the Editor:- "How the Corona Virus pandemic can have an
impact on your skin?"
"A couple of years ago I
was diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis which is a chronic
condition. As the real cause of it is not known the treatment is
based on a good hygiene routine and prevention from possible
irritants such as washing agents, hash chemicals, latex and even
After many years of DO's and DON'T's experiments I have finally
managed to find my own routine of managing flare up's and
then…BOOM! Corona Virus Pandemic happened and ruined everything!
However, it appears I am not the only one dealing with lockdown
More breakouts, acne worse than ever, even that you do not wear
a make up, dry and dull skin, aggravation of Atopic Dermatits,
Contact Dermatits or Rosacea these are just a few to name.
But why?! Well…. It is obvious- we are out of our routine!
Let start with "No make up quarantine look." Most of you think
that this is just doing good to your skin… Well… Yes and no!
When we do not wear a
make up, we tend to touch our skin more often and there is a 50%
chance that you are doing it right now! Am I right?
No make up on = nothing to wash off? Washing your face
thoroughly is as important as washing your hands for 30 sec.
There is still a plenty of sebum, dirt, pollutions, and dry skin
to wash off. If you will skip your morning and evening washing
routine, you skin pores will become blocked and cause breakouts.
You may also consider a gently exfoliation once a week and a
moisturizer twice a day.
Considering that our daily routines have drastically changed and
no one get ready for work the "2020 lockdown look" trends are:
hair up, a few lashes hanging on, bushy and faded brows no make
up on and of course mask and gloves on. While wearing a mask and
gloves can cause breakouts on you jowl line and Dermatitis flair
up's on you hands, if you are anything like me you just don't
feel pretty in that look and it can influence your self esteem,
cause anxiety and of top of that you have been feeling the
stress of this situation and your worries can actually take a
physical impact on your skin.
Stress cause a chemical response and increase Cortisol (hormone)
production in our body which can lead to increasing sebaceous
glands activity and produce more oil. More oil can make your
skin more prone to acne and breakouts.
Stress can also cause inflammation in our body and make skin
problems worse. Stress can aggravate Psoriasis, Rosacea and
In case no one have told you that today...
"YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL the way you are."
So be kind to yourself, appreciate little things, go for a walk,
get some Vit D, take a relaxing bath, and apply hydrating mask
on. Feeling better already?
Last, but not least, I would like to highlight, is a change in
our diet. And even that some of our favourite places are closed
now you might have few more glasses of wine than usual and one
or two or maybe even the whole package of biscuits and you may
not drink enough of water too.
That can make your skin look dull, fell dry and dehydrated or
even cause breakouts.
Drinking water and eating healthy food is crucial right now.
Food rich in Omega 3, 6, 9 (fish, sea food), fruits, oranges,
strawberries, bananas, green vegetables, like spinach, kale,
cucumber. Try to avoid chocolate, fast food, food high in GI and
GL. It will help your skin look radiant and glowing again.
Remember this difficult time will pass and we will be back to
our good routine soon." Aleksandra, Skin Expert,
Coco Beauty Clinic, Southport.
for food charities to provide meals for those in need
Paymentshield and Defaqto have teamed up with mental health
charity Mind for this year's National Conversation Week. The
awareness week aims to get people talking in a bid to improve
the nation's wellbeing, at a time when people are facing
unprecedented challenges and are separated from each other.
Through safe conversations via phone, video conferencing, or any
other socially distant method, people can bring comfort and take
care of each other during the current tough times. National
Conversation Week reminds the public to get in touch, and
encourages creative ways to connect with:- friends, family,
neighbours, acquaintances, online communities, and
professionals, to give and receive much needed support.
In particular, National Conversation Week hopes to encourage
conversations about money, to tackle financial worries. A recent
YouGov study of over 1000 GB adults, commissioned by
Paymentshield, revealed that finances were the single biggest
concern when asked to select from a list of 7, with 32% of
respondents admitting that money is the thing that worries them
the most; ranking higher than work, family, friends, fitness,
housework, and hobbies. This is likely to have increased
following the outbreak of Coronavirus, with many people facing
additional financial difficulty and uncertainty.
