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Forest Bathing: A Natural Skincare Ritual for Radiant Glow

 In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, finding moments of tranquility and connection with nature is essential for our overall well-being. One practice that has gained significant attention in recent years for its myriad benefits is forest bathing. And we are here for it!  Also known as shinrin-yoku in Japan, forest bathing involves immersing oneself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the forest, and it offers a multitude of advantages for both mind and body. As advocates for natural skincare and the green beauty movement, we believe that integrating forest bathing into your self-care routine can enhance the health and vitality of your skin in profound ways.

Rejuvenates the Mind and Reduces Stress

Stepping into a forest instantly transports you to a serene sanctuary, far removed from the stressors of modern life. The gentle rustle of leaves, the soft chirping of birds, and the earthy fragrance of trees work in harmony to calm the mind and soothe the spirit. Studies have shown that spending time in nature, particularly among trees, can lower cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress, thereby promoting a sense of relaxation and well-being. By incorporating forest bathing into your skincare regimen, you not only nourish your skin but also rejuvenate your mind, resulting in a radiant glow from within.

Boosts Skin Health with Fresh Oxygen

Forests are nature's oxygen factories, emitting a constant supply of fresh, clean air. When we engage in forest bathing, we breathe in this oxygen-rich air, which has profound benefits for our skin. Oxygen plays a vital role in the skin's natural healing process and helps to detoxify and purify pores, leaving the skin looking refreshed and revitalized. Additionally, the increased oxygen levels in the bloodstream promote collagen production, leading to firmer, more youthful-looking skin. By indulging in regular forest bathing sessions, you can give your skin the oxygen boost it craves for a healthy, luminous complexion.

Enhances Immunity and Skin Barrier Function

This one's for all our plant-based beauty queens. The phytoncides released by trees, such as alpha-pinene and limonene, (which you will find in our award-winning Balsam Fir Healing Salve) have been found to have antimicrobial properties that can strengthen the immune system and support overall skin health. When we immerse ourselves in the forest environment, our bodies absorb these beneficial compounds through inhalation and skin contact, bolstering our natural defenses against pathogens and environmental stressors. Moreover, forest bathing has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help alleviate skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. By fortifying the skin's barrier function and boosting immunity, forest bathing empowers your skin to better withstand external aggressors and maintain its radiant glow.

Deepens Connection to Nature and Self

In today's digital age, many of us have become disconnected from the natural world, leading to feelings of detachment. Forest bathing offers an opportunity to rekindle our innate bond with nature and cultivate a deeper sense of connection and belonging. As we immerse ourselves in the forest's embrace, we become attuned to the rhythms of the earth and gain a newfound appreciation for its beauty and abundance. This sense of connectedness extends beyond the forest, permeating every aspect of our lives, including our skincare rituals. By infusing our skincare routine with the essence of the forest, we honour the symbiotic relationship between ourselves and the natural world, resulting in skin that radiates with vitality and harmony.


In conclusion, forest bathing is not just a leisurely pastime; it is a powerful practice that offers a multitude of benefits for both mind and body. By integrating forest bathing into your natural skincare routine, you can experience a profound transformation in the health and vitality of your skin, while also nurturing your overall well-being. So, the next time you feel the urge to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, venture into the nearest forest and allow its healing embrace to envelop you. Your skin—and your soul—will thank you for it.