Wellness

Lockdown self-care treats + more news

Including facing facts about the vaccine, top vegan beauty picks, the freshest new bases in town and tips on building a lockdown ‘nest’ at home
Self-care surge
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Self-care surge

If you’re after a little pick-me-up (and who isn’t?), here’s how to put a smile on your dial: spend some time on you. It’s clearly worthwhile, because Google searches for ‘self-care routine’ have gone up 250% since March last year! We suggest instilling some instant calm by lighting a beautiful candle, such as This Works Deep Sleep™ Heavenly Candle*. Run yourself a warm bath, accompanied by your favourite podcast or peaceful tunes (why not add some soothing bubbles, à la Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath Relax & Relief with Eucalyptus & Spearmint?). And then spend time massaging in No7 Beautiful Skin Pampering Dry Body Oil EXCLUSIVE. It’s all about the small, pleasurable things right now – and we’ll take all of them!

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Vaccination education

There’s been a lot of scaremongering and fake news about the Covid-19 vaccination. Luckily, renowned scientific experts from across the globe have joined forces to help fight the spread of misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines, by creating an online guide (led by the University of Bristol). The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook shares practical tips, dismantles myths, provides evidence of efficacy and explains the science in an easy-to-understand way. Lead author Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, says: ‘The way all of us refer to and discuss the Covid-19 vaccines can literally help win the battle against this devastating virus by tackling misinformation and improving uptake, which is crucial. That’s why we produced this handbook, so everyone has the basics, as well as more comprehensive information at their fingertips, and can do their part in sharing facts, not fiction, putting us on the road to recovery rather than a path of further suffering.’

 

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Vegan beauty

With so many amazing brands now offering vegan beauty products, you don’t have to look for very far to find some goodies. First up of the staples is cult KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black. It doesn’t flake or budge, is jet black and means you can still serve a strong eye look when you’re masked up (getting glam for the grocery shop is the highlight of our week at the moment). Next, switch your regular shampoo for The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Hydrating Shampoo. It’s perfect for dry, brittle hair, and after a few washes it’ll leave your locks easier to style and give you your ‘swish’ back. Lastly, we can’t leave out BYBI Babe Balm Bronze, to inject your skin with some glow. We love using it on our brow bone and the tops of cheeks for serious shimmer goals.

Ace your base
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Ace your base

If, like us, you’re a bit of a beauty junkie, you won’t need any excuse to switch up your foundation. There’s a whole host of new kids on the block to suit your skin type – and we’re pretty confident you’ll love them. For matte mavericks, you can’t go wrong with the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation. It gives you long-wearing, pore-perfecting coverage, but it’s non-caking and non-creasing, making it a dream for oily skin. For trusty tinted moisturiser fans, Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF25, is a good choice. Dewy, lightweight and sweat- resistant, it looks so effortless it’s basically your skin – but after a good eight hours’ sleep. If you’ve upped your screen time considerably since lockdown, try Milani Screen Queen Foundation. It claims to help fight the signs of digital damage, such as dullness and dark spots, while offering buildable coverage so you can tailor the finish to your taste. Dig in!

Home is where the heart is...
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Home is where the heart is...

… and never more so than now. Because, according to Ultra LEDs, the thing helping many of us cope with the lockdown blues is making home improvements – with 34% of us saying it’s a mental-health winner. But alongside choosing between paint samples, getting new furniture and fixing wonky shelves, lighting is taking centre stage, too. Which must be why 35% of us have invested in a daylight lamp as a way to lift our mood (we love the Lumie Vitamin L SAD And Energy Light), and 41% reckon using warm yellow lights is a dead cert to help with evening relaxation. So get your hygge on, people, it’s time to nest…

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Health = self-care, too!

Self-care isn’t just about meditation, bubble baths and scented candles – looking after our health is just as vital to our wellbeing! From vitamins to help support immunity, to easing pain and discomfort, and increasing energy, these over-the-counter heroes will help. Go on – up your well-th today!

*Never leave a burning candle unattended. Burn a candle out of the reach of children and pets.