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The surprising place you forgot to clean + other news

Not to mention the self-care boom, psoriasis support, hyaluronic acid heroes and the shocking truth about female heart attacks...
Bacteria base camp
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Bacteria base camp

Brace yourself for some grim intel: the handle of your kettle could be home to more bacteria than your toilet seat. Yep. That’s the latest from swab tests by Aston University and disinfectant brand Microban 24, which also found high levels of potentially harmful bacteria on the kitchen tap, bin lid, TV remote and house keys. The takeaway, say experts? Think about those spots/items you usually miss when cleaning (when was the last time you wiped your keys, eh?) and show them some hygiene love. Plus, check out the jam-packed antibacterial range at Boots. Happy cleaning!

Self-care wins
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Self-care wins

Let’s hear it for the self-care revolution – 64% of us are dedicating more time to ourselves these days, according to an Osena London poll, while 55% credit self-care for boosting their mood, and a fifth for lifting their confidence. The most popular soothing practices? Skincare sessions, long baths, walks, meditation and reading. Sounds pretty darn good to us! Want to up the self-care factor at bath time? Settle in for this mindful beauty routine. And relax…

The gender (heart) health gap
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The gender (heart) health gap

Here’s an eye-opening stat for you: women having a heart attack are around 50% more likely to receive an initial misdiagnosis than men, reveals a University of Leeds study. That’s despite coronary heart disease (CHD) being the single biggest killer of women worldwide. Different factors influence this complex issue, but lack of awareness (among healthcare professionals and the public) around symptoms and heart issues in women is a big one. Read more about the shocking gender health gap here – plus, what you can do to empower yourself when it comes to your wellbeing.

Why hyaluronic acid is a hero
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Why hyaluronic acid is a hero

Welcome to the hyaluronic acid party! Online searches for the skincare ingredient have soared by 50% over the past year. It’s no wonder really: hyaluronic acid (HA) is hailed for its moisturising properties, as well as reinforcing the skin’s protective barrier. And it’s super-gentle, so great for all complexion types. Brilliant, right? Jump on the beauty bandwagon with this lot:

The oil: the wonder ingredients in No7 Hyaluronic Acid & Camellia Oil Facial Capsules (30 capsules) help to draw in moisture, plump skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles . Small-but-mighty winners!

The mist: Spritz a dose of Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Mist to hydrate and refresh your skin. It also stars calming camomile water. Pop it in the fridge for an extra cooling hit.

The mask: Give your skin TLC while you snooze with Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Sleep Mask. Packed with plant-derived HA, it moisturises and hydrates. Sweet dreams, indeed.

Living with psoriasis
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Living with psoriasis

This skin condition is thought to affect around 1.4 million (or 2%) of people in the UK. Characterised by patches of red, flaky and scaly skin, psoriasis often appears on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back – and it can really impact quality of life, due to pain and the effect it can have on self-esteem. Ask your pharmacist about topical treatments, such as Dermalex Psoriasis Treatment Cream and EXCLUSIVE Boots Dermacare Psoriasis Treatment Cream, and work with your GP or dermatologist to find the best approach for you. Discover more about psoriasis here – and check out the Psoriasis Association for info and support.