Competition givaway – 3 samples of Grahams Calendulis Plus cream worth £13.95 – Now closed!

Australia’s best-selling natural skincare range of top-to-toe treatments for eczema and sensitive skin conditions was founded from a fathers’ desire to ensure his son did not have to suffer from the debilitating physical and psychological effects of severe eczema, as he had done.


Grahams Calendulis Plus Cream, contains calendula extract, manuka honey and emu oil which all have superior anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and hydrating benefits to nourish and soothe red and inflamed skin and also promote quick healing.

It should be applied 2 or 3 times a day to restore the skin’s protective layer and maximise the skin’s moisture levels.
Stockists:, Grahams Calendulis Plus Cream is £13.95 for 50g.


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Competition – two Lotil kits of products for very dry skin

Lotil has teamed up with Elixir News to offer two readers the chance to win a complete smooth skin kit from Lotil. Each pack is worth over £20. With Eczema Week coming up we thought that this would be the perfect prize to offer, especially if you are a sufferer.


Each pack with include: a 30ml – handy handbag-sized tube; 50ml – tube; a 114ml – jar and a 500ml – extra large container with pump dispenser: a foot cream and a lip balm

Lotil Cream is recommended for use on all dry skin that needs extreme repair and moisturising. It contains powerful emollients that rapidly rehydrate the skin and soften chapped and cracked skin. It also combines a variety of properties to prevent infections and the rich, non-greasy and deeply hydrating formula penetrates quickly for practical use.

Lotil Lip Care is an effective treatment for dry and chapped lips. It contains all the skin moisturising and other benefits of regular Lotil and is perfect for effectively combating sensitive, inflamed and cracked lips.

To win one of the packs please answer the simple question below. To learn more about Lotil click here

Is food sensitivity making you fat? Find out about the ALCAT test


London: Overweight, tired, skin problems and infertility are just some of the symptoms of food intolerence.

Many people suffer from food sensitivities /intolerencewithout knowing it. A food sensitivity is a reaction that you may not notice directly, symptoms may appear days after eating the substance, but it may be responsible for various “minor” illnesses such as chronic fatigue, overweight, chronic inflammation, migraine, arthritis, skin problems, poor mood and attention span, breathing difficulties, gastro-intestinal orders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, sugar cravings, premature ageing, infertility and other conditions. This is different from a true allergy in that the reaction to the offending substance will usually happen immediately.

The ALCAT test examines the reaction of your living blood cells to foods and other substances so that you can tailor your diet for optimum health. This is not a test for true allergies. The IGE/IGG antibody response test is more suited to allergies.

There is a significant difference between the ALCAT test and IgG tests. The ALCAT test analyses the changes in the size (swelling and inflammation) and number of the white blood cells when the whole fresh blood is exposed to the individual test substances. There are many ways (mechanisms) by which the white blood cells’s may be triggered and that result in the release of inflammatory chemicals and the generation of damaging free radicals. IgG antibodies are also often present but block rather than cause reactions. Studies show that the ALCAT test correlates very well with double blind oral challenges with both foods and food additives. IgG does not. New studies show that the ALCAT test also correlates well with cytockine release where the IgG test does not. The consumer watchdog magazine WHICH recently criticised food intolerence tests other than ALCAT – read what they said here WHICH REPORT

The ALCAT test can also be used to screen for a whole host of substances that IgG cannot; such as, food additives and colourings, moulds, environmental chemicals, certain common anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics.

The ALCAT test, requires the patient to give a blood sample and examines the reaction to 100 most common foods costs £199.99(includes VAT).

The Alcat Test is unique. Your Alcat test results are contained in a detailed report of the body’s reaction to 100 common foods and substances including wheat, yeast and dairy. * These are category coded: red (severe intolerance, avoid at all costs for six months), orange (strong intolerance, avoid for 3-6 months), yellow (mild intolerance, avoid for three months/eat on rotation), green (acceptable, eat on rotation).

*The 100 Food Panel includes: Apple, Bakers Yeast, Banana, Barley, Beef, Black Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage,Cantaloupe, Carrot, Casein, Cauliflower, Chicken, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Corn,CottonSeed, Cow’s Milk, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Fructose, Garlic, Gliadin, Gluten, Grape, Green Pea, Lamb, Lemon, Lettuce , Mustard, Oat, Onion,Orange, Peanut, Pear, Pork, Rice, Shrimp, Soybean, Squash, Strawberry,StringBean,Sugar, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Tuna, Turkey, Vanilla, Wheat,White Potato Almond, Asparagus, Avocado, Basil, Blueberry, Brewer’s Yeast,Brussel Sprouts, Candida Albicans, Carob, Cashew, Celery, Cherry, Clam,Coconut, Codfish, Coffee, Crab, Cranberry, Cucumber, Eggplant, Ginger,Goat’s Milk, Grapefruit, Green Pepper, Halibut, Honey, Hops, Lime, Lobster, Millet, Mushroom, Olive, Oregano, Parsley,Peach, Pecan, Pineapple, PintoBean, Plum, Psyllium, Rye, Salmon, Scallop, Sesame, Snapper, Sole, Spinach,Tea, Watermelon, Whey

Why many diets may fail

Even when dieting, the foods you eat may be preventing you from losing weight. Recent information has shed light on why some people will benefit from a diet and others will not. Our immune system reacts to the foods we eat and reactions to particular foods affect each of us differently.

