“There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl’s complexion”

If you have seen the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you will recognise this quote from Audrey Hepburn but what did she mean? 

You will remember she plays an iconic character called Holly Golightly who was commenting on the fact that that there are certain types of attention that can make you look good and bad, both in how you are perceived by others and, in contrast, as a result of the physical toll of stress on the skin.

If you are interested in delving deeper, another interpretation is that the sodium candles used in the 17th century for lighting the theatres were known as limelight and the light would cast an unforgiving light on the actors’ faces, highlighting every flaw.

There is certainly a connection between emotional well-being and how we look and there are a few familiar English phrases which describe this.


When you are in love, endorphins released within your body boost your circulation giving you a “flush of love” and general glow of wellbeing.

We apparently even change at a cellular level when we are happy, which is why we tend to feel stronger and healthier when life is good.

So this Valentine’s Day, enjoy focusing on positive emotions, whether you’re spending time with your friends, family or that special someone in your life. Your skin will thank you for it.


“First flush of love”

We’ve heard people describe “the first flush of love” which is very apt considering it’s Valentine’s day on 14th February and, for the less cynical amongst us, understand it describes the sense that something is new or exciting…

…but also relates to the heightened colour (rosy cheeks) when someone is excited, embarrassed or just in love.


“In the pink”

“In the pink” describes someone who is in very good health (a pink complexion is usually a healthy complexion.) 

Obviously the opposite of this is when someone is described as “white with shock”.

The colour literally drains from their face like someone who is very ill or stressed with grief.


“Green with envy”

“Green with envy” – What does this mean?

It could describe that “sick to the stomach“ feeling when someone has something you want or it might mean that jealousy is an emotion that damages many lives making us emotionally and physically sick.


“Feeling blue”

“Feeling blue”- usually associated with someone who is depressed or unhappy.

If you feel this emotion, the skin can take on an unhealthy grey pallor when we are low in mood.

All these expressions highlight how closely the health of our skin can be tied to our emotional well-being.

I have been told by some Mellow customers who suffer from skin conditions like acne, psoriasis or eczema that they have experienced flare-ups when they have felt stressed or run down.

On the flip side, happiness can work wonders for our skin naturally.


Looking for ways to lift your mood and treat your skin?

This Mellow body souffle is the ultimate in luxury, especially in the winter months when our skin can be drier.

Shea butter, Coconut oil and Vitamin E are the main ingredients with a choice of fragances: zesty and uplifting Citrus, or the exotic fragrance of Ylang Ylang essential oils. It is packaged in attractive Kilner jars and is still only £15 for 200ml. Great value.