Ritual /ˈrɪtʃʊəl/
 a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.
The word Ritual slowly came into the vocabulary of skin care. And there are important reasons for that. Hectic life and lack of time, air pollution and toxic ingredients trap our skin in a circle from which there is no escape. Then once a year we find one day for spa, some do not. Is that what our skin deserves? Let’s not forget that different parts of our body have different types of skin, thus they need different approaches and care.
When I think of a ritual, it is not only about an order of actions, it is also about regularity of actions. It is not enough to exfoliate your skin once a month because you find some 5 minutes for that. It is vital to do that regularly, especially for oily skin with clogged pores.
If you start from essentials of skin care, it is all about how often and how properly you do it.
There three important steps in your skin care which must be accomplished every day and every week: cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. The frequency of all of them depends on your skin type.
Cleansing can be as simple as water cleansing without any special additives. Cleansing can also be in the form of face powder. It is very important to cleanse your skin before bedtime, especially if you wear makeup.
Exfoliation, depending on your skin type, must be used 1-3 times a week, as part of your weekly regimen. The more oily your skin is, the more frequently it must be exfoliated.
Moisturizing cannot be effective without proper cleansing and exfoliation. Why? How can you put a good all natural serum on dirty and greasy skin? Your pores must be clean and open to absorb nutrients. The air is polluted and even the most perfect skin needs at least water cleansing two times a day.
There are other steps which are also important as your weekly spa regimen, especially if you have dull skin. Spa treatments may include replenishing masks, serums, etc. which are supposed to feed your skin with additional vitamins. Such products are more concentrated and usually include more precious ingredients.
Because it is so important to follow rituals, I am editing the description of the products to help you have a list of the steps you must take to use a certain product more effectively.
When you cleanse your skin, your skin can breathe better, it is free from dirt. Then you start applying serum and massaging your face. Essential oils contained in face oils create a small spa ritual. Your nose, the most perceptive part of your body, transfers small ethereal molecules to your brains and blood, while skin cells get filled with nutrients and get extra protection from plant and essential oils. This is why, if you have noticed, your mood starts changing, you feel more comfort and peace. When you repeat the ritual regularly, you get into the habit, this is how you learn self-care and self-indulgence. We have to stay slightly selfish if it concerns our own time for our skin care rituals. In the end, this is what makes us feel good. If we take care of ourselves, we feel good and we look good. That changes the whole image of our own self-perception. When you follow a ritual, you take your time slowly, without any haste, this creates your own surroundings, both physical and mental. By following rituals, you get into a habit to love your skin and yourself. This is what makes you happy, every day. You can visualize all of the above while you are cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing your skin, and finally you will realize that, if fact, it is not that hard to find a few minutes a day, just for yourself.
This is how we get into another definition which is close to our philosophy: Slow Beauty Movement.
The Slow Beauty movement is the antithesis of the fast-paced world of the beauty industry that sells us quick fixes, immediate results and invasive options. Barefootvegan.com
To be continued…