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Skin / Face Wrinkles & anti ageing treatments Vampire facial (PRP) for ultimate fresh & glowing skin Botox / Dermal fillers BOOK YOUR FREE CONSULTATION CALL: 01204 770600 Dr. Bilal Malik Registered NHS doctor with extensive experience in emergency medicine and aesthetics. Offering the latest cutting edge aesthetics procedures with complete aftercare. 1st Floor Crompton Health Centre 501 Crompton Way Bolton, BL1 8UP | Bolton Dementia Support Charity No: 1123776 Company Limited by Guarantee: 9857601 Why not join us for an evening of entertainment and refreshments: Call Alison Lowe today on: 01204 386696 /BoltonDementiaSupport @BoltonDementia @ BoltonDementia We have our Community Outreach worker who supports the person living with Dementia and their Carer. Anybody can refer into the service. 6-8 sessions can be offered with a program to suit the needs of both parties. VOLUNTEER WITH US We are always looking for volunteers to help out at our cafes and groups as well. Please get in touch if you have a few hours to spare. We also have a Carers support group each Tuesday morning from 10:30am-12pm at the Thicketford Centre, Thicketford Rd, Tonge Moor BL2 2LW We are a local charity supporting people living with dementia and their carers/family. We hold 3 memory cafes each week: Monday: 2pm to 4pm, New – Splash Academy, Crown Street, Bolton BL1 2RU Tuesday: 2pm to 4pm, Horwich RMI Club, Chorley New Road BL6 5NH Wednesday: 2pm to 4pm, Bar Lane Bowling Club, Ivy Bank Road BL1 7JH Last Thursday of each month: St Gregory’s Social Club, Farnworth BL4 8AG How to stop your nails breaking in winter Keep your nails looking strong and healthy with these top tips, says Katie Wright TRYING to keep your nails from breaking is difficult at any time of year, but in winter, it’s al- most impossible. During the cold months the el- ements combine to dry out your nails and make them more brit- tle, flaky and prone to chips than usual - it’s particularly annoying when you want your nails to look pretty for party season. The good news is, there are several ways to counteract the effects of the cold - and we don’t just mean getting back to back gel manicures. Here, Carla Opoku, founder of cruelty free and vegan nail brand Cienna Rose shares seven top tips to strengthen your nails in winter. 1. Hydrate with an oil “We use oils on our face, body and hair so why not use them on your nails too? “Cuticle oils hydrate the cuticle, skin and nail area and as they penetrate deeper, are great at giving brittle nails and dry skin a mega moisture boost.” Barry M Nail Shot Avocado, £3.99, Superdrug 2. Don’t forget your base coat “Always wear a base coat even What to do if you’re worried about SAD AUTUMN has arrived and it al- ready feels like we’re heading into the depths of winter. With the annual ritual of putting the clocks back too, it’s easy to feel a bit gloomy about the darker evenings to come. For around 6% of the UK popu- lation though, the onset of winter brings ‘major depressive episodes’ that can be extremely debilitating, making keeping up everyday tasks very difficult. Far from being just a touch of ‘winter blues’, seasonal affective disorder - otherwise known as SAD - is a form of clinical depres- sion that has a clear pattern, oc- curring at the same time each year during winter. “People with SAD regularly feel low in mood during the win- ter season, but recover during the summer,” says LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Anshu Kaura, (lloyds- . “You might notice a loss of pleasure or interest in normal activities, feeling irritable, worth- less, guilty or in despair, a lack of energy or lethargy during the day, and struggling to get up in the mornings.” if you don’t have time for a full on manicure. “Applying a hydrat- ing and strengthening base coat can prevent nails from peeling and becoming weak but make sure you use a natural for- mula without any harsh chemicals.” Cienna Rose In- ner Strength Nail Hardener Treatment Base Coat, £10.50 3. Try a nail mask “ Tr a n s f o rm tired and brit- tle nails while you sleep with a treatment such as the the Cien- na Rose Over- night Success Revival Mask. “Combining a synthetic crystal- line protein that’s super effective at rehydrating and seaweed, a brilliant source of