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Graham Jones is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Buckingham and an Associate Lecturer at The Open University in the UK. Jones, B.Sc., B.A., Adv.Dip.Ed., MBPsS, M.Ed. M.Sc., is a qualified psychologist, the author of 32 books, and an award-winning writer and speaker, contributing regularly to a wide range of publications and speaking at conferences and events around the world.

Our skin is our largest organ, and it is the only organ with which we have a special relationship. We do not see our liver every day or touch our kidneys first thing in the morning. Nor do we look at our lungs in the mirror each night to see how they have coped with the day. Our skin is always there, always visible, always touchable.

Furthermore, you can feel your skin. When did you last feel your liver or your kidneys? Indeed, you are constantly aware of your skin because it has so many nerve endings. When were you last aware of your pancreas? Its nerve endings only trigger when there is a problem. However, your skin is something that has a constant connection with your conscious brain. Your skin lets you know when you are hot or cold; it tells you to scratch an itch, and it enables you to feel the smooth skin of a loved one. Your brain has a deep and special relationship with your skin, unlike any other organ in your body.

It comes as no surprise, therefore, to discover that looking after your skin can also take care of your brain. The two are so well connected that helping one, helps the other. There are three psychological reasons for looking after your skin.

Looking in the mirror makes you feel good
When you look in the mirror the mere fact that you see yourself makes you feel positive. That is because when we look in the mirror for short periods of time we focus on the good things about what we see. Only people with body image issues will see the negatives in the image looking back at them.

There is also research that showed we can see the negatives in our own face if we stare at the mirror for more than ten minutes. However, looking at our face for short periods of time appears to have a positive mental effect because we see the good bits ... ! That means, regular short spells of facial skin care can make you feel better about yourself. You'll feel even better if you stick notes around the edge of the mirror reminding you to look at those good bits ... ! That is a technique from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that uses affirmations and positive feedback to improve your well-being.


Touching your skin stimulates good hormones
Touch has been demonstrated to release a range of positive hormones that make you feel good. A simple skin massage is enough to stimulate your immune system, boosting your health. It also produces changes in hormones that result in psychological benefits. These advantages also arise when you massage your own skin. Performing a daily facial massage is likely to help you feel more confident and healthy. Indeed, it can even contribute to your overall health.

Good skin boosts self-esteem
One of the biggest psychological issues for all of us is self-esteem. It is our own sense of our value in the world and what we mean to other people. Each day we check out our self-esteem because of what people say to us, how they respond to what we say and the kind of feedback they give us. Every day, your self-esteem takes knocks and boosts. However, if you look after your skin and you look good as a result, people will tell you. You have done it yourself; you see someone who looks vibrant and healthy, and you say how well they look. But how did you make that judgment? From their skin. Take care of your skin and people will compliment you, making you feel good about yourself.

Having a skin care goal that includes touch and looking in the mirror will help you get more compliments too.

We also suggest trying our Questionnaire to see which Vivant Skin Care products best suit your skin.

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