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Common skin complaints and how to manage them

Elle Fox, f rom the College of Naturopathic Medicine, advises on the best ways to look after your skin

The largest organ in the body, with a surface of over 22m2 and weight of over 2.7kg, our skin is more than just a ‘covering’. Its functions include heat regulation, protection, absorption, excretion, circulation, vitamin D production, immunity and sensory (touch, pressure, pain and temperature). It has an intimate relationship with the intestines and the lungs (it is regarded as the third lung), protects us from and interfaces with the world around us.

The body can push toxins onto the skin via the blood circulation, sweating and sebaceous secretions. It can produce callosities (to protect itself from repeated friction or trauma), blisters, rashes, swellings, cracks and issures and a whole host of other symptoms.

On the mental, emotional and spiritual level, skin represents our connection with the world, our relationship with intimacy, closeness and comfort and issues with incarnation. Expressions like “I jumped out of my skin”, “I’m not comfortable in my skin”, “he brings me out in a rash”, ofer an insight into how we feel about and deal with life and survival.

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Would you love to be a better vegan baker? Look no further as the August issue of Vegan Food & Living is here to help. It's packed with ideas for the perfect vegan afternoon tea from one brioche that can be made into both sweet and savoury treats to macarons, mini Swiss rolls, mini sandwiches and more. Also this issue we show you how to make your own cheese, get creative with tofu and try out raw recipes. Plus we have a selection of homemade ice creams that will mean you'll never go back to readymade once you've tried them. If that's not enough, we also share top tips for reducing your food waste, reveal how to give your diet a skin-friendly mot and check out slow living for busy people.