Your skin serves as a reflection of your general well-being.
The state of your mind, body and spirit has a direct impact on how your skin looks and feels. Sickness, sadness, stress and bad diet in most cases lead to a poor complexion.On the flip side, when you are healthy, content with life and in a happy state, your skin shows it. It takes a lot of mindfulness and self-care to have a lustrous and glowing complexion.
Your state of mind has a big influence on the condition of your skin. A positive lifestyle and mindset promotes the healthy functioning of nerves and hormones, which in turn ensures good circulation and the production of natural chemicals for all parts of the body, including the skin. Achieving a positive frame of mind requires getting rid of stressors, enough sleep, the right diet, meditation and exercising.
Other little things like building the right habits also go a long way to a healthy complexion.
Do you go to bed with your makeup still on or without washing your face? Are you getting enough sleep? Do you smoke, use drugs or drink too much? How about the environment you live in? Do you air your home often? How about the temperature, is it too cold or hotter than should be?
In today’s fast paced and technology addicted society it hard to balance everything and still have enough mind about ourselves for self-care. With stress, work, family and pollution your skin takes a beating. You can’t control everything but you can make your skin strong enough to deal with its ‘enemies’ in your environment.
The Japanese Way
The Japanese are known for their age defying skin. They refer to nice skin as mochi-hada, or rice-cake skin, a reference to the ultra soft and plump Japanese desserts. This concept of softness is a reoccurring theme in Japanese skincare. Unlike today’s Western culture where ‘skin-care’ is wrongly touted as a battle with your own skin using harsh skin products, the Japanese have simple principle. These revolve around emphasizing sun protection, thorough but gentle cleansing and staying hydrated and moisturized.
The basic Japanese skincare routine boils down to removing makeup, cleansing, hydrating, treating with a serum,moisturizers and regular face masks. This routine can be adapted to simple daily habits you can adopt for a healthier, glowing skin.
- buy quality products.
- eating a healthy diet
- eat small portions of many different kinds of food every day.
- wash your face every night if you can’t take a nice shower or have a nice bath.
- treat yourself with regular visits to the spa, to relax and rejuvenate
- sing often to let off steam even if you’re out of tune
- avoid cheap lotions or creams that are not suited to you skin types
- remove that makeup before you go to bed