News from the world of acupuncture: ear seeds are the (very pretty) trend causing serious buzz. And – bonus – there are no needles involved. Placed on specific points around the ear (the 1mm seeds are held in place with adhesive patches), the seeds apply light pressure that’s believed to help with issues such as headaches, back pain and sleep problems. They’re rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, and while there are no modern studies to prove their efficacy yet, if you’re keen to find out more, visit an accredited acupuncturist (see acupuncture.org.uk).
Did you know that seven million of our eight million festive firs go to landfill? So, now that you’ve finally accepted it’s time to part with yours (sob!), find out where you can recycle it at recyclenow.com, or contact your local council.
This season, sporty skin is in – just look to the SS20 Fila show for your inspo. What does that mean, we hear you cry? It’s skin that has a natural glow about it: like you’ve been to the gym and pushed yourself, but not quite to hot, sweaty mess territory. So how do you get this look? It’s all about making your moisturiser work extra-hard for you. Mix a dollop of face cream with a smidge of liquid highlighter and massage it in with the pads of your fingers until your skin gets that glow. Complete with athleisure. And hey, on gym days you can look just as radiant for free…
That healthy brekkie might bring more benefits than just looking good on Instagram. An increasing body of evidence is seeing a link between diet and mental health, hence the emergence of ‘nutritional psychiatry’, a discipline where therapists dispense dietary advice as part of their treatment plan. It’s early days, so you may not find them on the high street yet, but Professor Felice Jacka, an expert in the field, has penned Brain Changer (Hodder & Stoughton), which is packed with easy-to-digest advice and meal plans. Food for thought, no?
Want to up your eco creds this year? Think soap! If you’ve dismissed it as something only your nan would use, it’s time for a serious reboot. Not only does opting for a bar mean you’re making an excellent eco beauty choice (less packaging, zero recycling required), but the most recent offerings are très chic, too. We love Soap & Glory Soaps & Dreams Multi-Tasking Body Bar (150g), a chunky block that will put your shower gel in the shade, and Faith In Nature Lavender & Geranium Shampoo Bar (85g), which lathers up easily to get your hair squeaky clean.