Once upon a time, if someone suggested that you need to have live cultures in your diet to support the good bugs in your gut by fighting off the bad bugs, you’d think they were crazy. Now that’s a big deal.
Here are the latest drinks to drink for your gut, as our beauty editor puts sheet masks to the test.
DRIED APPLE: Genie’s Dry Apple Kombucha tastes like alcohol-free dry cider. Fermented for 21 days, it is delicious to drink.
It’s the least fizzy of the three here, but it’s the highest in sugar and calories (60cal per 330ml can). But if you go a night without alcohol, it’s a healthy apple cider substitute. (£ 2.25 per 330ml can or 12 for £ 22.50, geniedrinks.co.uk)
MANGO: Remedy’s passion mango kombucha is neither too sweet nor too acidic. Refreshing and fruity without too much effervescence.
It has a fermentation so long that all sugar is eradicated and it is full of live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants. Nine calories per 330ml bottle. (£ 2.99 for a 330ml bottle or £ 24.99 for 12, remèdedrinks.com)
GRAPEFRUIT: Purearth’s Grapefruit Sparkling Water Kefir is a little different. Until now, kefir has been a fermented milk drink, but it is Purearth’s first UK dairy-free water kefir.
It smells like yeast, but it tastes tangy and tangy of grapefruit. Not one for the kids. 19 calories per 270 ml bottle. (£ 2.79 per 270ml, purearth.fr)
Beauty with Gabriella Stein
BUDGET: Skin Republic Brightening Vitamin C Sheet Mask (£ 3.31, superdrug.com): Enriched with vitamins C and E as well as seven plant extracts to illuminate and unify the complexion.
Coffee bean extract helps firm skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Relatively easy to use.
Simply unfold on the cleansed face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. My skin was luminous and fresh immediately after use.
ENVIRONMENT: Skin Glow London Glow Mask (£ 12, feelunique.com): This hydrogel sheet mask consists of two parts – one for the top and one for the lower half of the face – which makes it easy to apply.
Hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration and plumps the skin to reduce fine lines, while turmeric improves skin tone. The gel texture is refreshing and leaves the skin incredibly soft and luminous.
An incredible difference that lasted a few days later. My favorite.
LUXURY: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Instant Dry Face Sheet Mask (£ 18, feelunique.com): A unique dry-cloth mask that promises facial-worthy results in 15 minutes.
The textile fabric is infused with vitamins and floral extracts as well as a blend of shea and mango butters and avocado oil. Openings for your ears keep the mask in place and allow ingredients to penetrate.
It was much better than I expected. It can be used up to three times such great value.