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What Can Your Eyes Tell You About Your General Health?

They say looking into someone’s eyes can tell you who they truly are – but they can also provide clues to a number of general health conditions. So, more reason than ever to book yourself in for that eye check! Read on to learn a bit more...

Twitching eyes

This one you’ll be able to notice yourself. It is often a sign that your body is tired or stressed. Your sympathetic nervous system (ooh we’re getting technical), responsible for involuntary muscle movements, can go into overdrive, making the muscles in your eyes contract.

While this is usually nothing to worry about and can go away of its own accord, you might want to try and slow things down a little, so make sure you book some time in for R&R.

Watery eyes

Do you find your eyes watering when using a computer or device? Too much screen time can mean you’re straining your eyes, causing them to dry out, which your tear ducts compensate for by working overtime. Give your eyes a rest (and avoid risking a tension headache) by taking screen breaks every hour or so. If your watery eyes are accompanied by redness and itching, this could also be a sign of allergies such as hayfever.

You can find out more on dry eyes with our blog here

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Changes to skin around the eye

Protecting the delicate skin around your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting the eye itself. If you notice any changes to the skin in your eyelids or surrounding eye area, you should visit you G.P or opticians and they can check for sun damage which could lead to cancer.

White ring around the iris

Normally a sign of ageing, but it can also mean your cholesterol levels are too high (and that there’s a possible risk of a stroke or heart attack, eek). If you’re under 45, it’s definitely worth seeking medical advice.

Yellowing eyes

If the sclera (the white part of the eyes) isn’t looking too bright and is in fact on the yellowish side, this could be a sign of jaundice, indicating that the liver isn’t working as it should. One of the liver’s jobs is to flush out waste products that form an orange-yellow fluid called bile. (Yuk!) If that doesn’t happen, it builds up in the body – hence the yellowish tinge to your eyes. It’s a rare condition in adults but can be associated to issues such as alcohol-related liver disease, hepatitis or gallstones.

Blurred vision

This is likely to be the main reason you would visit your optician, as we do tend to associate blurred vision with the need for glasses or contact lenses.  Blurred vision can also be a sign of poor nutrition, so always worth speaking to your optician about dietary changes or supplements.

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Broken blood vessels

Broken red blood vessels around the eyes may look alarming, but these are usually nothing to worry about and can be caused by something as simple as sneezing or coughing. The technical name for this is a subconjunctival haemorrhage and the good news is they tend to go away of their own accord.  However, if they’re accompanied by irritation, you might want to try Moisturising Eye Drops

 

We hope we have enlightened you and encouraged you to make that appointment with your optician. Our Glasses Online site has more information if you want to read more.

 

Remember, to get your eyes checked regularly. Your eye test should be carried out every 1-2 years, and this is the same for your contact lens aftercare appointment. So, make sure to make that date with your optician! And stay safe and healthy.

 

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How will COVID-19 affect Freshers Week?

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If you’re starting uni this year, the reality may be dramatically different from what you were expecting. Not least Freshers Week, which now thanks to the global pandemic will be mainly taking place online – if recent government social distancing guidelines* are anything to go by.

Freshers Week is usually one of the highlights in the uni calendar, a chance for students (many living away from home for the first time) to mingle, party, make friends and really get a taste of university life before the real work starts.

While Freshers Week normally involves a week of pub-crawls, club nights and campus parties, this year will be in stark contrast, with many events happening virtually, which students will attend from the safety of their bedrooms. Clubs, sports teams and other societies will also have to alter their activities to meet safety regulations. (Many students should expect mixers and welcome events to take place online via video chat.)

Plus, students’ arrival dates might be staggered to limit large groups of people coming into contact, so ‘Freshers Week’ might even take place across a number of weeks, with smaller, socially-distanced events. Even walking around campus might be different, with some universities considering having one-way pedestrian systems to limit too many people coming into close contact.

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Of course, large gatherings – i.e. parties –will most likely be banned, to be replaced with social bubbles (with groups of people living and studying together) and get-togethers in groups of no more than six, in order not to breach current COVID-secure guidelines*.

