5 Beauty Products That Boost Your Mood

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January often raises the question: What now? With the holidays gone and winter in full swing, we enter a period of cold weather, little sunlight, and less excitement. It’s enough to make anyone sad, literally. In fact, “SAD” stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder—a form of depression spawned by the changing seasons. While the exact reasons for SAD haven’t been medically determined, many believe that the disorder is caused by lack of sunshine and a slower internal clock.

Whatever the cause, every year, over three million people develop symptoms ranging from fatigue to social withdrawal during the sweater weather months. It’s the winter blues, and it can certainly hit pretty hard. But we’re here to help you perk up with products featuring colors and ingredients that will surely lift your spirits and brighten your eyes. Keep these items handy while you wait for sunnier seasons.

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Surround Diffuser, $98

In several scientific tests, exposure to citrus scents was shown to instantly boost moods. The invigorating smell emanating from vitamin C-rich fruits serves as a mental pick-me-up by lifting energy levels and promoting a more positive outlook. This winter, surround yourself with this attitude-altering aroma by incorporating a citrus-inspired diffuser into your space. This lime and mandarin infused fragrance permeates the room with a revitalizing scent that’s sure to elevate your state of mind.

Taos AER Next-Level Clean Deodorant in Lavender Myrrh, $12

For centuries, lavender has served as a popular herbal remedy effective in treating depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. In short, this powerful plant reigns supreme as the ultimate calming agent—and it smells like a dream. You can take the tranquilizing properties of lavender with you on the go with Taos AER Next-Level Clean Deodorant. With crisp lavender and fresh lime notes (yay, more uplifting citrus!), this 100% natural deodorant keeps you smelling great all day long.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll, $20

Reignite your excitement and zest for life with the color red. This fiery shade encourages strength, passion, and energy—characteristics you’ll need to beat negativity, lethargy, and other feelings associated with SAD. This classic retro red liquid lipstick features a non-drying formula that will add vitality to your look while keeping your mind (and lips) happy.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Accessory Bag in Yellow, $30

Is there anyone out there who looks at yellow and doesn’t feel joy? Didn’t think so. This energizing color just lifts spirits—that’s probably why the iconic smiley face (aka the universal symbol of cheer) is yellow. Exposure to yellow promotes clear thinking and positivity, so make sure you’re getting your daily dose of this sunny hue during the dark winter months. We think this bright accessory bag will help illuminate your space and help make up for the temporary lack of sunlight.

bkr Big 1 L in Max, $48

Pink is a popular paint color in hospitals and prisons. It helps to ward off aggression and perk up all who pass through. So, why not drink pink? This playfully pigmented water bottle melts away anger and anguish to inspire feelings of hope and tranquility. This year, drown out sadness with this hot pink water bottle to keep you happy and hydrated.

*Please note that this list is not a substitute for treatment. If you have depression and feel like it is worsening, or if you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Don’t hesitate. You are not alone.