WIN The Supercharged CHELSEÉ Face Oil Worth £85

We are excited to team up with Chelseé Lewis to offer two lucky readers the chance to try her supercharged anti-ageing face oil worth £85. The Chelseé Face Oil blend is an amalgamation of 27 years of experience and observation of knowing what works, to give an all-in-one face oil you will love. 

Named as one of Tatler’s best London facialists, Chelseé Lewis is the go-to skin connoisseur offering the very finest in facials and skin therapies. 

Driving to keep skin looking healthy, young and beautifully fresh, Chelseé has blessed the skin of some of the most renowned individuals in the industry including beauty editors through to A-list celebrities. 

Containing a powerhouse of skin conditioning and rejuvenating oils that are rich in essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, the CHELSEÉ Face Oil has been formulated to help maintain the health of your skin naturally. This anti-ageing, brightening, rejuvenating powerhouse of goodness will become your must-have facial oil. 

Enriched with Vitamin A Cacay oil together with Tunisian date seed and vitamin, this oil is perfect for pigmentation and scarring. The squalane delivers a concentrated dose of skin nourishment and the blend of frankincense, chamomile and sandalwood promotes a state of deep relaxation and a restful night’s sleep. 

2 entrants (picked at random) will receive:

  • 1 full-sized sample of The Chelsee Face Oil worth £85

*Competition closes on the 14th of December 2023

Winter Wonder-Hands: The Best Hand Creams For Dry Skin

As winter descends, bringing with it the crisp chill and enchanting beauty of frost-covered landscapes, it also heralds the arrival of a common woe – dry and cracked hands. The cold, harsh weather can leave our skin longing for extra care and attention, and one area that often bears the brunt of winter’s bite is our hands. Fear not, for in the realm of skincare, a saviour exists in the form of hand creams. These nourishing elixirs are designed to rescue your hands from the clutches of winter’s dryness, providing a soothing balm for parched skin. In this article, we embark on a quest for the ultimate solution to chapped hands, exploring a curated selection of the best hand creams for dry skin. These emollient wonders promise not only relief but a touch of indulgence for your skin, ensuring that your hands remain a haven of softness and vitality throughout the winter.

Nursem Caring Hand Cream, £7.99

Nursem Hand Cream is a salvation for overworked hands, especially for those on the frontline of care. This reparative elixir is more than a moisturizer; it’s a testament to compassion. Developed by nurses for nurses, it’s a blend of soothing, plant-based ingredients, free from parabens and cruelty. Loaded with active ingredients like glycerin and chamomile, it offers intensive hydration without the greasy residue. Nursem goes beyond skincare; it’s a social mission, with each product purchased contributing to hand care for a nurse.

Avène Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream, £11.75

Avène Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream is a soothing elixir for distressed hands, offering unparalleled care for dry, cracked skin. Enriched with Avène Thermal Spring Water, this dermatologist-recommended formula provides intense hydration while promoting skin healing. The unique blend of sucralfate and copper-zinc complex accelerates recovery, calming irritation and fortifying the skin’s natural barrier. Fast-absorbing and non-greasy, it leaves hands silky-smooth.

Rhug Estate Hand & Nail Cream with Orange Peel Oil and Yarrow, £32

Indulge in the luxurious embrace of Rhug Estate Hand & Nail Cream, a skincare gem enriched with the invigorating essence of Orange Peel Oil and the healing properties of Yarrow. This meticulously crafted formula is a sensory delight, offering a burst of citrus freshness alongside Yarrow’s soothing touch. The cream is a symphony of hydration and nourishment, absorbing swiftly to rejuvenate tired hands and fortify brittle nails.

