New from Dermalogica – Sound Sleep Cocoon

Did you sleep well last night?
If the answer is no, you are not alone! Sleep problems are experienced by up to 45% of the global population, affecting our health and quality of life. In today’s fast-paced world, we sometimes view sleep simply as a period of low productivity. Often we push ourselves to do as much as we can in the day, and see how far we can go on a small amount of sleep. Not only does this slow our thought process down the next day, it also affects our overall health and how our skin looks and feels.

Sleep and your skin
Just a few nights of missed sleep can lead to dull skin and fine lines; continued sleep insufficiency can lead to dark circles, puffy eyes, sallow skin and early ageing. Insufficient sleep can cause excess cortisol to be released by the body resulting in collagen breakdown. More importantly, the natural skin renewal process is also impaired. So when it comes to your skin care routine, sleep is a crucial component for the skin’s recovery from the assaults of the day.
Your skin is nocturnal
At around 9:00pm, sleep inducing melatonin is produced and as levels of this hormone rise, stress hormones begin to fall and skin regeneration and repair begin. So, the optimal time to apply your night-time skin care products is between 9:00pm and 11:00pm when skin repair reaches its peak.

Transform by night, glow by day
Introducing Dermalogica’s new Sound Sleep Cocoon, a night gel-cream that harnesses the power of nature with science to promote sound sleep and healthy, radiant skin!
How it works: This revitalising treatment gel-cream optimises night-time skin recovery with active ingredients that take advantage of the body’s overnight recovery and repair process to transform skin by morning, along with motion-activated essential oils to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier looking skin.
Persian Silk Tree Bark, Fruits of the Wu-Zu-Yu Extract, Kakadu Plum and Tamarind Seed Extract have been selected for their abilities to rejuvenate skin and reduce signs of fatigue. And to promote a deep, restful sleep, Lavendin Oil is encapsulated in motion-activated microcapsules that allow it to be released by massage of the product and throughout the night as you toss and turn. Additional essential oils of Sandalwood and Patchouli calm the skin and soothe the senses, encouraging sound sleep for healthier looking skin.
Get a better night’s sleep
Visit us to learn more about this amazing new product and experience our Sound Sleep Cocoon Skin Bar Lesson where our expert therapists will show you the best way to layer Sound Sleep Cocoon in your night-time skin care routine.



Get a better night’s sleep
Visit us to learn more about this amazing new product and experience our Sound Sleep SkinSolver treatment. This 10 minute service boosts radiance by replenishing lost hydration and delivering active ingredients into the skin. This revitalising service also preps your skin for overnight recovery and encourages restful sleep.

Transform by night, glow by day!


Sexual Health for St. Patrick’s weekend

With St. Patrick’s weekend around the corner, we think it is important for all of us to remember that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can present no visible symptoms, meaning that you may have an STI without even knowing it. Untreated STIs can lead to serious health issues that many of us are not aware of. For example, untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, tubal or ectopic pregnancy and cervical cancer.

Ireland’s STI detection rate has drastically increased by 14% over the years, with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis and HIV all on the increase. Therefore, it is incredibly important we are all proactive in managing our sexual health, so with the upcoming celebrations, we’ve detailed the long-term affects of the four most common STIs in Ireland.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

These are the two most common STIs in Ireland and often appear together in infected individuals. Both men and women are affected with similar symptoms of discharge from the vagina or penis, burning and itching when urinating and in women, pelvic pain. However, this is common infection that can be effectively treated. If the infection remains undetected and untreated, long term consequences such as ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility can occur.

Herpes Simplex I and II

Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), there are two distinct subtypes of HSV, HSV-1 and HSV-2. In the past, HSV-1 was associated with oral herpes (cold sores) and HSV-2 was associated with genital herpes; we now know that you can be infected by either in both locations. After the initial infection, HSV can remain dormant in certain nerve cells of the affected area of the body for life, which can reactivate and cause common outbreaks on along your mouth and genital area.

How to Get Tested?

