Mask­ing med­i­ta­tion

Shape (Malaysia) - - Beauty Playbook -

“Med­i­ta­tion en­hances our ca­pac­ity for deep sleep and boosts our im­mune sys­tem, which both ben­e­fit beauty,” ex­plains Jackie Ste­wart, a med­i­ta­tion teacher at MNDFL in New York City, who part­nered with Fresh to de­velop an easy five-minute prac­tice that can be done in tan­dem with the com­pany’s Lo­tus Youth Pre­serve Res­cue Mask (RM308, from Sephora). First, smooth the mask over your skin. Then sit on a pillow or the floor, take a few breaths, and let your body set­tle. Next, with eyes open or closed, scan your body, be­com­ing aware of your feet, your neck length­en­ing, the soft­ness of your belly, and your shoul­ders broad­en­ing. If you sense your mind wan­der­ing, bring it back to your breath, which di­rects you to the present. Con­tinue this for five min­utes, then rinse the mask off. It’s best to do this in the morn­ing, when your cor­ti­sol (stress hor­mone) lev­els are high­est, says Naomi Whit­tel, an en­trepreneur, a health ex­pert, and the au­thor of Glow 15. “It will have the high­est re­turn on in­vest­ment of any­thing you can do all day,” she says. While you med­i­tate, if you need to deep clean rather than hy­drate your skin, try Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleans­ing Masque

( RM130) with detox­i­fy­ing Ama­zo­nian white clay.

MUDDY BUDDY The new breed of clas masks aren’t just meant for oily skin - L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks (RM42.90) come with ei­ther Hydrating, Il­lu­mi­nat­ing or Anti-Pore ben­e­fits, giv­ing you more bang for your buck.

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