Can yoga give you the best skin? Experts weigh in with these 3 surprising benefits
Let us calibrate our expectations right away. While one of the goals of yoga IS to start the journey of going inwards, towards our own nature, aligning our body and mind with the rhythm of nature, Yoga does not promise to make the dark circles or signs of aging go away, or give you taught skin in a jiffy. (For that you need Shankara’s calming Anti Age Eye Cream that comes loaded with nature’s best gifts for your skin in the form of rose, cucumber, eye bright, oil or grapeseed, andiroba, jojoba, castor, among a handful of other exotic herbs.)
What yoga can give you is…
It can definitely help you with the following- provide your body and mind deep rest; workup your appetite; improve your immune system; have endorphins flowing through your body; improve your mood; various set of postures can relieve your neck and back pain, relax your spine, relax your eyes, improve your digestion, help you lose weight and help with PCOS; and increase your present moment awareness. The practice itself can help you calm your mind and support a great meditative experience. And what is within, shines through the skin. All these benefits help improve the quality of your skin and add a natural glow to your skin.
As Roald Dahl famously wrote, “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face, like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Yoga improves your presence. It gives you an opportunity to clear the clutter in your head and start on a clean slate every day.
1. Better sleep
Yoga helps you sleep better. When you are sleeping better, and for a sufficient number of hours, your body’s natural intelligence is at work, and the body repairs itself well. Part of this repair work is collagen production, which is nicely supported while you sleep. It is collagen that has a say on your skin’s texture and makes your skin look plump and soft. The result is you wake up feeling rested and energized and your skin does not look sagging or wrinkly. Sleep deprivation can also affect the flow of blood to the skin. Yoga also increases your life force or prana that adds to the glow.
Though it must be noted, along with practicing yoga and taking care of your diet, you also need to pay attention to how you nourish and moisturize your skin, to avoid wrinkles and dryness. There is no alternative to the skin’s exfoliation and moisturization needs, for the expression of its best health. You need a moisturizer for a protective barrier against pollutants and dirt while hydrating your skin. You can go for an oil based moisturizer if you have dry skin or pick out a water-based option if you have oily or combination skin.
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2. Reduces stress and acne-causing hormones
Yoga has a direct impact on reducing stress by regulating stress hormones and improving the flow of hormones that support better mood. Cortisol level in our body is a key marker of the chronic stress that our body is undergoing. The natural purpose of these hormones was to prepare the body for fight or flight response in the event of danger. But given the overexposure to stressful situations at work or at home, we have started living lives where cortisol levels remain elevated for long periods of time. Increased cortisol levels can push up oil production in the skin, causing more acne and clogged pores. According to an article published in Medical News Today, “Research has shown that people who practice yoga regularly have low cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Studies have also found that practicing yoga for at least 3 months may lower cortisol and perceived stress and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines that cause inflammation.”
3. Helps in dealing with psychosomatic disorders
The imbalances on the mind-body connection shows up in the form of psychosomatic disorders that have their roots in psychological state instead of physiological triggers. For example, skin inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis have no known cause other than stress and emotional trauma. Yoga can help heal these conditions by addressing the mind and its fear, worries and anxiety by mindfully attending to their reversal.
Yoga is not just a set of asanas but it is the most satisfying union of the mind, body and soul. And beginning the journey of yoga can be deeply rewarding, with physical benefits being just tip of the iceberg when it comes to what this path of yoga has to offer for your mind and body.