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Get glossy locks all winter long

Winter conditions can leave your hair looking lacklustre. Rude Health magazine asks the experts how to keep your hair in tip-top condition...
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Winter wellness for your skin, hair and body

“Our skin can really suffer during the winter due to numerous factors,” says Rebecca Muir who works with organic beauty and skincare company Pravera...
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Pretty perfect

The party season is nearly upon us, so how can you get great party hair, nails, cosmetics and pampering – without the nasties?...
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Natural comfort

Ladies, trust us, it’s worth taking extra care when it comes to your intimate care. Here’s our guide to taking a natural upgrade...
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Gentlemen, please!

There are real benefits for men in choosing natural skin and haircare products. Rude Health magazine finds out what is available...
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A touch of indulgence

Sometimes finding time to treat yourself can prove tricky – busy lives and family demands means time to treat yourself can be scarce. But make time to indulge and you will feel better...
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Your holiday beauty survival guide

Hurrah! It’s summer at last! So now it’s time to pay special attention to your skin if you want to look your best...
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Lighten up

Going blonder in the summer months doesn’t have to mean reaching for the peroxide and doing your hair harm; go lighter the natural way...
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Full-scale cover up

You know the drill – sun damage is serious business. Going out in the sun without sun lotion nowadays is like forgetting to put on your undies. So, get prepared now, before the sun hits full force...
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Pure and simple

“Natural options for shower, bath, body and hair products, plus how you can make them at home...
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Spring into action

Let’s face it, for all the snuggling up in front of the fire and hot chocolate, we’re all ready to wave goodbye to the cold and start to look to warmer times ahead...

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Ageing gracefully

You can have lovely skin as you age if you follow these expert tips...

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Winter beauty

Not quite taken on a chemical-free beauty regime yet? Make 2017 the year that you fully embrace natural beauty. Need a little more convincing? Let us tell you all about the benefits...

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Winter beauty

It may be cold outside, but you can still get that winter glow if you use natural ingredients and follow these tips

“Our skin is our defence barrier against the environment and the effects of weather patterns,” says Fiann Ó Nualláin, author of The Holistic Gardener – Beauty Treatments from the Garden. “The main culprit of winter affected skin is the colder temperatures which decrease its natural hydration and barrier capacity. Cold winds can further strip moisture from the skin and leave us with tight, rough, blotchy, red, often cracked and peeling skin.”

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The big soak

“All bath and shower products are designed to remove dirt and excess oil from the skin,” says Ian Taylor, cosmetic scientist at Green People, “but some can be quite harsh on the skin and may strip away too much of the protective oil layer that plays an essential part in the skin’s barrier function. They can also cause irritation and sensitisation of the delicate tissues under the skin surface and may aggravate skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

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Summer solutions

Positively glow with health and enjoy the summer now that it is here – with these top tips for sailing through the usual seasonal health challenges

About half of people in Ireland are deficient in vitamin D and many of us now fear any exposure to the sun, but our bodies need vitamin D. The rule of thumb when it comes to sun exposure is: If you are taller than your shadow then the sun is high enough for you to make vitamin D. In Ireland this is in the middle of the day.

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Gorgeous naturally

Your guide to natural hair dyes, make-up and beauty products without the nasties

“A lot of conventional products can strip the skin of its natural oils whereas natural products contain a combination of oils which help to support the health of your skin,” says Brid Smyth, manager of Evergreen in Barna, Co Galway. “Natural cosmetics are effective as they contain a wonderful combination of oils which are kind to your skin. ”

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Stay safe in the sun

Everyone loves the feeling of sunshine on their skin, and we know that sunlight has many health benefits – as well as making us feel happier and more upbeat. But we also know that excessive exposure to the sun’s rays can be dangerous. The main cause of damaged and ageing skin is the sun, due to its UVA and UVB rays, and the number of skin cancer sufferers is rising. Worldwide, there are approximately three million skin cancer cases per year. The individual risk for developing skin cancer can be reduced by avoiding excessive sun exposure and sunburn.

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Who's the fairest of them all?

‘Fairtrade’ is a term that most of us are familiar with when it comes to food and drink products, and there are fairly traded options in many of the things we buy every day, from tea and coffee to chocolate and wine. But what exactly does it mean, and what are the benefits?...

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Case sensitive

Skin problems can be distressing because they are so visible. Rude Health asks the experts for their top advice on natural help for psoriarias, acne and eczema

“There can be lots of different causes of skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema,” says Sian Eustace at Healing Harvest, Kinvara, co Galway. “Some examples are hormonal changes at puberty, the onset of menstruation, menopause and pregnancy; allergy; dehydration; insufficient essential fatty acids in the diet; stress and a virus or other illness.”

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Growing up beautiful

Find out how to look after young skin – from babies to teenagers – with advice from the experts

Baby beauty

Rosemarie Bennis, Sonas Health Foods, Newcastle West, Limerick: “Bathe your baby in plain water, adding a few drops of soothing essential oils such as lavender or mandarin. For dry or irritated skin soak a muslin bag of porridge oats in the bath water for a soothing milky bath that gives great relief.”

Sian Eustace at Healing Harvest, Kinvara, co Galway: “Babies’ skin is very delicate. It is not necessary to bathe them every day and I would advise keeping cleansing products as simple, and as minimal, as possible.”

