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Common Skin Conditions Explained

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A question you might remember from a recent pub quiz – what’s the body’s biggest organ? Is it the liver? The lungs? Go on, give it a guess. No? OK, it’s the skin. And with such great power comes great responsibility.

The skin is there to shield us from the elements, but it’s not impenetrable and can react in a variety of ways. Whether you’ve already identified with a skin condition or have recently noticed your skin flaring up uncharacteristically, our info-packed guide explores the most common skin conditions: psoriasis, rosacea, eczema and acne.   


According to the NHS, psoriasis is a skin condition that affects around 2% of people in the UK and can start at any age. Some of the symptoms can include red patches covered with silvery scales. It’s considered to be a long-lasting, chronic condition and the severity of it varies from person to person. People who suffer from psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells and it’s this sped-up process that creates the patches on the skin.

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This long-term condition mainly affects the face and can be controlled to some degree with treatment. It often begins with skin appearing rosy and red for a short period. As it’s a ‘relapsing’ condition, which means that it can appear and disappear in intervals. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but a host of triggers that can aggravate rosacea have been identified.

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Eczema is a dry skin condition that can appear in various forms. According to the National Eczema Society, in the UK, one in 5 children and one in 12 adults have eczema. Symptoms can range from mild (red, scaly, itchy skin) to severe (bleeding, weeping skin). It is a condition which can affect any age but is primarily seen in children. There are treatments available that can help relieve symptoms, but currently there is no known cure.  Although, it is said that symptoms can naturally improve over time.

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Common in teenagers and young adults, acne is a skin condition that can cause blemishes on the face, back and chest. Not to be confused with a one-off breakout of spots, acne is associated with hormone imbalance that causes excessive amounts of oil, also known as sebum. It can run in families and is not caused by poor hygiene. As most acne sufferers will experience blemishes on the face, it can often cause distress. Speak to your Superdrug pharmacist for hard-working treatment options.

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All You Need to Know about Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid

Do you remember when leopard print was an up-and-coming fashion trend? Yes, us neither. Because what started off as a one-hit-runway-wonder soon became the norm. Well, hyaluronic acid is the ‘leopard print’ of the beauty world. It bounded on to the scene as a new, exciting ingredient and has now become a skincare saviour in its own right – and shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon.

Hyaluronic Acid

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Don’t let the ‘acid’ part of the ingredient fool you into thinking it’s harmful. In scientific terms, hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural substance found in the body – mostly in the joints, connective tissue and eyes. Each molecule has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water which makes it a super hydrating compound.

As the body ages, the natural production of HA slows down and so does the ability to preserve moisture.

Why is it Used in Skincare?

When this molecule is used in skincare, it essentially acts like a sponge to revitalise the skin’s outer layer. And we all know, when skin is hydrated it looks more luminous and rejuvenated. So it’s no surprise this ingredient is used predominately in the anti-ageing skincare realm.

Boasting toning, firming and plumping properties, hyaluronic acid-infused products are commonly considered a temporary solution to a younger-looking complexion. Bye bye wrinkles!

How do I know if my Skincare Regime features Hyaluronic Acid?

It’s mostly found in creams, serums and face masks but always read the label to see if the product is enriched with hyaluronic acid or if it helps boosts the production of it. Nowadays, as we’ve all wised up to the benefits of it, beauty brands love to scream and shout when a product features this magical ingredient – so it shouldn’t be too hard to spot!

However, it can be present in many forms on a beauty label as there are many derivatives of it. Look out for sodium hyaluronate, hydrolysed hyaluronic acid and sodium acetyl hyaluronate, as all of these boast the same properties as hyaluronic acid.

The ingredient can also be used in dermal fillers as a result of its richly hydrating properties.

Want to wise up on your beauty lingo? Check out our A-Z of buzzwords.

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Top Vitamins for Tiredness & Lack of Energy

Top vitamins for tiredness

Whether you’ve suffered a restless night’s sleep or are constantly on the go, tiredness can sometimes hit you like a brick wall. But, instead of suffering from in-a-constant-daze syndrome there are measures you can take that may naturally bolster up the energy levels. Tweaking your diet and adding in vitamin-rich foods and supplements can help keep the tired symptoms at bay.

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Top-Rated Vitamins for Tiredness

Vitamin B

The Vitamin B complex is made up of 8 different water-soluble vitamins, which is why you may be familiar with seeing the letter followed by the number (eg. Vitamin B12). The vitamins work together to help the body maintain energy and brain functionality.

