May 17, 2022

4 Ways Skin Care Benefits Mental Health

All too often, conversations about wellness focus primarily on physical health and overlook the importance of mental health. But now more than ever, caring for our emotional, psychological, and social well-being is not just important but a necessity. 

In a study about the impact of the recent COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, researchers examined the negative mental health outcomes associated with the pandemic in people worldwide. These included increased feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as traumatic stress. As things slowly begin to return to normal, study authors caution that these outcomes will be “long-lasting and quite substantial among some people and populations,” and they point to the importance of daily practices that support positive mental health. 

Global pandemic aside, there will always be everyday stressors that threaten to derail our mental well-being. Worries about work, money, family, relationships—these are things all of us can relate to in some form or another, and they are the reason self care has become so important in our daily lives. Below are 4 important ways a daily skin care ritual plays a key role in helping to preserve and maintain a positive mental state. Be sure to pass them on to your customers!

1. It provides structure and stability. 

Our lives have become increasingly hectic, and for many of us the global pandemic only added to the chaos. Normal life was tossed out the window, and the everyday schedules and routines we had come to rely on as a source of stability were no longer there. How does this impact our mental health? Because the human brain craves predictability. In contrast, uncertainty and instability have been shown to trigger an acute stress response. 

By integrating regular habits and routines into our daily lives, we are essentially helping the brain to relax. As a result, we feel calmer and more grounded. Practicing a daily skin care regimen is one of the simplest ways to incorporate structure and stability into each day. In this blog, we provide simple tips for helping your clients develop a healthy skin care routine. 

2. It encourages mindfulness. 

We hear about mindfulness a lot when it comes to supporting a healthy mental state. Mindful eating, mindful breathing, mindful movement—all of it has to do with being fully aware of what we are feeling and sensing in the moment without succumbing to judgment or distraction. Research shows that mindfulness-oriented activities have been linked to increased feelings of optimism and happiness as well as decreased feelings of depression and social anxiety. 

Setting aside time each morning and evening to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and otherwise pamper your skin is an excellent mindfulness activity. This simple act of self care encourages you to slow down, be present, and focus your attention wholly on the task at hand. 

3. It can be even better with a buddy.

Social interaction plays an important role in supporting mental health, and what better way to bond with a spouse, your bestie, or even your kids than by sharing a daily skin care ritual? Think about that happy feeling you get when you enjoy a midday mani-pedi with your BFF or a couple’s massage while on vacation. You can enjoy that same feeling when you treat your partner to an exfoliating facial scrub or bond with your teen over a pre-bed sleep mask. Even teaching your little ones about the importance of taking care of your skin is a great way to connect and engage with younger children. 

4. It just feels good.

Often, we get so caught up in the nuts and bolts of everyday life that we forget to slow down, breathe, and enjoy a little “me time.” Caring for your skin, from that first refreshing face wash in the morning to smoothing on your moisturizer at night, simply feels wonderful. 

“The reality is that our skin in so many ways is a ‘check engine light’ for our internal health,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Erum Ilyas recently shared with Everyday Health. “When skin looks and feels good, we tend to feel better about ourselves.”

Establishing a daily skin care regimen, or even treating yourself to a new product, is an effortless and inexpensive way to boost your mood while at the same time supporting healthy skin. And when you feel good internally, that feeling radiates outward into all aspects of your life, your work, and even your relationships. 

Keep the Positive Vibes Flowing

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