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Q: I am 64 and have had rosacea since my 40s, which causes acne and flushing in my face. It seems to be getting worse and I’m starting to feel embarrassed. At times my face is covered in tiny pustules too. I intermittently take low-dose antibiotics for a few...
In fashion, there are the rules that we as a society seem to agree upon without a word passing between us. Things like, don’t turn up to the office in a bikini and flip-flops. Pair orange and lime green, or polka dots with tartan at your peril. But then...
Teacher turned activist Sinéad Burke is making waves with her fearless campaign for inclusivity in a notoriously exclusive arena – even the Duchess of Sussex is a fan. Laura Craik meets the woman who took on the fashion world and won. A decade ago, Sinéad Burke was blogging about the...
autumn fragrances
It isn’t often I find a new fragrance that I just want to nuzzle into. Really take a deep inhale and get the old pulses racing a little. But Nars Audacious (£125, exclusively at Harrods) – its first scent – does just that to me. An elegantly seductive, not-to-be-resisted,...
Joanna Cannon
Five gruelling years as a junior doctor taught novelist Joanna Cannon that compassion and understanding mental health can be a lifesaver – and not just for the patients. Joanna Cannon – now a bestselling author – was in her 30s when she worked as a junior doctor, before specialising in...
I’ve been reading Lessons in Stoicism by John Sellars, subtitled What Ancient Philosophers Teach Us About How To Live. Romans including Seneca, Greek-born Epictetus (he was a slave) and Marcus Aurelius were sort of early Gwyneth Paltrows. But instead of telling us that buying things and physical health make us happy, they believed that way madness lies. We...
Q: I’m 75 and 5ft tall with a 38-inch chest and a bit of tummy after having four children. I don’t have a lot of cash and end up shopping in M&S or Primark, where I have to get a size or two bigger to fit my bust. Trousers are...
lunchbox ideas
These quick and simple lunchbox ideas are tasty and healthy: and there’s enough inspo here to pick and mix all year. Toasted cheese and tomato pittas MAKES 4 4 tbsp tomato passata rustica olive oil (see method) sea salt and black pepper 2 x small seeded wholemeal pittas (for example The Food Doctor Seed & Cereal) 100g...
Elizabeth Day
The first time I went to Los Angeles was in August 2015. I was emerging from the wreckage of a failed marriage and needed a change of scene. The newspaper I was then working for didn’t have an LA correspondent, so I pitched the idea to the editor and...
Are you suffering from skincare fatigue? In other words, do you feel almost daunted by too many products in your daily routine? If so, you’re clearly not alone. According to the latest research from Mintel, almost three in ten British women have reduced the number of their facial skincare...

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