If you are worried and want to get tested, visit your local LloydsPharmacy or, and select the appropriate LetsGetChecked at-home STI test. LetsGetChecked will provide you with the means to test yourself from the comfort of home and our medical team will provide you with guidance and support. There are three different tests to choose from:

  • Simple 2: Tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea
  • Standard 6: Tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Complete 12: Tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2, gardnerella, mycoplasma, trichomonas & ureaplasma

How Does LetsGetChecked Work?

After you have purchased your test from LloydsPharmacy, you will take your samples from the comfort of home and return them directly to our accredited laboratory partner by prepaid envelope. The customer receives their results online within 2-3 working days of the sample reaching the laboratory.

In the event your results are positive or outside the normal range, our expert nursing support team will guide you through your personalised treatment program.


‘Change Your Health Direction’ Aftercare


Lorraine (CYHD Health Coach) & Rebecca (Supervising Pharmacist)

Congratulations to you all on completing our 8 week Change Your Health Direction Programme. It’s the end of the 8 weeks, but really it’s just the beginning of a new health direction for you all to follow right through the years ahead.

YOU are the ones who can make the most impact on being a healthier you, one meal at a time, one snack at a time, one workout at a time, one day at a time. It’s the start that stops most people and all of you have already leaped over that hurdle! Even losing a small amount of weight has health benefits.

The key to your success going forward will be that good old scout’s motto, “Be Prepared”. Take time to plan your meals in advance. This will help you to introduce variety, eat more nutritious, home-cooked food and rely less on convenience and processed foods, the bonus is that it will probably also save you money!! Win win!!

Prepare meals using mostly fresh ingredients and choose foods like fruits, veg (eg carrot sticks, celery, cucumber sticks) or a portion of unsalted nuts as snacks. Don’t forget the old recommendation to eat 5 portions of fruit or veg a day has now been changed to 8-10 portions per day so try to include fruit, veg or salad in every meal. Remember size matters, use the food pyramid as a guide for serving sizes. Learn to recognise hunger. If you’re not really hungry at meal times, just eat small portions.


Use healthier cooking methods. Boil, steam, dry-roast, grill, poach, stir-fry or bake food instead of frying it. Our Optima raw virgin coconut oil is a fantastic alternative to butter or cooking oil. Cut visible fat off meat and drain fat off meat and sauces when they’re cooked. Choose tomato-based sauces instead of creamy sauces. Home made soups are a great comfort food, freeze portions of it to have at short notice when needed. Base your meals on having plenty of vegetables and salad – covering half your plate every time.


You should aim to have a variety of colours on your plate at mealtimes and limit chips and takeaway foods as much as possible. Don’t forget the recipes we’ve suggested to you over the last two months are always available online on our blog.

To be healthy it’s not only about our food intake, you need regular physical activity also. It can be hard to motivate yourself so join a walking group, a neighbour, an exercise class, where you can encourage each other. Choose an activity, sport or exercise routine that you enjoy, this way you’ll be much more likely to stick to it. Remember to drink plenty of water, at least eight cups of water a day. Build your exercise level up gradually, ideally to 60 to 75 minutes of physical activity on 5 days a week but remember always ANY  exercise is better than no exercise. You should try to aim for moderate intensity exercise which causes your heart to beat faster and brings a little sweat to your brow. You should be a little out of breath but still able to talk.

For those of you who have quit smoking don’t forget the benefits:

  • Within 20 minutes of quitting your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.
  • One day later your risk of heart attack starts to fall.
  • By day two your taste and smell improves.
  • On day three breathing is easier and energy levels increase.
  • Over the next three months your lung function increases, your circulation improves and risk of heart attack and stroke reduces.
  • After one year your risk of heart attack is cut to half that of a smoker.
  • Within 15 years, you will have about the same risk of heart attack and stroke as that of a non-smoker.
  • And not forgetting you’ll have saved yourself a huge amount of money too!

We run the 8-week programme twice every year for anyone who wishes to participate, whether you’ve done it before or are a new face to us. Don’t be afraid to pop in to us in between each programme if you feel you need some motivation or have fallen off the bandwagon or even if you just want us to measure your BMI or have your blood pressure taken.

Wake up with determination because every day is a fresh start. It’s never too early or too late to work towards being the healthiest and best version of you.


