You’re counting down the hours until the big day in a blur of present buying, turkey-prepping and Prosecco-fuelled festivities.
WH doesn’t blame you—it is the most wonderful time of the year, after all—but before you log off and set your out of office on for the Christmas break, take one last scroll of the final health headlines of 2019.
From the whole team here at Women’s Health—we hope your festive season and the year ahead is full of health and happiness. Happy holidays. WH x
11 health headlines not to miss this week
1.) Lace up with the new Levitate 2 from Brooks
Brooks has long been established as one of the most reliable running shoes makers, but their latest Levitate 2 (£140.00) launch goes above and beyond past designs.
Why? Snazzy new features, such as the achilles guard to protect injuries in your achilles tendon, a soft ‘Fit Knit’ heel collar wrap to prevent blisters and a crystal rubber outsole, to provide support for even the most over-pronated of runners. Not bad.
Perfect for smashing festive miles.
2. Support sustainability this Christmas with First Mile’s Cut The Wrap campaign
You know Christmas waste is bad. But do you know how bad?
Stats from First Mile reveal that every year, over 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away—that’s enough to wrap around the Earth’s Equator nine times. Brits alone are estimated to use and bin the equivalent of over 108 millions rolls of wrapping paper a year.
And, surprisingly, not all wrapping paper is recyclable, which means the majority ends up in land fills. Remember to consume mindfully this Christmas and think of the planet where you can—have you thought of up cycling and using old wrapping paper for presents? For more inspiration, read our guides to zero waste, how to use less plastic and sustainable food swaps. Every little helps.
3. Vegans and non-vegans alike: M&S launch first vegan cauliflower ‘cheese’
Cauliflower cheese probably isn’t the first thing you think of when wondering what you’d eat following a vegan diet.
But, in a high street first, M&S just launched a vegan version of the staple in time for Christmas—sure to become one of the most-loved vegan supermarket foods around.
Think a creamy almond and cashew nut sauce with a crunchy ciabatta breadcrumb crust for added taste and texture. In M&S stores for £3.25 now—and if you need further vegan cooking inspo, read our guides to handling your first vegan Christmasand preparing a vegan Christmas dinner.
4. Snackers, grab Metcalfe’s newest launches
If you’re a savoury snacker, you’ll want to try their new Corn Chips (see, healthy crisps do exist), available in Nacho Cheese and Sizzlin’ BBQ. Or, for the sweet-toothed among you, try their Mini Rice Cakes, covered in chocolate and made from both wholegrain and white rice. They’re available in milk, dark choc and white chocolate.
Available for 75p in most stores come January. Keep an eye out.
5. How much? The average Brit spends £110.30 on Christmas dinner
Did you know—the average couple will spend £110.30 on Christmas dinner this year, with turkey (44%), roast potatoes (40%) and stuffing (22%) voted the nation’s favourite parts of the dish? Plus, a quarter (25%) refuse to accept Yorkshire pudding as part of the meal.
Further, the research from Voucher Codes, discovered that Brits will spend just 111 minutes opening their presents this Christmas, despite two out of five (39%) parents being woken up by their children before 7am.
6. Sick of the in-laws? Let Bark help
We’ve all been there—two hours in and you’re already so sick of the in-laws you’re ready to run away as fast as your legs will carry you.
Stop, breathe, practice mindfulness and if it really gets too much, chat to a counsellor for just £30 an hour, with thanks to Bark.
The emergency Skype sessions have been launched to help improve the relationship between partners and their in-laws in time for Christmas. There are 50 sessions available, so it’ll be first come, first served. Sign up on the Bark website.
7. Wondering what the most Googled beauty question of 2018 was?
Google stats just in: the most searched beauty-related question of the year was: ‘How To Apply Magnetic Lashes’.
So what does WH beauty contributor Lydia Bright have to say? ‘False eyelashes are notoriously tricky to apply but having tried these, I can’t see have any advantages on the old school ones—once you’ve mastered the stick on versions, you get a much more natural finish.’
You heard. If you prefer more natural products, read our guide to the best lash serums.
8. Snuggle up with Yorkshire Provender’s two new soup flavours
If you’re feeling run down from endless Christmas parties and in need of a vitamin hit, cosy up by the fire with either of Yorkshire Provender’s two delicious new flavours (£2.50 each).
Full of natural ingredients and nutrients to warm you through the chilly lead up to Christmas, you can choose from super broccoli with Yorkshire cheddar or aromatic Thai carrot soup. Both are coeliac friendly, naturally low in fat and contain no added sugar.
9. Read up on the skincare trends to look out for in 2019
Wondering what big beauty trends you’ll see hitting headlines next year? Well, according to Dr Justine Kluk, consultant dermatologist at 25 Harley Street:
- The acne vaccine: Researchers in California confirmed they have identified a potential target for an acne vaccine, more results to be published this year.
- The skin microbiome: People will start incorporating more personalised probiotics in skincare.
- A drive for better inclusivity: Skincare and makeup caters predominantly for Caucasian women. I hope 2019 sees a move away from this ‘one size fits all’.
- Eco and sustainable skincare: More refillable containers and packaging made from substances like glass, recycled goods or plant-based materials.
10. To book: Psycle launches Mortimer Street
Keen to get your last sweat of the year on in style? Then WH can’t recommend heading to the newest studio opening from Psycle enough.
Located in Marylebone on Mortimer Street, the studio not only offers spin studios, but spaces for barre, strength and yoga set over four floors, plus a cafe serving turmeric lattes from Wunder Workshop and kit shop stocked with athleisure. Book at the Psycle London website. Go, go, go.