Tackle those ghoulish health issues this Halloween

Some bodily issues can be pretty unpleasant, but the cure is often quick and easy. Here's how you can tackle them without resorting to necking a goblet of puppy dog's tail broth...

 

Kev had taken full advantage of the samples at Boots' make up counter.Kev had taken full advantage of the samples at Boots' make up counter.

Terrifying Toes

If your feet are more morgue-ready than sandal-ready, it's time to show some much needed TLC. Start by exfoliating feet with Carnation’s Exfoliating Foot Scrub, (£3.29,firstaidfast.co.uk) and then slather on Carnation’s Intensive Foot Cream, (£3.45, chemist.co.uk) to restore your trotters to their former glory.

For more serious problems like creepy corns look no further than Carnation’s Corn Caps (£2.99, superdrug.com), which have been clinically proven by a recent NHS study, to be the most effective and least painful method of removing them. Podiatrist Dave Wain, says that the success of corn caps “is down to the salicylic acid which loosens the “cement” holding the hardened skin together, allowing it to flake away. In addition, it loosens the nucleus to allow clean removal, while the soft felt corn ring relieves pressure from the corn as it heals.’’

Beastly Breath

To keep your breath fresh as a summer breeze, Nutritionist Cassandra Burns recommends us to ‘Eat Crunchy fruit and vegetables such as carrots, apples and celery, as this can help scrape out the plague build-ups that can cause bad breath. Apart from being nutritious and healthy, these crunchy foods can also boost production of saliva, which fights bacteria.”

Sometimes, bad breath could be coming from your gut. If your digestive tract is sluggish and you suffer from bowel problems you are more prone to ‘morning breath’. An imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut, as well as an excess of gas in your body can cause an unpleasant odor. To nip the problem in the bud take probiotics regularly, that will directly target harmful bacteria. Try ProVen’s Probiotics 25 Billion (£13.95, hollandandbarrett.com).

Freaky flatulence

Does the thought of 'dropping one' in a crowded office lift fill you with dread? You don’t have to spend your time at work feeling uncomfortable, nor should you have to blame any stray sounds on a poltergeist!

Not chewing your food properly can also contribute to flatulence. “You should chew each mouthful of food at least 30 times, take smaller bites and put your knife and fork down between bites. Another great trick is to eat with your left hand. Try Quest Enzyme Digest, (revital.co.uk ) which can calmly and discreetly relieve you of wicked wind by aiding effective digestion, so there is no need to call a priest over for an exorcism.– you simply won’t be able to do it quickly,” advises Cassandra.  

Calm unsightly cold sores

Are you avoiding your reflection, because all you can see is a grotesque cold sore standing to attention on your face?

When our immunity is low the cold sore virus is more likely to flare up. “It is important to get plenty of rest and relaxation, and make sure that you have plenty of vitamin C in your body. You should also try to minimise your intake of sugary foods,” Cassandra explains. Alternatively, to snog-proof your lips and avoid looking as though you’ve seen a ghost each time you see yourself, Cassandra recommends “a natural barrier gel such as Zzip! (£12.95, boots.com), as the film-forming gel helps to soothe the pain and prevent the spread of the virus.” 

Dispose of dry skin

Is your freaky flaky skin causing you to feel more zombie each day? Time to give your skin what it needs. Instead of plugging your body with added chemicals, try nourishing natural products. “Natural ingredients are the ones that are derived from environmental sources, with no synthetic compounds. When choosing skincare look for essential oils, which are the most powerful, organic ingredients,” advises  skincare expert Sonja Dymalovski. Nourish deeply with What Skin Needs Skin Balm (£13.99, whatskinneeds.co.uk) with Lemon, Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Ylang Ylang these essential oils will help to get rid of those flakes!

 

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