Skin gratitude is a new skin trend that promotes giving thanks for your skin: blemishes, birthmarks, brown spots, and all. The idea behind positive psychology has finally reached beauty influencers and brands. But it’s also backed by science. Studies show that gratitude is a powerful antidote for depression, anxiety, and a negative mindset.
When you’re healthy and happy, it shows on your skin.
And you may not need a bunch of expensive creams to exude a radiant glow over the holidays. A growing body of research points to affirming the good in your life and thanking the universe – and your skin.
Affirm your way to better skin with skin gratitude
Many chronic skin conditions – including atopic dermatitis and psoriasis – are associated with inflammation and made worse by stress. So, taking a more holistic approach to skincare, and being more mindful about how you treat and care for your skin, is helpful.
After all, the body’s largest organ works hard for you for a lifetime. Your skin eliminates toxins, repairs wounds, regulates body temperature, and protects against the elements. Practicing gratitude on the regular can lead to a greater sense of happiness. The idea of saying daily affirmations and giving thanks for clear skin doesn’t cost anything.
Some of the other benefits of being more grateful include:
- Fewer stress-related illnesses
- Less depression
- Lower blood pressure
- Better physical fitness
- Happier and more likeable
- More satisfying personal and professional relationships
- Professional success
In honor of National Gratitude Month and Thanksgiving later this month, consider committing to a daily practice of gratitude. Even if it sounds a little woo-woo, what can it hurt?
- Keep a gratitude journal that includes giving thanks for your health.
- Stay present and positive with mindfulness meditation or yoga.
- Say daily affirmations that include your skin and overall health.
- Remember the basics: adequate water, sleep, and nutrition.
- Practice self-care and self-love with a regular massage, a spa day, or even a nap.
- Follow your skincare routine and treatment regimen.
- Seek out a good therapist if you’re feeling depressed.
- Post a selfie with bare, natural skin and no filters.
Increasingly influencers and celebrities have dropped the filter façade, revealing bare, natural skin on social media. Many have openly discussed living with a chronic skin condition such as rosacea, psoriasis, and acne. Country star LeAnn Rimes recently revealed a widespread psoriasis flare-up, triggered by stress, in honor of World Psoriasis Day.
Skin conditions linked to mental health
Research has shown that conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can cause or exacerbate mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia. It also impacts a person’s social life, hobbies, and relationships in a negative way. Many people feel ashamed or embarrassed, resulting in the tendency to self-isolate, cover-up, and avoid intimacy.
Living with a chronic skin condition that affects your appearance can make you feel self-conscious. When you’re on high alert for signs of an outbreak, it can take a toll on your mental health.
Active symptoms, such as rashes, pain, and itchy skin, can be unsightly and annoying. You may notice you’re moodier or anxious. In addition, many sufferers – especially teens – worry about being teased or bullied. They wonder how people will react if their skin condition is discovered.
Since stress is a known trigger for acne, psoriasis, and eczema, it’s easy to see the link between gratitude and self-care and managing a chronic skin condition. If you’re happy and positive, you’re more likely to deal with stress better. If you feel in control of your health, this tends to improve your mindset. If you have fewer visible symptoms, you’re more likely to feel confident and comfortable in your skin.
Worried you’re looking a little haggard? Chronic stress can cause the skin’s barrier function to weaken. Stress coupled with dehydration and poor sleep can lead to wrinkles, puffiness, and undereye bags.
Gratefulness even in 2020
Whether you suffer from a chronic skin condition or not, 2020 has been tough on everyone, and it’s likely taken a toll on your skin. Practicing gratitude through journaling and other daily habits has been proven to increase happiness and wellbeing. It also may help the skin “stay hydrated, turn over cells healthily, and overall have a brighter appearance,” according to a psychodermatologist in an article from The Cut.
In a world that focuses on makeup, filters, and cosmetic surgery to promote a youthful look, be authentic, and accept the skin you’re in. Don’t begrudge your frown lines and wrinkles. Try adding a few positive mantras for a clear complexion to your beauty routine. It may be the free makeover your skin needs and give you a glow even during the darkest of days.
APDerm offers a variety of medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology services backed by a team of skincare experts and board-certified dermatologists. Contact APDerm today to schedule a consultation for a cosmetic treatment before the holidays or discuss your skin concerns.