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Beauty Columns

Read our columnists' take on the latest beauty innovations, trends and treatments

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Why everyone needs to own a set of hair rollers - and the best ones to buy

18 hours ago / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Providing volume, curl, movement and body, these old school gems are a styling staple. Spotted in Fashion Week kit bags as well as airport lounges(!), here are the best ways to use them and the best ones we've tried >>>

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The best cleansers and face washes for sensitive skin

December 7th 2018 / Judy Johnson

Sensitive types need a gentle but effective cleanser to keep skin irritation to a minimum. Judy Johnson shares her favourite face washes for reactive, hypersensitive skin >>>

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What can (and can’t) you do to your hair when you’re pregnant?

November 30th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

“Can I dye my hair?” “Can I have a keratin treatment?” They’re two of the most common beauty questions that crop up when you’re expecting. From the least chemically-loaded alternatives to the techniques that will minimise your toxin exposure, here’s what you need to know if you’re a mum-to-be like Meghan >>>

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What is a micellar shampoo and is it for you?

November 16th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

If you love a micellar water, there’s a good chance you’ll love the hair care equivalent too. Here’s what you need to know about the trend >>>

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Does anyone else feel like their skin is a mess right now?

November 16th 2018 / Judy Johnson

Blotchy, dry, dull - sound familiar? With a routine that’s all over the place and skin that’s showing the signs of stress, Judy Johnson hits the reset button and asks the experts what her sensitive skin really needs >>>

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Can castor oil really make your hair grow?

November 9th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

It’s the all-natural remedy that’s received glowing testimonials across the web for its hair growth potential - but is it really the secret for a fuller lash and hair line? We found out >>>

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The ‘super’ dry shampoos that are changing the game

October 19th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

From mousses to tinted spritzes and frizz tamers, innovations in tech are making this beauty staple more useful than ever. These are the ones worth spending your pennies on if you’ve missed ‘hair wash night’ >>>

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10 of the best concealers for olive and dark skin tones

October 2nd 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Whether you're looking to cover up dark circles, spots or redness, these concealers hit the mark >>>

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Are you over-hydrating your hair?

September 28th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Most of us are doing it, but few of us are aware of it, says a top hair stylist. From spotting the signs to what to do instead, here’s what you need to know >>>

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The best body foundations and concealers for olive and dark skin tones

September 14th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

If you’re looking for a body base hardy enough to disguise thread veins, tattoos, uneven skin tone or scarring, we’ve got you covered >>>

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Glass hair to 80s curls - these are the new season hair trends set for big things

September 7th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Whether you’re looking for a complete hair overhaul or a subtle pop of colour, we’ve got you covered >>>

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Why hyaluronic acid should be in every sensitive skin routine

August 24th 2018 / Judy Johnson

It’s the acid that everyone can benefit from and can even help you build up your tolerance by boosting your all-important barrier. Here’s why HA needs to be in your sensitive skincare >>>

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Should you be taking a hair supplement?

August 17th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

They claim to help with everything from hair loss to dandruff and brittleness, but with so many to choose from, how do you go about deciding which one’s right for you? Here’s what to look for and what to buy >>>

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Life’s an itch: one eczema sufferer on why she’s ditching topical steroids

August 3rd 2018 / Judy Johnson

Could steroid creams be making your skin worse? Judy Johnson talks to vlogger Zainab Danjuma about her lifelong eczema and why she’s gone cold turkey >>>

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5 surprising things that could be making your hair tangle - and what can help

July 27th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Knotted up? Here’s why and the best detangling tools and products for keeping matted hair and unwanted snags at bay >>>

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Why the myth that darker skin tones don’t need sunscreen needs to stop

July 21st 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Yes our melanin protects us a little, but not enough. Here’s why every skin tone needs to be vigilant about SPF >>>

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My Trusty: the clinically-proven budget sensitive skin range that supports the NHS

June 22nd 2018 / Judy Johnson

Forget your aqueous creams and paraffin-based pharmacy skincare - this sunflower oil range created by NHS scientists nourishes sensitive skin in a way that doesn’t feel clinical >>>

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5 natural ingredients that will change your skincare routine

June 5th 2018 / Katie Robertson

Stock up on these low-cost, all-natural beauty remedies for super-glowing, radiant skin, including easy DIY recipes you can whip up in your kitchen >>>

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The 10 sensitive skin travel commandments: what to do (and not to do) on holiday

June 1st 2018 / Judy Johnson

With no access to your entire skincare collection or local GP a holiday can be stressful rather than relaxing for those of us with over-sensitive, problem skin. Stick to your comfort zone and avoid holiday nightmares with these 10 dos and don’ts >>>

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9 reasons why your hair’s getting greasy - and what can help

May 25th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

Hair weighing you down? Here’s why and the best ‘slick fixes’ for keeping excess oil at bay >>>

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Sarah Vine: losing it - my hair loss struggle

May 21st 2018 / Sarah Vine

Hair loss is distressing, writes Sarah Vine, but it's not about vanity >>>

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The best long wear wedding-proof makeup

May 18th 2018 / Anna Hunter

Whether you’re the bride, mother of the bride, or just a cryer, finding wedding makeup that stays put can be a challenge. Achieve wedded bliss with the following beauty picks >>>

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The best sun creams for sensitive skin

May 11th 2018 / Judy Johnson

SPF and sun lotions for sensitive skin needn't be a hassle - you just need to know which sun creams play safe with their ingredients. Here are Judy Johnson's top picks, including natural and mineral sunscreens that look after hypersensitive, reactive or allergy-prone skin >>>

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The ultimate guide to sun cream ingredients for sensitive skin

May 4th 2018 / Judy Johnson

From physical and chemical filters to minerals and preservatives, here's all you need to know about choosing sun cream for sensitive skin types >>>

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Hair breaking off? These products and treatments can help

May 4th 2018 / Ayesha Muttucumaru

When fragile locks need a little extra love, these are the strengthening shampoos, leave-in conditioners and in-salon treatments that can get them back to feeling their best >>>

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