Tender Skin & The Benefits Of Oates

Wild Oats has arrived at Mulligans Pharmacy! Locally produced in Co. Waterford, Wild Oates is filled with natural luxuries that will care for and nourish your skin!

Oats have been used on the skin for over 4000 years and there’s a lot more to the humble grain than you might think. Oats are so fantastic for the skin, that we have put them at the heart of all our products. Here’s some of the reasons why.

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Cleansing

Not only do oats provide a natural form of skin nourishment and protection, but they soothe and clean the skin too. It’s all down to each oat flake’s combination of lubricating oils, gentle anti-inflammatory properties and the magic element , ‘Saponins’ ,which gently remove dirt from skin pores.

Moisturising

The lipid and proteins in Oats provide humectant, occlusive and emollient properties, which plainly speaking ,means they help provide a barrier for the skin and keep moisture in . Which is why Oat oil is one of the best moisturising ingredients for sensitive skin.

Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Oxidant

Historically, oats have been used to soothe and calm irritated and inflamed skin. (Every Irish Mum will have had her own version of oat baths for dreaded childhood chicken pox). It’s anti-inflammatory properties work to restore the skins’s natural barrier , reducing itching and tightness.

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Exfoliation

For those whose sensitive skin won’t tolerate gritty scrubs, the mild exfoliating nature of oats provide an effective, but kind alternative.

Wild Oats uses Flahavans Organic Oats in all of their hard soaps and Bath Milks , whilst their Body Oils are made from a blend of Oat oil which provides a gentle skin softening element to the oil.

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The Fake Tanning Solution For People Who Suffer From Eczema Or Sensitive Skin

TanOrganic is a skincare customer favourite because it has all natural and organic ingredients, more moisture and it is kinder to the skin with less chance of irritation.

“Is there any tan I can use if I have Psoriasis, Eczema or Rocacea,”

Most girls who have sensitive skin do not want to give up tan and end up lathering it on fully accepting that approximately an hour later, their skin would become red, itchy and irritated.

All skin types and allergies are different, for some people you could be sensitive to SLS, perfume (which is the number one allergen in skin care), alcohol, or in other cases synthetic colourings like C+D red dyes- the guide colouring present in nearly all fake tans except TanOrganic as we use food colourings). Our feedback from our customers who have skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Rosacea, is that they love TanOrganic because it has no SLS, it has much gentler ingredients, more moisture and it is kinder to the skin with less chance of a reaction.

“I have had eczema on my legs and arms all my life and have acne prone skin and so I struggled with finding a tan that suits my skin type. I have tried so many brands of tan, but any I tried usually just made my skin break out or flare up. I got Tan Organic as a gift when I was 18 and tried it and it didn’t affect my eczema or cause any kind of harsh break out at all. It’s light on my skin and so it doesn’t get trapped in my pores and can be easily removed when I want to take it off. I’m now 20 and I use tan organic at least twice a week”. Orlaith, 20 years old, Dublin.

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The main ingredients in Tan Organic, just to give you an idea of how utterly natural and organic the product is:

Aloe Vera, Caramel, Orange Peel, Achiote Seed, Ginger, Thyme, Coconut, Corn, Beetroot, Sugar Cane, Lilac, Raspberry, Gingseng, Chamomile and Honey.

For sensitive skin, the crucial question is when the best time is to apply your tan. This all depends on the severity of your skin condition. If your skin is broken or inflamed because of a psoriasis or eczema flare up, it is advisable to avoid tan products for at least 2 weeks to allow your skin to heal and settle before application of any lotion or spray tan.

Before applying tan to your full body, make sure to carry out a patch test 24 hours before tanning to confirm TanOrganic has no allergic reaction (nothing is 100% hypo allergenic people can be allergic to anything) It will also allow you to gage how dark the tan develops and how many layers you will need.

Moisturising is key! Take care of your sensitive skin by moisturising daily with a naturally fragranced and organic moisturiser as well as prior, during and after fake tanning. This is extremely beneficial for psoriasis and eczema to smooth and hydrate the skin and prevent the tan from clinging to drier areas. Moisturisers that contain Aloe Vera have shown to have beneficial effects on the skin and is one of the most sought-after remedies in skin care and cosmetics. It hydrates cracked, dry skin and helps to restore softness. All TanOrganic products are oil and Aloe Vera based, so not only can you get a beautiful natural glow year-round, you also stay wonderfully hydrated with our multi-use dry moisturising oil!

