8 Best Winter Facial Oils

If you’re finding that your normal moisturiser is no longer doing the trick this winter then it could be time to try a facial oil. Facial oils can provide extra nourishment for your skin and work particularly well in your nightly skincare routine. Layered under your moisturiser, you can get a variety of facial oils that give a whole host of benefits. From targeting first signs of ageing to combatting lacklustre complexions, here are 8 of the best winter facial oils.

de Mamiel Winter Oil 

We trust Annee de Mamiel explicitly when it comes to skincare… anything she creates we love! Her seasonal facial oils are some of the best in the business and we’ve been slathering on her Winter Facial Oil. If you’re really struggling with the effects of winter on your skin, this facial oil will completely rejuvenate your complexion. Formulated to protect, replenish and strengthen the skin’s barrier, it’s jam-packed with Annee’s favourite skincare ingredients. You’ve got Rosehip to restore and plump, Omega-rich Arctic Cranberry to fight free radicals, Tamanu Oil to support collagen production, Chamomile to reduce redness and Vetiver for a super dewy complexion. 

Gallinee Prebiotic Face Oil

If central heating mixed with icy outdoor temperatures have got your skin in a spin this winter then Gallinee Prebiotic Face Oil is the perfect antidote. You might think it to be odd to have prebiotics in your facial oil but our skin’s barrier needs them to maintain moisture and keep a harmonious balance. This facial oil boasts a biotic complex harnessing pre, pro and post-biotics to strengthen your skin’s protective ecosystem. Your skin’s microbiome needs tending to just as much as your gut because a healthy skin barrier equals gorgeous, radiant skin!

Oskia Restoration Oil

If a facial oil could ever produce almost overnight results, it would be Oskia’s cult-status Restoration Oil. Adored by many, this facial oil is the closest thing you’ll likely get to a complexion transformation! If you’re looking for a facial oil to reduce fine lines and inject some serious radiance then this is the one to choose. It’s full of wonderful skincare ingredients like Evening Primrose, Lupin and Turmeric which help soothe, hydrate and improve the skin’s elasticity which reduces as we age. It’s formulation is incredibly light and fast absorbing so it will make a great transition oil for Spring too.

Elemis Superfood Facial Oil

Say the word “superfood” and you’ve got us hooked already! We know antioxidants are super important for healthy skin, which is why we’re always encouraged by nutritionists to eat the rainbow for good skin! Well, Elemis have injected 9 highly-concentrated superfood oils to overhaul dull complexions. Boasting superfoods like Broccoli (yes, really!), Rosehip, Flaxseed and Daikon Radish, 90% of people from Elemis’ user trials agreed that the product visibly minimises the appearance of dull skin and​ 89% agreed that the product enhances skin radiance.

Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate

Another absolute stunner of a facial oil has to be Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate. It’s practically got legendary status and for good reason! Adored by our Managing Editor, Molly who has Rosacea, this oil acts like a superhero for the skin, enveloping it with a bullet-proof barrier to instantly soothe dry and irritated skin. If you’re prone to sensitivity, then Rosehip Oil will become your best friend. It’s incredibly calming and regenerative (hence the name) and sometimes, nature provides you with all the answers you need! This is the perfect example of that. If you want to mute those sensitivities and even out your skin tone (often disrupted by angry winter skin) then look no further.

Aurelia Balance and Glow Day Oil

Aurelia has to be one of our most-loved skincare brands (they’re often featured in our annual awards!) and they’ve really solidified themselves as experts in skincare. Their Balance and Glow Day Oil does exactly what it says on the label, it injects a healthy dose of glow-enhancing ingredients like Kukui and Kalahari (both high in antioxidants and fatty acids) and hemp, borage and almond oil to soothe and hydrate. Vegan and cruelty-free, Aurelia products are dermatologically tested so sensitive-skin-ers (and even pregnant women) can enjoy the benefits of Aurelia skincare. The fast-absorbing formula makes this a wonderful morning facial oil that sits perfectly under makeup, working on brightening and plumping throughout the day.

Dermatology M Rejuvenating Face Oil

If you’re in the market for a facial oil for mature skin or even just for those who are determined to target fine lines and wrinkles, Dermatology M’s Rejuvenating Face Oil is the ticket to firm and plump destination! Labelled as “age-defying” you can be sure this facial oil packs a punch of youth-boosting goodness and is high in protective antioxidants. Harnessing Bakuchiol (nature’s answer to retinol, but gentler) and a blend of active Chinese herbs and organic botanical oils, it’s anti-inflammatory and even contains antibacterial properties which may be suitable for those with acne-prone skin.

By Sarah Hero Facial Oil

If you love a bit of Gua Sha in your beauty routine, By Sarah’s Hero Facial Oil is the perfect vessel for your de-puffing massage routine. This is a rich oil that works best in your nightly routine and glides beautifully over the skin to deliver vital nutrients and give an instant glow. If you’ve got combination skin, it’s the perfect option being adaptable to dry patches and even an oily t-zone. Cold-pressed, made in Britain AND B-Corps certified, you can’t go far wrong with By Sarah.

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Beauty & Wellness Level-Up: Lou Shares Her Kiddie Essentials

Our Commercial Partnerships Director has been in the beauty, wellness and fashion industry for 15 years. Here are her tips on how to elevate your wellness from skincare products to self-care heroes.

Since having my son my priorities have changed. Before, I loved nothing more than spending money on myself, new clothes, and evenings out, but now my favourite thing is shopping for my little boy. Kids’ things can be soooo cute (they can also be absolutely hideous..huge plastic toys, garish prints, but some brands really do some gorgeous things). As a working mummy, these are some of my must-haves kiddie essentials to help my day run a little smoother and keep my Rollo bear happy.


Now that Rollo is 20 months old, toys are a great way to keep him both entertained but also develop his mind. From imaginative play to stacking toys, trucks and puzzles, there is so much to choose from it can feel like a minefield. Enter Kidly; the perfect place to find everything you need. From clothes to feeding essentials and beautiful toys Kidly stocks the best brands for kids (including their own gorgeous label) which are tested by little ones and approved by parents. Everything I have got for Rollo from Kidly, like their gorgeous wood and Silicone stacking rainbow, this cute little coffee machine, fire truck and Puffa Fish bath toys he has totally adored and played with for hours ( yay a few mins laptop time for mummy). They are also pretty enough to not look awful spread all over the kitchen floor which happens multiple times a day. 

