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Covid explained by a 5-year-old and more news

Plus ‘maskne’ saviours, the genius way to gift globally, the latest lip balms and what really takes the biscuit
Words of wisdom
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Words of wisdom

Kids are finally going back to school, but things are bound to feel a bit different with social distancing still a reality, even in classrooms. So if you’ve got little ones, it might be a good idea to download (for free) the new children’s book The Big Thing (or you can buy it – the money goes to UNICEF USA’s Covid Relief Fund). Explaining the pandemic through the eyes of a 5-year-old, it also teaches kids about silver linings and ways they can find them despite this global crisis!

For more back-to-school advice from a Boots expert, click here.

Lip-smacking discoveries
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Lip-smacking discoveries

The humble lip balm may not feature that highly on your beauty radar. But now we’ve got masks to contend with, you might just find they’re the perfect swap for your usual smudgy, stain-y lipstick! And the latest offerings are way more than just a slick of shea butter. First up, there’s Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm – originally only available in Clear, there are now three sheer shades – but what makes this a standout balm is the unique doe-foot applicator wand, which gives precision application. Next up is NARS Afterglow Lip Balm, which also adds a sheer wash of colour (it comes in eight shades), each containing very subtle gold flecks to give your lips an extra shine factor – perfect for when your mask comes off! And finally there’s e.l.f Ride or Die Lip Balm – this budget-friendly, super-hydrating balm comes in a handy pocket-sized tube and seven ultra-wearable shades. *smacks lusious lips*

Tea-riffic treats
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Tea-riffic treats

Does a brew see you through? You’re not alone, as it’s estimated us Brits have consumed 2.9 billion cups of tea and 1.7 billion coffees during lockdown alone – confirming we really are a nation of tea drinkers. Want to upgrade your tea time? Try these team-fave sweet treats with benefits: Rhythm 108 Ooh-la-la Tea Chocolate Hazelnut Biscuits (24g) are free from dairy, refined sugar and gluten. If you love nuts, Livias Dunx Maple Peanut Drizzle Cookies ‘n Dip (48g) are the perfect gooey dunkers (plus, they’re vegan!). Gato Cookie ‘n’ Cream Vanilla and Chocolate Cookies (42g) taste so good, you won’t believe there are only 99 calories in two of them. Put the kettle on…

'Maskne' marvels
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'Maskne' marvels

Online searches for ‘maskne’ are steadily getting higher as we start to discover some of the niggly side-effects that come from wearing much-required face coverings. Turns out a combination of sweat and dirt getting trapped in pores and face masks covering the skin can create blemishes. So what to do? Start by cleansing with a salicylic-based cleanser – we love The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser (150ml). Follow with Avène Cleanance Comedomed Anti-blemishes Concentrate (30ml), which can be used all over your face or to target blemishes specifically. You can also improve your chances by washing your mask after every wear and, as always, wash your hands frequently.

Orders without borders
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Orders without borders

If you’ve spent a fair whack on sending loved ones overseas gifts during the pandemic, we feel your pain. The good news? There’s a game-changing new iniative: Splitcha. Care packages don’t need to break the bank anymore – with Splitcha there’s no more shipping, no foreign sites to navigate and no customs. So, if your sister lives in Spain and it’s her birthday in the next month, why not give it a go? All you need do is register, message a person in Spain and they will source, buy and arrange delivery of your care package items locally. There are more than 200 verified members all around the world willing to help with packages. (We’re pretty sure there’ll be a request or two for Boots supplies among them!)

So bye-bye, delayed delivery times and hidden charges, and hello, Splitcha! One word: genius.

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The best way to game play

It’s back-to-school season so it’s time to get their learning heads switched on. Step forward SmartGames – award-winning multi-level logic games for one player. Their fun IQ range is full of challenging, brain-expanding educational activities for all levels (age 6+). It’s also a great way to keep them entertained and away from their tech for a while!