5 Ways To Calm Your Mind And Body With Beauty
Sometimes, the pursuit of perfection can feel relentless. Most of us have things we'd change about our appearance if we could, and we purchase numerous products to help us look and feel our best.
We want our skin to glow and radiate health, but in our busy lives, an extensive skincare regime can often feel like an added stress; another chose for the to-so list.
if our beauty routines were a source of calm and relief from day to day tension, rather than an addition to it? This is a question posed by the ‘mindful beauty’ movement - growing in popularity in the last year - which proposes a synergy between mental health and cosmetic products.
Mindful beauty marks a return to comforting, nurturing, natural ingredients. Many of the products used in this method harness the relaxing powers of aromatherapy, to bring bliss to your beauty regime. Also referred to as ‘slow beauty’, it encourages people to take time for themselves, combining mindful gestures, breathing techniques and meditation with the application of skincare.
The emergence of this trend also comes at a time when ‘self-care’ is becoming increasingly necessary in an ever more stressful society. Beauty rituals that cleanse both your skin and mind of worries, offer that all-important ‘me-time’ in the morning or before bed. You can try it for yourself with just a few simple skincare steps and basic beauty products. Read on to find out what we at Organica HQ found the most relaxing:
Mindful Beauty Mantra 1: Carry Emergency Essential Oil
You always need a moisturizing product in your tote to keep your hands supple as they fire away at the keyboard. But what if that same product could also give you an at-desk moment of mindfulness in the middle of a stressful day?
Organica’s Pure Zen Oil Roller contains key essential oils to help defuse stress, but also has hydrating, protecting and anti-aging benefits. Pop it in your desk drawer or handbag for portable aromatherapy. Apply in a soothing circular motion to your palms, wrists, and neck; deeply inhale and let the tension and frustrations float away.
Mindful Beauty Mantra 2: Soothe Your Soul Through Sleep
The American Sleep Association reports that 35% of Americans don’t get the recommended 7 hours of sleep. Given that those who don’t get enough sleep are three times more likely to suffer from depression, reaching 7-9 hours is clearly critical for our mental health.
Your evening beauty routine should finish with night cream or moisturizer, so why not use an aromatherapy night cream that also relaxes your mind for sleep? Organica’s Dream Lotion contains three essential oils known to encourage restful slumber, so it’s a real stress-buster for our sleep-deprived customers.
A great little ritual is to apply Dream Lotion to your face and neck in slow, circular motions, inhaling the scent of Lavender, Bergamot and Cedarwood oil as you go, which will begin to stimulate hormones in your brain associated with relaxation. Follow this with our favorite little trick for a really dreamy sleep: apply Dream Lotion to your forearms, so you’ll continue to breathe in the aroma as you prop your head against your arms in your sleep.
Another calming tip for those who have trouble getting to sleep is to try starting a bedtime yoga routine. 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and stretching of an evening can prepare you mentally for sleep and is a great way to let go of the day’s worries.
Mindful Beauty Mantra 3: Break The Skin-Stress Cycle
Bothersome breakouts and blemishes may be a sign you’re under too much stress, but as anyone who’s struggled to conceal an unsightly spot right before an important event will know, poor skin itself can contribute to poor mental health.
That’s why we’ve developed a super simple face mask recipe that you can apply to target acne and prevent future breakouts. The special ingredient is our Rosehip Seed Oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties to clear and soothe your skin; as it’s an astringent, it can also naturally plump and hydrate your skin.
Mix 4 drops of Rosehip Seed Oil with 1 teaspoon Turmeric, 1 teaspoon Plain Unsweetened Yogurt, 1 teaspoon Raw Organic Honey and 1 teaspoon of Lemon Juice. Apply the bright orange mask to your face and maybe even meditate for 10 minutes as it works its magic. Wear an old top as the Turmeric will stain; you may want to follow the mask with an extra cleanse to remove any coloration (you could use the pure Rosehip Seed Oil for this). It’s worth the hassle though, as Turmeric is a great anti-aging and acne-fighting ingredient!
Mindful Beauty Mantra 4: Embrace The Art Of Massage
Whilst you may already be incorporating massage into your evening facial cleanse, have you thought of making time for your tired, heavy limbs at the end of a long day? Aches and pains can lead to further negative consequences for our mental health, but massaging sore spots will stimulate circulation to lower blood pressure, and reduce stress hormones.
Organica’s 100% Cold-Pressed Castor Oil is the perfect product to massage into the skin, as it penetrates further beyond the epidermis than other oils to soothe painful aches. Ricinoleic acid in the oil is nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory, whilst its Omega 6 content will boost the lymphatic system, benefitting function of the heart, lungs, and brain.
Mindful Beauty Mantra 5: Combine Soap Suds and Whale Song
Soaking your skin in a bath full of Lavender Oil and Epsom Salts is a great way to unwind and release tension from your muscles. So why not combine this experience with tranquil, meditative music, specially designed to aid relaxation?
On YouTube, Spotify or iTunes, whole playlists are available to accompany bath time mindfulness, including guided meditation or soothing spa-style music, like this one from Relax River’s YouTube Channel for example.
Have a browse and see what takes your fancy, but we promise it’ll change your bathing experience for the better.
It’s tough to find the time to truly care for ourselves in today’s busy world, but we hope taking just moments of mindfulness during your beauty routines will do wonders for your mental health. Aromatherapy’s all-natural essential oils are a vital part of this process, providing many mind and skin-boosting benefits for burnt-out bodies and brains. Look lovely as you look after yourself; you deserve it.
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