Want to finally quit smoking? Get some helpful tips from the experts…

Laura Dowling

Laura, Supervising Pharmacist Manager, Stillorgan

Deciding to quit smoking is the single best thing that you can do for your health. Congratulations! You are on the road to a healthier, happier you. Like any bad habit quitting smoking is not easy. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and your brain and body crave it. You also associate smoking with daily rituals known as trigger factors, which is why it can be so hard to break the cycle of smoking. The good news is that there are many products, both over the counter (OTC) and on prescription available in your pharmacy that can help you on the road to a smoke free life. Your Pharmacist or Doctor can help to advise you on what products are best suited to you, depending on how you smoke and how many cigarettes that you smoke.  They can also provide you with general advice on how to keep that willpower going!

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Deciding to quit is the first step below are a few helpful hints and tips on how to keep going:

  1. List your trigger factors and try to avoid or change those situations for at least the first month of quitting. This will increase your chances of success.

Common trigger factors would be:

  • First thing in the morning
  • With tea/coffee
  • In the car
  • Breaks at work
  • With a social drink
  • After a meal
  1. Be kind to yourself
  • Accept that it is extremely hard to quit and take each day at a time. I often tell my patients to not tell themselves that they will never smoke again but rather to tell themselves that they will not smoke today. This will help you not to panic at the thought of never having another cigarette. It is after all a habit that you enjoy, so the thought of never smoking again can be enough to make you fall off the wagon!
  • Reward yourself when you take a positive step forward, such as being cigarette free for a day, a week, two weeks. But do not punish yourself for slipping up. Just get back on the wagon.
  1. Declare your intentions to family and friends so that they can help to support you. Also clearing ashtrays from your home, washing clothes that smell of cigarettes and cleaning the car can help to remove reminders of smoking from your immediate environment.
  2. Prepare healthy snacks. Oranges are particularly good in this instance as peeling them keeps your hands busy and the strong flavour will help to distract from the cravings.
  3. Distract yourself when you are overcome with a craving by fully immersing yourself in an activity. Even brushing your teeth can be a distraction and leaves your mouth feeling fresh and not smoky!                        smoking 3It can also be helpful to remember that the health benefits to quitting smoking are immediate. They are a reminder to you about how far you have come.Health benefits timeline:

    After 20 mins: Your heart rate returns to normal.

    After 8 hours: Oxygen levels return to normal.

    After 48 hours: Your body is cleared of carbon monoxide. Lungs begin to rid themselves of mucus and other debris. Smell and taste improves.

    2-12 weeks: Circulation and breathing improves. Walking is easier and skin is more radiant.

    >12 weeks: Lung function increases by up to 10%. Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems reduce.

    After 1 year: Risk of heart disease is halved compared to someone who is still smoking.

    After 10 years: Your chance of getting lung cancer is half of that of a current smoker.

    After 15 years: Your risk of a heart attack or stroke is the same as that of someone who has never smoked.


    Good luck and remember that your Pharmacist is always here to help in any way that they can!



Mindfulness and how it works in the modern world


Clinical Governance Pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy

The world we live in is a fast paced world. Our brains and bodies are becoming wired to be always thinking ahead. With this comes an increase level of stress and anxiety in our lives. A consistent and prolonged state of anxiety can lead to a weakened immune system, depression, high blood pressure, and gastric problems. It is essential that we learn to ‘self- check’ and monitor our levels of anxiety. A certain level of anxiety is normal in our lives. It is our natural ‘fight or flight’ and ensures we accomplish what needs doing. However when these levels go out of synch then we see it impacting our health. Therefore the act of mindfulness is a series of simple techniques and approaches to help us to focus on the present. From this we learn to reduce our levels of stress and overwhelming anticipation. With the launch of our CYHD programme in our 93 stores, we in LloydsPharmacy are very focused on boosting wellbeing and attaining a better lifestyle.


How can you practice Mindfulness on a daily basis?

