Wellness

Boots' amazing Christmas campaign + more news

Including catching up with some fab Insta mums, top British beauty buys, a fresh take on Down syndrome, the new buzz in skincare, how to get your hit of the sunshine vitamin in winter when there's no sun, and the Diwali celebrations we can still enjoy!!
THIS is the spirit of Christmas
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THIS is the spirit of Christmas

Millions of people in the UK can’t afford even the most basic hygiene products, such as soap or toothbrushes (which isn’t helped by a global pandemic and rising unemployment). Which is why Boots is donating £1million-worth of products this Christmas to The Hygiene Bank* to help tackle hygiene poverty.

To raise awareness of this, Boots has launched its Christmas campaign, partnering with up-and-coming British singer Rachel Chinouriri to re-record the classic track ‘What The World Needs Now’ available on Boots.com/love. Each time someone streams the song, Warner Music will give a percentage of the royalties to The Hygiene Bank. Plus, if you’re planning a trip to Boots, you can contribute toiletries yourself at donation points in 245 Boots branches (our stores are open and you can still safely shop); and give £5 directly to the charity by texting BASICS to 70085**. So get streaming, donating and singing along. Talk about #PrescribeKindness in action – that really is what the world needs now.

The hot new skincare ingredient
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The hot new skincare ingredient

We’ve got a lot to thank K-Beauty for: glass-skin craze, taking skin essences seriously and 10-step skincare regimes. And the latest gem to wing its way over here? Cica, aka Centella Asiatica. It’s a clever Asian herb that tigers are said to rub their wounds on to help them heal, hence its other, well-known nickname, ‘tiger grass’. Treat your complexion to some Cica loving with Philosophy Nature In A Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser: the texture is ultra-comforting and your skin will literally slurp it up. Meanwhile, give dry hands some much-needed nourishment with Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Cica-Repair Hand Mask: the clever gloves act as moisture ‘bandages’, so they literally wraps your hands in hydration. Trust us, your thirsty skin will be forever grateful.

And here’s some additional wisdom for seasonal skin woes.

Get a Brit beauty fix
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Get a Brit beauty fix

The economy has taken a real hit because of the pandemic, but there are small ways we can help. It can be as simple as thinking about your next beauty buy and where you’re putting your hard-earned wonga. Why not support some much-loved British beauty brands? Here are our top picks that are sure to secure a permanent fixture in your bathroom: BYBI Babe Balm is a cult classic and impressive multi-tasker. Add a sheen to the tops of cheeks for a natural highlight, or use as a moisturiser on chapped lips (which in this windy weather, is a must) to help soothe dry patches, sharpish. It’s vegan, too. Curly hair? It’ll lap up Bouclème Curl Defining Gel. Let the Argan and coconut oils smooth and hold your style; plus, its serum-like consistency makes it super-easy to apply. And check out The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser, which can help control oil and banish breakouts. Sold!

Let's talk about Down’s syndrome!
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Let's talk about Down’s syndrome!

Devoted mum Rebecca Hulbert, whose son, Arthur, 1, was born with Down syndrome, has started a brilliant campaign to change the everyday language that’s used when talking about the condition. So, with the support of the Down’s Syndrome Association (and design studio Bear and Pear), she’s created a series of downloadable ‘cards’ as an educational tool, with examples of what to say and what not to say (such as using ‘people first’ language. This conveys the fact that people with disabilities are first and foremost just that – people). They’ve been shared on social media globally by everyone, from paediatric nurses to doctors and consultants. So, download the Language Creates Reality cards and get educated – and sharing!

Vit D-day
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Vit D-day

Apparently, we Brits only manage to get outside for around an hour each working day, with some people admitting to not getting out at all during daylight hours! (Blame our work/life balance becoming even more skewed since COVID-19.) Of course, without sunlight, our bodies struggle to get enough of that all-important vitamin D – which is even harder to do with winter looming, as the sun’s rays are too weak to benefit us (even on the odd occasion it does shine!). Any wonder that 44% of us reported feeling more tired than usual! Which is why the NHS recommends taking 10 micrograms (400IU) of vitamin D daily from October to March. So, consider adding Healthspan Vitamin D Apple & Blackcurrant Gummies to your daily routine.

It's Boots, baby!
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It's Boots, baby!

Those Instagram mums make parenting look so easy (and glamorous), right? If you’ve ever wondered if the reality behind those posts is as glossy as they look, then you need to tune in to Boots Parenting Club’s first-ever series of Instagram Live virtual events this week. In partnership with the brilliant Mothers Meetings, a network for women who just happen to be mothers, the events are your chance to get the inside scoop from Insta stars Millie Mackintosh, Clemmie Telford and Adanna Steinacker on how they parent their way, as well as a sneak peak into the amazing new baby products at Boots. The first event, with Made In Chelsea alumna Millie, is at 11am on Tuesday 10 November @MothersMeetings, with Clemmie at 11am on Wednesday and Adanna the same time on Thursday. See you there!

Celebrating Diwali!
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Celebrating Diwali!

Diwali, aka the Festival of Lights celebrated over five days by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, will be very different this year because of the dreaded C-word. While in ‘normal times’ there’d be loads of celebratory events throughout the UK from 12-16 November (with dancing, fireworks and loads of lovely food), this year it’ll be virtual. So we’ve compiled a few ways you can celebrate online.

In London, check out co.uk for virtual events; meanwhile Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum is also hosting a free online Diwali celebration on 14 November.

In Leicester (usually the biggest celebrations outside of India), the lights along the city’s golden mile will still be switched on (by electronic timer!). And it’ll host an online event, too, streamed on the Visit Leicester site on Saturday, 14 November.

Edinburgh is also offering a free ‘Digital Diwali’ on 14 November, from 5pm to to 7pm, with a vocal performance from artist Ajay Dixit, as well as dances, a ceilidh and virtual fireworks. Happy Diwali!

*The Hygiene Bank is a registered charity in England and Wales (number: 1181267) and Scotland (number: SC049895). **Texts cost £5, plus one standard-rate message: you’ll be opting in to hear more from The Hygiene Bank about its work. To give £5 but not receive further updates, text BASICSNOINFO to 70085.