10 career hacks: how to succeed in the job of your dreams

10 career hacks: how to succeed in the job of your dreams


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From ballerinas to designers, five female professionals give us their top tips on how to succeed…

When it comes to dream careers, whether you’re just starting out, climbing the office ladder or going it alone as an entrepreneur, achieving success in the workplace ranks pretty high on our #lifegoals list.

Playing to your talents and strengths, and feeling valued, are key factors in choosing your career and being successful. But we appreciate that, sometimes, a little bit of on-point advice from a seasoned pro can go a long way.

That’s why we’re championing the HUAWEI P20 Pro, and its powerful ‘See More’ campaign.

‘See More’ showcases a trio of successful career women at the top of their game – a pilot, a ballet dancer and a jewellery designer – each shot by no less than international supermodel Helena Christensen.

Using the HUAWEI P20 Pro’s ‘intelligent’ technology, each of Christensen’s photos captures the essence of what it means to truly love what you do.

We asked each of these successful women plus two Marie Claire high flyers to share their top tips for career success…

 

Name: Melissa Chapski
Profession: Ballet dancer

Work hard and be patient

‘Keep working hard. Rehearse, watch and correct yourself because ultimately, it’s your career and you owe it to yourself to reach your fullest potential. But remember to be patient – any career (especially ballet) is demanding and difficult so it’s crucial to stay grounded.’

Listen to your own advice

‘I think the three biggest things would be to free myself from judgement, always appreciate everything that I have, and to always remain open to new experiences.

Name: Katie Thomas
Profession: Digital Beauty Editor, Marie Claire

Do your research

‘Immerse yourself in the industry you want to be a part of. If, like us, you want to be in magazines, read as much as possible. Read monthlies, supplements, websites, whatever you can get your hands on. The more you know about the industry, the better prepared you will be.’

Put yourself out there

‘Network. I don’t just mean go to formal networking events – tell everyone and anyone what is it that you want to achieve/do, because you never know who might have a connection that could be invaluable to you.’

Name: Maria Fagerström
Profession: Pilot/vlogger

Seek out inspiration

‘My dad has always been my role model and inspiration to pursue my dreams of becoming a commercial pilot. He gave me a brochure of a miniature airplane that he got when he first started flying. It’s a reminder of where I started and how far I’ve come.’

Invest in the right kit

‘Creating great content is only possible when you have the best device for the situation you’re in. Having a 4K camera – like the HUAWEI P20 Pro – that shoots in raw formats and is also my phone, which I have on me all the time, gives me the ability to create great content wherever I am and in any situation, on every adventure.’

Name: Adeline Rapon
Profession: Jewellery Designer

Do what you enjoy

‘I enjoy building things and making objects that have meaning,’ says Adeline when discussing her past. ‘I used to help my grandfather create wood furniture when I was growing up, and I loved the feeling of creating something with my hands. I finally got that feeling back with jewellery.’

Start out as an apprentice or intern

‘I got my start in jewellery workshops and learned to design pieces there. I’m not only a jewellery designer, I’m also a jeweller and that is very important to me.’

Name: Penny Goldstone
Profession: Digital Fashion Editor, Marie Claire

Be confident

‘Fake it ’til you make it. Obviously, I’m not saying to lie on your CV or anything, but if you come across confident enough, you’ll really impress people. For my most successful job interviews (i.e. when I got the job), I’ve been assertive, asked questions and even throw the odd banter in (where appropriate obviously).’

Become a ‘yes’ person

‘Never say no, especially if you’re starting out. No one dreams of doing the tea run when they graduate, but if you’re happy enough to do the less interesting jobs, then you’ll soon be given meatier tasks. It’s a small industry, and you’ll be surprised at how many opportunities I got from someone recommending me to someone else.’

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3 rules to live by if you want to be more of a go-getter

3 rules to live by if you want to be more of a go-getter


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Hungry. Ambitious. Intelligent.