These vitamins in the body can be impacted by things such as stress, alcohol consumption and poor diet. Try to restore harmony by eating eggs, milk and whole grains. Or, you can take B Vitamins to supplement your diet.  These can help reduce feelings of tiredness. 


As you may remember from science class, iron is used to produce red blood cells, which store and carry oxygen around the body. So when a person is low on iron reserves, one of the more noticeable symptoms is tiredness. If you suspect this is the case, speak to your pharmacist for advice.

Good sources of iron include:

  • liver (but avoid this during pregnancy)
  • meat
  • beans
  • nuts
  • dried fruit – such as dried apricots
  • wholegrains – such as brown rice
  • most dark-green leafy vegetables – such as watercress and curly kale


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Vitamin C

This is an important antioxidant that helps improve energy levels as it maintains the adrenal function (which regulates hormones).

You can get Vitamin C by snacking on foods such as oranges,  strawberries, red & green peppers and potatoes. You can supplement your diet by also taking one of the following:

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A quick and easy way to help ensure you meet the recommended daily vitamin intake is by taking a multi-vitamin alongside a well-balanced diet. 

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If you suffer from tiredness regularly or want more information about recommended vitamin intake, consult your pharmacist for further advice.

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How To Treat Head Lice

How to treat head lice

With the back-to-school blues settling in, there might be something else settling in too. Head lice. Whether you’ve caught them from a younger cousin or your little one has had a warning letter sent home from school, you’ll want to zap those creepy crawlies – and fast.

These treatment options will not leave you scratching your head…

How to treat head lice

If you’ve got a sneaky suspicion that head lice have set up shop in your locks, there are two commonly-used techniques to rid your hair of them.

Targeted Treatment

One way of banishing them is by applying a targeted treatment direct to the scalp and hair to kill head lice. Available in many forms – lotions, sprays, mousses – and boasting super-speedy results they are a popular choice.

Most can be applied to dry hair  and then rinsed out. But, for added ease you can find spray-and-go options too.

Always check the label as each treatment will have tailored instructions and may need to be reapplied.  


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Wet Combing

This technique can be used after a targeted treatment to manually remove the lice and eggs.

Wet combing is simple and effective. Follow these steps:

  1. Wash hair with shampoo and a nourishing conditioner. Brush through hair until all knots and tangles are out.

  2. Take a specially designed fine-toothed comb and work through hair going from root to tip.

  3. With every stroke of a section of hair, check for lice, rinse/wipe away and repeat.

  4. Work through every section of hair and repeat the whole head at least twice or until you can no longer find any lice.   


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What are Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that can live among our hair and feed on blood from the scalp.  The adults are known as lice and their eggs are known as nits (that once hatched take 6-10 days to develop into lice).

As lice cannot fly or jump, they can only move from head to head by close contact which is why is makes them a common problem for children.  

How to Spot Head Lice

The tell-tale sign of head lice is scratching the scalp. As the lice are so small to see at a glance, they can only really be spotted when using the wet combing technique.

If you suspect that head lice have taken up residence in your hair or your child’s hair, then a wet comb session should confirm your suspicions.

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How to: Modern 80s Spiral Curls

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Madonna, Mariah and every wannabe superstar in between, went mad for curls in the 80s. The bouncier, the better! And while we're not suggesting the tight perm is about to have a comeback, we do think there’s something ever-so-endearing about super springy locks. Trial the retro hairstyle and get set to add some va va voom to your look with our modern 80s spiral curls tutorial.

What Will I Need to Create Modern 80s Spiral Curls?

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Step 1 – Brush hair & apply spray

Modern 80s spiral curl step 1

 To create a smooth, silky starting point, brush through hair with a detangler. Once all the knots and tangles are out, apply a heat protecting spray all over.

Step 2 – Section top half of hair  

Modern 80s spiral curl step 2

Scoop together the top section of the hair (about half) and clip it up to keep out of the way.

Step 3a – Wrap hair & add heat

Modern 80s spiral curl step 3

Now for the curling. We’re going to use an unconventional technique to achieve super tight curls but you can always use a small barrel curling wand if you prefer.

Take a small-section of hair (the smaller the section the tighter the curl). Twist the top of the section to allow it to grip better and then wrap it around a single chopstick. Once you reach the send of the section, hold the hair in place wrapped around the chopstick and apply heat using hair straighteners. Clamp from the top and work all the way down, ensuring the entire curl benefits from added heat.