When it comes to sexual health, it’s no longer illegal to have sex with someone outside of your household, as it was during the height of lockdown*. However, the government has issued ‘guidelines’ that you should "stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions." One minister also ‘strongly advised’ university students not to spread coronavirus in their ‘bedrooms’.

The exact rules vary, so check with your individual university on what their policy is. But to give you a rough idea of what to expect, here are some of the main government recommendations and regulations for universities*:

  • Students should socialise in environments that are COVID-secure, so campus bars and student unions might include protective screens or markings for social distancing.
  • University start dates might be staggered and each course will have the “appropriate” mix of online and face-to-face teaching to ensure optimal learning is combined with minimal risk of the virus being transmitted.
  • Face coverings will probably be required for any social events hosted by clubs and societies.
  • Students who develop COVID symptoms should self-isolate in their current accommodation, instead of going home (and risk transmitting it to older people who are more vulnerable). All residents in the same household must also isolate.
  • Private gatherings in halls of residence that break the “Rule Of Six” are not allowed.
  • Universities have been advised to offer more mental health support to students affected by the uncertainty and disruption to their studies caused by Covid-19.
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*Government advice correct as of 16.09.2020. This is subject to change, please regularly check the government website for the latest updates.

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CeraVe: Uncomplicated Skincare That Delivers

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 “CeraVe is the no-frills cult skincare range with gold-standard results”

Sarah Jossel

The Sunday Times Style

Did you know that CeraVe was developed by dermatologists and every product contains 3 essential ceramides to protect the skin’s natural barrier? Yes, CeraVe does more than just moisturise your skin!

Knowing your skin type is essential for finding the right routine to suit your needs. Not every product is designed the same, which is why CeraVe caters to a range of skin types.

With CeraVe, what you see is what you get so what are you waiting for? Find your ‘no-frills’, effective skincare routine below.

Dry Skin

Every CeraVe product contains 3 essential ceramides, and hyaluronic acid, which are
essential in supporting and protecting the skin barrier and retaining moisture to help you combat your dry, uncomfortable skin.

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This soap-free, non-foaming gel gently cleans the skin while increasing its hydration.

A lightweight facial moisturiser with SPF 25 to protect against harmful UV rays.

A rich and nourishing body cream to deeply hydrate your skin. With patented MVE technology, this will give you instant hydration, that lasts all day long.

CeraVe CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser For Normal to Dry Skin 236ml £9.49 Buy Now
CeraVe CeraVe PM Facial Moisturising Lotion Normal to Dry Skin 52ml £12.99 Buy Now

Normal to Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, then it’s important to incorporate products into your routine that keep your skin feeling fresh, but that are not irritating or stripping your skin of essential hydration.

This refreshing, foaming gel removes dirt and oil whilst keeping the skin hydrated

As well as SPF 25, this light lotion contains Niacinamide to calm the skin

This lotion absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. With patented MVE technology, this will give you instant hydration, that lasts all day long

CeraVe CeraVe Moisturising Lotion - Dry to Very Dry Skin 473ml £14.99 Buy Now

Dry, Rough & Bumpy Skin

CeraVe’s latest innovation: the award-winning SA Smoothing Range helps to gently exfoliate dry, rough & bumpy skin and leave your skin smoother in just 3 days.

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This lightly foaming cleanser with Salicylic Acid gently exfoliates the skin whilst leaving it feeling soft and hydrated

Every skincare routine should contain an SPF! Hydrate your skin with this light facial lotion containing SPF 25. It also contains hyaluronic acid, to retain the skin’s natural moisture

This rich cream contains 10% Urea to smooth and moisturise the skin, and is also suitable for Keratosis Pilaris

CeraVe Cerave SA Skin Smoothing Cleanser with Salicylic Acid 236ml £11.99 Buy Now
CeraVe CeraVe SA Smoothing Moisturiser - Salicylic Acid 340g £17.99 Buy Now
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How Do You Reduce Puffy Eyes?

Puffy eyes are usually an unwelcome sight! Lots of factors can cause the arrival of swelling around the eye, and if they have not been caused by illness or injury, there are a few tricks you can try to send puffy eyes packing.

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What causes puffy eyes?

