What is Holistic Beauty?
The skin is the largest organ of our body. From time to time, it is good to remind ourselves of this simple fact. The most massive organ in our body requires a massive responsibility too. It only explains all the fuss we make about each of our skin care troubles and beauty regimen — and rightfully so!
There is more to the skin than meets the eye. So while all the skincare products and beauty tips we use on our skin are all important, believe me when I say that all of those beauty products combined are not enough to achieve radiant, healthy skin and an overall holistic beauty.
Holistic Beauty: Beyond Skin-Deep
To say holistic, or wholistic, is a practice and belief of healing that involves the upkeep of each and every aspect of the body — the mental, the physical, and the spiritual — to its peak level of total wellness. By definition, holistic means “overall”; outside-in as well as inside-out. It is an approach that believes everything in us is interconnected and therefore the whole is a sum of all of its parts. What affects one part affects the entirety.
The practice of holistic beauty dates back to ancient times of treating the skin in a more complete or “whole” way. In other words, a holistic approach to beauty means an all-encompassing beauty routine that takes care of you beyond skin-deep surface. Our skin has equal parts internal and external forces that communicate and work with each other on a daily basis to create a balance and achieve its optimum function.
Holistic health is a lifestyle of nurturing, nourishing, and healing all aspects of our body that will eventually result in our good health and overall wellness more than just achieving flawless and radiant skin. Essentially, it is a practice that believes that our beauty and wellness are more than just skin-deep.
What are holistic beauty treatments?
Now that we’ve established the essence of holistic beauty, what are some treatments that fall under this category? There are some that you may have heard of through social media, beauty bloggers, a holistic self-care website or a magazine newsletter, while others that are probably more obscure. All of these treatments are in line with the mission and philosophy of holistic beauty.
Facial acupuncture, chiropractic, and “healing touch” massages can all be considered holistic beauty treatments. They help enhance blood flow, restoring energy to all parts of the body, resulting in a more beautiful and radiant external appearance.
So is a holistic beauty treatment right for you? The best way to find out is to do your research, gather information, monitor each habit, and carefully observe your routine lifestyle. Have you been caring for each part of your body, inside and out? What areas of your well being could use improving? In holistic beauty, looking inward is everything.
What is holistic skin care?
More than just a beauty trend, holistic skin care can demand a careful accountability of our own actions towards our body. The holistic approach first starts with the mind; with the concept of self-care and making choices that are healthy for our mind and body. It can be as simple as getting enough sleep at night, reducing the consumption of alcoholic drinks, and practicing quality control in our diet by looking for products with healthy and organic ingredients. As consumers, we also have to be mindful of what products we’re getting.
In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at what comprises a holistic beauty routine and how you can start one right at home.
Get enough sleep
It’s no coincidence they call it “beauty rest”. Data shows that getting enough sleep (at least 6-8 hours) is an integral part of our skin health. Sleep is the only time our cells can regenerate and let the skin repair its damaged cells. When your sleep is interrupted, keep in mind that you also interrupt the balance and the healing process of your skin. This will then reflect through visible signs of aging and such.
Exercise is the gift that keeps on giving. Aside from the good sweat and an ample dose of endorphins, it also further helps with blood circulation. Increasing your cardiovascular heart rate results in an increased blood flow, which is when the nutrients in the blood are more efficiently distributed to your skin cells. An efficient blood flow means a detoxified system, resulting in a well-circulated and healthy complexion that has that glow — whatever your skin type is!
Have a well-rounded diet
You are what you eat.
It’s true. Remember that the skin outside is what the skin is inside first. The food we partake of eventually becomes ingredients to what we feed our skin too. These ingredients are vital to cooking up that perfect glow. Even though we’re natural consumers, cosmetics aren’t the only solution to reviving your skin’s health and glow, so watch what you eat and your skin will thank you after.
Prioritize your mental wellness
A lot of skin problems are linked to psychological stress. Stressful situations activate a 911 physiological response as your body’s coping mechanism. In fact, constant exposure to stressful psychological triggers is directly linked to skin aging, according to a study published on Dermatology Online Journal.
It also causes your face and skin to be more susceptible to microbial infection, as it disturbs the antimicrobial function of the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin that serves as protection.
The term “wellness” encapsulates all aspects, and the mental part is incredibly vital for our overall health. Make an extra effort to form a habit of mindfulness towards your mental health. Engage in activities that eases your psyche, such as breathing exercise, music therapy, meditation, aromatherapy, and such.
Stick to a simple skincare routine
Figuring out our skincare routine is a never-ending process. There will always be products and skincare things to purchase, people who suggest this or that, or something else that will make you pause and reassess your skincare arsenal.
But the key is to just keep it simple. Stick to your basics and essentials. What will ultimately make a difference is knowing the right balance between your cosmetics and your lifestyle. Whether it’s hiding from UV rays, acne problems, or restoring your youthful glow, balancing skincare and lifestyle works like yin and yang.
Joey is an AB Psychology graduate of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. Her life’s passions include writing, film, and spending hours on end binge-watching fashion vloggers on Youtube.