Self-Care Rituals: How Beauty Products Improve Mental Health

Author's Profile Image Sky Haarsma


The skin is the largest organ in our body and the most noticeable one. So, it makes sense that the state of our skin greatly influences how we feel about ourselves. When it looks good, we feel good – and when it doesn’t, we can wind up being moody and less confident.

The mind-skin connection is bidirectional, meaning the state of your skin can affect your mental well-being and vice-versa. For example, people with skin conditions like psoriasis or acne are more likely to experience social isolation, anxiety and depression. But studies have also found that mental health issues like stress can lead to inflammation and exacerbate existing conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and acne. Furthermore, numerous studies have established a connection between skin disease and substance abuse – a common cause of mental health issues.

This connection between skin and mental health underscores the importance of self-care rituals. As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month this May, it’s important to remember that self-care rituals like engaging in daily skincare routines, taking mindful baths, and using soothing aromatherapy can improve our skin and our overall mental well being.                                                                                                        

Connection Between Skincare and Mental Health

The connection between skincare and mental health is fascinating and quite tangible. Taking care of our skin is not just about keeping up appearances; it involves a series of actions that can boost our mental health. 

Neurological Link

Our skin is densely packed with nerve endings that connect directly to our brain. When you touch your skin, whether it's applying lotion or massaging in a cleanser, these actions stimulate the nerves. This stimulation signals the brain to release feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin. These hormones are known for lifting our mood and can make us feel happier and more relaxed.



Stress Reduction

Engaging in a skincare routine can serve as a calming ritual. It’s a moment in the day that's just for you, which can be incredibly soothing. This personal time can significantly reduce stress levels, which is beneficial since chronic stress can negatively affect your skin and overall health.

Improved Self-Esteem

When your skin looks good, you’re more likely to feel confident. And it isn’t just superficial; there’s a psychological phenomenon at play. Looking your best helps to improve your self-esteem and can make you feel more in control and positive about your life.

Mindfulness Practice

Skincare routines encourage mindfulness. Focusing on the present moment, like when gently applying a cream or washing your face, helps you tune out other distractions. This practice is said to have a positive impact on anxiety and depression.

The Role of Natural and Eco-Friendly Products

Beauty products aim to improve physical appearance, but not all are created equally. Natural and eco-friendly beauty products offer additional health benefits that go beyond just looking good. They are formulated to be kinder to your body and the environment, avoiding chemicals that can clog pores or cause allergic reactions. This makes them a healthier choice overall for physical and mental well-being.

Aromatherapy Benefits




Many natural products contain essential oils, which have been studied for their therapeutic properties. For instance, lavender oil can reduce anxiety and improve sleep, eucalyptus oil can alleviate mental stress, and peppermint oil can help uplift your mood and increases alertness. When used in skincare, the scent of these oils can stimulate the brain's limbic system, the area responsible for emotions and memories, promoting a sense of well-being.

Fewer Chemicals, Less Stress

Natural and eco-friendly products are free from harsh chemicals, which can sometimes irritate the skin and disrupt the body's natural hormonal balance. When you use products that are gentle and align more closely with the body's natural environment, you reduce the risk of skin reactions, which can indirectly lower stress levels.

Protect Your Skin

Natural and eco-friendly products are often formulated with less harsh ingredients and are more beneficial to your skin's health. Unlike conventional products containing irritants or allergens, these natural alternatives use gentler substances and help maintain the skin's natural balance. For instance, a gentle cleanser with ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile can effectively remove impurities while soothing the skin rather than stripping it of essential oils. This protective quality helps to prevent inflammation, breakouts, and irritation, keeping your skin healthy and resilient.

Confidence through Results

When you use natural products that improve your skin's health, the visible results can significantly boost your self-esteem. For example, face oils that hydrate and even out skin tones can diminish the appearance of fine lines and give your skin a healthier, more vibrant look. Seeing these positive changes can make you feel more confident and positive about your appearance. This isn't just about looking good—feeling good about your appearance can enhance your overall mental well-being.




Environmental Impact

Choosing eco-friendly products also has a psychological benefit linked to your values and ethics. Using products that are kind to the environment reduces the ecological footprint, aligning your personal care routine with your environmental concerns. This congruence between your values and actions can lead to greater life satisfaction and a sense of purpose. Knowing you’re not contributing to environmental harm can enhance well-being and promote a positive self-image.

Pure Treesy's Contributions

Pure Treesy offers a range of natural and organic products that enhance this connection between eco-friendly practices and mental health. For instance:

  • Moringa oil: This oil is a powerhouse of antioxidants and nutrients, which protect the skin's barrier and improve its texture. The natural vitamins in moringa oil help rejuvenate the skin, reducing stress-induced aging signs and promoting a healthier complexion.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil: Eucalyptus essential oil stimulates the senses while offering antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps protect your skin and clear the mind, making it ideal for those looking to reduce stress and achieve a calm, clear complexion.
  • Hyaluronic acid eye cream: Hyaluronic acid is key for maintaining skin hydration. This eye cream specifically targets delicate under-eye skin, helping remove fine lines and puffiness, enhancing your appearance and boosting your confidence.
  • Vanilla Body Butter: The soothing aroma of vanilla can directly calm the brain. It indulges the senses and deeply moisturizes the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and well-nourished.
  • Vitamin C Brightening Serum: Vitamin C is essential for collagen production and skin brightness. Its serum helps even out skin tone and diminish the appearance of dark spots, contributing to a more radiant and confident you.

Natural and eco-friendly products offer numerous skin and mental health benefits. Incorporating them into your skincare routine ensures you nurture your skin in a more holistic way and supports your overall emotional and psychological well-being. Browse Pure Treesy’s collection of natural products to find out what works for you. 

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