Alternatively, you can take the guesswork out of your shopping with Lovevery which I was introduced to by my Bump Class group who absolutely raved about this. A Montessori-inspired play kit subscription which is designed by experts to support each stage of your child’s developing brain. They use organic, sustainable and natural materials which are good for your child and also the planet. The subscription-based kits are delivered every 2 months with new toys to encourage new skills and build independence.

Rollo loves the pram and can be a little lazy so enticing him out to play is always made easier with Banwood. I am totally obsessed with their gorgeous contemporary designs of bikes, trikes and scooters with a touch of mid-century charm, minimalism and functionality. Not only are they amazing fun for little ones, and perfect for developing their mind and strengthening their body but they are absolutely stunning. I wouldn’t mind a row of scooters, trikes and bikes in my hallway if they are made by Banwood.  


Having a little premature baby and always being concerned about his growth, I am beyond thrilled that my little man is a good eater and loves food. To be fair both his parents are self-confessed foodies so it perhaps isn’t that surprising. Our weekends and holidays are always planned around food, something I think I inherited from my parents so long lunches are always on the cards and our favourite thing to do. Aware that toddlers can be tricky eaters and adamant to ensure Rollo loved vegetables and was an adventurous eater, I have always tried to serve him an array of different, yummy things, but time is always the issue.

As much as I love to cook and have a lot of staples under my belt including pancakes and cheese muffins,  meatballs, tomato and ricotta pasta sauce and salmon fish fingers I couldn’t survive without my monthly delivery from Pots For Tots. An amazing homemade baby food delivery service, specifically designed for busy mums and dads. They have a team of amazing chefs who cook the food and deliver it straight to your door. Rollo is really keen on the Chicken Korma and coconut fish curry which I have to say is so yummy I occasionally sneak a mouthful in…shhhh! 


Getting outside in nature is one of the most beneficial things for our mood and mental health and this couldn’t be more true for little ones (and parents of little ones). As a family, we love going on walks with our dog whatever the weather. I (and I know every other mother) always worry about how to wrap my little one up in just the right kit to keep him nice and warm. As my uncle always says “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes” which is totally true. 

As a swede, my favourite outerwear brand for braving the cold is Polarn o Pyret who believes in creating clothes to ensure children can play outside in any possible weather and are complete cold weather experts. Their overall with removable fleece lining is my absolute winter weather must-have and is perfect for cold walks to make sure Rollo can get outside whatever the weather! 

I also adore Toastie who creates the most gorgeous Sustainable kid’s outerwear which is endlessly machine washable. Their Classic Waterproof Raincoat is made from recycled plastic bottles and is fully waterproof and is honestly one of the sweetest coats I have ever seen. Team these with the iconic classic hunter boots (the cutest boots on the market) and it’s the perfect outfit for some serious puddle splashing. This adorable outfit totally melts my heart into a puddle of mud. 

Spending a lot of time in Sussex enjoying longer countryside walks with family and dogs before a long sunday lunch, a MiniMeis carrier has become an essential for both comfort and saving my husband’s poor back. This amazing, super compact carrier was designed by three Norwegian dads (clearly knowing the discomfort of piggybacks) to encourage parents to be more active with their kids. The MiniMeis gives Rollo the perfect view of the south downs on our walks, from the safety of our shoulders while giving us back our comfort and free hands. Win-win! 


As a lover of skincare I always knew I would be fussy about what I used for my son and Bramley’s Little B range is my absolute favourite natural bath and body range.

Perfectly formulated for little ones, this natural, gorgeous-smelling range is gentle and kind and calms and soothes my son’s delicate skin while also looking beautiful in the bathroom and on his changing table. Our nightly ritual with a little massage and facial using their Magic Balm has become one of my favourite things to do pre-bedtime and I think helps him relax for a good night’s sleep.


12 Dreamy Retreats To Book This Spring

From bespoke experiences to bucket list destinations, the selection of retreats for 2023 covers every corner of wellness. Yoga has hauled the retreat industry for decades, but new recruits onboard span Pilates, Chinese Medicine, cold water therapy, surfing, boot camps and more! 

The Heartcore Retreat – St Tropez, France

In partnership with Wandawonda, our favourite Pilates studio Heartcore is hosting a series of  Pilates & Wellness Retreats at Villa Cosy in St-Tropez. Heading up the retreat is Jessie Blum, founder of Heartcore, for 4 nights of mind-body movement intertwined with wanders to the beach, games of petanque, a catamaran cruise, delicious meals, coastal hikes, massages and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Bringing the philosophy of Heartcore to the poolside of the Villa Cosy, each morning commences with an invigorating 90-minute session, poised to strengthen, lengthen and fire up the core. The off-season echoes blissful peace in the French Riviera, so dinners out at favourite local hotspots every night are delightful to relish in St Tropez without hordes of people.  Heartcore and Wandawonda have struck the perfect blend of movement, positive energy and great company, with this elevated retreat experience.
Location: Villa Cosy, St Tropez, France
Dates: 29th March-2nd April 2023 & 10th-14th May 2023

Cold Water Retreat Fritton Lake – Norfolk

Head down to Fritton Lake, the Norfolk staycation hotspot, for a day filled with mindful movement and hot-cold therapy, led by cold water swimmer instructor and PT Nicola Pollard and Pilates instructor Fiona Abbot. Swim the two-mile stretch of the lake to kick off the day, grasp the method behind cold water therapy with a workshop and then cosy up in the floating Koto sauna. Water-based activities are interspersed with fitness sessions throughout the day, featuring both Pilates and Booty Barre. Fritton Lake bestows trail running or cycling through woodland, tennis, SUP and boating to explore the vast acres of rewilding land. The day is fuelled by a seasonal lunch in the Clubhouse and protein nut balls to snack on throughout the day. Close off this revitalising day with homemade marshmallows around the fire pit and an open swimming Q&A with Nicola. Retreats can opt to stay overnight in Fritton Lake’s Clubhouse hotel for an additional fee.
Dates: Saturday 25th March
Location: Fritton Lake Retreats, Church Lane, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK

