Tie-dye tees, homemade bread… and jelly? Yep, our favourite party food is the latest throwback serving up a dose of nostalgic escapism. With #jelly used more than 2.6 million times on Instagram, the wobbly pudding’s comeback reflects our love of all things comforting and familiar right now. Plus, jelly is a sensory superstar in the world of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), where fans relax by tuning into its texture, sounds and colours in online videos. Keen to dive in? Go easy (since jelly can be packed with sugar) and check out @thejellyrevolution on Insta for some gorgeous jiggly creations. Spoons at the ready!
Domestic abuse charities have seen an increased demand for support services during the national lockdowns. In response, a national codeword scheme – ‘Ask for ANI’ – has been launched. People at risk of, or suffering from, domestic abuse can go to any Boots pharmacy and more than 300 independent chemists, and use the code word ‘ANI’ (pronounced like the name Annie and standing for ‘Action Needed Immediately’) to appeal for help. Trained staff will then take them to a safe space (such as a consulting room), where they can contact the police or a national domestic abuse helpline.
If you are experiencing, or are at risk of, domestic abuse, you can also contact the freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247, or visit nationaldahelpline.org.uk.
With the challenges of the past year, it’s no surprise that a third of women are keen to look after their mental health more in 2021, according to a recent poll. As for the self-care strategies we’re embracing to help us do that, walking and exercise take the top spots, followed by healthy eating, reading, treating ourselves and spending time with loved ones. If you’re inspired to get moving for your mind, try these workouts for managing anxiety. Ready, sweat, go!
Hygiene poverty (being unable to afford personal hygiene and grooming products) is an issue that millions of people in the UK face every day. That’s why we’re huge champions of charity The Hygiene Bank*, which works to provide these items to those in need – from toothpaste, tampons and shampoo to nappies and washing powder. Want to help out? It couldn’t be easier. Visit The Hygiene Bank at Boots and look for the product donation points in 245 stores. Plus, treat yourself to Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel – for every one sold until 9 March 2021, the brand will donate a product to the charity. Talk about a power shower.
If your skin’s on struggle street right now, you’re not alone: online searches for ‘how to brighten dull skin’ have risen by 70% over the past 12 months. Good job we’ve got you covered, with these glow-boosting gems: Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum targets pores, smooths and brightens, without stripping skin; Ole Henriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub combines exfoliating lemon peel, sugar and AHAs, as well as soothing chamomile and holy basil; plus hydrating Boots Glow Brightening Mist EXCLUSIVE: simply spritz on your face and neck whenever you need a pick-me-up. We love!