Skincare is not just about applying products to your skin. It's about taking care of yourself and can even be a chance to go inward. This creates the perfect opportunity to kill two birds, so to speak. A chance to apply anti-aging serums, give yourself a bit of luxury and it's also an opportunity to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. These ceremonies can help us focus our attention on the present, the power of which cannot be understated.
"Presence does not mean never using your mind, but rather using it deliberately. Your mind is a tool; use it productively for specific tasks, then put it to rest." - Eckhart Tolle
Mindfulness has also been shown to lower blood pressure, promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve our overall well-being. There's an added spiritual bonus of raising your vibration, if you're really engaged with the process and the moment.
Turning your skincare routine into a ceremony of mindfulness is a chance to incorporate this healing modality into your daily routine. It's also a chance to reconnect with self, planet, nature, and with your deeper healing goals.
Drawing Inspiration from Geisha's, Cleopatra & Ancient Cultures
Famous skincare ceremonies in Asia are often quite lavish affairs, involving multiple steps and products. While some of these ceremonies may be designed for special occasions like weddings or births, others are simply part of a woman's regular beauty routine.
One of the most famous skincare ceremonies is the Geisha facial in Japan. This multi-step process begins with a thorough cleansing of the face, followed by a light exfoliation. Every move, a dance. A deliberate intention of application. Rarely viewed publicly, like an elusive Snow Leopard. Special masks made from rice bran are applied to the skin, which is said to help brighten and soften the complexion. Finally, a red bean paste is applied to the face as a moisturizer.
Another popular skincare ceremony is the Indian wedding facial. This lavish treatment begins with an oil massage, followed by a milk bath. Next, a special mixture of herbs and spices is applied to the face, which is said to help improve circulation and promote cell regeneration. Finally, a mud mask is applied to the face to help tighten pores and detoxify the skin.
Ancient civilizations had very elaborate skincare routines that included a variety of natural ingredients. For example, the Egyptians used Nile mud to cleanse and exfoliate their skin. They also used aloe vera to soothe sunburns and other skin irritations. The ancient Greeks used olive oil as a moisturizer and agent for cleansing the skin. Honey was also a popular ingredient in many skincare concoctions due to its ability to lock in moisture.
Japanese Geisha's & Cleopatra were both historical figures who were associated with wealth, power, and sexual allure. Geisha's were traditional Japanese female entertainers who were skilled in music, dance, and poetry. Cleopatra was the last active pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt, and she was famous for her beauty and love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
These are just a few of the many famous skincare ceremonies from around the world. Whether you're looking for a luxurious treatment for a special occasion or simply want to pamper yourself with an indulgent beauty ritual, these ceremonies are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful.
Five Tips for Elevating Your Skincare Ceremony
1. Light a candle, close the door, ditch the phone. When you do your skincare routine in a private space with no distractions, you can allow your mind to wonder, which is actually a critical component of creative flow. (Read more here).
2. Listening to Solfeggio scales as you get ready. Solfeggio scales such as 528 hz has been shown to have a powerful healing effect at the DNA level. (Read more here).
3. Diffuse high vibrational essential oils such as Rose or Neroli. Diffusing high vibrational essential oils while you do your skincare routine can help to raise your vibration and promote healing. Essential oils can also help to relax and focus the mind, making it easier to achieve your skin goals
4. Imagining healing light washing over your skin and face as you apply your serums or cleanse: Imagining healing light washing over your skin and face can help to promote healing and increase the effectiveness of your skincare products. This is because when you focus on the light, you are also focused on the intention of healing.
5. Doing mirror work and positive self-affirmations during your skincare routine can help to improve your self-esteem and confidence. Mirror work is a way of looking at yourself in the mirror and saying positive things to yourself. This can help to increase your self-love and acceptance. Positive self-affirmations are statements that you say to yourself to help increase your confidence and self-belief. Showing the science and impact of mirror work: Mirror work can have a positive impact on your mental and emotional health. Studies have shown that it can help to increase self-esteem, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote healing.
"We have forgotten what rocks and plants still know - we have forgotten how to be - to be still - to be ourselves - to be where life is here and now." - Eckhart Tolle