Can subjecting yourself to extreme temperatures aid weight loss, improve skin condition, boost your immune system and help the body heal faster? Is cryotherapy good for you?
Throughout history, people around the world have cooled and heated the body in the hope of reaping physiological benefits. Saunas have been used in Finland for thousands of years and the Ancient Egyptians used the cold to treat injuries and ailments. Fast forward to today, and people are heating their bodies in infrared saunas, while others are enduring extreme cold by standing in a -90C chamber, and now I’m one of them.
With salon-worthy technology now available and affordable, beauty gadgets to use at home have revolutionised our skincare regimes and anti-ageing endeavours. Advanced aesthetics are now available on a daily basis from your bedroom — but do the high-tech claims really live up expectations?
From micro-needling to freezing my face, and even non-invasive lip plumping, I have tried and tested five different beauty gadgets for under £200 to bring you honest reviews. (While you’re here, check out my top five salon beauty treatments)
In the winter hair needs caring for too. Dryness of the cold season, which comes from both cold air and central heating, is damaging not only to your skin but health in general. As well as changing your skincare routine for winter, you need to review your entire lifestyle and diet to strengthen your immune system and make sure you can go through autumn and winter without getting sick.
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Your beauty routine will also need corrections beyond skincare. You’ll need to pay more attention to your hair during this season because it becomes extremely vulnerable in the cold (and wearing hats doesn’t help either).
The return of the colder, darker weather can leave you feeling a little down. For most of us it means almost a year to wait until our annual summer getaway — but with these staycation ideas for three UK destinations, you can beat the cold weather blues.
Milton Locks, Portsmouth,
There are lots of great staycation ideas you can use to help you recharge those batteries. Here, you’ll discover why UK destinations can be just as good as going abroad.