Step 3b – Continue curling all over

Modern 80s spiral curl step 4

Continue step 3a until all of the bottom section of hair is curled. Next, release more hair from the clipped back top section and curl as before.

When you’re ready to release the last section of hair, refrain from parting from the centre as the hair should be pulled back and sit to one side – 80s-style!

Once all the hair is curled, run your fingers through the curls to break them up and create added volume.

Step 4 – Apply serum & hairspray

Modern 80s spiral curl step 5

Add a couple of pumps of serum into your palms and run through all the curls. Scrunch the curls as you’re doing this to keep the volume. Finish with a generous application of hairspray for extra hold – perfect if you’re taking your look for a night out on the tiles.

Let’s bounce!

Modern 80s spiral curl step 6

Mariah, eat your heart out!

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How to: Modern 80s Updo

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Ah, the 80s. The era that gave us spandex, scrunchies and shoulder pads. Pay homage to the playful decade with this 80s updo hairstyle - perfect for rocking to the Friday night roller disco, no?

What Do I Need to Create a Modern 80s Updo?

  • Clear bands
  • Detangler brush
  • Thin barrel curling wand
  • Backcomb brush
  • Hair grips
  • Hairspray

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Step 1 – Brush hair & section into three

modern 80s updo step 1

Use a detangler and brush through hair to get rid of any knots and tangles. Next, you’re going to section hair into three ponytails. Start the first high and secure into place with a clear band. Position the second ponytail directly underneath the first, with the aim to get the hair tie as close to the first as possible. Repeat this step for the third and final ponytail.

Step 2 – Curl the ends of the ponytails

modern 80s updo step 2

Clip the top two ponytails together and keep to one side, out of the way. Apply heat defence spray to the tail end of the third ponytail and take a thin-barelled curling wand. Wrap small sections of hair around the wand, one at a time, to create tight ringlets. Continue until the entire ponytail has been curled, before repeating the steps on the ponytails that were clipped back.

 Step 3a– Backcomb hair & twist

modern 80s updo step 3

It wouldn’t be an 80s-inspired look without volume. And to create that classic, bouncy look, use a backcomb brush. Fluff up the curls by brushing through and backcombing. Once you’re happy with the extra volume, create a quiff. Do this by gripping all ponytails together, twisting and positioning the tail ends upwards. Use plenty of hair grips to secure into place.

Step 3b – Rough up ends & use hairspray

modern 80s updo step 4

Once the quiff is secure, use your fingers to tousle up the ends to create an edgier finish. And to ensure your look lasts all night, apply a generous coating of hairspray. It is the 80s, after all!

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How to: Romantic Pigtails

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If the mere mention of ‘pigtails’ reminds you of yearbook photos you’d rather forget, allow us to rewrite that memory. Using just a sprinkling of sparkle, we’ve taken the old school classic into date night-worthy territory. Introducing, romantic pigtails…

What Do I Need to Create Romantic Pigtails?

  • Detangler brush
  • Backcomb brush
  • Sectioning clip
  • Elastic bands
  • Spray-on glitter

Step 1 – Brush hair & create parting

romantic pigtails step 1

Using a detangler, brush through hair until you have silky, smooth knot-free locks. Next, use the tail end of a backcomb brush to create a centre parting. Simply glide it through the parting from the front all the way to the back. Twist and loosely clip one section.

Step 2a – Section & plait

romantic pigtails step 2

Taking the unclipped half of hair, divide into three equally-sized sections. Begin the plait by taking the outer section and crossing it over until it reaches the middle. Repeat on the opposing outer section. Keep on alternating until the plait reaches three-quarters down. Once happy with the length fasten with clear band.

Step 2b – Loosen plait & repeat

romantic pigtails step 2b

Pull on the sides of the plait to loosen it up. Release the other half of the hair from the clip and repeat step 2a until the plaits match in length. Fasten with band and loosen by pulling gently.  

Step 3 – Spray on glitter

romantic pigtails step 3

Take a glitter-in-a-can spray, and use to cover the clear band. Then, subtly work up the plait to create a more whimsical finish. Repeat on the other plait.  

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How to: Origami Bun

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Looking for a sophisticated look to make the style pack swoon? We’ve got just the trick. Inspired by the intricate Japanese art, this origami bun is an effortless way to show you mean business. Disclaimer: this hairstyle requires long hair to create.

