We live in such a busy time it almost seems as if taking care of our mind and body is a thing of the past.
With this blog post about Best Practices to Implement a Mindful Skincare Routine, we like to bring awareness of how important it is to be & act mindfully.
Because let's be real, we all deserve some pampering.
Before we get into why Sanbe Beauty advocates mindful skincare practices, you have to understand what mindfulness means.
There are many ways to define mindfulness but this one really sums it up:
mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.
Being mindful starts with slowing down. This is hard for us because we live in a fast-paced culture where everything happens seemingly instantaneously. Slowing down is counter-cultural.
Before we apply mindfulness to our skincare regimen, maybe we need to develop some everyday mindfulness habits. Here are some simple ways you can work on cultivating mindfulness:
1. Sit in the morning: Why the morning? The day is just beginning, it is nice and quiet, and you may have a few moments to yourself. Instead of getting out of bed and rushing through a morning routine, sit for a few minutes. Think about being thankful for the day and just let yourself be in the present moment.
2. Eat mindfully: Life is busy and eating has become something done in passing. Try slowing down, making food yourself, and eating purposefully. Choose foods with a variety of different colors, textures, and flavors. Take the time to really chew and appreciate each bite. (Doing so is better for your digestion anyway!)
3. Spend time outside. Take a walk around your neighborhood. Observe what you see on your walk, how the weather feels, what you hear, and what you smell.
There are so many other ways to practice mindfulness, but hopefully, those three will help you get started.
Now let's apply it to our skincare regimen. Do you see skincare as a chore? Do you dread your skincare routine at night when all you want to do is get in bed?
We need to work on changing this mindset! This should be a time when you feel pampered physically, emotionally, and mentally.
We hope that you're able to speak affirmations and truth over yourself during your skincare routine. For you to start enjoying your skincare routine, it requires mindfulness. It also requires that you carve out some extra time. (And don't save it for when you're exhausted!)
This is why we advocate mindful skincare practices - once applied, the overall health benefits will be visible on our skin and improve our mental health.
Here is SanBe's Mindful Skincare Guide
Cleanse: Take time to massage the product in your skin for 2-3 minutes. 2-3 minutes can feel like an eternity if you usually take 10 seconds. Set a timer as you begin this habit, so you don't cut the process short.
Apply toner: While doing so, practice mindful deep breathing. Inhale and exhale.
Moisturize: Look in the mirror and tell yourself "I am beautiful, I am worthy!" Repeat it over and over again until you believe it. Maybe choose different affirmations that you need to hear and rotate through.
Sun protection: Never forget this step! Your skin will thank you later.
If you aren't in the habit of being mindful of your skincare process, pick one step to focus on this week. Next week, add another step. There's no need to overwhelm yourself, especially if this is all new. That would defeat the purpose.
We would love to help you, answer any questions you have, and encourage you on your mindfulness journey. Just reach out!