Swelling around the eye is ordinarily caused by a build-up of fluid in the skin tissue.  As you may know, the skin around the eye is really thin and very delicate, so discolouration or swelling can be really visible here.

Build up of fluid, or puffy eyes, are usually caused by one of these factors:

  • You inherited the facial feature from your parents (cheers, mum!)
  • Over doing it on the salt (salt can cause fluid retention)
  • Allergies
  • Crying
  • Stress
  • Sinus issues
  • Dehydration
  • Ageing
  • Lack of sleep

So, just a few things to keep in mind! Luckily, asides from ensuring you’re drinking lots of water, cutting back on the salt and getting enough sleep there are a few ways which you can reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.

1. Aloe, Aloe!

Aloe Vera is one of the beauty world’s little wonders! It’s rich in vitamins and packed with anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce puffiness or swelling around the eyes. Not to mention it feels really refreshing on the skin, perfect for the sensitive eye area.

Aloe Pura Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Skin Gel 200ml £5.99 Buy Now

2. Little Spoon

If waking up with puffy eyes is more than a one-time occurrence for you, be prepared for their arrival by keeping two metal spoons in the fridge. When you wake, hold the cold spoons over closed eyes for a few minutes to constrict the blood vessels and reduce the swelling. Alternatively, if you’re not that prepared, you can run the spoons under a cold tap too for the same effect.

3. Tea O’Clock!

If, like us, you love nothing more than a brew to pick you up throughout the day; then you’ll have plenty of tea bags to try out with this trick! Once you have made your tea, pop the used tea bags (black or green) into the fridge to start chilling. Once they’re nice and cold, apply them to your closed eyes and the antioxidant and caffeine content will help increase circulation and encourage the removal of fluids.

4. Eye, Eye Cream!

If you are not already using an eye cream, first thing is first - add one to your skin care routine! Olay’s Eye Ultimate Eye Cream gets to work immediately by soothing and hydrating the delicate eye area, reducing not just puffiness but dark circles too!

Top tip: put your eye cream into the fridge so it is extra refreshing when you apply it your skin.

Olay Olay Eye Collection Ultimate Eye Cream 15ml £24.99 Buy Now

5. Massage Miracle

Get the fluid around your eyes moving again with a gentle massage. When applying your eye cream, gentle tap around the swollen areas and gently push the skin upwards to improve the circulation. As well as targeting under your eyes, massage pressure points at your brow and on your sinuses to help too.

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Get the Low-Down on Sulphate Free Shampoos

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If you take a peek down our hair care aisle you will see many of your favourite hair brands springing up with sulphate free shampoos. So why are these hair care brands saying goodbye to sulphates and should you too? Here’s everything you need to know about sulphate free shampoos and our top choices.

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What are sulphates?

Sulphates (also written as ‘sulfate’ – but that’s a whole other conversation!) are what causes your favourite shampoos, cleansers, and body washes to create a thick, foamy lather.

There are two common types of sulphates found in the beauty industry: sodium lauryl sulfphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES).

Sulphates are surfactant chemicals, meaning they are really effective at removing dirt and oil from your skin and hair.  The molecules have two parts to them, one-part traps oil, dirt and grease which are then rinsed away with the second part (think of it as one is oil soluble and one is water soluble.)

Why do some people avoid sulphates?

A quick Google search will bring up the ‘for’ and ‘against’ argument for using sulphates, but the main concern is that they can strip your skin and hair of more oil than necessary. The problem with the molecules is that they can’t tell the different between excess oil and your natural sebum. This can lead to dry hair and an irritated scalp.  Some people also think that sulphates affect hair colour too, causing the colour to fade, although research is still being conducted on this.

What are the benefits of sulphate free shampoos?

To give people an option on the ingredients they use on their hair, many brands have started to give their customers a choice with sulphate free formulas.

When you try a sulphate free shampoo for the first time, you’ll notice the lack of lather or foam which can take some getting used to! Remember, sulphates are a foaming agent, so a lather is either significantly reduced or not present at all in a sulphate free shampoo. However, this doesn’t mean they are not cleaning your hair, they are still effective in leaving you with soft, cleansed locks.

