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Beat the Blues and Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder with These Best Products

THE first few months of the year can seem endless with long, dark nights.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes called winter depression, can affect up to three in every 100 people.

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Winter depression can affect up to three in 100 peopleCredit: Alamy

Today we look at ways to help you beat the blues and our beauty editor puts the mattifying basics to the test. . .

HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson

SAD LIGHT – Light therapy is ideal for sun-hungry people. You’ve just been lounging next to an SAD lamp, or light box, which helps the brain release serotonin.

Doctors recommend a half-hour blast first thing in the morning.

Doctors recommend a half-hour blast first thing in the morning

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Doctors recommend a half-hour blast first thing in the morningCredit: PR DOCUMENT

Fortunately, there are plenty on the market now, all at different price points, but I liked the Beurer WL 75 Wake Up Light, which doubles as an alarm clock to gently ease your day.

I found the warm glow reassuring and uplifting.

£120, johnlewis.com

STREAMER – Essential oils can help improve mood, reduce stress, and calm anxiety, making diffusers a welcome addition to the home.

They double as a mist and ambient light humidifier, using an energy-efficient LED bulb and tap water, filling the room with fragrance in minutes.

Essential oils can help improve mood, reduce stress, and calm anxiety, making diffusers a welcome addition to the home.

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Essential oils can help improve mood, reduce stress, and calm anxiety, making diffusers a welcome addition to the home.Credit: PR DOCUMENT

The aroma mixed with warm light and soothing mist gradually soothes feelings of unease.

I enjoyed channeling my inner witch, making a concoction of lavender, bergamot and lemon, but agreeing on a pungent scent choice with your partner is recommended to avoid an argument before bedtime.

£95, neomorganics.com.

SALT THERAPY – Salt therapy, formerly known as halotherapy, is a treatment that is said to benefit the body by inhaling salty air.

In addition to improving mood, it works great for solving breathing problems and boosting the immune system.

It is a treatment that is said to benefit the body by inhaling salty air.

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It is a treatment that is said to benefit the body by inhaling salty air.Credit: PR DOCUMENT

There are salt rooms all over the country.

I was skeptical at first but was surprised that after 45 minutes I felt happier and calmer for the rest of the day and slept better than I had in weeks.

£35 per session at londonsaltrooms.com. Also try cloudtwelve.co.uk.

BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden

BUDGET – Aldi Lacura Snapshot Ready Foundation Primer (£5.99 for 30ml, aldi.co.uk): This primer is an absolute steal and smooths out bumps and blemishes on the skin before applying foundation.

It is just as effective as its more expensive counterparts and has a soft texture.

Dry patches would benefit from an extra layer of moisturizer underneath

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Dry patches would benefit from an extra layer of moisturizer underneathCredit: Unknown, clear with photo office

Dry patches would benefit from an extra layer of moisturizer underneath, though.

MEDIUM – Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Blurring (£34 for 50ml, lauramercier.co.uk): If large pores are your bugbear, then this is the primer for you.

As the name suggests, skin imperfections are “blurred”, providing a smooth canvas for foundation.

If large pores are your pet peeve, then this is the primer for you.

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If large pores are your pet peeve, then this is the primer for you.Credit: Unknown, clear with photo office

I wore it to work, followed by an evening event, and was impressed with how it held up. A little goes a long way too.

LUXURY – Sisley Paris Instant Perfect Primer (£52 CAD for 20ml, sisley-paris.com): If you’re also concerned about wrinkles and aging, this nifty primer boosts collagen, mattifies and corrects uneven texture.

I liked the silky texture and it felt nourishing on my skin, rather than lathering on heavy cement.

This smart primer boosts collagen, mattifies and corrects uneven textures

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This smart primer boosts collagen, mattifies and corrects uneven texturesCredit: Unknown, clear with photo office

I would recommend using it sparingly to make it last as it is expensive.

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