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    6 ways To heal dry hands From overwashing

    6 ways To heal dry hands From overwashing

    Many of us, whether we are frontline workers or just going about our every day business, will be used to the precautionary habit of cleaning our hands more often to reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus. This is essential for safety

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    Common Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

    Common Skincare Mistakes to Avoid

     

    Cleansing is supposed to be the key to good skin. We are all told to do it religiously if we want to keep skin younger looking and healthy. But the way you cleanse and what you cleanse with could actually

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    How to protect your skin in the winter

    How to protect your skin in the winter

    Cold weather is harsh on the skin. During the winter months skin can become drier and lose its moisture. Check out our tips on how to protect your skin during the winter. 

    Cold weather wreaks havoc on our skin, find out how to protect your skin in the winter

    Skin dries out if it's deprived of water and this dryness often causes itchiness, resulting in a condition commonly referred to as "winter itch.” People prone to very dry skin, dermatitis (or known as eczema) and psoriasis are even more prone to winter itch. This blog post explains how to protect your skin in the winter. 

    6 Ways to protect your skin in the Winter

    The best way to ‘winter proof; your skin if you are prone to dry skin or have very sensitive skin is to start a new winter skin regime early. Check out our tips below on how to protect your skin in the winter.

    1. Moisturise daily

    Ensure that you moisturise daily. Cream moisturisers are better than lotions for normal to dry skin. If you have sensitive skin, choose a moisturiser without fragrance or lanolin.

    2. Use gentle cleansers

    Cleanse the skin, but make sure that you don't overdo it. Too much cleansing removes the skin's natural moisturisers. It is enough to wash your face, hands, feet, and between the folds of your skin once a day. While you can rinse your trunk, arms, and legs daily; it is not necessary to use soap or cleanser on these areas every day. Skin Shop’s Oregon Moisturising Wash can be used all year round as part of your preventative skincare routine.

    3. Limit the use of hot water and soap

    If you have "winter itch," take short lukewarm showers or baths with a non-irritating, non-detergent-based cleanser such as Skin Shop’s KALME Cream Cleanser designed to cleanse dry and sensitive skin. Immediately afterwards, apply a mineral oil or petroleum jelly type moisturiser. Followed by gently patting the skin dry.

    4. Use a humidifier during the winter months

    Humidifiers can be beneficial in reducing moisture in the air. However, be sure to clean the unit according to the manufacturer's instructions to reduce mold and fungi.

    5. Protect yourself from the weather

    Protect yourself from harsh winter winds that can dry out the lips and make them more hospitable to the virus that causes cold sores. Research published in the US Journal of Clinical Investigation has shown that liquorice has the ability to weaken the cold sore virus which lies dormant in the skin between outbreaks. Try Skin Shop’s Lip Q Liquorice Balm to protect lips from cold sore outbreaks. Avoid extreme cold. Cold temperatures can cause skin disorders or frostbite in some people. See a doctor immediately if you develop color changes in your hands or feet accompanied by pain or ulceration. If you develop extreme pain followed by loss of sensation in a fing

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    Ten Natural Ways To Boost Your Energy

    A busy life-style or lack of sleep? Are you often left feeling like you need a boost so you can take better advantage of the day ahead of you? Fortunately, there are things we can do to improve our energy levels, like making small changes to our diet, exercising when we can and maintaining stress levels.

    Follow these ten natural steps to boost your energy

     

    1. Learn to Breathe Correctly

    This may sound stupid, but many people don't actually breathe properly. Your stomach should go out when you inhale and in when exhaling. When you are not breathing correctly, you can reduce the amount of oxygen you take in by up to one/third, and clearly we need oxygen to breathe. A lack of sufficient oxygen going to the cells of the brain can turn on our sympathetic nervous system, our "fight or flight" response can take effect and this makes us tense, anxious, irritable, and depressed. Many types of meditation exercises focus

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    How to get rid of cold sores quickly

    How to get rid of cold sores quickly

    Find out how to get rid of cold sores quickly by knowing the causes, symptoms and treatments

     

    Cold sores are also referred to as “fever blisters” or “oral herpes” as the virus that is responsible for them is Herpes Simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). They typically appear on the lip and look like tiny clusters of fluid filled blisters, however they are not always isolated in this region. This skin condition is very common, between 65 to 90 percent of people have been infected at one time in their lives, typically during teen years. However, the most susceptible to the virus are newborns and young children due to their immune system not being as strong. 

     

    What causes cold sores?

     

    Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. The first cold sores usually occur in childhood. The virus infects through the moist 'inner' skin that lines the mouth. It is commonly passed on by skin contact such as kisses from a family member who has a cold sore. After the first cold sore infection, the herpes simplex virus settles in a nearby nerve sheath and remains there for the rest of your life. For most of the time, the virus lies dormant (inactive) and causes no symptoms. 

    However, in some people the virus becomes 'active' from time to time. When activated, the virus multiplies and travels down the nerve sheath to cause cold sore blisters around the mouth. Some people have cold sores often, others only now and then. It is not clear what causes the dormant herpes virus to become active. 

     

    What triggers a cold sore?

     

    1. Illness

    Cold sores may occur during feverish illnesses such as colds, coughs, and flu.

    1. Menstruation

    Cold sores are common around the time of monthly periods.

    1. Stress 

    Cold sores can be triggered by a weaker immune system or just being 'run down'.

    1. Sunshine

    Strong, direct sunlight may trigger cold sores in some people. 

     

    What are the symptoms of cold sores?

     

    The signs of a cold sore may include a tingle or itch before the blisters appear, usually around your lips or nose. This can last several hours, or up to a day or so. After the tingle, one or more blisters appear which are usually sore. They may weep and take several days to scab. The scab slowly disappears over a week or so leaving no scar. Some virus will remain dormant in the nerve sheath ready to cause another cold sore sometime in the future. The stages of a cold sore are:

     

    1. You have a tingling, burning, or itching feeling.
    2. About 12 to 24 hours later, blisters form. The area becomes red, swollen, and painful.
    3. The blisters break open, and fluid comes out. This usually lasts 2 or 3 days.
    4. A scab forms on the sore. It might crack or bleed.
    5. The scab falls off and the cold sore heals. 

     

    How to treat cold sores

     

    Find out how to get rid of cold sores quickly with the best ways to treat cold sores: 

     

    Natural cold sore treatments

     

    An ingredient in liquorice called

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