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Why Dreaming Could Be Key To Your Mental Health

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With Mental Health Awareness Week in full swing, there has been an influx of stories surrounding stress, anxiety and sleep. When it comes to the latter, the focus is often on the struggle to fall asleep and the knock-on-effect of not getting enough. We rarely talk about our quality of sleep, let alone whether we dreamt or not. Can you even remember the last time you had a really truly vivid dream? If you struggle to get eight hours sleep a night, the thought of dreaming can feel like more of an indulgent luxury. But, more and more research is highlighting the importance of dreams. Read More…

Vitamin C: What Are The Skincare Benefits?

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The health benefits of vitamin C have been well documented over the years. Sailors used to take lemons on their journeys to help prevent scurvy (bleeding gums) and these days most of us up our dose of the vitamin if we feel a cold coming along.

Vitamin C is also a celebrated skincare ingredient – and has been since the 1930s. It’s list of benefits is almost endless and therefore there are hundreds of vitamin C creams and serums on the market. And there is an appetite for them; Pinterest saw a whopping 3379 percent rise in vitamin C ‘pins’ last year. Read More…

Do Natural Deodorants Work?

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The natural beauty industry is booming at the moment. More of us are looking to cleaner formulas that promise to be gentler on our skin and to the environment. As we switch to chemical-free face creams and vegan-friendly make-up, it’s unsurprising that even our choice of deodorant is getting a look-in.

First and foremost, let’s clarify the terminology. There is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. The former works as an antibacterial buffer to prevent and disguise the smell of sweat, whereas antiperspirants use aluminum to temporarily block your sweat glands. Admittedly most deodorants on the market use both techniques to prevent any hint of body odour escaping. Read More…

Coffee: Is It Good Or Bad For You?

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How many cups of coffee do you need to have in the morning before you feel like a fully functioning human? One or two and then maybe one after lunch to wave off the four o’clock slump? At one time or another we’ve all tried to fend off tiredness with an extra cup of the black stuff only to end up feeling anxious and shaky.

According to the majority of advice, four cups is the maximum we should be relying on. Yet, it’s hard to ignore the constant influx of differing advice. Over the past two weeks alone we’ve been told that around three cups of coffee a day could help ward off heart disease by lowering your risk of palpitations, but if you’re pregnant drinking two daily coffees could increase your unborn child’s risk of obesity. Both claims were the result of studies and paint a confusing picture of coffee and its potential benefits. Read More…

How To Combat Stressed Out Skin

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A whopping 82 percent of Brits feel stressed out at least once during a typical week. While a new study by the University of Queensland might recommend taking a five day break from social media, a lot of us believe most of our stress is  work-related rather than Facebook-induced. According to AXA, three in five Brits take business calls outside of working hours, while more than half check their emails. This ‘always on’ culture is pushing more and more of us to the limit. Read More…

How To Find The Perfect Cleanser

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Cleansing is one of those twice-a-day mundane tasks that few of us give much thought to. However, it is a fundamental part of your skincare routine and finding the right formula and using it correctly can make a huge difference to the quality of your skin.

A good cleanser removes dirt, grime, make-up and excess oil that could potentially block your pores and cause irritation and breakouts. What you don’t want is a formula that is too harsh and strips your skin of all its natural oils, which initially causes dryness but it can lead to excessive oil as your skin tries to overcompensate.

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