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THE MAYO NEWS 33

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

A few steps to looking Make red veins vanish, your very best for good

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James Geraghty WANT to slim down, glow with health and look your best? There are a few tricks to help you on your way. Firstly, substitute white for brown; ditch white bread and white pasta and opt instead for healthy wholegrains. Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will also help, and not just your waist, they’re great for skin too. And chicken and fi sh are good substitutes for fatty meats. If you want a helping hand, you could try a Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) supplement. HCA is derived from malabar tamarind, a native fruit of southern India and scientists believe it can help with weight loss by blocking the enzyme responsible for converting excess carbohydrates and protein into fat. Take one 500mg capsule three times a day before each meal, bearing in mind that the effects of HCA are enhanced by following a low-fat diet! We’ve also had some excellent results with Organic Cleavers, with some women dropping two dress sizes in only a few months. A grass-like tincture, Cleavers helps to support and cleanse the lymphatic system, a complex network of f luid-filled nodes, vessels, ducts and glands that bathe our cells and carry our body’s waste material away from the tissues to neutralize it.

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ing through them in a thread formation, which is visible through the epidermal layers. The blood cannot f low back into the skin’s general vascular system, so it becomes trapped and stagnant – and causes those unsightly little red dots and lines.

TREATMENT WHEN you look in the mirror are them some unwanted friends staring back at you, reminding you that you are getting older? Red veins are a common complaint, and they can tug on your self confidence. For many women, covering up these unsightly blemishes is a tedious part of their everyday beauty regime. Men just put up with them, and probably secretly curse them.

CAUSES This capacity to deal with toxins and decrease congestion and inflammation in the tissues also makes it a popular choice for cellulite and puffy skin, which is often the result of a sluggish or overburdened lymphatic system. If you are prone to the dreaded dimple, body brushing can also help to improve circulation and detoxification. And to help your skin really sparkle, try Viridian Nutrition’s 100 per cent Organic Ultimate Beauty Oil, an excellent source of essential fats for spot-free skin – it’s delicious drizzled over food, or if skin is feeling

particularly dry, you have any scars, stretch marks or uneven skin tone, their Organic Ultimate Beauty Skin Repair Oil with nourishing rosehip oil for topical use. A little goes a long way, so apply sparingly! > JAMES GERAGHTY is the managing director of the Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy Group. He has a degree in biochemistry and pharmacy, as well as 15 years’ experience of the health industry. A huge believer in the importance of exercise and wellbeing, he regularly lectures to active retirement and special interest groups around the county.

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RED veins most commonly appear on the cheeks and nose. They are the result of capillary damage that causes thread veins and blood spots. They are most common on fragile skin. Exposure to harsh elements, rough daily treatment and using the wrong products also increase the likelihood of their appearance. Normally positioned in the dermal layers of the skin, the small capillaries dilate (expand) and rupture onto the surface skin cells, seep-

THE individual vessels can be cauterised. This means treating the trapped blood in between the layers of the skin with tiny amounts of shortwave diathermy current. After the treatment, the skin might appear to be scaly or discoloured, but this tends to disappear with time. Red vein treatment is not advised for people with suntanned skin or coloured skin, however. You should also do your best to avoid red-vein treatment if you have skin infections or cold sores near the area to be treated, or if you are undergoing an acne treatment. Your skin care specialist would be best to advise you on a suitable regime. > BERNIE FAHY has over 19 years’ experience as a skin specialist. She works in Ballinrobe and Galway, and can be contacted at 086 2220125, at living@mayonews. ie or through her website, www.bernietheskinspecialist. com.


wedding day health advice from JAmes Geraghty of Molloys Pharmacy