Want good skin? Watch your diet. Higher intakes of vitamin C and a lower intake of fats and carbohydrates are associated with better appearance as your skin ages. Changing your diet will help your looks. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as fish, fruits, and vegetables, seem to help
Your anti-aging cream may contain vitamin C or E. Put these antioxidants to work from the inside, too. Eating foods rich in these vitamins, plus the mineral selenium, can help protect your skin against sun damage. They may even help reverse signs of aging, like wrinkles and skin
Caffeine in coffee and tea is dehydrating, so it may cause your skin to dry out. But a study found that when applied topically to skin, caffeine may help reverse sun damage and lower risk of some skin cancers
Every day, your skin comes in contact with pollution -- cigarette smoke, car exhaust, or smoggy air. Keep skin healthy by keeping it clean. Depending on the needs of your skin, you can cleanse your face with a gentle soap or wash, or exfoliate nightly with gentle scrubs and toners to remove dead skin cells, and then apply a retinoid cream and moisturizer. (Oily skin still needs moisturizer; look for oil-free products.)
Cold weather and wind bring on dry, flaky skin and can make eczema and rosacea worse. It's not just the weather outside -- dry heat indoors is harsh on skin, too. Fight back by using a humidifier at home, drinking lots of water, and applying moisturizer throughout the day. Remember the sunscreen when you go out.
Your are covered by a transparent membrane called the conjunctiva and when this becomes inflamed, it causes conjunctivitis.
There are three main types: irritant; allergic and infective.
'Infective conjunctivitis, caused by viruses, bacteria or sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, is very common and causes about 35 per cent of all eye related problems in GPs' surgeries and different bugs cause different levels of discomfort,
Irritant conjunctivitis occurs when chemicals like chlorine, shampoo, smoke, or a stray eyelash irritate your eyes and rubbing them makes it worse. If your eyes are sensitive to pollen from grass, flowers or trees, you may develop allergic conjunctivitis, which becomes more common as summer approaches.
Common symptoms include reddened, oozy and itchy eyes, which may feel sticky when you wake up in the morning
'Some patients report a burning sensation, although their vision is not affected
'Although infected eyes are uncomfortable and look terrible, most symptoms normally clear up within a week or two and don't lead to long-term eye damage. Your GP can prescribe antibiotics if your inflammation persists.'
However, always see your GP if your newborn child develops conjunctivitis because babies are at risk of developing eye damage
Tension headaches affect around 40 per cent of adults.
‘Women are twice as likely to suffer as men. ‘They can be brought on by stress, poor posture, tiredness, depression, an ear infection, dehydration, eye strain, sinus problems or even teeth-grinding at night.’
To soothe an occasional headache, apply three drops of neat lavender essential oil to a cotton wool pad and apply to forehead and temples,
Over the counter
Take ibuprofen or paracetamol if the pain is severe