These energy drinks claim to be a healthy option which give you a much needed perk in dark days of winter

These energy drinks claim to be a healthy option which give you a much needed perk in dark days of winter

January 27, 2019

There are now plenty of healthy energy drinks that aim to give you a boost.

We try out a few and test creams that promise to give you softer hands.

Health

Clean

Flyte clean energy drink – 330ml, £2.50, flytedrink.com.

It gives you a huge energy burst and tastes fresh and fruity.

I am not sure why they call it Green Mango flavour, though, because it contains grape, passion fruit, lemon and lime. The energy hit comes from caffeine, the schisandra plant, seeds from the griffonia shrub and maca root powder. My favourite.

Natural

Tenzing natural energy drink – 250ml, £1.19, tesco.com.

Tastes a tiny bit like Red Bull but not as artificial.

Made purely from plants, it contains hydrating Himalayan rock salt, anti-oxidising Indian gooseberries and energising guarana, green tea and beet sugar. And five per cent of profits fund environmental projects.
Refreshing and fizzy, and I loved its clean, herbally taste. I did have more energy after.

Sparkling

Virtue sparkling energy water – 250ml, £1.35, ocado.com.

Billed as “Energy water containing neither sugar nor calories. Clean and refreshing, while still providing that all-important boost”. But I wasn’t keen. It was like slightly fizzy, watered-down juice or an artificial raspberry yoghurt. Not offensive, but not pleasant.
I didn’t get any energy from it either, even though it contains guarana. On the plus side, for every can sold, it donates 500 litres of drinking water to those in need via the charity Drop4drop.

 

Beauty

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream, 75ml, £5.49, boots.com. Ultra-light formula enriched with hyaluronic acid to leave skin soft and non-greasy.

Promises to keep hands hydrated for 24 hours. You only need a small amount each time as the product spreads easily and absorbs well.

Dry patches felt immediately soothed by the cooling gel and hands felt soft all day after using it in the morning.

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Hand Crème 50ml, £13, spancenk.com. A cream promising to nourish and soften your skin to leave hands hydrated and looking their best.

Contains grape and olive oils plus soy proteins rich in amino acids to help repair dry skin.

Has a strong fragrance which may not be ideal for cracked or broken skin – but I love Laura Mercier’s creams, they smell incredible.

My hands were left feeling super soft.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand & Nail Cream, 100ml, £28, elemis.com.

A little pricier, but it promises smooth, firmer and younger-looking hands. Made with anti-ageing omega 7 as well as milk protein, avellana seed oil and macadamia seed oil to lock in moisture.

This cream absorbed best and left no greasy residue.

It has a light fresh smell and it improved my cuticles, too.

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