Beauty

The beauty ritual we’re neglecting, and more news

Including the truth about exercise and periods, a new website for parents, meno joint problems – plus, simple energy wins for when you’re tired of feeling tired
Body-loving skincare
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Body-loving skincare

Think of skincare and you’ll most likely think of your face. But the rest of your body needs love, too! It seems we’re not prioritising the skin below our chin, with 76% of women placing most importance on looking after their face, according to a recent survey. It also revealed nearly a fifth of us spend more than 30 minutes weekly on facial skincare – but less than five mins on our legs and arms. Up your body game with these goodies for chin-to-toe TLC…

The intense nourisher: No7 Beautiful Skin Cocooning Body Souffle has a rich and comforting formula.

The revitalising cleanser: Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Long Lasting Moisture Shower Oil transforms into a foam that leaves your body feeling super-soft.

The fake tan prep: Bondi Sands Coconut and Sea Salt Body Scrub gently exfoliates to leave skin smooth and smelling like holidays.

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Menstrual movement

If you struggle to exercise on your period, you’re not alone: 71% of women don’t stick to their usual workouts thanks to fatigue, according to a Yoppie poll, while a quarter are stopped in their fitness tracks by cramps. Those who do break a sweat during that time of the month also shared motivation tricks, which include positive thinking, setting goals and rewarding themselves. Research suggests movement can help to manage period pain, so tune into what your body needs – whether that’s jogging or gentle yoga flow. (Also, speak to your GP if period pain is interfering with your quality of life – and read one woman’s eye-opening endometriosis story.)

Mental health support for mums
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Mental health support for mums

The challenges of the past year have taken a huge toll on our collective mental health, and new mums are no exception – a 2021 study revealed high rates of undiagnosed maternal depression and anxiety*. That’s why we’re loving new website Motherdom, which is dedicated to parents’ mental wellbeing. Created by journalist Anna Ceesay, who experienced low mood and anxiety during pregnancy, the site features stories, podcast episodes and a help directory. (Psst! Don’t forget to check out the Boots Parenting Club for expert advice and exclusive offers from pregnancy to toddlerhood.)

*If you think you’re experiencing mental health issues, you must speak to your GP, health visitor or midwife.

The sleep tips you need right now
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The sleep tips you need right now

A huge 83% of us have struggled with sleep**, according to a Puressentiel poll. So, take a few tips from us to help you  slumber soundly:

1. Sleep naked: yup, it may support rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (the type during which most dreaming occurs), reveals recent research.

2. Opt for ASMR: in the quirky world of autonomous sensory meridian response, fans relax by tuning into different sounds and colours in online videos designed to soothe (like this dreamy one).

3. Try cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): one of the most science-backed approaches for insomnia – and a new study reveals an online course works just as well as face-to-face treatment. Check out the NHS-approved Sleepio app.

We also burst the sleeping beauty myth; offer advice on how to get to sleep and stay that way; and how to sleep well.

Meno joint problems
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Meno joint problems

No doubt you’re au fait with hot flushes and night sweats as menopause symptoms, but did you know joint pain can crop up, too? A whopping 40% of menopausal women struggle with stiffness – something that can be overlooked as just an ‘inevitable’ part of ageing. In fact, hormone changes directly impact our joints, so it’s worth talking to your GP about remedies, such as staying active. Check out Boots’ pain relief products, too – plus our guide to managing meno symptoms while you’re working.

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Your best at-home hair colour is just a click away

Are you longing to go pastel pink? In the mood for fiery orange? Hair stylist Alex Brownsell, co-founder of the coolest salon ever – Bleach London – and colourist to the stars, shares her top tips for colouring your hair at home and getting it right every time. So unleash that new you!

**If you're struggling with your sleep, speak to your GP.