Dear Doctor, Is BB cream better than foundation?

What is the worst thing about being on holiday? For me it’s sunscreen on my face. Ok maybe a bit dramatic, but it’s sticky, oily and gives me spots!

We all know we should protect our skin from harmful UV rays, but we also want to look good on our snapchat stories and in photos!

I know there are some good facial sunscreens out there but a lot come with decent price tags too!

Even for everyday use, do we really need to be using full coverage foundations that don’t have any extra benefits of SPF or moisturiser?

I came across the Garnier BB creams before a holiday last year. I have had a lot of compliments on my skin since, so I thought I would share my secret. Read the full blog post for my review.


Dear Doctor, I missed my pill!

For anyone that is on the contraceptive pill and has forgotten to take one, or anyone on the pill that has yet to manage this state of panic… Today’s post is for all you pill takers. Bookmark this page and come back to it if it happens to you.


Dear Doctor, I’m sweating buckets… help!

Let’s be honest, sweat is an issue for most of us. But for many unlucky people, it’s a real problem and that’s for guys as well as girls. There is a name for being very sweaty, hyperhidrosis. We are talking April showers in the middle of July, out of control sweating on your face, hands, chest, back, feet and armpits.

I want to talk today about what could be causing excess sweating and how you can manage it to avoid those dreaded sweat patches….


Dear Doctor, Should I use coconut oil as mouthwash?

I love coconut but coconut oil … solid coconut oil… gross! Well, at least at first it was. A hard lump of oil, that doesn’t melt in the mouth quickly, is like the fruit pastille challenge! Anyone remember that advert? But back to coconut oil, I have heard lots of people rave about it’s benefits for oral hygiene, fresher breath and teeth whitening. I’ll admit the prospect of a natural solution to whiter teeth is what really got me interested. So, I decided to give it a try.

From what most people on the internet tell me, the method is fairly simple. First thing in the morning you take a spoonful of coconut oil, put it in your mouth, chew until it melts and swish it around for 20 minutes. Then you spit it out, don’t swallow and don’t spit it in to the sink as it can solidify in the drain. Seems simple enough, right?

Coconut oil is the recommended choice because it is high in lauric acid. Lauric acid is known for its antimicrobial properties, in particular it inhibits Streptococcus Mutans that are the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay. The theory is the longer you rinse the oil around your mouth, the more bacteria are pulled free. Recent studies have also shown the benefit of coconut oil in the prevention of tooth decay, although limited research is available.

So what did I find? Well, after the first time I tried oil pulling, my teeth felt cleaner and smoother. After a week, my mouth felt healthier in general and did look very slightly whiter. After the month, my teeth are much less sensitive and feel cleaner but in all honesty they aren’t whiter.

My final review is… oil pulling is good for you. It isn’t a replacement for your normal dental care. You still need your twice daily toothbrushing with toothpaste and flossing. However, as an extra step I think it’s definitely got a role to play in removing stubborn bacteria, stopping that same bacteria from decaying teeth and being ingested into the body.

Will I continue? Yes I think I will! Realistically not daily, but twice weekly I think I can manage!

Dear Doctor, I think my Grandma has Dementia… part two

So we are a year or two into the dementia drama now. (Read part 1 first if you haven’t already). We still didn’t know how best to handle my Grandma and it was hard, but not as hard as what was to come. If only we had known what to expect and how to act with her, those precious months could have been so different….


Dear Doctor, I think my Grandma has Dementia?

Today is cupcake day with Alzheimer’s society! Today is also the day I talk about my experience of Alzheimer’s disease. We all have elderly relatives who have become more forgetful or confused but Alzheimer’s is more than just getting old. It can completely take your loved ones away from you right in front of your eyes. I remember when my Grandma started to show signs of Alzheimer’s I was in College at the time…