Best body moisturizing cream!

I’ve found a body moisturizing cream that is my favorite of all times!


Earlier, I was a little afflicted by dry skin and mild eczema at my legs during the winter period. Even though I always used a moisturizer after showering, bathing, etc, it didn’t quite disappear. But then I started to use a moisturizer with carbamide, which is an ingredient found in the skin naturally that binds moisture and reduces the loss of it. It is called Canoderm, and contains 5% of the active substance carbamide. The oil content in this cream is 22%, which is quite comfortable. It’s not too sticky!


After I started to use this, I have not had a single point of eczema this winter actually. And the dry skin is gone. The cream really protects the skin and prevents it from drying out.

Although this is a good product, be aware of not applying it to open wounds – it may create a sting. In addition, use a mild body wash as well, because soaps may really dry out your skin. Happy winter!


A visit to Rome

This new years eve I was in Rome, well it was for a short week actually. I really enjoyed the city, and the people there are so lively and alive!

The public transport is very modern there, but the traffic is horrible though. And if you are crossing any pavements, be sure to be self-confident – the car drivers won’t stop for you if not. We visited Rome for 5 days, and really had a good time. Here’s a review with pictures.


Day 1 – Just visited the city and looked for the typical tourist attractions, like the parliament (1), the Pantheon church (2) and the Trevi fountain (3).


Day 2 – We went to the Vatican state and had a guided tour. It almost filled the whole day, so the Vatican’s really worth prioritizing if you’re going to the area. There was a huge amount of people that day, and the lines were endless. For approximately 50 euros we got to skip the line, which was quite nice. Although practical, you really need to follow the group and can’t really use the time you want to see the attractions. It was a little stressful, but If there’s a day with a lot of guests, I would recommend it. If not, you should go by yourself.

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Day 3 – We went to a shopping mall outside the city called Porta di Roma. It was huge, and had a lot of interesting stores, with both italian and international brands. It took about an hour with bus, and you could see a lot on the way too. We also went to a smaller shopping mall in the city of Rome, although the stores were few.


Day 4 – A trip to Naples. We took a 3 hour-long bus tour to see Naples the fourth day, which is a smaller seaport known for its amazing pizza. Although interesting, it wasn’t that much to see actually, but the shopping locations were great and the pizza was quite amazing. The first thing we did was of course to visit “the Incurability pharmacy and hospital museum”. We saw a lot of tools and medicines used during the wars among other things.


Day 5 – New years eve and a visit to Colosseum. The fireworks near Colosseum was awesome that night, and a lot of people showed up. This day, most restaurants were open, which is not the case here in Norway.


Book review: Sophie’s world

During the Christmas holiday, I read a famous book of the norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder: “Sophie’s world”.

Shortly summarized the story is about a young girl who takes a philosophy course arranged by an old philosopher. Almost all of the famous philosophers from the year 1000 – 2000 is covered, which was quite interesting. Each of them is properly covered, and the content is carefully selected with the most important. The story also tells us about the girl’s everyday life, which is a bit boring I might add. The book contains about 500 pages, and I think that’s a little too long – some of the everyday story could be skipped, I believe.

It has also been made a movie based on the book, I haven’t seen it yet, but perhaps I will later.

On a scale from 1 – 10, I would give the book a 7.


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Big horn steak house review

So me and my colleagues had a Christmas party this weekend, and we went to Big horn steak house here in Oslo (Aker brygge). The food and the atmosphere was lovely.

I started with a caesar salad. It was quite tasteless, unfortunately, and the dressing was too.

The main course was tenderloin with gratinated potatoes with garlic. The beef was perfect, medium grilled and quite tender. I got plenty of gravy, and the elements were placed elegantly on the plate.


The dessert was also impeccable. We ordered chocolate fondue with caramel flavour. The fondue was soft and creamy on the inside.


It was such a pleasant evening, and I really liked the quality of the food at Big horn steak house, except the starter though.

Antibiotics – part 1



Various infections are going round these days, and people are picking up antibiotics at our pharmacy quite often. In this article, I will inform you about the different groups of antibiotics, and things you need to know while using one of them.


First of all, penicillin

Examples include Apocillin, Amoxicillin, Selexid and Diclocil among others.

This is an old group, discovered by Alexander Fleming, which gave the breakthrough of antibiotic research.