If the lack of foam doesn’t bother you, then there are some benefits of sulphate free hair care you can get behind including:  a less irritated scalp, reduced frizz, and softer, more hydrated hair.

If sulphate free shampoos sound up your street, check out some of the best formulas to hit our shelves at Superdrug.

1. Herbal Essences bio: renew Sulfate Free Shampoo Aloe & Hemp

If you want to partner your sulphate free formula with a shampoo packed with natural ingredients, this is the one for you! Herbal Essences have partnered with the Royal Botanic Gardens, in Kew, to celebrate 260 years of their botanical experience with this super-hydrating shampoo that puts aloe in the spotlight.

If this ticks all your boxes, be sure to check out the Herbal Essences Sulfate Free Hair Conditioner Aloe & Hemp to go with it. Or for something a little more fruity the range is also available in Aloe & Mango.

Herbal Essences Herbal Essences bio:renew Sulfate Free Shampoo Aloe & Hemp £5.99 Buy Now

TRESemme Colour Shineplex Shampoo

Not ones to be left behind on the latest hair care must-haves, TRESemme have released their first ever sulphate free shampoo. The ultra-moisturising formula features hair care favourites coconut and camellia oil and gently cleanses the hair without stripping away your natural oils.

TRESemmé TRESemme Pro Colour Shineplex Shampoo 400ml £2.47 Buy Now

Cantu Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo

If you’re giving SLS and SLES a miss, but still enjoy a rich lather in your hair, then give this one a go from curly hair faves Cantu.  It carefully removes build up on your hair while also protecting your locks from breakages.

Cantu Cantu Sulfate-Free Cleansing Cream Shampoo 400ml £6.99 Buy Now

Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Shampoo

You just need to read the customer reviews for this sulphate free shampoo to know you’re on to a winner! Formulated with Jamaican black castor oil and organic Shea butter, this shampoo is incredibly hydrating and is amazing at restoring dry, broken, damaged hair back to its former glory.

Shea Moisture Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Shampoo 506ml £12.99 Buy Now
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Maybelline Beauty At-Home Tips & Tricks

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If you love nothing more than pampering yourself or perfecting your makeup skills while at home, then we’ve got you covered with our quick and easy at-home hacks featuring a range of must-haves products from Maybelline. Whether you want to look your best for your next Zoom call or picnic in the park, then check out our top tips and tricks below:

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Easy Peel Off Gel Tint

Can’t get to the salon to tint your brows but too scared to take the plunge on a permanent at home tint? Maybelline’s Tattoo Brow Peel Off Gel is our semi-permanent brow gel that will leave your eyebrows tinted and looking naturally fuller for up to 3 days.

How to get fuller looking eyebrows in 3 quick and easy steps:

Step 1: Apply a thick layer to clean eyebrows in your desired brow shape. If you make a mistake simply wipe away with a cotton bud or tissue soaked in makeup remover.

Step 2: Leave product to set for at least 20 minutes. For super long wear leave for up to 2 hours – or even overnight.

Step 3: Use fingers to peel the product from eyebrows. Don't worry the product isn't sticky so won't pull out the hair.

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Maybelline Maybelline Tattoo Gel Eyebrow Tint Peel Medium Brown £12.99 Buy Now

Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift

Longing for your LVL or Salon Lash Lift – us too, but don’t worry we’ve got you covered!

Get an instant lift look in a tube, from the UK's Number 1 Mascara Brand. Falsies Lash Lift delivers dramatic volume and long, lifted lashes. Our double curved lifting brush and fibre-infused formula grab lashes at the root to lift, thicken, and lengthen. No clumps, smears, or flakes, just volume that lasts all day.

How to get a Lash Lift in a bottle with Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara:

Step 1: For best results, hold brush against lashes and sweep from root to tip.

Step 2: Repeat until desired look is achieved.

Top Tip: Do not let it dry between coats.

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Maybelline Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara 01 Black £7.99 Buy Now

Maybelline Instant Eraser Concealer

Need a skin pick me up? Maybelline’s Instant Eraser Concealer covers dark circles, blemishes, and redness in one easy swipe so you can feel confident in your skin.

It comes with an anti-microbial cushion tip applicator, which means you can touch up your makeup at any time – without touching your face!

