What is Holistic Skin Care?
Holistic skincare uses ingredients that promote overall health and wellness of the body (skin), mind and spirit. It considers your physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellness and how they impact your skin health.
How does holistic skincare work?
Holistic practices look at the body as a system and work to harmonise the mind, body, and spirit through traditional therapeutic practices. Holistic skincare works similarly, seeking to repair, restore and replenish the skin using aromatherapy, vitamins, minerals, and traditional wellness practices to bring balance and vitality to the skin and the person as a whole being.
What ingredients are in holistic skincare?
Holistic skincare includes aromatherapy, vitamins, minerals and plant extracts in their products to soothe the skin, calm the senses and replenish the body. These ingredients affect the skin whilst promoting a sense of wellness.
Is there a difference between organic and holistic skincare?
Yes. Organic skincare is free from pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, and other harmful chemicals, but most people take the word ‘organic’ to mean ‘natural.’ Holistic skincare seeks to bring health and vitality to the skin by using a combination of organic ingredients and traditional medicine.
What are the key features of holistic skincare?
Holistic skincare practitioners usually call on herbal medicine to identify and prescribe natural remedies for any skin issues.
Diet is a major contributor to health and can make or break a beauty routine and healthy lifestyle. We all know that a balanced and varied diet is best to sustain a healthy lifestyle. A bad diet can have a devastating effect on the skin, overly processed, surgery and nutrient-void foods leave the body starved of what it needs. This results in poor skin health as your body fights to stay alive rather than redirecting nutrients to the beauty you.
Exercise has a two-fold effect on the body. A cardio workout increases your heart rate and increases blood flow around the body so you get a natural glow. It also aids in the accelerated removal of waste in the body which reduces inflammation and by extension inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, acne and rosacea.
Stress not only kills, but it also ages you, reduces your energy levels and robs you of a full and enjoyable life experience. Doing mindfulness reduces the effects of stress on both the mind and body, putting you in a relaxation response. Looking after your mind for a healthy body and happy life is imperative.
Being aware and diligent about what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies. During the pandemic, we all became more aware of ingredients in our cosmetics. Research has shown that the closer to nature an ingredient the better it is for the body and your long-term health.
Routine calms the mind and reduces your flight or fight responses, having a routine makes life less stressful because you can predict what is coming. Routines are good for both children and adults. In terms of skincare, a routine is good for providing your skin with the care it needs consistently. The more consistent you are, the better your skin will be.
Our modern world has lost the value of rest, but it is one of the most essential elements of a healthy person. Giving the body and brain time and space to heal itself does wonders for your skin. There are 7 Types of Rest that you can practice.
- Physical – Allowing the body time and space to rest and repair itself. It can be passive rest which means little to no body movement. Or it can be active which involves you engaging in mindful exercises like yoga, Pilates, and walking.
- Mental rest – One of the most challenging for most, it involves silencing the mind and its constant stream of consciousness.
- Emotional Rest – Taking a break from emotionally demanding situations in your daily life.
- Sensory Rest – When you close off all external forms of stimulation, sitting alone or doing a sensory deprivation therapy are ways to engage with this type of rest.
- Social Rest – When you stay away from social events after lengthy periods of engaging with others.
- Creative rest – Engaging in creative activities that stimulate and excite our creativity, knitting, drawing, painting, and making things are all forms of creative rest.
- Spiritual rest – Spiritual rest relates to a yearning for community. A lack of connection often manifests in the feeling that our lives lack meaning and purpose.
Who is holistic skincare for?
People who want to look and feel good on the inside and out. So much in the commercial cosmetic industry creates temporary, and superficial skin fixes. Through the exploitation of animals, people, and the planet, not to mention the cocktail of chemicals used. Holistic skincare offers a natural and wholesome alternative. It seeks to bring balance to your skin and your life, it encourages wellness of the mind, body, and spirit so you feel happier in yourself.
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What are the benefits of holistic skincare?
When you invest in caring for your whole self, your skin (and the rest of you) benefits. Here are some specific benefits of holistic skincare:
- Improved skin clarity and texture
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased vitality and energy
- More even-looking skin tone and complexion
- Better hydration
- Improved mood
What Are the Drawbacks Of Holistic Skincare?
No skincare routine is perfect, here are some of the potential drawbacks of embarking on a holistic approach to your skincare:
- Having to invest time in self-care.
- Difficulty sticking to a routine.
- Difficult lifestyle changes such as reducing sugar, exercising regularly and reducing caffeine.
- Being more diligent about ingredients in your skincare.
- Going through the process of learning your skin type and finding products that work with it.
That is all for this week, please remember to always…
Be good to yourself.