PUT YOUR FEET FIRST
You look hot, but your killer heels are, well, killer. The solution? Try taping your second and third toes together. Seriously. Podiatrist Margaret Dabbs says the space between the third and fourth toes is prone to producing a Morton’s neuroma: extra-sensitive nerve endings. “Taping these toes can help to alleviate this pressure,” she reveals. More dancing for you.
BRING ON THE BUBBLES
’Tis the season, right? Good to know before you down that glass, though: the bubbles in fizz get you drunk quicker because they increase alcohol absorption into the bloodstream. Bonus? The recent trend for low-sugar bubbly (try Lindeman’s Early Harvest sparkling wine) means fewer kJs. Get in.
REACH FOR THE OLIVES
Most party nibbles are full of fat and processed carbs. Not so the humble olive. Packed with vitamin E and phenolic compounds such as oleuropein, they’re great for helping the body tackle the toxins you pump in at this time of year. Better still, scientists at Deakin University found they contain oleocanthal, which helps reduce inflammation. Gotta help with the morning after, right?
PERFECT YOUR PERFUME
Want to impress at the office do? Wear a fragrance with rosemary. A Northumbria University study showed it sharpens your mind – ideal when you’re attempting to charm the boss with your wit. “Target pulse points where blood vessels are closest to the skin and emit the most heat,” says perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek. We can smell that January pay rise from here.