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I sometimes suffer from dry skin on my feet and although it does not cause any discomfort or anything, it is just a little rough and not nice to touch. I especially notice it when I put socks on. I have tried a few things and found that having a foot soak made from sea salt, bicarbonate if soda and essential oils is really nice. I then apply a normal lotion or cream. That helps quite a lot but then a friend recommended the Compeed overnight cracked heel cream to me. So when Compeed did a promotion recently where you can try the product and if you're not satisfied you can claim your money back I thought I had nothing to loose.
The cream costs around £4-5 and you are supposed to apply it generously twice a day. What I find odd is why is it called an overnight cream when they recommend you to use it twice a day and not just overnight. So the first time I used it I did so overnight after having a foot soak. And the difference is noticeable. My skin stayed nice and soft all the next day whereas my usual cream would not last anywhere near as long. I used it for 3 days every night and it made such a difference. Now I just use it once a week, ideally after a bath.
If you'd like nice and soft feet and are unsure what remedy to use I would say give this cream a shot, it's definitely worth the money and I did not need to make use of Compeeds money back guarantee in this case.
So many people these days use probiotic drinks and yoghurts to keep their tummy happy. I am one of those people. But as I don't use them every day I often find that my probiotic drinks go out if date before I had a chance to enjoy them.
So I was looking for an alternative that would not go off as quickly and I came across the OptiBac Probiotics "For travelling abroad". These were the only tablet options when I went looking for them, there may be others by now. I have just got used to buying these that I have not looked others.
You are advised to start taking these 3-5 days before you go travelling and then have one a day, ideally with your breakfast. I take them just one a day at home or when I'm on holiday, although I haven't been anywhere too exotic, just Europe. Nevertheless I have never had issues with my stomach whilst away but friends of mine that weren't taking them at the time had minor stomach issues.
So I would recommend these when going away, better be safe than sorry. And you wouldn't want your holiday dampened by a bad stomach, would you?
They aren't the cheapest product on the market though, thats the only downside. A lack of 20 tablets is available from £10 if you shop around and have a look online. Larger packs of 60 tablets will be more cost effective and will set you back around £25. I generally get the larger pack and it lasts me about 3 months or just under as some days I forget to take one.
Overall I definitely recommend these as an at home alternative to drinks or for your travels.
Being a keen runner and having got into it more and more over the past year I started looking at nutrition and protein powders but it is quite overwhelming all the options out there. So I asked friends and they recommended me a powder that makes a chocolate shake. I bought a 1kg bag straight away only to find out that I did not like it all that much. But I'm not one for wasting things so I trued to work my way through the bag, only to fail and give it away a few months later.
So I was on a mission to find a powder I liked. I emailed various companies to see if they would be willing to send me samples I could try to find something I liked. Only one company was happy to send me samples and that was Pulsin. In fact they sent me a huge parcel with powders and bars to try.
In that parcel was samples of their rice, hemp and whey powders. There was 2 favourites which was the whey powder and the hemp powder. Both of them are plain and have no taste to them so you can really mix them into anything and I have even baked with them. I loved both of them equally as they are very versatile, but the whey powder came out on top because of its higher protein content. The hemp powder only contains 47% protein so that is 47g per 100g. The whey powder has double that content. But the hemp powder is suitable for vegans which the whey isn not. But as Im not a vegan I would rather use the powder I get more nutritional benefit out of. But other than that the hemp powder is great and I would definitely recommend it.
If you want to give it a try you can get a small 250g bag from £6 if you have the time to shop around online. There is always an offer to be found.
Earlier this year I started noticing a dull pain in my bunion joint on one of my feet, I think this was made worse by running a lot more. I used to run for exercise last year but decided to sign up to a couple of races this year and every time I came back from a run I could feel my joint being more sore than usual. So I saw my GP about it and she recommended I get some over the counter remedies, in this case a toe spreader. So I popped into my local Boots and picked up one of their toe spreaders.
It cost me £4.50 which I found quite pricey, but I'm sure you could pick one of these up a bit cheaper online or in a discount store of sorts. I just did not have the time to shop around then and wanted something there and then.
The spreader is made from a gel and is squishy. You just pop it in between your big toe and the next and wear it throughout the day. I definitely knew it was there at the beginning but you forget about it after a while. I wore it all day, in my shoes etc.
in the evening I just gave it a rinse under hot water and left it to dry. You are not supposed to wear this 24 hours a day as your skin can get a bit sweaty bring stuck to a gel spreader all day.