Need-to-know: They are often dosed very frequently, like 3-4 times daily because of their short half-life. They’re often a first choice because of their regularly narrow range of action.



Examples include Ery-max, Klacid and Azitromax

This drug group is often used for patients with penicillin allergies. Their dosage frequency varies a lot.

Avoid grapefruit-juice when using Ery-max and Klacid, because it affects the metabolism of the drugs and can give an increased amount of side effects among other things.



Examples include Tetralysal, Tetracycline and Oracea.

This is a group with broader range of activity. They are often used against acne or airway infections.

When using all kinds of tetracyclines, be aware of the effect ions like calcium, magnesium or iron can give, because they bind up and inactivate the drug. Let it be at least 2 hours between intake of tetracyclines and dairy products, iron supplements etc.

Also, be careful with sunbathing because these drugs may increase the risk of photosensitivity reactions. Use sun block.



Examples including Ciprofloxacin, Tarivid

Avoid dairy products at the same time; let it be at least 2 hours in between.

Be careful with sunbathing.


Lastly, it’s important to follow what you physician prescribed regarding length of treatment and dose frequency. If you end your antibiotic course before what was planned, the infection may flare up again and resistance may take place which can make the infection harder to cure.

Product testing: La roche posay serum

For the last 30 days, I’ve been trying out a new serum in an attempt to rehydrate the skin more. The lucky product was a serum from La Roche Posay, which is a French brand that is very popular here in Norway. It’s called Hydraphase Intense Serum. It’s containing thermal mountain spring water and hyaluronic acid, it says. So, how was it?


It kind of makes the skin smoother right away after being applied, but that’s it. The skin is as dehydrated the following evening as it was the morning before application. In addition, I lost the bottle to the ground once, and the mechanism went out of function. It’s not very robust, though.

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give it a 4, mostly because of the pleasant odour.



Peeling formulations

It is recommended to use peeling 1-2 times weekly to remove dead skin cells, refresh the skin and cleanse deeper. Nevertheless, there are basically two types of peeling formulations on the market: Mechanical peeling creams and chemical peeling creams.


Mechanical peeling creams contain peel grains and are rubbed gently in circular movements. Almost immediately, the cream is rinsed off. This formula fits most skin types and conditions, except for acne and oily skin. The reason why is because of the grinding and movements, which may stimulate the sebum (oil) production and worsen the conditions. These skin conditions should use chemical peelings instead.


Chemical peelings do not contain any grains. On the other hand, they contain acids, which peel the skin chemically. Examples include lactic acid, salicylic acid and hydroxy-acids. Chemical peelings can be used by all skin types except very sensitive or irritated skin. They are the bets choice for acne and oily skin types. Another point worth mentioning is that you should be extra careful in the sun for 1-2 days after the peeling, since it may potentially increase the chances of sunburn.


Pomegranate snack tips

Pomegranate is a tip for a healthy snack, or if you just want something while watching a movie or so. It’s quite nutritious, containing vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, proteins and fiber. You can eat the seeds only, but they taste sweet and quite remarkable. The picture below contains only half an apple, so you get a lot of seeds from one whole apple. Eat them as they are, or combine with whipped cream or custard.



Having the flu vaccine or not

So the yearly flu vaccine has just arrived the drug marked, and you wonder if you should have it. Several health organizations have made a list regarding risk groups that are recommended to take it. The most important risk groups are as following:


Health professionals that work closely with patients

Pregnant women

Inhabitants in nursing homes

Several obesity (BMI above 40)

Reduced immune system

Diabetes (type 1 and 2)

People over 65 years old

Chronic diseases like COPD


If you don’t belong to any of these risk groups, there is no medical grounds for why you should take it. Nevertheless, it’s voluntary and it’s  quite exhausting to be laid up in bed for 1-2 weeks.

Chia pudding

I’ve heard so much greatness about chia seeds and how healthy they are, so recently I found an easy recipe for chia pudding.



All you have to do is to mix together 2 cups of milk and 2 table spoons of chia seeds, cool it in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or more and voila! The seeds will swell with time. An extra tip is to stir it additionally after 30 minutes, or else it can get quite lumpy.


You can eat the pudding as it is, or mix it with apricot jam or any kind of jam really, honey, berries or whatever you like 🙂

Happy Thursday!