Should You Bother Using One In Your Skincare Routine?

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‘Cleanse, tone and moisturise’ has always been a mainstream beauty mantra. The long-held belief was that a toner removed anything your cleanse left behind, shrank pores and restored skin’s pH levels before the application of serums and creams.

Then two things happened. First, beauty regimes got progressively more complicated so using a toner fell by the wayside. Second, toners started to get a bad reputation because many formulations contained high levels of alcohol, making them astringent and extremely drying – terms which don’t exactly scream glowing complexion.

Thankfully, the majority of brands went back to the drawing board and reformulated their toners not only to make them alcohol-free, but also to boost them with active ingredients in order to supercharge your skincare routine.

So, are they worth adding back into your routine? Before you add one to your online shopping basket, here’s all you

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Sir Elton John ‘ramping up’ exercise routine to get into shape

Sir Elton John has said he has been “ramping up” his fitness and exercise routine and will become “a new Elton to look at”.

he musician told The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show that by the time of the Dine and Disco event next year, he will have got himself into better shape.

The event is a fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS foundation.

There will be an audible gasp when there’s this toothpick on the stage with a pair of glovesSir Elton John

“This is a very important date in my calendar,” he said.

“So I’m ramping up my exercising and fitness so that when I appear on the stage, there will be an audible gasp when there’s this toothpick on the stage with a pair of gloves.”

He added: “I will be looking different. I’m telling you that now, it’ll be a new Elton to look

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78-year-old Paul McCartney’s fitness routine: yoga headstands and diet

At 78, Beatles co-founder Paul McCartney is still working, writing new music and, until the Covid-19 pandemic hit, performing in concerts. In 2019, McCartney grossed just over $100 million on solo shows, according to Forbes.

One strategy that helps the septuagenarian stay active as he ages? A fitness routine. McCartney described his approach to wellness on a recent episode of the podcast “Smartless,” hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett.

“I have a very definite routine,” McCartney explained on the podcast. But he doesn’t have a personal trainer, “it’s just me,” he said.

First, “I get on the mat, and I do a bunch of stuff there,” McCartney said. For example, he said he stretches his legs and uses a foam roller.

“Then, I move over to a cross-trainer,” also known as an elliptical machine, McCartney said. Sometimes he will “do a bit of running” for added cardio.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, 49, Shared Her Skincare Routine On Instagram

  • Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 49, shared her skin care routine in a recent Instagram video.
  • Alongside her daughter Willow, 20, she posted the video while they both were wearing sheet masks and chilling on chairs in their living room.
  • She only goes to an aesthetician twice a year because she’s “very particular.”

    Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 49, shared her morning skin care routine in a recent Instagram video, and we are all ears. Alongside her daughter Willow, 20, she posted the video while they both were wearing sheet masks and chilling on chairs in their living room. And she gave her followers a total run through about her skincare philosophy and what she does to keep her skin looking glowy and youthful.

    “I don’t go to aestheticians but what, twice a year?” she says to Willow. “As you can see Willow and I have on these facial masks. It’s our

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    Make Your Own Running Routine With ‘Intuitive Running’

    runner, seen from the back, on what looks like a park trail.

    Photo: G-Stock Studio (Shutterstock)

    Sometimes I wish I had been around for the early days of jogging, when you could put on an earth-toned sweatsuit and simply put one foot in front of the other until you felt like you were done. Running in 2020 involves a world of Strava and Garmin and apps and stats. Even the gentlest, most beginner-friendly way to learn to run is strictly measured: so many seconds of walking, so many seconds of running, changing with each workout until you graduate by running the specific distance of five kilometers.

    None of this is necessary. You have always been able to run as fast or as slow or as far as you like. Your speed doesn’t really matter unless you have a time goal for a race, and even then most of your training should just involve putting in time on your

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    Watch This Bodybuilder Try Bruce Lee’s Diet and Workout Routine for a Day

    Actor Bruce Lee was a martial arts icon — but his day-to-day routine might not be what you’d expect from a revered athlete. And that includes a full-on spaghetti dinner.

    In a recent video, YouTuber Will Tennyson followed Bruce Lee’s diet and exercise routines for a day. While Tennyson is no stranger to trying celebrity routines, he says Lee’s regimen is significantly different from his usual celebrity-based challenges, as the martial arts great didn’t follow Western ideals of diet and fitness.

    Every morning, Lee started off his day with a jog, which is basically your normal wake up. But then things start to turn for the unexpected. Tennyson sits down to a breakfast of fish and pork liver congee, which is basically a rice-based porridge. While it’s a classic East Asian breakfast, you likely won’t find the dish at your local brunch joint. Tennyson accompanies the dish with Lee’s special

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    What Is Biotin and How Should I Use It in My Routine?

    If you’re trying to grow your hair fast, you’ve probably heard about biotin. An over-the-counter vitamin that’s used in everything from hair, skin and nails tablets to biotin-rich shampoos, it’s one of the most searched for supplements out there.

    But are we popping supplements way more than we actually need to be – and should you be taking biotin in the first place? Plus, what are the side effects of taking biotin?

    We put your questions to Nutritional Therapist Eve Kalinik and award-winning Hairdresser Adam Reed. Whatever your biotin queries, we’ve got them answered.

    So before you head on down to Boots and pick up a packet of biotin supplements, it’s important that you give this a read first…

    What actually is biotin?

    ‘Also known as vitamin H, Biotin is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin (aka vitamin B7),’ explains Nutritional Therapist, Eve Kalinik. ‘Biotin helps the body to metabolise carbohydrates, fats

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