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Soulful Skincare Secrets: How Prayer, Meditation, and Journaling Transform Your Skin

Skincare secrets

True beauty emanates from within, and that's why we're diving into the science behind three ancient practices that are some untapped skincare secrets: praying, meditating, and journaling. These practices not only nurture our souls but you might be surprised to know that they also have profound effects on our skin health and overall mental wellness. Everything in our bodies is connected!


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UNLOCKING RADIANCE: THE SCIENCE BEHIND PRAYER


Prayer

For centuries, people have turned to prayer for solace and guidance. While its spiritual benefits are widely acknowledged, scientific research has also shed light on its tangible effects on mental health. Research published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine found that regular prayer is associated with lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol. Plus, a study in the Journal of Health Psychology discovered that prayer can enhance feelings of gratitude and promote overall emotional well-being.

It has been linked to improved emotional regulation and resilience, crucial factors in maintaining healthy skin.

 

Biblical references highlight the healing power of prayer. In Philippians 4:6-7, it says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Also, in Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Yes please!!

 


 

ELEVATING YOUR GLOW: THE POWER OF MEDITATION


Meditating

Meditation isn't just for monks on mountaintops – it's a game-changer for your skin and mental health. Keep in mind that the idea of meditation is not necessarily sitting cross-legged on your floor humming. It is similar to prayer in that you take time out to just be still. You can incorporate a form of prayer and use it as a time to sit and listen to God, or go to your favourite place and just simply take deep breathes and let some things go.

 

Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that regular meditation can literally change your brain for the better. MRI scans revealed increased grey matter in brain regions associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection in long-term meditators.

And here's the kicker – a study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that meditation can even slow down the ageing process by reducing the expression of genes associated with inflammation. Talk about a fountain of youth!

 

Research shows that regular meditation can rewire the brain, strengthening areas associated with emotional regulation and resilience. In Psalm 46:10, we find the encouragement to meditate: "Be still, and know that I am God."

 


 

JOURNALING YOUR JOURNEY: THE PATH TO INNER AND OUTER RADIANCE


Journaling

Journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection and introspection. Putting pen to paper can help us process emotions, clarify thoughts, and gain insight into ourselves. According to research from the University of Texas, expressive writing (aka journaling) can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Putting your thoughts and feelings on paper can help you gain perspective and release pent-up emotions – a sure-fire recipe for clearer skin and a happier you! Plus, a study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that journaling about stressful experiences can even boost your immune system. So, grab that journal and start scribbling your way to radiance! In 1 Peter 5:7 it says “Give all your worries and cares to God, because He cares for you.”

 

From a skincare perspective, journaling can also help us identify patterns between our emotional state and skin health. By tracking our moods, stress levels, and skincare routines, we can pinpoint triggers and develop effective strategies for maintaining radiant skin.

 


 

MAKING IT HAPPEN: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR SOULFUL SKINCARE


  1. Start Small: Begin with just a few minutes of prayer or meditation each day. Gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable.

  2. Create a Sacred Space: Designate a quiet corner of your home for your self-care practices. Surround yourself with items that bring you peace and comfort.

  3. Set Intentions: Before journaling, set an intention for your session. Whether it's gratitude, self-love, or clarity, having a focus can enhance the effectiveness of your practice.

  4. Be Consistent: Like any skincare routine, consistency is key. Schedule regular prayer, meditation, and journaling sessions to reap the full benefits of these practices.



 

 THE FINAL WORD


Remember, self-care isn't selfish; it's essential. By incorporating prayer, meditation, and journaling into your daily routine, you're not only nurturing your skin but also nourishing your soul. All parts of our body work in unison. If one thing is out of whack, other things are impacted. That’s why at Mandi Makes, we not only promote natural skincare, but also taking care of ourselves from the inside out.





 

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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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