Rituals “The Ritual Of Jing” Hand Mask, £12.90

Indulge in tranquillity with Rituals’ “The Ritual of Jing” Hand Mask, a serene escape for tired hands. Infused with the calming essence of Sacred Lotus and Jujube, this mask is a pampering ritual that transforms a mundane moment into a spa-like experience. The dual-layered gloves, enriched with shea butter and nourishing botanicals, cocoon your hands in a hydrating sanctuary.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, £19

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is a robust shield against the elements, offering unparalleled care for weather-beaten hands. Infused with a potent blend of botanical oils, including avocado and sesame seed, this salve provides a surge of hydration, tackling even the driest skin. Its thick, rich texture forms a protective barrier, sealing in moisture and preventing further damage. A true multitasker, it soothes and restores with a non-greasy finish.

Irene Forte Skincare Pomegranate Hand Cream, £70

Indulge in luxury with Irene Forte Skincare Pomegranate Hand Cream, a luxurious elixir for hands that crave pampering. Imbued with the nourishing properties of organic Pomegranate extract, this cream revitalizes and deeply hydrates, leaving hands soft and supple. Enriched with a blend of Sicilian Orange, Rosemary, and Bergamot essential oils, it bestows a fragrant embrace. The antioxidant-rich formula not only moisturizes but also safeguards against environmental stressors. Irene Forte’s commitment to natural ingredients and sustainability shines through, making this hand cream not just a beauty ritual but an indulgence that harmonizes with nature, elevating your hands to a realm of sublime care.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Hands, £8.50

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Hands is a lifeline for overworked hands, especially those facing the brunt of daily stressors. Enriched with shea butter and glycerin, this reparative cream delivers instant relief to dry, damaged skin. The innovative formula, infused with the brand’s proprietary Thermal Spring Water, soothes irritation and accelerates the healing process. Cicaplast Hands absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy residue, making it an ideal companion for on-the-go care. Dermatologically tested and free from parabens, it’s a gentle yet powerful solution for hands in distress.

Oskia Renaissance Hand Cream, £29

Oskia Renaissance Hand Cream is a luxurious retreat for your hands, embodying the brand’s commitment to radiant, healthy skin. Infused with Oskia’s signature blend of bio-available nutrients, vitamins, and Swiss Apple Stem Cells, this cream delivers a transformative experience. The exquisite texture absorbs effortlessly, leaving hands velvety-soft and rejuvenated. A symphony of fragrant rose and chamomile engages the senses while antioxidants combat environmental stress.

words by Molly Jennings

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Hasselback Squash With Walnut Crumb

You may have heard of Hasselback potatoes but have you ever tried Hasselback squash? This recipe from California Walnuts would make the perfect centrepiece on your Christmas table this year. This show-stopping side dish will be ideal for those who fancy a veggie Christmas affair… but fear not, non-veggies will be going back for seconds too!

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Serves 2


1 butternut squash, peeled, halved and deseeded (1.3kg)

2 cloves garlic, sliced

3 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

75g California Walnuts, chopped plus 25g

½ x 25g pack fresh coriander, chopped, plus extra to serve

2 tbsp chopped chives

1 lemon

150g edamame beans


  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.
  2. Place 1 squash half, flat side down on a chopping board between 2 wooden spoons (to stop the knife cutting all the way through).  Made cuts, 0.5cm apart all the way along the squash. Repeat with the other squash half and place both in a roasting tin, push the garlic slices randomly into the cuts.
  3. Mix 2 tbsp oil with the spices and drizzle over the squash, bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Mix the 75g walnuts, herbs, lemon zest and remaining oil together and sprinkle over the squash, bake for a further 20 minutes until golden and tender.
  5. Meanwhile, stir fry the beans and remaining 25g walnuts in a drizzle of oil for 1-2 minutes, stirring in the juice of half the lemon at the end. Serve with the squash.

Cooks tip Add harissa paste to the walnut crumb for extra heat.

