Listen. Your body knows what it needs.
In its pure state, our body knows bliss. It has the capacity to hold memories and always contains energy. The body also needs love, attention and nourishment to thrive in optimal health and balance. Every life experience settles somewhere in our body, ultimately creating its condition based on what quality those experiences bring. We need to pay close attention and listen to its language. The accumulation of mental, emotional and physical stress manifested in the body can be treated by routinely practicing self-care rituals specifically developed to awaken relaxation, deliver nourishment and set in motion the return to a state of wholeness.
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Seek out products that combine skin healing ingredients with aromatherapy, then be mindful to slow down and address your body’s needs with every use. As your skin heals, the scents work to uplift, awaken, elevate or calm your entire being. These Slow Beauty Rituals, or the act of slowing down to reset, recharge, rebalance and recalibrate, alleviate the stress and anxiety of the hyper-fast world we live in.
We thrive when we feel connected. Whether it’s self-connection or communal, we are hardwired for human touch. It has the physiological response to trigger the production and release of feel-good hormones like oxytocin, connecting us to our bodies and ultimately resulting in homeostasis. Mindful body care rituals use the power of touch to help you master the art of self-care, a beautiful process.
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Such rituals also help you embody self-love and compassion, caring and focused attention, renewal, and setting boundaries while still remaining open and being of service in the world. The cumulative effects of self-care via body rituals result in healthy, glowing skin, as well as radiant inner beauty and overall feelings of joy.
Shel Pink is the founder of SpaRitual, the sustainable vegan beauty brand based on self-care, and author of Slow Beauty: Rituals and Recipes to Nourish the Body and Feed the Soul, with ways to create moments of meaningful self-care and wellness. A wellness industry expert and innovator, Pink’s advice and insights have been featured at events and media outlets around the world.