How can I use the whole-body approach to support my skincare routine?
The whole-body approach. Yes, that’s right – from head to toe. Because every inch of you is important and deserves a whole lotta love and care. Though we can’t speak for you, our hygienic routine has looked a bit different this year compared to last. However, we’ve assessed the damage and gotten back on track, which leads us to the important topic of the whole-body approach. The whole-body approach builds a bridge between inner and outer beauty by addressing what you need both topically and internally to become the best you, for you. As we shift into a new season, we’re here to help you put good things in and on your body – whether that’s our collagen gummies, charcoal facial cleanser or coconut milk body scrub.
Let’s examine the many working parts of the whole-body approach to create beauty from the inside out.
How does inner and outer well-being affect the whole-body approach?
As the famous saying goes, “You get out of it what you put into it,” and that remains true for the whole body. Inner well-being is how you take care of what goes on inside your body – a healthy gut, a healthy mind, a healthy diet, etc. Much of what shows up on your body (ie: damaged hair, acne and inflammation, etc.) can be a symptom of what’s going on inside your body.
Outer wellbeing is how you take care of the outside of your body. Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it’s a biggie to take care of. Plus, much of what you put on your skin ends up inside your body and in your bloodsteam, so it’s super important to make sure you are treating your outer wellbeing just as well as your inner by choosing products that are good for you.
Inner and outer well-being is an investment of your time and energy – and believe us when we say they should rank pretty high on your to-do list. Additionally, by caring for both your inner and outer wellbeing, you can create a balanced state of mind, body & spirit. Understanding wellness and how to start is the next step in mastering the whole-body approach.
Why is wellness important for my performance?
People often associate the term ‘wellness’ with ‘health.’ However – wellness is actually very different from health. The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.” Read it again…because WOW. Print that, slap it on some Hobby Lobby decorative paper and pin it to your inspiration board.
The National Wellness Institute also tells us that wellness is based on three values:
- Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.
- Wellness is multidimensional and holistic.
- Wellness is positive and promising.
Wellness is important for your performance and productivity because it is based on the active pursuit of achieving your full potential; it’s about being in the arena and blooming into your best self. It’s important to stay mindful of your goals and determine point A so that you can make lifestyle choices that get you to point B. We’re committed to our principlesand our aim is to fit into your lifestyle with practical and convenient products and routines. Whether you’re wanting to detox for a fresh start or strengthen your self-care routine, we are here for you.
Wellness looks different for everyone and the whole-body approach doesn’t have a ‘one size fits all’ formula. Although each of us defines our “successful existence” differently, we all share one thing in common – our skin is a reflection of everything that’s going on inside our bodies. A holistic approach to skincare is key for the whole-body as it involves treating skin the “whole” way.
What holistic practices improve my beauty regimen?
You’ve heard about the “holistic approach to skincare” buzzing around for a while now. Or maybe you haven’t and you’re trying to learn what the heck this holistic-ism stuff even is. The holistic skincare approach looks at the bigger picture to go beyond external symptoms to understand the root cause of skin imbalances. Because skin is the largest organ in the body, it has the (super fun) job of dealing with both internal and external forces daily – emotional stress, hormonal imbalances, UV rays, pollution, travel, harsh product usage…and we thought the emotional trauma of dealing with a rough work day was bad. Round of applause for our skin. When it comes to facilitating a holistic approach to skincare, there are simple practices to treat some of the most common skin concerns and imbalances.
Eat foods that support a healthy gut
If you want clear skin, you have to have a healthy gut. People with a healthier gut microbiome have a better fatty acid outline, which means their skin is extremely hydrated and plump. On the contrary, imbalances in the gut or digestive system can lead to inflammation. Foods loaded with antioxidants, probiotics and phytonutrients reduce inflammation to the body. Drink lots of water and make smart snack choices at the grocery store. We recommend loading up on the three b’s – blueberries, broccoli and beans.
Use topical products that support the skin microbiome
Natural ingredient superstars include vitamin c, vitamin a, jojoba oil, gotu kola, aloe and green tea. Our products do not contain parabens, sulfates, GMO or phthalates. Baebody products are cruelty-free and most Baebody products are vegan. We prioritize making products with simple, natural ingredients – like our castor oil serum, jojoba oil and milk & honey cleanser. Choosing nourishing ingredients helps to strengthen and repair the skin barrier.
Alleviate the “stress effect”
*Clueless Cher voice* As if! Yeah, we know, stress basically runs through our veins. But, if stress isn’t properly managed, it can interrupt our digestive system and the skin…and more. The longer you stress, the more it impacts the skin and turns into things like acne, eczema, psoriasis and more. What matters is how we respond to the stress. Teasand superfoods help the body adapt to stress and eases the nervous system, so be sure to incorporate them in your routine.
Get your beauty sleep
You’ve heard it one hundred times over. We probably don’t even need to dive into a blown-out explanation. We are here to remind that sleep deprivation results in dark circles as well as gray and saggy skin. It can result in elevated levels of stress hormones which leads to more inflammation. We don’t like inflammation. If we don’t sleep, our bodies and skin don’t have a restorative period to renew and regenerate. Sleep people, SLEEP.
All in all, the whole-body approach isn’t a matter of buying this or that or doing yoga every morning and stretches in the evening. It’s all about you and how you treat all aspects of yourself – both inner and outer. And, it’s how you choose to take care of your body, mind and spirit. Be kind to yourself and show yourself as much love as you do your friends. Eat lots of superfoods like salmon and quinoa. Write down your goals. Drink some tea and unwind. Wash your face. Get some shut-eye. Use the whole-body approach to feel confident for inner and outer well-being because babe, you’ve always been beautiful.