Skincare Tips for Eczema Sufferers

Atopic eczema affects 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults, making it the most common form of eczema and one of the most common skin conditions. Its red and dry appearance accompanied by an intense itch makes for a very painful and chronic condition.

Unfortunately, there can be many triggers associated with eczema, which are common and abundant such as: washing detergents, stress, temperature changes, and allergens. When the eczema flares up, it’s important to treat at the first sign of symptoms to prevent any worsening that could potentially end up in bleeding or infection.

Emollients are the mainstay of all treatment for eczema and products include creams, ointments, lotions, bath additives and soap substitutes.  Emollients can help soothe and repair the skin while also reducing the requirement for topical steroids (i.e. medicated creams/ointments) and can also increase the effectiveness of prescribed treatments. Sometimes you may need more than one type, and often people prefer to use a lotion during the day and an ointment at night due their textures. Ideally they should be applied at least twice a day and adults should use approximately 500g while children should use approximately 250g of emollient per week.

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Some tips for eczema suffers that I would always recommend are:

  • Don’t stop moisturising when your skin is eczema free – prevention is better than cure!
  • Keep fingernails short.
  • Avoid soap and harsh chemicals in cleaning products.
  • Shampoo that is fragrance free and pH neutral should be chosen (avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulphate).
  • Emollients are best applied straight after a bath/shower.
  • Cotton clothing is the most preferred to avoid irritation.
  • Do not limit your diet if you believe some foods may be causing it before talking to your GP.
  • Aqueous cream should not be used as a leave-on emollient as it has been proven to cause irritation. Instead, it is better as a soap substitute.
  • For those with severe eczema, “wet wrapping” should be considered. This involved applying a generous layer of emollient, which is then covered with a wet cotton bandage.
  • Take extra care during these cool winter months as often, the cold can cause dry skin to become worse.
  • Aveeno® and La Roche PosayLipikar/Cicaplast range are my top recommended emollient products (available from the LloydsPharmacy website-subject to availability) and Doublebase Emollient Gel (available from LloydsPharmacies nationwide- subject to availability).
  • Always contact your GP or local LloydsPharmacist should you find your eczema difficult to manage or if you have any questions regarding your treatment.

Brought to you by Sarah Morris, 4th year pharmacy intern at LloydsPharmacy

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Laura Loves: Skin Care For Heading Into Autumn

Laura BSummer might have been a bit of a washout, but we’ve a busy few weeks ahead with the arrival of colder days and getting everyone back to school come September. As temperatures drop two things happen that can affect our skin; we pop the heating on, and we are exposed to harsher weather outside.

Both combine to give us less skin moisture and the risk of redness which is more irritating for those sensitive skin.

So, as we head into the chill what should we be doing differently to save our skin?

Getting into a proper regime for both face and body, and sticking to it will pay dividends in the months ahead.

Starting with the face a gentle cleanser will remove everyday makeup and grime without stripping away necessary oils. And as all skin types can suffer dehydration thanks to our warm houses, a hydrating moisturiser will top up lost water.

At LloydsPharmacy this August buy one SkinEffect moisturiser (€9.90 each) and get a cleanser from the range for half price, €4.95.

Skineffect Active Day Face CreamA build up of dead skin cells that causes skin to feel rough and look dull is normal come the colder weather, keep it clear by exfoliating once or twice weekly. And you can get a high-end exfoliator from Nuxe free this month when you buy two products from the brand (one to be anti-ageing). The exfoliator is worth €18.50 and it will see you right through the rest of the year into 2016 with super smooth skin.

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A change in body care is also good this time of year before Winter starts properly. In the family everyone might have different needs but children and adults alike suffer with atopic skin, research shows that 27% of Irish households have one or more person with eczema. Naturally this can cause distress, and with weather changes causing the greatest instances of flare-ups, now might be the time to look at body care that can help.

For best relief and comfort for even the driest of skins, La Roche Posay’s Lipikar range is perfect. From body cleansers through to intense moisture care, there is something for even the most delicate family member. From September 1st you can get 33% off selected Lipikar products in the range.

La_Roche_Posay_Lipikar_Baume_AP__400ml_1415616434The great body care at LloydsPharmacy includes family favourites too, suitable for daily care to suit drier skin types. For August/September you will find 33% discount on selected E45 and Aveeno, or check them out and buy online with all the other great ranges on www.lloydspharmacy.ie.

aveeno-intensive-relief-handcream-75ml-p9526-5773_zoomLastly, don’t miss out on the current Flash Deal at your local LloydsPharmacy while stocks last. This week, until August 25th you can pick up the Colgate Omron Pro Clinical Electric Toothbrush for €39.99, a saving of €40 on the regular price. Use it with Beverly Hills Perfect White Black Mouthwash, usually €5.99, until the 25th it costs just €3.50.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: June Must Haves

There’s a lot of great beauty to celebrate this month at LloydsPharmacy. Firstly some news, French cult beauty brand Bioderma is finally arriving. This super brand has excellent skin care for all skin types including rosacea, acne-prone and very dry skin. Their sun care is divine, dry oils with high factors and face care that is formulated by skin type. But it’s Sensibio H2O is what you need to check out. This Micellar water is the makeup cleanser of choice for the fashion crowd and celebrities, and it’s a free gift at LloydsPharmacy from June 8th – 23rd with purchase of other Bioderma products (T&C’s apply, selected stores only).

