Beauty

Alexa Chung’s skincare favourite and more…

Plus, why you shouldn't miss your lunchtime walk, hand-washing heroes, shocking flossing facts and the beauty buy that has boomed in lockdown
Alexa’s face fave
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Alexa’s face fave

Alexa Chung is our style icon for many reasons: her fashion sense, effortless hair and dreamy, dewy skin. Now she’s shared her at-home skincare routine and tips to achieving that dewiness on her YouTube channel. We were pretty excited when NEW COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Spa Overnight Mask made the cut, as it’s just launched in Boots. If this cult K-Beauty brand is the reason why Alexa never seems to have a bad-skin day, count us firmly in. *Adds to basket*

Global Hand-Washing Day
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Global Hand-Washing Day

Chances are Global Hand-Washing Day may have passed you by any other year. But if there’s one thing 2020 has made us increasingly aware of, it’s how hand-washing with soap is as an affordable and effective way to help protect us and others from illnesses. Choosing the right soap to keep your hands as soothed as possible with increased levels of washing is essential, so here are our top picks. First up, Baylis & Harding Goodness Lemongrass & Ginger Hand Wash – it looks far posher than its price tag and smells gorgeous, too. Then there’s Sanctuary Spa Hand Wash, which brings Zen-like calm while you’re counting to 20 seconds. And if you need a great soap for little ones that won’t aggravate their delicate skin, Child’s Farm Hand Wash Grapefruit & Organic Tea Tree Oil is an absolute winner.

Time to floss the facts
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Time to floss the facts

We’ve got some teeth truths for you: a recent survey revealed a staggering 58% of people don’t floss at all. Wowsers. The NHS recommends interdental brushes or flossing as part of your daily oral health routine from the age of 12, to catch the food and bacteria that toothbrushes miss. But 92% of those surveyed would floss more often if it were easier. Sound like you? Here are some options you might not have tried: Waterpik Black Cordless Plus Water Flosser WP-462UK is genius – it’s cordless, electric and uses water to clean deep between teeth and below the gum line. Eco conscious? Try biodegradable and reusable Humble Bamboo Interdental Brush 0.5mm. Hate floss that shreds? Give Moon Oral Care Graphite Grey Clean Slide Floss a go – it’s super-smooth and glides between teeth easily. Now you have no excuse!

Boom in boujis perfume
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Boom in boujis perfume

Most of us have tightened our belts a bit recently, when it comes to ‘treats to self’. However, it seems there’s one area of beauty that has seen a huge financial rise since lockdown – and no, it’s not dry shampoo or home hair dye. Apparently, when times are tough, we’re quite happy to spend on designer perfumes to bring some joy and gorgeousness back into our lives. According to market research company The NPD Group, sales of prestige fragrances have totalled £1.3 billion post-lockdown. So, if you’re on the lookout for a swanky new scent, check out Marc Jacobs Perfect For Her, which has notes of rhubarb and daffodil, all housed in a quirky, Insta-worthy bottle. Or try Georgio Armani My Way: not only does it have a gorgeous, light floral scent, but once you’re done, you can buy the refill and reuse the bottle all over again.

Outdoor benefits
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Outdoor benefits

Struggling to be productive at the moment? Us, too. If you’re looking for ways to boost your mood and productivity, it could be easier than you think: new research found office (or ‘home office’) workers feel more productive and in a better mood after being in the great outdoors. Productivity improved by a whopping 45% from being outside for just 29 minutes – and 63% feel better ‘in themselves’ after spending time in fresh air. Proof that green space and your lunchtime walk have never been so important.