Odysseus Journey Euphoria Retreat Wellness Resort – Greece

Regain clarity in your mindset at Euphoria Retreat in the ancient Greek town of Mystras. Putting the lens on your inner thoughts, The Odysseus Journey is a 5-day discovery to shed light on any inhibiting emotions that no longer serve you. Join expert leaders to explore the metaphorical legend of the Greek hero Odysseus, along with the Five Elements philosophy, meditative activities and immersive spa experience to uncover your ‘Ithaca’ (how to identify and reach your heart’s desires). Delve into your spirit through Dance Therapy, Hammam Rituals, Element Balancing, Watsu Water Therapy, Forest Bathing and Labyrinth Meditation. This emotional discovery retreat is suitable for anybody wanted to overcome life blocks and become more aligned with their purpose.
Dates: 7th-12th March, 4th-9th April & 13th-18th June 
Location: Euphoria Retreat Wellness Resort, Mystras, Sparta, Greece

Oona Retreat: The Power to Heal – Six Senses, Ibiza

This retreat is a welcome tonic to city living. Guided by expert wellness instructor, Catie Miller, and osteopath and acupuncturist, Boniface Verney-Carron, the Oona Retreat gives you the power to heal over three blissful days in the ultra-luxe Six Senses resort in Ibiza. Undergo a neurological reset to discover a mind-body-soul connection with a blend of holistic activities, exercise classes, restorative sessions, one-to-one osteopathy, treatments and invigorating sea plunges.
Dates: 20th – 23rd April 2023
Location: Six Senses Ibiza, Portinatx, Spain

Daios Cove

BXR Retreat at Daio Coves – Crete

Daios Cove has fortified the BXR Retreat for several years, and for 2023 there’ll be two chances to nab a place on this luxe fitness experience. Held over 6 nights, this retreat gives the best of both worlds, all the holiday amenities in a 5-star resort on the Greek island of Crete, alongside high-performance-led training led by the BXR’s top coaches from London. The programming includes elements of strength and conditioning and boxing to exacerbate unparalleled results, building both physicality and mental ability. BXR has briefed the Daios Cover chefs with a bespoke nutrition plan to align with the training to ensure you’re fuelling your body the right way. Excel your fitness levels whilst making connections with like-minded fitness lovers in the most lavish resort in Crete.
Location: Daios Cove, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
Dates: 11th-17th May 2023 & 18th– 24th May 2023

Escapada Women’s Health & Wellness Retreat – Mallorca

Spend 6 nights in a Mallorcan farmhouse to embark on a Chinese Medicine Women’s Health Reset Retreat led by TCM practitioners and female duo Emilia Herting and Maeve O’Sullivan who have a combined 20+ years experience under their belts. Escapada TCM Retreats stay strictly clear of the “one size fits all” package and instead give a fully immersive integrative health and Chinese medicine overhaul focusing specifically on Women’s Health, tailored to your exact health concerns where ever you’re at. This highly personalised experience is one that cannot be mimicked unless on a retreat setting, the intimacy allows the experts to truly understand how to help you, through extensive consultations to create a bespoke programme during your stay which may include Five Element Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, an exclusive Escapada x Hayo’u Gua Sha treatment and Cosmetic Acupuncture. Throughout the day, all guests will immerse in traditional practises such as Qi Gong, sound healing, cacao ceremonies, meditation and masterclasses with TCM experts. This 360-degree retreat is an unparalleled experience that harnesses the power of holistic wellbeing through intricate personalisation to learn how to tweak your lifestyle to optimal health and happiness, in the healing hands of two leading TCM practitioners.
Dates: 13th-19th May 2023
Location: Finca Ses Set Cases, Capedepera, Mallorca, Spain

Wylder Lakes by Yoo – Cotswolds

Just 90 minutes from London, Wylder’s two-night escape in the UK is held at the 850-acre estate at The Lakes by Yoo in The Cotswolds, amidst over 100 beautifully designed homes overlooking the lakes. Over the course of the stay, you’ll cover yoga, breathwork, wild swimming in the lake, ice baths, paddle boarding, a wildflower workshop and a walk exploring the English countryside, led by a roster of experienced wellness professionals. Catered by sustainable chef & author of ‘The Whole Vegetable’, Sophie Gordon, you can expect seasonal dining spreads across beautiful tablescapes in the country-luxe cabin that looks onto the lake.
Dates: 14th-16th May 2023
Location: The Lakes by Yoo, Lechlade, Cotswolds

Swiss Alps Women’s Retreat – Verbier

Between fitness sessions, hikes, paddleboarding, yoga and self-care, this re-energising week-long retreat in the mountains employs nature’s wealth to enrich your health. Excursion through the mountain range in the summer sunshine, as nature blooms in all its glory and plunge into glacial lakes if you’re brave enough! Pent up in an alpine Swiss chalet with all the home comforts, this wholesome week connects you with like-minded women, in a fun, supportive and non-intimidating environment. Set daily intentions during your yoga flow each morning, elevate up to 2200 metres, picnic in the scenic altitude, pamper with afternoons of self-care and massages, complete strength workouts and refuel with a healthy dinner. There is even an opportunity to go paragliding amidst the peaks of the Swiss Alps, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Dates: 1st – 8th July 2023
Location: Verbier, Switzerland

Chaya Yoga Retreats: Moving Into Greatness – Ibiza

Guided by yogi guru, Nics Bannister, this retreat journeys towards your own individual transformation, helping you to embody a higher self. Hosted in a sumptuous villa secluded from the party scene of Ibiza, the villa’s grounds have state-of-the-art facilities including a chlorine-free pool and a dedicated yoga dome. Nourishment from the Chaya Kitchen will put you in good stead for the week-long retreat, utilising the bountiful abundance of local produce to create superfood-led dishes. Expect daily yoga and pranayama led by Nics, guided hikes, a ‘Wellbeing for Life workshop’ with Chaya founder Lucy Hill, sharing circles, guided meditations, a music evening and open-air film night and access to a wide range of additional therapies and treatments.
Dates: 30th Sept – 7th Oct 2023
Location: Can Pep De Suagita, San Juan de Labritja, Ibiza, Spain

Wildfitness Retreat – Menorca

Centred around biophilic exercise classes and adventures, interactive workshops, and alfresco Mediterranean feasts, Wildfitness Retreats take place in the most feral and unspoilt of the Balearic Islands, Menorca. Honing in on your wild side, the programme is all geared towards restoring your connection with nature, avoiding dumbbells, exercise machines and the latest gadgets to encourage guests to lift heavy rocks, climb trees, run around playing games, hike the local hills and mountains and practice connecting to the earth by walking barefoot on the beach. Embark on parts of the famous Cami de Cavalls hiking route, learn the ancient art of the Menorquin slingshot and swim in the crystal waters of the Mediterranean. Harboured in a gorgeous 18th-century farmhouse turned boutique villa, reclused in 300 acres of private land, the retreats involve 3-4 movement sessions per day ranging from beach games to boxing, yoga, lifting and more, interactive educational workshops around wild living, a posture and movement assessment, a rejuvenating massage and delicious organic meals from breakfast through to dinner. Opt between the 6-day fundamental course or the 13-day transformative course.
Dates: Various Dates from April-October 2023
Location: Binigaus Nou, Es Migjorn Gran, Menorca, Spain

