How Lying On The Sofa WILL Make You More Gorgeous

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This is a heartwarming lesson in beauty from Denmark. I touched upon this topic once before, when looking into changing face of Scandinavian skincare brands and their benefits. Their lifestyle struck a chord with me as Denmark is said to be the happiest country in the world, and it shows. It shows in their faces, their clear skin, and their nails. With stress being one of the causes of premature ageing, wrinkles and dark circles it’s well worth taking a leaf out of the Danes books and taking a bit of time for yourself, for your skin and body care and your skin will thank you for it. As stress and unhappiness can affect your body in the following ways:

Dry, Flaky Skin: If you're stressed, chances are you're not drinking enough water and your skin won’t be getting the proper hydration it needs and will end up dry and flaky.

Under-Eye Bags: If things are playing on your mind, chances are you aren't sleeping properly. This causes fluid to pool below your eyes and you wake up with eyes puffier than a bag of Wotsits.

Rashes and Hives: When stress crops up, it tends to affect your gut, and an imbalance in bad bacteria leads to rashes.

Fine Lines: Stress faces such as brow furrowing, pursed lips can cause deeper wrinkles in those areas.

Ridges in Your Nails: It's not just your face that stress shows on. Horizontal grooves show up when your body feels compromised.

Gray and Thinning Hair: Stress causes melanin in your hair to stop producing, hence grey hairs appearing when you feel stressed, and also causes the hair cycle to go faster (grow-rest-fallout) causing quicker hair loss and slower replenishment.

Acne: Stress causes an excess of cortisol to be released in your body, this plays with your hormone, disrupts the bacteria in your guy and that then and causes breakouts on your face and body from acne, psoriasis, or eczema.

Heard enough? Want to balance your mind and body now before it's too late? Me too.

Which is where the Danish word Hygge comes in. Pronounced "hoo-ga", there is no direct translation into the English language however the closest translation would be “cosiness”, but its so much more than that. The idea is to relax, feel at home and forget life's worries. For example, Hygge could be friends and family sitting down for a delicious Christmas meal, dimming the lights serving by candlelight. Or snuggling onto the sofa in winter, wearing a cashmere jumper, sipping on spicy mulled wine and stroking your cat, probably surrounded by candles. These are definitely "hygge". It doesn't have to be confined to the winter month either. It simply means be kind to yourself, indulge in what you fancy, indulge in skin and body care, not punishing or denying yourself and just have a nice time. With this mantra in mind, here are a few beauty products that can help you get “hygge” too.

So why not, light a few candles, run a hot bath, sit back and relax…

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Pour a few drops of Aromatherapy Associates De Stress Muscle Bath and Shower Gel £39.00 into running water and let the essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Ginger and Black Pepper soothe and relax aching, and tense muscles and mind.

Wash away the stresses and strains of the day with Aveda Stress Fix Cleansing Oil £18.70 formula of organic sunflower and babassu oils will nourish and cleanse stressed skin leaving you acne free. Treat your body to Kneipp Stress Free Body Wash £5.99 bursting with my favourite scents of Orange Blossom and Mandarin, which steadies the nervous tension and is a small price to pay for happiness.

Feeling stressed when out and about? Or stuck in an office environment that's far from your version of cosy not bath in sight for some mind, skin and body care . Don’t fret, Neom Pulse Point Real Luxury Stress relief Treatment £8.00 can be carried with you wherever you go. It combines twenty four of the purest essential oils, from lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood to de-stress the mind and body. Simply apply to the wrists, behind the ears and soles of feet to get your zen back on track.

These tiny changes can really make the world of difference to your mind, skin and body care and Hygge is a practice we can all get on board with. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a hot date with a warm bath, a face mask and a good book.

If you'd like to bring a little Hygge to your home, shop our luxurious range of soothing masks here.

Want to learn how to experience the ultimate Relaxing Spa feeling at home? Read how here.