An unkempt room makes me antsy. It’s not that I’m a neat-freak. My house and office certainly look lived-in and worked-in. It’s just that when clutter starts to build, my thinking gets cluttered, too. The feeling used to creep up on me—usually in the form of exhaustion or irritability—before I’d realize that the space around me was the culprit. Cleaning it up would calm me and clarify my thoughts.

I know I’m not alone on this one. As any Feng Shui expert will tell you, the way a room looks does affect the way a person inside it feels. Ever thought about how that dynamic translates to your skin? As I’ve said in the past, your skin is literally where you live. There’s no denying that how you look and how you feel are inextricably tied to each other. As a registered nurse and clinical aesthetician, I see that connection all the time.
In the nursing field, you quickly learn that when people don’t feel good, they generally don’t look so good either. In fact, one of the most important things a medical provider does in the first moments with an unwell patient is to make a visual assessment of the patient to gauge just how unwell the patient might be. Here, obviously, the way a person looks is a direct product of how they feel. Not all people who feel bad look bad, but it’s usually a good sign.
But that process also works in the reverse. As a clinical aesthetician, I see it all the time. The way a person feels can also be a direct product of how they look. Looking good on the outside isn’t a guarantee of feeling good, but it’s a pretty good bellwether. The “before and after” pictures of people who’ve undergone professional skincare services—these don’t show the half of it. Trust me: If the people in those photos wore their true facial expressions while being photographed, I can assure you the “before” would generally be frowning and the “after” would generally be beaming. People do feel better when they look better!