Every group of girlfriends has a ‘go-getter’ – you know the kind of woman we’re talking about, right? Confident and always there to inspire her friends, she’s on top of her life goals and encourages everyone else to do the same.

She’s got a fearless smile, tonnes of self-belief and that all-important drive to succeed.

If you’re ever in a flap or feeling stressed, a brunch date with her will instantly turn your mood around. And although you have no idea where she gets her endless supply of enthusiasm from – being around her makes you feel fired up to follow your dreams.

We’ll we’re taking on that mantle to help you be a total go-getter…

Looking for a new career?

Desperate to get out of your 9-5 but scared to take the leap? Escaping the daily grind to launch your own fashion brand/cafe/craft business is something we all daydream about. And you know what? Hard work + determination + some smart planning = a good chance of your dream career becoming a reality. Suss out short courses, workshops or evening classes where you can learn the skills you need to achieve your dream. Embrace the power of networking – if you want to be successful, you’re going to need support, so talk to people who inspire you or, even better, find yourself a mentor.

Be your best self…

Let’s face it: everything is better when we feel confident about the way we look. One thing that’s guaranteed to help boost your confidence is having a bright and healthy smile. Good teeth = good vibes, right? To strengthen enamel and whiten your teeth by four shades, Pearl Drops Strong Polished White, £6.99, is guaranteed to give you the confidence to succeed.

Smash those #fitnessgoals

If our go-getter friends have taught us anything, it’s to constantly challenge ourselves. So if running a marathon is on your bucket list, make it happen! Start off with a more do-able goal of running 5k and build on this every run. Make use of free apps like MapMyRun or Strava to help you find routes, track your progress and stay motivated. The knock-on effect of achieving a challenge like this is it teaches you what success feels like. Now, that sounds like the perfect excuse to invest in those new runners…

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Lively little ones? 3 epic family day out ideas to try this summer

Lively little ones? 3 epic family day out ideas to try this summer


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…let’s get outside

With the school summer holidays fast approaching, you’re probably already thinking about fun and wholesome things to do with your kids that a) don’t cost a small fortune, and b) will be enriching for your entire family.

More often than not this means getting out and about in the great outdoors, and letting your little ones blow off some steam. Research suggests that active children are happy children, and in the modern age of tablets, smartphones and games consoles, it’s never been more important to remind youngsters that there’s a great big world beyond the flatscreen, begging to be explored.

So before summer gets into full swing, it’s good to already have a few ‘day out’ ideas banked and ready to roll – here are a few suggestions to get you started…

 

1.Have fun in the forest

Check forestry.gov.uk for your nearest trail, wetlands or forest area, pack a lunch and head into the wild. Wooded spaces conjure up all kinds of magic for children, so let their imagination take over. Adventurous kids will love to climb trees and explore, but there’s so much else you can do if your child isn’t a thrill seeker. Try hunting for different leaves and flowers to identify, find pine cones to take home and paint, or build a giant nest from twigs. Need a time out? Take a blanket, your favourite book and have storytime under the leafy canopy.

2. Take a picnic to the park

Spend a whole day making the most of your local park with organised games and activities. This could be something traditional like game of football, cricket or rounders, or you could even get friends involved an set up some sports day-style challenges. Think an egg and spoon race, hula-hooping and a tug of war – feeling nostalgic? Finish with a three-legged race that’s strictly for adults. Your children will love seeing you partake, plus any tumbles will teach them that it’s ok to fall over. To the winner, the spoils (AKA ice cream).

3. Hit the beach

Getting your kids excited about the seaside is one of the absolute joys of parenting, and there really is so much to do once you hit the coast. As well as digging and building sandcastles, why not try a scavenger hunt, skimming stones, kite flying, or rockpooling? The beach is a feast for the senses, with so many smells and sensations for your kids to experience (and you to relive). Treat them to thick-cut chips with plenty of vinegar before driving home – just watch out for seagulls.

And if they do have a fall (as children often do), help is at hand. Elastoplast has a new three-step Wound Care Kit that should be in every parent’s bag this summer.

