THE CREAM CREATING A BUZZ
A reader who has had eczema flare-ups around both eyes for 12 years writes that Dr Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream (€10.10, hollandandbarrett.com) calmed the red inflamed rings within a day. ‘I applied it three times over nine hours. By the next day, the swelling and redness had substantially reduced, which has never happened so quickly.’ A prescription hydrocortisone cream often made the condition worse or, at best, gave only temporary relief. Dr Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream also contains aloe vera and other skin-soothing ingredients. DEFICIENCY OF IODINE, a nutrient needed for the production of thyroid hormones, affects nearly 70 per cent of teenage girls, according to a study by the British Thyroid Association. As well as thyroid dysfunction, iodine deficiency can affect fertility, pregnancy and normal growth in children. Your body cannot make iodine, so it has to come from your diet. One rich source is seaweed and my family like snacking on nutrient-packed, calorie-light crispy Itsu Seaweed Thins (€1.50 per pack, nourish.ie).