Feeling low? You are not alone. According to research, this is the most depressing time of the year. It’s cold, it’s grey and those holier-than-thou resolutions are laughing in our face. So, we could really use something to beat the blues right now.
So, come with me and let the smiling begin!
Euphoryl – a molecule developed by Laboratoires Sérobiologiques – has the beauty world abuzz with its mood boosting promises. It is said to stimulate the production of dopamine and endorphins, which promote happiness, energy and sex appeal. AND it’s good for the skin. An easy way to get your fix? The Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush. Forget the science bit: The pretty pink hearts have me feeling more cheerful already.
Armed with aromatherapy
One of the best beauty cures for winter blues lies in the world of aromatherapy. Fruity scents, like grapefruit, lemon and watermelon, send your body a message to release certain chemicals that create a state of relaxation.
So, create your own blend of cheery scents with a mix of essential oils, or stash a citrusy hand cream in your drawer.
Slather chocolate all over
The smell of chocolate releases serotonin in the brain, which works as a natural antidepressant. Give yourself an at-home chocolate massage, scrub or shower with these easy recipes or order up a scrumptious off-the-shelf treat. A couple of feel good finds? Lush Chocolate Lip Scrub and Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant.
Take a decadent dip
Bubble baths will warm you up mentally and physically. Especially when coupled with Champagne and some cozy tunes. No time for the tub? Fill a bowl with warm water and a squirt of bath gel. Soak hands only, palms up, while you feel the stress slipping away from your whole body.
It’s said the right colour can turn a frown upside down so opt for bright hues. Result: An instant jolt of energy. The easiest switch is a red lipstick, whose association with fun and sexy times is full of positive energy. PS: I am wearing Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Tannin, a bright poppy red, right now!
A stress-busting massage sends messages to your brain, triggering the release of feel good chemicals that produce a sense of relaxation and well being. And that’s not all: Massage also improves blood circulation, steps up lymphatic drainage, relaxes the muscles and boosts the immune system.
Sometimes, there is nothing more depressing as having to pile on layers of heavy woollens to keep the cold at bay. Imagine how much time would be saved if we could skip the whole put-on-thermal-and-pullover-and-tights-and-coat and then take-off-thermal-and-pullover-and-tights-and-coat and then put-on-thermal-and-pullover-and-tights-and-coat-all-over-again four times a day? And what when that cute cocktail dress really, REALLY demands bare legs? When it’s freezing outside?
Then you turn to embrocation creams – the stuff those cute spandex-shorts-clad cyclists use to trick their legs into thinking its 30 degrees warmer outside. Embrocation creams call upon blends of circulation-boosting ingredients like clove, capsica, peppermint and menthol to create a sensation of warmth that means bare legs can take the streets even in the dead of winter.
Your hair products go a long way in deciding how you are feeling. That’s because skin absorbs upto 60% of what we put on it, and the scalp has some of the most fragile skin anywhere on the body. So, choose your ingredients carefully and sail through the day cocooned in bliss.
Mint and menthol-spiked hair products offer the perfect wakeup call, and will leave you refreshed. Seeking comfort? Lemongrass and tea tree oil create a slightly warming sensation, which combines with their aromatherapy qualities to relax the scalp muscles and make you feel calmer.
Love winter? Loathe winter? How do YOU cope with winter?