Revealed: The TRUE toll of boozing past 40
BRAIN damage, red skin and an increased risk of stroke – this is what boozing when you’re over 40 looks like. A recent survey found 28 per cent of women over 45 drink more than their adult kids, while those over 65 are most likely to relax with a drink five days in a row.
Top celebrity diets you should ditch
Although we all know the key to dropping the pounds is to eat less and exercise more, many of us will succumb to the temptation of diets which promise instant results. Yes, we’re more likely to keep the weight off if we take a slow-and-steady approach, but sometimes we want an instant fix – especially if it’s worked for our favourite star. This is something the British Dietetic Association (BDA) understands, which is why it’s published a list of celebrity diets which should be avoided.
How to handle a hangover
A crushing headache, bone-dry mouth, low-level nausea all day; hangovers are never fun. Obviously the best way to guard against them is to watch what you drink, never mix your spirits and top up on water as you go. But realistically everyone goes overboard now and then and even if you haven't, you might end up with a cracking head anyway. Here we take a look at why.
Christmas spirit explained by scientists
Lights are twinkling on the tree, the shops are stuffed with mince pies and you've probably already had one too many at your work party. That's right, it's Christmas - the time of year for us to all either rock our snowman jumpers with pride or pick on the one person we know who doesn't get into the festive spirit. However, according to scientists our love of Santa or devotion to Scrooge is actually predetermined thanks to a specific area of our brain.
Stop forgetting breakfast
Breakfast might traditionally be the most important meal of the day, but it seems an increasing amount of us didn’t get the memo. As many as half of Brits don’t have time to eat something in the morning according to new research, with the number doubling over the last three years.
Go get your dream job
We look at ways to banish the Sunday blues. It's hard not to be jealous of people who have the job you've always dreamed of. Most of us will have experienced that feeling at some point, along with the crushing sense of hopelessness than descends at about 4pm on a Sunday when you know you have to do a job you hate the next day. But how did those people secure a career they love? It's more than just luck, so here we look at ways to turn your job dreams into a reality.
Sleep apnoea explained
It might not be hugely widespread, but most people have heard of obstructive sleep apnoea. If for no other reason than that medical reality TV shows were at one point obsessed with showing obese men sleeping in a face mask, which forms part of the CPAP machine used to treat the disorder. It's more serious than you might think, with the condition causing people to stop breathing for seconds at a time while they're asleep and therefore meaning they only ever get light rest. On top of that, it's been claimed that a new category of people could be sufferers.
Say goodbye to stomach fat
Any survey of the body parts people are dissatisfied with will usually feature the stomach. It's the main problem area for many men and women, as it's an easy place to put weight on and can be difficult to tone. But what are the health implications of increased belly fat, and how can we kick it to the curb for good?
There are many things which mark women out as different to men - childbirth, period pain and the horrors of waxing spring to mind. But now there's a new one to add to the list, because apparently women tend to get dehydrated more than men. As well as meaning hangovers are kicked up a gear, this can cause more headaches and tiredness.
Are you guilty of emotional eating?
Most of us will have heard the term emotional eating, but it's easy to dismiss this as something other people do. After all, if you're not stuffing cream cakes into your mouth at all hours of the day and night you don't have a problem - right? Well actually more of us eat for emotional reasons than you would expect, which can mean we're putting unhealthy amounts of sugar into our system.
The top five hair extension myths
Hair extensions have soared in popularity over the last few years, and they've come a long way from the synthetic, overly-curled, blonde Barbie locks many associate them with. In keeping with that idea we asked Tatiana Karelina, whose brand offers ethically sourced virgin Russian hair, to name the top five myths she thinks are associated with extensions.
Experts advise Christmas party make-up
It's finally December (15), which means it’s safe to talk about Christmas. While you might not have started your shopping or even want to think about the giant roast you need to cook in a few weeks' time, it's a safe bet that you will have started to consider your festive social calendar. And with Christmas bashes comes the need for a new look - so what better time to try out a seasonal make-up trend?