How to apply Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye Concealer to cover dark circles, blur imperfections and cover blemishes:

Step 1. Twist collar of the Micro-Corrector Applicator in the direction of arrows until the concealer is visible on the sponge (it may take some turns on first use).

Step 2. Using the applicator, apply concealer directly to the under-eye area, blending in an outward motion.

Step 3. For extreme dark circles, apply the Neutralizer shade under your concealer shade.

Step 4. To add a luminous touch, apply the Brightener shade to the inner corner of eyes, cheek and brow bones and, bridge of the nose.

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Maybelline Maybelline Instant Conceal Eraser Concealer Brightener £8.99 Buy Now

Maybelline Superstay 7 Days Gel Nail Polish

Need a speedy at home manicure before your picnic? Maybelline’s Superstay Nail Varnish has got you covered lasting up to 7 days with super saturated pigment so you can go about your day without having to worry about your nails.

How to use:

First apply a clear base coat to help your nail colour last longer. With one sweep, paint the first line of nail polish starting from the base to the tip. Then apply colour to the rest of the nail.

Maybelline Maybelline 7 day SuperStay Nail Polish - 24/7 Fuschia £4.49 Buy Now
Maybelline Superstay 7 Days City Nudes Nail Color 892 Dusted Pearl £4.49 Buy Now
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See a Doctor in Minutes with Superdrug’s The GP Service

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How many times have you called your local GP surgery to find out there are no appointments available that day? Or waited all morning on hold to be told the next appointment was in 10 days’ time? It sounds all too familiar, right?

Well, next time you need a doctor’s appointment you can now use The GP Service at Superdrug! Our newest digital service is now live and here’s everything you need to know…

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How does The GP Service work?

The GP Service is available online 365 days a year and provides you with a convenient way to receive doctor’s advice, treatments, and a diagnoses for common medical conditions via our online consultation platform.

Our service works in 4 simple steps:

  1. Create an account
  2. Book an appointment
  3. See a doctor
  4. Instant processing

Our online platforms allows our patients to interact with a qualified doctor (you can see more information on our wonderful team here: meet the doctors) in a safe and discreet environment, either via an online form assessment or via the live chat feature.

The process really is as straightforward as that!

Who can access the service?

The GP Service offers private medical non-emergency treatment to anyone over the age of 18 who is living in the UK. Unfortunately, our doctors are unable to assess anyone under the age of 18 or speak to someone on behalf of somebody else.

Our service is not suitable for emergency medical care or diagnoses, if you think you need urgent support then please call 999 or seek out alternative emergency medical care.

How do I get a prescription via The GP Service?

During your consultation, our qualified doctor will determine the correct prescription for you, if necessary.

Any medication you are prescribed will be electronically sent to your chosen local Superdrug Pharmacy immediately after your consultation for processing. Once your prescription is ready for collection, you will be notified by email.

All of our Superdrug Pharmacies, that are affiliated with The GP Service, are UK based and registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and will stock most general medications or will be able to get it within 24-hours. So, you should never have to wait too long before you can pick up your treatment!

Do I have to pay for the service?

Yes, as we are a private medical service and not part of the NHS, you will need to pay for using our services. Consultations are £25 and last for 10 minutes; prescription processing is £7.95; and fit and referral letters are £15 each.

Will my GP know about my consultation?

Our doctors will share your consultation notes with your GP unless you specifically opt out of this when you register. You will see this question nice and clearly when you create your account, so the choice is yours.

 

The GP Service is here to serve your health needs and appointments are available today!

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Support Your Body’s NAD+ with Tru Niagen®

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Did you know that there is a critical enzyme found in every single cell in the body that is involved in keeping all our essential functions running smoothly known as NAD+? As we age, it is important to supplement our NAD+ levels, and with the latest health supplement to arrive at Superdrug you can start topping up your levels from the very first capsule. Interested? Read on to find out everything you need to know about Tru Niagen® and how it can help support your cellular health.

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What is NAD+?

Our bodies use NAD+, which is an acronym for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, every day for cellular functions such as converting food into energy, and supporting our cells against physiological stress. As you can see, it is an incredibly vital resource.

