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: July Must Haves

Laura BThere are lots of ways to keep up to date with the sensational offers and super deals on offer at LloydsPharmacy. There is your local store, here on www.lloydspharmacy.ie, over on Facebook at LloydsPharmacyIreland, and on Twitter @LloydsPharmIre.

And is it worth it to click, like, retweet or share your LloydsPharmacy best buys? Well, here are a few of July’s offers, you decide.

Skin care is important to us all and this month at LloydsPharmacy there are free gifts with purchase and savings.

From French thermal water brand Avene there is 25% off favourite lines. Staying with Gallic beauty Vichy are gifting a Purete Thermale One-Step Cleanser 100ml with a purchase from a selection of products from Aqualia range*. Aqualia is Vichy’s hydration-packed skin routine for dehydrated skin. As it’s Summer we can all use extra moisture in our day, quench your skin’s thirst with some moisturiser or a refreshing masque.

Vichy One Step Cleanser

Skipping across the globe to New Zealand, LloydsPharmacy brings you far-flung beauty from Trilogy. This month get a bonus Vital Moisturiser (25ml) when you pick up the Rosapene Night Cream, €29.95/60ml*.

Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream

The savings don’t stop with skin care, it’s July, let’s hope the sun will put his hat on and give us some sunshine!

And we can be ready for him with half price deals on sun care from Ambre Solaire and Nivea. Even if the weather isn’t so great we can still have gorgeous golden limbs with half price on Nivea for face, body and hands, and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. Moisturise first with Nivea and add the fabulous tan, it’s easier to fake it than bake it.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Medium GlowOffering both great skin and sun care this July is La Roche Posay, their free gift set with 5 popular products is yours when you buy two products from the range, one to be moisturiser*. The set is perfect for traveling and trying new products, and the gift is to celebrate La Roche Posay’s sponsorship programme You Care, We Share, which is specifically to care for the most sensitive skin there is, children’s.

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Get involved in the fund raising activity online. Take a Selfie with your favourite La Roche Posay product, upload it to www.laroche-posay.ie/yousharewecare with a few words on why you like it. Tag it with #yousharewecare and for the first 10,000 selfies La Roche Posay they will donate €1 per Selfie to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Now that’s a good reason for a Summer Selfie, let’s get snapping for Temple Street!

July’s great savings and deals are available at select LloydsPharmacy stores while stocks last, or buy online at www.lloydspharmacy.ie

Written by Laura Bermingham

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Laura Loves: Summer Salon Essentials

Laura BWelcome to our Summer Salon here at LloydsPharmacy. We have all your sunshine needs, and everything else you need for smoother skin to get you beach ready.

Starting with hair removal there are super savings from Gillette this month with select Venus and Satin Care shaving products at half price. As it is sandal season getting your feet in tip top condition is a must. From Scholl the foot solution brand, select products with 25% off this month, including the Fungal Nail Treatment and Velvet Smooth Express Pedi. This device is so easy to use, a skin-buffing roller speeds across rough heels and calluses, removing hard skin in minutes. It’s also small enough to pack away for holidays for maintenance. Best feet on the beach, we will enjoy that feeling.

Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi

And the love for your legs doesn’t end there, what of last-minute sunshine here in Ireland, an emergency BBQ to attend? It’s almost as if Airbrush Legs Instant Tan was created with an Irish Summer in mind; immediate tanning for pure white legs and arms, with a little extra coverage for any marks or blemishes. It’s even water-resistant and non-transferable, perfect for when the rain halts play mid-burger. Pick up your Sally Hansen Value Can this month for €9.35, a saving of €4.60. It is 193.8mls, that covers every BBQ until next year!

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Whether it’s a vacation or stay-cation you will have this Summer, don’t forget to pick up your sun care essentials at LloydsPharmacy. With brands like Vichy and La Roche Posay, NUXE and Clarins you will be spoiled for choice in oils, lotions and after suns. Talk to your local LloydsPharmacy staff about SPF’s and the best choice of factors for you and your family, they will steer you in the right direction. Even if you have no definite holiday plans the sun might shine hopefully, pop Nivea’s Summer Essentials Minis Set on your next shopping list for LloydsPharmacy. In it you’ll find a pocket-sized SPF 30 sun lotion, SPF 30 lip balm, body wash and hand cream, perfect for an afternoon lazing in the back garden enjoying some rays, €12.99.

Nivea Summer Essentials Minis Set

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Summer Beauty Buys

Laura BSun-kissed skin and a whole new style of makeup, Summer is a great season for beauty. If we’re lucky enough to get hotter weather here at home or away on holidays, there’s lot of fun things to try to get Summer ready.