Have I noticed a difference? Quite honestly no. I have also had a specialist appointment in the meantime who has given me insoles as it may not be a bunion problem after all. It's tricky to tell I guess as it's only the early stages and is only noticeable when I run a lot.
The toe spreader definitely does what it is supposed to and it is comfy to wear so if you ever have need for one I definitely recommend this. Although you could probably get it cheaper elsewhere!
If you are a light sleeper or a shift worker and often need to sleep at strange hours then you may have already tried out these ear plugs or similar ones. I personally sleep fine at night but bought these for a flight as I just like to nod off on a plane. But as it can be a very noisy environment I git these ear plugs from Superdrug in preparation.
The box is really light and contains 3 packs of ear plug pairs. They are a very bright orange colour and are made from foam that you can easily squish together between your fingers. I tend to roll one between be fingers to make it smaller, then it is easier to insert into the ear. Then you hold it there for a moment and wait for it to go back to its original shape. Whilst it is expanding in your ear it then blocks your ear and therefore any noise.
They did do the trick for my flight, although I found them difficult to keep in my ear, they wanted to pop out again. So it was a bit fiddly but I got there in the end and kind of worked. There are really cheap at just under £2 for 3 pairs. I'm sure you could pick them up much cheaper in a discount store if you shopped around. For what they are they worked ok, if you needed to use them more often though you may wanna look at other options.
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I'm one of those people who don't leave the house with some sort of lip balm or lip gloss in their bag. In fact I keep something in every bag to not get caught out. I just don't like the feeling when my lips get dry, I need to have something to hand. I used to buy the Vaseline pots, the aloe vera and rose ones. They cost around £2 so then I discovered the Superdrug ones and gave them a try, if I remember correctly the little green one only cost £1.50.
It is just a small tin, but very handy to keep in your handbag. The content is almost identical to the Vaseline one I find. It's very thick and squishy and you don't need to use an awful lot. Just spread some on your lips and then rub your lips together. It spreads really nicely and keeps your lips nicely moisturised for hours. I use mine maybe 3 times a day and the little tin lasts forever.
Be careful not to keep it anywhere too warm though as it will become liquid.
I'm yet to try the little red tin of theirs, but I'm sure it will be just as lovely.
Overall this is a great little lip balm to keep in your bag for on the go. Does what it says on the tin and lasts forever! And if you feel like it why not invest in the other colours too and keep a little lip balm in each bag.
I so often have small cuts and bruises, many work related and I therefore go through an awful lot of plasters. So I have tried various types and companies over the years and must say the Elastoplast Aqua protect plasters are one of my favourites.
They promise to be 100% waterproof and ideal for bathing, showering and swimming. I have found this only to be partially true. I mean plasters are cheap enough to replace after a bath or shower but when you just want to wash your hands you don't want to change your plaster every time. And often my cuts are on my fingers and hands. If these plasters get too wet they will come off eventually and if they are not put on properly or with an even seal then water will get underneath and it will come off. But as far as waterproof plasters go these are the best I have come across.
There is 20 plasters in a pack that will cost you just over £3, which I find is acceptable for a decent box of plasters. They are easily available from any high street drug store and I have found them cheaper in discount drug stores like Savers before. So do shop around and I'm sure you can save a few pennies.
Overall they are the longest lasting and most waterproof plasters I have come across and would definitely recommend these. I use these for all my "plastering" needs now, whether it really requires a waterproof plaster or not, they are just great quality.
Working in a job that involves a lot of lifting, moving things around and often twisting and lifting awkward shapes you will eventually feel the strain on your back and neck. Of course a weekly massage would be ideal to keep everything moving nicely, but that is costly and time consuming. So a quick fix solution needs to be on hand when I have an ache or pain. I have tried various creams like deep heat but they can be a bit smelly and if you forget to wash your hands straight after, well thats a different experience altogether.
I first tried the Cura-Heat Back and Shoulder Pain Pads a few years ago when I had a really sore spot at the top of my back and shoulder. The pads are air activated and heat up straight away, I found they reach their maximum temperature after around 20 minutes. Just stick them on the sore spot and keep it there, that's how easy it is really.
