Caring for the skin and body with the idea of mindfulness is a concept that seems illusive. However, due to my nature to stop and love the moment I am in vs. my humaness that tells me to get ready quickly and get out the door I want to visit the idea of Ritual Skin Care.
I was reminded of the idea of Ritual in a recent podcast from On Being with Krista Tippet. If you haven't had a chance to listen, or have no idea who I am mentioning here, I feel it's necessary for you to finish this article and immediately click on the On Being link to listen to it. Life changing.
I'm always encouraged by seeing culture shifting to natural, even if it has to happen via celebrities - like Anne Hathaway's love for the Dr. Haushka line of cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are helping others find natural skin care rituals through influence.
Ritual is something I am a little in love with. Attempting to establish rituals in my home is a new experiment. To begin with, I had to establish my own rituals to learn the discipline of practicing them. One of the first was caring for my body. One of my favorite rituals is dry brushing before a bath or shower. Not only does this feel delicious to me, it stimulates my immune system and removes dead cell buildup allowing our largest organ to breath.
Brushing from my heart outward is part of the ritual for me, and I love to finish at my toes and the bottoms of my feet.
The other ritual I have established is mindful facial cleansing and massaging. I love the ritual of getting my sponge and working in gentle circular motions to exfoliate and stimulate the skin. I use a Konjack sponge or a gentle cotton flannel cloth. After I cleanse, I love massaging my skin with oils, like the Phoenix Facial Oil from Herbivore. It’s not just beautiful from the bottle, the ingredients adorn my skin from the chia seed to the warm sea buckthorn oil. Delicious
When there is an established ritual for our skin care, we feel like we are offering ourselves a beautiful experience, and we are able to focus more on caring for ourselves, than fixing. There is also less time spent worrying over flaws when we are focused on the ritual at hand.
The next personal ritual I would love to incorporate with body oil is taking more time to massage it into my less attended to elbows, knees, and hands. I love the C and Co. Naturals Arnica Massage Oil for after workout soreness. All I can think is how delicious ritual combined with lovingly handmade products sounds, and now I want to take a bath.