Do gratitude and skin care go hand in hand?

When you write down things for which you are grateful, it will typically include things like your own health, the health and happiness of those you love, your warm home, and your steady job.

But your skin?

Have you ever written down, “I’m grateful for my skin?”

Sure is not. But you might want to!

Grateful and Skin Care?

Most of us are too critical. We look in the mirror and find all our flaws. We think about how old we look. We see more wrinkles, sagging and hyperpigmentation. We wondered what we could do to “fix” these problems so we could look younger.

It’s time to change. At least, according to many influential beauties. And we think they’re right.

The trend goes something like this: Instead of worrying about things going wrong with your skin, be thankful for it?

We already know that gratitude is good for you. Studies have linked expressing gratitude to the following health benefits:

  • Better mental health
  • Less negative emotions and more positive emotions
  • In general, greater happiness
  • Better relationship
  • Pain relief
  • Improve sleep
  • Raise self-esteem
  • Increases resilience
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure

Considering all of this, it makes sense that gratitude can also be good for your skin.

Why Gratitude and Skin Care go hand in hand

Gratitude helps improve the condition of your skin by improving other aspects of your health.

For example, a good night’s sleep is said to improve skin health and appearance. (See our post, “Why a poor night of sleep can make you look older.”) Since gratitude improves sleep, that means it can also help reduce aging.

We also know that stress has a direct effect on the skin, creating inflammation, reducing defenses, increasing acne and damaging the outer protective barrier. (See: Signs of Tight Skin and 10 Ways to Fix It. )

Indeed, scientists have discovered a direct relationship between stress and the onset or exacerbation of many skin diseases such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.

Therefore, reducing stress has a positive effect on the condition of the skin. And gratitude helps reduce stress.

So, including gratitude in your skin care routine, seems like a good idea, right? It can help reduce stress, allow you to sleep better, and make you happier, all of which can’t help but improve the condition of your skin.

5 ways to incorporate gratitude into your skin care routine

It’s the season to be grateful, which means there’s no better time to practice gratitude on a daily basis. We recommend putting your skin on the list of items to be grateful for.

It’s about changing your perspective. Instead of training your brain to figure out what’s wrong with your skin, it’s time to help it change its attitude.

But how do you do that? Here are five ways.

1. Add your skin to your gratitude journal.

We strongly recommend keeping a gratitude journal this holiday season. Take a few minutes each morning or evening to list three to five things you are grateful for.

This is a simple practice but can have big consequences for how you feel. Include anything and everything for which you are grateful, then add your skin to it. You could say something like:

  • I am grateful that my skin protected my body.
  • I am so grateful that my skin feels soft to the touch.
  • I am grateful that my skin is healthy.
  • I’m grateful that my skin helps me get the messages I feel from the world.

Use your imagination. Have fun!

2. Add gratitude to your skin care routine.

It’s time to change up your skin care routine. Instead of looking for all your flaws while you’re cleansing, toning, and hydrating, name the positives instead. What do you like about your skin?

This can be difficult at first because you are so used to finding the negation. But give it some time. You’ll start to notice good things, like:

  • I am grateful for my plump lips. They look lovely when I add my favorite lip gloss.
  • My cheeks are my best feature — smooth and soft.
  • My neck has a few wrinkles, but it still looks long and elegant.

3. Be grateful for your skin when you go out.

Your skin is a barrier that exists between you and the outside world. Its biggest job is to protect you from everything outside of you. It blocks bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, and protects you from UV rays and pollution.

Your skin is constantly working to protect you from infections, allergies, damage, etc. So as you walk out the door, quickly say “thank you” in your head for the job your skin is doing. do to keep you safe.

4. Express gratitude by asking what your skin needs.

At least once a week, in the evening, take a moment to appreciate your skin by asking what it needs.

This may sound silly at first, but we are often so busy with our lives that we never take the time to sit and “listen”.

And listening can teach you a lot.

Light a candle if you like, close your eyes and try this:

  • Say, “I am grateful for my skin and everything it does for me.”
  • Let that statement resound in the air.
  • Now ask your question, “Da, what do you need from me?”
  • Don’t be surprised if your skin screams for something. “Humidity!” “A gentler cleanser!” “Clay Mask!”

Once you’ve got the answer, give your skin what it needs! You may find that this greatly improves your skin care routine.

Humidity Soothes Gratitude5. Show gratitude by taking care of your skin to take care of facial health.

We often show our gratitude to those we care about by giving gifts. You can do the same with your skin.

If you find yourself resisting this idea, it could be because you don’t believe your skin is worth it! It’s time to change that. If you are grateful for your skin, you can show it with the right treatment.

Head to a nearby spa for a facial or simply create a facial at home. It’s important to take a moment to pamper your skin. Use a hydrating mask with some soothing music or create your own scrub. Apply a few green tea bags to your eyes for 10-15 minutes or use an oil-absorbing mask to help reduce the appearance of pores.

You can also use our Calming Moisture as a mask, apply a little extra and let it seep into skin to soothe, nourish and hydrate.

Wear comfortable and cozy clothes and take the time to let the experience sink in. It will help you de-stress and relax, which will benefit not only your skin but the rest of you!

Have you expressed gratitude for your skin?


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