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  1. Kitchen Pharmacy

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    I've always known oats are renowned as an effective treatment for itchy dry skin but have never tried it out (not sure why? ). The traditional way is to run a bath with a muslin bag of oats in the water or held under the tap to create an oat milk bath.

    After a friend came to me yesterday, desperate for a jar of Hand Soother to help her dry, sore hands I reminded her about using olive oil in an emergency and I got to thinking about the other treatments you can find at home. So over the next few days I'm going to try one each day or so and report back giving you an honest view on how effective each one is.

    Today's kitchen pharmacy visit is to the cereal cupboard to try out the oats. oats

    Rather than use them in a bath, I wanted to see how they worked as a quick treatment on my hands. They are feeling dryer than usual at the moment I guess due to the weather and central heating, although not as sore and chapped as my poor friend.

    I took at handful of oats and held them in my hand as I ran warm water over them. Once they felt slightly mushy, I 'washed' my hands with them - messy but actually quite nice (or maybe that's just me!).

    Quick tip - I did this over a sieve to save me picking soggy oats out of the sink afterwards.

    After I rinsed them off my hands felt a lot smoother - this does act as a gentle exfoliator - and soft too. I'd imagine if your hands are feeling sore and chapped, this would be a really soothing treatment.

    So nothing new - but a natural treatment I've known about and never tried. Give it a go if your hands are dry and let me know what you think.

  2. Silky summer legs - it's almost time to ditch the opaques.

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    legsThe sun is out and the inevitable day when you need to bare your pins to the world draws closer! I like to mark the official start of summer by ceremonially banishing my black opaques to the back of the drawer - but before then, there's a little bit of repair work to be done.

    If your legs look like they belong to something in the reptile house, don't despair. Your first step on the way to luscious legs is a body brush. Body brushing is one of those things like flossing - really good for you but sometimes a hard habit to get into. As well as being an excellent exfoliator it stimulates circulation and will improve your skin tone over time.

    Source a brush that isn't too hard if you're new to brushing. Most brushes are made of animal hair so if you're a vegan, search for those made of cactus or sisal. The cactus ones do tend to be much stiffer so go easy when you first start to make sure you don't damage your skin. Brush for a few minutes every morning from toe to hip (yep I know - finding a few spare minutes in our house in the mornings is easier said than done so make this your pre-bedtime routine if that’s easier).

    Next step is exfoliating to slough off the dead skin cells revealing your gorgeous peachy skin underneath! The Peachykeen Body Polish is made from finely ground sugar which means it polishes rather than scrubs your skin - much gentler. Bear this in mind when choosing your exfoliator - especially if you're using it all over your body on skin that is more fragile.

    If you're economising, blend together your own exfoliator with vegetable oil (sunflower/olive - whatever you have in the kitchen) and table salt or caster sugar - you need small granules so don't use sea salt.

    I find that standing in the bath or shower and using the exfoliator on dry skin has the best results. Then wash off the oil as you shower. Oil based body scrubs have the benefit that even after you've washed off the oil, your skin will have the residue and you won't need to moisturise.

    On the days you don't have time to scrub in the shower, apply your moisturiser when your skin is damp. I always opt for an oil based moisturiser – as well as nourishing your skin they’ll give your legs a healthy sheen.

    There you go – a week of this routine will give you pins to be proud of! Fingers crossed for the sunshine now. 

    Let me know if you come across a vegan friendly body brush that isn’t too tough. I’d like to stock them online but it’s proving difficult to find the right brand.