Most people bring to mind improvements to muscle tone and flexibility when they think of yoga, but it can also enhance skin tone and provide a youthful, fresh complexion.
If you have been spending huge amounts of money on expensive skincare products or frantically searching for a new anti-ageing skincare miracle, yoga could be the solution.
How does yoga benefit the skin?
Yoga has two main benefits for the skin:
- It increases blood flow around the body
- It reduces stress and anxiety, major causes of skin problems
Positions which involve inverted postures including the plough, the head stand, the Paschimottanasana and forward-bending positions are particularly beneficial for the complexion. They will get the blood rushing to your head. Mary Fanto, a yoga teacher, recommends the Uttanasana to achieve a youthful, clear complexion.
Even bending to the waist and hanging your head can increase blood flow. This causes nutrients which facilitate skin renewal to flow to the face and help achieve a healthy glow. Uttanasana is a basic yoga position suitable for beginners. Fanto also recommends the Downward-Facing Dog and the Child’s pose for more advanced yoga enthusiasts.
Most people are aware that their skin suffers when they are stressed or run-down. Whether you notice that your skin looks dull and lifeless, you get bags under your eyes or dark circles or you experience break-outs, yoga could help to clear up your complexion, as well as helping to relieve stress and tension.
Deep breathing brings about instant relaxation and the more you get into your yoga class, the greater the benefit; as you become more flexible, you will be able to adopt more positions and you will be amazed at how quickly you notice the benefits for both your body and mind.
One of the best positions for body and mind is Tadasana, also known as the Mountain Pose; this is a simple position, which is suitable for beginners, as well as people who have been doing yoga for a long period of time. This pose focuses on very deep breathing, which draws oxygen into the body and helps to release toxins and ease tension.
Yoga also has benefits for the digestive system, which in turn, reap benefits for the rest of the body. Yoga positions stimulate the digestive system, which helps to release toxins, which can then be removed from the body.
A good night’s sleep
There are few things that are better for your skin than a good night’s sleep and yoga, along with many other forms of exercise, helps to improve sleep patterns. A lack of sleep is most visible on your face and yoga will help to keep your skin looking bright and fresh; gone are the days of worrying about dark circles and dull, tired skin. Yoga can also help to keep the skin looking young, by improving skin tone and smoothing lines and wrinkles.
Yoga is not usually thought of as a miracle skin remedy, but many people who practice yoga have noticed the benefits for their skin; doing yoga on a regular basis improves circulation, facilitates the removal of toxins and free radicals and gives the skin a healthy, rosy glow, as well as improving your muscle tone, strength and flexibility and easing tension and stress.
You can learn more about exercise, lifestyle and healthy skin at the Harley Street site where medical advice is available.