Taking Care of Your Skin Can Improve Mental Health

You’d be surprised, but taking care of your skin can improve your mental health. No way, you might think, but it is true, from self-care rituals to cleansing your face at night all go towards making you feel better. Skincare is not a cure for mental illness, far from it, but it can boost your self-esteem and confidence levels.

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I’m sure you know how good a massage feels; well, this is a form of skincare you can use yourself or get a professional massage done. The latter is the best option as it makes you feel special.

I swear by aromatherapy to help me with my mental health issues; you can read my aromatherapy routine here. Not only does it feel luscious putting scented oils on your skin, but the massage will make you feel good.

Boosting Oxytocin

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When you massage yourself or someone else does it for you, oxytocin is released. This is also called the love chemical, but don’t worry, you will not fall in love with your masseuse. It is just a natural human reaction to being touched by another who is making us feel good. You can even get this feeling by giving yourself a massage.

Not only does your body release this chemical, but you also benefit your body by releasing toxins. If you have depression and suffer aches and pains, a massage can help alleviate some of the pain. You also release feel-good endorphins when you are massaged, resulting in a happier outlook.

A study showed that massage releases oxytocin and reduces a chemical called adrenocorticotropin, which in layman’s terms is a hormone that releases cortisol, the stress chemical. By lowering stress, we feel better; we can cope with life and not feel overwhelmed.

A massage I use regularly is the Ayurveda massage, it is a great way to boost your oxytocin, and it is even better if you can get someone else to do it for you.

Look Forward to Something

If you make looking after your skin a part of your daily routine, you will start to look forward to this, especially if you use excellent scented lotions and potions.

If you are depressed, a simple skincare routine can improve your wellbeing, even if it just washing your face and massaging a face cream in, it only takes a couple of minutes, but you will still release those feel-good chemicals. It is challenging to look forward to anything or have the energy to do stuff when you have a mental illness. Still, a simple beauty routine is achievable, and a routine, even an easy one, is beneficial for our mental health.

When you create a habit, you improve your chances of staying grounded. I know that when I follow a routine, it can help me focus on the day. If you have a mental illness discovering your routine can be tricky, but just having one thing that you do regularly can set you up for the rest of the day. It also makes you feel as though you have accomplished something and boosts your self-confidence.

Reduce Worry

The time before bed can be fraught with worry; for me, I worry if I’m going to fall asleep, but you may worry about things that have occurred during the day or whatever is planned for tomorrow. But, setting up an evening time facial routine will stop you from worrying about these thoughts and focus on the self-care aspect of treating your skin.

It doesn’t have to be a skincare routine. You could try journaling, but you want things that relax your mind before bed, and if you use lavender scented creams or oils, they will work by relaxing you.

If you are going to use aromatherapy oils, don’t apply them directly to your skin; make sure you dilute them in a carrier oil such as almond. Otherwise, they may irritate.

As you carry out your evening routine, try and do it mindfully. This is how I do it, as mindfulness helps my mental health. I focus on the actions, scent, texture, and how the cream or oil is absorbed into my skin. If you have other thoughts entering your mind while doing it, then just accept them, name them such as ‘hello worrying about the comment I made’ or ‘aha, you’re the appointment I have tomorrow’. Don’t focus on the thought; just let it be and carry on with your skincare.


If you are with a partner, you can share in the enjoyment and have pamper nights where you get to treat each other to face masks and massages. This will increase the bond of your relationship and also increase oxytocin.

Our lives can be busy, and we may not be as loving or kind as we should be, but setting aside time for both of you to share a skincare routine is a great way to spend time with your loved one, and this, in turn, helps create good mental health.

A recent study showed that positive massage could improve the lives of stressed couples and improve wellbeing. There are plenty of videos on how to learn massage, either facial or body and being reciprocal is the best way for a healthier relationship.

Learning how to look after another person’s skin is a great way to boost your self-esteem it gives you something you are capable of, and you will also know that you are helping your partner relax and improve their mental health.

In Summary

Skincare may seem off tangent when it comes to mental health, but it goes hand in hand with trying to feel good and improve our wellbeing. It can help stressed relationships and reduce the cortisol in your body.

If you are looking for gorgeous oils for massage, try [AF] The Ayurveda Experience and for skincare, try Urban Veda.


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Lou Farrell

Hi and welcome to Mentriz, where all manner of mental health issues are discussed, from anxiety to bipolar disorder. You can find what you are looking for by using the search function at the top of the screen. All articles are for information purposes and do not replace the advice of a doctor. I hope you find the website helpful and if you have a suggestion, please contact me.

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