Is yours a mindfulness about beauty or a beauty book about mindfulness?
Mindful Beauty is about reclaiming the practices of beauty and self-care, and turning them into experiences that assist us to be present and accepting of ourselves, our bodies and our thoughts and feelings. Too many of our beauty routines can be fraught with anxiety, self-criticism, stress or even self-loathing. There is a way to look and feel better, and that’s where mindfulness comes in. Mindfulness can decrease our self-consciousness, so that we become less worried by what others think – of what we say or do, or how we look. It helps silence the critical voice inside and facilitates the development of self-compassion. Mindfulness doesn’t just ground us; it allows us to see ourselves from a new perspective.
Do you think the book could be read and enjoyed by one who is unfamiliar with mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about being aware and present in a non-judgemental way. This means our attention remains on what is happening in the moment, and we resist getting caught up in negative thinking patterns. There are a number of ways to tune in to our present experience, and one of these ways is using our senses of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. Even for those unfamiliar with mindfulness, it’s easy and enjoyable to learn.
Is this book all theoretical, or are there practical things to do here too?
In The Secrets of Mindful Beauty we describe how beauty and self-care activities such as skincare or applying makeup can be done mindfully, engaging all our senses. In fact, much of what we do already lends itself to mindfulness beautifully! We provide mindfulness exercises for a variety of settings and experiences across the day, turning daily routines into mindful rituals. We also provide soothing meditations (some with eye-masks or facemasks) designed to facilitate acceptance of uncomfortable feelings about our flaws and aspects of ourselves that are the target of our self-criticism. By fostering this attitude, we learn to how to be more aware, and our overall experience of beauty care becomes more self-supportive.
Here’s a quick exercise to get started:
Hand Cream Exercise
This is a short mindfulness exercise that can be done almost anywhere, assuming you have some hand cream handy! Keep some near you at home, at work and in the car.
If you are engaged in negative or troubled thoughts, take the hand cream and apply a small amount in the center of one palm. Start by noticing the color of it, and the contrast with your skin. What about the temperature, does it feel cool or warm? Slowly begin to smooth the hand cream into your palm. Notice the sensation it creates in both hands. Smooth the hand cream up along each finger and along the backs of your hands, paying close attention to the sensations. Is the scent of the hand cream reaching you? Do your hands feel smoother, more supple? Are they warmer than before?
Try this exercise whenever you want a brief, self-soothing way of engaging with your senses. It’s a great follow up to cleaning and de-cluttering your cosmetics. Use it to break negative thought patterns and as a reminder to be kind to yourself.
Will there be more ‘mindful beauty’ books in the future?
Mindful Beauty an idea that’s time has come –we hope there will be lots more books about it.
Now read about the book!
The Secrets of Mindful Beauty by Elizabeth Reid Boyd PhD and Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd PhD
The Secrets of Mindful Beauty: Revolutionary Techniques in Anti-Aging and Self-Care
If you think the answer to anti-aging and looking good comes from a jar, a salon, or a surgical procedure: think again. The best beauty treatment is in your own mind.
Did you know
Depression can give you wrinkles
Insomnia can cause sagging skin
Anxiety can increase reddening and skin rashes
Stress can result in acne and hair loss
and much more?
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Mindful beauty is a way of applying the practices of mindfulness to our physical health and well-being. Many of our routines around beauty lend themselves to mindfulness, and this will not only enhance the experience but also have ongoing positive beautifying effects by reducing the stress and anxiety that can affect how we look and feel.