  • Meditation: A very simple technique and one of the most utilised approaches to mindfulness. It can be as simple as a few minutes in the morning or evening depending on your routine. Find a quiet, decluttered space in your home and make yourself feel comfortable. Some people choose to sit on a chair while others prefer to sit on the ground with their legs crossed and arms rested. Gently close your eyes and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. You may notice your breath is quite shallow. Therefore to allow you to breathe more deeply and hence relax, hold your breath for approximately 5 seconds and then exhale. Once you have become more relaxed return to your normal breath pattern. Become aware of how you are feeling in your overall body. Are some areas of your body tight and tense? Allow yourself to acknowledge how you are feeling. Your thoughts begin to wander, that is completely fine. Let your mind wander. Listen to the sound of your environment and allow yourself to take sense of your environment. Again acknowledge this moment. Some people may like to stay in this state for 10 – 15 minutes, others longer. Once you feel you are ready, then gently soften your gaze, open your eyes and focus on where you are. Assess how you are feeling now after the session. Many people feel a greater sense of calm and their bodies, both physically and mentally, are more relaxed. This meditative approach can be done daily or weekly depending on what you feel works best for you. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. Some people bespoke their meditation to incorporate gentle music in the background, the burning of essential oils such as lavender or adding in gentle yoga sequences. Again see what works best for you.


  • Gratitude Journal: The concept of journaling is something we are all familiar with. It has been found that recording what we are grateful for allows us to appreciate the present, reduce stress levels and increase our levels of happiness. Again there is no right or wrong way to journal. Some people like to record two or three points maybe twice a week of what they are grateful for. Many find it therapeutic reviewing what they have recorded over time.


  • Online resources: There are many mindfulness apps that can guide you in your practice. ‘Headspace’ is an excellent app that you can download on your phone. It has many guided exercises that allow you as a beginner to get started. Other apps include the ‘smiling mind’ which has exercises for children and young adults, as well as the app ‘conscious, to name just a few.

Above are just a few pointers in directing you to including mindfulness in your daily routine. As you will see, the approach is personal to the individual. Even just by focussing on our breathing, recording our thoughts and taking time to acknowledge our presence can help in adding balance to our busy lives. To finish a quote I really like, ‘mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and the experience’ (Jon Kabatt Zin) and as we all know, we must be friends with ourselves first and foremost.


No more excuses; introduce ‘fitness’ into your life!

Ross Loughran 5/11/2016Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan

Ross, Pharmacy Technician, Rowlagh

Change your health direction. What does it mean to you? To me, as a pharmacy technician and a personal trainer, it means changing your outlook on fitness, and not just physical fitness, but also your mental wellbeing. It’s about making positive little steps and changes to ensure you improve your overall fitness. From a personal point of view, this is what I did. I underwent that change 5 years ago. Making that shift towards positive healthy habits and I’m all the better for it.

People tend to come up with all sorts of excuses not to exercise… a popular myth out there at the moment is ‘if I’m sick, I can’t work out’ and yes, in some cases this is the truth. I’d never accept a client if they hadn’t got the all clear from a doctor. BUT fitness starts at home. By this I mean, what’s on your plate. It’s about making those small changes. Any commitment too big will never last. Start small… swap your cereal for oats. Swap that chocolate bar for a banana. Do something enough, it becomes a habit. Do it long enough, it becomes part of your life. The same can be said for exercise. Start small… take that flight of stairs to the next level, walk to the shops instead of driving.

Look at the simple habit of sitting down, yes we all do it, BUT even the action of sitting down is part of a very popular gym move; a move that works all muscles of the leg by sitting down and standing up, a move that has one of the highest calorie burning stats of any resistance move… the squat. Try this, before sitting down in front of the TV, go to sit but stop RIGHT before your bum touches the cushion. Then stand. That’s one rep. No barbell, just your own body weight. Repeat it 10 to 12 times. That’s a set. Something so simple but then you’ll have earned that seat. You’ll have raised your endorphins, making you feel good and you’ll have boosted your metabolism, getting the most out of your food. It’s making these changes that help improve fitness. Not just your body but also your mind.

Make 2018 the year of the small but mighty changes!


