Check out these healthy products to ensure you keep looking fresh during the winter months
NEW research shows that the 5:2 diet — eating normally for five days, then fasting for two — is one of the few diets people actually stick to.
Today I’m looking at how to do the 5:2, where you eat between 500 and 800 calories on fast days, while our beauty editor tests spot treatments.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
Map of Jeanne – The company sends you food packets with a menu and has nutritionists at your disposal.
It was tasty food that comes in long lasting packages.
I loved the chicken jambalaya (244 cals) and the delicious pork meatballs (327 cals).
Great variety, substantial and tasty, and it promotes long-term healthy eating habits with lots of fresh vegetables incorporated.
The downside is that you have to shop extra for the vegetable sides.
A month’s supply of 5:2 costs £62, or eight breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
1:1 diet – Does it teach you about healthy eating habits? No.
Are they bars, shakes and soup packets? Yes.
But if you want support, convenience, no extra shopping, and satisfying portions, it’s great.
Each pack contains around 200 calories, with all the vitamins and nutrients you need.
I loved it and loved the support of Donna Amrani, an award-winning consultant who texted me regularly to keep me motivated, weighed and measured me weekly.
You can even eat peanut bars (which taste like incredible) for breakfast. I am a convert.
Each meal costs around £2.62 (£15.72 per week).
Think Juice – Think Press brings organic frozen cold-pressed juices to your doorstep.
You thaw them the day before you need them.
His new 5:2 plan consists of five drinks between 500 and 600 cals.
This plan makes you feel so healthy.
I love the Fresh Green smoothie with cucumber, apple, spinach, lemon and ginger.
I’m ordering more for the freezer.
They are perfect when we start to get warmer weather. From £45 per week.
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
Budget – The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution, £5.20 for 30ml, cultbeauty. co.uk
The waterless squalane serum is much gentler than most salicylic anti-blemish treatments, which can leave skin feeling dry and flaky, but effectively removes dead skin cells that cause blemishes – perfect for anyone with sensitive or dehydrated skin.
I liked the texture of the dry oil but found it didn’t really penetrate, so I used it at night rather than under makeup.
My skin is definitely much clearer now, but this serum did a better job of banishing blackheads rather than drying out hot spots.
Favorite: environment – Avène Cleanance Spot Drying Emulsion, £12 for 15ml, boots.com
I expected it to be a white, chalky solution like the other drying treatments I’ve tried.
But it was very silky so I could wear it under makeup.
You can apply this product up to three times a day, but twice was enough for me to see a very noticeable improvement.
It reduced the redness, swelling and pain of my pimples, while making my skin less oily.
It’s great if you have acne because you don’t need fillers to cover it up.
Luxury– Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur + Niacinamide Spot Treatment, £20 for 15ml, spacenk.com
Soothing niacinamide, antibacterial tea tree, and sulfur make for a great dark spot-fighting cocktail.
The gel stops spot growth as soon as it is applied, so the sooner you catch the rash, the better the results.
But it’s very drying, so if you have super sensitive skin, it might be too harsh.
And be warned: like any sulfur product, it has a rather strong smell.