Some well heeled brow thickness can be a face changer but if you’ve overplucked or the nineties have left you a bit sparse, don’t despair. Here’s a quick guide to getting your brows back on track.
While it’s true that skin changes throughout life, one of the most dramatic shifts undoubtedly occurs after 40. Declining oestrogen levels cause skin to become thinner, as collagen – which provides support and structure – diminishes. According to UK dermatologist, Dr Sam Bunting, up to thirty percent of collagen is lost in the first five years after menopause. The added kicker is skin regeneration also slows down as we age and sagging becomes more obvious due to the body producing less elastin.
Changing The Conversation
Menopause – when a woman stops ovulating – is the most natural thing in the world, but confusion around the subject, combined with unhelpful stereotypes, has served to demonise it. Although we’re now much more open about the realities of childbirth and post-natal depression, there’s still a secrecy shrouding ‘the change’, which means many women are unprepared. According to a 2017 survey conducted by the British Menopause Society (BMS), three quarters of women said the menopause had life-changing consequences and over half said it negatively impacted their lives. Despite this, a third of women surveyed hadn’t tried anything to reduce or prevent their symptoms. The burning question is, why?
You may know Ian better as founder of The Food Doctor, one of the inaugural healthy food brands to hit the high street some 20 years ago (and creator of my all-time favourite pitta bread). Since then he has penned over 12 books about diet and nutrition, acted in an advisory role to brands such as Innocent, and clocked up over 6000 private consultations. He also carries out a range of corporate work for businesses and has written columns for The Spectator, Daily Telegraph, Attitude and Natural Health Magazine, as well as featuring on LBC, Talk Radio and the BBC. Basically, he doesn’t sit still! A stickler for responsible nutrition (ie one that doesn’t peddle pseudoscience) he calls out #nutribollocks in a weekly poll on Twitter and is a veritable voice of reason among the increasingly confused chatter that permeates the world of nutrition. I persuaded him to take a breather from writing his latest book to talk Uber ratings, podcasts and the meditative effects of reading.
Natalie Lee, founder of award winning fashion site Style Me Sunday, created her blog back in 2012 as a creative outlet during pregnancy. Today, thanks to the #WarriorWoman initiative set up last year, she leverages her influence to spread the word on diversity, body confidence and self acceptance. Nat’s carefully considered social media content is a vibrant mash up of high street style, serious discussion, beauty tips and travel posts – all delivered with a candour and inclusivity that make her utterly relatable. She’s appeared on the cover of Rock n Roll Bride, written about female hair loss for The Pool and features in Marie Claire’s “Verified Power 2018′ list. I managed to pin her down for a quick fire round of Q&As where she talks about the importance of listening to your body, coke floats and staying in your lane. Enjoy…
Legs are, quite literally, your lynchpins yet seldom get the shout out they deserve. Here I’ve rounded up a few nifty tricks, products and techniques to help get the most from your gams. Forget trying to transform them into something unattainable (check out everyone’s favourite dermatologist, Dr Sam Bunting, for a refreshing approach to cellulite), this is all about celebrating what you’ve got. More and more brands – here’s looking at you Asos and Missguided – are embracing body positivity by scrapping digital retouching. Stretch marks, scars, freckles, moles and rolls are finally out and proud. When it comes to stepping out yourself, confidence is key, so why not do a little legwork – think strengthening, hydrating and, if the mood takes you, a little buffing.
This is a small but mighty soup that’s incredibly rich and satiating. The colour alone is enough to make your heart sing. You can thin it out by adding more broth as you go, or keep it thick and full and creamy and eat in smaller portions. Because it’s so densely flavoured it lends itself well to lots of crunchy toppings. I like chickpeas for their fibre content (just roast them with some oil and cumin) but croutons work equally well too.
A healthy, balanced diet should give you all the protein you need (as a rough guide aim for 0.8g for each kilo you weigh) but if you’re time poor, hungry post-workout or need to replenish energy levels fast, a protein shake can be an excellent solution. This recipe can easily be rustled up in a blender/ magic bullet, contains just 5 ingredients and tastes like Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Best of all it contains fibre, prebiotics, probiotics, B vitamins and chromium (which helps balance blood sugar levels). You’re welcome.
