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‘Catch up on everything you need to know about health and beauty – and don't miss your chance to win a fabulous city break in the south of France!’ Helen Daly, Editor



Say what?

Spent your youth at festivals and gigs and now stuck saying ‘pardon?’ too often? You could be one of three million Brits living with untreated hearing loss in midlife, according to a report. But the good news is, you can get it checked for free by the Boots Hearingcare service* (bootshearing Now we like the sound of that!

*Subject to availability; one free hearing check per person, per year; over 18s only.



Bright spark

If, like us, dark circles are your beauty bugbear, check out New No7 Laboratories Dark Circle Corrector* Boots Exclusive  £28/2,800 points (15ml). Hyaluronic acid works to plump skin, while caffeine helps take down puffiness. It also contains a colour corrector with light-diffusing particles, to instantly perk up peepers. It’s like a coffee for the eyes.

*Available in selected stores.



Time saver alert!

Struggling with multiple trips to your doctor for your repeat prescription? Good news: we’ve just launched a brand-new service that makes it easier and faster for you to get your regular meds – meaning no more stressing about collecting your repeat prescription! Try our new and improved free online NHS free repeat prescription service*: it takes five minutes to sign up (via the Boots app or ) – just tell us what meds you require and you’ll get a text when it’s ready. Then choose between home delivery or free in-store collection (express pick up points in over 600 stores make collecting your prescription quick and easy). Win win!


*Excludes Northern Ireland. Participating surgeries only. Prescription charges may apply. See



All women are super

…it’s just that we hadn’t quite realised it – until now. New research has found that women underestimate their own abilities by half, in comparison with men. What that actually means is, you’re twice as good as you think you are! So, next time you’re faced with a daunting work meeting or life event, remember, you’ve got this – science says so. (If you’re still struggling, sit up straight in your chair; as well as being a posture preserver, it gives you more confidence in your own thoughts.) Super news all round.



Stickler for cleansing

Meet the latest beauty product inspired by Korean skincare: the humble cleansing stick. It looks a bit like an oversized lip balm, but has lots of benefits. The solid format means it doubles as a mini massage for your skin and, being spill-proof, it’s also ideal for travel. If you have oily skin, try the Simple Daily Skin Detox Charcoal Cleansing Stick, £9.99/999 points (45g), or to help give good glow, opt for the St Ives Apricot & Manuka Honey Cleansing Stick, £9.99/999 points (45g).



#Trending: Witch hazel

Everyone’s fave teenage skincare ingredient is back with a bang, with searches for witch hazel rocketing by 305% on Pinterest. Why? It’s brilliant at stopping shine in its tracks. To take your regime back to old school, try Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Shine Control Day Moisturiser Boots Exclusive £4/400 (75ml) – our new hot-day saviour.

Win! A French city break, worth £2,000

The Riviera awaits one lucky winner


Oui, it’s true! We’re offering a reader – and their guest – a sun-soaked city break to Nice, in the south of France, courtesy of 7UP.  You’ll be whisked away to a gorgeous hotel for three nights and treated to £500 spending money (talk about maximising the joie de vivre!).


Imagine taking a stroll down the impressive Promenade des Anglais – flanked by 19th-century mansions on one side and the azure Mediterranean Sea on the other – before stopping for a salade niçoise (what else?) and a glass of bubbly.


Plus, you’ll each get a goody bag containing the No7 Sun Essentials Collection†† (think Protect & Perfect SPF, aftersun and lipcare products), worth £40, and, of course, some bottles of 7UP Free (with no sugar), to help keep you hydrated – #livingthedream.

The closing date is midnight on 27 August 2019. Bonne chance!

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Keep your cool

Don’t let sweat patches ruin your outfit – or your confidence. Perspirex Original Antiperspirant Roll-On , £8.49 (20ml), is a small but mighty solution to the problem of sweating, whether it’s caused by a high-stakes life moment or hormones. Click here to learn more.

Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky, Rosie Benson
Photography Getty Images, Plain Picture, Alamy, Pixeleyes


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