New Year, New You!

The new year has just begun, which means you’ve a blank slate ahead of you to make the best of the next 12 months. Are you looking for some resolutions for the new year to better yourself and your health? You might have overindulged a bit over Christmas – all that food, drink and festive treats. It’s time now to get back on track, and we have put together 5 things we recommend you do to be healthy and happy in 2020.

1 – Get Healthy and Get Active

Being active is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. When you’re out and about, take the stairs instead of the lift or the escalator. If you use the bus or public transport, get off a stop or two earlier. Make sure you choose something you enjoy so you’ll stick to it. Or choose a fitness buddy to support you.

2 – Refreshing Yourself For 2020

Water, water, water. Your body is about 60% water so it’s important you drink enough of it. Try to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. Dehydration has negative effects on your health, including dry skin, inability to concentrate and headache. Often our bodies don’t recognise thirst and instead, we think we’re hungry, so drinking a glass of water with your meals can stop you overeating. If you don’t enjoy drinking still water, you can opt for fizzy water or you can add some sugar-free cordial.

3 – New Year New Menu

With todays busy lifestyles someties it can be difficult to find the motivation to cook a healthy meal and some days it’s so tempting to get a takeaway. But takeaways and frozen meals are full of excess sugar, salt and calories. Not only that, but they are more expensive than when you cook at home. If you plan your meals in advance and keep healthy snacks to hand you are more likely to stick to a healthier eating plan.

Change Your Health Direction helps you out with recipies, shopping lists and daily trackers to plan your meals and keep track.

4 – Take Some You Time

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Practicing mindfulness has huge benefits, including reduced stress levels, increased self-control and emotional regulation. A simple way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Meditation can take many forms, but the main thing is to focus your attention to the moment you’re in. Watch the birds outside your window, clear your mind while you’re going for a walk or simply sit still and concentrate on your breathing.

5 – Sleep the Night Away

A bad night’s sleep can leave you feeling tired, irritable and unable to concentrate. On the other hand, nine hours of sleeping like a log can see you springing out of bed feeling bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take on anything the day might throw at you. But when you’ve got a lot on your mind, getting a good night’s sleep can be easier said than done.

Change Your Health Direction will guide you through tips to getting a great nights sleep as well as herbal remidies to help you drift off.

Call into your local LloydsPharmacy to talk about Change Your Health Direction! 

TOP 5 Tips for Mature Skin

Top 5 Tips for Mature Skin

As we get older our skin changes and sometimes that means a change to our skincare routine. We’ve put together our top 5 tips to help keep your skin looking fresh and healthy!

1. Cleansing the Right Way

When you cleanse your skin, use a gentle touch and formula. As we get older our skin produces less oils and can tend towards dryness. Using a mild cleanser will help you keep your skin from becoming dry or irrated. Be sure to use a light hand, cleansing in gentle, circular motions.

 La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

If you have sensitive skin we recommend  La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser that removes make-up without the risk of irritation. Its fluid milk texture was specially formulated to be enriched with moisturizing glycerine to offer nourishment to your skin.

2. Make SPF a Daily Routine

Regular use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher is a great way to keep your skin healthy and prevent further aging or skin damage by the elements. But not all sunscreens are alike when it comes to ensuring supple skin.

Avene B-Protext SPF 50+

Stick to a specified face SPF, or face and body. Avene B-Protect SPF 50+ is based on an original 3-in-1 formula: Anti-UV protection. Anti-pollution protection. Beautifying effect with a tint the formula to give the skin an enhanced finish.


Or if you have sensitive skin try Avene Hydrance Optimal UV rich moisturiser, a hydrating moisturiser ideal for those suffering with dry to very dry skin. It contains thermal spring water which also makes it a great product for those with sensitive skin. The UV protection also helps prevent the skin from ageing caused by the sun.

3. Use a Richer Face Cream

Because oil glands can become less active as you age it’s important to componsate by moisturising properly to minimise fine lines and wrinkles. You may need a little more richness in your face creams.

The simple act of switching your normal face cream for a richer one will help trap water against the skin, pumping up those deep crevices. As an added bonus, smooth the formula down to your neck and upper torso to treat those areas as well!

Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Face Cream

Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Face Cream has a unique formula, enriched with carefully selected ingredients, is a moisturiser that works to reduce the appearance of signs of ageing that can appear as a result of the menopause.