While most parents think leaving an injury uncovered is best, a hygienic, moist, covered environment is actually better. Here’s what we should be doing to soothe minor cuts and grazes…

 

First, use the Wound Spray to clean any dirt and bacteria from the injury to prevent infections. It’s alcohol-free so won’t sting. The next step is protecting with a Water Resistant Plaster, which cushions while keeping dirt and bacteria out.

Lastly, treat regularly with Elastoplast’s clever Wound Healing Ointment, which supports the natural healing of cuts, abrasions, scratches and first-degree burns. This enables the wound to heal up to twice as fast as an untreated wound, by creating a breathable protective film that prevents the cut from drying out. It’s even vegan friendly!

So with minor cuts and grazes sorted, you’ll be able to have more fun with your kids without the worry. All that’s left for you to do is hope for good weather.

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Last-minute plans? Here’s how to perfect that selfie smile

Last-minute plans? Here’s how to perfect that selfie smile


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Calling all social media fans! Here’s how to get your smile prepped for every (unexpected) scenario…

Let’s face it: we’re not always prepared for everything life throws at us. Especially when we’re all about looking about our best for the social media feed.

And if you’re the type that likes looking her best all the time, making sure your selfie super-smile is on point is a top priority – even when you’ve found yourself in a last-minute scenario.

You know the kind of situations we’re talking about, right? Those texts that come through from your colleagues on a Friday afternoon that call for a post-work shopping splurge or a hurried locker rummage – hands up who doesn’t stash a pair of emergency heels alongside their work cereal? You know who you are.

So if one of these occasions has left you in a bit of a flap, chill, because Pearl Drops Luminous Bright White Toothpolish is about to become your newest beauty saviour.

The date night desk makeover

Swiped right on the bus: matched by lunchtime. Now dream profile wants to take you for romantic sundown drinks on some hidden rooftop. This calls for some serious washroom action – thank heavens you’re prepared. As every desk dater knows, dazzling teeth need to be squeaky clean in case of any unexpected close-ups, which is why we suggest you make Pearl Drops Luminous Bright White Toothpolish part of your quick-fix beauty routine. Not only will it freshen your breath, but the instant whitening effect will give your signature red lipstick a chic finish.

The festival guestlist you weren’t expecting

Grab the glitter, you’re off to that boutique festival with only a few moments to pack. But before suffering that familiar ‘where did I leave my wellies’ panic, grab five minutes to make sure your smile is ready to rock the main stage. For immediate shimmer to complement those face jewels, Pearl Drops Luminous Bright White Toothpolish, will finish your Coachella-inspired festival look. Using illuminating ingredients, this pink paste is perfect for enhancing the natural glow of your teeth and gets to work fast.

The SATC-style VIP club opening

Remember when your best friend said that her wardrobe was your wardrobe? Now is the time to raid it. You’ve scored a ticket to the hottest launch in town and you’ve set your sights on her gorgeous vintage wiggle dress. The finishing touch? An A-lister smile to seal the deal. Perfect for keeping in your bathroom cabinet, Pearl Drops Luminous Bright White formula contains Pro-Shine complex for VIP-ready instant gloss. Add some bling, then work the room Bradshaw-style.

The impromptu girls night out

Quiet weekend? Pfft. Saturday’s smugness (morning yoga class followed by a juice-based lunch) is quickly replaced by excitement once the party bomb has been dropped in your girls’ WhatsApp group. Yes, it’s the weekend and you are ready to dance. Use your Pearl Drops Luminous Bright White Toothpolish to ensure your selfie smile is gleaming – yes, even if you’ve only been given an hour’s notice. Containing essential ingredients to accelerate brightness, this low-abrasion smile saviour can deliver up to 2 shades whiter teeth in just 1 week, so you’re always guaranteed to be gram ready.

 

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5 things every wannabe wellness guru needs

5 things every wannabe wellness guru needs


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Busy women (read: all of us) are realising that me-time isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. 