Reduce Stress With Meditation

The fast pace and daily stresses of modern life can take a toll on your state of mind and your health. We can often be so busy that we don’t feel we have enough time to stop and meditate. However, meditation can actually reduce stress levels and calm your mind, helping you to focus. Meditation can help us to understand our own mind and promote relaxation. A short meditation can make the world of difference!

There are many types of meditation and ways in which to practise, but breathing meditation is often a good place to start.

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To meditate, find a comfortable seated position, in a quiet and peaceful environment. Close your eyes, sit up straight and maintain a good posture, resting your arms gently in your lap.

Breathing Meditation:

Pay attention to your breath, breathing naturally. Focus your attention on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. If you’re struggling, place your hands on your stomach and feel your stomach moving in and out as you breathe. If you mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath. Taking some time out to meditate can make a huge difference to your day. You should start to experience a calm mind and a sense of inner harmony. Try to meditate for two to three minutes once a day to start with and then try it for longer periods.

You should notice an immediate calming effect, even after your first meditation session, but this sense of inner peace improves each time you meditate. Regular meditation can reduce stress levels over time and can adapt your attitude to life for the better.

How to Meditate

Second Night Syndrome – What Is It & How To Cope

When you’re having a baby, there’s a huge amount of new information to take on board and learn, but one term many parents might night have heard of is the second night syndrome.

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This is rarely spoken about and many people have not heard of it.

This lack of awareness may cause new parents to worry and wondering if they’re doing a good job? No new parent should feel this way, so here’s what you need to know about second night syndrome and how you and your baby can get through it.

First of all…

What is Second Night Syndrome?

There is a theory that babies fall into a deep sleep for the first 24 hours of their life because of the stress of birth.

After the baby wakes up, by the second night, they become aware that life as they knew it has changed.

This maybe accentuated if you are breastfeeding as your milk may not have come in yet (which is normal) ad your baby is now more hungry than he or she has ever been.

During your baby’s second night outside of the womb, they realise they are not in their familiar home anymore and their new environment has light, loud noises and touch, which babies need to get used to.

Don’t forget that your home is often colder than your body and they are away from the soothing noise of your heartbeat.

All in all it can be overwhelming for your baby, but not all babies will experience this. Some will settle just fine.

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Six Tips For Getting Through Second Night Syndrome

1.Don’t Worry

This is a completely normal transition process that your baby may need to go through.

If you are breastfeeding your baby’s need to feed will be sending signals to your breasts to make ore milk. As long as your baby is fed when he or she wants for as long as he or she wants then your body will often produce the right amount of milk.

2.Skin-To-Skin Is Best

Newborn babies have an innate need for comfort, which can be given by closeness, food and responsive parents. Responding to your baby’s needs makes them feel loved, safe and secure. This alone can help your baby grow into a confident toddler.

3.Enjoy Alone Time

While people are understandably excited by your new addition, try not to have too many visitors on the first few days.

Different voices, smells and external stimulations can be extremely overwhelming for a baby.

While your baby is adjusting to life outside of the womb, being passed around can be stressful. Let him or her get used to their new surroundings gradually and get comfort from the people and scents he or she is already familiar with.

This also allows you to settle into your new role and rest when you can, rather that entertaining visitors.

4.Stay Familiar

During this transition process familiarities will keep your newborn baby calm.

If you still have to time play the music you played during your pregnancy, this may soothe your baby.

This will bring back calming memories for your baby and will help comfort them.

5.The Power Of A Soapless Bath

Did you bathe with your newborn? Skin-on-skin contact will help calm them.

While it is best to keep the vernix (the white chalky type substance on your baby’s skin for at least four weeks, you can still take a bath, just don’t use bubble bath or soap).

Gently rub your wet hands over their head, while they listen to your heartbeat, this reinforces that you are still there for them.

6.Remember It Will Get Better

Your baby will sleep and calm, it will get better.

On day two your baby’s stomach is roughly the size of a marble. This small stomach is why your baby will want to feed frequently on the second night.

