Misc.

Why You Should Stop and Take a Breath

It seems intuitive right? But the message behind the new partnership between Philosophy and Under Armour reminds you of one simple daily act:#dontforgettobreathe.

And it’s a movement I’m fully behind. I already know that focused breathing can stop my mind from racing, decrease stress, and increase energy. And turns out, that it might even help my skin; oxygen is vital to the body’s cells, including skin cells, and lower stress means lower inflammation, which means a calmer, clearer complexion. Win!

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve heard a yoga instructor talk about the energy I can get from simply focusing on my breath. And as much as I think about breathing during my workouts, I don’t really give it much thought otherwise.

That’s exactly the message I took away after watching a sneak-peek video of new Philosophy/Under Armour #dontforgettobreathe campaign. It features soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara and YouTube vlogger Nikki Phillippi as they tackle tough workouts and a move through a hectic day. Then, just as the exhaustion and pressure set in, they stop and breathe.

This made me think: When are a few times throughout my day when I can do the same? First, taking a mindful breath whenever I’m overwhelmed and stressed or when I need some inner strength to conquer a task or challenge. But then I also found another, sort of surprising, way to incorporate the practice. I recently talked to a dermatologist who said that when I wash my face, I should let the cleanser sit on my skin for thirty seconds to really do its job. Remembering that advice, I now keep my eyes closed and breathe deeply while I wait. Yay for clear skin and a clear head.

What’s more, Philosophy recently launched an oil-free, lightweight moisturizer (Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Gel Cream) that delivers oxygen to the skin—even more breathing bang for your buck! Take a look at the exclusive #dontforgettobreathe video, and get ready to feel inspired.

 

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