We all want glowing skin, a strong core and a healthy, white smile that proclaims we’re on top of our game. But, let’s be honest, there have been times when food-exercise-rest hasn’t been a priority.

This year, more than ever, self-care is a mantra hot on the lips of all the wellness gurus. From meditation apps to a new crop of über-healthy food trends (golden milk, anyone?), a healthy lifestyle is key to getting that all-essential joie de vivre.

Mindfulness apps

The next time you’re feeling anxious, stressed and can’t sleep, use an app like HeadSpace to guide you back to calmness with meditation and mindful breathing exercises. What’s great is that you can do quick 3-minute sessions on your commute to work or during the day, then longer ones in the evening when you’ve got more time. The app makes meditation seem easy and the music is so relaxing.

A bright smile

We all know the power of a smile to spread the love… And thanks to brilliant whitening toothpastes and a positive change in teeth trends, a whiter smile that’s true to you is now more desirable than Hollywood perfection every time. Want to whiten your teeth using natural ingredients? Pearl Drops Pure Natural White Toothpolish, £6.99, is destined to become your gleam go-to. with  90%  of its ingredients sourced from natural origins, including white clay extract, it will remove stains, giving you naturally whiter teeth in just two weeks. Boom.

Healing crystals

Today, spirituality is as important as fitness to many of us and crystals are the latest thing we’re intrigued by. We’re not entirely convinced that keeping a rose quartz on your bedside table or carrying a black tourmaline in your handbag will open your heart chakra or beautify your complexion, but some of our fave celebs are getting into this new age vibe. Want in? Then treat yourself to The Little Book of Crystals – it covers everything a beginner needs to know about crystals.

Beauty boosts

What you eat is as important as your skincare routine, so make sure you’re eating plenty of foods that are rich in nutrients to help repair, maintain and boost your skin, hair and nails. All brightly coloured fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants… so try cooking with as many different colours as you can each night. There are so many amazing companies, such as Abel & Cole, offering fresh fruit and veg boxes with heaps of variety. By the end of the week you’ll be able to say you ate a rainbow.

A fitness buddy

What’s the one thing that can make exercising more fun? Doing it with a friend – which is why we’re all over partner workouts. From smashing a HIIT session together on your lunch break to trying a new fitness trend like Aerial Pilates, working out together is not only fun but effective too. Psychologists say it creates a tribal effect, so before long your girlfriends will want to get in on the act. We guarantee it’ll be way more entertaining than the usual jog-and-gossip session. Now who’s smiling?!

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Egypt’s spa hotels are ranking high on our travel hit list right now…

Egypt’s spa hotels are ranking high on our travel hit list right now…


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Looking for a sun-drenched pampering holiday? We’ve found Red Sea resorts with irresistibly sumptuous spas

Holidays that restore wellbeing and vitality are top of everyone’s wishlist, and Egypt’s stunning Red Sea resorts boast lavish hotels and resorts that are perfect for anyone who wants to relax, revive and refresh in sublime surroundings.

Where to stay and spa…

The resort of Soma Bay in Egypt is ideal for anyone seeking a little luxury and the spectacular spa and thalasso centre, Les Thermes Marins des Cascades – where the focus is on the health properties of mineral-rich seawater and seaweed – is vying for the top spot on our spa hotel hit list.

Or why not head to the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, Hurghada and stay at the perfectly positioned Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel for a five-star spa stay? Wake up in bright, spacious rooms, chill out on the pristine private beach or by the gigantic swimming pool and plan your meals to fit around your treatments. Take your pick from a steam bath, jacuzzi, sauna or spa bath, before placing yourself in expert hands for a therapeutic massage that’ll leave you feeling totally zen.

Near Hurghada, El Gouna is another popular resort, which is known for its lagoons, coral reefs and sandy beaches. Head to the Mövenpick Resort and Spa, the biggest five-star hotel in the area, which boasts two swimming pools and its own private beach and dedicated spa. Ask therapists for the signature Angsana massage to send you straight into holiday mode.

