What is holistic beauty you may ask? Holistic beauty is much more than just skin deep. It’s not only about what is going on on the outside, but what is happening on a whole level. It’s beauty reinvented: a gateway between the physical and beyond, a balancing act – one that meets the needs of our skin, our minds, our souls, our entire bodies both inside and out. When we break it down and realize that we are made up of different parts and we cannot function as a whole without addressing each individual area, it becomes a little clearer. It also involves digging deeper and realizing that specific skin issues may not be all that they seem and may stem from another area of our wellbeing that isn’t functioning at its optimum or is a little unbalanced. Therefore, by changing our idea of what ‘beauty’ is, we can overhaul and improve our entire wellbeing.
HOLISTIC BEAUTY TIPS
Hydration is always the #1 tip when it comes to holistic beauty. Aside from the fact that our bodies are predominantly made up of water, hydration is key to glowing skin, if you’re not getting enough H2O, your skin will be the first place it shows. In addition to that, hydration aids in maintaining liver function and flushing our system. A build up in the liver causes an increased level of toxins in our bloodstream which results in dull lack-lustre skin.
There’s a reason why 8 hours of sleep has long been recommended, it has so many health benefits. Your overall wellbeing depends on it. While you sleep, there is so much going on under the surface, one of which includes the rejuvenation of skin cells. Lack of sleep also increases cortisol; the stress hormone that increases inflammation and can wreak havoc with your skin. It’s simple – when you’re not getting enough sleep your body’s ability to do what it has to during this time is compromised, and in line with that, it is important to make sure you’re getting good sleep. Wind down before bed, stay off your phone or computer, slow down and allow your body to ease into its restful state.
It’s no secret that when you’re vibrating high and feeling good about life, this has a flow on effect to your health and wellbeing. By doing things that light you up and fulfil your passions and creative desires your vibrational energy increases and this has a tremendous positive impact on your spirit and therefore aids in overall wellbeing. Make a conscious effort to carve out time to engage in ‘me time’ and all the things you love doing that light you up in some way – it can be yoga, painting, reading, pottery, writing, dancing, cooking…the list is endless, it doesn’t matter what it is (and it will be unique to everyone) but find your creative outlet or passion that lights the fire in your belly and engage as often as possible and then watch the ripple effect this has on your health and wellbeing.
This is a no-brainer really! Ensure your plate is colorful, your diet is varied and includes lots of leafy greens. Dark leafy greens and skincare go hand in hand as a powerhouse combination for glowing skin! High in beta-carotene, a rich antioxidant that aids in skin cell renewal. We must also mention everyone’s favorite: the avocado, rich in healthy fats that do wonders for skin and hair health. By nourishing your body with nutritional goodness, you are allowing it to perform at it’s peak which will reflect through your skin, because when everything is working in harmony and your body is nourished with everything it needs, all of that goodness makes its way to your skin.
Exercise is crucial in holistic beauty, with so many physical and mental benefits, daily exercise is gospel. We know exercise produces endorphins which are basically a big ol’ mood booster and let’s face it, when you feel good, you look good – but it also balances hormones such as cortisol often the protagonist behind outbreaks. Not to mention the fact that engaging in exercise increases blood flow and carries oxygen all around the body, including skin cells, which nourishes and replenishes. Working up a sweat is key to drawing out toxins and unclogging pores.
Mindfulness is what really takes holistic beauty to the next level. Stress, busyness and just general day-to-day happenings can really have a detrimental effect on our skin, our organs and our general wellbeing which is why it’s imperative to ensure we are nourishing our minds. It can be a daily ‘me-time’ ritual, a couple of minutes of conscious breathing, yoga practice or meditation. It can be one thing or a mixture of all, as long as you are consciously carving out the time to relax the mind.
This is so important! To truly incorporate a holistic beauty regime, it is vital to know what is going on your skin. Our skin is our largest organ and whilst we are so mindful of what we’re putting in our body, we often don’t give much thought to what we are putting on our body. Anything we put directly on our body is absorbed and permeates through our skin and into our bloodstream – so the same way you wouldn’t put toxic chemicals in your mouth, you don’t want to put them on your skin. It’s important to educate yourself, read labels and know terminology so that you can consciously be aware of what you’re using. Get to know botanical brands – it’s important to do your research when searching for plant derived skincare and ensure you are getting natural, organic, botanical goodness.
OUR TOP 5 FAVORITE HOLISTIC BEAUTY PRODUCTS FROM BOTANICAL SIGNATURE
NOURISHING FACE OIL SERUM (VITAMIN E)
Vitamin E is essential in nourishing the skin and infusing it with hydration, it’s filled with antioxidants and does wonders in preventing premature ageing, rejuvenating skin cells and improving elasticity and suppleness. This beautiful face oil contains Hinoki: an essential oil known for it’s relaxation and re-energising properties, it’s woody scent immediately evokes grounding and relaxation. It can also be used as a massage oil, and taking into account the Hinoki with the added benefit of Frankincense, this creates a holistic beauty product that melts away tension and stress whilst calming both body and mind. A beautiful product to use after yoga or a relaxing mindfulness practice to keep you in a state of relaxation.
HEALTHY GLOW HAIR OIL SERUM
This beautiful serum contains the goddess of hair care: Moroccan Argan Oil which is all about promoting hair health. It maintains moisture keeping hair soft and shiny whilst promoting growth and encouraging hair elasticity. Its formulation includes Rosemary Leaf which stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, therefore promoting hair growth and cell regeneration.
RAINFOREST BREW ORGANIC HERBAL TEA
Infused with Ginseng and Ginko, this tea blend is providing holistic beauty from within, perfect in aiding liver health and function and overall detoxification of your system, flushing out all the toxins in your system which aids in you glowing from the inside out. It promotes blood flow, metabolism and digestion all of which have tremendous benefits to our skin. Organic, no nasties and soothing on the soul, adding this to your daily regime will really up the ante to your holistic approach. And as a nod to the Aussie roots of this beautiful brand, the Lemon Myrtle used in this blend can only be found in Queensland.
This bath soak is to-die-for!! Infused with essential oils from the native japans Yuzu, it improves clarity and has an overall calming effect on the body. Perfect for a day of self care indulgence or relaxation before bed to then promote healthy and restful sleep. In Japan this incredible blend has been used for centuries to enhance relaxation. In addition to the calming nature of the soak, being high in minerals and multivitamins it provides a multitude of benefits for the skin.
INDIAN JASMINE HYDRATING FACE CREAM
A beautiful intense hydrating cream that provides peak nourishment from a beautiful non-greasy, easily absorbed formula. Containing White Lotus for the ultimate injection of hydration and Jasmine Sambac which prevents the skin from free radical damage, this luxurious face cream naturally promotes a healthy glow whilst maintaining moisture and skin strength. Not to mention the natural scents which provide calm and balance – making for a beautiful holistic beauty ritual morning and night.
Holistic beauty is such an interesting area to delve into and something we really encourage giving a try. Even just by concentrating on one element and adding some beautiful botanical holistic products to your beauty cavalry will encourage change that you can build on. It is an empowering concept that allows you to take charge of your wellbeing from a more complete approach – recognizing that everything is connected – and truly cultivate beauty from the inside out by nourishing your mind, body and spirit.