Our body’s NAD+ levels are often in a state of flux, and some of our personal behaviors such as overeating and alcohol consumption may impact NAD+ levels. Additionally, NAD+ levels are also impacted by aging, a completely natural stressor on the body.

NAD+ is important for your cellular health. One way you can support your levels is by taking the supplement Tru Niagen®.

Tru Niagen® Key Ingredient

Scientists have been studying the role NAD+ has on our health which has led to great interest in how to maintain or increase its levels. Through their research, it was discovered that supplementing with an NAD+ precursor would have a positive effect on NAD+ levels. One of these precursors is Nicotinamide riboside (NR), a novel form of Vitamin B3, and a proprietary form of NR that has been extensively studied is Niagen® - the active ingredient found in Tru Niagen®.

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Tru Niagen® Key Facts & Benefits

Tru Niagen® contains the patented and only EU authorised form of NR, it has presented no adverse side effects, and it will start generating NAD+ shortly after the first capsule is taken. So, if you are an adult and you are looking to support your cellular health then this could be the addition to your health routine you’ve been looking for.

As with any supplement or new health routine, everyone’s experiences with the supplement will vary depending on your age, diet, the amount of exercise you do and your sleeping habits. However, even if you do not feel the immediate benefits, rest assured it is working on a cellular level.

 

The key benefits are:

  • Tru Niagen® contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
  • Tru Niagen® contributes to the maintenance of normal mucous membranes.
  • Tru Niagen® contributes to the maintenance of normal skin.
  • Tru Niagen® contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
  • Tru Niagen® contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system.
  • Tru Niagen® contributes to normal psychological function.

 

Start supporting your NAD+ levels and living better today.

Tru Niagen Tru Niagen 300mg 30 Capsules £39.95 Buy Now
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Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Vision

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We all know that eating the right foods and exercising regularly is good for our overall health, but did you know it can also contribute to healthier vision too? From ensuring your plate is full of nutritious food to cutting down on your screen time, take a look at our lifestyle tips you can try to make the health of your eyes a top priority.

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Diet

Eating a balanced diet could help you achieve better eye health, so keep on reading to find out what to add to your next weekly shop.

Veggies

Green vegetables are full of something called carotenoids including lutein & zeaxanthin. These may help protect your eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts and you can find them in foods such as kale, spinach, broccoli, peas, avocadoes and romaine lettuce.

Fruit

In order to function properly, our need relatively high levels of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. You will find this beneficial vitamin in fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons and berries as well as tasty peaches, red peppers and tomatoes.

You may have noticed the fruits and veg we have mentioned are all bright in colour, this is no coincidence!  They are all excellent sources of vitamin A and C and their pigments include carotenoids.

Grains

Healthy whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, whole oats, whole-wheat breads and pasta contain vitamin E, zinc and niacin to promote overall eye health.

Fish

Oily fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which might reduce the risk of developing eye disease later in life. Fun fact: Oily fish can also help with symptoms of dry eye!

If you don’t like or eat fish how about trying omega-3 supplements or you can try other omega-3 rich foods such as flaxseeds, rapeseed oils, eggs, walnuts or soya foods such as tofu.

Minimise Computer Use

If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, whether that be for work or personal use, it is really important to take lots of screen breaks. Staring at the screen for a long time can lead to dry eyes, so make sure you follow the 20-20-20 rule. To do this you need to look away from your computer every 20 minutes and gaze at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Exercise Regularly

Finally, we’ve all heard a million times that regular exercise is good for both our physical and mental wellbeing, but it can help preserve your vision too! So, dust off your trainers and go for a walk or a run, or if you prefer to work out in the comfort of your own home there are many virtual classes and Instagram live sessions available right now for you to try. Remember, every movement counts!

 

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My Skin Story

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With more of us experiencing acne well into adulthood, beauty blogger Kadeeja Sel Khan (@emeraldxbeauty), 23, opens up about her own skin struggles

Beauty Blogger Kadeeja Sel Khan with acne

With more of us experiencing acne well into adulthood, beauty blogger Kadeeja Sel Khan (@emeraldxbeauty), 23, opens up about her own skin struggles.

