The pizazz of the festive season has long since passed, leaving us looming towards the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday. Here to guide you back to your happy place, we’ve compiled a smile-inducing edit of beautiful beauty buys to banish the blues and leave you feeling warm and cosy inside and out.
Banish Bad Day Vibes
Maybe it’s been one of those days, or even one of those weeks when everything seems to go wrong. The boiler’s on the blink again, the food shop didn’t arrive and your work schedule is non-stop, back-to-back meetings. The minute you walk through the door, it’s time to shake off any feelings of negativity and turn your home into a safe haven where you can take some repose. Nothing calms the senses and refocuses the mind like fragrance. Dim the lights and fire up Mauli Sundaram & Silence Candle – a spa like scent laced with delicate rose, jasmine and sandalwood.
Even just lighting this candle will help lift your mood. Next, dot your pulse points with This Works Stress Check Breathe In or roll it over the palms of your hands and feel the stresses of the day slowly melt away as you close your eyes and take five deep breaths.
Practice Slow Beauty Rituals
Free your skin of the daily build-up of dirt and grime by taking time to double cleanse. Use a rich, oil-based cleanser like Elemental Herbology Harmonising Cleansing Facial Oil and gently massage into skin in small circular motions to remove impurities sitting on the skin’s surface and in the pores. Remove the cleanser with a hand-hot face cloth, draped over your face for one minute to allow the steam to open your pores and heat to relax your senses. Follow with a nourishing face oil like Votary Facial Oil – Neroli & Myrrh – a restorative blend of neroli and myrrh to balance and brighten.
Rub four to five drops between the palms of your hands and hold them up to your face and take a moment to inhale the fragrance and settle your mind. Smooth the oil into your face and neckline using gentle upwards motions.
Try Soaking Salts
Instead of vegging out in front of the TV, head upstairs and run a hot a bath. Nothing resets body and mind as effectively as a restorative soak in the bath. A deep, hot bath will relax muscle cramps, soothe tension headaches and quieten a busy mind. Infused with Himalayan pink salts Herbivore Calm Bath Salts contain a blend of healthy minerals, such as zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium, to rid toxins and impurities from the body and the aromatic scent of the floral essential oils will help to soothe senses and de-stress the mind.
If you don’t have a bath, a foot soak works in exactly the same way, and you can do it in front of the TV! Try Susanne Kaufmann Alkali Salt poured into a bowl of warm water and immerse both feet. These powdered crystals help to eliminate waste products and detox the body, leaving you feeling less sluggish and suitably energised.
Invest In Some Self Care
Sometimes when we’re feeling low a reassuring hug or the simplest of touches from a loved one can work wonders. Take time to incorporate a bit of self-massage into you daily routine and you’ll begin to notice the difference. Massage promotes detoxification, so flushes out bad toxins, and helps soothe muscles and stimulate the mind. An easy place to start is with your hands. You can partake in a spot of hand massaging just about wherever you are, be sure to keep Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm in your handbag and when you have a spare five minutes, use the thumb of your opposite hand to slowly work the cream into the skin, applying varying pressure, play around with what feels good.
Areas to focus on are the fleshy section of skin below your thumb joint, the very centre of the palm and the joints of the fingers. Foot and scalp massages are also great ways to relive tension and promote happy thoughts.
Get Some Zzzz
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood, leading to increased anxiety, agitation, depression and stress. Make sure you give yourself the best possible chance of a full 7 hours by following a sleep routine and practising good sleep hygiene. Allow yourself ample time to wind down before you slip between the sheets. Unburden the mind of worry with the help of De Mamiel Soothe, part of the aromatherapy Sleep Series.
Formulated with all-natural ingredients, this oil contains a bespoke mixture of herbs, watermelon seed oil and passionflower oil to help enhance the absorption of vitamins and minerals that are essential for restful sleep. Channel good vibes by writing a couple of lines per day in a Gratitude Diary, keeping a log of things that you are grateful for and finally block out the world and sleep into deep and uninterrupted sleep with a Slip Silk Sleep Mask.
If all else fails, indulge yourself in a mini version of your favourite Space NK product. Here’s five of our cutest, most covetable miniatures guaranteed to elicit pure joy.