4. You Are What You Eat/Drink

Much of what happens on the outside of your body is the result of what you put in it. It’s important to eat foods that nourish the skin over the years. Avoid anything that can dehydrate, like alcohol. And foods high in sugar and white carbohydrates can actually age you faster by breaking down glucose. Opt instead for more protein in your diet, including foods like fish, lean meats, beans, and legumes to help build strong collagen.

You can also enhance your diet with supplements and vitimans. Omega-3s found in certain seafood, like salmon, can help keep skin moist and may even delay its maturing process by preventing wrinkles. If you don’t get enough fish in your diet you could make Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend a part of your daily routine.

As with any supplement, check with your doctor before using.

5. Exfoliate Weekly

Our skin sheds dead cells regularly, creating a new layer every 28 days. But that process can slow over time, leading to a dull-looking complexion and rough patches. To help remove that buildup, exfoliate weekly for brighter skin.

Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant removes surface debris and improve skin clarity with our gentle and effective exfoliating treatment. Regular exfoliating is an essential part of any skincare regime as it helps to smooth for that all important radiant glow.

Call into your local LloydsPharmacy to talk about changing up your skincare routine! 

TOP 5 NUK baby products from LloydsPharmacy

Hi everyone,

My name is Aoibhe Devlin and I’m the editor of the Travel, Fashion and Family blog over on I write about everything from travelling as a family to fashion tips, baby products to hotel reviews, I have it all covered. I am a mum to a little girl named Lily who is about to turn one. I’ve learned so much since I became a mother and love sharing my tips & tricks on my blog.

Here are my TOP 5 NUK baby products from LloydsPharmacy. All of these products I have used and tried myself with Lily.

NUK NATURE SENSE PERFECT START SET – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

This is the perfect all in one kit when you have your new-born. The package is a great first buy and a brilliant gift to any new mother. The teat on the Nature Sense Baby bottles are as close to mother’s breast as ever before. The NUK Nature Sense Starter Set has two NUK Nature Sense 150ml Baby Bottles, two NUK Nature Sense 260ml bottles with two extra NUK Nature Sense Teats and also has a ‘My First NUK’ Genius Silicone Soother/Cover and a NUK Bottle Brush.

This is on offer NOW for only €19.95.

NUK NASAL DECONGESTER FOR BABIES – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

In the first few months, Lily was heavily congested and we needed this so much. This NUK decongester is very gentle on your baby’s nose. It extracts mucus to enable your baby to breathe normally. It was so handy and we bought a couple so we were never without one. It came everywhere with us. Something we both highly recommend if your baby is congested.

NUK BABY SCISSORS – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

As terrifying as it is to cut your babies nails, they grow so fast. I constantly have to cut her nails so this is so handy. It has rounded tips and an anti-slip soft grip. It’s something I’d recommend getting from birth.

NUK TRIO BOTTLE SET – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

NUK Trio Bottle Set has the Anti-Colic Air System which helps prevent colic. They are made to make it easier to be problem-free switching of bottle and breastfeeding with no nipple confusion. Lily took so well to NUK and we are still using NUK bottles, one year later. This set is only €10 and includes three bottles plus two teats so it’s very good value.



NUK BABY HAIRBRUSH COMB SET – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

When Lily was born, I hadn’t actually bought a hairbrush so when she had so much hair, it was the first thing I went to buy for her. The baby brush and comb are perfectly suitable for new-borns and can be used every day. It has natural hair bristles so it’s super soft on the scalp. I use on a daily basis.




So there you have it. My TOP 5 NUK products from LloydsPharmacy which are all available in store and online here now.

Aoibhe Devlin

Love Aoibhe xxx

9 Tips to Make SPF Your BFF

We all know that the Irish summer can be a whimsical thing and sunshine is never promised. It’s tempting to step out and let your skin soak up the rays at every opportunity, or head overseas to chase the rays, without considering the damage the sun can inflict. You can still achieve the summer look while protecting your skin by following our 9 top tips. Enjoy the sun kissed look and leave the sunburn behind by making SPF your BFF!

