Health and Beauty News

Gently Does It

A trusted brand for sensitive skin amongst doctors, the new award-winning children’s range from Epaderm has been specifically developed by dermatologists for the management of dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. Suitable for even the most delicate skin, Epaderm Junior products are free from fragrance, colouring and sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS) offering complete emollient therapy. The range includes Epaderm Junior Cream (£7.29/150g), a 2-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser and a skin cleanser; and Epaderm Junior Ointment (£6.99/125g) a 3-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser, a cleanser, or added to a bath. Now available at Boots.

 No More Nasty Nits

Protect your child against head lice with Hedrin Protect & Go (£4.29/ 120ml) a fuss-free spray which, when applied twice-a-week, protects children from an infestation. The orange and mango scented conditioning spray is ideal for times when the risk of infection increases, such as the beginning of a new school term, at children’s parties and following an outbreak letter from the school. Containing an organic compound, called 1,2-octanediol (Activdiol®), it disrupts the life cycle of head lice killing them and thereby preventing their spread. It is easy to apply and dries naturally leaving the hair looking healthy and conditioned.

 All-Natural Hair Care

If you want non-toxic family toiletries, which are as kind to the planet as they are to your skin, then a perfect pick for you is Purepotions’ wonderful new eco-friendly hair care range. Made from plant-based, one hundred per cent biodegradable raw materials, and containing herbal extracts, they leave hair incredibly soft and clean without build-up of product. Described as ‘a minor miracle’ for anyone with sensitive skin conditions, the non-irritating, organic range is as mild and gentle as the “no shampoo” trend for detergent-free haircare. Find the complete range at and in Holland & Barrett stores from this autumn.

Wiping Out Waste

With The Marine Conservation Society reporting that there are 50 non-biodegradable wet wipes washed up on beaches for every kilometre of UK coastline, and more and more fatburgs choking up our sewer systems, a new bathroom saviour, FreshX, is on a serious environmental mission against needless waste produced by flushing wipes. With a few quick sprays it instantly transforms ordinary toilet tissue into a moist, soothing and cleansing wipe. Available in two gentle varieties the ‘Spritz’ is dermatologist tested, approved for even the most sensitive skin with botanicals including Aloe Vera and Vitamins E, B5. Available from Sainsbury’s for RRP £3 (150ml) which does the job of 300 wipes.


Beauty Kiss From A Rose

The benefits of using Rosehip Oil (an Australian beauty secret) have been long documented and include diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, repairing sun-damaged skin and maintaining skin hydration. Rosehip Oil is rumoured to be the reason behind Kate Middleton’s gorgeous glow and you can incorporate this organic wonder into your daily routine as the Rosehip PLUS range is now available in the UK. Choose from the Daily Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Day Cream, Nourishing Night Cream or original Rosehip Oil to let your natural beauty shine through. Available from


A Beauty Bargain

If money’s a little too tight to mention after the back-to-school shop, you can still go on a spending spree at Gordons Chemists this month and have change from a pound as their famous 99p sale is back until Saturday September 9! There are loads of your favourite top brand products on offer, like Fructis hairspray and Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner, or family favourites such as L’Oreal Kids Shampoo and the new Gordons Soft Touch Baby wipes at just 99p for 120 wipes! There is also a large household range of 99p products including Sanmex Fly and Wasp Killer 300ml and 750ml Toilet Duck. Not forgetting Dad – Men Expert’s sensitive shave gel takes the chore out of shaving with this bargain price! Shop in store or online at

Healthcare on the High Street

Superdrug has become the first UK high street to offer customers a chickenpox vaccination service in selected Health Clinics across the country. Chickenpox is an incredibly common illness, particularly among children at primary school, and is caused by a highly contagious virus (called Varicella Zoster). The chickenpox vaccination is not part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule in the UK, and is currently only available on the NHS for those who are at high risk of spreading the virus to particularly vulnerable people such as those with weakened immune systems (as a result of HIV or treatments like chemotherapy).  Dr. Pixie, Superdrug’s Health and Wellbeing Ambassador, commented, “Chickenpox is often seen as a rite of passage in childhood resulting in anything from a very mild to a more serious infection in different people. Even in straightforward cases spot picking can lead to long term scarring which can linger long after the infection is gone. A chickenpox immunisation has been available for many years but not on the high street until now. Having suffered from severe chicken pox at the age of 19 I would far rather have undergone the vaccine than be struck down with the infection!” Although not harmful to most of those who catch it, chickenpox can be unpleasant as it also carries symptoms such as an itchy red rash of spots and blisters and a fever. Chickenpox can become dangerous if caught by patients with an impaired immune system, newborn babies and pregnant women. Once you have chickenpox, you should be immune to it for life, however one in three who have had chickenpox will go on to develop shingles later in life. If you haven’t suffered from chickenpox as a child, it is still possible to contract it as an adult. Chickenpox tends to be more severe in adults with increased risk of pneumonia, hepatitis and encephalitis. The vaccination is available at £65 per dose, and two doses – four to eight weeks apart – are recommended to give heightened immune protection. However, the NHS states that 9 out of 10 children vaccinated with a single dose will develop immunity against chickenpox. To make an appointment, call Superdrug’s booking line on Tel 03331 223 523.


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