Up your fitness game and take on trail running with these essentials

IF you want to up your fitness, try trail running – on rugged terrain, uphill, downhill, ­forests etc and no pavements.

It’s the most ­effective ­calorie burner of all outdoor pursuits – about 950 calories per hour for a woman. Today I’ve looked at ways you can blaze a trail in style, while our Beauty Editor puts facial oils to the test.


with Jane Atkinson


  • Columbia Women’s Titan Ultra Tight, £55, columbiasportswear.co.uk – buy now

These are labelled as “tights” but to me they are leggings.

Columbia Women’s Titan Ultra Tight are silky soft and lightweight with stretchy moisture-wicking fabric.

They have a zip pocket and mesh on the legs for stowing essentials, reflective detail, adjustable waist and mesh panelling at the knees and ankles for breathability.

I love the colour, and they’re really comfy.


  • Premax Sunscreen For Sport SPF 50+, £14.99, freewheel.co.uk – buy now

It’s essential kit for trail running.

Premax Sunscreen For Sport SPF 50+ is a dry-touch, non-greasy formula which is ideal for use ­during sport and exercise.

Contains UVB and UVA, and is water resistant for up to 4 hours. It also contains nourishing aloe vera and ­vitamin E.

Comes in a handy (and quite ­masculine-looking) handy 50ml tube – ideal for on the go.


  • Saucony Peregrine 11, £115, saucony.com – buy now

The Saucony Peregrine 11 are built using durable PWRTRAC rubber that has great traction and abrasion resistance, plus PWRRUN cushioning so you can have an aggressive and responsive run, and an upgraded protective layer.

Coped ­brilliantly with tricky terrain over loose ground.

And unusually for trail trainers they look good too.


with Gabriella Stein


  • Q&A, Squalane face oil, 30ml, £10, qandaskin.com – buy now

It’s 100 per cent natural facial oil with just one ingredient – squalane. Sourced from olive oil, which makes this vegan-friendly too.

Squalane is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block pores so is suitable for all skin types.

This absorbed well and boosted skin hydration without leaving extra shine.

Can be used morning and night – and also on dry hair, nails and body. A great all-round multi-tasker for a tenner.


  • Elements’ Revitalising Facial Oil, 30ml, £26, elementsboutiquespa.co.uk – buy now

A facial oil formulated for dry, dehydrated skin or skin lacking radiance.

Rosehip and jojoba oils help to nourish while antioxidant-rich raspberry seed, blackcurrant seed, cranberry and plum oils hydrate and protect.

The pump bottle makes it fuss-free to use. I have combination skin so preferred to use this at night to allow it to work without worrying about shine.

My skin looked brighter and plumper in the mornings after using this.


  • Murad’s Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil, 30ml, £60, murad.co.uk – buy now

A treatment oil packed with six key vitamins – A to F – working together to target signs of ageing, boost hydration, brighten skin and defend against free radicals.

This improved my skin texture and left it smoother and more even. Also improved areas of pigmentation as well as brightening the skin tone.

Absorbed completely, and suitable for all skin types – even oily.

Expensive, but you only need a few drops to cover the entire face. If you can afford to splash out it’s worth it. My favourite.

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