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Sleep And Skin Tone

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I have written several times on this blog that I can’t make sense of all the diverse and often contradictory information out there about health. I am a great believer in the scientific method, but it has to be admitted that it isn’t good for everything you would like to know. A good example is ‘healthy’ food and beneficial exercise. What do these terms even mean? Eating a salad is supposed to be healthy, but if you ate nothing but salad it would kill you. Exercise is generally regarded as a good thing. But you can definitely overdo it. If I were to set out to run a marathon this morning I would probably end up in hospital. Okay if I got into shape so I could run a marathon, I would probably be healthier than I am now by most measures. But even that wouldn’t necessarily mean that the actual running of the marathon was a necessary part of the process. The first person who ever ran a marathon, just after the battle of Marathon, famously died shortly afterwards. Continue reading

Is Lanolin Beneficial For Eczema?

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A question from George

Hello Colin,

I was hoping to hear your opinion on a moisturiser by D.R. Harris & Co, the world’s oldest pharmacy. The majority of ingredients in this cream seems very standard, but it is also formulated with isopropyl myristate and lanolin – two ingredients which I know you are particularly fond of. This company also produce lots of shaving paraphernalia which you may also be interested in. I have facial eczema and don’t like to rely too heavily on steroid creams, which my dermatologist is all too keen to dish out. I’m also curious if lanolin can be beneficial in countering eczema as opinion on the internet seems to be on the no side. Regards, George

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How Soap And Shower Gel Dry Your Skin

How Soap And Shower Gel Dry Your SkinI think I can claim to be something of an expert about skincare, but the trouble with getting really immersed in a subject is that you begin to forget that not everybody knows what you know.  I spend a lot of time talking to people in the beauty industry who know a great deal about cosmetic products.  And when I am not talking to them I am often talking to beauty bloggers who know even more.  So when I gave a talk the other day to some people with no particular connection to the business I was struck that the questions they asked were ones that I would have thought everybody already knew the answer to.  Here’s one interesting one. Continue reading

Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub

I am, as I often am, indebted to British Beauty Blogger for her review of this remarkable product – Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub – which she described as ‘one heck of a scrub’.  Well it certainly should be because the first item on the ingredient list is ruby crystals.  BBB is rightly cynical about beauty business claims and brushed the ruby thing off as a sales gimmick.  But in this case, there is something about rubies that makes them uniquely suitable as the abrasive agent in a scrub.  They are one of the hardest substances known to man. Continue reading

Pixi Glow Tonic Review

 What do you call someone who works somewhere you used to work, but who joined after you left?   Are they still a colleague?  Not sure.  But whatever, someone who now works at one of my old stomping grounds drew my attention to a product that gave her a skin reaction.  It is a product that has got quite a lot of love from beauty bloggers, so I thought I’d take a look.  It is Pixi Glow Tonic and seems to be the most popular offering from Pixi by Petra. According to the website this company has been set up by a makeup artist called Petra Strand.  She claims 20 years experience so ought to know what she is doing.

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Geranium Oil

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I have a bit of a soft spot for geraniums.  My grandfather used to grow them in his front garden and introduced me to their ability to display a range of strong smells.  The lemon geranium was my favourite, closely followed by the rose geranium.  I was also impressed to come across a scheme that encouraged African farmers to grow geraniums instead of tobacco.  The geraniums were used to produce scent ingredients rather than cigarettes which is healthier for the end user.  It is also better for the long term health of the soil – tobacco being a crop that requires a lot of chemical and mechanical input.  So I was intrigued to see a website advocating geranium oil as an antiseptic and anti-fungal that should be kept handy for cuts and bruises. Continue reading

Correcting Acne Scars

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If acne wasn’t bad enough already it can often leave scars on the face which can, in some cases, last a lifetime.  Fortunately severe disfigurement as a result of acne is rare, but unfortunately there isn’t a huge amount that can be done about it.  A paper published last month shows that at least some work is being done to overcome this problem. Continue reading

Why Lush And Colgate Products Will Be Worse Soon

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You can clean your hair with just about anything.   But if you want a rich creamy foam to make it an enjoyable experience, there is one ingredient that you really must have.  Any good formulator will tell you that for a decent shampoo you really need to have a fair slug of cocamide DEA in it.  Nothing quite matches the performance this surfactant gives.   Consequently it has been one of the major ingredients in mass market and specialist shampoos and washes for years. Continue reading