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Sun protection – chances are you’re getting it all wrong

Most of us know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun. For me, a high sun protection factor is as important as the hotel and I’m more scared of Australia’s cancerous UV rays than I am of its creepy crawlies. For this reason (and because I’m so very white) I never tan, and always fake it. Recently I…
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City pollution is killing your skin. Here’s how to save it.

I lather SPF on my face daily. I cleanse, tone and moisturise even if I’m in a rush, exhausted or drunk. And my skin still sucks. Sound familiar? Apparently I’ve been suffering the effects of air pollution and it seems I’m not alone. Every day, city dweller skin is bombarded with tiny toxic particles, poisonous gases and harmful chemicals which…
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Top ten books for non native English speakers

My Spanish sister-in-law recently asked me to recommend some novels to help improve her level of English. Something easy enough to understand after an exhausting day at work or with the kids, but with sufficient depth to keep her engaged. I’ve had a dig around my book shelves and here are my top ten picks for non native speakers of…
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‘How aromatherapy saved my allergic child’

I’ve known an Expater friend, Maryam, for a few years now. Because I have a few Maryams in my life, I admit to having referred to her as the ‘the one with the really poorly child’. I hate to put people into boxes, all the more based on their children’s health, but Maryam’s first daughter, Zeynah had a rougher start in…
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How to travel with an allergy

My family and I are in Barcelona and really enjoying our time here, although one member is finding it a little tough. My youngest child has a cow’s milk protein allergy and he’s been struggling. Thankfully the Lego his grandmother has been buying him seems to be compensating. Allergic reactions and travel: not a good recipe  Technically my son has…
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