Fancy a cruise?

Cruise ships and restored ornate steamers  have become as much a part of the Egypt scene as the Pyramids. And if you want to combine a cruise with a spa holiday, you’re in luck because you can do both with a cruise and spa package.

The best thing about a cruise? Everything is sorted for you – so there’s no need to work out transport or accommodation because your accommodation is your transport. It’s an unforgettable way to travel and explore the captivating country of Egypt. All you need to do is get on board and relax…

What else is there to do?

The Red Sea coast  is teeming with things to do if you’re in the mood for a more active holiday. Venture south of bustling Hurghada and you’ll find world-class diving spots where, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot sea turtles and dolphins as you explore some of the most colourful coral reefs.

If you prefer to stay on land, visits to its unmissable ancient sites and famous desert monasteries can easily be arranged as excursions from your hotel.

Things you need to know…

Tourists need a visa to visit Egypt which are granted on arrival and valid for a maximum of 30 days. You can also apply for an e-visa before your departure.

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound. You will find that places also accept dollars and sterling.

Egypt is a warm country for most of the year and temperatures can reach up to 30°C in high summer.

Always check Foreign Office advice before travelling.

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5 reasons why the Costa Brava is topping our travel bucket list

5 reasons why the Costa Brava is topping our travel bucket list


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Michelin-starred cuisine, glittering Mediterranean seas and unending sandy-white beaches? Forget Tulum – the Costa Brava is fast becoming the hottest destination for 2018…

Boasting Blue Flag beaches and gorgeously balmy temperatures throughout the year, Spain’s Costa Brava has long been associated with the great British holiday.

However, what many people don’t know is that this stretch of coastline is starting to shake off its ‘full-English’ tag in favour of Michelin-starred menus, cultural hubs and bespoke activities to suit every type of traveller, including those with little ones.

Think stunning coastal walks, ancient fishing villages and beautiful culinary creations that’ll 100% raise your Insta-game – the Costa Brava really does have it all. Here’ 5 reasons why we’re already booking that dream getaway…

The food

The Costa Brava is part of Catalonia – one of Spain’s most talked-about and exciting gastronomic regions. Situated just 30 miles from the picturesque seaside town of Platja d’Aro, the three Michelin-starred El Celler just outside Girona was voted first in 2013’s ‘World’s 50 Top Restaurants’ and is famous for appearing in the 2011 series of Masterchef. If you are in any way a foodie, bagging a table at El Celler is about to shoot to the top of your wishlist.

Failing that, there are plenty of other fantastic restaurants and tasty adventures to embark upon, all delivering seasonal produce, locally produced wines and some of the finest seafood the Costa Brava has to offer.

The beaches

The Costa Brava is famous for it’s fabulous beaches, with each resort up and down this spectacular stretch of rugged coastline offering up hidden coves, sandy stretches and incredible clifftop walks. Whether you want to fly and flop beach holiday or want to get active, the Costa is going to have a beach that appeals to you.

The family-friendly resort of Lloret de Mar happens to have some of the finest beaches in Spain, with the town’s Lloret Beach stretching over 1km in length – perfect for seaside picnics, sandcastles and swimming.

The architecture

Fans of impressive architecture and medieval history need look no further than the resort of Tossa de Mar. Not only is Tossa a thriving tourist hotspot, but the walled enclaves of the Vila Vella (or ‘Old Town’) cement it’s status as the only entirely surviving fortified medieval town along the coast of Catalonia.

Wind away hours strolling along Tossa’s cobbled streets soaking up the area’s rich cultural heritage, before scaling the heights of Castillo de Tossa de Mar (Tossa de Mar Castle) to watch the sun set over the ocean. Heavenly.

The activities

From golf to hiking, snorkelling to cycling, the Costa Brava has plenty of things to do if you like to keep active.

Lloret de Mar offers up some of the most breathtaking cycle routes in Spain, with challenging mountain passes, wooded trails and cliff climbs to test even the most adventurous bikers. Lloret also has some of the finest walking trails in the Costa Brava, allowing you, friends and family to discover the area’s rich and diverse Mediterranean climate.

