Introducing guest blogger Sinéad Gormley
Currently based in Barcelona, Sinéad Gormley is an Irish twenty something year old writer, who is passionate about natural skincare and eating the right foods for a healthy complexion. Sinéad's blog, Skindividual, which was started almost a year ago, is filled with a multitude of natural skincare tutorials, as well as a host of delicious and healthy skin loving recipes.
I can't get enough of avocados recently! They're such an amazing food to include in your diet, but did you know they can also be used on your skin? Avocados are so versatile and can be used as a simple, natural and affordable beautifying treatment at home.
How will applying avocado onto my skin help?
By Kofi Dwinfour
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” The Buddha
In previous blog posts, I have written about how SDBM founder Shabana Islam opened my eyes to the issue of skin disease. My question to you is will you light the way for others? Will you share your story so that they can know that they are not alone?
By Kofi Dwinfour
Many skin disease patients find that they are given multiple items on their prescriptions for their treatment. The cost can soon mount up. One chronic skin disease patient found that she was paying more than £200 per month for her prescription. This was more than she spent on food! However, there is a way in which you can cut the cost of your prescriptions.
By Kofi Dwinfour
Three members of Parliament (MP) and a member of the House of Lords have publicly expressed their support for SKIN DEEP and the work the charity is doing. They are:
Baroness Masham of Ilton; Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough; John Pugh, MP for Southport; and Karl McCartney JP, MP for Lincoln.
By Kofi Dwinfour
What is a disability? Who decides, more pertinently, how do these people decide? What factors are considered, and are the deciders influenced by third party forces. All weighty questions and I pose them with a purpose. There is an election coming and everybody is gearing up to shape the agenda. Everybody wants to ‘influence the national conversation’. Looks like health, specifically the state of the NHS, will be a key battleground. Endless claim and counter claim. Promises of more money, which the other side will say is a chimera, a feat of prestidigitation. Accusations of creeping privatisation that will be vehemently denied. Amid all this noise, who is speaking up for skin disease sufferers and their carers?
(Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain)
If you really are what you eat, then my New Year’s Resolution is to become a Rainbow.
We are all being actively encouraged to eat more fruit and veg. Although the current recommended daily intake is five a day, many nutritionists insist this is nowhere near enough and we really should be aiming for at least 10 a day! A daunting prospect for some (particularly for those of you with fussy little eaters!). In an ideal world this should be 5/10 differently coloured fruit and veg to gain the most benefit from all that Mother Nature has seen fit to provide us with.
This unfolding year is full of promise and possibilities for us at SDBM. We are well into the planning of our inaugural Annual Masquerade Ball, Fashion Show & Art Exhibition (fresh new webpage coming soon!). As exciting as the Ball is for all of us, I am mindful that we still face the same old challenges of raising awareness of the plight of skin disease sufferers.
They say it’s good to talk. I was noodling on my laptop and my mum suddenly loomed over my shoulder. I was on skinawareness.org just checking that things were working properly. She asked me how things were going with SDBM. I nonchalantly replied “ok”. Then, to my great surprise, she started telling me something she had never told me before. It was as if she was revealing a great secret.
Recently I was talking with Shabana Islam (founder of SDBM). After some pleasant chitchat Shabana started giving me a bit of a Spanish Inquisition (nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition). After some brave stalling, I finally relented. I admitted to her that before I met her and got involved with SDBM, I was ignorant about skin disease and how it affects the lives of sufferers. I had no idea about the severity of the physical pain. I was embarrassed.
In a previous blog post I wrote about the joy of giving by volunteering. Since then I am delighted to welcome some amazing new volunteers here at SKIN DEEP Behind the Mask. I am truly astounded by the generosity of these wonderfully talented people. In this post, I should like to shine a spotlight on one in particular. Kimberly Kriss joins us a journalist/writer. Kimberly’s stellar career has seen her drive the direction of some of the world’s leading brands.