Top 10 of the best holiday essentials:
1. Compeed Blister Mixed Plasters, £4.39. From blisters to corns and cracked heels, these soothe, soften and protect.
2. Murine Refresh & Soothe Eye Mist, £9.99. Easier to apply than drops for dry, tired or itchy eyes. Can be sprayed over waterproof make-up; suitable for contact lens wearers.
3. Handmade Herbs Lemon Balm Cream, £9. For cuts, bites and prickly heat.
4. Viridian Travel Biotic, £24.95 for 30 capsules. One-a-day probiotic to help away-from-home digestions.
5. Lepicol Original Formula, £12.77 for 180g. Recommended for constipation by nutritionist Gillian Hamer. Suitable for adults and children; please follow directions.
6. Lysine Lip Therape with Monolaurin, £8. Contains two powerful antiviral agents to treat cold sores.
7. De Mamiel Altitude Oil, £28 for 10ml. Support your immune system on public transport with this natural blend of antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic ingredients.
8. Zinopin Long Haul, £19.92 for ten capsules. Natural supplement to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis – and puffy ankles – on flights over two hours.
9. Solgar Ginger Root Extract, £16.75 for 60 capsules. For travel sickness; also headaches, muscle pain and hot flushes.
10. Natural by Nature Oils Organic Lavender, £4.47 for 10ml. Essential oil that helps relieve aching muscles, headaches and nervous tension.
MAKE TIME FOR THE TABLE
A question: where did you eat your last meal? Grazing on the hop when I’m alone is one of my bad habits but, because I was writing this article, I made myself sit down at the table for breakfast and lunch today. According to psychologist Professor Jane Ogden, that means my brain marked that I have had a meal so I am less likely to eat mindlessly later. (It works.)
But laying the table and downing digital devices is not the norm, according to a survey of 2,000 people conducted for HelloFresh, a recipe kit delivery service. Nearly 70 per cent of adults and 60 per cent of children eat watching TV or a tablet, while 73 per cent of adults no longer sit at a table for dinner.
Losing the chance to catch up over a meal may impact teens’ mental health. According to research, more frequent family dinners were associated with fewer emotional and behavioural problems and greater emotional wellbeing. Other research concluded that children and adolescents who share family meals three or more times a week are more likely to be a normal weight and have healthier eating patterns. ‘It’s a great way to manage children who under- or over-eat as it encourages them to eat the same as everyone else,’ says Professor Ogden.
Planning fresh meals need not be complicated. She advises: ‘Find ten simple recipes that everyone likes and that take less than 30 minutes, so it always seems manageable.’
Hair loss is a common and distressing side effect for many people undergoing cancer treatment. ‘Women often lose confidence,’ says hairdresser Charles Worthington, who is honorary vice president of Look Good Feel Better (lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk), the cancer support charity.
Charles suggests wearing a gorgeous headscarf to disguise hair loss. ‘Fold a big square scarf into a triangle, drape it over your head with the long edge above your forehead, cross the ends and tie to the back or side of the neck.’ Or twist the ends, bring them to the top at the front and tie like a turban.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his salons, Charles has collaborated with designer Jane Carr to launch a limited-edition silk scarf, available in colour (right) or black and white. £125 from Charles Worthington salons and jane-carr.com, with a contribution from each sale to Look Good Feel Better.