxic compounds that help keep bacteria such as E Coli away (clinically tested to have reduced the presence of E. coli by almost 100%). These are perfect for keeping skin clean and also stopping the spread of bacteria that causes acne away!

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First Scar Cream Works Wonders on Chicken Pox

In a surprising yet welcome twist, the world’s first topical treatment developed from actives scientifically proven to shrink problem scars and co-developed by one of Britain’s foremost plastic surgeons looking for better skin healing solutions for his patients, has become the must-have remedy for parents treating children’s scrapes, injuries and even chicken pox blemishes.

A specific active green tea extract identified by their research has been proven to counteract the redness and itchiness felt as skin heals, and has also been proven to actually shrink existing, symptomatic scars by as much as 40%. This is significant as most of the currently available gels and oils that have been prescribed for decades, have been shown in academic studies to have limited scientific basis for their use – in fact, they do little other than sit passively on the surface of the scar.

Solution for Scars is available via www.scienceofskin.com/solutionforscars priced at £18.99 for 30ml

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Sothys BodyEscapes………..

let your senses escape to faraway lands with the tropical floral fragrances of the. Inspired by travel and art.

Frangipani Flower & Plum Escape Cushion Moisturizing Foam RRP £38.50

The light and unctuous texture is quickly absorbed leaving a matte but moisture rich finish on the skin.

Frangipani Flower & Plum Escape Scented Water RRP £25.50

This scented water transports you to the tropics with its delicate and sensual fragrance featuring floral, exotic and tropical notes

Green Tea & Fig Escape Hands & Feet Express Enhancer RRP £17.00

Enriched with sugar and cotton oil, this product exfoliates, nourishes and delightfully beautifies the skin

Green Tea & Fig Escape Scented Water RRP £25.50

A fresh and revitalising fragrance featuring fruity, green and woody notes

Available in Sothys Salons and Spas nationwide and http://www.sothys-uk.co.uk/

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Black Henna Temporary Tattoos Warning

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This summer, the British Skin Foundation would like to warn the public of the dangers of so-called ‘black henna’ temporary tattoos (BHTTs). Research among dermatologists in 2015 revealed they are seeing an increase in reactions at their clinics across the UK.
Parents hoping to treat their children to a temporary tattoo this summer on holiday or at the funfair and party-goers at festivals, may not realise the dangers of BHTTs.

When PPD is used on the skin in this way it can cause blistering, painful skin burns and may even lead to scarring. It can also leave the person with a lifelong sensitivity to PPD, which increases the risk of a severe allergic reaction when using hair dye in the future.

The message is clear: having a ‘black henna’ temporary tattoo presents a significant risk of a very nasty adverse reaction to the tattoo itself. It also increases the risk of either not being able to use most hair dyes in the future or having a bad reaction to them if the warnings are ignored. Most importantly, parents will want to safeguard their children this summer by steering clear of so-called ‘black henna’ temporary tattoos.”  Dr Christopher Flower, Director-General CTPA Join the discussion on Twitter #AvoidBlackHenna  http://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/

News Team International, 16/9/2003. James Wilson (6) whose arms have blistered badley after having Henna tattoos done whilst on holiday in Egypt.

SUNBURN: What To Do if You Accientally Get Burnt

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The British Skin Foundation has sun safety tips available to the public on this page and our primary advice is to follow these to avoid sunburn in the first place. However, we realise that sometimes accidents can happen. So with this in mind, Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, Dr Anjali Mahto gives some simple advice on how to reduce pain from sunburn and limit further damage.

Act quickly and get out of the sun: Cover up the affected areas and stay in the shade until your sunburn has healed.  Wear loose cotton clothing that allows your skin to “breathe” over the sunburnt areas.

Take over the counter pain relief: Analgesia or painkillers can help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation caused by sunburn.  Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are ideal and should be continued for a period of at least 48 hours if there are no contraindications.  Paracetamol will help with pain but has little effect on inflammation.

Cool the skin: Apply a cool compress to the skin e.g. a towel dampened with cool water for 15 minutes, or take a cool bath or shower.  Aim to keep the temperature just below luke-warm.  Make sure the shower has a gentle flow of water rather than being on full power.  If blisters are starting to develop, then a bath is preferable.  Do not rub your skin with a towel, but gently pat it dry when you get out.

Moisturise: After a bath or shower, use an unperfumed cream or lotion to soothe the skin.  Repeated applications of this are necessary to reduce the appearance of peeling and this may need to be continued for several weeks. Aloe vera or soy containing gels or lotions can be beneficial in soothing the skin.  Aloe vera not only has a cooling effect on the skin but also acts as an anti-inflammatory.  Be wary of using creams or lotions that contain petroleum, benzocaine, or lidocaine.  These can either trap heat in the skin or cause local skin irritation.

Stay hydrated: Sunburn can encourage fluid loss through the skin.  Drinking plenty of water will prevent dehydration and help your body recover.   Alcohol should ideally be avoided during this time as it will make dehydration worse

Use of mild steroid cream: Using a weak steroid cream such as 0.5-1% hydrocortisone for 48 hours may decrease pain and swelling caused by sunburn and speed up the healing process.  This is best avoided in small children.

Leave blisters alone: Try not to pop blisters as this can lead to infection and scarring.  They will settle by themselves after a few days.  In the meantime, treat the skin gently.

What is sunburn? Dr Mahto explains “Sunburn is an acute reaction in the skin that follows excessive overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  It causes direct damage to DNA resulting in inflammation and death of skin cells.  The risk is higher in equatorial areas or at altitude, particularly in those with fair skin types.  Sunburn in childhood or adolescence can double the risk of developing melanoma in later life.” http://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/

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