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Why lack of sleep is ruining your skin?

Sleep is increasingly recognised as being key to our general health and wellbeing, with sleep deprivation linked to car crashes, industrial disasters and other occupational errors. People who don’t get enough sleep are also more likely to have long-term health issues such as high blood pressure,...

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Coming off the pill

"You know the common story: Woman stops taking pill. Woman experiences acne. But, numerous word-of-mouth experiences aside, why does this happen to so many of us?" This question was put to me recently by Lucy Abbersteen of Marie Claire UK. To read my explanation, click here for...

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Time for teenage skin

Do you have a teenager in your life who is struggling with oily skin, blackheads or breakouts? Read below to discover my Dermatologist-approved tips for teenage skin. What age do boys and girls typically hit puberty? How does this affect their skin? The average age for girls to begin pub...

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Acne and the menstrual cycle

Whereabouts in our cycles are we most likely to experience breakouts?   Research indicates that between one and two thirds of female acne sufferers will have a flare around the time of their period. This is typically in the late luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, which falls be...

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Refinery 29 August 2018

We know sunbeds and sunbathing are bad news when it comes to increasing our chances of developing skin cancer, but what about the UV lamps used for gel manicures? Daniela Morosini asked me this very question for her recent article in Refinery29 and it turns out the answer isn't as simple as you...

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Marie Claire August 2018

Back acne – what is it, why does it happen and how do we get rid of it? These questions were all put to me by Lucy Abbersteen of Marie Claire magazine. For the answers to these questions, please have a read below.  What causes acne to appear on your back? The reasons for acne appearin...

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Interview with Get the Gloss

I was recently featured on the home page of Get The Gloss talking all about my favourite beauty buys with journalist Judy Johnson. In case you missed it, I've posted a copy of the original interview just below. For details of where to find the products I've mentioned, click on the link at the b...

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Skin and the city

I was recently asked in an interview how living in a busy city, like London, can impact the health of our skin. Of course, there are multiple lifestyle and environmental factors to consider, but I think that pollution and stress are worthy of particular mention. If you'd like to know my thoughts...

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Sun safety tips

It seems that summer is here to stay with weather forecasts promising another hot and sunny week! For practical advice about how to protect your skin in the sun, have a read of my tips below:  1. It is always important to protect exposed skin from UV rays to reduce the risk of skin cancer a...

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Sheerluxe June 2018

In case you missed my facial sunscreen recommendation in "9 Facial SPFs Rated By The Experts" in Sheerluxe last week, this is what I had to say... “Having suffered with acne for many years, it’s important for me to use an SPF moisturiser every morning that gives effective UV protection, but won’t...

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