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TIP OF THE DAY
Hair frazzled by summer? Hair oils are brilliant for repair, but if you don’t have one to hand, Philip B. suggests a mixture of olive and sesame oils. Wrap hair in a towel and leave for at least 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual.
Feeling stressed? Strange-but-true: a track or two of Bob Marley could calm you right down. Frank Lipman, author of Total Renewal and Revive! End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again, often prescribes music by the Jamaican singer as it has 60 beats a minute, which is optimum for calming. ‘Close your eyes, stay very conscious of your listening, and the music will begin to affect the rhythms of your bodily processes.’ Your breathing should slow and your heart rate come down.
When you’re concealing dark circles, avoid taking concealer too close to the waterline, as it can make eyes look smaller.
Drink a glass of water in the early evening, as dehydration causes a drop in the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Drink water or herbal tea late afternoon/evening – so you can hydrate without your bladder waking you up for a bathroom break in the middle of the night.
Forget that myth about keeping nail polish in the fridge to ensure it stays fresh. The texture can change if it’s cooled too much – and it’s harder to apply if it’s chilled.