Of course the instructions will tell you to not apply them directly to your skin, but if I keep them above my clothes I don't feel the benefit so I put them straight on. My skin. Just keep an eye on it and if your skin is very sensitive and it feels to hot at any time just remove it. I find it is just the right temperature on my skin.
So do they work?
I find they ease the pain very well, but of course they don't fix the problem. But they relief the pain temporarily and let me get on with my day. They are supposed to last for 12 hours but I find they are great for about 6 and then loose their effectiveness.
I buy these in larger packs of 7, which sets you back about £7. So at £1 a pad these are really worth a try and they also come in smaller packs of 3 if you wanna try them out before buying too many.
Overall I would recommend these for temporary muscle pain relief, they definitely beat the smelly creams.
When it comes to pain killers there are so many different ones on the market it is often hard to choose which ones to go for. For every day things like headaches and period pains I find plain paracetamol the best, it is so cheap and dies the job just as well as more expensive products. But when I recently had to tackle a pain in my shoulder I found that paracetamol did not do the trick. So I tried to find a product that may tackle the pain a little more localised. A friend recommended the Voltarol Pain-Eze Tablets for this as she had experienced similar pain and they worked for her.
So as recommended on the packaging I took 2 initially and then another 1 or 2 every 4-6 hours. But you are not supposed to take mor than 6 in 24 hours. They did an ok job, definitely more effective than just paracetamol, but for a price of around £6 for 18 tablets I expected more. The pain was still there but just less strong.
They also made me feel drowsy, which is one of the known side effects, but so often it says that on the packaging and I have never had an issue with it.
Overall I think they are not for me. Although they did numb the pain and let me get on with my everyday life, I did not feel quite with it whilst on these tablets. I will continue to try others and see what works for me. So do give them a shot, they may work better for you, after all they did work for my friend that recommended them to me.
The tattoo aftercare balm is a very specific product, obviously you will only ever use this when you've had a tattoo done so not an everyday product.
I purchased this from the place I had my tattoo done and they sold it for £5 which isn't cheap for just a little tub. But I think at the time I just bought whichever product they recommended and had in the shop, cause having put all that trust into someone to tattoo you, you trust them to recommend a good aftercare product. So I purchased it thee and then. If you are more organised you could buy it beforehand from eBay for example, where it will be just over £3. Other people will tell you to forget about expensive aftercare products and simply pick up a cheap alternative from a supermarket, such as vaseline or a bepanthen cream.
The tattoo aftercare balm is a thick and sticky paste or cream if you'd like. It will keep your tattoo and skin around it hydrated, aid healing and prevent scaring. It is important you look after your tattoo when it is fresh and it is after all a healing wound. At the beginning I put the balm on and covered the tattoo in cling film so it would not rub against clothes, but whenever I could I would just keep a thin layer of the balm on it and have the tattoo out in the air to heal better and quicker. I don't have very big tattoos so they healed very fast and easily. When you have bigger ones done they might need more care and more specialist products but for little tattoos this balm did the job fine and it is easy to carry around in your handbag too.
Whether you remember the Mr Men characters from your childhood or discover them later in life like I did they are just so charming not many can resist them. So no wonder there is plenty of merchandise available including this cute Mr Happy bruise soother. I have come across it in various shops like drug stores and also Sainsbury's. The price was similar in all of them, around £4-5. I ended up buying one for my nephew and it has provided soothing on many occasions, whether for a bump or bruise or a headache. You are supposed to pop it in the fridge for half an hour before use but I tend to keep it in the fridge all the time. Then it is ready to go at any time. In fact I have used it for light headaches myself.
My nephews both really enjoy the little Mr Men character, I guess part of this product is the distraction from the bump by having this cure character. You can also get Mr Bump which I'm probably gonna buy next for my other nephew. And if you have girls and nieces then I'm sure Little Miss Sunshine would go down a storm.
Overall I would recommend this cute product for anyone with kids around who are prone to the odd bump and bruise. It is an effective product and a good distraction method at the same time. Best get the whole collection so there's always the right character at hand to soothe!
Are you a party girl and love wearing pretty heels that are sometimes too high and a tad uncomfortable? Then Scholl might be coming to your rescue too. Their Party Feet invisible gel cushions will take the burning pain away from the balls of your feet whilst being discreet and pretty much invisible. They come in a pack of 2 and are slim, clear gel cushions that sit in the bottom of your heels and therefore make walking a little more comfortable.
