Skin rituals have long been valued for centuries for the potent benefits they have for consistent skin care for our skin. However, recent scientific research has shed light on the profound impact of these rituals on our mental and emotional well-being as well. There is a science to holistic skincare and behind our skin rituals.
The Mind-Skin Connection
Our skin is more than just a protective barrier; it is a dynamic organ that communicates with our nervous system. The concept of the “mind-skin connection” highlights how our emotions, thoughts, and stress levels can influence the health of our skin.
One key hormone affected by stress is cortisol. Research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2014) found that elevated cortisol levels are associated with increased skin inflammation, and exacerbated conditions like acne and eczema. Skin rituals that promote relaxation may help reduce cortisol levels and mitigate these effects.
Oxytocin is another hormone at play, and with skin-to-skin contact, Oxytocin, often called the “love hormone,” is released during positive social interactions and touch. A study in the Psychological Science journal (2017) revealed that activities involving skin-to-skin contact, like massages or gentle skincare routines, can trigger oxytocin release, leading to improved mood and reduced stress.
Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
All our rituals incorporate the Synergie Skin range, which has naturally occurring aromatherapy in its products. These natural substances have the potential to have a positive effect on our emotions for relaxation. Lavender, in particular, is an essential oil that is renowned for its calming properties. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2013) found that inhaling lavender aroma reduced cortisol levels and increased serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of well-being.
The Power of Positive Self-Image
Through all our rituals, we promote a positive awareness of self and self-esteem. We find that by incorporating this dedicated time into your self-love routine, our clients have a greater relationship with themselves, as well as their self-image.
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