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Why do you get covered in salt rather than sweat after long hot runs?

Mmm, salty (Picture: Ella Byworth)

Run 10 miles in the sun and you’d expect to be dripping in sweat.

In reality, that’s often not the case; anyone who’s run a half or full marathon will tell you that rather than glistening with moisture, your face actually becomes one huge salt crystal.

‘Cake sweats’ are real and boy, can they sting when dollops of salt get into your eyes.

But why do some of us turn into sticks of salt after long runs?

Salt and water have a close relationship. When you eat something mega salty, your body tries to retain enough water to deal with the sodium hike – and when you sweat, you… Read the full story

What I Rent: Myles, £950 a month for a flat in Harrow

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, JUNE 6TH 2018. WHAT I RENT CASE STUDY: General view of the tenant Myles Swaine-Gray pictured in the open plan living room and kitchen of his one bedroom flat in Harrow, London, United Kingdom, June 6th 2018. Myles pays ?900 a month excluding bills and council tax. Photo credit: Susannah Ireland
Myles pays £950 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Harrow. (Picture: Susannah Ireland/Metro.co.uk)

Another week, another peek behind the curtain at the mystery of renting in London.

What I Rent is a weekly series that takes you inside a different person’s rented property each week, with the aim of helping us all to navigate… Read the full story

What is glass skin and how do you get it?

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Korean beauty trends have been hitting our shores in a big way recently.

From snail slime in creams to sheet masks in every pharmacy, where K beauty leads, we follow.

The hot thing at the moment is glass skin, which is kind of like being shiny but in a good way.

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It’s when your skin is so moisturised, clear, and healthy that it resembles a shard of glass.

It’s not to be confused with greasy skin which simply hasn’t been washed. This look is more beauty blogger who models for Glossier than sweaty teenager who’s… Read the full story

‘It crushes your hopes’: People share bad experiences of sharing mental health issues in the workplace

‘He looked at me with a patronising frown and said, “Why are you telling me this?”‘ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Talking about your mental health can be hard. Even more so when it’s with your manager or work colleagues.

Although the social stigma around issues such as stress, anxiety and depression is changing, employees still fear retribution for opening up about their mental health in the workplace.

This is especially true among the younger generation.

Recent statistics by student and graduate careers app, Debut, revealed 70% of those surveyed would avoid speaking to their future employer about their mental health.

In a sense, it’s counter-productive, given one in four UK employees will suffer… Read the full story

‘It’s about the power dynamic’: Men and women reveal which sex toys they use with partners

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Take your pick (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

The other day I was chatting to a friend of mine about using sex toys with partners.

Or, more specifically, about being tied up – but that’s an entirely different discussion.

My male friend had never used any sex toys with a partner and was appalled at the idea of doing so.

In fact, the entire scenario made him feel very uncomfortable.

Personally, I’ve always been in relationships where the idea of introducing a helping hand – or in this case, toy – has been met with enthusiasm.

A few years ago, a now ex-boyfriend and I even went exploring in Soho’s sex shops and… Read the full story

Mum claims bathing her babies in her breast milk cured their eczema

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A mum of two claims she cured her children’s eczema by bathing them in her breast milk.

After reading about the treatment online, 27-year-old Lizzie Dempsey, from Southampton, decided to mix her milk in with her babies’ bath water to help soothe their dry patches of skin.

She says that despite trying a long list of lotions and creams, breast milk is the only thing that calms the symptoms of George, two, and Isla, nine months.

Explaining how her retail manager husband Ashley, 29, helped give the youngsters their weekly baths, she said: ‘I would recommend it because it is a safe and easy way to help your baby’s… Read the full story

What should you do if your partner has a small penis?

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Guys with small penises have to be amazing at oral, right?

Well, let’s, erm, tackle that old cliche.

A vagina’s most stimulating parts are quite close to the entrance, so surely any penis would do the job?

As for the anus, I’ve always been of the opinion it’s best to keep anything going up there as petit as possible.

The main thing to remember is penises come in many shapes and sizes, and are all pretty great. What might not be so great, however, is the reaction to them.

I never judge a man by his penis, but it seems many men judge it themselves. They look at my face… Read the full story

McDonald’s will let you order share boxes of Chicken Selects to your door

McDonald's Is Launching Cheese Bites And Chicken Selects Shareboxes
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Attention, McDonald’s fans: Your favourite fast food restaurant will now be selling share boxes of Cheese Bites and Chicken Selects.

The Chicken Selects share box comes with nine pieces of chicken and dips, and the Monterey Jack Cheese Melts box offers 15 bites, as well as dips.

Of course, the boxes are meant for sharing, but we won’t judge if you want to eat an entire box of chicken and cheese yourself. That’s what we’ll be doing.

The two new boxes are available exclusively through McDelivery, which has recently been rolled out across over 200 restaurants.

The Chicken Selects share box will be available… Read the full story

People can be incredibly insensitive about diabetes – even when they’re trying to be nice

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Living with a chronic illness can be a struggle, especially when not many people understand or empathise with what you’re dealing with.

Type 1 diabetes has, however, given me a pretty thick skin; I’ve learnt to try and inform (and sometimes politely correct) people when a comment has, shall we say, irked me.

Many of these comments actually come from a kind and loving place, but unfortunately they tend to be based on what someone has seen on Casualty that one time, 15 years ago.

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Char wins sexiest cow in Britain award

HOLY COW - Britian's sexiest cow has been revealed
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Yes, there is an actual competition where people judge cows on their sexiness.

And Char, a Jersey cow living on Gooseform Farm in the Culm Valley, Devon, is the winner, now holding the official title of the sexiest cow in Britain.

