For the ill-prepared, summer’s joy is swiftly scuppered by the very things that make it so enjoyable. Overstaying your welcome in the heat will turn dewy skin greasy and beachy hair frizzy. UV exposure will toast skin rather than tan it and the increase in humidity is likely to destroy the underarms of your freshly pressed cotton-poplin shirt sooner than you can say “hyperhidrosis”. In short, summer is a vengeful beast. There is sweating, chaffing, chapping, burning, itching and stinging. And let’s not forget the stink.
To save you a summer buzzkill, I’ve compiled five foolproof hacks to get you through the season looking your best.
The founding of NASA in 1958 spawned the Golden Age of Futurism, an era of intense creativity that has echoes in today’s high-tech world. The very idea of travelling into deep space encouraged an entire generation to think in terms of driverless cars and robots, wristwatch computers and hover boards – concepts that are a reality in 2017.
My exhaustive guide on how to survive the skiing season without morphing into a severely sunburned abominable snowman is now live on Mr Porter. Click here for the full article.
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The boom in male grooming has revolutionised the way in which men perceive themselves, but it has not come without its fair share of casualties. There are, of course, the extremists – most Major League Soccer players, many Premier League footballers and the entire male cast of Jersey Shore – who are, for the most part, a lost cause. And then there are the gents who unwittingly take a wrong turn on the road to self-improvement and somehow find themselves bolt upright in bed at three in the morning panicking about the amount of gluten in their eye cream.
It is rare that I write a post in the first person or, for that matter, reference my own convoluted dermatological woes. But given that this is a blog, and blogs are designed for confessional writing, I should probably tell you about my chronic allergies – the kind of sensitivities that trigger eczema, angry flare ups and the occasional rash on my face. Not a strong look. Especially for someone that’s supposed to be a health and grooming editor on glossy magazines.
As the health and beauty industries start to merge, it’s no surprise that skincare now comes in pill form. Formally known as ‘nutricosmetics’, these pills and potions play on the idea of beauty from within. Anti-ageing drinks such as Gold Collagen, Fountain and Pure HA have taken the UK by storm.
As part of the ‘Skincare & Dermatology’ report in today’s edition of The Times, I explore the gut-skin connection, the nutricosmetics market and question whether supplementing has any effect on the skin at all. You can read the full article online here.
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In spite of some very convincing greenwashing, many of the larger cosmetic manufacturers don’t have verifiable eco credentials or a long-term corporate responsibility plan.
Last year Unilever’s Indian arm, Hindustan Unilever, was accused of dumping toxic mercury from a now defunct thermometer factory in the forest near Kodaikanal, an act made public by, Kodaikanal Won’t, a youtube video that went viral. Episodes like these, along with an increasing amount of public awareness around carcinogens and toxins in personal care products, are forcing the industry to clean up its act. The most recent industry-wide reform came about when activists campaigned to ban the minute polyethylene microbeads that are found in most big brand face scrubs, toothpastes, body washes and other grooming products.