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‘Catch up on everything you need to know about health and beauty – and don't miss your chance to win fantastic skincare goodies!’ Helen Daly, Editor

BEAUTY

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Power of the pout

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s all about the perfect pout. Which is why we’re loving these fabulous finds. Winky Lux Flower Balm in Balm Pink*, £13/1,300 points, reacts with your skin’s pH to create your own unique shade – and even contains a real chrysanthemum. And our fave clutch accessory? Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick*, £29/2,900 points, which has a square-cut bullet to give you a perfectly defined Cupid’s bow in seconds. Très chic!

HEALTH

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…around half of men aged 40 to 70 experience some form of erectile dysfunction? So, to reduce stigma and raise awareness, 14 February is National Impotence Day. Most men occasionally fail to get or keep an erection, so if your bloke is affected, you can reassure him he’s not alone. Lifestyle changes may help, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise. But if these aren’t successful and it’s interfering with your sex life, he may want to consider the Boots online Erectile Dysfunction clinic* (boots.com/ed) for a consultation and access to treatment without a trip to a GP.

BEAUTY

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Split ends, begone!

They’re the bane of a good blow-dry and ruin a sleek ponytail. If you’re sick of frayed strands, help is at hand courtesy of our new hair heroes.

The tonic: Charles Worthington Grow Strong Scalp Tonic £7.99/799 points (100ml), contains pea sprout extract to help improve hair strength.

The treatment: OGX Restoring + Bonding Plex Bonding Cream, £7.99/799 points (177ml), creates a barrier to protect hair when styling.

The mask: L’Oréal Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Mask, £5.99/599 points (59g), is like a hot spa for hair. Just apply the protein- enriched balm to towel-dried hair, pop on the self-heating tissue cap for 10 minutes and massage in. Then rinse off for smooth, manageable locks that last.

WELLBEING

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Practise kindfulness

If you’re your own harshest critic, try this tip from new book The Kindness Method: Changing Habits For Good by Shahroo Izadi (Pan Macmillan). Pop 30 paperclips in your pocket in the morning and, whenever you catch yourself being self-critical, move one to the opposite pocket. At the end of the day, count the paperclips you’ve moved to see how many times you’ve chastised yourself. You may be shocked! Shahroo says being aware of your inner monologue could help break the habit. Trip to the stationery shop, anyone?

HEALTH

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Time-saving hero!

The bad news? The number of people with three or more long-term or chronic conditions has risen by 100% in the last 10 years.[i]But the great news? Managing your meds is now a lot easier – just sign up for the free Boots.com/nhs. It’ll process and deliver your medication and notify you by text or email when it’s ready, meaning no more waiting time at the GP!

WIN! A new-year skincare kit worth £100

Help protect your skin from pollution with a hand from This Works

 

Pollution is a buzzword we’re hearing all the time, and chances are that most of us are showing signs of it in our skin. Dull complexion? Clogged pores? Yep, spending even one day in an urban space or on the road can have a negative effect on your skin. So, if you live in a city, lead a busy life and worry about pollution, you’ll love this giveaway!

Packed with hard-working ingredients, this effective anti-pollution skincare regime will give your complexion a deep-down cleanse to help it look brighter.

Twenty lucky readers will each win a This Works collection worth £100. It includes: Evening Detox Cleansing Water, £22 (200ml), to clean away the day; Evening Detox Spray-On Exfoliant, £28 (60ml), which contains salicylic acid to unblock clogged pores; purifying Evening Detox Clay Mask, £32 (50ml), with kaolin clay to leave skin mattified in just 10 minutes; and the signature Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £18 (75ml), with lavender and camomile to help you catch some beauty-sleep zzzzzs. Grimy skin, begone!



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*Subject to stock availability and clinician approval; eligibility criteria and charges apply.

Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky, Rosie Benson Photography Getty Images, Shutterstock

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