To me, the word Beauty is associated with a person, animal, place, object or idea that gives immense pleasure to the visual sensory organ. I truly feel that if one is in harmony and balance with nature then only the true beauty of anything can be realized. I can also use the term “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I personally believe in a holistic approach to health and beauty is interlinked with wellness.
By this, I actually want to mean that it is dealing with the lifestyle of an individual. It has nothing to do with buying expensive off the shelf products.
Holistic (whole – istic) approach for skincare and relation to beauty
Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, coined the term, holism. According to him holism “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” which means we cannot understand the fullness of our parts unless they are in harmony together. This is the base of holistic therapy.
Skin is the largest organ of any individual. A person’s beauty is determined by the texture, quality of the skin. The external appearance of the skin is interconnected with the overall health condition of the person. Moreover, some changes in the skin layer help to indicate the development of diseases both externally and internally.
Coming to skincare, a holistic approach means that the mere application of an expensive moisturizer on our skin is not enough. It only treats the outer layer and that too temporarily. But the overall health of our skin depends on many other factors also.
It’s not enough to cure it of the outside by application only. We have to take care to nurture it from within as well. The glow, radiance of the skin depend on many factors – from ingredients we use, our lifestyle methods (diet, exercise) and the environmental elements like stress we encounter, as well as our emotional and mental well-being.
10 Primary Elements OF A Holistic SKIN CARE Regime
Select The Right Ingredients to nourish your skin
Learn to know your own skin. what it’s like and what it requires in order to select the best ingredients and products for you.
Skincare is a long-term program and is to nurture the skin. You cannot treat skin in a frantic, campaign-like manner. No spot-corrector will actually eradicate the underlying causes of acne. Moreover, nothing will miraculously reverse the aging process overnight.
Please try to avoid harsh, stripping products. Invest in a good oil cleanser to preserve the absolutely vital barrier function of the skin. The use of antioxidants, Sun Screen, etc is necessary to the skin. And most importantly, establish a fix skincare routine –pamper every single day.
Eat Right for Your Skin
Food has a direct impact on our skin. The healthier and more balanced your diet is, the more it will reflect on your face.
Effect of food on the skin in short;
- Foods that shoot-up the blood sugar level, like refined sugar, white bread, pasta, processed food, white pastries, soda, cookies can increase sebum production and worsen pimples, break down collagen, influences inflammation, and are generally not very healthy options. It’s best to keep the blood sugar level normal by eating whole grains, vegetables, beans, or nuts.
- Eat a lot of raw vegetables and fruit – which contains the highest quantity of vitamins.
- Antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals that wreak havoc on healthy cells, so they must be consumed regularly. Antioxidant-rich food includes dark green vegetables, tomato, berries, beans, apple, pecan, grapes, and nuts.
- Omega-3 fatty acids (fish, flaxseed, walnuts) can help keep skin elasticity intact for a long time.
- Caffeine & salty foods can help increase the cortisol level and water retention in the body; can take a toll on the skin.
- A fermented drink dehydrates and often adds a big sugar dose that can increase inflammation. It also leads to puffiness of the skin.
Emphasize the good nutrients, try to make healthy choices most of the time. This does not imply that you deprive yourself totally of the things you enjoy. Enjoy a glass of cold coffee, chips or a slice of chocolate cake. Everything in moderation is my motto.
I believe “just drink a lot of water” was the most overused and blunt beauty advice ever.
Water really is a magical thing. A good skincare routine cannot be without the use of water. Water epitome of beauty from within. Necessary to mention the obvious health benefits of drinking water, from preventing headaches to boosting your energy. Basically, water is the only thing that flushes out impurity both internally as well as externally.
Exercise for good health – and for glowing skin.
Physical activity can help ease stress and release feel-good hormones. Exercise improves circulation and blood flow. Good circulation is vital for carrying away waste products and transporting oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. It also promotes better sleep, which refreshes better skin.
Lack of sleep results in dark circles, as well as saggy skin. This is due to an increase in levels of cortisol and stress hormones. It can lead to inflammation and severe conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Sleep deprivation also means no restorative period for our health and skin. Usually when we sleep skin rejuvenate, renew, and regenerate.
Other Factors to be considered for holistic beauty
I actually consider that stress is one of the biggest culprits for our civilized society. Effect of stress shows on our skin, hair as well. It can lead to acne flare-ups, rashes, hair loss. Besides can increase and worsen existing skin conditions like psoriasis.
Of course, the “just stress less” advice is a classic easier said than done thing. But we all MUST find our personal ways to deal with stress and relax more. It can be meditation, breathing techniques, exercise, counterbalance the stress effects and make us rejoice.
Love yourself-Pampering a part of holistic beauty
I actually think they are an important part of self-care as well as a holistic approach to skincare.
Massages increase blood circulation and ease muscle tension. Masks or targeted skin treatments give a bigger dose of vital ingredients to your skin. Essential oil baths, exfoliation, steam will work on clearing and smoothing your skin. You can see the immediate effects, like smooth, glowing skin.
Because when you pamper yourself, whether it means an at-home bubble bath/facial mask duo or a more special massage/facial treatment at a spa, you finally give permission to your body and mind to RELAX – and that has enormous health benefits.
So, indulge in pampering seriously and do not regard it as something superficial. You’re giving your body the healthy boost it desperately wants.
What else you can try for a glowing Skin- Reflection of a healthy person(Holistic Beauty)
You can definitely try out some traditional face packs which have been passed on from our grandmothers.
- Mix gram flour, a pinch of turmeric, sandalwood powder and water/milk. Make a paste. Apply this on face, neck, arms, feet ( the exposed parts of the body). Keep this pack till it dries. Then apply water and massage in a circular motion with light pressure. Finally, wash off with cold water. This helps you to have glowing skin, a suntan is removed. You can use it twice or thrice a week.
- Mix fullers earth (Multani Mitti) with rose water and apply on face, neck. Wash off with cold water once the pack is dry. This is particularly useful for oily skin and summer. You can add sandalwood powder to this pack also since sandalwood also has a cooling effect. This pack is also good for acne-prone skin. Regular use of this pack helps to reduce the scar marks of acne also
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