There are many beauty and wellness rituals and habits out there to try in your new year. As a health conscious person, you may find that there are always options but not always time. Here are 2 ways you can try something new that will leave you feeling and looking wonderful, while saving some time, for your face and body.
1. Face: DIY Probiotic and Exfoliating Facial 🌿
What is great about this mask is that it involves little trouble or effort. One of my New Year Resolutions for Virtueberry was to create a homemade spa quality facial mask, before using an organic Virtueberry salt scrub. After some research, I decided to put this facial recipe together. What is great about this face mask is that there are only 3 ingredients (great for deep hydration and also cleansing your pores) and you can find them in your kitchen (or local grocery store).
Use a whisk to blend the 3 ingredients together:
DIY: Yogurt-Honey-Coconut Facial 🌿
1/2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/2 Tbsp Honey
🌿 Directions: After blending the three ingredients above together, apply this mask to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Then wash off this probiotic mask with warm water and a little of a Virtueberry salt scrub to help exfoliate and gently remove it off the face. You can add your own steps after, like I did, which was to add a few drops of Rosehip oil and lavender essential oil on a cotton ball to apply on face. Personally, I felt my skin glow after, and it felt deeply moisturized. Hope this inspires some beauty self-care for this year of 2021 and beyond! The next part of part one, is to do with some research on the benefits of these three ingredients, including some of the many benefits you get from quality salt skincare. 😉 Enjoy!
OrganicAuthority.com documents the following benefits of using yogurt on your skin.
It takes deep cleansing even deeper⛲ [absorbs dirt and toxins on top of having natural antibacterial properties]
It offers long-lasting hydration💧
It's deeply soothing ☯️ [for sensitive and upset skin]
2. Body: Straight Posture
What's great about working on your posture is that it can be done here, right now. It's easy these days to fall into the habit of poor posture, especially if you are the majority of people on their devices today, including around the clock computer/cell phone use, and overall sitting/walking in this modern day society. I'm guilty of not having the best posture myself at times. I know people have different ways of reminding themselves to sit up straight. Have you had this experience, where you see someone with good posture and you straighten your back as well? I have felt that way when I have seen dancers, including the Shen Yun dancers. It's no surprise that they have a blog post on posture and its benefits too. Below is a photo of a Shen Yun dancer I found on Pinterest.
Two books I am currently reading emphasizes the importance of maintaining good posture.
Book 1: In Maye Musk's book A Woman Makes A Plan, she claims there is a high correlation between confidence and good posture (p. 36-37). Interestingly, her father, a chiropractor, held posture competitions for all his clients and their friends, while her mother hosted the home cooked food. From this story of practicing correct posture, I am sure it helped with community bonding as well.
Book 2: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos writes also several paragraphs on the benefits of posture. I'll include a few of parts of what he wrote from the chapter "Rule 1: Stand Up Straight With Your Shoulders Back":
"So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them-at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through the neural pathways desperate for its calming influence" (p. 27-28).
And while the several paragraphs illustrate the virtues of posture, he ends with saying:
..."let your light shine, so to speak, on the heavenly hill, and pursue your rightful destiny. Then the meaning of your life may be sufficient to keep the corrupting influence of mortal despair at bay.
Then you may be able to accept the terrible burden of the World, and find joy.
Look for your inspiration to the victorious lobster, with its 350 million years of practical wisdom. Stand up straight, with your shoulders back."
Both encourage in their own ways how good posture helps with confidence as well as voice. Such a good reminder to practice better posture for reasons like a boost in serotonin as well, according to Dr. Jordan B. Peterson. We can remind ourselves to choose a straight but relaxed posture, while we are sitting or walking everyday. I'll end this blog post with an image from Nordic Rehab. You can click on the link here, if you are interested in more details about good posture and posture training. Enjoy and wishing you a wonderful February! 🙏