Recipe by California Walnuts

Snow, Ski & Spa: The Alpine Wellness Mecca To Visit This Winter

As temperatures cool, the ski season heats up…where better to head than the Italian Dolomites. Rich in style, sophistication and snow, the Dolomites is home to the largest network of skiing in the world. Intertwining 1200km of slopes and 450 lifts, Dolomiti Superski has several resorts scattered within its hemisphere, one of the favoured being Alta Badia, adequate for beginners through to seasoned skiers. At the bottom of the valley, on the tip of Corvara is where Sassongher Hotel has stood proud for almost a century. Backdropped by the dramatic undulating landscape that’s dusted in snow, this traditional hotel imbues Italian hospitality at its best and is a true alpine wellness mecca.

Laced in decades of lineage, Sassongher Hotel has been passed down through generations in the same family since 1933. The 65-room hotelier follows classic rifugio wooden architecture bedecked with heritage alpine interiors. Keeping the hotel business in the family has meant Sassongher Hotel retains a level of impeccable cordiality that earns the 5 stars above the door. There’s a homely, comforting presence from the moment you step foot in the lobby, inviting you in like an extended member of the family.

The restaurant echoes tradition, with dishes which have been served in the grand dining hall for decades, presented with an elevated upgrade to edge them into the gastronomic standard this region has become accustomed to. Lavish Italian dining will take you on a culinary journey; Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and (if you have space) an indulgent Dolce! Pick out a table in the hotel’s classic ‘Stube’, native to the region of South Tyrol, the rustic nook is the quintessential alpine dining experience.

Rolling back the clocks, the hotel bar oozes with charm, you can envision elegant Italian women back in the 50s sipping on an aperitivo, soundtracked by the piano. Theatrical mixologist ‘Saro’ mans the bar, tempting you in with his exquisite spin on classic cocktails and mocktails for a nightcap or two!

The wellness facilities have been given a luxe-modern makeover, offering the perfect post-skiing chill-out space to spend lazy afternoons soothing achy muscles. Perched on the rooftop is the open-air whirlpool hot tub, with panoramic views of the peaks. The sauna boasts a similar picturesque outlook of the scenery housed on the top floor, and in true European style, you may see a little nudity! Downstairs the spa continues with a gym, heated pool, infra-red cabin and relaxation area to cosy up by the fire on the floating rattan loungers and completely zen out. The alpine wellness treatments cover beauty, massage and facials to regenerate the body throughout your stay. The full-body massage will come as a tonic after a day on the slopes, minimising DOMs the following day.

Ditching après ski for fine dining, the Dolomites region is spurred on by a renewed food and drink scene. An example of a ‘Rifugio’ Restaurant’ fuelling this movement is Ütia de Bioch, a typical fairytale-esque mountain hut that you’ll stumble across in amongst the piste. Fusing Ladin, Tyrolean and Mediterranean cuisine, the menu takes inspiration from the various Italian styles to create gourmet dishes for memorable lunches in the most divine setting. Passionate about organic and local wines, resturanteur and sommelier Markus Valentini has renovated the basement into an impressive wine cellar, hosting high-altitude tasting sessions to flaunt his noteworthy knowledge. The Scotoni Hütte should also be on your hit list, coveted for its open-grill kitchen that stages a spectacular for diners. If there’s ever a time to eat meat, its here. The BBQ sharing platter is the speciality, partnering with a local butcher to deliver the highest quality meat. In fact, all the ingredients are sourced sustainably and locally, from the potatoes grown in the Puster Valley to the South Tyrolean cheese.

Crowned as the top gourmet destination in the Alps, Alta Badia has curated an avant-garde initiative to flex their culinary skill one step further. ‘Gourmet Valley’ pairs a sequence of restaurants with talented Michlean-starred chefs to present a collaborative dish at the mountain hut’s, accompanied by a local wine that complements the meal superbly.

If mapping out a length day of skiing fills you with joy, the Dolomiti UNESCO World Heritage Site is a playground of routes and loops to keep you occupied for days, if not weeks. Monikered as the ‘Ski Safari, the Superski multi-terrain swath is a winter sport enthusiasts dream, featuring the Sellaronda circuit one of the world’s greatest ski routes.

