We’re testing the best air purifiers for Asthma Awareness Month
It IS Asthma Awareness Month, aiming to shine a light on how this sometimes deadly chronic respiratory disease can be controlled.
Today, I try air purifiers, which can help fight pollution, while our beauty editor tests lip oils.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
SILENT: The AP100 Instant Air Purifier is so quiet I had to double check it was on.
It has air sensors that adjust the fan speed according to the air quality, to purify quickly.
Available in white or black and in three sizes. I tried the mini.
It captures 99.7% of airborne allergens, including dander, dust, and pollen, and 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and mold.
With the windows closed it really helped me with my allergies.
I loved the eco mode which means it shuts off when it senses the air quality is good, before restarting half an hour later. (£99.99, instantbrands.co.uk)
FRESH DESIGN: DustMagnet adds streamlined Scandi style to any room.
It looks like a side table, while some purifiers make it look like you’ve installed a washing machine in your bedroom.
Removes bacteria and viruses as well as 99.97% of allergens, pollen, mold, pet dander and microplastics.
It evacuates cold air, so it is better for summer than for winter.
Awkward to move from room to room, but performance-wise, it’s flawless. (DustMagnet 5440i, £399, blueair.com/gb)
PORTABLE: MeacoClean CA-HEPA 76×5 reduces pollen, dust, smoke and allergens from dust mites, cats, dogs, silkworms, cockroaches, fungi/molds and bacteria.
The H13 filter removes over 99.97% of harmful particles in the air, giving you peace of mind that nasty asthma-triggering allergens are gone.
Easy to use, with a neat air quality display that becomes addictive as you check how clean your air is!
It’s loud on its highest setting but quiet on auto mode. Good to move around the house or even take abroad. (£199, meaco.com)
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
BBUDGET : Lottie London Gloss’d Supercharged Lip Gloss Oil in Dipped (£4.95 for 8ml, lottie.london/products/glossd).
A glassy sheen doesn’t have to come with a shiny price tag.
This gloss-oil hybrid delivers enough shine while nourishing lips with jojoba oil and aloe vera.
The wand makes application mess-free and the squeeze tube lets you push in every last drop.
But, the non-sticky formula requires refilling every two hours. Make room for it in your purse.
MIDDLE: Typology Tinted Lip Oil Shade 1 Ruby Red, (£17.50 for 15ml, uk.typology.com).
I love how well it leaves my lips hydrated, while still performing well on pigment issues.
The rich red tint stays put like a matte lipstick, with a baby brush to reach hard-to-cover corners.
The cocktail of squalane, jojoba oil and vitamin E also gives it the nourishing and protective qualities of a lip balm, making it an all-around hero.
And it gets a green tick for its sustainable origin. My favorite.
LUXURY: Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil in 001 Pink, £29.50 for 6ml, boots.com.
There’s no denying that Dior makes a great lipstick, but this oil has become a viral sensation.
The non-greasy, non-sticky flick got the stamp of approval from TikTok fans, with more than two million video hashtags and another 12 million for Dior lip oil dupes.
It has since become a star-selling sale for its stellar results, with fans scrambling to get their hands on it.
Luckily, you can get it in pink at Boots or red at Selfridges. Course!