Skincare and Mental Health: What’s the Connection?

February 23, 2021

Skincare and Mental Health: What’s the Connection?

Studies show that there is a link between skincare and mental health. The question is, what’s the psychology behind it all? Well there’s two sides to this: the way that our skin makes us feel on the inside, and the psychological effects of starting and sustaining a skincare routine.

How Your Skin Affects Your Mood

Skin is not only the largest organ of your body. It’s also a large indicator of what’s happening internally with your health. We’re not just talking about physical well-being, either. It also includes your emotional health.

How you feel about your appearance often affects how you feel on the inside. Needless to say, feeling good about your skin is the ultimate self-esteem pick me up.

The Beauty of Skincare Routines 

There’s more to a solid skincare routine than the regimen itself. By consistently sticking to it, your routine can have a positive impact on your emotional health. Lancet Psychiatry actually did a study relating to this. 

According to their research, people are more prone to negative mental health outcomes when they lack consistent routines that add order to their day-to-day, including loneliness, mood swings, and depression.

It’s been reported that patients who struggle with these conditions have expressed heightened depression and anxiety before bed, approximately 30 minutes to an hour prior. You may notice that worry intensifies when you’re alone or you have more free time to sit with your thoughts. 

That explains a lot about the agony that people experience in the evenings. Thankfully, preoccupying your mind at night can deter negative thinking, and there are plenty of ways to do that. 

Specifically as it relates to skincare, there’s a science to skin routines that require a bit of focus when you go through them. 

That being said, an evening skincare regimen counts as an activity that can keep your mind distraction-free for 5-10 minutes (at least). The step-by-step process of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and occasionally exfoliating is enough to accomplish just that. 

It’s normal to feel accomplished when you successfully check things off your to-do list—habits, especially. It creates a sense of normalcy in your life that brings daily comfort. More specifically, comfort in knowing that your days have structure to them.

How Skincare Routines Make You Happier 

It’s no secret that pampering yourself in any way triggers positive feelings. According to MedLine Plus, physical relaxation is not only calming, but it can also lower your stress levels (which leads to more happiness). 

Have you noticed how much happier you are after a day of self-care? On a psychological level, every bit of it counts! If you find joy in caring for their skin and also planning for the act of it, there’s a reason for that. 

Studies show that when you look forward to positive events, neurotransmitters are released from your brain that boost your mood. 

Washing your face alone can be a mood-booster without realizing it. You’d think it’s just a mindless practice, but in actuality, it plays into the cultivation of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the conscious effort of living in the moment and focusing on what’s happening in the present.

A 2019 study from Frontiers in Psychology found that mindfulness can  fend off anxiety and depression by preventing feelings of worry.

While giving your skin the attention it needs each day, you can practice mindfulness by simply leaning into your senses as you complete your routine. How does it feel while you’re doing what’s necessary to give your skin a radiant glow? That’s one thing you can think about. 

The Key to a Successful Skincare Routine

What does it take to create a winning skincare regimen? To be honest, there’s no one-size-fits all answer to that question. If you’re happy with your routine and you see positive results from it, that’s what matters most. 

What we will say is that it’s important to use products that feel good on your skin. We all have different needs when it comes to skincare, and because of that, it’s best to find products that are suitable for your skin type. Take our skin quiz to discover tailored products that are a match for your needs. 

Your Secret Weapon for Sticktoitiveness 

Skincare can sometimes feel like a job that never ends. It takes work to maintain clean and clear skin. 

The key to sticktoitiveness? Remembering that prioritizing your skin’s needs is a win for prioritizing YOU.

If you still find it challenging to keep a steady routine going, try to incorporate one product at a time until it becomes a habit or pair products with certain activities you’re already doing daily. For example, you might try applying your facial mask before folding your weekly laundry. Bonus: you might end up looking forward to laundry!

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