Does having good skin improve your happiness or does being happy give you good skin? It sounds like we have put on our philosophical pants doesn’t it?
It turns out both are true. So enter the new medical field of psychodermatology. It’s all based on how your mind and skin interact, and uses psychological techniques to treat skin problems.
The big words make it sound very serious and complex, but when you break it down it’s simply recognising that your state of mind plays a role in your skin health.
Emotional stress could be upsetting the apple cart. Stress raises cortisol levels in your body which can flare up skin conditions. Another prime example of the mind, body, spirit connection
Acne, eczema and psoriasis can all be triggered when we are stressed. Stressing about pimples right before a big occasion can be making it worse.
The positive flipside is that these skin conditions are also helped by getting your zen on.
It seems as though meditation is becoming the new ‘IT’ thing that all celebrities are doing and for good reason. It is one of the best ways reduce stress which will reduce cortisol levels = better skin for you.
Meditation is not the only option. Any cortisol busting technique that works for you is perfect. If you need a few ideas here are a few
If meditation is something you want to give a go but don’t know where to start check out 1 Giant Mind. They make learning very easy.
Phoebe’s a bit of a multitasker so she likes to take care of the mind and skin at the same time. Her favourite way is to have a Pig In Mud Mineral Mask while having a long hot soak in a warm bath (whilst longingly remembering the days when there was a red wine in the picture too! The things we do for our kids… )
P.S. Oink Oink! We were very excited this week to spot our humble Pig In Mud Mineral Mask in Oxygen Magazine Australia!
Unfortunately we can’t control the damage caused by external aggressors (like wind, UV rays and pollution), but we can make conscious choices about the products we choose to slather on our strands. Here are just a few reasons why making the switch to natural might be the best treat you can give your cheesed-off tresses – and your conscience.
The secret to a routine that’s going to make your skin happy can often come down to a “less is more” approach. If you over-do it your skin will feel ho-hum. Here’s our guide to how often you should be doing all your skin things - from exfoliating to facials - to make your skin strong, clear and bright.