Here are some star buys I will be packing myself…

At home here in Ireland or away on holiday I am a big fan of Anthelios from La Roche Posay. With high sun protection and a transparent finish the sunscreens are perfect for under makeup or worn alone. For this Summer there’s a free cosmetic bag with every purchase from the face range, perfect for any travels that are planned.

LloydsPharmacy are launching their own skin care range. SkinEffect is an affordable range for face, body and hair that has anti-ageing and optimum moisturising ingredients, I see a session stocking up the bathroom might be in order. Prices range from €4.62-€13.30 until May 26th, (RRP €6.90-€19.90).

My approach to Summer tanning is-Go Hard or Go Home. In Winter I like to stick to light shades or a gradual tan, but in Summer I love sun-kissed skin even if I’m very pale. If you can master application there’s no reason you shouldn’t use a darker tan, just avoid the streaks. For May there is a 50% discount on bBold select tans. My choice? The Dark Self-Tan Liquid, €9.49 (RRP €18.99). Easy to apply with a mitt, a liquid dries quickly and lasts up to 7 days. The scent has a floral blend and aloe to moisturise too, a very good tan.

Always in my makeup bag is the Pearlys Teeth Whitening Pen, €16.74 (RRP €24.99). This great pen is used to lift away staining from the surface of the teeth. The Pearlys range has lots on offer to brighten the teeth but the pens, powders and kits are pain free. This month there’s 33% off the Pearly range at LloydsPharmacy.

To avoid extra luggage charges it’s worth considering the sizes of your beauty products before traveling by air. At LloydsPharmacy this month you will find cabin-friendly fragrances at great prices. Beyonce’s Rise is at €13.95/50ml (RRP €22.95, save €9). But if you fancy Summer in a bottle, check out CKin2u for Women, a 50ml EDT costs just €19.99/50ml with a 45% discount. That’s a saving of €18.11, great value.

Still with flying in mind, LloydsPharmacy have an exclusive travel set with all your daily essentials in miniature form for just €9.99. It includes deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower gel, toiletry and travel bag, and most importantly hairspray. We don’t do frizzy hair do we ladies!

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Daily Care For Ageing Skin

Laura BProper cleansing benefits the skin in a number of ways, it removes makeup, oil and whatever pollution from the air around us. It also helps keep the skin clear of dead skin cells, that otherwise build up leaving the skin looking dull and feeling rough in texture.

It doesn’t need to be a complex routine neither, but correct cleansing will get you a smoother, brighter complexion.

If you are a fan of wipes, try a Micellar Water instead. These are gentle but effective, alcohol-free and will lift away dead cells. NUXE Micellar Water for eyes, face and lips has actives from Damascena Rose that soothes as it cleanses, skin will feel totally cleansed, €15.50. To use, apply to a LloydsPharmacy Square Cotton Wool Pad, €1.49/70 pads.

411496If you prefer a regular cleansing lotion but have sensitive or intolerant skin, look to the Physiological range from La Roche Posay. From a collection of cleansers for eyes and face designed specifically for super sensitivity, the Cleansing Milk will gently remove all traces of makeup and daily grime without causing any irritation, €15.99.

With such effective cleansing it’s unlikely you need a toner which is used for removing the end of the cleanser, but a spritz of refreshing and healing lotion adds another layer of hydration to the skin that is instantly absorbed. A Thermal Water is ideal, not only for this stage of your routine but also to soothe and calm the face and neck during the day.

If hot flushes are an issue, keep it chilled in the fridge and use as necessary. This mineral-rich water helps the skin, unlike tap water which is actually dehydrating. Choose Avene Thermal Water in 50ml so you can pop it in your handbag, €4.

original_CWOnce skin is clean and ready for nourishment, choose the best moisturiser you can to reinforce and strengthen it. Vichy’s new LiftActiv Supreme was created for 40+ skin and promises to keep your glow vibrant all day long. With one version for dry/very dry skin, and another for normal/combination skin pick the one best suited to you, €32.50.

25d798cc3475cee6726d31044368b3d4For 40/50+ skin that wants a little more in terms of routine, don’t miss this month’s extra special deal at LloydsPharmacy. The Clarins Double Serum Premium Value Set contains a 30ml of award-winning Double Serum, an oil and serum duo that boost ageing skin. Gentle Refiner (30ml) is a superb exfoliator that you can add to your cleansing routine 1-2 weekly for even smoother skin, and Beauty Flash Balm (10ml) is the skin-saviour everyone loves, it firms and tightens in moments. Yours for just €69.50.

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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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