Soul & Surf – Sri Lanka

Fill your days with surfing, yoga and meditation on the palm-fringed beaches of Ahangama. Typical days involve early starts to head out surfing followed by workshops, yoga and massages at your leisure, recoup in the afternoon for the daily yoga, meditation or pranayama class and then if you’re up for it, head out for a sunset surf session, powered by healthy, hearty meals throughout the day. The idyllic backdrop of the hilltops of the South Coast of Sri Lanka permits you to completely immerse yourself in this retreat, making city living feel like a world away.
Dates: Year Round
Location: Ahangam, Sri Lanka

Insanity Retreat Pine Cliffs Resort – Algarve

Insanity is the Bootcamp-style retreat at the Pine Cliffs Resort in the Algarve. The intense programme will challenge retreaters with daily military training-inspired sessions aimed at building strength, endurance and agility. The workouts are tough but the scenery will help you push through, taking either outdoors overlooking the ocean, on the beach or under the ubiquitous pine trees that give the resort its name. Choose from a 3, 5 or 7-night retreat which encompasses a fitness assessment, PT sessions, Bootcamp classes, daily stretching, massages, access to the Serenity SPA and meal plans defined by a nutritionist.
Dates: Year-Round
Location: Pine Cliffs Resort, Praia da Falésia, Algarve, Portugal

image: Jack Atkinson

PACE at Peligoni Club – Zakynthos, Greece

The amazing Peligoni Club in Zakynthos, Greece is set to host its annual wellness week PACE to kickstart the summer season (in collab with Rob da Bank). The programme has a focus on taking wellness at your own pace and offers guests an opportunity to dip into amazing fitness, cold water exposure, breathwork, yoga, gong baths and meditation alongside epic feasts and lots of Rosé – it’s also a chance to make new friends and reset, rejuvenate, and reconnect.

Contributors this year include Sir Chris Hoy, Aodnait Lombard (ice baths), Rob da Bank Sleep retreat, DJ Goldie Rocks, Richie Norton breathwork, Jessica Yolanda Kaye life drawing and a host of fabulous fitness instructors including Sasha Morgan, Carl Van Heerden and Mark Thomson. Guests will be treated to delicious feasts cooked up The Happy Pear, Bettina Campolucci-Bordi and Claire Thomson. For £400, guests will receive a week’s membership to the club, paddleboarding, kayaking and all the fitness and yoga classes, meditation and wellness workshops. 

Mindfulness Retreat – Mykonos

Designed to help you cultivate mindfulness as well as relax and rejuvenate, this all-inclusive retreat will be sure to set you on the path to personal growth and self discovery. Hosted by Life Coach + Mindful Eyes Founder, Rochelle Knowlles and Influencer, Emma Milton, you can expect daily wellness and mindfulness workshops, which include movement (in the impressive outdoor gym that boasts incredible views), meditation and lots of self-love guidance.

The retreat will be held at the beautiful, 5-star Charisma Hotel, set in the heart of Mykonos, located at the top of a private valley and looking over the Aegean sea, this unique space is the perfect place for individuals to come together to nurture both body and mind. As well as all meals, which will be nutrient-dense in fresh, local cuisine. There is also a complimentary Sunset Yacht Trip, plus a specialist sports massage and one-on-one coaching session with Rochelle.
Date: 3-10 May, 2023
Location: Mykonos, Greece

5 Rose-Infused Beauty Buys For A Self-Care Valentine’s Day Treat

Name something more romantic than a bunch of roses. Nope? Thought not. But while we’re all for a beautiful bouquet of flowers, there’s a better way to enjoy the benefits of the world’s most romantic bloom, and that’s by putting them in your beauty products. 

“Rose essential oil is known as the queen of essential oils, an ancient ingredient that has been cherished for centuries. It is used extensively in perfumery, aromatherapy, and even in food products and was a favourite of our founders. It has the ability to affect the mind, body and skin in a hugely positive way,” explains Christina Salcedas, Global Director of Education & Wellbeing at Aromatherapy Associates. “Rose is known for its natural anti-depressant properties; it is really uplifting to the spirit – you know how special you feel when you smell a bunch of roses! It is also beneficial in skin and body care, where it has been found that it has the potential to help improve skin texture and promote skin regeneration.” So, remember, roses are red, but they won’t leave you blue. And they’ll look after your skin, too!

Plus, there’s no forgetting that roses smell amazing, which is why they’ve become one of the most popular flowers in fragrances. “Whether it’s a sprinkling of rose petals to set the mood or an extravagant bouquet for your other half, roses have long been considered a symbol of romance and, for good reason. In fact, the historical significance of the rose stretches all the way back to Ancient Greek mythology where legend says that red roses were created by the Goddess of Love herself, Aphrodite”, explains Thomas Gibson, fragrance expert and founder of Noted.Aromas. “But as well as being hailed for their beauty, the sweet scent of rose is also considered to be one of the most romantic and has long been a popular choice for perfumiers”.

So, skip the bouquet and shop the best rose-infused beauty buys, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Moisturiser

Elemis ‘Pro-Collagen Rose Marine Cream’ – £94

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Elemis’s cult favourite ‘Marine Cream’ anymore, they went and launched one brimming with the beauty benefits of the rose. Harnessing the anti-ageing powers of Padina Pavonica alongside soothing extracts of organic English roses, it helps turn back time and deeply hydrate skin while calming your complexion and improving texture and tone. Plus, its delicate floral scent is divine. 

The Body Care

Aromatherapy Associates ‘Rose’ Collection – from £10

“Rose is our newest essential oil blend at Aromatherapy Associates, created to encourage optimism and to enrich the skin for the ultimate luxury in self-care. We use Damask Rose from Turkey. The whole roses are hand-picked in the morning, before they fully open, to ensure the minimal amount of precious rose essence is lost to the atmosphere, maintaining the purity”, Salcedas tells us. “Our rose blend is a 100% natural, complex blend, that also contains geranium and palmarosa essential oils. It provides a warm, deep scent, so although it’s rose, it may not be quite as you know it! The scent is deeper and more enveloping – we have heard it described as a ‘hug in a bottle’”. Whether you opt for the decadent body butter, the uplifting shower oil, or the rejuvenating rose clay mask, you won’t want the hugs to end.

