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? Now, more than ever, self care is essential. We are in an unprecedented time.
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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Are you looking to regain that lost healthy glow your skin once had? Yoga may be the ideal for of self care to promote glowing skin.
Vinyasa flow yoga is a fast-paced form of yoga that many believe is ideal for ridding the body of toxins. While we know that "detox" is a very popular buzzword out there and it is important to remember that your body is very capable of detoxing naturally.
That said, there is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence to suggest that there are ways one can help the process along, including Yoga.
One of the more popular yoga poses, Adho Mukha Shvanasana (AKA Downward Dog) is believed to help with lymphatic drainage. This helps to rid our bodies of toxins. Vinyasa yoga is typically done in a heated studio of 85-90 degrees, making you sweat throughout the entire session. Sweating helps your body eliminate accumulated toxins and waste, which may improve skin health.