The manicure is the wellness trend you are not thinking about but should — where you can lean into mindfulness while practicing self-care.
Gel manicures have risen to popularity in recent years, but the long-wear formula does not come without risks. The UVA exposure, says a 2016 American Academy of Dermatology report, could lead to premature aging and skin cancer. But unnecessary UVA exposure and harsh acetone removal aside, abandoning gel might be just the thing we need for our mental health, too. Yes, you read that right.
Is meditation not your thing? Or do you have a hard time relaxing at yoga classes? Take the plunge and invest in a healthy manicure for a healthy mind; because beauty can be just as much for your mind as it is for your skin. Wellness starts with self-care, and self-care starts at your fingertips.
So, set aside thirty minutes a week for your manicure, and use that time to center, meditate and clear your mind. Instead of texting or checking your social feeds, try listening to a podcast like The Meditation Podcast, or open a guided meditation app like Headspace, all while giving your nails some TLC. Sounds like a win-win.
Next time you go in for a “mindfulness mani,” put the gel down and pick up one of these polishes that will have you showing off at your next wellness retreat.
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