The Scent

Jo Malone London ‘Special-Edition Red Roses Cologne’ – £82

“At Jo Malone London we are passionate about the well-recognised connection between scent and memory and notice that rose is often someone’s first foray into fragrance, when attempting to bottle the magic of rose petals outside in the garden”, says JML’s Fragrance & Lifestyle Expert, Emma South. “As a scent abundant in happy childhood memories, the nostalgic transportation it offers provides one explanation behind the calming influence of rose scents.” And it’s safe to say a spritz of this is bound to put a smile on your face. The next best thing to covering yourself in freshly cut roses, it blends notes of violet leaves and lemon to make for the perfect fresh floral fragrance. Plus, you get a pretty pouch, too.

The Bath Booster

REN ‘Moroccan Otto Rose Bath Oil’ – £35

Legend has it that Cleopatra used to bathe in rose water in a bid to keep her skin youthful and supple, and it’s clear that she was onto something, as rose can help skin retain moisture while protecting it from damage. Not to mention to leave it smelling sublime, of course. This indulgent bath oil from REN ticks all the bathing boxes thanks to its anti-bacterial, hydrating, and nourishing blend of Moroccan rose otto oil (one of the most expensive essential oils in the world, FYI), geranium and sesame oils. It even contains Damask rose petals to lightly scent skin while uplifting the senses. Sublime.

The Hair Hero

Ouai ‘Rose Hair & Body Oil’ – £26

Not only does this protective oil deeply hydrate hair, shield strands from harmful UV rays, re-inject shine, and smooth locks, but it also leaves them smelling like a rose in bloom. Enriched with rosehip oil, shea, and absinthium, and formulated without silicones and parabens, its ultra-nourishing formula restores moisture to give you back your glow from head to toe. Because yes, you can use it all over your body, too. Now that’s what we call flower power. 

words by Frankie Rozwadowska

The Art Of Longevity: How To Live Your Best Life (For Longer)

Our Mid-Life contributor, Nicola de Burlet, delves into the art of longevity and discovers how we can all live our best lives… for a lot longer!

It is no secret that we are all living longer, but there are some among us who seem to have a superhuman gene that keeps them going longer than most. I write this as news that the last surviving member of the Dambusters mission, George “Johnny” Johnson dies at age 101. Our late Queen lived to 93 and my own mother is 92 and still going strong despite a bout of cancer last summer, we all joke in the family that she has titanium in her veins. 

The MIT AgeLab was founded in 1999 to understand the challenges and opportunities of longevity and emerging generational lifestyles. Dr Joe Coughlin, Director at the facility says: “In 1900, life expectancy for much of the industrialized world was under 50. Today, living well into one’s 70s, 80s and beyond can be expected”. So, how will we spend those extra years? One of my favourite Instagram posts of recent times was a photo of Coronation Streets Dierdre Barlow in her tabard in the 1980s and Jo Lo swinging around a pole in a leotard in 2020 – both showing a very different face of 45 – it is therefore clear that this longevity requires new thinking.. and I for one, am IN!

Stats show that women live about 5 % longer than men which is attributed to our stronger immune systems, but also oestrogen that is said to combat conditions like heart diseases as well as helping to reduce harmful levels of cholesterol that can cause various serious health issues. Oestrogen also keeps tissues flexible, elastic and buoyant which is not only what you want for your face, but for your joints, muscles and veins as we age.  

It’s never too late – think blue!

We can learn a lot from the world’s “Blue zones”.  These are specific regions where people have been identified to live longer than average, having produced the most centenarians in recent years, these are Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.

It seems that in terms of lifestyle, these areas have some key learnings that we could incorporate into our own lives to improve our own longevity.  The good news is that these involve some simple tweaks to our daily routines that could make some big improvements to our overall long-term health. 

Nutrition for longevity

A Mediterranean diet is a great place to start, think fish, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes.  Emma Bardwell, Registered nutritionist and author of The Perimenopause Solution is an advocate for improving our gut health by reducing our meat intake and increasing the number of plants we eat, she says: “plants provide fibre for your gut microbes and encourage diversity. Increased microbiota diversity and robustness has strong links with increased health and wellbeing”.  She also advises reducing ultra-processed foods with long shelf lives which are full of additives, emulsifiers, and stabilizers.   

Remember when your granny said to chew your food a hundred times? Well, turns out she wasn’t wrong – eating slowly and with gratitude, are all part of the blue zone way of life.  Tim Spector, in his book Food for Life, states that “we have lost our innate relationship with foraging, growing and producing food for health and wellbeing, and need to rediscover food as preventive medicine” there is increasing evidence that diet and a healthy gut microbiome can have a positive effect on our immune function. According to Emma Bardwell, having periods of time when we’re not eating (usually overnight) is important for repairing the all-important gut lining and for releasing anti-inflammatory signalling molecules that strengthen our immune system – so I am trying to eat my last meal of the day earlier (before 7.30 pm) and delaying my breakfast until 10 am to give my “gut bugs” a rest – to the amusement of my husband.  I have friends who have been doing this for a while and have reported better sleep, more energy, sharper mental capacity, and improved digestion as a result!

Community and a social life

Staying socially active is important for brain health and in Blue Zones, where families tend to live in larger units, the grandparents look after the younger family members which in turn keeps them active for longer and part of a vibrant community, instead of isolated and lonely.  For us, keeping up with friends and family and having an active social life is key to longevity, I find I am energised after a night out with friends and always wish I did it more often – note to self for 2023!

Exercise and stress management

This is one that I struggle with having always been a worrier and a gym avoider! Research shows that as we get older, it is less about HiiT (high-intensity interval training) where you do short violent bursts of activity followed by a rest period, and more about moderate, steady exercise that raises the heart rate and builds lean muscle – all very important for longevity. I try and vary my exercise routine to include resistance training and weights to challenge my muscle groups which is specifically important for women as we’re more susceptible to osteoporosis than men.   Exercise is great for brain health as it oxygenates brain cells and increases something called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDF) which has been likened to Miracle-Gro for the brain.