In a study from Baylor Medical College in the US, researchers examined the effects of avoiding offending foods, or what is commonly referred to as “hidden food allergies”, were compared with low calorie dieting. The researchers were not only looking for changes in scale weight, but also a much more important measurement called body composition. Body composition is the ratio of fat to lean tissue. It is an important concern with regard to weight loss because the loss of lean tissue, as opposed to fat, is unhealthy. Lean tissue burns calories, even when you’re not exercising. Loss of lean tissue, rather than fat, can set you up for the yo-yo diet effect.

In order to determine a person’s hidden food allergies the Baylor researchers used a simple blood test, developed by ALCAT. They collected 100 subjects for the study who were having difficulty losing weight. Half of the subjects followed their Alcat test results and ate whatever they wanted as long as it was not indicated by the test as being a problem food. The other fifty subjects restricted their caloric intake, but did not eliminate problem foods indicated by the Alcat test.

Measurements of scale weight and body composition were taken at the beginning of the study and again one month later. The difference between the two groups was startling, 98% of the subjects following the Alcat eating program were successful in either losing weight and/or improving body composition. The calorie restriction group as a whole actually got worse, not necessarily heavier, but they lost more muscle than fat.

To the researchers, this study demonstrated that merely restricting food intake, without eliminating foods that inhibit metabolism, will not enough improve metabolic function necessary for healthy and long lasting weight loss.

Many doctors use the Alcat test as a valuable weight loss tool. Dr. Steven Lamm, author of, Thinner at Last, says, “I have seen the (Alcat) technique work when absolutely nothing else has made the scale budge”.

Even low carb advocates like Dr. Fred Pescatore, the former associate Medical Director of the Atkins Center and author of the bestseller, The Hamptons Diet, says, “I’ve been using the Alcat test in my practice for eight years. No other test is as accurate or useful”.

Listen to Dr Pescatore in this video interview;

When asked why the Alcat test works so well with weight loss, ALCAT states: “The wrong foods cause chronic inflammation which disrupts metabolism. Incompatible foods also disturb brain chemistry, thus causing food cravings. The allergic response also sets the stage for water retention and, for some, digestive disorders. Weight gain is caused by many factors, including our unique ability to metabolize foods. When dieting, each of us needs our own diet.”

The Alcat test can be purchased at

20% discount on new cream for eyelid eczema


Cardiospermum Dry Skin Eye Gel is the first treatment developed specifically for eczema effecting skin around the eye.

This kind of eczema, known as blepharitis, is common in people who suffer from eczema or atopic dermatitis elswehere on their skin, which accounts for approximately 20% of all children, of which 60% continue to suffer symptoms into adulthood – although recent estimates show a rise in the incidence of adult-onset eczema and dermatitis due to harsh chemicals used in many personal care products as well as environmental pollution in inner city areas.

Cosmetics have also been identified by dermatologists as a contributing factor to the rise in particular of eye eczema, due to skin irritants present in many eyeshadows and eyeliners worn daily by millions of women.

Not only is eye eczema irritating and uncomfortable, it is laso very ageing as the skin around the eye looks more wrinkled and creased due to the excessive dryness.

Typical treatment for eczema and atopic dermatitis are corticosteroids creams. However due to the damaging side effects of corticosteroids creams to the skin, use of them on the face is largely discouraged. In particular use of corticosteroids around the eyes can cause other health problems including a high risk of Glaucoma, a serious eye disease as well as discolouration, thinning and spider veins in the delicate skin tissue around the eye, which is why it is mostly recommened not to use corticosteroids on skin near the eyes.

But a new treatment called Cardiospermum Dry Skin Eye Gel is a light natural gel that contains a plant extract of Cardiospermum, which comes from a vine grown mostly in South American regions and both it’s seeds and leaves have been used in traditional medicine for use on eczema and dermatitis. More recently two UK trials and more than 12 published research trials have been carried out on cardiospermum due to its medicinal effects on inflammatory conditions of the skin including eczema and dermatitis. In one recent double blind study carried out in Germany Cardiospermum was found to have a significant anti-inflammatory effect without any side effects.

Dry Skin Eye Gel has been tested on actual eczema sufferers and developed to be an extremely gentle and light formulation suitable for very sensitive, itchy dry skin around the eye. The new treatment delivers the anti-inflammtory anti-itching benefits of the cardiospermum extract without damaging or irritating the delicate skin around the eye and is the first treatment of it’s kind specifically for eczema, dermatitis and dry skin around the eye.

Skin Shop’s Dry Skin Eye Gel containing Cardiospermum is a natural, no-greasy, non-irritating light gel formulation that can be applied daily to dry, itchy inflammed skin around the eye. Dry Skin Eye Gel costs £8.99 for 30ml and is available from or call: 0871 871 9975. To obtain your 20% discount quote ELX04. This offer ends 31 July 2008