Welcome to Byrdie UK's Wellness Week. Over the next seven days, you'll get to read about how to make your body, mind and, well, your life more balanced. We know it's not January, but wellness has become an all-year-round focus for many and with autumn on the way (read: cold and flu season), now seems like a good time to talk about not just keeping well but boosting our wellness from all angles.
Generally speaking, I'm not much of a rule follower when it comes to beauty products. If I'm inspired to do so, I'll chuck the instructions and freestyle. I'll use my face masks as moisturizers, hair conditioner as shaving cream, lip liner as eyeliner. And of course, my habit of using lipstick as "lidstick" is well documented here on Byrdie.
We'll just come out and say it: Acne sucks. It doesn't matter if it's a tiny zit that only we can see or a full-on hormonal breakout-acne can ruin our day (or month, or year) in one fell sweep, and it's one of the few things in life we feel utterly helpless against. Sure, we could schedule a derm visit and get a cortisone shot in dire times, but who's got the time?
Zara We live in a country where school shootings have become commonplace-and lack of action from government legislation is not only consistent but expected. Our president hate-tweets about public service officials, integral media resources, other countries, and liberal ideals. Access to sexual and reproductive healthcare is up for debate.
Claire Grieve is a highly sought-after international yoga specialist, stretch therapist, plant-based health coach, and wellness writer. She underwent extensive yoga training with some of the world's top yogis and has dedicated almost a decade to teaching and making yoga enjoyable and accessible to everyone.
If you created a list of things I've purposefully put on my face over the years it would include a wide assortment of produce; every beauty acid, serum, moisturizer, and exfoliator known to man; and toothpaste (because one time in 2002, Jessica Simpson said it healed pimples). In short, beauty experimentation fills me with glee, and I'm always down to play the guinea pig.