And if you are in the mood for something seriously life-changing, the famous Camino de Ronda hiking path spans 125 miles along the Costa Brava coast, passing towns like Tossa de Mar and Calella de Palafrugell along the way.

Rocky inlets and unspoilt aquamarine waters up and down Costa’s coastline also provide rich pickings for diving enthusiasts, and most resorts along the water will provide information on local water sports.

The accessibility

One of the main reasons we love the Costa Brava? It’s less than a two-hour flight away from most UK airports, and whether you’re looking for a dream family getaway or a relaxing break with friends, it’s diverse range of resorts will appeal to every traveller.

Travel experts Jet2holidays have a fantastic range of packages to suit every budget, with a selection of 2-5* hotels in resorts along the Costa coast. And with 22kg baggage and transfers included as standard, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that all bases are covered.

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Upgrade your skincare regime with the high tech, antioxidant-fuelled Prevage formula from Elizabeth Arden

Upgrade your skincare regime with the high tech, antioxidant-fuelled Prevage formula from Elizabeth Arden


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Environmental assault is surprisingly the number one cause of ageing – and while pollution is a danger all year round, harmful rays from the sun are heightened during summer.

Exposure to UVA and UVB rays, smoke and pollution rapidly accelerates skin ageing, causing inflammation at skin’s cellular level. The result is an increased appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation with a breakdown of collagen and elastin, all contributing to visible signs of ageing. It is therefore crucial to protect skin all year round with your skincare regime.

This is where Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage steps in this summer. Taking a doubly effective ‘protect and correct’ approach, the premium expert range effectively guards skin against environmental threats, while correcting any existing damage that has led to ageing.

Containing Idebenone, the most powerful antioxidant exclusive to Elizabeth Arden, the Prevage skincare collection features the Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum. This impressive serum shields skin from environmental effects and works to reduce cellular inflammation, while improving the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.

It also features Arazine, an ingredient which, when paired with Idebenone, helps to neutralize 95% of environmental damage. Not only does the serum boast impressive results, its luxurious texture and light subtle scent also make it a joy to use.

The success of Prevage speaks for itself, with 220 awards collected worldwide. Alongside the Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, the skincare range boasts pollution defence specific products such as the detoxifying pollution mask, Citysmart Pollution Defense SPF 50 and even an anti-ageing foundation.

As well as protecting skin from environmental damage and treating signs of ageing, the products noticeably smooth and firm skin, plus they reduce redness. They also boost luminosity to leave a noticeable glow for guaranteed radiance all day long.

Whether you’re spending time in the city or are beach-side this summer, Prevage advanced skincare ensures your skin holds the ultimate level of protection from all environmental threats.

 

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Upgrade your skincare regime with the high tech, antioxidant-fuelled Prevage formula from Elizabeth Arden

Upgrade your skincare regime with the high tech, antioxidant-fuelled Prevage formula from Elizabeth Arden


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Environmental assault is surprisingly the number one cause of ageing – and while pollution is a danger all year round, harmful rays from the sun are heightened during summer.

Exposure to UVA and UVB rays, smoke and pollution rapidly accelerates skin ageing, causing inflammation at skin’s cellular level. The result is an increased appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation with a breakdown of collagen and elastin, all contributing to visible signs of ageing. It is therefore crucial to protect skin all year round with your skincare regime.

This is where Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage steps in this summer. Taking a doubly effective ‘protect and correct’ approach, the premium expert range effectively guards skin against environmental threats, while correcting any existing damage that has led to ageing.

Containing Idebenone, the most powerful antioxidant exclusive to Elizabeth Arden, the Prevage skincare collection features the Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum. This impressive serum shields skin from environmental effects and works to reduce cellular inflammation, while improving the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.

It also features Arazine, an ingredient which, when paired with Idebenone, helps to neutralize 95% of environmental damage. Not only does the serum boast impressive results, its luxurious texture and light subtle scent also make it a joy to use.

