Features - Health & beauty

A concise guide to shaving

These male grooming products will leave you looking and smelling like you just walked out of a luxe London barbershop.

All that glitters

Precious metals and pearls are the latest ‘it’ ingredient in high-end skincare. And for good reason – these brilliant stunners have endless skincare benefits from anti-ageing to anti-acne.

Articles - Health & beauty

Five nail-art trends for autumn

For the last couple of seasons, nail experts have been opting for a simple, nude nail rather than an over-adorned, nail-art-laden look. Autumn 2014 is similarly uncomplicated, but colour (especially jewel tones, vampy violets, and oxblood) is definitely back.

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Five ingredients for healthy hair

It’s no secret that chemicals are bad for the hair, causing weakening, split ends, dulling, and even hair loss. These five ingredients will make any hair product infinitely more effective. What’s more, they can even be used in their natural form as a fun DIY home hair treatment.

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Natural beauty

Based on the virtues of age-old ingredients and minimally invasive to the environment, these eco-friendly brands draw from nature while protecting the planet.

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Aqua Cycling

The Tour de France is watched by millions in complete admiration as cyclists battle through 21 gruelling stages, burning thousands of calories each day as they go in search of that coveted yellow jersey.

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How fragrance lifts mood

As it turns out, we don’t just like fragrances for their sweet smell: they also make us feel a certain way. The sense of scent requires the least amount of processing through the various nerves of our senses  its like direct dialling right to the brain. Pleasant smells lower the heart rate, while volatile substances, like those in the scent of lemon, stimulate us when molecules quickly evaporate as they hit our olfactory nerves.

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What to eat this Ramadan

Contrary to popular belief (and cravings after a long day of fasting), it’s not advisable to indulge in sugary, fatty foods during Suhoor or Iftar. It’s important to follow a diet similar to one’s non-Ramadan diet to avoid drastic weight gain or unhealthy side-effects. What’s more, Ramadan is all about modesty, discipline, and cleansing your body, and these foods and tips for healthy Ramadan eating will ensure optimal health during the Holy Month.

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The ABC of Vitamins

During the month of Ramadan, be sure to stock up on these vitamins for energy and proper nutrition. But do keep in mind that it’s always good to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements – they will be able to best advise you on just what, and how much, your body needs.

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What to eat this summer

Along with being one of the most fun seasons of the year for outdoor activity, summer can also be one of the most dangerous for the body, due to exhaustion, dehydration, and sun damage. It is often said that you are what you eat, so this summer, make these summer superfoods (and drinks) a mainstay in your kitchen.

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