3 Beauty boxes we want through our letter box

We all love getting treats in the post. Whether it’s something we impulse purchase on Etsy or a postcard from a friend, a spot of letterbox action is certainly something to look forward to. Do you love the anticipation of waiting for an amazing new dress to arrive? Perhaps the surprise of a parcel with your best friend’s handwriting on the front is your favourite thing? Whatever you love to receive in the post, there’s no denying that it’s all a lot of fun. It’s this universal fact (amongst other things) which makes beauty subscription boxes so incredibly tempting. Once you’ve had one, we assure you, you’ll probably become wholly…

Vitamin C: Your new beauty secret weapon

We all know that Vitamin C is good for us. Whether it’s our grannys telling us that eating carrots will help us see in the dark, or historic sailors taking oranges on voyages to stave off scurvy, keeping topped up with the good stuff is essential for a happy body. But did you know that this vitamin may offer a host of beauty benefits?   What contains Vitamin C? This vitamin is commonly found at high levels in colourful fruits (such as oranges, strawberries, kiwis, guava and papaya) as well as leafy greens (including kale, broccoli and mange tout). Including a hearty dose (around 60mg) in your diet has a…

3 Outdoor calorie-burners that aren’t running

  Do you hate running? You’re not alone. While some of us are natural gazelles and others have learned to love the challenge of covering distances under our own steam, others hate the high-impact activity. Running can be pretty nasty for your joints, runners are often plagued by injury and it’s really hard to find a decent pocket to keep your keys without getting tangled up in your headphone wires. If you’re in the “no thank you” camp when it comes to running, however, you’re probably missing out on one big perk – getting your fitness on in the Great Outdoors. There’s nothing quite like fresh air for blowing away…

Eating breakfast can help you burn calories

  Pre-exercise fasting techniques are in vogue at the moment. Subscribed to by the likes of Madonna (who currently swears by her “cadio-fasting” regime), these approaches are all about depriving yourself of calories before getting your sweat on. Some studies have shown that this approach can help our bodies burn more fat when we workout – but it doesn’t sound like the best idea ever, right?   Breakfast of Champions New research would seem to agree that getting a sweat on without much fuel in your system isn’t necessarily the way to go. While some fledgling studies indicate fasting and cardio might burn fat faster, alternative research shows that eating…

Parabens: What you need to know about beauty’s bogeyman

  The recent vogue for clean eating is making many of us more conscious about what we’re putting into our bodies. The same movement is also prompting many of us to think twice about the ingredients we’re putting onto our bodies. Just as the Elizabethans had no idea that lead, arsenic and mercury-based beauty products were steadily poisoning them, there are many ingredients on our dressing tables which may be causing you unknown harm. Arsenic may be an extreme comparison, but it does illustrate the point that we very rarely stop to investigate what we’re using on our skin as part of our daily routines. If you have recently started…