With warmer weather, we can all start thinking about getting more outdoor exercise.
Studies have shown that exercising outdoors helps lower blood pressure and heart rate more than indoors.
Today I’m looking at how to help you get on your bike, and our beauty editor put basic makeup to the test.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
THERMAL TOP: Let’s face it, we have very changeable weather, so you need to be prepared.
The Icebreaker Merino 200 Sonebula High Neck Long Sleeve Thermal Top is perfect for cycling in cooler weather, perhaps as a layer under another top.
Fits well but comfortably and didn’t make me itch or rash.
The high collar can be rolled up if you get too hot.
Great for skiing too. Available in royal navy blue and navy blue. (£85, icebreaker.com)
HELMET: The Dashel urban bike helmet is available in a range of colors, as well as a special edition Team GB version.
I liked that. It sits comfortably and has a more relaxed look than some conventional bike helmets.
It has five air vents and washable “coolmax” pads inside, designed to keep you comfortable.
Probably best used for cycling around town rather than long distances.
I like the magnetic clip buckle on the chin strap for easy use.
This UK-based brand will even recycle the headset when it’s no longer needed. (£79, dashel.co.uk)
WOODEN BIKE: Strange but true: Coco-Matbike cycles are made from durable white ash wood.
They just went on sale here. We tested the 7-speed Odysseus, with Shimano gears and a front rack.
Not the lightest to carry but well designed with a set of fenders, integrated lights and front and rear brakes.
To help maintain the solid wood frame, each bike comes with a maintenance kit that includes beeswax.
Expensive, however. (£2,450, coco-matbike.uk)
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
BUDGET: Rimmel Kind & Free Skin Tint Hydrating Foundation (£9.49, lookfantasic.com):
I’m a full coverage matte foundation girl, due to my oily, redness-prone skin.
It’s the opposite and my problem areas needed a bit of concealer with the sheer coverage.
But I don’t imagine anyone with an even skin tone would have anything to complain about.
I loved the dewy finish.
Fragrance-free so perfect for sensitive skin.
Plus, it contains hydrating B5 and vitamin E.
ENVIRONMENT: Typology Vitamin C, Squalane & Aloe Vera Tinted Serum (£28.40, uk.typology.com):
This comes with some serious skincare benefits that you wouldn’t normally associate with makeup.
“Ski Ingredients” include brightening vitamin C, hydrating squalane and soothing aloe vera.
Silicone free too. The cover looks more like an Instagram IRL filter, almost imperceptible, the best version of natural.
Not enough for me every day but a nice pick-me-up on a lazy Sunday. The pipette is tricky to use.
LUXURY: Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation (£34, charlottetilbury.com): If you’re a fan of IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC+ cream, you’ll love this.
While the coverage is similar – medium but buildable – the finish is much more luminous without being glittery or shimmery.
It is packed with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin.
Every time I wear the glow-inducing formula, I get compliments.
It doesn’t cling to the dry areas of my combination skin and stays put all day.
Quickly becoming a staple and my favorite among these.