If you have further questions or queries contact our expert health team! We have a wide range of mother and baby products, including natural sleep aids for babies and adults!this-works-baby-sleep-pillow-spray-75ml-1009090.jpg

Five Simple Self Care Practices Your Can Do!

All us of seem to be busy on a daily basis, between work, family, hobbies, meetings, college, etc we can often get swept up in life and forget to take care of ourselves. Although many people think that self care is about rewarding or treating yourself, however self care can be simply taking sometime out of your day to focus on yourself and try to do something that will brighten your day.

Self care isn’t a ‘one off’ activity, it is something that should be practiced regularly in your life. The best way to do this is to get into the habit of small daily rituals of self care.

To help you get into the swing of self care, try some of the suggestions below:

Do A Mini Declutter

Add some space to your wardrobe by recycling or donating 3 items of clothing that you no longer wear.

Take Some Time To Listen To Your Favourite Song

If you can spare 3 minutes in your day, maybe your driving, our walking back to work on your lunch, but take some time for yourself and listen to your favourite song to brighten your day.

Be Still

Try to set aside 5 minutes to sit down in a quite space and just breathe. This will help you unwind and relax, while also helping to clear your head and focus.

Help Someone

A random act of kindness can go a long way! Hold the door open for someone, treat your colleagues to coffee, help someone carry a bag, its always good to pay a good deed forward!

Laugh

Read a funny article, tell a joke, or simply just laugh! You know what they say laughter is the best medicine!

Get Makeup Inspo From The Team At BPerfect

Need a little inspiration on how to create the perfect eye look using the BPerfect LMD Master Palette?

Then look no further!

Amazingly talented Irish make up artist Aideen Murphy takes you through a step by step video tutorial.

Step 1 – Prime the skin to ensure make up longevity and apply foundation in usual routine.

Step 2 – To prevent eye shadow from smudging or creasing around around the eyes, prepare the eyelid first by applying concealer.

A little goes along way.

Step 3 – Grab your BPerfect LMD Master Palette – Using shades ‘Prinny’, ‘Coco’, ‘Rusty’, and ‘Smokey’ on the eyelids and shade ‘Hi Lite’ to highlight cheek bones and inner corner of the eye.

Five Reasons You Should Be Taking A Probiotic

By now you have probably heard of microbiomes, if you haven’t they are the community of trillions of microorganisms that live inside and on your body.

Our microbiome are full of all kinds of microbes, both good and bad. When our microbiome are balanced the good bacteria work hard to keep us healthy.

The good news is that it is possible to swing the balance of microbes in your favour by using a probiotic. Probiotics are are filled with good bacteria, that work to replenish good bacteria in your body.

Although there are many positive reasons why you should be taking a probiotic, but here are our top five!

1.Promotes Healthy Microbiomes

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Many modern diets consist of too much sugar and additives, and many people have taken antibiotics as medication, although antibiotics are often necessary to help your body overcome an illness, your body may need to replenish its positive bacteria.

2.Enhance Nutrient Absorption

No matter how many superfoods you eat on a daily basis, your body won’t be able to benefit from them fully if your gut environment isn’t filled with healthy bacteria. Enzymes and digestive bacteria break down the food you eat into molecules which are then absorbed by your body. If your body doesn’t have adequate levels of microbial then you may not fully absorb all nutrients.

3.Boost Your Mood

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Your ‘gut feeling’ isn’t just a phrase! The good bacterial in your intestinal tract produce hundreds of nervous system chemicals that regulate our moods. Did you know that 95% of your body’s serotonin (the happiness chemical also found in the brain is manufactured by your gut bacteria). This is why it is important to replenish them regularly!

4.Reduce Fatigue

Have you ever felt tired after getting more than enough rest? This could be related to a lack in good bacteria. Regularly taking a probiotic can encourage your body to digest more nutrients and increasing your energy levels.

5.Improve Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ and it protects your body fro a variety of external threats, but, what many people don’t realise is that your skin is an important reflection of your internal health. Skin problems can be a results of a variety of internal factors, such as nutritional and hormonal imbalances, as well as problems with your immune system.

By helping your body to absorb the nutrients from your foods, you are also supporting your immune system and reducing temporary inflammation which can help you achieve healthier looking skin.

To learn more about probiotics and how they can improve your health call in and chat to any of our expert team members!