What Will I Need to Create an Origami Bun?

  • Detangler brush
  • Heat protecting spray
  • Sectioning clips
  • Hair straighteners
  • Backcombing brush
  • Clear bands
  • Hairspray
  • Hair grips


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Step 1 – Brush through hair

Origami Bun step 1

Using a detangler, brush through hair until all the knots and tangles are out. Apply heat protecting spray all over and comb through. This will give you the perfect base before styling.

Step 2 – Section hair & straighten

Origami Bun step 2

Taking the top section of hair, pull back and loosely clip. Begin straightening the hair underneath, section by section. Once you’re happy that the under layer is super straight and sleek, unclip the top section and continue straightening.

Step 3 – Create a low, side ponytail

Origami Bun step 3

Create a centre parting, take a backcombing brush and pull hair into a low, side ponytail.  Secure with a clear band.

Step 4 – Use hairspray to sleek over ponytail

Origami Bun step 4

Apply hairspray on to the bristles of the backcomb brush and gently pat down roots, as this will keep flyaways at bay. Spray a generous amount of hairspray on the tail end too. This will ensure hair is crisp and sleek – ready for origami styling.

Step 5 – Fold over hair & create a flick

Origami Bun step 5

Grip the ponytail and place a finger underneath the band fastening. Take the ponytail and fold upwards, over your finger, and grip down with your other hand to form the bun. Remove your finger ‘aid’ from the bun and secure with a clear band.

Take the rest of the loose hair and wrap around the bun to build on the size, while adding texture. As you reach the tip of the hair, do not be tempted to tuck it all in as you would normally do to. Instead, leave a ‘flick’ loose. Once happy with the effect, secure the hair into place with grips.

Step 6 – Spray & straighten flick

Origami Bun step 6

Apply hairspray directly to the 'flick' until it feels stiff. Usually this is a hair no-no, but for this hairstyle, it needs to be stiff to look super sharp. Next, take the hair straighteners and direct the loose flick upwards. Once happy with the angle of the flick, finish off with a coating of hairspray all-over.  


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Bridal Makeup Ideas

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Are you looking for bridal makeup inspiration or thinking of braving it and doing your makeup yourself? Whatever you decide, there's no need to stress - we've got you covered. 

Bridal Makeup Looks: What Bride Are You?

Glamorous Bride

Classic Bride

Natural Bride

Prepare to say 'I Do' to stunning glamorous bridal makeup.

Turn minimal makeup into a classic bridal look

Want an au naturel, dewy finish for your wedding day? 

Old School Glam Bride

Romantic Bride

Beach Bride

Be inspired by our elegant vintage wedding makeup

Are you a romantic at heart? Looking for the a passionate and playful bridal look?

Are you a bohemian beach babe planning a seaside wedding..? 

Complete the Look

Add an extra dose of glamour to your big day look with our wedding nails tutorial - perfect for the DIY bride who wants to save precious pennies...

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How to: Stop Nail Biting

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It might be your one bad habit – and we know, we know, no one is perfect! – but nail biting is not glamorous. Nor is it pleasant for the horrified onlooker as you tuck in. So put an end to it once and for all with our top tips on how to stop biting nails. Whether you use a combination of techniques or stick to just one that work for you, a little restrain will surely go a long way…  

Stop nail biting

Keep Hands Busy

Nail biting can often be a result of nerves, anxiety and stress. Or it can be a repetitive, familiar habit - similar to that of a child sucking a thumb. To help snap out of it, always keep your hands busy with other things to not give you time to revert back to biting. Taking up a hobby that uses the hands (knitting, painting, running) may make a pleasant distraction.

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Paint Nails

If your nails look pretty and perfectly painted, you may be less inclined to ruin your manicured set with a spot of biting. And if you still can't resist, then that chipped-polish-on-the-tooth look should be enough to shock you out of the habit. 

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Keep Nails Short

Filing down those talons will get rid of an element of temptation. No nails - nothing to chew on and bite, right?

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Use Nail Biting Deterrent

To transform a somewhat ‘comforting’ habit into a hideous one, invest in a nail biting deterrent. This works by coating nails in a bitter formula that will repulse the tastebuds. Pop each finger into the deterrent and soon you won’t want to put nail to mouth. 

Commit To The Cause

If you’re 100% committed to quitting the habit for good, then tell people about it. Then those around you will remind you of your promise if you go back to old ways.

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