Just 2 hours transfer from Innsbruck, arguably the most straightforward airport in Europe, Sassongher Hotel eloquently synergises ‘La Dolce Vita’. Adopting the alpine Ladin lifestyle, their warm-hearted attributes are unparalleled, making you feel at home. Throw in the ski safari at your fingertips, on top of the sensational culinary scene and let the the magic of the Dolomites whisk you away this winter season.

Learn more about Hotel Sassongher hereClick here for more information on Alta Badia

words by Isabelle Shury

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Kids Christmas Gift Guide 2023

With the magic of Christmas around the corner we have rounded up some of our favourite kids Christmas treasures to share with your little one this year. Brimming with seasonal pieces, from adorable christmas calendars to the sweetest pyjamas, outfits, gorgeous gifts and festive magic to inspire a season full of joy.

Home & Lifestyle Christmas Gift Guide 2023

We’ve been searching high and low for some inspiring lifestyle and home Christmas gifts your loved ones will adore. From cookware to gorgeous home accessories, we’re asking Santa for basically everything in this Home & Lifestyle Christmas Gift Guide!

Wellness Christmas Gift Guide 2023

From cutting-edge fitness tech and stylish activewear to soothing mindfulness products and more, this curated wellness list has been handpicked by our editors. Catering for fitness enthusiasts,  yogi gurus, and those needing a little self-care, our selection of the best wellness gifts is the ultimate guide for wellness lovers seeking health, happiness, and relaxation.

Stocking Fillers Christmas Gift Guide 2023

For those of you who have already completed your Christmas shopping, we applaud you! If you haven’t even thought about your gift-giving plans then you’ve come to the right place! Below, we’ve compiled our ultimate guide to the best stocking fillers and we think it’s our favourite one yet! So, if you’re stuck for ideas, then scroll down for some awesome ideas both luxe and affordable.

For Him Christmas Gift Guide 2023

Coming up with new and exciting gifts to buy the men in your life for Christmas is always to toughest, but we’ve got you covered this year! If you’re husband, brother, dad, friend, or co-worker has received a variation of socks for the last few years, this is the guide to inspire your purchase and get them a gift that will encourage them to indulge in the world of wellness. From masculine candles to hiking gear that’s made to last, performance-led activewear and grooming essentials that elevate their skincare routine, this list has something to suit every type of man! Here’s our For Him Christmas Gift Guide.

Food & Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2023

Stuck for gift guide ideas? Check out our Food & Drink Christmas Gift Guide for the foodie in your life!

Beauty Christmas Gift Guide 2023

We’ve devised a list that helms the very best gifts for all the beauty lovers out there. From sustainable makeup that pampers your skin and the environment to luxurious bath and body products that transport you to a world of indulgence, not to mention seasonal perfumes that captivate the senses, our list has it all. Here’s our Beauty Christmas Gift Guide.

What’s On Sadie’s Christmas Wish List

I have now realised that, rather brilliantly, my husband actually shops directly off my wish list here on Hip & Healthy. To that end, I have thought even harder about what to add to it this year’s. You’ll be sure to find the usual, annual pair of running trainers but also as we lean further into countryside living, expect beautiful home accessories and walking attire, which more than reveals my age! Talking of age, as someone yet to embrace botox (although never say never) you’ll also find a host of skincare and bathroom delights that ensure to pamper and ensconce whilst also turn back time. But, as we all know, especially in such turbulent global political times, the real gift this Christmas will be spending it with my family. Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday x

Carrie Elizabeth, Enamel Star Set Ring, £100

I am loving celestial jewelry at the moment. This one is 14k Gold Vermeil adorned with beautiful sparkling star set cz stones. It also looks amazing when stacked with other gold rings in the collection.

