Winter Beauty Immersion
Each year I’m asked to comment on the perils of winter – the drying and chapping effects that the cold weather and central heating can have on our skin – but I have never been asked about winter’s beautifying potential.
Every season – including winter – holds the essence of nourishment and beauty; we just have to follow its lead. Winter is a time of hibernation and retreat: a season that offers stillness and warmth and the call to rejuvenate and replenish. It’s the perfect time to turn one’s attention to the kidneys.
In many Eastern traditions the kidney energy – or ‘jing’ essence – is considered ‘the gate or root of vitality’. The foundation of the body’s yin and yang energy, it is stored in our kidneys and holds a particular radiance, from which we obtain our vigour and youthfulness.
Born with a finite amount of ‘jing’, we tap into its stores when we exceed our daily supply of ‘qi’ energy, acquired through breathing deeply, resting sufficiently, eating well and exercising gently.
Stress, stimulants and a poor lifestyle can result in rapid depletion of ‘jing’ – lowered energy levels that leave us tired, with dull skin and eyes void of their sparkle.
As winter begins to reveal itself, truly relish the opportunity to protect and conserve your ‘jing’ essence, and restore your radiance and glow.
Take pleasure in consciously and deeply nurturing this very special kidney energy: think warm scented baths, relaxing fires, cosy slippers, and soothing hot water bottles.
Feed your body and soul with homemade soups, slow-cooked casseroles and mulled spice drinks, combined with early morning or late afternoon walks in the winter sun.
You’ll soon find your energy levels soaring as your attention shifts to the glowingly beautiful potential of this magical and medicinal time of year.
Conscious Beauty Tip
Book in a few hours for yourself. Get the fire ready to light and then set off on a wonderful late-afternoon-sun winter walk.
On your return, soak in a warm scented bath; try one of my favourites our Bath Salts for Inner Peace.
Make yourself a mulled drink – I love simmering fresh cranberries with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and a teaspoon of honey.
You might even find yourself purring…