Sarah Tolan: Coping with the Festival rigours

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WITH the Edinburgh festival in full swing, the capital is a hive of activity. Escaping the festival furore can be tricky, but with some key products not completely elusive.

If you’re out in the crowds, keep stress levels at bay with Aromatherapy Associates’ Deep Relax Balm, £18 which contains essential oils such as sandalwood, camomile and vetivert. Apply to temples and pulse points to help with relaxation or to promote a good night’s sleep. Or keep in the relaxed holiday spirit with the brand’s Relax Body Wash. Containing vetivert, petitgrain and lavender, it not only softens and moisturises skin but helps body and mind to relax and chill out.

Too much excess can take its toll on skin. Combat this with skincare products including facial sprays such as The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist, £8 for instance refreshment and moisture. And it has a pretty rosewater scent to help get rid of any less than fragrant festival smells.

Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Moisture Mist, £5.50, is another sweet-smelling spray which can be used both on skin and hair to help keep you cool, add in moisture and prevent dryness.

Sitting out soaking up some of the festival spirit is a great way to spend a day but always remember to wear sun protection, even if it’s cloudy. It will help protect skin from UVA/UVB rays which cause aging, wrinkles and even cancer. And remember to keep hydrated with water.

Pounding the pavements as you zip about from show to show can take it out on feet, leaving them feeling sore and achy. But foot creams are just the tonic for this. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Boot Cream, £8, contains anti-inflammatory arnica, essential lavender oil and rosemary and leaves tired toes soft and soothed.

Alternatively, if you have the time, spoil yourself with a treatment. Eco-friendly brand Aveda has a great range of body and spa treatments including the Stress-Fix Body Massage. This body treatment helps to reduce any symptoms of stress using a combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage alongside foot reflexology, acupressure points and a little meditation to instil a sense of calm which will remain long after you leave. In Edinburgh, Aveda treatments are available at the Scotsman Spa, and you can choose a timeframe suitable for your schedule, the quickest of which is the half hour massage costing £45. Phone 0131 622-3800 to find out more.

And after a fun-filled festival day, give yourself some much needed relaxation time via the old-fashioned way: a soak in the bath. Lush is my go-to shop for all things bath related. Their range of bath bombs cover everything from the colour-changing Dragon’s Egg, £3.25 to uplift and refresh, to the bright green Avobath, £3.25 which contains mashed avocado and olive oil to help with dry skin.

But for those looking for some help to drift off, then I’d recommend the Twilight bath bomb, £3.25.

Containing lavender, benzoin and tonka, it soothes, calms and aids restful sleep: the perfect end to a day at the Edinburgh Festival.