It takes a lot to win the sexiest cow award – but Char had it in the bag with her swept back hair and the white accents above her eyes.

The competition was set up by seed company RAGT Seeds, which aims to find the sexiest cow in the UK.

This subreddit shows how many people have no idea what women’s bodies look like

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Apart from sex ed at school, most people are never formally taught about women’s bodies and the reproductive system.

That means that what many people ‘know’ comes from porn, television, or their mates.

Even women – who HAVE BODIES – and men who have had sex with and been around women have sometimes terrible ideas bout which parts are where and how they behave.

The subreddit badwomensanatomy is a goldmine for these bad ideas, and it’s actually kind of scary realising how little people know.

One of the common themes of the subreddit is the ‘roast beef theory’. There are plenty of folks who believe your vulva can change after having… Read the full story

Asda is selling a flamingo cake range perfect for Instagram

Asda Has Released A Flamingo Cake Range And It's Cheap As Chips
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Last summer, people went mad for flamingo pool floats.

Instagram was filled with stunning women in stylish bikinis floating in blue pools on a pink flamingo float – and we were living for it.

This summer, flamingos are still in – but this time they’re coming to us in the form of cakes.

Yep, thanks to Asda, you can now eat cake decorated to look like the most Instagrammable bird in the world.

The supermarket has just started selling a flamingo cake, a sponge cake covered with pink and blue frosting and topped with some edible flamingos.

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An entire island has gone on the market for £400,000

An island for is up for sale for just ?400,000 - less than the price of a one bed flat in London. Stack Rock Fort, off the coast of Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, could be yours for under half a million pounds. Built between 1850 and 1852, and upgraded in 1859 with a new building that completely encased the original gun tower, the Grade II-listed fortification is on sale for ?400,000. Wales News Service
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An entire island has gone up for sale for £400,000 – which is less than the price of a one bed flat in London.

Stack Rock Fort, off the coast of Milford Haven in… Read the full story

Paris Hilton is releasing the most Paris Hilton clothing line for Boohoo

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Paris Hilton is known for her clothes, even if they’re garish velour tracksuits and ra-ra skirts.

As soon as you picture Paris you’re picturing gemstones on everything and lots of pink and white.

While this may have been exactly what we coveted back in 2004, fashion is cyclical, and it seems that over a decade since The Simple Life went off the air, Paris is back in vogue.

Her new collaboration with Boohoo is bringing heiress glam to the masses, with prices we can actually afford.

After a month of intermittent fasting, has it really been worth the faff?


Last month I decided to try my hand at intermittent fasting.

After years of looking forward to breakfast as soon as dinner was finished, I’d resisted calls from friends to give fasting a go. I was too active, too hungry, too much in love with food.

Looking into the ever-growing intermittent fasting (IF) movement, however, it became clear that it works for many people.

Florencia Belén has been doing the 8:16 method (an eight-hour eating period followed by a 16-hour fasting period) for a while and she says that she feels ‘lighter, more active and energetic, and way less bloated’ as a result.

‘Even though I eat healthy foods almost every day, before starting IF I realised I was kind of out of control with was I was eating,’ she told Metro.co.uk.

‘I would just grab chips or chocolate or even drink soda or a beer any day of the week (I used to have a cheat meal on Friday or Saturday… Read the full story

I wish I was told that bottle feeding was OK for my baby

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Formula can be a tremendous help to new mums (Picture: Getty)

Under new guidelines by the Royal College of Midwives, if a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby she should be entitled to the same support and advice as breastfeeding mothers.

I just wish this position statement had been in play back when I was a new mum.

If it had been, I wouldn’t have had to add ‘using some formula’ to my already growing list of stuff to feel guilty about.

How to survive family dinner time when you are not Nigella Lawson

When I was expecting my first… Read the full story

Woman claims she can communicate with animals and contact them beyond the grave


Ruthy Bradshaw, 42, who says she has ‘full-blown conversations’ with animals, quit her job to become a ‘real life Dr Dolittle’.

Ruthy was once the director of her own marketing business, but she walked away from that job to charge thousands of pounds to talk to people’s pets, helping them to express themselves.

Ruthy – who calls herself Ruthy Doolittle – offers therapy to anxious pets.

A bunch of male models walked the runway with fake pregnant bellies

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Designer Xander Zhou’s show on Monday was a sight to behold.

As part of men’s fashion week in London, Zhou decided to have lots of his models walk the runway wearing prosthetic pregnant bellies.

Some cradled their stomachs protectively and others wore their t-shirts tucked up so their fake baby bumps were fully on show.

One model wore a t-shirt proclaiming the slogan ‘New World Baby’.

Zhou’s brand is called Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co., so this sort of thing is probably to be expected.

Woman exercises every day despite rare condition which causes fractures and strokes

Why being ‘attention seeking’ isn’t wrong or shameful


‘Attention seeking’ is a label variously applied to people who post selfies on Instagram, celebrities who are often naked, people expressing visible symptoms of mental illness, people who express bizarre opinions ‘just to be controversial’, people who cry a lot, and conservative middle-aged men who are somehow outraged by literally everything.

Some forms of attention seeking do have negative consequences. People who stir up hatred and bigotry for clicks and TV airtime are causing harm.

However, most forms of attention seeking are not in any way markers of being an unpleasant person who’s doing something wrong.

Let’s break this down.

Every human alive needs attention. When we were babies, we had to get our parents’ attention or we would die. We cried to be fed, to be burped, to be changed and to be put down for a nap.

Baby mammals and birds do exactly the same thing because their evolutionary programming tells them that getting the parent’s attention is vital for survival.

Back to humans.… Read the full story

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