Get Bang For Your Buck

If you’re using SPF on your face every day, you might as well choose one that can help with your other issues too. Have dark spots, pick one that contains lightening agents and helps with pigmentation. Have red prone or sensitive skin, choose one with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Avene Mineral Fluid SPF50 is specifically designed for us sensitive types.

Sunscreens For Life, Not Just Summer

Think because you live in Ireland you can skip SPF on rainy days? Na ah! The sun’s damaging effects are still at work, regardless of the weather. Put sunscreen on exposed areas 20 minutes before leaving the house rain, hail or shine. One application a day Parasol Suncare SPF20 is just the ticket.

How Much Is Enough

You should use about a shot glass of sunscreen for your entire body and apply it 20 minutes before going outside as this is approximately how long it takes before your skin is completely protected from UV rays. We recommend a minimum of factor 30 for adults and factor 50 for children. La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50 Kids Lotion is a popular sunscreen for little ones and also comes in spray form, if preferred.

Choose “Broad-Spectrum”

Always make sure you choose a sunscreen that’s broad-spectrum because this type of sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that can cause wrinkles, while UVB rays are the ones that can burn. P20 Sun Protection SPF 30 Spray offers 10 hours protection from UVA/UVB.

No, There Is Not Enough SPF In Your Makeup

Don’t be fooled into thinking there is enough SPF in your makeup. You would need to apply 14 times the amount of powder people normally use and the same goes for foundation, unless you want to slather on 7 times as much as you normally would.  Try the newly launched Skingredients Skin Sheild SPF50, it’s a moisturising, non-comedogenic, physical (mineral) filter SPF that provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays, as well as infrared, pollution and the HEV (blue) light emitted by screens.

Fake It… Use Self-Tan For A Golden Glow

The only safe way to tan is to use a self-tan. LloydsPharmacy have a wide selection whether you want a light glow or an ultra dark look. Take your pick from mousses, lotions, graduals, oils, sprays… we’ve got the perfect one for you. Get your glow on here.

Cover Up

When in the sun, try to wear a long-sleeved top and long trousers. Dark clothing with tightly woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics. Accessorize with a hat that shades your face, neck, and ears and a pair of sunglasses that have UV absorption.

Sun Sensitising Medication

Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun. these include specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies.

Keep It Fresh

We all have that leftover bottle of sunscreen from the last trip, but it’s important to start fresh each summer. The active ingredients in sunscreens can lose their potency, so check the expiry date before using it.

Nearly half of Irish mums admit they’re unhappy with their weight, study finds

Nearly half of Irish mums admit theyre unhappy with their weight, study finds

Us mums can all admit that we are all guilty of neglecting ourselves from time to time, whether that’s our mental health or general health. We turn into doctors once the kids have the slightest sniffle and are always there to listen to our teenager daughter’s worries and woes. However, when it comes to our own struggles and health issues, we can fail to invest as much time in them.

In a study conducted by MummyPages on behalf of LloydsPharmacy’s 8 Week Health Transformation Programme, Irish mums have revealed if they are looking to improve their mental and physical well-being. It also looked at whether or not Irish mums consider themselves to be happy and healthy.

A shocking 40 percent of mums revealed that they were bothered by emotional problems such as feeling anxious, depressed, irritable or sad.

A mere 11 percent of mums said they did not struggle with emotional issues at all in the past month.

Overall Irish mums surveyed were not getting the required amounts of Calcium, Fibre, Vitamin A and Potassium in their diets. Responses showied that 41 percent of mums were happy with their calcium intake, 32 percent for fibre, 15 percent vitamin A and 12 percent for potassium intake.

Calcium is necessary for healthy teeth and bones and to ward off osteoporosis, but it is also critical for other cell functions such as as blood clotting.

Vitamin a is important for healthy vision, the immune system and reproduction.

Potassium is one of the most important nutrients and is responsible for regulating fluid balance, muscle contractions and verve signals, and it also helps reduce blood pressure, protect against stroke, osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Fibre is a critical part of the diet and ensure a healthy digestive system and regular bowl movements. It can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and can be a good defence from diabetes, heart disease and bowl cancer.

With regards to weight, nearly half of Irish mums are not happy with their current weight, with 47 percent stating that they would like to lose a little weight. And only 7 percent not wishing to lose any weight.

