We all know emotions can directly affect skin health, stress can lead to a limited blood supply to the skin and show up as dryness, breakouts and a lacklustre appearance. The opposite is also true, a relaxed state leads to hydration, healing that restores glow and true balance in our skin health, so, are you still with me? you can also work this in reverse: how your skin feels can have a positive effect on your emotions.
What you focus on grows!
So how can you enhance this theory? A relaxing self care ritual has never been more valuable in this fast paced world. A two minute daily self care practice, and longer weekend ones, both are equally valuable and its easy to tweak these routines to bring more mindfulness of just how amazing your skin feels.
Ingredients for mindful skincare:
You - with no interuptions
Mix these together for a mindful skincare practice, here are a few ideas of how to create a ritual.
First you need to identify what your particular skin needs that week are, it's usually one of two things: cleanse or nourish. Once you've identified what your skin needs take time to create a loving home facial treatment. It's key to feeling peace and confidence within. Why take time? because it takes up to 30 days to rewire a neural pathway in the brain and you will be creating one that associates peace and wellbeing with your skincare, every time you take time to notice the sensations of the products your applying in a calm and relaxed environment you'll set the neural path, then, when your pushed for time and can only splash on a serum or mist your body will still associate this with total relaxation and boom, super chilled.
CLEANSE: A dry clay face mask base is so versatile, it makes a quick cleanse or deep treatment because you can customise it. For a longer mask pamper that you can really take time to enjoy mix it with a gel like aloe vera, this means you can leave it on the skin for longer, benefit from a deeper cleanse and enjoy the sensations of soft, squeaky clean skin, there's no better way to prep for nourishment.
NOURISH: Take time to massage in serums, aloe-vera and moisturises, give yourself an hour once a week for this, put on your favourite music or box set and loose yourself in the moment. If your skin is super thirsty keep applying treatments until your skin's thirst is quenched, pay attention to how your skin feels when it's in a balanced state, being mindful of how good your skin feels is the trick.
Botanical ingredients are your true allies in this practice, they are full of life, their DNA is unique and plants have been on the planet for over 140 million years, their innate intelligence works in synergy with your skin to heal, restore and balance.
The more you can sensitise yourself to the sensation of your skin the easier it is to feel the active compounds in natural ingredients doing what they do best, a rose mist or serum designed just for your skin never felt so good.
If you have friends or family who would appreciate some mindful skincare share this blog with them.
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