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‘Catch up on the latest news from the world of health and beauty – plus, don't miss your chance to win a pampering spa break for two!’ Helen Daly, Editor

BEAUTY

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Get wow brows

At this super-busy time of year, we’re all ears for low-maintenance beauty trends. That’s why we were relieved to see lion-mane brows everywhere. For this look, you can leave the area under the arch completely untouched. Just brush brows upwards with NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eyebrow Gel in Clear*, £6.50/650 points, for 100% drama. Yep, you heard right: no pain of any kind is necessary to pull off these bushy wonders.

HEALTH

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…is the approximate percentage of people living with dementia who say shopping is their favourite activity. Yet 63% don’t think retailers do enough to help them. That’s why we’re working with the Alzheimer’s Society and now have over 24,500 store colleagues who are Dementia Friends. They can help assist customers living with dementia, or their carers, to arrange to collect repeat prescriptions**, and more. Find staff with Dementia Friends badges, or see boots.com/health/dementia-friends

BEAUTY

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Your winter skin saviour

Central heating and blistering winds playing havoc with your skin? Then check out this Christmas miracle: New No7 Laboratories Cica-Rescue Skin Paste Boots exclusive £18/1,800 points (50ml), packs the restorative herb Centella Asiatica (also known as tiger grass), skin-soothing Bisabolol and hydrating plant extract Ophiopogon Japonicus, to target sensitivity and redness. Apply as an overnight mask 2-3 times a week – and get the good kind of festive glow.

HEALTH

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Flu troopers alert!

Yes, we are talking about your little ones! The flu virus spreads easily in schools and nurseries, which not only puts your kids at risk, but also any elderly relatives at those festive get-togethers. The NHS offers a free flu vaccination (as a nasal spray) for 2-3 year olds, children in reception to school year 5, and those with certain long-term medical conditions. Boots also offers a private Winter Flu Vaccination Service from 10 years+††. For more info, check out boots.com/flujab

FAMILY

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The number of meningitis B cases in children under a year old has almost halved, thanks to a free NHS vaccine introduced in 2015. This is excellent news, but MenB can affect people of all ages and is particularly prevalent in infants and young adults. Boots offers a Meningitis B Vaccination Service‡ in more than 350 stores for those aged two years and over. Check out the facts and risks at boots.com/menb.

BEAUTY

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Picture pore-fect

’Tis the season for selfies! Get ready for your close-up with tips for tackling partied-out pores

On your bedside table: Clarins Pore Control*, £45/4,500 points (30ml), uses vine flower extract to help shrink pore size.

In the bathroom: Glamglow Instamud 60 Second Pore-Refining Treatment*, £32/3,200 points (50ml), smooths pores and evens out skin tone with micro-bubbling mud, which is crammed with purifying kaolin clay.

In your bag: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination Pressed Powder*, £25/2,500 points, blurs while leaving skin looking and feeling radiant. Our fave instant fix.

WIN! An indulgent spa break for two

Kick back and unwind at a Champneys Spa

 

Running on empty? Read on! Champneys is offering the perfect break for body and mind, with two getaways up for grabs. Each prize is worth over £1,000 and includes a two-night stay for two people, plus four revitalising treatments per person at one of Champneys’ five stunning locations. Five runners-up will also win a hamper of Champneys products, each worth over £200.

 

Champneys spas cater for all tastes. Gym bunnies can work up a sweat with HIIT, aqua circuit and hula-hooping classes, while water lovers can take a dip in the pool, let the Jacuzzi bubbles wash over them, or relax in the sauna. And to make it extra-special, the prize includes a Heaven Cocoon body treatment, a Champneys Luxury facial, a rejuvenating massage and a pampering pedi or mani. Plus, there’s a hearty, balanced breakfast, a tasty lunch and a three-course evening meal to enjoy. Closing date: midnight on 27/12/18.



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EDITOR’S PICKS

*Available in selected stores. **The Free Repeat Prescription Collection service is available at participating Boots stores and GP surgeries. †Visit your country-specific NHS website for details. The NHS vaccination for 2-3 year olds is available through GP surgeries. ††Available in selected Boots Pharmacy stores for children aged 10 years+, and in most Boots Pharmacy stores for ages 16 years+; subject to stock and specially trained pharmacist availability; eligibility criteria and charges apply. ‡Subject to specially trained pharmacists and stock availability; eligibility and charges apply.

Words Helen Daly, Donna Francis, Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky, Rosie Benson Photography Getty Images, Jason Lloyd Evans, Pixeleyes

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