Skin Health Magazine Issue #6 / Winter 2018 - Page 30

MOOD BOOSTING BEAUTY

Our self-confessed ‘ beauty junkie ’ looks into the psychological benefits of getting glam

For some , make-up is a daily necessity ; something they never fail to apply before leaving the house . For others , make-up is something for special occasions , when only the best version of themselves will do . However you wear make-up , we all have that one product or a small edit of favourites that we rely on to boost our mood . When I think of mood-elevating beauty products , three instantly come to mind : concealer , bronzer and mascara . As someone who grew up dealing with frequent angry breakouts , concealer has always been my shortcut to complexion confidence . Having fair yet long eyelashes meant mascara was , and always will be , my favourite make-up product , as it instantly made me look more awake and feel prettier . A well-defined flutter will do that for a girl . And what would life be without bronzer ? Yes , it warms and sculpts the face , but I don ’ t love it for that . I love it for how healthy it makes my skin look in a matter of seconds , like I ’ m a committed devotee of regular juice cleansing and I holiday frequently in the South of France . Dr Kirren Schnack , a principle clinical psychologist and member of the Counselling Directory , agrees that make-up can be a powerful mood-booster : “ Wearing makeup can significantly alter our self-perception , our self-confidence , and , as shown in some studies , our emotional stability . Evening out our skin tone using foundation or putting on mascara for longer lashes doesn ’ t just help change how we feel about how we look , it can also have positive mood-boosting benefits , changing how we feel emotionally .”

THE LIPSTICK EFFECT
But what about the other products in your make-up bag ? Let ’ s not downplay their mood-boosting abilities . Red lipstick is the most often cited beauty product that empowers the wearer , but a reliable , pout-enhancing nude lipstick is just as good if you need an endorphin boost . Melanie Jones , a PR consultant from London , agrees : “ Red lipstick always makes you look vibrant and fresher . It brings colour to your face , making you look less tired .” There ’ s a reason lipstick sales never dip , even during world wars and economic uncertainty ; in fact , the ‘ Lipstick Effect ’ – when sales of cosmetics increase during times of hardship – can be traced as far back as the Great Depression in the 1930s . Nowadays , we are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding our perfect lip shade , so you are guaranteed to find one that puts a spring in your step . Yen Swan , a blogger from Birmingham , always turns to lipstick when she ’ s having a bad day , “ Lipstick has always been one of the things I put on when I ’ m feeling particularly low . It makes me feel ready to tackle the day ahead .”
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MOOD BOOSTING BEAUTY Our self-confessed ‘beauty junkie’ looks into the psychological benefits of getting glam tone using foundation or putting on mascara for longer lashes doesn’t just help change how we feel about how we look, it can also have positive mood-boosting benefits, changing how we feel emotionally.” THE LIPSTICK EFFECT But what about the other products in your make-up bag? Let’s not downplay their mood-boosting abilities. Red lipstick is the most often cited beauty product that empowers the wearer, but a reliable, pout-enhancing nude lipstick is just as good if you need an endorphin boost. Melanie Jones, a PR consultant from London, agrees: “Red lipstick always makes you look vibrant and fresher. It brings colour to your face, making you look less tired.” There’s a reason lipstick sales never dip, even during world wars and economic uncertainty; in fact, the ‘Lipstick Effect’ – when sales of cosmet X[ܙX\H\[[Y\و\\8$[HXY\\X\HܙX]\\[ۈ[H NLˈY^\H\H[܈XH[]Y\[[›\\X\YK[H\HX\[YY™[ۙH]]H[[[\\ Y[[H\H\Z[[K[^\\\X[x&\][HY^K8'\Xš\[^\Y[ۙHوH[H]ۈ[x&[HY[[\X[\Hˈ]XZ\YHY[XYHXHH^HZXY 'BTQH  N[X[XY^[KH ܈YKXZK]\\HZ[HX\]NœY][^H]\Z[\HYܙBX][H\K܈\XZK]\\Y][܈XX[\[ۜ[ۛBH\\[ۈو[\[\[ˈ]\[HX\XZK]\ H[]H]ۙHX܈HX[Y]و]\]\]H[Hۈ˜\[ [H[و[ Y[]][X]]H BXYH[[HYHZ[ۘX[\۞\[X\\K\Y[ۙHܙ]\X[[]\]Y[[ܞHXZ]ۋBX[\\[^\Y[^Hܝ]\^ B[ۈۙY[K][Z\Y]ۙ^Y[\\›YX[X\\H\[[^\[K^B]\]HXZK]\X \][[HXYBYH[ܙH]ZH[Y[]Y\H[ YKB[Y]\[]܈H\ [][YHH]]۞\Y\]\\˜[[HXK]H۸&]ݙH]܈] HݙH]܈X[H]XZ\^H[š[HX]\وXۙZHx&[HH[Z]Y]YHوY[\ZXHX[[[HY^B\]Y[H[H]و[K\[XH[\H[X[KB\[Y[X\وH[[[‘\XܞKYܙY\]XZK]\[HHB\[[ X\8'X\[XZ]\[YۚYX[H[\\[\\\[ۋ\[XۙY[K[ \ۈ[YHYY\\[[[ۘ[X[]K][[]\[