A weak pelvic floor is no fun; trampolines become a thing of the past, Tena Lady pads a shopping list staple. Sneezing, jumping, running – even coughing – all come with the threat of a wet gusset. While often sniggered at, urinary dysfunction is rarely talked about, yet one in three women are affected at some point in their lives. Chances are, you’re one of them.
Rhiannon Lambert, leading Harley Street nutritionist, imparts evidence-based health advice to a whole range of clients – from postpartum mums to professional footballers. An avid foodie and popular face on social media, newspaper and TV circuits (she consulted behind the scenes on the Masterchef series), she also works alongside NHS cardiologists and GPs to demonstrate the influence nutrition can have on illness and recovery. On top of all that she has developed menus at some of London’s finest eateries and has a book, Re-nourish: The definitive Guide to Optimum Nutrition, coming out in December 2017.
No matter how many parties the festive period has thrown at you, there’s not much that can’t be fixed by some well administered self care. Now imagine that self care played out against azure skies and rustling palm trees. With an estimated 320 days of sunshine a year, Marbella is a mere three hour hop-skip from the UK, so what better way to kickstart 2017 than with a stint at its Puente Romano Hotel and Spa. For a start there are nine restaurants, a cocktail lounge and a world-class nightclub. A spa resort that allows you to recuperate but also indulge seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. I checked in for a long weekend to find out more.
Shattered phone screen, bag MIA and a roster of Uber receipts, followed by three days of night terrors, suicidal thoughts and physical ennui. There’s no all-consuming, black hole of despair like a hangover. Trust me, I know. The obvious cure is to abstain but, let’s face it, that’s unthinkable in the run up to New Year. So here’s a mini guide to limiting the fallout:
Achingly hip interiors, insouciant fashion and deliciously dark Nordic noir. Is there anything those Scandi cool kids don’t do with aplomb? Apparently not. Now, thanks to hygge, they can add the art of wellbeing to their expanding list of accolades. Hygge is hot here right now (there are no less than nine books coming out on the subject in the next couple of months) but has been a Danish staple for over a hundred years. Loosely pronounced /hue-gah/ it translates as the pleasure you get from being cosy, comfortable and nurtured. It’s a state of mind rather than a physical thing; that warm feeling you get when you’re totally in the moment, taking time out from life to be good to yourself. Think long baths, merino throws, good lighting and hearty food.
Thanks to 26 Grains and a legion of modern cooks, porridge has had a bit of a makeover since its gruel-like origins and is now a healthy diet staple. It’s low on the GI index, so it releases energy slowly. It’s cheap. And it’s a wonderfully nutritious blank canvas on which to celebrate whatever’s in season. On cold mornings, nothing says cosy more than a bowl of sweet, warm porridge buoyed up with aromatic winter spices. For something so simple – essentially just oats and milk, although you can try different grains to dial up the taste and texture – the possibilities with porridge are endless. Think of the ‘recipe’ below as a base from which you can add your own twists.
These rawsome little mouthfuls are perfect on-the-go snacks. Makes about 12.
Coconut based curries warm the body and soul; this one has luxurious layers of texture and flavour. Don’t feel obliged to rush out and buy all the spices listed, just use as many as you have in your cupboards. The addition of spinach at the end lends the dish a vibrant green colour, together with a solid dose of immunity boosting iron and vitamins C, K, A and E.
When it comes to your face, you really are what you eat. You can trowel on endless miracle creams, but the appearance of your skin – the body’s largest organ – is often a reflection of what’s going on internally. Nothing beats that natural glow that radiates from deep within, so start loading up on nutritious foods that help promote cell regeneration, reduce free radical damage and keep skin clear and beautiful. Here are your secret weapons:
[As featured in Sheer Luxe]
Put down that matcha latte and quit being mindful for a minute. Getting down with your gut is the health industry’s latest hot topic with wellness insiders, nutritionists, scientists and medics all eager to expound the importance of a well functioning gastrointestinal tract. And for good reason too. Turns out the digestive system isn’t just there to break down the food you eat, it also plays a pivotal role in many of your body’s other processes – from immunity to skin health to serotonin production*.
Blogger, vlogger, sports model and co-founder of the #girlsgains movement, Zanna Van Dijk is one of the fitness industry’s biggest rising stars. When Women’s Fitness magazine cited her as “one to watch in 2016” they weren’t wrong; she currently has almost 100k Instagram followers and her first book The Balanced Body comes out at the end of the year. I caught up with her to talk smoothie recipes, guilty pleasures and favourite London restaurants.
