Health,beauty & fitness 12 Monday, 26 October 2009 London Lite Sominex. Its time to sleep. Sominex contains promethazine hydrochloride. Always read the label. Askthe pharmacist... seasonal flu FEELING achy? Angela Chalmers, Bootss pharmacist from the Holloway Road store, answers your health queries. What causes it? Flu is caused by a virus present in the nose, throat and air passages. It mutates easily and spreads from person to person freely, meaning you can catch it from people around you through coughing, sneezing or even talking. People are infectious before symptoms are present but symptoms, once developed, usually include a fever, aches and pains, a dry cough and chills. Flu can be serious for the elderly or the very young. What can you do? One of the best treatments is to rest as there is no known cure and antibiotics dont work. Try to relieve symptoms by taking oral and nasal decongestants, which help reduce swelling in the passageways, enabling you to breathe more easily. Painkillers can also help ease a fever. You may also choose to be vaccinated against the flu. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables to boost your immune system. Products to consider Beechams Cold & Flu Sachets Honey & Lemon (1.99, 5 sachets) provide rapid relief from a blocked nose and fever. Boots Flu Vaccination Service (12.99) is available on appointment throughout October and November. Bimuno Prebiotic Powder (6.99, 30 sachets) is a food supplement which helps energise the immune system. Style at the tip ofyour fingers DECORATEYOURDIGITSWITHQUIRKY, BY DEBORAH ARTHURS SALON SECRETS The Dorchester Spa, Park Lane, W1 (020 7319 7109, Prices This decadent and boudoir-esque space feels super luxurious, and the prices reflect this: facials start from 90 for a 55-minute Bespoke Facial, while their Signature Massage for 1 hour and 25 minutes is 145. The spa offers a full day of treatments with a champagne tea for 550. Recommended treatment We tried the Vaishaly Signature Facial (95 for 55 minutes). The sought- after facial lived up to its reputation: therapist Stephanie ensured my skin was massaged and rejuvenated to reveal a healthy glow. The treatment includes gentle extraction, polishing, micro-dermabrasion and ends with a mask exclusive to The Dorchester. Well worth the money. Service Impeccable; the staff are friendly and professional and there is no rush. You are Health&Beauty encouraged to stretch out on a chaise longue with magazines in the calming blue relaxation room. The X factor The decor: pearl chandeliers are a focus combined with vintage-look furniture. Celeb rating Staff are too discreet to reveal which of the hotels many A-list guests have indulged at the spa. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Its just the ticket for wannabe princesses -- just dont forget your credit card. Score 9/10 REBECCA BOYCE Fit for a princess: The Dorchester Spa T OO long languishing in Streatham salons, nail art is clawing its way into the mainstream. Rihannas It nails -- leopard print, acid faces and liquid gold -- have made waves, and Paris Hiltons black-and-white reverse French has caught on. The design houses are at it too, with funky French manis at Dior and inter- locking gold Cs at Chanel. So why now? Nails are a recession-proof way to revamp your style, says Leighton Denny, personal polisher to Dita Von Teese, Jade Jagger and Patsy Kensit. A manicure is something everyone can afford. But spray-on palm trees and nail jewel- lery of old have made way for a quirkier look of subverted styles and luxe logos. We use fashion and art as inspiration, says Sharmadean Reid of Dalstons Wah Nails. We did a Marc Jacobs paisley print recently, and weve done lots of Keith Haring nails, inspired by the Pop Life show at the Tate. So, nails still naked? Shame on you! Weve found five salons for you to get your up-to-the-minute mani nailed this autumn. FreehandnailartatWahNails LOWDOWN: Turning plain pointers into art with nail pens, polish pots and bright beads. Its speciality is intricate designs, from nautical anchors to colourful cupcakes and ice cream cones. Draw your own design and take it along -- the Wah girls relish the challenge. A pop-up Wah salon hits Selfridges for a week from 5 November. VERDICT: Amazing. My talons have never garnered so much interest. I felt daring with my designs but Wah also does wacky eyeball, Hello Kitty and full English breakfast looks. Costing 18, mine lasted a week -- worth it for the comments alone. Nail art from 8, extensions from 30. 420 Kingsland Road, E8, noon7pm Mon-Sat (020 7812 9889, index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html