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Staying with leading French beauty, we are being spoiled this month with free gifts from LloydsPharmacy. When you buy 2 products from Vichy (1 to be moisturiser, selected ranges) you will receive Your Ideal Vichy Routine, a box of skin care tailored to your skin’s needs in sizes perfect for traveling. And from NUXE, buy 2 products (1 to be moisturiser) and you will be gifted a free Creme Fraiche Mask (hydrating, soothing, gorgeous) and a Reve De Miel Hand Cream, a honey-enriched moisturising hand cream that is just heavenly.

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Skipping across to New Zealand, as you do, Trilogy’s new limited edition size Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ will be your skin saver for the rest of the year. This incredible skin treat offers all kinds of benefits for skin of any age, but dry or mature skin will really enjoy. It also has a large dose of antioxidants included. These fight of free radical damage from the environment, a contributor to ageing and best avoided. The new size is half the original at 15ml, and half the price at €16.48. It does however retain full power, go Trilogy!

7132_8209_8199Not forgetting body care, if your bathroom needs restocking Aveeno is discounted by 33%, there’s Raw Virgin Coconut Oil for €9.99 (500ml, saving €6.86) and from Dove, Simple, Tresemme and Listerine, lots of staples for just €2 each.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: April’s Must Haves

Laura BThere are fantastic offers for all the family at LloydsPharmacy this April, so what better time to stock up for the months ahead? Every Mum knows baby wipes are for babies, but they are necessary for all of life’s little spills and messes. Between the 16th-29th of April you can pick up 5 packs of Johnson & Johnson Baby Wipes for just €6, that should see you through Summer. And don’t forget to pick up your free 50ml sample this month of Top to Toes Baby Wash from Johnson & Johnson, (no purchase needed).

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Dry skin is in the spotlight for April at LloydsPharmacy, in the run up to Summer it’s a good time to look at moisturising care. Tackling dry skin on a daily basis is the best approach to getting healthier skin that looks and feels good, a skin-loving body wash and layer of replenishing cream can transform dull, parched skin. This month LloydsPharmacy are offering 3 for 2 on the best skin care for treating dry skin. Aveeno, E45, Elave and Eucerin have all the bathing and skin treating essentials you and your family can use for better skin in the future.

For skin that needs extra care, Dermalex and Oilatum offer specific help for conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Having a dry skin condition can affect the whole family when it comes to care and treatment, never more so than when the sufferer is a little one. At LloydsPharmacy you will find a Child Care Expert who can help you choose from the care on offer to soothe skin for toddlers, kids and babies, pop in today for some great advice.

New and exclusive to LloydsPharmacy is certified organic baby range, Primilo. This super soothing collection has everything your baby needs for bathing and skin care, for April all items are €6.

primilloDon’t let Spring allergies ruin anyone’s fun, there are lots that can help. Your local LloydsPharmacy pharmacist can help you choose the right allergy relief. There are options for use during pregnancy, for children and adults, so you can free yourself from that runny nose. Get your free pack of Softy’s tissues while you’re there (no purchase necessary, 1 pack per customer while stocks last).

And don’t miss LloydsPharmacy great photograph printing offer this April. There’s half price offers on Easy Print albums, and if you print 20 4×6 prints you get a 6×8 print free. Ahead of Summer and the new images you will be capture of everyone having fun in the sun, it’s a good time to free up some space on those memory cards.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Laura BMark the date in your diary, March 15th is Mother’s Day, a time to treat that special lady in your life. Mums usually spend all of their time taking care of everyone else, so it’s nice to return the favour, even if it is for just one day a year!

So get your card ready and consider a little gift to go with it.

1015If Mum loves fragrance there’s plenty on offer for the month of March. Standout scents, DKNY Woman 50ml and Chopard Wish For Her 30ml both offer incredible savings. For DKNY Woman, save 60% this month as the original price of €52 is reduced to €19.99. Chopard is also €19.99, a fantastic reduction from the usual price, €32.

uploadArticlesuperClient4058698_Chopard_Wish_30ml_EDPi6c9qeixw750h750exactIf your budget is less than €20, check out Halle Berry Pure Orchid For Her (100ml), €14.95, a super size for a super price. And if €10 is your limit, Kylie Darling (30ml) is reduced from €23.95 to only €9.99, you really can’t beat that value.

1608Maybe Mum would prefer something different this Mother’s Day? Your local LloydsPharmacy is the place to head to, or stay sitting on the sofa and click through to our homepage to see what great offers are available this month. And each week too, there’s a must-have item chosen for every week that won’t break the bank. Starting in March is a 40% on Aveeno Hand Cream, €3.15. The following week it’s 40% off Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi, a bargain for this Summer sandal must-have, now €29.99, (March 5th-11th). And if you are shopping last minute for Mother’s Day, Oscar de la Renta So (100ml) is reduced from €37.50 to €19.99 from the 12th until the 18th, so it’s worth checking out the weekly deals regularly.

The great deals in March extend to many skincare ranges that Mum would love. There’s 3 for 2 on super brands like Avene, NUXE, Trilogy, Caudalie, REN and Vichy. The LloydsPharmacy staff are knowledgeable on all brands and can advise on which products to choose for Mum, or you might like to pick from favourites you know she likes.

AMP2576_Lloyds_MARCH2015_Rotating_Banners_FA4And don’t miss the limited edition offer from Clarins that LloydsPharmacy have this month at selected stores. While stocks last you can pick up a Cleanser and Toner Duo that are 400ml in size. The saving on these duos are as big as the bottles themselves, they usual cost €52 for both, now you will spend just €45, that’s €17 less!

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Because your Mum is the best in the world you would like her to have lots of beautiful treats for Mother’s Day, of course you would. So, go in store and online to find out details on how you can win a super selection of fabulous gifts from your local LloydsPharmacy. That would make it an extra special day, but you have to be in to win. Love you Mum.

Written by Laura Bermingham

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