The Mind-Body Connection: How Skin Care is Self-Care - HERBES FOLLES

The Mind-Body Connection: How Skin Care is Self-Care

When it comes to self-care, we often think about massages, candles, and baths. But not everyone realizes that it also involves skin care. In this blog post, we'll delve into the huge impact of a healthy complexion on your overall well-being. So let's get right to it!

The intertwining of mind and body

The mind and body are closely interconnected through various physiological and biochemical processes. For example, the body releases stress hormones, such as cortisol, regardless if it's in response to physical or psychological stress. Chronic elevation of this chemical can lead to a range of problems, such as decreased immune function, weight gain, and depression.

Regular activity and exercise can significantly impact our mental health by releasing endorphins, the body's happiness-inducing hormones. These reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and enhance one's mood. Thus, skin care during one's period can be especially critical in managing Auntie Flo and her PMS crew.

Indeed, the connection between the health of the body and mental health is complex and multi-faceted. 

How is skin care also self-care? 

Our skin, the largest organ in our bodies, is constantly exposed to environmental stressors. Its condition can therefore be a good indicator of how healthy we are. Conversely, not caring for our complexion can lead to problems like acne and premature aging. 

Thus, giving your skin some thoughtful attention can be considered a form of self-care, impacting one's mental and emotional well-being. When individuals engage in skincare practices, the result is likely to be healthier skin, improved appearance, and a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem.

How to have an excellent skincare routine  

Skin essentials

Here are the foundational steps to great-looking skin.

1. Cleansing

Cleansing removes dirt, oil, makeup, dead skin cells, and other impurities from the skin's surface. In addition, it can get rid of environmental pollutants like dust and smoke particles that tend to accumulate on your face and body throughout the day. All these can clog your pores, leading to acne breakouts. As a result, your complexion can appear dull and tired. 

So go for a mild yet satisfying cleanse like the DIÁFANO. This antioxidant-infused oil-based cleanser effectively removes makeup and daily dirt without stripping your skin of its natural oils. 

2. Using serums

Serums are like superfoods for your skin, packed with powerfully active ingredients that target specific concerns. Whether you're fighting signs of aging, dealing with hyperpigmentation, or looking to increase your hydration, there's a perfect serum for you. 

These products are formulated with smaller molecules that penetrate deeper into the epidermis, delivering a concentrated dose of nutrients where you need it most. In addition, they work in synergy with your other skincare products, amplifying their effects and giving you that extra boost of radiance. For best results, use serums after cleansing but before moisturizing.

3. Moisturizing 

Dryness can lead to flakiness, itching, and even fine lines and wrinkles. But a good moisturizer can help prevent all of these. High-quality moisturization helps create a protective barrier on the epidermis, locking in water and preventing its evaporation. It also helps to soothe and calm irritated skin, reducing redness and inflammation. Like any other skincare product, it's essential to choose one that's gentle. Try NÉVOA, a bi-phasic oil (one that delivers double hydration in a single step) with natural ingredients for that instant boost of moisture. 

4. Applying sunscreen

Use sunscreen to protect your skin against harmful ultraviolet or UV rays, which can  cause damage to your cells. Sunscreens work by reflecting, scattering, and absorbing UV rays to prevent them from penetrating and wreaking havoc on your dermal layers. The active ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which serve as barriers to defend your face and body from damage. By applying a sun shield regularly, you can keep your complexion looking youthful, healthy, and radiant. Don't forget to look for an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection. 

Beauty add-ons

These non-mandatory steps involve products that contain very different ingredients with very different effects or functions.  Thus, listen to your skin and choose the product that suits your specific skin type. 

1. Toning

Toning can be beneficial to balancing the skin's pH levels. It also aids in removing any residual traces of makeup or impurities. The right toner can work wonders in tightening and firming skin, reducing the appearance of pores, and restoring its natural radiance. These products typically contain ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids, witch hazel, and rosewater, which refresh and revitalize your complexion. 

2. Exfoliating

During the summertime, some individuals may find exfoliating helpful. This step can deliver a deep cleanse, especially for oily skin. As a result, it can help reveal a smooth and glowing complexion. By preventing the buildup of dead cells, this process helps to unclog pores, prevent breakouts, and diminish the presence of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also increase blood flow, stimulating collagen production that leads to a youthful, radiant complexion. 

The bottom line

From the inside out, skin care is the gift that keeps on giving. With consistently healthier skin you can gain a boost of confidence, which leads to a brighter outlook on life. So, shower your complexion with time and attention, making it a non-negotiable part of your self-care routine. Interested in taking your skincare regimen to the next level? Find out how by checking our blog Herbes Folles today!


This article was written by the author Myrtle Bautista.

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