Stress can be the biggest ager of all so don’t let it build-up

Blue Zone dwellers are big on this and manage it using meditation or regular siestas. Find your coping mechanisms – they are different for everyone but should be at the heart of every wellness regime, I find exercise works well for me and I am left with a real sense of achievement afterwards but for others, this might be a daily mindfulness session, a walk in the woods or booking in for a retreat. 

Have a sense of purpose and challenge your brain

The Japanese word “ikigai” means a “life purpose” or “raison d’être.” A sense of purpose or a good reason to get up in the morning is key to longevity – many of us midlifers will be working for many years to come, which is good news for our brains, whether we like it or not but ikigai goes beyond earning a wage, think about things that really give you satisfaction outside of work and family life, maybe take up a new hobby or skill. Challenging your brain with new tasks, such as learning a language can be hugely beneficial for optimum longevity and dancing has been shown to be particularly good for this as it is not only social, but learning the steps and routines keeps the brain active AND listening to music releases endorphins! Strictly here we come …

What I have discovered through researching this piece is that, In terms of longevity, only a part of it is down to our genetics, the rest is up to you!

Some top tips

  • Emma Bardwell recommends a mini health MOT – looking at your cholesterol, BP, folate, ferritin, Vit D, thyroid and B12. These are tangible markers that you can do something about.
  • Check your hormone levels low levels of oestrogen are not beneficial to longevity
  • Alcohol is not helpful for brain health. It interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain works. I have given up alcohol during the week and only drink on the weekends. 
  • Two ingredients that we will be hearing more about in terms of cognition and brain health are choline and omega-3 fatty acids (especially the DHA component). Choline is found in eggs and oily fish is a good source of omega-3. Both are available in supplement form. Look at Bare Biology for a good quality omega 3 – they do a fish-derived oil and a vegan algae oil option.
  • Mpowder supplements created by Rebekah Brown and Dr Vera Martins, lead herbalist and naturopath, are a favourite of mine. Both blends contain several whole foods and botanicals that are known for their anti-ageing properties supporting the body’s nutritional needs as they change during menopause. 

words by Nicola de Burlet

Therapy VS Life Coaching: Which Should You Choose?

It’s no surprise there’s been a huge rise in the self-help movement, from books, courses, apps and even festivals! We’ve come a long way to de-stigmatise mental health and we’re here to tell you that taking that first step to WANT to improve your mental health is one of the best decisions you could ever make. Therapy, in all forms, is for everyone. There isn’t a person on the planet that couldn’t reap the benefits! We all carry loads, we all have tricky circumstances we need to navigate sometimes, and we should all have aspirations and goals for our future selves. But how do you know if you need therapy vs life coaching?

Meet the founders of leading mental health care clinic Kove – Dr. Jenna Vyas-Lee (clinical psychologist) + Jordan Vyas-Lee (psychotherapist + CBT expert), here to decipher the truths.

There is some overlap between the roles of a life coach and a therapist— both work to enable clients to make positive changes in their lives and become more productive. But they’re not the same.

What Is A Life Coach?

A life coach focuses on setting and achieving goals. They can support and assist your professional and personal life, helping you to make decisions and plan for the future.

If you feel stuck, life coaching teaches you how to free yourself by encouraging and applying gentle pressure. By holding you accountable, they help you make meaningful progress on the goals you identify.

Life coaching resembles talk therapy because the focus tends to be on you. However, life coaches cannot diagnose or treat mental health conditions. Instead, they focus on your current situation – i.e. where are you, and where do you want to be? 

What Is A Therapist? (Counsellor, Psychiatrist, Psychologist)

Therapy helps you to create a space away from the pressure you might be dealing with at work or home. 

Therapists help you to understand what’s contributing to your negative patterns and getting in the way of meeting your goals.

The focus is on examining problems from their source, seeing how old internal patterns relate to your current situation and helping you heal. So you feel free to move forward and make the big important decisions needed.

In therapy sessions, you often return to the problems from the past that led to your current challenges. These include emotional experiences, patterns, trauma, past learnings and beliefs. 

The goal is to release any places where you’re blocked, leading to improved mood and lower anxiety levels. There are many different types of therapists from counsellors to psychologists and also psychiatrists…. The latter is able to diagnose and prescribe medications for mental health conditions like depression, mood disorders and anxiety to name a few. 

Common Myths

Life coaching and therapy are the same things

Despite the occasional overlap, the work and processes of therapists and life coaches are distinct.

Therapy aims to help you learn about your past, discover how to heal, grow, and become more self-aware. The aim is to feel better and relieve the symptoms of mental health issues like anxiety, depression or stress for example. Happiness and ‘more success’ flows from this.

Life coaching helps you succeed, grow, and become more effective and fulfilled in your life. The aim is to make positive progress and achieve your goals.

Life coaches have the same professional standards as therapists

Therapists are required to meet strict education and training standards before they can register to practice. They must get specific degrees and have many supervised practice hours. 

Life coaching, in contrast, is currently an unregulated profession. 

Meaning it is not held to the same rigorous standards as therapy. Most practising life coaches have the necessary education and experience to be life coaches. 

Life coaches often choose to become certified and uphold the ethical and professional standards that it brings. But, it’s up to you to determine whether a specific life coach is qualified enough to help you. With both, you need to feel comfortable with who you choose.

Therapists only work with people who have mental health conditions

Therapy isn’t just for those struggling with their mental health. Therapists can diagnose and treat from a healthcare perspective. But, therapy can benefit anyone experiencing stress, intense emotions or life transitions. 

Therapy provides a safe, non-judgmental place to vent about your experiences, explore your options and develop skills to handle various life challenges.

If you would like to explore ways to help your mental health, then check out Kove.

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Beauty A-Z: What Is Niacinamide?

In this edition of Hip & Healthy’s Beauty School series, we’re shining a spotlight on niacinamide. A.k.a. vitamin B3 – one of the most popular ingredients in beauty thanks to its ability to do pretty much everything (yes really, you’ll see why in a moment) and the fact all skin types can use it. As Dr. Sam Bunting tells us, “Niacinamide makes the skin that little bit more resilient, so it’s amazingly helpful in winter as it ensures that the skin barrier is retaining moisturiser and defending against irritants.”

But what exactly is niacinamide and how should we be using it? We tapped Dr. Bunting and The Ordinary’s Chief Scientific Officer, Prudvi Mohan Kaka, to find out everything you need to know. So, get ready to swot up on this must-have beauty ingredient and bag yourself an A+ when it comes to all things niacinamide.

