Mindful Skin Care Tips
America has a skin care problem, with Allure reporting that skin diseases affect over 85 million people in the U.S. That statistic is not at all surprising, given how hectic life is in the 21st century. Jobs are stressful, pollution is everywhere, and most people have very little time to rest or take care of themselves. This is where mindfulness becomes really helpful.
When you are mindful, you are fully aware of what is happening in the present moment. It benefits your health because you help rewire your brain to respond, instead of react to outside stimuli. And when your mind is at peace, well rested, and centered, your body follows. If you’re only beginning your mindfulness journey, here’s how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine:
Do some yoga.
Before washing your face and applying your cleanser, do a little yoga. Live About highlights how this ancient form of exercise can help detoxify your skin, increase circulation, and reduce stress. Some of the best poses you can do include the forward fold, which can help increase oxygen and blood flow to your face. This will help encourage skin cell renewal, giving you a youthful glow.
Stay a bit longer in the shower.
Your skincare routine starts in the shower, so don’t feel guilty about staying under the water for a bit longer. Opt for a calming body wash that can help you relieve stress and anxiety. Take the extra time to massage your scalp and exfoliate your feet, knees, and elbows. Dedicate a few minutes to washing your face with a cleansing oil, too, as it’s an effective way to remove residue makeup, oil, and dirt. After showering, we recommend applying Samudra Skin & Sea to keep your skin supple and well-hydrated. Showers are not as wasteful as baths so you don’t need to feel any guilt about using it a bit longer.
Choose natural products.
Chemical-based skincare products have a lot of benefits, but Medium notes that they also come with side effects, which can manifest depending on how sensitive your skin is. The most common are unforeseen allergic reactions that can cause rashes. The site recommends switching to organic and eco-friendly products, which will help heal damaged skin cells. Natural skin care products are just as versatile as regular chemical products and come with just as many benefits. Pretty Me’s review of Snail White Soap lists the natural plant extracts that can help with skin health. These include Bearberry Leaf Extract, which can help brighten your skin, as well as, Hyaluronsan HA-LQH, which hydrates and refreshes your skin to help get rid of signs of aging. Choosing products that are not harmful to the environment is a key part of mindful living.
Pay attention to your five senses.
Your old skincare routine probably focused more on your skin rather than your five senses. Aromatherapy Associates expert Anne Murray suggests you make your routine more mindful by creating a ritual around aromas and textures. "The natural aromas of many essential oils have proven effects to calm and balance the mind, so you can choose a favorite blend and enjoy a mindful moment whenever you use it," Murray said.