Mindful beauty is a holistic approach to self-care. It encompasses a healthy lifestyle complete with nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, and spirituality.


Stop. Breathe. Listen. Connect. - These are ways to achieve inner balance and the realization that the way to advance peace and tranquility is to take proactive measures through self-care. Taking ten minutes out of your day to do a facial mask, listening to music, reading a few pages of a book or magazine, stretching, or engaging in hobbies can alleviate stress and help you to open up your mind and heart to breathing deeply. Breathing deeply is a natural stress reliever, helps us to listen to ourselves and others on a deeper level, and contributes to our connection to the world around us.


Holistic approaches to beauty means treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Rather than focusing on specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. This pertains to beauty and self-care as well. Holistic beauty incorporates wellness and wellness is a conscious, self-directed, and changing process of achieving our full potential as human beings. We can also be mindful that beauty encompasses a healthy lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and caring for the planet.


Heritage ingredients are those which are primarily organic, natural, and vegan. However, those ingredients may not necessarily be the best ingredients. Researching each and every ingredient and choosing those which are the most basic without chemicals, incorporating herbs and aromatherapeutic essential oils which are connected to scholarship that indicates they may be helpful is the first step.


Best practices include closing your eyes, taking a few deep breaths, and thinking about living in the now, the present. As we begin to be mindful, living in the "now" and directing our attention to the smallest fraction of the present instant, helps us to realize that something extraordinary takes place. We begin to relinquish thoughts of the past and the future. We can quell fears and let go of time-consuming preoccupations.


Embracing wholeness and simplicity, minimalism. In Sanskrit, the word "Chakra" translates to wheel or disk. In meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda, the terms relates to the wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. The invisible energy that is envisioned is Prana, a vital life force, that keeps us healthy and vibrant. Keeping chakras open requires meditation and awareness since mind, body, and soul are interconnected. The first three chakras, starting at the base of the spine, are physical in nature (matter). They are the root (red), sacral (orange), and solar plexus (yellow) of the body. The root chakra honors survival instincts, family, connection to our planet, comfort, and a sense of belonging. The sacral chakra acknowledges creativity, relationships, procreation, emotions, and intimacy. The solar plexus chakra focuses on self-esteem, confidence, fortitude, and intelligence. The fourth chakra connects physical matter to the spirit and is the heart (green) chakra. It is the spiritual bridge between body and mind. It is the source of love, compassion, forgiveness, beauty, empathy, acceptance, and transformation. The fifth chakra is located in the throat and is known as the throat (blue) chakra. It is the source of verbal expression and the center for speaking the truth. It includes the neck, thyroid, parathyroid, jaws, mouth, and tongue. The fifth chakra focuses on communication and integrity. The sixth chakra is the third eye (indigo) chakra and is the center of intuition. Located between the eyebrows, the third eye honors wisdom, the power of the mind, and awareness. The seventh chakra is the crown (purple) chakra and is located at the crown of the head. It is also known as the "thousand petal lotus". This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately to nirvana, a transcendant state where there is perfect happiness. The seventh chakra represents spirituality, unity, and our connection to the universe. Meditation and yoga can help to keep the chakras aligned. Taking a few moments each day to focus on those areas of the body where we feel stressed or troubled, and putting all our attention on what it means to be immersed in a moment, at one with everything, and at peace with ourselves. When we do this, we do not feel scattered, we are not caught up in disjointed activities and thoughts. We are there.


Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat, such as adding fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to our diet and cutting back on fat, salt, and sugar. It also means getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Healthy eating is not a diet, but rather a choice.


The beauty industry often dazzles the consumer with fancy packaging, slick advertising, and promises for perfect skin and hair. Many of the ingredients make them look, feel, and smell appealing until you read the labels! Chemically-altered emulsifiers and synthetic ingredients oftentimes offer instant results, but in the long run, these ingredients may be doing your complexion more harm than good. Taking care of our bodies the natural way can be an easy method to avoid chemicals. Getting back to the basics knowing that, for example, healthy skin begins as clean skin. Simply using soap and water can remove dirt, facial oil, and makeup from your face. Lavender and rose water (used as toners avoiding alcohol that dries out the skin) can be an elegant way to regain balance after cleansing. Steaming the skin is another strategy for cleansing as is exfoliating with gentle products such as oatmeal or clay. Finally, moisturizing with simple oils found in your kitchen cabinet can keep the skin soft and supple.


Essential oils can help to provide a simple way to change perspectives. A diffuser with a drop or two of lavender essential oil can capture the attention and conjure up images of flower fields in bloom. Aromatherapy may serve to help people to cope with difficulties in life and provide a path for calming the emotions. Incense, candles, even a touch of perfume on the wrists or behind the ears can relax the mind and spirit. Scents that may relieve anxiety include bergamot, lavender, orange, peach, and rose. To improve the mind, jasmine, lemon verbena, ylang-ylang, and rosemary may be effective with scents such as neroli, vanilla, and chamomile to help with insomnia.


Healing one's attitude with right intentions can change the entire look of your countenance. Restoring wholeness and exploring your inner resources will help you to discover that you have an abundance of positive resources than you can possibly imagine. Extending your love and acceptance of others widens your circle of compassion and your face lights up with the tenderness of love. Makeup can accentuate the face, but only through inner peace can beauty really be manifested.


Self-care goes a long way towards helping us to lead happier, healthier lives. When we spread ourselves too thin and are stressed, it makes focusing on ourselves a challenge. Even when we do care for ourselves, we oftentimes end up judgmental, distracted, and tired. Self-care practices of mindfulness, living in the moment, working out without judgment of our bodies, eating slowly, noticing our surroundings, listening to music, reading an uplifting book, or better yet meditating regularly can build stamina for the hard times.

Healthy beauty is mindful beauty focusing on self-care that helps us to lead happier lives.