Pure potions skin salvation

A rich and steroid-free treatment for eczema, that doesn't leave a sting

£6.30, 30ml
£11, 60ml
£16.50, 120ml (£14.50 if you buy three jars or more)

Stockists: www.purepotions.co.uk, tel: 01273 623123

Launched: October 2002
Ingredients:

* produced under organic standards
 
*Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beeswax,
*Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil,
*Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil,
Aqua (Water), Alcohol (from tinctures),
*Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract,
*Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,
*Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract,
*Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract

I use this every day on my daughter’s now, mercifully, diminishing patches of eczema. It’s a steroid free salve, extremely rich and easy to apply. By that I mean it’s already soft (but, crucially when you’re dealing with children, manageable) and it doesn’t sting on application; it’s instantly soothing. This is important because there are some natural eczema creams out there that do help, but they sting when you first put them on, and this just causes more stress for babies and children. Skin Salve can be applied on any sort skin patch: elbows, knees etc, but it really excels in treating eczema.

I’m not going to pretend it cures eczema, because so far no one knows what causes it, let alone what can cure it. But it really helps soothe, and we use it every day in conjunction with the very occasional use of hydrocortisone cream for when the eczema gets too itchy.

Annalisa Barbieri was in fashion PR for five years before going to the Observer to be fashion assistant. She has worked for the Evening Standard and the Times and was one of the fashion editors on the Independent on Sunday for five years, where she wrote the Dear Annie column. She was fishing correspondent of the Independent from 1997-2004.
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UK election results: your guide to what's happened so far

Everything you need to know about the local and regional elections.

Scotland

  • To little surprise, the SNP will be staying in government at Holyrood as the largest party by an overwhelming margin.
  • Nicola Sturgeon’s party looks set to narrowly lose its majority, yet given that the electoral system intentionally militates against majority governments, that shouldn’t be an enormous shock.
  • It was a dreadful night for Scottish Labour. Despite winning Edinburgh Southern from the SNP, the party has almost certainly slipped into third place behind the Scottish Conservatives. Kezia Dugdale, the party’s sixth leader in 8 years, vowed to carry on as party leader.
  • The Conservatives, wiped out north of the border in 1997 and barely ever a force in Holyrood since 1999, are now the assembly’s main opposition. Ruth Davidson, the party’s leader, won a constituency seat in Edinburgh from the SNP. The party also took Eastwood, long a Labour stronghold – perhaps hinting at broader problems for the Labour party nationwide with Jewish voters.
  • The Liberal Democrats are not dead yet. Willie Rennie, whose campaign highlights included being interviewed in front of a pair of romping pigs and launching his manifesto in a soft play area, took the seat of North East Fife from the SNP, while his party also held seats in the Scottish islands comfortably.

 

Wales

  • Labour remains the largest party, albeit probably in a minority, and should govern alone fairly comfortably.
  • Leighton Andrews, a long-serving member of the Welsh government, was unexpectedly defeated by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood in his Rhondda constituency.
  • The Conservatives failed to make significant gains, with party sources blaming the row over Port Talbot’s steel.
  • UKIP won its first seats in the assembly, picking up at least 4 assembly seats through the list, including former Kent MP Mark Reckless – with disgraced former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton also expected to win a seat later on.
  • Labour retained the Ogmore seat at Westminster in a by-election, with UKIP in seco nd place.

 

England

  • Labour have become the first opposition party to lose seats in midterm elections since 1985 – when Neil Kinnock’s Labour Party still lost fewer seats than the Conservative government.
  • That said, the party’s results were probably not quite as bad as some feared – the party retained control of Crawley and Southampton, though lost Dudley to no overall control.
  • The Conservatives gained some council seats, taking control of Peterborough council, but losing Worcester to no overall control.
  • UKIP became the joint-largest party on Thurrock council, drawing level with the Conservatives – and missed out on taking a further seat from the Conservatives by just 1 vote.
  • Labour won the Sheffield Brightside by-election, with UKIP in second place.
  • Joe Anderson won re-election as Mayor of Liverpool with more than 50 per cent of the vote.

 

London

  • The count for London Mayor and the Greater London Assembly began at 8am, with the result expected to be announced in the late afternoon.
  • Campaigners on all sides predicted record low turnout. 

Henry Zeffman writes about politics and is the winner of the Anthony Howard Award 2015.