Probiotics: Skincare's hot new thing
When you hear the word 'probiotics' what do you think of? For most of us it's either yoghurt or those tiny bottles of drink you're supposed to drink before you leave the house in the morning. Skincare is less of a consideration, but actually probiotics in beauty looks set to become the next big things.
How to use skin peels safely
At-home acid treatments are having a bit of a moment but before you indulge, it's important you know a bit more about what to expect. Exfoliating toners have made many people familiar with acids in the form of AHAs and BHAs, the former best for drier skins and latter for those with oiliness and spots, but what's normal when you use them? Should you end up with a face as red raw as Samantha Jones in that infamous Sex and the City episode? Or will you struggle to see anything different after the first use?
Alpha-H's Michelle Doherty talks skincare regimes
If you suffer from breakouts it's easy to start blaming the make-up you put on your skin - but actually it might be what you're using to remove it that's the problem. Michelle Doherty is the woman behind the Alpha-H brand and she is astounded by the amount of people who think nothing of using cleansers with cheap ingredients. As far as she's concerned, splashing out on pricey foundations or hybrid make-up items is pointless if you aren't cleaning your skin properly too.
A/W15's new skincare innovations
When the seasons start to change, it's pretty normal to see a vast amount of new skincare hitting shelves. Whether that's the latest SPF innovations during the sunny months or hydrating moisturisers when the cold weather kicks in, you can be sure there'll be a lot to splash your cash on.
Hair thinning explained
Obviously beauty problems are subjective, but there is one most women would agree is among the worst: hair loss or thinning. And that's not just our opinion; researchers in America found that 30 per cent of people would give up sex for a full head of hair again, while 47 per cent would swap their life savings for full locks. In fact, 60 per cent of people said they would happily swap their savings and their friends if it meant returning to a full head of hair.
Make your moisturiser do more
If there's one product which is universally used by women we'd bet it's moisturiser. Most ladies wouldn't dream of not using one morning and evening as they are the fastest way to get your skin feeling comfortable and looking supple. But what if you could get even more benefits out of your moisturiser? These days there's more to them than just getting rid of flakes or stopping your skin feeling tight after you've washed it.
The new serums
Most people only need to use the right serum a few times before they are converted. They are the best way to sort out skin conditions and are available to tackle all kinds of things from dryness to dehydration, oiliness or anti-ageing worries. The small molecules in them mean they can penetrate right into the skin, unlike moisturiser which tends to sit on the surface.
Vitamin C boosts
Chances are when you have a cold or feel a bit under the weather, you'll reach for the vitamin C. We've been well taught that it can help banish illness, but it's good for skin too. This is because it is key when it comes to producing collagen, which makes skin plump and strong. Without enough of it you can look dull and tired, with no radiance. It's also important in skin repairing itself after an injury, plus because it's an antioxidant, it helps stop the damaging effect of free radicals. These molecules can male skin dry and cause wrinkles and fine lines.
Protect skin from pollutants
We all know it's important to protect skin from the sun's rays and to pack the body with vitamins if we want a glowing complexion, but what if your lifestyle means skincare has to take a back seat? Stressful jobs can have a huge effect on the face, with dark circles, a sallow colour and dry patches all side effects of lack of sleep and a pressurised job. Being busy can also mean we snack on the go rather than eating a balanced diet, while city life can play havoc with skin.
Who is Jonathan Saunders?
News that London-based designer Jonathan Saunders is resigning as creative director of his eponymous company, resulting in it shutting, sent the fashion world into a tailspin on Tuesday (08Dec15). There had been no warning signs that the move was in the offing; in fact quite the opposite was true as the label only secured a new investor at the beginning on 2015 and hired a fresh CEO less than six months ago.
NY Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs showcases colourful line
Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 12 collection is characterised by colour and minimalism. The US fashion designer showed his diffusion line at New York Fashion Week last night. The presentation took place at the Lexington Avenue Armory at 8pm, after Marc had to move his main line’s fashion show to later in the week due to the impact of Hurricane Irene.