Votary, 24 Hour Time Repair Kit, £95

I would love to give my evening and morning beauty ritual a complete overhaul with Votary’s new Intense Night Oil and am already obsessed with their Super Seed Serum. This kit has all of their very best products that promise to get your skin glowing.

ANNA + NINA, Holly Jolly Desert Plate, £15 

I dream of the day that I can go full grotto mode at home with all our home accessories transforming into Christmas versions of themselves. These plates would look stunning on any festive table.

Dr Hauschka, Winter Warming Bath Duo, £24

Compiled of the delightfully wintery-smelling Spruce Warming Bath Essence (100ml) and Winter Soap, this is the perfect little stocking filler that will instantly take your baths to the next level.

Nike Juniper Trail 2 GORE-TEX, £104.95

I went on a run with a friend recently who was not wearing GORE-TEX shoes and was squelching her way around the 7k course, whereas I, in my GORE-TEX, remained mostly nice and dry. I am forever wearing through my trainers and hoping for a fresh pair to start the new year with.

Matilda Goad, Butter Dish, £55

For far too long I have struggled on without a dish to put my (vegan) butter in. We have resorted to buying the soft, margarine-y type butter for both me and the kids and quite frankly – I am fed up with it! Finally, I have found a butter dish worthy of any breakfast spread!

Jess Wheeler, Napkin Holders, 

Designed, hand-cast and hand-cut by Jess and her team of artisans, these brass nature-inspired napkin holders are perfect for Christmas tables through to summer. Inspired by the rugged Welsh landscapes where Jess lives, each of her pieces feels unique and sparks tablescaping joy like nothing else.

Forest Essentials, Van Vatika Skin and Hair Care Box, £40

Forest Essentials is an authentic, traditional skincare brand with its foundations in the ancient science of Ayurveda and their gift boxes are just beautiful, each featuring a unique illustration and filled with deliciously scented products.

Neom Bedtime Hero Magnesium Body Butter, £36

I love anything and everything from Neom. They are a total crowd-pleaser at Christmas and I have yet to find someone that doesn’t want something from the range. The winner for me is their Magnesium range. I have their bath milks already – so that leaves me wishing for their body butter!

Nadiya Hussain, Simple Spices Recipe Book, £26

My favourite bake-off winner has released a new book and I am desperate to get my hands on a copy. My New Years resolution is to be more adventurous in the kitchen and cook more so this will help me to embrace my new foodie rituals!

Hermés Enamel Bracelet, £290 

My husband bought me one of these bracelets for one of our first anniversaries together when we were just boyfriend and girlfriend! Now, I’d love to add to the one I have with some more and this one looks beautiful.

Wylder Yoga Retreat, £POA

This year what I am really, really am wishing for is a spot on one of Charlotte Townend’s legendary Wylder Yoga Retreats. Set in Ibiza and filled with lots of yoga, nutritious food and the odd mindful pottery class – I honestly can’t think of a better present than some ‘me time’.

The London Dispensary CBD Bath Bomb, £12

I just love the smell of this Citrus Bath Bomb – it is so uplifting and takes my bathing to that next level! Packed with avocado, pomegranate, rosehip oil, argan and shea butter, and infused with a highly effective 100mg of premium CBD, it leaves my skin feeling soft and my mind feeling zen!

WHOOP 4.0, £16 per month (1st month free)

I have become a bit obsessed with tracking my steps (I know I am late to the party !). It got me thinking about tracking other health markers too and I just keep hearing about how amazing the WHOOP band is at tracking everything from sleep to stress.

Fable + Mane Healthy Hair Heroes, £39

I have always paid little attention to my hair… and it’s showing! So now I need to sort it out!! This gift box from Fable + Mane, famed for producing amazing silky hair, is how I am going to start!

Acai Outdoors Thermal Seamless Base Layer, £49

There is nothing that spoils a walk or a run for me more than being cold, which is why I love a base layer. I get that this might not be the coolest thing I have in my wardrobe but it certainly gets a lot of use during the winter months. All hail the base layer!