So, what exactly is niacinamide?

“Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a multifaceted active ingredient renowned for its multiple benefits on the skin. It is a well-studied ingredient that’s been around for many years”, Kaka tells us. “It’s a renowned brightening agent and its inclusion imparts a visibly brightening effect, allowing it to address uneven skin tone”.

“Niacinamide is one of the most versatile ingredients in your skincare toolkit”, adds Dr. Bunting. “It has the unique ability to provide a balanced effect of anti-inflammatory and ceramide-building properties and is a fantastic all-rounder with a myriad of benefits from calming blemish-prone skin, improving both the appearance of fine lines, and increasing skin radiance, to improving pigmentation and bolstering barrier function by boosting skin ceramide production”.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Using It?

“Niacinamide is a versatile ingredient that targets multiple skin concerns at once, including dryness/dehydration, dullness, and uneven skin texture and tone. This makes it a great option for a multitude of skin types. It is also easy to incorporate into a routine, as it can be used morning and evening, twice a day”, says Kaka. “Maintaining a healthy skin barrier is fundamental as barrier compromise can often heighten skin discomfort. Niacinamide contributes to an improved barrier by supporting components that are essential to the integrity and support of the epidermal layer, such as ceramides and fatty acids. By doing this, it helps to reduce transepidermal water loss, thus improving skin hydration”.

Dr. Bunting agrees, telling us, “There are multiple benefits to using niacinamide, and it is particularly helpful when you have an overlap of different skin concerns. It has anti-acne benefits, thanks to is sebum-regulating properties and anti-inflammatory action, which is essential for clearing blemishes. It reduces the papules and pustules seen in acne, plus there’s no risk of antibiotic resistance to it, making it a good alternative option to tackling acne with antibiotics.” 

Can All Skin Types Benefit from It?

“Yes!”, exclaims Dr. Bunting “It’s brilliantly well-tolerated so most people can benefit from it, and it’s very low irritancy – I’ve not seen any patients have problems using it. Niacinamide is my sensitive skin hero, it’s gentle enough to be used on even the most delicate areas, making it perfect for use around the eyes and on the sensitive neck. It’s tolerated well by both sensitive and redness-prone skin. It’s suitable for all ages – from teens through to those with mature skin – and it’s safe to use in pregnancy and during breastfeeding”.

What’s the Best Way to Incorporate It into a Skincare Routine?

“Niacinamide has to be one of the easiest ingredients to build into a skincare routine, it’s very versatile and is for everyday use”, Dr. Bunting explains. “It can be used at any time of the day and can be built into sunscreen in the morning and used in a serum format at night. Thanks to the way it acts in the skin, it helps to prepare skin for stronger ingredients to come. It will play well with pretty much every other ingredient in your routine. It can also be layered in multiple products to max out the benefits! Look for products with 5-10% niacinamide”.

If your skin sometimes reacts to new ingredients, Kaka recommends testing it first, just to be on the extra safe side. “If you are prone to experiencing breakouts when introducing new products to your routine, the best course of action is prevention; to reduce the likelihood of skin reactions, we recommend performing a patch test on a small area of the skin for 7-10 days”.

But what if I use vitamin C too?

“Contrary to popular belief, niacinamide and vitamin C can work very well together”, Dr. Bunting says. “The whole story around niacinamide and vitamin C not sitting well together is a slight misrepresentation given where modern chemistry is now, so have no qualms about using them in the same routine. They are particularly useful layered together if you’re worried about sun damage”.

And what about using it with retinol?

“Niacinamide comes into its very strong position when partnered with retinoids”, explains Dr. Bunting. ‘It has the added bonus of increasing tolerance to topical retinoids through its ability to increase skin lipids. It’s worth using niacinamide before you start a retinoid if you have sensitive or dry skin, as it helps the skin to stay hydrated for longer”.

What’s the biggest misconception about niacinamide?

“That you will experience skin purging when first using products containing niacinamide”, says Kaka. “Many factors can lead to breakouts, and most are intrinsic (due to imbalances within the body unrelated to any controllable lifestyle factors). For this reason, the appearance of blemishes can simply coincide with the use of a new product, without being correlated to the product itself”.


words by Frankie Rozwadowska

30 Chic Ski Outfits For Looking Stylish On The Slopes

The ski season is well underway and if you’re heading to the mountains, you’re going to need some gear to not only protect you and keep you warm but also show off a little flare of style! Below are 30 chic ski outfits so you can look skilled (and stylish) on the slopes this year!

Are LED Masks Worth the Hype? Hip & Healthy Investigates…

When it comes to this season’s must-have accessory, you can forget about the latest it bag or statement shoe, because anyone who’s anyone has been spotted rocking an LED face mask. We’re talking Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, and Kate Moss. And the entire Kardashian-Jenner klan, of course. The secret to superstar skin, these futuristic face fixers boast major beauty powers and can literally do everything, from boosting collagen production to calming redness and clearing blemishes. 

“LED masks are an incredible at-home tool to help rejuvenate skin, improve acne and calm skin”, says Dr. Maryam Zamani, leading oculoplastic surgeon and founder of MZ Skin. “Red/ir led light helps promote collagen and elastin production and has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, while blue/ir light can be used to help diminish p acne skin which contributes to the formation of acne. It’s safe to use on all skin types and the at-home devices can be used all year round!”. Not to mention they work in a matter of minutes, they help reduce cortisol levels, and they’re totally safe and pain-free. Even if you do look like something out of a sci-fi film when using one…

Sound too good to be true? Hip & Healthy tapped Hannah Measures and Laura Ferguson, founders of The Light Salon (which specialises in all things LED facials, FYI) , to find out everything you need to know about LED masks and if they’re worth the hype. Listen in.

What exactly is LED and why is it having such a big moment in beauty?

LED stands for light emitting diode. The benefits are a result of the light, which emits therapeutic wavelengths of light energy into the skin to encourage cells to behave more youthfully, stimulating circulation and the production of everything from elastin to collagen. Red 633nm and near-infrared 830nm are clinically proven to be optimal wavelengths for skin health and rejuvenation, with 830nm achieving the quickest results and greatest levels of customer satisfaction.  

It’s the skincare results that draw most people to LED, and for good reason, with wrinkle reduction, breakout control and skin radiance among a long list of benefits! But just as powerful for us is the sense of wellbeing we feel from that daily dose of light.

