How to get the Sunday morning effect – every day of the week.
A growing belief in the saying that ‘health is wealth’ is driving a whole new beauty movement: ‘Biohacking is the process of making changes to your lifestyle in order to “hack” your body’s biology and feel your best,’ says Alexia Inge, co-founder of Cult Beauty. In Korea, research into the body’s ‘golden phase’ – the optimum time when cells divide and skin is renewed – led to the development of the brand Saturday Skin. Products such as its Spotlight Brightening Mask (£4.60, cultbeauty.co.uk) are designed to capitalise on this and give you a weekend lie-in complexion every day. Or hack your energy levels by drinking BumbleZest’s electrolyte-balancing natural booster shots instead. Free from gluten, dairy and lactose, they come in super-ingredient combinations such as reviving Ginger Turmeric Collagen or calming Chamomile Lavender Spirulina (£48 for 20 bottles, yumbles.com).
Emma Lucy Knowles’s new book The Power of Crystal Healing* (£12.99, Penguin) has become my go-to for a simple, alternative means of dealing with the daily churn of emotions that comes with modern life. I can see why Kate Hudson, Adele and the Beckhams have turned to crystals to keep them on an even keel. VB is even creating pockets in her clothing collections, designed specially to hold crystals close to the skin. Now that’s what I call a life hack.
Until a few weeks ago, the idea of pairing my pants with my perfume had never occurred to me. Then came April Morning (£70, lovestoriesintimates.com) by Dutch lingerie brand Love Stories, which has been creating the most gorgeous underwear for the past four years. Its first musk, incense and lily of the valley fragrance is blended to behave like a ‘second skin’. Combine the two and the effect is both decadent and empowering.
As if we ever needed an excuse to buy a new lipstick or balm, we’ll have a really good reason next month. The Eve Appeal – the charity that raises awareness and funds for research into gynaecological cancers – is teaming up with our favourite beauty retailers for its celebrity-backed Get Lippy campaign. Take your pick from a list of products, including Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins in Original, Aloe Vera and limited-edition Mirror Mirror, available from Tesco.
Or choose a shade from Lipstick Queen’s Dating Game range (£22, spacenk.co.uk). Each brand has pledged to put a percentage of the sale price towards gynae cancer research. Share a snap of you and your new lip product – @eveappeal, #GetLippy – and make sure that you, your mother, your sister, daughter and friends really do start to speak up about symptoms sooner. To find out more about the campaign, visit eveappeal.org.uk.
*To pre-order a copy of The Power of Crystal Healing for £9.74 (a 25 per cent discount) until 3rd May, visit mailshop.co.uk/books or call 0844 571 0640; P&P is free on orders over £15.
Feature by Bella Blissett. Beauty assistant: Alice Roberston.