vitamins, min- erals and antioxidants, along with pro vitamin B5. “Simply paint the treatment onto nails at night and let it work its magic. Rinse clean in the morn- ing with water and voila, healthy and revitalised nails.” Cienna Rose Overnight Success Revival Mask, £10 4. Give your nails a break “We all love shiny salon style nails, however gel manicures can really dry out the nails. “So, take a much-needed break from the gels once in a while and give yourself a pretty DIY mani.” Mavala Scientifique K+ Nail Hardener, £14.85, John Lewis 5. Exfoliate regularly “Nails have layers of dead cells that become dehydrated and damaged. “Exfoliation helps buff away build-up of dead skin and maintain strength and good health. “Massage a scrub on the surface of your nails in gentle circular motions to smooth and bright- en beds.” 6. Boost your B vitamins “ B u m p y , ridged nail beds are not a pretty sight and could be caused by a vitamin deficiency. “Try increasing your vitamin B9 intake, otherwise known as folic acid, which helps repair cells and promote overall nail health. “Also try boosting your diet with foods like beans and wholegrains that are rich in fo- lic acid.” Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Care Base Coat, £10.72, Amazon 7. Ditch the acetone “Acetone packed nail polish removers can be very harsh on nails and can instantly dry them out, leading to splitting and peel- ing, so go acetone-free. Seasonal affective disorder is a lot more complex than just mourning the end of summer and being a bit glum. Liz Connor finds out more While only a small percentage of the population suffer with chronic and very debilitating SAD, experts believe many more of us may suf- fer mild effects of the disorder during the winter months; a case of the winter blues that can’t be remedied simply by supping on a pumpkin spice latte or listening to Christmas songs. There are lots of different ideas about why SAD occurs, but evi- dence seems to point towards lack of sunlight being a trigger for some people. Less daylight hours in win- ter means the body produces more of the sleep hormone melatonin, which can cause lethargy and symptoms of depression. What can I do to combat it? 1. Try getting more daily exercise Kaura explains “If you experi- ence SAD, lifestyle changes like regular exercise and getting as much sunlight as possible (for example trying to take at least a 20-minute walk outside every lunchtime) can make all the dif- ference.” Other behavioural habits - like making your workspace light and airy and sitting near windows when you’re indoors - can have a positive effect on your overall mood too. 2. Consider your light exposure and vitamin D intake The power of vitamin D shouldn’t be underestimated. “In the UK, winter sunlight fromOcto- ber to early-March doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation for our skin to make vitamin D,” says Kaura. “During these months, we rely on getting vitamin D from food sourc- es, such as oily fish, red meat and egg yolks.” However, the NHS suggests everyone in the UK should take a vitamin D supplement during winter, and vitamin D deficiency is fairly widespread, which can impact on your health in a number of ways. “You should speak to your GP if you suspect you may be defi- cient and they can perform a sim- ple test,” says Kaura. There’s tech that can help too. “You could also consider using a sunrise lamp to stimulate exposure to sunlight, known as light thera- py,” says Kaura. Lamps such as a Beurer TL20 SAD Lamp (£54.99, available from LloydsPharma- cy), simulate natural daylight to help regulate your sleep and wake hormones. 3. Manage your diet When we’re feeling tired and rundown, it’s easy to reach for sug- ary foods like chocolate, cakes and biscuits to boost our blood sugar levels, but dietitian Helen Bond says the energy boost will be short- lived. “It’s much better to go for health- ier choices, which will give us a lon- ger lasting source of energy, such as fruit, nuts and seeds, yogurt and oat cakes. Also, when we are tired and sleep-deprived, our lev- els of the hunger hormone ghrelin surge, which makes us crave these high sugary, fatty foods which will not give us sustained energy,” she adds. “It won’t help feed our gut microbes, too - which is a double whammy for our energy levels.”