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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 spa break!’ Helen Daly, Editor



Just tap the app!

Have you ever reached the till and realised you’ve left your Boots Advantage Card at home? No need to stress anymore! The card you love is now on your phone, so you can still collect points on your health and beauty buys. The Boots app is super-easy to download, plus you get 200 Advantage Card points when you add your card details to it††. You can also check your points balance on the go and receive personalised Boots offers. What’s not to like?

††Points awarded on your next transaction – no minimum spend.



Getting even

Has the sun brought your dark spots out to play? Pull the plug on those pesky pigmentation issues with the New No7 Laboratories Dark Spot Correcting Booster Serum Boots Exclusive £38/3,800 points (15ml). A fast-working game changer, it’s clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark spots. But don’t take our word for it – this targeted product contains six times more lightening technology than No7’s age-defying serums. We’re sold!



Be kinder to your vagina

Or, more accurately, your cervix. Women aged 25-64 should have a regular smear test (now known as cervical screening), but millions of us are skipping them. To encourage us to just do it, celebs such as Rebekah Vardy and Michelle Keegan have shared their smear stories on social media. So, if you’re overdue, book a test this Cervical Screening Awareness Week (10-16 June). Vaccination against the HPV virus can help protect you from cervical cancer. If you haven’t had this*, find the Boots HPV Vaccination Service** at

*Vaccination against HPV, to protect against cervical cancer, is routinely provided to school-age girls on the NHS as part of the childhood immunisation programme. **In selected Boots stores, subject to eligibility criteria and availability; charges apply.



Men who exercise for this amount of time a day can last almost twice as long in the bedroom compared with men who don’t exercise, according to a study – and almost a quarter of the latter group were affected by premature ejaculation (PE). If your partner is experiencing PE frequently and it’s affecting your sex life, suggest he checks out Boots PE Online Clinic (, where he can access treatment.

Subject to clinical approval; charges apply.



Go dotty for freckles

A quick way to look sun-kissed and youthful? Freckles! They might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but they’re super flattering. If you don’t have natural ones, à la Meghan Markle, fake it. Copy make-up artist Tom Pecheux at Brandon Maxwell SS19 (on Bella Hadid, above) and dust translucent powder over your nose as a base to prevent smudging. Then use a brown pencil, such as Natural Collection Brow Pencil in Medium/Dark Boots Exclusive £1.99/199 points, to dot your nose and cheeks, right up to your cheekbones.



Flying high

…is what you’ll be doing if you take up the latest yoga trend: acroyoga. Say what? In a nutshell, it’s acrobatics meets yoga (think holding poses while balancing on your partner). Sounds a little scary, but because it’s based on collaboration and connection (you work in pairs), devotees say it boosts trust and communication. And – bonus – this can pay dividends in your other relationships, too! Find a class at

Win! A luxury spa break worth £1,000

Hit ‘pause and refresh’ with our amazing prize


Fancy a break that’s all about getting pampered from morning till night? Well, we’ve got just the prize draw for you! One lucky reader and their plus-one will win a two-night, luxury break at the Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa on the beautiful West Sussex coast, worth £1,000, courtesy of food supplement brand Benenox.

Enjoy full use of the spa facilities, including the outdoor infinity pool, indoor pool and spa bath, sauna and steam room. Plus, there are also treatment vouchers worth £200, so you can choose from a massage, facial and more! After blissing out, sit down to a three-course dinner each night in the hotel restaurant.

To help you relax even more during your stay, you’ll receive a hamper bursting with soothing treats, including This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak, £22 (200g), Tisserand Sleep Better Massage & Body Oil, £9.99 (100ml), and two bottles of Benenox Overnight Recharge, £9.99 (135ml) each, containing vitamin B6, which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Ten runners-up will also win sleep-promoting goodies, worth over £100 each.

 The closing date for entries is midnight on 18 June 2019.

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


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