Gratitude As a Key Ingredient in Your Skin Care Routine
Since November is the month of gratitude and thankfulness, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss the importance of treating your body, and skin, with the respect, love and attention it deserves.
Did you know that there are 7 scientifically proven benefits of practicing daily gratitude? According to Psychology Today, gratitude opens the door to more relationships, improves physical and psychological health, enhances empathy, reduces aggression, ameliorates sleep and boosts self-esteem as well as mental strength.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with your body and your skin? Is there really a connection between gratitude and beautiful skin? Apparently there is!
Newsflash: a lot of people are now using gratitude as part of their beauty routine.
Jessica L. Yarbrough, from the magazine The Cut, uses skin gratitude daily. “Every morning, I start my meditation by taking a few deep breaths and saying, in my head, “Thank you, skin.” I think about how everything my skin does is literally meant to protect me, and try to find the positive in the perceived ‘flaw’.” Talk about a great holistic approach to feeling better in your skin!
We can see how practicing daily gratitude can help feel better about your body but does it truly have a physical effect on it?
Based on a clinical study, “it produces positive, measurable results related to stress reduction.” Brand-founder Dr. Murad, boasts that after “just eight weeks of saying 11 affirmations twice a day and journaling for five minutes,” participants saw “reduced fine lines, dark circles, and redness.”
Dr. Sweta Rai, a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, also supports this notion of skin and beauty thankfulness. “Gratitude for the things we have in our lives builds a positive mindset and contributes to our daily happiness. When we are happy and positive, we deal with stress better and this tends to affect our mindset and skin. We know that stress contributes to worsening of several skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, therefore I’m a big advocate of a positive attitude and stress-relieving therapies. Being grateful and documenting the things we are grateful for can definitely add to your happiness and thereby add radiance to your skin.”
Founder of the holistic Los Angeles French spa Emmanuelle Blanche – the french silhouette, Emmanuelle recommends incorporating this gratitude method to your self care routine; “When you dry brush at home, or use a guasha on your face, it’s the perfect moment to practice gratitude and repeat your affirmations.”
She goes on to say that sending love to your body while receiving a treatment is also a great practice – a more beneficial one than thinking about the parts of your body that you DON’T like. “Our clients come in to get rid of cellulite or water retention, it’s easy for them to focus on how they dislike that. Instead, focusing on all the wonderful things your body does for you, sending love, gratitude and healing, turns your treatment into a meditation and an opportunity for self-love, something we can never have too much of!”
We believe that coupling these daily gratitude affirmations with your self care and skin care treatments, at home or at the spa, will give your body the amount of love and attention it deserves this month.
If you’re looking to eliminate cellulite or water retention, or if you are looking for a natural facial rejuvenation, try the Palper Rouler, Lymphatic Massage, or Face Modelage at Emmanuelle Blanche Spa. Their treatments will make you feel rejuvenated and ready to look and feel glamorous for your Thanksgiving festivities. And while you receive your treatment, be sure to practice gratitude and positive affirmations – whether you believe it will enhance the appearance of your skin, we can all agree it will enhance your positive mood!