Problem skin – psychodermatology and the holistic approach

Could a nutritional therapist cure your acne or eczema?  It’s highly possible.  Equally a psychiatrist could help.  New approaches to ‘problem’ skin don’t always involve the latest hyped products. According …

Winter skincare – the ayurvedic approach

Ayurveda, the 5000 year old Indian system of natural health, teaches that we need to adapt our diet and lifestyle according to the seasons, in order to have perfect skin. …

Cut the hype and work with nature to soothe winter skin

The skin is our largest organ – all eight pounds (3.5 kilograms) and 22 square feet (two square metres) of it. It’s our coat, protecting us and regulating our body …

Simplify your life – making life that bit easier

When I was a child, there were no computers, no mobile phones, no Internet, no CDs, no DVDs. There was less choice in everything – from food to fashion to …

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the secret behind many a healthy body and beautiful face. It has the ability to boost the immune system, clear sinuses and can stop a …

Nourishing skincare for winter

Nourishing. Nurturing. Comforting. Soothing. That’s what we all need as we head towards the longest night of the year. We need it on all levels – in our surroundings, in …

ila Gold Cellular Age-Restore Collection

As you know, I’ve been an avid fan of ila products and treatments for years. I love them for their purity (not for nothing are they dubbed ‘beyond organic’), their …

Review: proto-col collagen shots

The thing that drives me nuts about so many skin creams and serums is that the claims they make are ludicrous:  they defy basic biology. Take collagen for example. We …

ila – organic beauty imbued with soul

I’m not a flibbertigibbet when it comes to beauty products. When my heart is given, it tends to stay loyal (unless the brand gets mucked around with too much). If …

REVIEW: MIMI Green Goddess Fresh Face Mask

I used to love making up my own skincare creams and unguents.  But nowadays I just don’t seem to have the time, energy or, let’s be very honest, the inclination …

Make your own natural beauty products

‘Do you have any recipes for natural cosmetics in your books?’ I was asked recently. The short answer is yes.  The longer answer is, yes but not really enough to …

Make your own natural beauty products

‘Do you have any recipes for natural cosmetics in your books?’ asked Frankie Sachs on Twitter. The short answer is yes.  The longer answer is, yes but not really enough …

Tazeka Aromatherapy – a dose of optimism, balance and motivation in shiny pretty bottles!

Remember, all those years back, when I talked about flirting?  Not about how people flirt (well, not necessarily) but how things can flirt with you?  Well, that’s what happened with …

Ten ways to love the cold

Yes, it’s freezing out there but, while it’s tempting to turn up the heat and huddle by the fire, maybe we’re missing a trick. There’s been a sudden plunge in …

Juice fasting – yes or no?

You’d be hard-pressed to find a celebrity nowadays who isn’t sipping freshly pressed juice.  Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Cattrall, Demi Moore, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Nichole Ritchie, Reese Witherspoon, Alicia Silverstone, …

Superfoods – safer than supplements?

A new book is warning that vitamins might not be as healthy as we think: they could even be causing us harm.  Dr Paul Offit, author of Killing Us Softly …

Repêchage – fantastic facial with Nicki Hughes

I’ve been pretty spoiled over the years. Having worked as a health and beauty journalist (mainly for the Mail and the Telegraph) for decades I’ve been pampered every which way. …

Adult acne? New laser hits the spot

It’s not just the young stars of the Harry Potter movies who’re plagued by zits – a huge number of more mature celebrities are cursed with problematic skin. Kate Moss, …

Mineral Make-up – foundation’s holy grail?

Finding the perfect foundation is the holy grail of make-up.   Get the wrong shade and you end up looking more ghoulish than groomed.  I’ve wasted a small fortune over the …

Green tea – the wonder stuff

Is there anything green tea can’t do?  It’s been feted as a weight loss miracle, melting away the pounds.   Research suggests it might lower the risk of heart disease and …

Are lava shells the new hot stones? No, they’re much better

Nothing much surprises me when it comes to massage. I’ve been pummelled with hands, elbows, feet; on the floor, in swimming pools, on beds of hay.  But when I heard …

Fire & Ice – the ‘red carpet’ facial

I’m always sceptical of treatments that offer the world. However, the iS Clinical Fire & Ice facial comes with high-profile faces to back up its claims.  It’s the secret weapon …

Annee de Mamiel: the nourishing touch

How often do we nourish ourselves? I thought about that word for quite a while. At first I wrote ‘pamper’ but I think it’s been downgraded somehow nowadays. All that …

Moor mud – celebrity beauty starts at home

Sometimes the oldest and simplest products are the best.  Mud from the lowland moorland of Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia has been used for wellbeing for at least two thousand years …

Electro-mesotherapy – holy grail or waste of time?

When I look in the mirror something blotchy, baggy and bleary gazes back in a rather unpleasant fashion.  So it’s small wonder that electro-mesotherapy sounded so appealing. The claims for …

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy: the panacea of youth?

Cosmetic surgery is booming but many anti-ageing experts believe the holy grail of youth is not about cutting and splicing but about hormone therapy. Not the old HRT, one-size-fits-all – but bioidentical or ‘natural’ hormone therapy. It’s said to make you look and feel younger, sexier and more energetic. Many are calling it the ‘new Botox’. But what’s the truth about this new therapy? Is it as good as it sounds? More to the point, is it safe? An investigation into the brave new world of hormones includes how to tell whether your hormones might be out of balance. Something every woman over thirty needs to read.