Skin + Mindfulness

When it comes to healthy skin, never underestimate the power of the mind.

Research shows skin conditions such as acne, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and urticaria (hives) occur more often in those who suffer from emotional imbalances in their daily lives [1]. Chronic stress and mental turmoil elevate cortisol levels and triggers a systemic hormone response [2]. This can induce a histamine reaction in the skin resulting in changes to the skin’s permeability and vascular supply [2]. These changes lead to pathologies like acne, rashes, hives, dermatitis, and eczema.

Calm The Mind And Skin

A study published in the Journal of Pharmacotherapy showed that relaxation, presence and meditation techniques decreased the severity of several skin disorders over the course of two months [2]. While skin and phycological challenges range in severity, and seeking out the appropriate medical professional is always advised, there are small steps you can take each day to help calm the mind and skin.

A Mindful Moment

Try incorporating a mindful moment into your routine by noticing the feeling of your face wash or body wash lather, your serum glide over your skin, and the coolness of your face cream.

These simple grounding practices can help to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress and may help in decreasing risk or severity of some skin conditions.

Try taking it to the next level by listening and following along with our guided lymphatic drainage massage. Enjoy the simple moments and take your regimen beyond the bottle.

 

References 

[1] Hashiro, M., & Okumura, M. (1994). Anxiety, depression, psychosomatic symptoms and autonomic nervous function in patients with chronic urticaria. Journal of dermatological science, 8(2), 129-135. 

[2] Shenefelt, P. D. (2008). Therapeutic management of psychodermatological disorders. Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy, 9(6), 973-985.