A guide to Mindful skincare
At OM we believe that your skin is reflection of your physical and emotional well-being. In this post we will help take care of the latter, and guide you towards a more mindful approach to skincare. To be in a ‘state of OM’ is about taking time to live in the moment – to relax, breathe and let go. Practising mindfulness in your skincare will allow your mind, body and skin to take a break from daily stresses.
Here are 8 tips for Mindful skincare:
- Wake with the sun
The sun is a natural source of vitamin D, which is a skin booster. This miracle vitamin helps to minimise acne, boost the skin’s elasticity by stimulating collagen production, and reduce the appearance of pigmentation and wrinkles. Oh, and it can make you feel more energised and happy, too.
So rise with the sun and absorb that energy to help you become (or at least, feel) superhuman; whether that involves a morning run or sitting outside for breakfast. And what’s more, your skin will thank you for it.
- Savour your skincare
There’s a wonderful sense of indulgence in savouring your skincare. We’re not talking about a slap-dash, hurried effort, here. Take a moment to feel comforted in every step of your routine. From gentle make up removal; to applying cleanser and toner; to tapping in serums and moisturiser to finish.
OM tip: for a mini facial experience at home, apply our Pure Glow Cleanser in the middle of our Konjac Sponge and gently massage it in a circular motion. Afterwards, reflect on how calm you feel having gone through simple, calming motions to ensure good skin health.
- Reduce stress levels
Easier said than done, but it’s an unavoidable truth that stress can take its toll on the skin. When you’re stressed, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which can upset your body’s chemical balance and cause breakouts. It also breaks down collagen (the protein which promotes your skin’s elasticity) leading to fine lines and wrinkles.
Our favourite ways to reduce stress include taking a short walk, meditation, catching up with friends and family, and reading. Focus on yourself and find a technique that works for you.
- Sleep well
They don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing. Your body repairs itself when you sleep, so it’s important to get at least 7 hours per night. Sleeping aids production of collagen, boosts blood flow (essential for a healthy glow) and gives you brighter eyes. But what if you struggle to get a good night’s sleep?
We recommend the 4-7-8 breathing technique by Dr Andrew Weil (breathe in for 4 seconds; hold for 7; breathe out for 8) and yoga poses for relaxation (20 seconds each of hero pose, child’s pose and Savasana). Both of these suggestions, with practise, will help you ground yourself and in turn encourage a peaceful sleep.
- Be aware of your body
You’ll often find you hold tension in the body, especially if your job involves staying in a position for an extended period (for example, sitting at your desk all day). Where you can, take a moment and do a full body scan – from your forehead, through your abdomen, right down to the tips of your toes. Breathe in as you observe a different part of your body – is your forehead tight? Are your shoulders scrunched up? – and as you breathe out, release the tension.
We breathe subconsciously all the time, but how often do you pause to take note of it? Whether it’s in the morning to prepare for the day ahead, or in the evening to help you wind down, acknowledge your breathing and practise some simple breathing exercises for a clearer mind. Simply breathe in for 3 counts, hold for three, and exhale for three.
We recommend enjoying these exercises in an oxygen-rich environment, such as your local park. The fresher the air, the fresher your skin! After all, you get out what you put in.
- Eat healthily
They say ‘You are what you eat’, and this mantra is especially true when it comes to skin. At OM we believe in moderation, but it’s important to consider that things like sugar, for example, will have a negative effect on your complexion. Sugar breaks down collagen, which means skin is prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles.
Ensure your diet is rich in natural colours and nutrients, and consume a healthy amount of vegetables and fruits for the good of your skin.
- Drink water
If you’ve been told it before, we’ll tell you again – drink more water. Your body is made up of, on average, 60% water, so it’s important to keep those levels up. This is trickier in the warmer months due to increased perspiration, so always have a glass of water nearby to stay hydrated. Drinking a good amount of water (at least 8 glasses a day) will help rid your body and skin of toxins, encouraging a healthy, glowing complexion. So the next time your skin feels a little drab, reach for the H20.