The first months of the year can seem endless with long, dark nights.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes called winter depression, can affect up to three in 100 people.
Today we’re going to look at ways to help you beat the blues, and our beauty editor will check out the matte primers. . .
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
SAD LIGHT – Light therapy is ideal for people who are hungry for the sun. You simply bask next to a SAD lamp or a light box that helps the brain produce serotonin.
Doctors recommend a half-hour burst first thing in the morning.
Luckily, there are a lot of them on the market now, and all in different price ranges, but I liked Beurer’s WL 75 Wake Up Light, which can be used as an alarm clock to gently lighten your day.
I found the warm glow to be soothingly uplifting.
DIFFUSER – Essential oils can help improve mood, reduce stress, and calm anxiety, making diffusers a welcome addition to the home.
They work as a mist humidifier and ambient light using an energy-saving LED light bulb and tap water, filling a room with fragrance in minutes.
The fragrance, blended with warm light and soothing mist, steadfastly soothes feelings of unease.
I enjoyed channeling my inner witch by making a blend of lavender, bergamot and lemon, but it’s a good idea to coordinate your pungent scent choices with your partner to avoid a bedtime fight.
SALT THERAPY – Salt therapy, officially known as halotherapy, is a treatment that is said to benefit the body by inhaling salty air.
In addition to uplifting the mood, it is great for breathing problems and strengthens the immune system.
There are salt rooms all over the country.
I was skeptical at first but was surprised that after 45 minutes I felt happier and calmer for the rest of the day and slept better than I had in weeks.
£35 per session at londonsaltrooms.com. Also try cloudtwelve.co.uk.
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
BUDGET – Aldi Lacura Snapshot Ready Foundation Primer (£5.99 for 30ml, aldi.co.uk): This primer is ideal for smoothing out any unevenness and blemishes on the skin before applying foundation.
It is just as effective as its more expensive counterparts and has a soft texture.
However, dry patches will benefit from an extra layer of moisturizer underneath.
MIDDLE – Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Blurring (£34 for 50 ml, lauramercier.co.uk): If enlarged pores bother you, then this primer is for you.
As the name suggests, skin imperfections are “blurred”, creating a smooth canvas for foundation.
I wore it to work and then to an event in the evening and was impressed with its staying power. A little also matters a lot.
LUXURY – Sisley Paris Instant Perfect Primer (£52 for 20ml, sisley-paris.com): If you’re also worried about wrinkles and aging, this smart primer boosts collagen production while mattifying and eliminating uneven texture.
I liked the silky texture and it nourished my skin rather than lathering on strong cement.
I would recommend using it sparingly to prolong its life because it is expensive.
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