Financial worries have a huge impact on mental health, and
talking to someone about the situation can be very helpful.
Shockingly, Paymentshield's research discovered that 41% of
people rarely ask for financial advice when they need it.
According to financial experts at Paymentshield, during periods
of financial uncertainty, people tend to consider their
outgoings and can be tempted to make risky financial decisions
based purely on cost alone. Seeking the help of professionals is
especially recommended during these periods, to avoid them being
left vulnerable, for example if they cancel an insurance policy
and are no longer protected, or swap to a cheaper policy without
understanding how to avoid being stung by compulsory excess
fees. National Conversation Week raises awareness of the
benefits of talking to financial advisers, so that people can
have a better understanding of what they can do if their
circumstances have changed.
As part of the awareness week, free resources and information
have been released. This includes mental health information from
Mind, which is National Conversation Week's charity partner for
the 2nd year in a row.
Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind says:- "The
Coronavirus outbreak will have a long term impact on our
economy; we're likely to see another recession as the nation
attempts to get back on its feet. We know there is a strong link
between issues like debt, unemployment, poor housing and poor
mental health. So, it stands to reason that factors like job
insecurity, unemployment, low paid work and redundancy could
have a knock on impact on mental health. Unfortunately, we know
these kinds of factors disproportionately affect people who have
existing mental health problems. That's why it's important that
financial support and support with wider social issues are there
for people when they need it. Speaking about these issues and
asking for help may seem daunting, but sharing your worries can
be a real relief and is often the first step in getting the help
you need. We're supporting National Conversation Week in the
hope that it will encourage people to speak to a friend, family
member, or another trusted individual about how you're feeling."
Jennifer Ripley, Head of Marketing at Paymentshield, said:-
"We might not be able to see each other face to face, but
that doesn't mean that conversations have to stop. We know that
right now is a particularly worrying and challenging time,
especially with so much uncertainty, and whilst people are cut
off from their usual support networks. It's more important than
ever before that we stay in touch, especially when it comes to
financial conversations. Money is one of the biggest
contributors to poor mental health. We're calling on the nation
to keep the conversation going; from video calls with a
financial expert, to a chat with grandparents; and support each
Independent financial research company Defaqto is also
supporting this year's National Conversation Week. Its
independent comparison tool can be used alongside conversation
to gain a better understanding of the overall value and quality
of a financial product. To mark the start of the week,
Paymentshield has also launched an online quiz to help people
find out more about their financial personality, and how
conversation could benefit them. The annual awareness week,
founded by Paymentshield, is now in its fourth year. National
Conversation Week 2020 takes place from 11 May to 17 May 2020.
For more information, resources and advice, or ways to get
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Total UK cases
COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and
SINCE late January 2020
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United Kingdom and we
are still all at risk. This weekend the NHS has said:-
"Thanks to your sacrifices, social distancing is working. But if
we stop now, we risk increasing the spread of Coronavirus."
On 9 Mat 2020, we learned that the number of Hospital
patients that have died in the UK after testing positive for
Coronavirus has risen by 346, taking the total now to 31,587.
The Department of Health said the that number of COVID-19
infections has gone up by 3,896, taking the over all total to
215,260. In England, the number now stands at 134,975 confirmed
cases, with the North West of England, having 22,148 of those
confirmed cases. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases
within the following Local Authorities, in and around the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,504 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 858 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,105 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 696 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 343 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,119 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 907 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,018 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,302 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 951 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 673 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 962 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 881 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 648 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 633 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 531 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 915 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 357 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
09/05/2020. Last updated 4.06pm GMT. UK total includes cases
detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by
commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of
the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests
carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs)..
UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing
(tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does
not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only
include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 9 May 2020 Video