With a little more time on our hands, we’re enjoying some much-needed pamper sessions. And with DIY hair mask searches up by 333%, it seems we’re not alone. Can’t get to the salon? Tick. Want to keep your mane in check? Tick. But if you don’t fancy getting messy with egg whites and avocado for a DIY mask, then try these wonders to suit your hair type. For Afro hair, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (326ml) will sort you right out. For damaged, dry locks, try Aussie 3 Minute Miracle SOS Deep Hair Treatment (225ml) for some divine intervention. And for fine, flat hair Bondi Boost Miracle Mask (250ml) will intensely nourish, without weighing hair down.
We’re loving this great new website called, appropriately, spreadingkindness.co.uk. As we’re nowhere near having a Covid-19-free world yet, the website’s aim is to connect those isolating with symptoms to people who can help them with anything from collecting meds to shopping, or even just a phone call to check in. Making the world a nicer place has never been easier.
Got the lockdown blues? Us, too. If you’re in need of polishing your chakras or connecting your mind to your body, why not treat yourself to a virtual spiritual class? She’s Lost Control is offering sound baths, Tarot card reading, group meditations and reiki sessions. Plus, they won’t break the bank: classes run on a ‘pay what you can’ concept, with £1 from every ticket donated to Age UK. So if you’ve not yet ignited your spiritual side, now may be the time.
If you’ve been wondering where in the country is the most Zen during self-isolation, then you’ll be interested to hear the results of a survey that has found out exactly that! Using Google search impressions for queries such as home workout videos, at-home yoga and how to create an at-home spa, they have compiled the top 10 calmest cities. In third place, and the city with the highest search for at-home spa treatments, is Liverpool. Coming in second, and with the highest search rating for at-home workouts, is Newcastle. And top of the leader board, with the highest search rating for at-home meditation, is Manchester!
While some of us welcome the warmer weather and blossoming flowers, it means havoc for hayfever sufferers. And one lesser-known symptom of the rising pollen count is that it can also act as a trigger for eczema. Add to that sunlight, which can also have a detrimental effect on eczema in some people, and your skin could be having a tricky time right now. So what to do? Dermatologist Dr Mary Sommerlad suggests, ‘Keep your moisturiser in the fridge*. This will ensure that the cream doesn’t melt and it will have an added cooling effect.’ You may also want to switch up your hand soap – because vigilant hand washing is essential right now – to something gentle that won’t cause eczema-prone hands to dry out, such as Oilatum Soap Bar (100g).