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How Yoga Can Benefit Your Skin
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The quest for a more beautiful skin cannot always be conquered by your products alone. Lifestyle, overall health and diet play important roles in the appearance and condition of your skin. There is now more awareness than ever that mental peace and emotional balance are as important as topical skincare to be a radiant babe.

Beauty routines have moved beyond the quick three-step wash, tone and moisturise to become a diverse and integrated system that considers more than just the products which one uses. Skin care has become all about self care. These two concepts intertwined themselves into a more conscious, holistic and considerate way of being. And I’m all behind this movement to incorporate alternative practices in our daily lives that add value to both your soul and your skin!

The benefits of yoga on the body and mind are well known however the cred for your skin may not be so obvious. Yoga practice brings clarity and peace to the mind as well as strengthens and tones the physical body. You may not have realized, but every time you take to the matt, you are doing something amazing for your complexion too!

The cause of some skin concerns are due to bad digestion, poor circulation and stress. Yoga Asana’s (postures) and Pranayama’s (breathing techniques) can reduce the early signs of aging, help purge your body of toxins and increase vital circulation thus creating a healthier, more beautiful skin.

HOW YOGA IMPROVES YOUR SKIN:

Sure, after a fast-paced Vinyasa class, you may be red-faced and shining from perspiration- but your yoga practice has just scored major points for your skin. Here’s how taking to the matt will leave you glowing long after Shivasna.

Improves Circulation:

Proper circulation is important in the elimination of toxins and impurities that can cause breakouts. Good circulation also means that your skin will have a steady supply of fresh oxygen-rich nutrients and healthy cellular exchange can take place. Inverted postures and forward bends are ideal for increasing blood supply to the head. Conscious breathing during practice also increases oxygen intake. Each deep breath with bring vitality to the complexion.

Reduces Stress:

Stress and anxiety are two major contributors to pesky pimples and early aging. Yoga helps one manage emotions and stress levels, keeping your mind calm and your skin clear. It’s no secret that stress can contribute to early ageing and the break down of the dermis which leads to inflammation. Constant worry increases the formation of fine lines and wrinkles to set in. Stress also causes the body to release the ‘stress’ hormone, cortisol. When one is constantly under pressure, cortisol builds up in the body and contributes to clogging the pores, which in turn, leads to breakouts when you least need it. Cortisol may also degrade collagen and dehydrate the skin. By focusing on your breath and consciously relaxing during your yoga practice, you are aiding your skin to battle the aging effects of stress.

 Eliminates toxins:

The skin is one of our body’s main routes of eliminating toxins via sweating, breakouts and inflammation. Yoga helps speed up your body’s natural cleansing process. Your skin is a reflection of what’s happening on the inside, so a healthy digestive system is essential for healthy skin.

Yoga improves the body’s excretory functions, therefore optimising how the body get’s rid of toxins that cause a dull, lifeless skin tone. Sun salutations are fantastic to raise the body’s temperature and make you perspire.

Yoga also improves the overall health of the immune system. When our body is healthy, our skin is healthy not the other way around. Yoga increases circulation and blood flow in the body, which boosts the natural detoxification rate of our skin and organs like the liver and kidneys.

Kneeling poses and twists are ideal Asanas to stimulate the digestive system, thus flushing toxins and impurities from the body.

Pranayama’s for a glowing skin and aura:

“Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force”.

Pranayama is an integrated part of the yogic life. It works on the respiratory system, helps purify the blood and increases the supply of oxygen to the body all of which result in a healthier-looking skin.

By practicing breathing techiniques, we are clearing the blockages in our bodies, allowing breath and energy (prana) to flow freely. When our breathing is improved, our bodies function better and the mind becomes calm and clear.

The Kapalabhati breathing technique, also called the skull-shining breath, is a powerful, advanced Pranayama. Kapala is a Sanskrit word that means skull, and Bhati means light. This is because one visualizes a bright white light filling your skull when doing this practice. This breathing exercise is known to purify the mind and body. Kapalabhati expells stress, toxins, and negative emotions. This naturally renders a fresher and more vibrant appearance.

For some women, pimples and oily skin becomes an issue in the hot seasons. Cooling pranayamas such as Sheetkari, or hissing breath, can provide a cooling effect thus helping skin to retain its glow. To do this, place your tongue at the back of the palette, keep your lips open, inhale through your teeth and exhale through your nose.

Inspired to add yoga to your beauty routine? Then try our favorite postures for a yogic glow:

Utkatasna (chair pose)

Challenging poses like this one make the heart beat faster, increasing the circulation of blood flow throughout the body and prompting the skin to sweat out impurities.

Standing Forward Fold

This asana helps increase the circulation of blood in the face, neck, and head. It helps to relax the facial muscles and balance out the hormones, thereby promoting healthy skin.

Halasana (plow pose)

Brings circulation to the head and face. Blood rushes to the head and the skin loses its dullness.

Sarvangasna (shoulder stand)

Brings circulation to the head and face. Blood rushes to the head and the skin loses its dullness.

 Bhujangasana (cobra Pose)

Reduces stiffness in the back and shoulders. Relaxes and elevates your mood. Makes your skin smooth and flexible.

Matsyasana (fish pose)

Enables deep breathing, helps normalize hormonal imbalance and relaxes muscles. Skin becomes more flexible and firm.

Dhanurasan (bow pose)

Dhanurasan is a great stress buster, helping you relax completely. Relaxation prevents acne.

Pawanmuktasana (wind relieving pose):

This asana stimulates and regulates the digestive system. It helps to flush out the toxins in the system by facilitating proper digestion and improving circulation. This helps to clear the skin of acne and blemishes. With regular practice, you will have skin to die for.

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

This pose increases the flow of blood to your head and face. This rush of blood boosts oxygen to the surface of the skin and manifests as a beautiful, beaming glow.

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