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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



Blush crush

Jelly textures are a thing and we’ve been raving about them for a while, from cleansers to masks and moisturisers. And now blushers have got in on the act. New Rimmel London Jelly Blush in Melon Madness**, £7.99/799 points, is light-textured with a dewy finish. Plus, it’s super easy to apply, making it a festival make-up must-have. Because it contains long-lasting, buildable pigments, you can effortlessly make those cheeks pop!




A new per-spec-tive

With more than half of adults in the UK admitting they’d feel happier if they could see more clearly, getting a pair of glasses could be a top feel-good strategy! So if your vision isn’t, ahem, ‘eye-deal’, it might be time to visit your local Boots Opticians. And while you’re there, check out the latest Vision Of Britain report, compiled by Boots Opticians and specialist eye hospital group Optegra Eye Health Care. It’s packed with interesting facts and practical advice about how to keep your peepers in peak condition. Pick up a copy while stocks last, or download it from


To find your local Boots Opticians, go to, and to learn about the range of vision-correction treatments available at Optegra, visit



Mind care

Dementia Action Week (20-26 May) is a good time to get clued-up on brain health watch-outs.


HEARING LOSS may double the risk of developing dementia – even if it’s only mild. So get your ears checked regularly: try


SMOKING may be the cause of 14% of Alzheimer’s disease cases worldwide. Need help to quit? Talk to your GP or visit


BEING LONELY is associated with a 40% increased risk of dementia. If you suspect a loved one or a neighbour is feeling isolated, reach out to them.

Look out for Dementia Friends colleagues in store, who can offer a welcoming, patient face for people living with dementia. And see for more support.



Clean up your act

Got an old lip brush lying around? It makes a perfect mani tidy-upper! Dip it in nail polish remover and swipe around the nail bed to clean up edges. Trust us – it’s a game changer.



Don't play chicken (pox)

Yep, chickenpox peaks at this time of year – just when you don’t want the kids stuck indoors. Although it doesn’t usually cause long-term problems, it’s highly infectious and may make little ones feel miserable. Plus, it can be more serious in adults who’ve never had it. If that’s you, or you want to avoid a pox-infested household in the future, check out the Boots Chickenpox Vaccination Service at



BBC Children in Need

Statistics suggest that there are over one million children in the UK with a diagnosable mental health condition††. Shocking stuff! So we’re excited about the new BBC Children in Need early-action programme, A Million & Me, launching in store during Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May). The programme brings together a number of partners, including Boots UK and the mental-health charity YoungMinds, and aims to support children aged 8-13 years old with their emotional wellbeing.


If you’re a parent or carer, you can play an important role in supporting children’s mental wellbeing; by being actively involved now, you could help prevent more serious issues later in life. Pop in store and pick up a leaflet for information on how you can help children and teenagers maintain and enjoy good mental health.

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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*Available in selected stores. **Available in selected stores and online from 10 May; subject to availability. In selected stores, subject to availability; eligibility criteria and charges apply. ††NHS Digital, Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017 (2018)

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


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