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5 Hacks to improve your mood – on a budget

With a little self-care, time and some creative thinking you can change your mood from drab to fab, instantly. And on a budget.

While we won’t be enjoying the party scene for some time yet, it may be time that we made a little more effort. After all – if you look good, you feel good.

The team behind the Playgirl Deodorant brand says that smelling great is intrinsically linked to feeling great.

Here are five ways to feel good when your budget is limited:

1. Start with the self-care basics
Add to your self-care routine by concocting a face mask straight out of your kitchen. By combining just three ingredients, this all-natural face mask is perfect for toning and tightening, and may even help prevent future blemishes.

Combine 1/4 cup oats with 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoon milk. Mix well before pasting on clean, dry skin. Leave for 7 minutes and wash off with a clean, warm facecloth. Or use egg white as a quick peel-off mask. Voila!

2. Start from your toes and work your way up
Put your best foot forward! It’s a cinch to give yourself a pedicure at home. Trim, file, and buff your nails, and soak your feet in warm soapy water. Use laundry detergent – the whitening effect result will surprise you! Buff your heels and put a slick of clear or coloured polish on your nails. Wait for it to dry, rub some cream or lotion on your feet, and then slip on your warm socks to lock in that moisture.

3. Add some volume
Whether it’s your lashes, your bangs, or your mane, it’s time to give them some volume. Sleep with rollers in, or even just the odd plait, and wake up to luscious locks. Remember to run your fingers through your do as opposed to a hairbrush to keep the locks grouped (not frizzy). A mousse will do the trick in maintaining the integrity of your curls. Remember to rub together in your hands, and apply from the bottom up scrunching the hair as you go along. It’s amazing what a bouncy style can do for your mood!

4. Get those muscles moving
Take the time each morning to wake and move your body. Start with a cat curl (on all fours arching and extending your back) to get your spine mobile. Now for the shoulders and hamstring: Move into a downward dog. Slowly come to an upright position and roll your head from side to side, along with slowly turning your ankles. If you’re up to it, take a 20-minute walk around your neighbourhood to get the blood flowing.

5. Invest in a scent
Smelling great doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Opt for a perfumed body spray as opposed to a pricey perfume. The range from Playgirl includes 13 fabulous scents to suit every occasion and mood. Use as a deodorant and give yourself an extra spritz after getting dressed to make sure your signature scent follows you wherever you may go.

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