Health and Beauty News: This spring we are loving

A Spa Experience at Home

Whether you’re struggling to sleep or want to recharge and feel rejuvenated, leading spa Ragdale Hall has created a selection of body mists to cater to all your needs. Available exclusively at M&S, the range has been formulated by the spa’s expert therapists, bringing a touch of the luxury spa home for just £6. Indulge yourself with the Pamper Mist – a unique fragrance blend infused with carefully chosen essential oils and botanical extracts that promote wellbeing; rejuvenate your mind with Recharge Mist and its uplifting complex of essential oils; with lavender oil and chamomile flower Sleep Mist will create a soothing atmosphere to ensure you get your beauty sleep and Happy Mist will awaken your senses with crisp, joyful, energising citrus notes. Spray all over your body and let each formulation satisfy what your body naturally needs.

Natural Nappy Salve

Purepotions Lavender Nappy Salve (50ml/£8.99) is a beautifully rich, beeswax-based ointment and brilliant for keeping baby’s delicate skin protected and moisturised. It contains pure antimicrobial lavender essential oil and organic cold-pressed safflower, olive and hemp oils – rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids to support the natural regeneration of the epidermis. The beeswax provides a fine protective barrier to lock in moisture and keep out irritants – perfect for delicate areas. An essential product for any parent’s changing kit, but it can also be used as a more general daily emollient to maintain soft, healthy skin or to repel the dampness that causes nappy rash, dribble rash or chapped skin. And it doesn’t need to be confined to baby: it’s also great as a multipurpose balm that can be used by adults on hands, feet, lips or anywhere else that needs some gentle TLC! Buy at

Miracle Must-Haves

Childs Farm Sensitive Baby Moisturiser and Grapefruit and Tea Tree Moisturiser (£3.99/ 250 mls) has been dubbed a ‘miracle’ cream by mums. Last year saw the baby moisturiser from award-winning British baby and child toiletries company, flying off the shelves at an astonishing rate of one bottle a minute as parents demanded more of the must-have product. They recently sold out across the UK after a social media post from one satisfied mum went viral. The review explained how after just a week of using the products, her daughter’s painful eczema cleared up; an amazing result after years of unsuccessful dermatology appointments and using steroid creams. In user trials of more than 100 babies with medically diagnosed eczema, 100 per cent of parents reported no irritation to their little one’s skin when using the baby moisturiser and 100 per cent said they would recommend Childs Farm’s full range to other parents. Available now from Gordons Chemists.

Calories Lite Bite Snacks

With new guidelines from health bodies recommending that children only eat two snacks a day (containing less than 100 calories) a tasty new alternative has popped up on the market in the form of Pure Bite Popped Rice Clusters (£1.69/ 20g bag). These moreish snacks are only 80 calories per bag and are also dairy free, gluten free, vegan, preservative free, high fibre, high protein, low salt, low sugar and low in calories! Wow. The range consists of rice, nut and coconut baked snack clusters available in five different flavoursincluding; blueberry&cranberry, strawberry & gojiberry, almond, hot & spicy and coconut & strawberry.

Honey Honey

Make your skincare regimen a breeze with 3 in 1 Burt’s Bees® micellar cleansing water (£11.50 / 12 fl oz). Formulated with Australian white cypress oil and honey extract to gently remove lingering make-up, gently cleanse away pore-clogging dirt and oil while nourishing your skin. This non-comedogenic botanical blend of cleansing and softening ingredients are gentle enough to use twice a day to clean and tone your skin, leaving it feeling naturally hydrated and revitalised. Designed for all skin types, this multipurpose cleaner will leave your skin radiantly healthy. It’s 99.5 per cent natural, dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested and contains no fragrance, no parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.

The Perfect Baby Shower Gift

Every mum-to-be deserves something special to celebrate their pregnancy journey and award-winning skincare brand, Love Boo, have now created the perfect package to help mums prepare for their bundle of joy. Introducing the brand-new Mummy & Baby Countdown Kit (£60) available exclusively online at John Lewis. The luxurious gift box contains nine heavenly products to pamper both mum and baby – five gifts for mum and four for the little one including the best-selling and cult favourite Super Stretchy Miracle Oil and Silky Soft Body Wash, fragranced with lemon, ginger and peppermint to not only keep skin supple and moisturised but also ideal for calming morning sickness! The goodies for little one include the Love Boo Kind & Creamy Baby Lotion containing pomegranate extract and the extremely popular Very Gentle Top-To-Toe Wash, a delicate wash with natural ingredients including oats and conditioning olive oil, ideal for a newborn’s delicate skin.



The Baby Show sleep expert Lucy Shrimpton, has given her advice to parentsaftershockingstatisticsrevealedearlierthisyearconfirmedthat a total of 665 babies have died in the UK since 2013, 2 a week, because they were left to sleep in the same bed as their parents.

Lucy states, “The statistics are awful and far too high but there are many ways to prevent them. Newborns are so vulnerable, I don’t believe there is such a thing as safely co-sleeping with a baby under the age of six months.

“Safety, surely, is the highest thing on any parent’s list. Many parents feeding their baby in the middle of the night will so easily drift off with them in their arms but even that’s dangerous and it’s not even co- sleeping! Use a phone or an app to ensure you are prompted to get your baby back to a sleep space, for their own safety.

“When putting your baby to sleep, set up a situation where you are not endangering your baby. A baby is best suited sleeping on its back, feet to the foot end, in a crib, cot or Moses basket with no loose covers. Putting them in a grown-up bed is the immediate opposite of that, for so many reasons. With pillows and covers everywhere, and the fact they could easily slip off the bed, it’s just not worth the risk. Parents are sleep deprived, exhausted and are often not aware of the risks they are taking. Remember, you can’t effectively take care of your baby when you’re asleep.

“Of course, co-sleeping can be perfectly fine in suitable conditions and there are also benefits – but usually when a child is older. Parents just need to be aware of the risks and to seriously consider the safety aspects above all else.” Find more advice from Lucy at

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