Beauty

Revealed! The UK’s favourite beauty brand, and more news

Plus, your pore-cleansing BFF, why two wheels are a wellbeing win, the age group most keen to clean, and the best reason to lace up your trainers this festive season
No7 tops the beauty charts
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No7 tops the beauty charts

We’re doing a happy dance because – drumroll, please – Boots’ No7 has been voted the UK’s favourite beauty brand, according to a One4all poll. Whoop! What better time to check out a newbie to the range? No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate (30ml) combines Matrixyl 3000 Plus formulation – the anti-wrinkle wonder ingredient – with the optimum level of retinol to create a skin-boosting powerhouse. Basically, it’s the ultimate night-time face treatment. *Adds to Christmas wish list*

A Christmas walk for charity
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A Christmas walk for charity

Now this is the perfect reason to get off the sofa: Walking Home For Christmas is an annual campaign by charity Walking With The Wounded, which asks people to lace up and raise vital funds to support mental-health care for ex-military and their families. Simply set yourself a walking challenge – walk from an NHS building, war memorial or barracks (or anywhere else special) to your home or a pub – and get stepping anytime between 10 and 20 December. The more creative the route/destination, the better! Keep local restrictions in mind, obvs. Visit walkinghomeforchristmas.com to sign up and for more info.

Full steam ahead
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Full steam ahead

Between spending more time at home, spas having to close, reopen, close (*virtual hugs to our fave beauty therapists*) and the need for some major self-care, it’s no surprise we’ve gone DIY with our beauty treatments this year. In fact, online searches for ‘best face steamer’ have shot up by a whopping 70% in the past 12 months. Want to get in on the steamy skin action? Try the classic 10-minute-sesh route to unblock and open pores – hold your face over a bowl of hot water (careful, now) and place a towel over your head so the steam doesn’t escape. Oh, and add the Foreo Luna Mini 3 Facial Brush to your Chrimbo list – not only does this clever gizmo unclog pores, it actually massages cleanser into your skin for a next-level treat-yourself experience. Bliss! (Psst… find some more at-home spa tips here.)

Next-gen clean queens
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Next-gen clean queens

Move over Mrs Hinch: Generation Z is the most cleaning-conscious age group, thanks to Covid concerns. Two-thirds of 18-24-year-olds reckon a surface-level wipe isn’t enough these days, reveals a survey by vacuum brand Lupe Technology, and 60% are now hyper-aware of germs brought in from the outside world. While freshening up your home is no bad thing (we love the essential oil blend in this Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray), 62% of us are also experiencing more anxiety about dirt and cleanliness right now. So, check in with how you’re feeling and seek support from a loved one or professional, if need be.

Pedal to a wellbeing win
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Pedal to a wellbeing win

This year’s bicycle boom could boost our health as well as our activewear wardrobes. Cycling on a regular basis may benefit your life expectancy and reduce your likelihood of a cancer diagnosis, compared to driving, finds a study of over 300,000 commuters by Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge. Keen to hop in the saddle? Research your route and make sure you’re up to speed on cycling safety and etiquette with these expert cycling tips. Helmets at the ready!