The success of Prevage speaks for itself, with 220 awards collected worldwide. Alongside the Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, the skincare range boasts pollution defence specific products such as the detoxifying pollution mask, Citysmart Pollution Defense SPF 50 and even an anti-ageing foundation.

As well as protecting skin from environmental damage and treating signs of ageing, the products noticeably smooth and firm skin, plus they reduce redness. They also boost luminosity to leave a noticeable glow for guaranteed radiance all day long.

Whether you’re spending time in the city or are beach-side this summer, Prevage advanced skincare ensures your skin holds the ultimate level of protection from all environmental threats.

 

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Pining for an exciting escape? The great North York Moors are waiting…

Pining for an exciting escape? The great North York Moors are waiting…


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If this beautiful corner of Yorkshire isn’t already on your radar, it should be

If, like us, you’re guilty of not making the most of beautiful places right on your doorstep, a staycation in the North York Moors is hard to beat.

Far from being all cream teas and strolls – the North York Moors are #alivewithadventure. Ideal for a relaxing break or an adrenaline-packed getaway, there’s a legendary coastline, panoramic moorland, forests and dales packed with exciting activities just a few hours away.

Peppered with pretty market towns like Helmsley, Pickering and Malton, you can’t go more than a few miles in this part of the country without stumbling upon rural perfection. 

What to do:

If you’ve got a head for heights, adventure companies such as Valley Adventures, Hidden Horizons and Yorkshire Outdoors give you the chance to try out zip-lining, tree climbing, horse riding and 4×4 off-roading in the North York Moors National Park

Alternatively, take to the water and try gorge walking, sea kayaking, surfing or paddle-boarding. Fancy yourself as a bit of a Bear Grylls? Then learn bushcraft and survival skills – including how to build shelters, light fires, forage and track with Trailblazer Wildcraft, which operate in Dalby Forest.  

It’s a fantastic place to explore on foot, too. At the eastern edge of the National Park, the land meets the North Sea.  There are don’t-look-down clifftop footpaths to walk, wild, rugged cliffs and hidden bays, so remember to pack a stylish pair of hiking boots.

Where to stay:

If it’s Instagrammable countryside you’re after, Thornton le Dale, three miles east of Pickering on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, really has it all. And it makes a great base to explore the surrounding areas.

One of the fantastic things about North Yorkshire is that there are overnight options to suit all tastes, styles and budgets. A search on Airbnb brings up everything from cosy cottages built for two to contemporary barn conversions for you and a bunch of friends.

There are plenty of gastro pubs with rooms and even entire farmhouses that’ll sleep an extended family or accommodate a hen weekend with a difference.

For cherry-picked recommendations that have been chosen because they’re special in some way, whether it’s the fantastic setting, characterful building or the owner’s warm welcome, try Yorkshire Treasures. And if they’re all booked up, there are luxury forest cabins in Keldy and Cropton (ask for one with a hot tub) and plenty of camping pods that’ll give you a whole new appreciation for the great outdoors.

Food is a treat, too, with heaps of great restaurants and cafés. Do tuck into a platter of Yorkshire Gouda or Dale End Cheddar from The Creamery at Botton Village (which should be on every food lover’s visit list), or catch your own fresh mackerel supper on a fishing trip with Real Staithes.

Whatever you choose – whether it’s a chill-out weekend or an activity-packed week – you’ll take a little bit of the invigorating North York Moors back home with you.

Win a spa stay for two in the North York Moors!

Fancy a two-night, bed and breakfast stay at Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, in the heart of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park? Enter our competition at northyorkmoors.org.uk/fevarms

If you win, you and a friend could be relaxing at this award-winning hotel and spa very soon. Plus you’ll be treated to dinner and a bottle of wine on one night, too. (Full details and terms and conditions on the website.)

The North York Moors is a place alive with adventure and the adventure is yours to make. Start your own adventure at northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting

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