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How to boost beauty sleep and relieve stress

Even at the best of times, most of us could stand to improve our sleeping habits. And now, after a year of lockdown, things have gotten even worse. The combination of monotonous routines, too much time indoors and the stress of an unfamiliar situation has played havoc with our bodies, making it difficult to achieve the deep, restorative sleep that we all crave.

But luckily, help is at hand. Here are our top ways to rest better and destress.

Sip a sleepy tea

Gone are the days when a hot Horlicks was the go-to bedtime drink of choice. Now, there are a vast array of ‘sleepy’ teas on the market, each designed to help you relax and nod off with ease. Choose blends with chamomile, hops, lavender or passionflower for a gentle, soothing effect, or pick a tea made with valerian root if you need something a little stronger.

Take a hot bath

Switching off and getting into relaxation mode at the end of the day can be difficult, particularly if you are still working from home. So why not take a hot bath and let your stresses melt away? For an extra boost, dissolve magnesium-rich Epsom salts into warm water, creating a soothing, spa-like experience that promotes restful sleep.

Use a weighted blanket

A relatively new innovation, these therapeutic blankets are ideal for anyone whose sleep schedule is often interrupted by issues such as insomnia and anxiety. Essentially, they work by applying pressure to the body, triggering a biological response that slows down the heart rate and regulates breathing. In this state, it is easier for the body to slip into a deep, restful sleep.

Spray your pillows

Lavender is famous for its ability to aid sleep, and it often crops up in products designed to help you relax and destress. One of the best ways, we think, to experience its effects is with a scented pillow spray. Just spritz it on your linen and whenever you lie down the soothing scent of lavender will lull you into a happy, sleepy state.

White noise machine

If all else fails, experts recommend using a white noise app or machine to fall asleep. By mimicking our bodies’ circadian rhythm, sounds such as gently lapping waves or static work to soothe the brain, making it easier to switch off at night. Ideal for those of us who struggle to quieten down our brains after a long, hard day.

What is “foundation neck” – and how can I avoid it?

As any beauty lover knows, there are lots of potential pitfalls that can quickly turn a carefully-made up look into a bit of a disaster. And one of the worst is what some people refer to as “foundation neck” – that unfortunate effect that’s created when your face and neck appear to be a completely different shade. And surprisingly, even the most skilled MUAs can sometimes fall victim to this issue. So what can you do to avoid that dreaded mask-like appearance?

According to experts, one of the most common causes of foundation neck is simply not blending your product well enough. To stop this from happening, you’ll want to make sure you are working the formula into your skin, and spreading it out underneath your jawline. But sometimes, it’s not that simple, and even the most dedicated blending can still result in coverage that leaves your face and neck a different shade.

So, you’ll want to take a close look at the products you’re using too – and especially the shade. Even if your foundation seems to be a perfect match for your skin tone underneath artificial, in-store lighting, daylight is a completely different ball game. So when you’re picking out your products, make sure that you step outside to check their appearance in natural light. Even a slight mismatch between your skin and your foundation can contribute to the mask effect, so this is an important step.

Of course, even if your foundation perfectly matches the skin on your face, it might be a little off for your neck, as these areas are often slightly different shades. Apparently, this is because the skin casts a shadow on the region underneath, resulting in less exposure to the sun. To counteract this, you’ll want to apply foundation to your neck as well as your face. Start by applying in a column down the center and blend it upwards and out towards the sides. 

Lastly, make sure that when you touch up your foundation during the day, you also pay attention to your neck as well. If you keep topping up with extra layers on your face, you’ll find that a mask effect starts to build up over time – even if you started off with a perfectly blended look.

By following these tips, you can avoid the perils of foundation neck and enjoy a natural-looking, flawless appearance all day long. 

How to apply foundation over acne!

Although it’s typically associated with teenage breakouts, acne is something that anyone can suffer with at any point in their lives. And if you’re trying to create a picture-perfect finish, it can pose a difficult challenge. After all, get it wrong and you run the risk of making your skin even more inflamed and irritated than it was before. Thankfully, there are ways to cover up any inconvenient breakouts with foundation – and here’s how.

The first step, according to experts, is to make sure that your skin is properly prepared. If you don’t exfoliate before applying foundation, dead skin cells can make for a flaky finish. And after a gentle scrub, you’ll want to apply a moisturising and hydrating product to ensure a smooth base to work with.

Next, remember that makeup can’t work miracles. So if you’ve got any big, bright red blemishes, you’ll want to use a colour correction product before applying your foundation. Choose a green shade and apply it over any spots or pimples with a small, stiff-bristled brush. Similarly, if you have old acne scars, lighten those up using a colour corrector in an orange or peach shade.

When it comes to actually applying your foundation, it’s all about technique. Using a stiff brush, you’ll want to stipple your chosen product over your problem areas, rather than dragging or brushing it across the skin. And once you’re done, avoid setting with powder as that can leave your problem areas looking flaky and dry. Instead, choose a hydrating setting spray to create a fresh, dewy finish. 

Finally, it’s important to remember that there is no 100% effective coverup for acne and problem skin. And no matter what products you use, there will always be a degree of texture over any bumpy, flaky or dry areas. Once you understand that even the most expensive products have their limits, you won’t be disappointed or waste time trying to perfect an impossible technique.

As a side note, it’s also worth ensuring that your foundation isn’t making your acne worse. Is it recommended as suitable for sensitive skin? These days, you can even buy makeup that works to actively treat spots and blemishes, so experiment to find the product that works for you.