Smoking and not wearing sunscreen were amongst mum’s biggest health mishaps. Only 22 percent of Irish mums surveyed said they use sunscreen all the time; with just 39 percent stating they use it sometimes.

85 percent of Irish mums surveyed that they do not smoke, of the remaining figure 93 percent would like to give up.

LloydsPharmacy offer a fantastic programmer that can assist you in whatever health change you want to make be it weight loss, smoking, mental well being or improving your diet. You can find out all about LloydPharmacy’s 8 Week Health Transformation Programme here.

Carrot, Apple & Beetroot Salad

Carrot Apple & Beetroot Salad (serves 2)

A sweet and juicy salad bursting with vitamins and minerals. A tasty way to get raw veggies into your diet with plenty of fibre to keep your gut happy. Carrots are rich in beta carotene which boosts our immunity and complexion. Apples help to lower cholesterol while beets helps to lower blood pressure. This salad holds well in the fridge so can be enjoyed the following day. It’s super quick and easy to make and a great one to serve at a summer barbeque… or any time of year for that matter!


2 carrots, grated.

1 large pink lady apple, grated

3 beetroots, cut into small chunks (vacuum packed cooked variety)

80g feta cheese, cubed

1-2 tbsp. of toasted seeds e.g. pumpkin, sunflower or flaked almonds

A handful of mint leaves, torn


1tbsp virgin olive oil

1tbsp lemon juice

1tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Pinch of salt


  • For the dressing spoon the ingredients into a cup and stir well.
  • With a box grater, grate the carrot and place it in a salad bowl, follow with the grated apple.
  • Pour the dressing over and mix to combine.
  • Scatter the cubes of beetroot on top, followed by the feta cheese then sprinkle with the seeds.
  • Garnish with the mint leaves and serve alone or along with sliced avocado or grilled chicken for a more filling meal.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 2

Amount per serving




% Daily Value*

Total Fat 17.6g


Saturated Fat 7.4g


Cholesterol 36mg


Sodium 531mg


Total Carbohydrate 24g


Dietary Fibre 4.5g


Total Sugars 19.1g


Protein 8.9g


Vitamin D 0mcg


Calcium 209mg


Iron 2mg


Potassium 603mg


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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Elsa Jones is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and author of bestselling book ‘Goodbye Sugar’. She works as a nutrition consultant in a Dublin practice and also internationally via her online nutrition programs. She specialise’s in motivational weight management combining effective nutrition & mind-set strategies.

Super Power Granola & Yoghurt Pots

Super Power Granola & Yoghurt Pots

Super charge your energy levels with this simple and delicious breakfast combo!

This super healthy granola is chock full of complex carbs and healthy fats to give you long lasting energy and keep you fuller for longer. Instead of dried fruit we’ve used chia seeds and almonds which are a great source of protein, fibre and heart healthy fats to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Combine with your yoghurt of choice and vitamin C rich berries for a nutritionally balanced breakfast.

Super Power Granola


  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup almonds, chop with sharp knife
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1tsp. vanilla essence


  • Set your oven to 150°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • To a large bowl add the oats, chia seeds, almonds, coconut and salt.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a pot or in the microwave and stir in the honey and vanilla.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir together until well combined.
  • Spread the mixture out onto the baking tray and bake for about 30 mins until a light golden colour. Stir half way through.
  • Allow to cool fully before storing in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Yoghurt Granola Cup

In a glass, layer natural yoghurt (coconut yoghurt works well too) with a tablespoon of granola and top with mixed berries. Repeat with a second layer of yoghurt and top with more granola and mixed berries. Savour and enjoy each mouthful before you start your busy day!

Nutrition Info Super Power Granola & Yoghurt Pot

(100g Natural Low Fat Yoghurt + 2tbsp. Granola + 1 cup mixed berries)



% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14g


Saturated Fat 5.2g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 161mg


Total Carbohydrate 43.5g


Dietary Fibre 7.6g


Total Sugars 24.5g (natural sugars)


Protein 11.5g


Vitamin D 0mcg


Calcium 67mg


Iron 3mg


Potassium 205mg


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

elsa jones logo

Elsa Jones is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and author of bestselling book ‘Goodbye Sugar’. She works as a nutrition consultant in a Dublin practice and also internationally via her online nutrition programs. She specialise’s in motivational weight management combining effective nutrition & mind-set strategies.