Category: Health Yourself Written by Sophia Smith Views: 1626
The hectic pace of a modern lifestyle makes it easy for us to forget all about taking proper care of ourselves, and our skin, our largest organ, tends to take a backseat while we tackle the tasks from the seemingly never-ending to-do list. But did you know that self-care, and especially skincare, have a significant impact on your mental state?
Studies suggest that carving out time in the day to take proper care of your skin brings a plethora of benefits to your mental health. By taking care of your skin, you also show yourself, your face, and your body the love they deserve while regaining the much-needed sense of balance and harmony. Whether you’re looking to develop an effective beauty routine or consider yourself a skincare aficionado, here are five ways skincare routine can benefit both your confidence and mental health.
It provides comfort and minimizes stress
It’s no secret that we, humans, are creatures of habit. When there’s structure in our life, that’s when we thrive. Developing a skincare routine, just like any other routine, can help create that sense of structure and give you that feeling of control over your life.
Following the same exact steps provides a sense of stability and comfort and it also gives you something to rely on every single day. Your morning skincare routine becomes your safe space you can turn to in order to minimize stress. This can be particularly helpful for someone who’s dealing with anxiety or depression.
It’s an opportunity to be more mindful
We all strive to be more mindful and live in the moment. The thing is, we often get so caught up in our duties, tasks, and to-do lists that we often forget to truly be present. Having a skincare routine to follow every day gives you the opportunity to do just that.
Whether it’s a basic five-minute beauty routine or a ten-step Korean skin care regimen you’re following religiously every single day, taking time in the day to pause and just focus on yourself and your skin can be a truly mindful and rejuvenating experience. To make the most of your beauty ritual, try to really focus on the process and engage all your senses. Pay attention to the fragrance and the texture of the skincare products you’re applying and how they feel as you put them on your skin. Treat your beauty routine as a mini vacation that will help you detach from daily life and give you a chance to truly be present.
It’s a great way to boost your self-esteem
Skin care, like any other health and wellness-focused routine (e.g. exercising, eating healthy), can be a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself and give yourself the TLC you deserve. It’s an act of kindness through which you send a powerful message to yourself. You tell yourself that you’re worth the time and effort you’re putting in, and that can really give a boost to your self-esteem.
Even if it means just washing, cleansing, and moisturizing your skin on those days when you don’t feel like doing anything, it’ll help you feel refreshed and taken care of, thus setting the tone for the entire day.
It can be a perfect chance to bond with loved ones
While skincare is usually a time reserved just for ourselves, there’s no reason not to make it a social activity. In fact, taking care of your skin together with your friend, kids, spouse, or other family members can take your regular beauty rituals to the next level. You can talk about the skincare products you love and order some new skincare products to try. You can also recommend new products and watch YouTube videos of your favorite beauty bloggers while you’re at it.
By using your skincare routine as a chance to connect with loved ones, you’ll make the process even more enjoyable and even learn a thing or two along the way.
It can be so much fun
Following a skincare routine can also be a great way to have fun while also doing something good for your mental health and well-being. While an occasional trip to the spa or a chemical peel treatment are some of the best ways to change things up a bit, you can also make it a fun at-home experience.
With a quick Google search, you can find useful tips on everything from how to create a spa-like bathroom to how to make DIY skincare products using the ingredients from your kitchen. To take your at-home skincare experience up a notch, you can create a feel-good playlist or watch your favorite TV show while you nurture your skin.
Starting your day off with a relaxing morning skincare routine doesn’t only help maintain your physical skin health. It’s also a way to improve your mental health and confidence. And while it may feel like a small act, it’s still a major step in the right direction when it comes to establishing balance between your mental and physical well-being.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.
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