Skin Care as a Form of Self Care
Did you know that having a skin care ritual is one way to engage in self care?
According to Houston dermatologist Dr. Reena Jogi, “When you do a skin care routine, you’re usually alone, in your bathroom or somewhere quiet, and it’s just you and the mirror. There’s something slightly meditative about just sitting there and taking that 10 minutes just for you.”
We've talked about the skin care benefits of having a consistent routine here on the blog before, but that actual routine has far greater benefits that reach beyond a glowing complexion.
Why is self care important?
One way to look at self care is to treat yourself as kindly as you treat others. Our inner voice often talks to us in a way that we would never, ever speak to a friend. When we pause and show ourselves kindness and grace, it has a positive impact on our emotional well being. This can result in a more positive attitude, improved relationships, increased productivity, and better overall health.
How is your skin care routine a form of self care?
Have you ever felt like your skin care routine is nothing more than a chore? You feel as though you are compelled to do it? If so, change your perspective a bit. Your skin care routine can easily become part of your self care routine if you ENJOY it.
Not only do your morning and evening skin care routines have visible benefits in terms of healthier, glowing looking skin, they can also be very therapeutic.
- You can focus on yourself for a few moments. It's just you and your products and you are taking a break from everything life throws at you.
- A skin care ritual allows you to be in touch with your senses -- the feel of a product on your skin, the aroma of pure essential oils (if you have chosen them), the act of massaging a face cream or face wash into your face. Skin care is a sensory experience.
- A routine in itself is a form of relaxation to many, because it is something you are familiar with a know what to expect. The cleanse, tone, moisturize ritual is something that you know you can count on to start your day and end your evening.
For more self care tips, check out this blog post.
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