[As featured in Sheer Luxe]
Heard the one about the mother getting caught short after a particularly vociferous sneeze? Course you have. We’ve all been privy to stories of women who change their knickers three times a day, who leak water when they get out the bath or who loiter around the ladies’ aisle, furtively stockpiling incontinence pads. Heck, some of us don’t even try and hide it. My mum’s all-female pub quiz team are called The Tena Ladies. Oh, how we laugh (while furiously crossing our legs of course), but since when did wetting yourself become an accepted part of life after birth?
Co-creator of luxury residential retreat, The Strength Sanctuary, avid marathon runner (she has no less than 11 under her belt), mother, football coach, qualified PE teacher and personal trainer, Amy Lamont is a force to be reckoned with. When she’s not teaching packed out Piloxing classes, Amy’s helping individuals stay on track with their fitness goals – from new mums to seasoned athletes. Channelling an athleisure wardrobe that’s as diverse as her fitness CV, you’ll be hard pushed to catch her in the same leggings twice.
[As featured in Hip and Healthy]
When was the last time you had eight hours of uninterrupted sleep? Okay, make that six? Five? A recent survey* revealed that, as a nation, over half of us suffer from insomnia. The worry is that bad sleeping habits don’t just make nights unbearable, they have a profound knock-on effect during the day. And as if not being able to concentrate and feeling narky as hell wasn’t bad enough, poor sleep can lead to much more serious issues such as diabetes, obesity and depression.
She’s amassed quite a following during her 13 years as a yoga teacher and is one of the sets of brains behind Strength Sanctuary, a brand new wellness retreat for women set in rural Kent. From Thailand to Yorkshire, Tania Brown’s journey has taken her to some pretty special places but she still manages to stay remarkably grounded. When not leading inspirational hatha yoga classes, this yogi whirlwind can be found hosting acclaimed retreats at Trill Farm in Devon, fulfilling her duties as a Lululemon ambassador and running around with her two sons. How does she do it? With Headspace, Rioja and a good old dose of Dolly.
Following a successful career in advertising, Claire started her much lauded health and fitness consultancy in 2008. These days, when she’s not competing in triathlons or organising luxury barefoot retreats on private islands, she’s creating world-class workouts for discerning clients. As a result, her name has become synonymous with the cream of London’s health and wellness scene. Spurred on by the desire to build a studio that bridged the gap between boutique fitness, motivational group classes and personal training, she launched Transition Zone in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since.
What started off as a social media movement aimed at empowering women to become fitter, healthier and happier, has since developed into a fully fledged fitness community. Talitha Rye is one of three women behind the 27,000-strong Insta success that is Girl Gains. On the eve of International Women’s Day, I catch up with her to talk about girl boss inspiration, Ariana Grande and why you’ll never catch her drinking skinny tea.
Ruben Tabares needs little introduction. The former hurdles athlete and superstar trainer is respected the world over for his unique coaching approach. When he’s not putting the likes of Amir Khan, Tinie Tempah and P Diddy through their paces (to name just a few of his A lister fans), you’ll find him training his 10 year old’s football team and honing his knowledge of nutrition. I caught up with him in his sleek new fitness centre, nestled deep in the heart of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park.
[As featured in Hip and Healthy]
Have you checked out Millie Mackintosh’s Instagram feed lately? Well you should. She’s just one of a slew of female celebrities debunking the age old myth that weight lifting makes you bulky. She’s not the only one at it either. Thanks to the likes of Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr breezily deadlifting loaded barbells, there’s been a rapid increase in women turning to weights. So, what do these all these A listers know that we don’t?
[As featured in Resident magazine]
When the temperatures drop, it’s all too easy to let things slip, whether that means avoiding early morning workouts or overindulging at party season events.
[As featured in Sheer Luxe]
We’ve been cranking up our toning regime now that bikini season is in full swing…Our secret weapon? TRX. The suspension training workout is having a moment (A-list fans include Gisele) thanks to its quick results.
Although invented by a Navy SEAL, TRX is less intimidating than it looks, and the benefits for women are huge – from a super-firm core to increased strength and flexibility.