What’s the biggest misconception about LED?

LED results depend on quality, power (energy), and wavelength accuracy and consistency, as opposed to the number of bulbs used. Whether you have 99 bulbs or 199 bulbs in a device, if the wavelength is inaccurate or inconsistent, the light will not hit the targeted area and in turn won’t have the desired effect on the skin and body. Longer wavelengths such as red 633nm and near-infrared 830nm do penetrate well, reach the dermis, and are clinically proven to be optimal wavelengths for skin health and rejuvenation, with 830nm achieving the quickest results and greatest levels of customer satisfaction. 

We work with red 633nm and near-infrared 830nm wavelengths for precisely this reason – not only do they stimulate collagen and elastin production (rejuvenating the complexion), they also penetrate deep into the body, reaching muscles, nerves, and bone, to increase blood flow and target inflammation whilst supporting cellular regrowth and regeneration to help reduce pain and heal injuries.

What are the different colours and what do they do?

Blue (415nm)

Targets and destroys acne bacteria found in the sebaceous glands, which reduces bacteria and the forming of blemishes or pustules. It also regulates oil production, balancing oily skin or t-zone, and increases blood circulation, which helps to eliminate toxins and provide nutrients to the skin. Blue (415nm) light has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, which reduces healing time and also prevents post-inflammatory scarring.

Red (633nm)

Stimulates collagen and elastin within the dermis and increases blood flow and oxygenation to the skin, all while delivering nutrients and antioxidants to repair. Increases regeneration so that skin looks and feels plumper, and brighter, with improved density in the dermis to support the ageing process.

Near-Infrared (830nm)

Penetrates deep into the skin and can reach the bone, increasing cellular activity so that cells behave in a more responsive manner. Increases the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to maintain the skin’s structure for a more youthful appearance. Near-Infrared (830nm) also reduces inflammation and pain by increasing blood flow and tissue oxygenation, supporting cellular health and repairing damage. In terms of skin tone, it regulates the production of melanin and increases antioxidants and nutrients within the skin. It also balances hormones such as cortisol (the stress hormone), serotonin (the feel-good hormone) and melatonin (our sleep hormone).

What should I know before booking an LED treatment or using an at-home mask?

Preparation of the skin is essential for optimal light absorption and will enhance results. So, whether you’re in-salon or at home, cleanse skin properly.  We suggest using our ‘Enzymatic Cleanser & Mask’ and to seal results with the ‘Hydrating Peptide Serum’.

Consistency is also key. LED therapy is like exercise, the more you do the more you gain! Invest in a device or have multiple facials to see real long-lasting and long-term results.

words by Frankie Rozwadowska

The Gut Reset: A Note From El

There’s a reason they say ‘go with your gut’ given that your gut not only plays a part in digestion but is also responsible for immune function, skin health, hormone regulation and mental health. All of which are factors that we start to notice symptoms flaring up. From the breakouts, the moodiness and the sniffles that come following the festive period. 

With more and more health conditions being linked to an imbalance of the microbiome, we are starting to understand the reason why it is so important to keep our gut in tip-top condition. 

The recipes for week 4’s “The Gut Reset”, are all about building up beneficial gut bacteria in our microbiome whilst also promoting smooth, regular and comfortable digestion. Accompanied by regular movement from your Silver Linings workouts, mindful activities and your excitement of what’s ahead this year – your digestive system is imperative to our overall health.

Getting to the bottom of your digestive imbalances can be so fascinating. Digestive health goes beyond bowel movements – in my clinic my clients will often choose to undergo functional testing where we can get to the nitty gritty uncovering potential imbalances in bacteria or problematic pathogens that are driving symptoms.

Gut-Loving Kitchari

Inspired by Ayurvedic principles and evidence-based research, this Gut-Loving Kitchari is my go-to when I am looking to show my gut some TLC and is the reason it appears regularly on my meal planner. The dal-like texture of rice and yellow peas is cooked until just short of a mush, making it easier to absorb the powerful healing nutrients. The chosen spices fire up our digestion whilst the ghee (or coconut oil) helps to ‘lube up’ your intestines to keep things moving in the right direction whilst increasing absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E and K.


1 cup dried yellow split peas
1/2 cup brown rice
3 Organic Ghee or Coconut Oil
1 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons ground cumin seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
5 cups of Organic Bone Broth/vegetable stock
1 crown broccoli chopped
1 courgette (chopped)
1 cup packed baby spinach roughly chopped
1/4 frozen peas
Chopped Coriander
Plain natural Coconut Yoghurt


In a large lidded saucepan heat ghee and add the ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the cumin, fennel seeds, fenugreek, and turmeric. Cook until fragrant.

Add the split peas & rice and coat in the spices. Pour in bone broth/stock. Bring to a boil & cover then reduce to a low heat to simmer for 35-45 minutes and most of the liquid has been absorbed. (You may need to add more water if the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the pan)

Stir in your veggies & cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes.

Serve warm sprinkled with coriander and a dollop of Coconut Yoghurt & Pepper or store in the fridge for up to 5 days to enjoy as lunch.

Recipe created by Nutritional Therapist, Eleanor Hoath for Hip & Healthy’s “Back To Wellness” campaign.

Green Shakshuka

Green Shakshuka

Kimchi Fried Rice

Show your gut bugs some love with the ultimate bowl of comfort! This Kimchi Fried rice has been designed and inspired by the flavours of Asia with a gut health twist that nourishes the digestive system.


1 Red Onion
1 red pepper
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups spinach
1 garlic clove
1 cup of brown basmati rice
200g firm tofu
2 tablespoons of kimchi (I use Cultured Collective)
1/2 cup cashews
1 tablespoon liquid aminos/soy sauce
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Cook your rice as per instructions.

Chop your veggies into long strips and your tofu into cubes.

In a large frying pan, sautee your onion, red pepper, mushroom and tofu in a splash of coconut oil and your chopped/minced garlic clove

Once soft, add 2 tablespoons of kimchi and stir through.

Add your frozen peas, spinach, liquid aminos, turmeric and black pepper and stir through to coat the ingredients in flavour.

Once cooked, add your rice and stir through

Serve with a sprinkling of cashews and an additional splash of liquid aminos or soy.

Recipe created by Nutritional Therapist, Eleanor Hoath for Hip & Healthy’s “Back To Wellness” campaign.

Cauli & Squash Traybake

Cauli & Squash Traybake