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beauty bonus Have Good Skin- tentions Focus your mind on a flawless complexion. By Kate Foster   during production. And each batch of the Chinese medicine- inspired brand de Mamiel is meditated over and blended in the presence of sound vibrations. And that’s just to name a few. But is it all BS? Or could an enlightened headspace really be the key to reaching glowy, poreless skin nirvana? WHY WOO WOO CAN WORK Before you can transcend your complexion problems, you need Mindfulness 101. “Mindfulness is being aware of or bringing attention to one moment in time, deliberately and without judging the experience,” says UK- based psychotherapist Patrizia Collard, PhD, in The Little Book Of Mindfulness. The goal is to switch your brain off autopilot. “The practice creates structural brain changes in areas determining emotional regulation and self-awareness,” says US-based psychiatrist Howard Forman, MD. “This not only calms you, but also increases your ability to handle upsetting situations.” FOR MORE GREAT STORIES, VISIT COSMO.IN When you’re stressed, your brain and skin release chemicals that activate your immune system and cause inflammation, says dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, author of The Beauty Of Dirty Skin. Consciously relaxing or practicing mindfulness D espite today’s technological boom, practices that tap into ancient and mystical rituals are generating a tonne of buzz among 20-somethings. The search term crystals currently has 6.8 million tags on Instagram. And saves for meditation went up 229 percent on Pinterest in the last year. Given the popularity surge, it’s not surprising that beauty brands are out to prove that deeper inner awareness can sync up to outer radiance. Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask launched with four guided meditations by Jackie Stewart, an instructor at MNDFL meditation studio in NYC. Every product in Miranda Kerr’s line, KORA Organics, touches rose quartz— which is said to promote love and acceptance—