Skin Care

Skin Care


Heading off head lice
It’s about this time school-age children will be meeting old friends and making some new friends too. The good news is that if you or your children have head lice, there are simple, safe and effective strategies to send them on their way. Various shampoos, lotions, cream rinses and conditioners are available.

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Adding some more slop to the slip and slap
The “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign was launched by the Cancer Council Australia more than 30 years ago and has proved to be one of the most successful public health campaigns. The message since then has been slightly modified to incorporate the words “Seek” and “Slide” into the call to action. That is, not only slip on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat, but also seek some shade and slide on some sunglasses.

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Good health gift ideas
For many people, Christmas has deep religious significance; for others, it’s simply a time to relax and enjoy a few days off work. But for almost everyone, this time of year has traditionally become one of celebration. Throughout many societies it is commonplace to exchange gifts or simply ‘season’s greetings’, and to express sentiments of peace and goodwill. Wishes of good health usually accompany greetings at this time of year; so, perhaps some healthy gift ideas could be worth a thought as well.

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Sun sense is common sense
It took almost half a century for the health risks of cigarette smoking to be widely recognised. Sadly, some young people, especially young women, still take up smoking – probably because of peer pressure and issues related to low self-esteem.

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Cold sores – not so cool
To most people cold sores might seem to be a comparatively trivial condition; but if you are one of the thousands of people who suffer with cold sores you no doubt find them annoying beyond belief.

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Bidding farewell to thrush
Fungi live with us - both on us and inside us - in enormous numbers; usually quite happily and generally without causing any harm at all. But now and again their presence can be quite problematic; more especially when the balance of power is disturbed amongst all those micro-organisms residing on and in our body.

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Dry skin and eczema
The cause of dry skin involves genetic as well as environmental factors. Numerous factors can predispose a person to dry skin including a cold or dry climate, very hot showers and the use of alkaline soaps, cleansers and shampoos. Age related changes to the skin’s structure and subsequent water content leads to increasing dryness of skin with advancing age.

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Getting to know your own skin
The Slip, Slop, Slap campaign, initiated some 35 years ago - and which has more recently been modified to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide (referring to seeking shade and sliding on sunglasses) - has been recognised internationally as a remarkably effective public health strategy. But, \"baby boomers\", and certainly Australians born pre-World War II, probably had little or no knowledge of this message in their teenage years when getting sunburnt was considered to be a rite of passage. And a tan was considered to be clear evidence of good health.

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Sense in the sun
Skin Cancer Awareness Week (November 17–23) reminds us that we need to protect ourselves from the sun, and not just when we go to the beach. New findings from the Cancer Council National Sun Protection Survey show that Australians are at the same risk of being sunburnt at sporting venues as they are at the beach. The research shows a clear link between sporting venues and sun damage, with 22% of Australians at sports grounds and centres getting sunburnt. Richie Benaud has recently revealed he is undergoing radiation therapy for skin cancer which he attributes to playing and watching cricket without a hat or sunscreen.

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