I am not much of a high heels wearer but there is the odd occasion where I just have to wear them, weddings and formal occasions sometimes require pretty heels. And as I'm just not used to them my feet get quite sore very quickly. So these have been a life saver.
They are not the cheapest, at around £5 a pack they are well worth the money though. They are easily available from drug stores like Boots and Superdrug or if you want a bargain have a look online, they can be found a little cheaper on eBay for example.
These are not just great for your going out type of heels, but also ease the pain in any other type of heels, I for example use them in my boots sometimes. Its a little trickier to get them in properly but once they are in they make any shoe a little comfier, especially if you know you're going to be on your feet all day.
Overall this is another great product from Scholl and I would definitely recommend these.
If you've ever walked yourself a blister on your heel you know how painful and irritating that can be. I often end up with a sore heel as I do a lot of running and sometimes my socks and shoes just don't agree and I end up with a blister. Covering it up with a normal plaster is ok but they can move and come off and don't provide a lot of cushioning.
So I tried out the Compeed blister heel plasters. Compeed makes a lot of different size blister plasters, these are probably the biggest I have used. They stick really well around your heel and don't budge. They provide great cushioning and you can wear any shoes straight away without having to worry they might rub or make the blister worse. You are supposed to leave them on until they fall off which for me is from a couple of days to about 4 days, depending on how active I am. I then like to just give it a day or even better a night to air and if required I pop another one on the next day. Two plasters is normally enough to get it healing enough to then go without.
Also, I find that normally plasters and open heels or sandals are the worst look but with Compeed plasters you can get away with wearing one with open shoes. They are a light white/creamy colour and not as obvious as normal plasters.
A pack of 5 will cost you around £5 in all good drug stores on the high street, this is not the cheapest but I think they are well worth the money. And if you need them more often then buy in bulk online as you can get a good dal.
Overall these are a must for any sore blister, also try the smaller Compeed plasters for smaller blisters, they are just as great.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from the odd cold sore you know how unpleasant they are and that they always pop up when you least need them. So what's the quickest way of getting rid of them? I used to use the cream only and found that it could take up to two weeks to clear. Then a friend of mine recommended the Compeed cold sore patches to me. They come in a pack of 15 and cost around £5. Not cheap but worth the money.
I generally pop one of those on during the day when I'm out and about, at least then it is covered up and even if you touch the area you don't get any dirt into it or spread it even further. I sometimes have to change it during the day although it is supposed to last for up to 15 hours. I just find that the little round patch gets wrinkly and more obvious as the day goes on and you eat and move your mouth. I then tend to air the cold sore overnight and just put the cream on.
With just the cream is goes crusty as you would know, but with the patch it doesn't, I guess it keeps it moist underneath the patch and cant build up the crust. I find that also stops me from wanting to touch it and pick at it. So theres various advantages to the patches, they look neater, you are keeping the area touch free and clean and theres no nee to keep putting the cream on which I often forget during the day.
Overall I would recommend this product and in combination with the cream for overnight it is a great remedy and often clears my cold sore within a week. The only downside is that if you get cold sores in the crack of your mouth then the patches won't stick particularly well.
Everyone is bound to use plasters at least a few times in an average year I would assume. If you have children probably more often. And isn't it annoying when they start peeling off and you have to replace them a lot and if it is a cut on your finger or hand you can't wash your hands properly cause you don't want to get it wet and replace it. This is where the Elastoplast spray plaster comes in handy.
It comes in a spray can, contains 40ml and costs around £6. Its a little cheaper when you buy it online but I think it is an ok price. It is supposed to contain 70 applications but I think it is more like 50 or so. It is available in most drugstores, I think I bought mine from Boots.
You spray it on your cleaned wound from around an inch away and it forms a seal over the wound or cut. It is waterproof so you can wash your hands more easily and it is breathable, which means air can get to it to aid better healing.
I found this really useful for small cuts and wounds, especially if they are on knuckles and in places you can't get a plaster to stick very easily. If it is anything bigger though you are better off with a plaster I find.
Overall I would recommend this to have in your first aid kit at home. Its probably not so handy to carry around, a plaster is much easier to pop in your bag. But for use at home it is great. And if you can get it a little cheaper than on the high street it is definitely worth it.