Victoria Beckham shows ‘focused’ line in New York
Victoria Beckham’s Spring/Summer 12 collection is "more focused" due to the arrival of her daughter. The fashion designer gave birth to her fourth child, girl Harper Seven, in July. She showed her latest line at New York Fashion Week yesterday and admitted the pregnancy had affected it.
Michael Jackson's designer dream
Michael Jackson "dreamed" of starting a clothing line. The 50-year-old pop legend - who died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest last Thursday (25.06.09) - was in the process of designing a collection with French fashion guru Christian Audigier when he passed away.
Victoria Beckham's clothes criticised
Victoria Beckham's sense of style has been questioned by a top designer. French clothing guru Christian Audigier claims the former Spice Girls singer - who now works as a fashion designer, and released her latest range of dresses at New York Fashion Week earlier this year - is in a difficult position as she has no formal training.
With an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff, the hype around Suffragette has been intense. This culminated in a fitting women's rights protest at the movie's London premiere earlier this month (Oct15), with Mulligan and Bonham Carter giving the ladies their full backing as it's certainly what their characters would have done.
Sometimes it can be hard to sum up a film in one word, but not so with The Gift. Tense, that about does it. In fact, if you don’t relish the idea of sitting on the edge of your cinema seat, that balancing act punctuated only by periods when you jump out of your skin, best give this one a miss.
A Most Violent Year
When the couple your movie centres on are fiery and passionate you'd better hope they have chemistry, something Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac do in spades in director J.C. Chandor's latest offering A Most Violent Year. Perhaps it helps that the two stars have known each other since drama school so they actually do have history - whatever, it works.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
When a movie begins with one of the characters asking if his nipples need to be rouged, you kind of know what you're in for. Enter Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the sequel to the 2010 comedy. Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke are all back for the time-travelling caper, although original star John Cusack bowed out from the sequel.
Big Hero 6
As you'll know if you're an animation fan, it's all about the sidekick. So it's lucky that Oscar-nominated Big Hero 6 has one of the cuddliest, funniest and cutest you're likely to see on screen, in the shape of Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit). After all, what's not to love about a giant blow up Michelin-man who only comes to life when you hurt yourself? Nothing, that's what. He walks slowly, talks with no expression and takes things so literally there'd be instant death if you advised him to go jump off a cliff. But that's why you, and kids everywhere, will grow to love him too.
Snow in Paradise
British gangster films are a hard genre to master. You need just enough Cockney twang to give a menacing overtone, but not so much that it all starts to sound a bit Dick Van Dyke. Too much rhyming slang and you run the risk of your criminal overlord sounding like a Pearly King, plus most people won’t have a clue what’s going on. On top of that, Hoxton is hardly the mean streets of south central LA, so you get the picture.
It’s April 1945 and a man is riding a horse casually across the remnants of a battle field. Small fires are still pouring smoke as he casually picks his path across the battered turf, when suddenly a figure leaps from a trashed tank. The man is knocked to the ground and viciously stabbed through the eye – this is the opening scene in Fury and the audience’s introduction to Brad Pitt’s character Don 'Wardaddy' Collier. He’s just killed a German SS officer but lets his horse go free, with the theme of morality looming large over the film.
Robert Downey Jr. takes on a different kind of role in The Judge, which sees him playing sharp suited defence attorney Hank Palmer. It’s not a complete about-turn though, and those who enjoy seeing the star deliver zinging one-liners as Tony Stark will be glad to hear a certain amount of the superhero makes it into this film, too.
The news that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were reuniting on the big screen spread quicker than you can say Wedding Crashers. In the 2005 release they played a pair of womanisers who sneaked into strangers' weddings in the hope of hooking up with hot women. This time around they're starring as friends who attempt to reinvent their careers in The Internship. But eight years on, are they still able to capture that on-screen magic?