Wellness

Make-up meets skincare, how to be an ally and more

How to be part of the solution, where to snap up designer face coverings, learn to be happier and healthier and other must-know news
Make-up/skincare fusion
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Make-up/skincare fusion

Skincare obsessives and make-up whizzes no longer need to choose a side… because we bring good news! More and more brands are merging skincare with make-up, or make-up with skincare (depending on how you want to look at it!), which we’re so up for. First up, Pixi +C Vit Glow-y Powder, which creates a peachy shimmer and a serious glow, thanks to the vitamin C. Then there’s Max Factor Miracle Touch Second Skin in Golden Tan, which is infused with prebiotics and probiotics to help the skin’s natural defences, while also offering a radiant wash of colour. And if you’ve got dry lips, Bare Minerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick in Charisma gives super hydration and impressive pigment all in one quick slick.

Your support has never been needed more
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Your support has never been needed more

If you’re white and want to be a better ally to the Black community, it’s about more than showing support online – it’s about daily actions, too. Listening, learning, donating, calling out racism and using your voice to help in any way possible can all add up to make a seismic – and permanent – change to society. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Read: Me And White Supremacy by Layla F Saad If you want to challenge and unravel your white privilege but don’t know how, this book can help.

Listen to: BBC World Service: Witness Black History Podcasts, which feature interviews with people who were part of key moments in civil rights, including the first Black police officer in London’s Metropolitan Police.

Watch: 13th, a Netflix film currently free to watch on YouTube. A thought-provoking, disturbing documentary about the criminalisation of African Americans

Donate: to the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race-equality thinktank demanding change.

Just dropped: designer face coverings!
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Just dropped: designer face coverings!

Yes, you read that right – six designer fashion brands, including Rixo and Mulberry, have released washable and reusable (not to mention seriously chic!) face coverings. Part of a joint ‘Great British Designer Face Coverings’ fundraiser by the British Fashion Council and @bagsofethics, 100% of the profits will be split between good causes, including NHS Charities Together. The organic cotton masks, which come in mixed packs of three, have two breathable layers and adjustable ear straps. Warning! They’re being snapped up, so keep checking online. We bagsy the Raeburn one!

The health app you need now
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The health app you need now

With a mission to help women be happier and healthier, the Her Spirit app has waived its normal membership fees to be free to every woman in the UK until 30 June! Think live daily workouts and weekly meditations, recipes and personalised coaching, plus a weekly podcast hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and BBC Sports presenter and GB triathlete Annie Emmerson. Plus you’ll be encouraged to share how many minutes you’ve been active for each week – the more minutes accumulated, the more free premium memberships (normally £49.99 a year) are given to women who can’t afford access to health and wellbeing support services. Talk about an incentive to bump up those burpees!

Self-care for kids
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Self-care for kids

It’s not just adults who are feeling more stressed during these challenging times. Children aged between four and 10 are also experiencing more worry, unhappiness and restlessness at the moment, according to a survey of more than 10,000 parents and carers by the University of Oxford. If your child seems anxious right now, strategies such as communication and preparation can help, so check out these tips from experts at Shout – a free UK text service for people in crisis, or who are anxious, worried or stressed – to help you manage your children’s worries and anxious feelings.