Embracing Self-Care: A Gentle Beauty Routine for Those Battling Depression

Depressed woman

As a survivor of suicide attempts and major depression I'm often shocked about the power of small routine to help me clear my head. I want to dive deeper in this concept. I believe it's very important as the CEO of Halo42 to consider this potential impact. 


In an in interesting article titled, “Impact of skin care on body image of aging people: A quasi-randomized pilot trial” The authors have found some interesting findings that I want to reflect on and share with you some tips, in case you are feeling blue.  


The first part of this paper I will discuss the scientific journal article and after I will dive into some tips in reflection.


So without further to do lets dive into embracing self-care: A gentle beauty routine for those battling depression.

The Study: Rekindling Self-Body Image and Well-being

The study involved 37 older adult women living in nursing homes, each on a unique journey of aging gracefully. Half of the participants, comprising 18 individuals, diligently applied a skincare gel-cream to their faces twice a day for three months. In contrast, the remaining 19 participants opted for a skincare-free routine. To measure the profound effects, researchers utilized various psychological assessments, including the Cutaneous Body Image Scale (CBIS), the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSES), the Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale (PGCMS), the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), and the cognitive items of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM).

The Remarkable Findings: A Boost in Self-Body Image and Positive Emotion

While the study did not reveal significant differences in all psychological assessments, it unveiled a remarkable change in the Cutaneous Body Image Scale scores after three months. The skincare group displayed a significant improvement in their cutaneous self-body image compared to the control group, highlighting the potential for skincare to rejuvenate one's self-perception and emotional well-being.

Although not all psychological assessments displayed significant differences, there was a notable increase in positive changes among the participants who embraced skincare. This suggests that skincare can foster a more positive outlook and contribute to enhanced well-being among aging individuals, particularly women residing in nursing homes.

"I was hopeless, I couldn't even brush my teeth without them bleeding. What had my life come to?!"


 

I never though I would get out of my depression. I remember contemplating suicide at 6 years old. This is a lifelong battle and at one point it got so bad that I couldnt even brush my teeth and after a few months I had such bad decay I thought I was hopeless. 


Luckily, I had a counselor who taught me how to use mindfulness in my routine, and upon brushing my teeth without blood or pain, when doing it mindfully, I finally felt like I had hope.

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Embracing the Power of Skincare for Mental Wellness

This study's findings resonate deeply with the idea that skincare is not merely a superficial endeavor but a profound journey towards nurturing self-esteem and fostering a positive self-body image. The act of caring for one's skin transcends physical appearance; it nourishes the soul.

 

As we delve into the realm of skincare, we unlock the potential for inner beauty to shine. It's a reminder that self-care rituals can empower us to navigate the complexities of aging with grace and confidence.

 

In conclusion, this pilot trial underscores the transformative influence of skincare on the mental well-being of aging individuals, particularly women in nursing homes. It invites us to explore the profound connection between self-care and self-image, reinforcing the idea that embracing our inner beauty is an essential part of our holistic well-being.

Reflections And Self-Care in Depression Tips

If you have ever been depressed I know you are willing to do anything. Seeing that skin-care is a fairly easy place to start, why not try? 

Body Care: Two Essential Steps

Depression often zaps our energy, making simple tasks like brushing your teeth and washing your body feel like monumental challenges. To motivate yourself to brush your teeth, remember that you're saving Future You from potential dental problems down the road. Consider setting a phone alarm to remind you twice daily if concentration and memory are affected by your depression.

 

Next, it's time to wash your body. Make this task more enjoyable by treating yourself to a body wash in your favorite scent. Let the soothing aromatherapy ease your senses as the hot water washes away the weight of depression. For added convenience, wash your face in the shower, too, with a gentle soothing cleanser.

 

In an ideal world, you'd apply body lotion post-shower to keep your skin moisturized. However, we understand this isn't always feasible. Consider using in-shower body moisturizer as a simpler alternative. If even this feels too demanding, rinse your mouth with mouthwash, clean yourself with baby wipes, and apply deodorant. Remember, every small step counts.

Simple Skincare: Three Key Objectives

Forget elaborate skincare routines. We're focusing on three essential steps: prevent, moisturize, and protect. Start by washing your face at least once a day. It may seem like a small effort, but it can make you feel better and prevent breakouts, which can worsen feelings of depression.

Moisturize your skin, especially if it's raw and sensitive from tears. Moisturizing not only protects your skin but also offers a soothing face massage, giving you a sense of accomplishment. Opt for a moisturizer with SPF like Hampton Sun to shield your skin from sun damage.

 

Lastly, don't forget lip balm. Moisturized lips prevent painful dryness and discomfort, sparing you from more challenges when eating salty foods. We of course highly suggest to Pout it Out. We named it so that next time you start to slip into a depressed or anxious state you can simply, Pout it Out instead.

 

In an ideal world, you'd apply body lotion post-shower to keep your skin moisturized. However, we understand this isn't always feasible. Consider using in-shower body moisturizer as a simpler alternative. If even this feels too demanding, rinse your mouth with mouthwash, clean yourself with baby wipes, and apply deodorant. Remember, every small step counts.

Using Cosmetics: A Choice, Not a Must

By now, you've already accomplished a lot. If you're feeling motivated, consider cosmetics as a finishing touch. Select one product that makes you feel a bit more like yourself, whether it's perfume, lip gloss, blush, or concealer. Apply it, acknowledge your achievement, and embrace self-compassion. 

 

At Halo42 we proudly support Westman Atelia as they seem to bring a feeling of calm for the chaos.

 

In an ideal world, you'd apply body lotion post-shower to keep your skin moisturized. However, we understand this isn't always feasible. Consider using in-shower body moisturizer as a simpler alternative. If even this feels too demanding, rinse your mouth with mouthwash, clean yourself with baby wipes, and apply deodorant. Remember, every small step counts.

Wrapping Up: Embrace the Journey

Reflect on your progress and focus on how your routine made you feel inside. Which parts felt most rewarding? Which felt challenging? Use this feedback to tailor your daily beauty practice to your unique needs. Remember, this routine is about nurturing yourself gently and fostering your recovery, not about external appearances. You're on a journey toward self-care and healing, one step at a time.


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