I’ve never had clear skin; for as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with acne. It started when I hit puberty, probably around the age of 11, and my skin became oily, blemished and eventually, scarred. On top of having spot-prone skin, I also have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition that can leave sufferers with irregular periods, weight gain and thinning hair, thought to be caused by abnormal hormone levels. For me, it means that my skin becomes really oily around my period and I get breakouts of angry red spots and pustules along my jaw and the bottom half of my face.

 

It’s not just spots that affect my skin. Because I’m Afghan and have an olive skin tone, I’m also prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – those pesky post-spot dark marks that take months to fade – as well as redness around my cheeks and scarring. I feel that if I’d been more patient with my skin as a teenager, it wouldn’t be as scarred as it is now – but back then, if I saw a spot, I was so desperate for it to go, I’d squeeze and pick at it.

 

I have spent, and I’m not even exaggerating here, thousands of pounds on skincare. I’ve felt so desperate to fix my complexion and get rid of the scars in the past that I bought every product and tried every remedy – and nothing would work. I’ve improved my diet – I think with anything, when you start eating better, you start to feel better, too – and I’ve cut out dairy, but it’s not made that much of a difference to my skin, to be honest. I’ve just learned to accept it and myself a little bit more – it’s so important to stay positive.

 

I’ve been on medication for my skin in the past. I tried taking the contraceptive pill, which some people find helps with skin conditions, but I found it made me gain weight. As that’s already a symptom of PCOS, I just didn’t want to exacerbate it. A few years ago, I took Roaccutane – an anti-inflammatory that comes from vitamin A and is used to treat severe cases of acne – but I had to stop after a couple of months. I found the entire process really tough. My skin became very dry and itchy no matter how much moisturiser I applied; it just felt constantly irritated and sore. I also suffered from really bad mood swings and felt super sensitive all of the time. I realised I was taking my mood out on people and I just didn’t want to do that. I know Roaccutane works really well for some people with acne, but the side-effects just weren’t worth it for me. That was the last medication I had for my skin.

 

A lot of people come to me and ask how I cope when my skin is super clear one day and then breaks out the next, and I say, ‘You know what, I’m so used to it, it’s normal for me.’ When my skin is clear, I’m like, ‘Oh, this is great, my skin looks amazing,’ but I know it’ll break out soon after. So, in my head, I’m just prepared for it. I’m also at that age where it’s like, why should I torture myself? Why would I make myself feel bad for something I’ve already spent years feeling down about?

 

If I can’t change my skin, I’m not going to make myself feel low and I’m not going to let it take over my life. That’s why I decided to turn it into something positive and start showing my skin without makeup, filters or Photoshop. I used to always edit my pictures before uploading them but then, one day, I just realised it wasn’t honest and I felt bad about doing it. So, I posted a video of my skin, with absolutely nothing on.

 

Some people reacted badly, but most of the responses were really positive. Girls were saying, ‘Thank you so much! You’ve made me feel so much better about my own skin. I thought I was the only one!’ I used to be like that. I was the girl who was growing up and thought, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ I want people to understand that there’s nothing wrong with them. I want to help people realise that they’re not the only ones with acne or scarring.I think it’s so important that we show that all kinds of skin are ‘normal’, especially in the age of social media where everything can be edited or perfected. OK, so a little part of me is like ‘Why is this happening to me?’ Why do I have to have this?’ But then I’m just like, ‘It’s cool, I still love my face regardless, so whatever – it’s going to go away again soon.’

 

I do make an effort to really look after my skin, though – I drink loads of water and I always double cleanse – even if you think it’s clean from one cleanse, it’s really not, especially if you wear makeup. Wipes are not the one! I also use a toner, an antioxidant serum and an SPF every day; sun protection is so important to help with scars and pigmentation if you have acne-prone skin. I also love a bit of self-care, too, the Garnier Fresh-Mix Face Sheet Shot Mask with Hyaluronic Acid, £3.99, is a dream!

As told to: Natalie Ticehurst. Photos: Thea Baddiley. Hair and makeup: Dina @ Frank Agency. Visit skndoctor.co.uk for more info.

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