The benefits of meditation for the skin

A new proof that well-being is the key to everything!

You methodically apply your 4-step skincare ritual morning and evening. In addition, you use the masks and body care products that suit you. Yet you feel that you and your skin need more. In one word: MEDITATE. Today, we unveil to you all the benefits of this well-being ritual.

Stress effects on my skin

Have you ever noticed that the skin is a reflection of your inner state? Stressed, you have acne pimples. Anxious, redness appears. Sad, and now premature wrinkles are coming in!
Yes, everything is linked. And it all makes sense!

Cells modification

Meditation is about breathing, relaxing, focusing on the present moment...
But meditating, for the cells, is the guarantee to receive as much oxygen as possible, to have better blood circulation, but also to reduce the oxidation of the cells!
Together, these benefits slow down the skin's ageing process.

The link between hormones and your skin

Hormones correspond to a psychological status: depending on how you feel, the nervous system releases different hormones, such as cortisol, adrenaline or norepinephrine. These hormones are released in situations of stress, anxiety, sadness or anger.

The body releases these hormones, not for revenge, but to prepare against any danger! It does not make the difference between a bear attack, or a huge bill to pay... Let's take cortisol, also called "stress hormone": it causes poor wound healing, degrades the condition of the skin, and causes inflammation.

Jon Kabat Zinn, a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and famous for his work on mindfulness meditation, highlighted the impact of stress on people with psoriasis. He developed the following experience...

He created 2 distinct groups of people who suffer from psoriasis. For the first group, patients receive conventional phototherapy treatment. The second group had to meditate in mindfulness during the UV treatment: feel the effects of the rays on their skin, focus on their breathing, be aware of the body's sensations...
The results were amazing: the effects of phototherapy were 4 times more effective in patients who listened to mindfulness instructions! *

*Psychosom Med, 1998 Sept-Oct;60(5):625-32. Influence of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention on rates of skin clearing in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis undergoing phototherapy. (UVB) and photochemotherapy (PUVA)
Faber EM, Nall L. Psoriasis: a stress-related disease. Cutils. 1993 May; 51(5):322-6. Review

A skin filled with happiness

It is no coincidence that when you come back from a holiday, or after a romantic evening, you are complimented on your skin and your radiance! Some call it the aura, others ecstasy, but science explains it by the sufficient production of hormones called "hormones of happiness". 

At that time, a cocktail of beneficial hormones is released: serotonin, endorphin, dopamine, melatonin, etc. Together, these hormones serve as neurotransmitters. In good health and in good quantity, they promote the proper functioning of cells, which in turn works properly on the health and beauty of your skin!

Never forget, external beauty is the reflection of internal beauty    ✌.ʕʘ‿ʘʔ.✌

The holistic approach to well-being

Adopting a skin ritual is the first step to well-being! This is when morning and evening, you take 5 to 10 minutes of your time for yourself. You hear your thoughts a little more, you focus on your needs. It's actually a kind of meditation ...! 


Meditation Keys

Let's start from the beginning: meditation, what exactly is it? Jon Kabat Zinn, founder of "mindfulness meditation", explain it to us:

"Mindfulness - means directing your attention in a certain way, that is, deliberately, at the right time, without value judgment". It starts from the following observation: we live a life in constant connection with others.

It is not very clear, isn't it? Let's take today as an example.

You got up. Soon you turned on the television or talked to your loved ones. You went to work listening to the radio. Once you arrive, talk to your colleagues. All your attention has been focused on your work (and the brief Instagram and Facebook breaks). Back home and it's the same thing. Even if you walk home, you focus on the music you're listening, or on the people you meet on the street!

Conclusion of the day: when were you connected to yourself? When did you listen to yourself?
If you had, you might have perceived some automatisms or thoughts. You might have heard your body asking you for a little workout or a complete skin ritual for the evening!

There are several main principles at the heart of mindfulness meditation:

Be daily mindfull

By taking 5, 10 or 15 minutes to yourself, quietly. You start listening to yourself, you stop living in automatic pilot mode, in permanent pressure.

Pay attention to your breathing

The secret of meditation: focus on your breathing. It is both a deep breath, which you can count (5 seconds to breathe in, 5 seconds to breathe out). It is also about feeling your breathing: you feel the air coming in through your nostrils, lungs and belly, then the air coming out through your mouth!

Observe your emotions, thoughts, sensations

The supreme objective of meditation is not to think about nothing. That's impossible!

Your brain is going at 1000km/h (and that is good). Impossible for it to stop when you "decide". Even if your intention is to re-center yourself, your thoughts come and go as they see fit. Whether you think about the evening meal or the meaning of life, they are as free as air and difficult to stop.
The objective: to observe them, to have the necessary perspective and to witness your mental activity. This observation work is the most important and the most difficult! You have to be able to dissociate yourself from all these thoughts, to see this flow of thought... 

Do you get the idea? 

To facilitate the observation of your thoughts, take the time to observe your sensations, your emotions... Feel all the points of contact of your body with the ground, observe this feeling that you have been feeling for a few days...

The lack of judgment

Meditation is not a place of judgment: no matter what are your thoughts or your sensations, do not judge yourself. Adopt a "neutral" position, without trying to control or analyze them.

How to meditate?

1. The key to mindfulness meditation is to dedicate a part of your day to it daily. It can be in the morning when you wake up, in the evening when you come home from work or just before going to sleep... That's up to you to choose what is the most practical and most effective time! The most important thing: choose a quiet place. 

2. Then it's simple: sit or lie down, as you prefer, close your eyes, and quietly start focusing on your breathing.
3. Breathe more and more slowly, counting each breath.

4. Let thoughts, emotions and sensations overwhelm you and then disappear while observing them. There is no particular effort of concentration to make, you just have to observe and breathe! 

5. The mindfulness meditation session may last a few minutes. It's up to you to decide how much time you want to spend on it!

Useful apps for meditation

Many apps exist to allow you to meditate. They will guide you through your meditation sessions! 

Calm: great app, which specializes in both meditation and sleep management! Ideal for beginners.

RespiRelax: an app that gives you the tempo of breathing. You set the duration of the session, the duration of each breath, the choice of music... and off you go! All you have to do is follow the rhythm of the music to breathe.