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I Quit Smoking (IQS), €320

Want to give up smoking? You're not alone -- official figures from the Office Of Tobacco Control shows that almost one in four Irish people smoke, and despite the smoking ban, a Department Of Health survey shows increases since 2002.

If you are keen to give up, then you may want to investigate a procedure called I Quit Smoking, or IQS, which claims a 70-90pc success rate, and offers an 80pc refund if you resume smoking within six months.

The technique is called auricular therapy, which is based on the principles of acupuncture. Beta-endorphins are released to reduce nicotine cravings. The entire procedure is pain free and has no side effects.

Contact IQS Ireland, Ranelagh Court, Chelmsford Road, Ranelagh, D6 or call 01 4126311

Manuka Honey Handcreme & Gel from £12 (€13.35)

For gentle, nourishing skin products, try this new apitherapy (treatment with honey) range.

And not just any honey either, it is certified UMF 16+ Active Manuka Honey, an ingredient with healing properties, including free radicals which help to fight the ageing process.

According to New Zealand professor Peter Molan, the antibacterial property helps improve skin texture and retain moisture and is of great benefit to psoriasis and eczema sufferers.

See www.simplymanuka.co.uk for more details and order online from www.apicare.co.uk . Arriving in pharmacies this year

Hypomer, €9.95 (100ml)

This seawater nasal spray aims to keep germs at bay in a low-tech way.

The spray simply washes out viruses and bacteria in the nose and sinus passages which contribute to colds, nasal congestion, sinus infections, and other respiratory ills. It can be used by adults or children, and is especially helpful for infants who are having trouble with their breathing and feeding.

Available in pharmacies nationwide

La Roche Posay Nutritic Lips, €7

If you're lucky enough to be heading off to the slopes over the next few months, protect your lips.

Lips are prone to drying out in harsh weather. Wear a moisturising balm with UVA/UVB filters to prevent chapping and cold-sores.

Available from pharmacies nationwide. See www.laroche-posay.ie