Slow beauty is more than just a skincare routine. It’s a philosophy that nurtures both our physical self and inner well-being, while also promoting sustainable choices for the planet. Let’s explore the principles of slow beauty, including mindful product selection and indulgent self-care rituals.
External Beauty: Embracing your natural self
Slow Beauty encourages us to appreciate and care for your natural features, whether you’re 18 or 78. It’s a philosophy to remind us that true beauty isn’t about chasing perfection, no matter what the multi-billion dollar beauty industry may tell us, but instead embracing and nurturing our authentic selves.
Welcoming the natural, intrinsic aging process is also a tenant of slow beauty. You’re invited to accept aging, and the changes in your skin, rather than fear each new wrinkle. Aging is a privilege, and there are wonderful ways to take care of your skin naturally, so you radiate with health at every life stage.
Internal Beauty: Nurturing your mind and soul
Slow Beauty is not only about feeling confident with yourself on the outside but also about feeling good on the inside.
Self-care practices and rituals that promote mental and emotional well-being and clarity are central to the slow beauty movement. Deep breathing, self-massage aromatherapy, and journaling can help you cultivate inner peace and self-acceptance.
When your inner life is calm and composed, this tranquility can literally shine from your countenance—a natural, timeless radiance.
Mindful product selection
“Slow” also equates to slowing down our consumption of the Earth’s precious resources and making sustainable, eco-friendly choices in our beauty selection. We’re bombarded with product choices every day. The slow beauty movement advocates investing time and effort into finding sustainable, eco-friendly, and healthy beauty options that work for you.
Opting for organic, sustainably sourced, and cruelty-free products help minimize your environmental impact. Natural products support, rather than disrupt, the skin’s own biology promoting long-term health and well-being.
By focusing on quality over quantity, you can simplify your routine and prioritize products that genuinely benefit your skin, body, and hair.
This approach also encourages you to unplug from the pressure to constantly buy new products in search of the “next big thing”. When you find fantastic products that truly work for you, why not stick with them?
Slow beauty allows you to appreciate the time spent caring for your skin – to enjoy the aromas and beautiful textures while applying your products. Rather than rushing through your skincare routine like a chore, slow down and treat it as a treasured daily ritual. A mini escape from the pressures of the day.
Whether it’s applying your morning and evening skincare products in a specific way, lighting a candle before a bath, or reciting affirmations as you moisturize, these rituals encourage you to be present, mindful, and appreciative of the self-care journey.
Here are some other rituals to consider;
- Use a body brush to exfoliate your skin before showering, then follow up with YASOU Hydrating Body Cream luxurious, moisturizing experience.
- Using a jade roller or facial massage to stimulate circulation and lymph flow.
- Before bed, apply YASOU vegan hand cream put on a pair of cotton gloves to lock in moisture and promote soft, smooth skin.
- Enjoy a long soak in a bath with mineral salts and essential oils to ease muscle tension and calm a busy mind.
- Treat your skin to a nourishing mask weekly. Take the time to listen to an uplifting podcast or read while the mask does its work.
Slow beauty is for life
Consistent, long-term health and beauty practices are favored over quick fixes. Doing something once may not make much of a difference, but repeating a beauty practice consistently can make a real impact. Facial massage is a wonderful example of a simple, mindful practice whose results reveal itself over time. Also, staying with a routine for your skin, rather than switching products regularly, allows the active ingredients in your skincare to do their best work.
YASOU for slow beauty
The YASOU range of face, body and lip care is eco-conscious, sustainable, and free from carcinogens, parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors, and artificial fragrances. Our packaging inside and outside is recyclable and our formulas are crafted in small batches in Chicago, USA. We also give back by donating 1% of our annual income. I invite you to explore our range today.
(photo: Yan Krukau)