Introducing the NEW UltraCalming range by Dermalogica

The powerfully soothing antidote to sensitive skin, the UltraCalmingTM System from Dermalogica® now has two new incredibly unique additions! Introducing Calm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster, harnessing the best of nature with science to bring back balance to sensitive skin.
Do you consider yourself as having sensitive skin?
You are not alone! Nearly half the global population describes their skin as sensitive or very sensitive. Yet everyone’s skin is unique, so skin sensitivity takes on different forms. You may be oily and acne prone with inflamed breakouts and flaky patches. You may experience flare-ups of irritation at certain times of the year or when your stress levels rise. Or perhaps you were born with delicate, reactive skin and have always struggled to find skin care products you can tolerate.
What causes sensitive skin?
Unfortunately, some level of skin sensitivity is almost unavoidable due to lifestyle and environmental factors. Stress, poor diet, smoking and alcohol effect our skin negatively causing symptoms of skin irritation and dehydration. Add to that the changes in climate, central heating and air con, high pollution levels and our naturally fluctuating hormones, it’s no wonder our skins have a hard time staying balanced and calm. But no matter what your trigger factors and subsequent symptoms, treating sensitive skin is straight forward when you have products designed to relieve, restore and hydrate.
The science bit!
Research done at Dermalogica®, show’s three primary signs of sensitisation: redness, compromised barrier, and dehydration. Visible redness is a common complaint, skin can turn red through internal inflammation causing skin to look angry or blotchy. A compromised skin barrier can be likened to a weathered brick wall, our skin is made up of hardened cells (bricks) and a mortar like lipid layer, when weathered by our environment and incorrect product use, gaps are created triggering irritation, stinging and burning sensations. Finally, due to the gaps in the skins protective barrier, essential moisture escapes. This results in dehydration with symptoms such as tightness, flakiness, roughness and itchiness.

Introducing Dermalogica’s powerful NEW UltraCalmingTM additions.
Enriched with potent actives that target sensitivity, Calm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster work synergistically to relieve today’s irritation providing instant comfort and protect skin against environmental assault, intercepting tomorrow’s flare-ups.
Calm Water Gel
A weightless water-gel moisturiser that hydrates dry, sensitive skin. As you dispense this product, the unique formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid to provide hydration to dry, irritated skin. It contains dual Hyaluronic Acid technology that works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture. Apple Fruit and Glycerine hydrates
and softens whilst defending against dryness. And Cactus Pear provides soothing and calming effects by impacting neurogenic inflammation.
94% of people noticed their skin felt more hydrated, both 8 hours after initial application and cumulatively after 4 weeks of use.

Barrier Defense Booster
This concentrated oil booster soothes, nourishes and moisturises to restore balance to
sensitive skin. The lightweight, non-comedogenic formula contains a Triple Defense Complex that nourishes the skin and relieves dryness. It locks in moisture and reinforces the lipid barrier to combat sensitivity and support healthy looking skin. Tetrahydrocucurminoids an active constituent of Turmeric Root acts a powerful antiinflammatory and anti-oxidant. And Oat Kernel Oil reduces irritation and redness plus it hydrates the epidermal layers to improve skins barrier. Use 6-10 drops pressed onto the skin before moisturising or add into your moisturiser. Use twice a day for around the clock defence.
96% of people felt their skin soothed both 8 hours after initial application and cumulatively after 4 weeks of use.

Find out how to integrate the UltraCalmingTM Duo into your regimen
Visit our Dermalogica Skin Experts in *LloydsPharmacy Stores for a personalised Skin Fitness Plan, powered by Face Mapping®. Our Therapists will take the time to understand your skin concerns and share tips on how to manage your sensitivity triggers.

We also offer the Sensitive Skin Rescue SkinSolver; this 10 minute professional service leaves your skin calm, smooth and hydrated.
Don’t just pacify your sensitive skin symptoms with simple, bland formulas, use Dermalogica’s UltraCalmingTM system to powerfully soothe, calm and repair your skin with the power of nature and science to bring the balance back to sensitive skin.


*Our 8 Dermalogica stores are:

LloydsPharmacy Blackrock S.C.
LloydsPharmacy Tullow St. Carlow
LloydsPharmacy Omni Park S.C.
LloydsPharmacy Jetland
LloydsPharmacy Leopardstown
LloydsPharmacy Donnybrook
LloydsPharmacy Claremorris
LloydsPharmacy Castletroy