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Bathing beauties

Don’t know where to find a natural alternative to chemical-laden bathroom bathing and pampering products? Look no further than your local health store

There’s a growing realisation that conventional bathing and beauty products are packed with strong perfumes and colours as well as some potentially harmful chemicals and preservatives. Many of these can actually irritate the skin – the last thing you want from something you hope will nourish and calm your skin.

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Sensitive subject

With the return of autumn and winter comes dried-out skin, blotchy complexions and covering up with heavy make-up. But it doesn’t have to be this way

Autumn issues

Sian Morgan of Healing Harvest in Kinvara, Co Galway: “Dryness and chapped skin can always be an issue as both the weather gets colder and people turn on the central heating.”

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Summer splash

Dive into summer looking your best from top to toe and without a chemical in sight. Here’s to natural beauty...

Stunning summer hair

“Avoid using foaming products and shampoos with sodium laurel sulfate as an ingredient,” says holistic health and beauty tutor Mary Berkery – Intelligent Nutrients. “Where hair grows on the body, pores are more open resulting in more absorption of toxic products into the blood stream.”

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How to have GORGEOUS hair without chemicals

Healthy hair can be achieved without chemicals, here’s how


Hair no-nos

Rebecca Goodyear is a natural lifestyle expert who writes an award-winning blog, Biteable Beauty: ”There are a few chemicals to be wary of in mainstream conventional hair care products. Sodium lauryl or laureth sulphate is a harsh detergent and known irritant to skin and eyes. It may hamper healthy hair growth and has also been shown to cause cataracts via absorption through the skin. Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol are two more ingredients to watch out for, both of which cause premature ageing of the skin. The latter also coats and suffocates the skin and strips hair of its natural oils and the scalp of sebum.”

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It’s personal

We use toiletries every day and yet many of us don’t stop to think about their harmful ingredients. Now there is a natural alternative to every product in a health store near you


What’s in your toiletries?

Laura Downes, Nutritional Advisor at Carmel’s Health Store in Ennis, Co Clare: “Many conventional shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants, fake tans, perfumes and hair dyes contain health-threatening chemicals such as fluoride, sodium lauryl sulphates and parabens. Inside these toiletries lurks a cocktail of dangerous synthetic chemicals.”

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Winter skincare made easy

During the winter skin can suffer from being covered up, constantly being in heated environments and low humidity. Here’s how to keep your complexion looking radiant thoughout the colder months


All dried out

Natural skincare expert Michaela Maguire of Alchemist Earth in Limerick: “Drink at least eight glasses of water daily, increase the amount of essential fats in your diet and apply a 100% natural rosehip seed oil directly on to cleansed skin prior to your moisturiser for an added nutrient boost and deeper moisture penetration. Try an oil-based cleanser too, this melts off make-up but leaves a film of protection on dry, sensitive skin. Skin should feel clean and smooth, but not at all tight.”

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Bodycare without the nasties

Natural bodycare ranges have really grown in recent years and now there’s real choice if you want to buy a moisturising lotion, body scrub, hand-made soap or shower gel. But why is natural best?


Always read the label

Vivienne Campbell BSc(Hons), MNIMH, is a medical herbalist. She treats clients, teaches herbal medicine and makes a 100% natural skincare range. “When it comes to cosmetics it’s vital that you check the label to ensure that products do not contain parabens, SLS, phthalates and other chemicals. Many products claim to be ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ but contain mostly synthetic ingredients. This is because there isn’t any legal standard for claiming to be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ when it comes to cosmetics so consumers have to be vigilant.”

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Naturally beautiful make-up

What’s the difference between conventional make-up and the more natural versions? Read on to find out


Spot the difference

According to Niamh Larkin, Senior Beauty Advisor at Evergreen Healthfoods, Mainguard St, Galway, “conventional make-up contains ingredients such as petroleum, paraffin and lead. Natural make-up consists of much milder ingredients that are kinder to the skin and the environment. Because 60% of what we wear on our skin gets absorbed, harsh ingredients take a toll, not only on the skin but also on our livers.”

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Bright eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul, but what can you do when your eyes are dry or sore?


Health store advice

Charlotte Keaveney is a nutritional therapist at Honeybee in Claremorris, Co Mayo. “In store we mainly get customers in who suffer with dry, irritated eyes, contacts lens wearers and those concerned with preventing AMD (age related macular degeneration),” she says. “Firstly I recommend to start with diet – avoid processed foods, eat loads of colourful fruit and vegetables and include at least one portion of oily fish once a week such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and fresh tuna.”

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Bye bye cellulite

Fed up with orange peel thighs? Read Rude Health’s guide to how to reduce the appearance of cellulite using a number of methods.

If you’re dreading wearing a bikini on the beach this summer because you suffer from cellulite, you’re not alone. In fact, it doesn’t matter how skinny, wealthy or famous you are, the vast majority of women and some men are likely to suffer from it. Cellulite gives the skin a dimpled or orange-peel like appearance and is related to a lack of fluid drainage because of genetic, hormonal and even environmental reasons. It can affect women of any size, weight and body structure.

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Beautiful hair, naturally

Gone are the days when hair products had to smell awful in order to be effective – now we are all more aware of the effects chemicals can have on our bodies, and health stores play an important role in offering natural alternatives to conventional products.

Natural hair products differ hugely from conventional products,” according to Laura Downes, nutritional advisor in Carmel’s Health Store in Ennis, Co Clare. “A natural hair product should contain no nasties such as parabens, mineral oils, sodium laurel/laureth sulfates and are free from artificial colours and fragrances. Most natural hair products are also biodegradable so are safe for the environment.
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