Selfcare and Skincare: An Introduction to Combining both Worlds
Our mental wellbeing can impact us physically, socially, and emotionally. The impact of our brain can be the difference between getting out of bed or meeting with friends. In some cases, these impacts turn into illnesses that may require medication and treatment, much like a physical disease. Like physical illness, there are things one can do to reduce the risk or severity of poor mental health.
With everything going on in our everyday lives, it has never been more important to put mental health first. However, it can be difficult to know where to start. To assist in ideas to help you relax, de-stress, be present, and look after yourself, we decided that this year's blog will focus on how you can use skincare to potentially achieve these things, alongside a monthly affirmation we have found. We hope you enjoy the suggestions. We also encourage you to comment below regarding how the exercise went, alongside any self-care tips that work for you.
Before we begin, an important disclaimer:
Mental Health and Skincare:
Many of us picture bath bombs, spas, and face masks when it comes to self-care. The feelings of pampering, luxury, and seclusion are things we use to unwind. However, the connection may go beyond this.
Research has been conducted into the impacts of skincare and wellbeing across countries and demographics. A few outcomes across studies included:
Control, good sleep, mood control and self-esteem are potential benefits of using skincare products. The link between the two allows for thoughtful approaches to reducing stress, feeling confident, and maintaining mental wellbeing that utilises skincare products as a tool.
Urthly Organics and Mental Health:
Specialising in skin care, soap, and cleaning, we get to see the difference that our products make to mental health.
At Urthly Organics, we have all experienced poor mental health at some stage in our lives. As a business, we offer employees indefinite mental health days, and carers leave to allow for people to put themselves first. In addition, we regularly conduct mental health check-ins with employees to ensure everyone is aware that the conversation can be bought up at any time.
To spread the message, we created our COVID care packs in July 2020. The packs aimed to improve connection, spread kindness, make people feel loved, and receive self-care in what has been an unstable environment. The packs contained products to help care for skin, while also including affirmations and the option for a personal handwritten message for the recipient. These packs were successful in many ways and resulted in an ongoing pack that changes yearly. For recipients and senders, it brings people together. For UO, we laugh, smile, and cry to messages of hope, love, loss, and empathy people want to send to others. The packs have inspired us to take a positive approach to a time that is filled with chaos.
The impact we see is far greater than when we focus on the negatives. That is why for this year, we put mental health as the focus in this blog.
Affirmation of the Month:
For any information, assistance, and advice for mental health, we encourage you to contact the following services:
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Smofsky, S., 2017, 'Shaping the Skin: Conveying Identities Through Skincare and Cosmetics' (Masters thesis), Concordia University, pg.1-182.