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As lockdown lifts, get the Gigi Hadid look + more

Plus, the sleep apps Brits love, Zoom-induced eyebags, why we still love walking, and the exfoliation heroes you need now
The doors are open!
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The doors are open!

Is that the sound of a stampede we can hear as we all rush back to our beloved hair and nail salons? Oh, how we’ve missed the frothy cappuccinos, the little biscuits in the plastic wrappers and generally being pampered by someone other than ourselves. While we’re sure you haven’t lost your beauty mojo, if you are looking for some dreamy new hair inspo then fiery auburn is the colour to ask for right now. Screengrab a pic of Gigi Hadid at the Versace AW21 show for your colourist, as this is one hue that is best left to the pros to recreate, rather than colouring your hair at home. And as for your nails, it’s all about flaunting one of this season’s hottest nail looks. Our fave? A French mani with a brightly coloured tip.

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Appy sleeping

It’s been over a year since our lives changed (thanks, pandemic) but as well as impacting our freedom, our slumber has suffered, too. (Unsurprisingly, the stress of a global health crisis doesn’t exactly bring on lovely dreams.) It’s clearly why searches for sleep apps have soared by over 100% in 12 months! So, which apps are Brits Googling instead of counting sheep? The top three are: Sleepstation (a clinically validated sleep improvement programme that claims to improve your slumber after a mere four sessions – you can buy it or apply to get it free via the NHS); Sleepio (a six-week online programme using cognitive and behavioural techniques designed by sleep experts); and the Sleep Cycle app (it keeps track of and analyses your sleep, and wakes you up at the optimum time for you to feel rested). Happy snoozing!

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A fresh-eyed look

Another side-effect of the pandemic we’ve noticed? Staring at ourselves on Zoom calls and thinking, ‘Gosh, I look knackered’. And we’re not alone: 36% of Brits say they have visible signs of stress and premature ageing around their eyes. So, if you’ve noticed yours are in need of some TLC, whether they’re dry, plagued with dark circles or puffy, we’ve got some certified eye heroes that are worth a try:

Clinique All About Eyes Rich is like a comfort blanket for puffy peepers, plus it’s ultra-hydrating and creamy.

For an eye cream that won’t move under make-up, try the clever hyaluronic acid formula à la CeraVe Eye Repair Cream to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

And for days when coverage is a must, give dark circles the boot with Elf Flawless Concealer. Its satin-like finish won’t crease or budge and it costs not much more than a takeaway latte.

Walk the walk
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Walk the walk

Question: What’s totally free, helped get us through lockdown and is set to remain popular even when we’re restriction-free? Answer: Walking. Yep, a study for BBC News and King’s College London found that 40% of us vow to keep up the habit, even when life is relatively normal again. And with regular walking proven to reduce your risk of some chronic illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, asthma, type 2 diabetes, obesity and depression, it’s a life-saver worth continuing! (Top tip: after some walking-related blister incidents, we’ve learnt to keep Compeed Medium Blister Plasters to hand at all times.)

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Scrubbing up nicely

You’re either in one camp or the other: you think exfoliation is sanctified self-care, or a total chore. But the question on everyone’s lips? How often do you actually need to do it? Searches on Google have seen a whopping 350% increase in the past 12 months, asking the very same. Obviously, everyone’s skin behaves differently, but most experts advise that you exfoliate your face two to three times per week – as long as your skin can handle it. We enjoy a bit of regular (gentle) exfoliating, as it leaves skin feeling smoother and softer, and looking more radiant. The good news is, there are so many clever formulas out there, you’ll find one that’ll work for you. If you love a classic scrub, we rate ultra-gentle No7 Lift & Luminate Dual Action Cleansing Exfoliator. For a hydrating and brightening whizz, try a toner such as Skin Proud Detox Tonic (150ml). And for blackheads that won’t budge, opt for exfoliating super-serum The Inkey List Beta Hydroxy Acid Serum.