Unfortunately, anxiety and depression are commonplace. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, 40 million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. Research has shown that rituals and routines can help to lower anxiety levels and that can be said about your skincare routine too.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease such as worry or fear that can range from mild to severe. While it's normal to get anxious when we step out of our comfort zone when anxiety is unexplained or begins to affect our daily life, it's essential to get support. Let's dive deeper into why having a skincare routine can be so helpful for people who struggle with anxiety.
Skincare Routines and Habits to Reduce Anxiety
Mental health professionals encourage their patients to establish healthy, daily routines. These include exercise and meditation in the morning, eat nutritious meals at the same time every day, maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Having anxiety can make you feel out of control, and adopting a routine of any kind helps you regain a sense of control and empowerment.
It can take away the uncertainty and anxiety that you may feel for the week - especially now, because of COVID-19, it's important to maintain some routines during the week. Having a routine and habits in place can be comforting and familiar, and as we know what to expect.
Not only can having routine decrease anxiety and help create a positive mindset, but it can allow you to be more productive and increase time management skills.
Skincare: Scents to Reduce Anxiety
Create a routine that feels good and includes products rich in scents that you enjoy using. The smell of your products can really help - essential oils are an incredible solution. Clary Sage and Lavender aromas work well to calm the mind, help lower cortisol levels and reduce anxious thoughts.
Skincare Routine: A Time for You
Above everything, indulging in a beauty and skincare routine to help lower your stress and anxiety levels allows you to take a well-deserved break. And so, the act of caring for your skin additionally provides an opportunity for mindfulness. Spending just 15 minutes of your day on a skincare routine means 15 minutes of doing something nice for yourself.
Skincare routine for you
First thing's first, it's essential to understand the basic principles of good skincare. That is, cleansing, toning, and moisturising.
- Cleansing is about the removal of dirt, impurities, makeup, and dead skin cell
- Toning is required for balancing and replenishing the skin and complexion
- Moisturising is the super important step for hydrating the skin and preventing water loss.
So What Sort of Products Should You Be Reaching For?
Don't underestimate the impact of gently massaging the skin with a warm washcloth to cleanse, taking extra time to smooth a silky moisturiser on your face, or applying a face mask.
At Skinstation we recommend the much-loved Obagi Hydrate Luxe. Obagi Hydrate Luxe is an extra-strength moisturiser that is luxurious to the touch and will leave your skin feeling ultra-hydrated, supple and firm. Obagi Hydrate Luxe is also packed with natural skin-loving goodness such as avocado, mango butter and shea butter as well as biomimetic peptides and hydromanil.
We understand how challenging it can be to find the right skincare routine that works for you and your lifestyle. If you're wondering how to find the perfect skincare routine, Skinstation is here to help. Contact us today.