Maintaining healthy, glowing skin comes down to much more than applying the right products on a regular basis. Your skin needs to be maintained from within, with what you eat and drink and how you exercise. When exercising, many may think that the more intense the exercise the better. But taking a gentler approach to working out can unlock many more benefits for your body, mind, and soul.
Yoga is a form of exercise that has been around for more than 5,000 years. The modern-day sees several types of yoga in the mainstream and the practice is more popular than ever. Yoga isn’t just exercise. It’s a way to connect with your mind and spirit to realise a plethora of positive benefits for your health and wellbeing. With this in mind, yoga, and the meditation it unlocks, is a great addition to your skincare routine. Here’s why.
Yoga for skin health
It’s official, practising yoga gives you the glowing skin that’s coveted by all. By improving your circulation, a rosy glow is all a part of the package for yogis.
With improved circulation, comes the more efficient delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Oxygen levels are boosted as a result, particularly when practising the many yoga poses that open the chest cavity to aid the flow of oxygen further.
Good circulation also encourages sufficient drainage of waste products to give your body, and more specifically your skin cells, the detox it needs. Toxins are eliminated too and skin problem causing pollutants and irritants are unable to build up and cause damage.
In addition to this, the skin is drained of its impurities through sweating. At its core, yoga is a great workout and you may be surprised by just how intensive achieving some poses is.
The joys of meditation
As well as the physical impact yoga has on bodily functions, the rewards reaped mentally will show themselves on your skin. Yoga actively reduces stress, with the breathing exercises used throughout able to successfully control the stress-causing hormone cortisol whilst boosting endorphins or ‘happy hormones’.
In the meditative state, yoga induces, life’s little and big worries seem to melt away, leaving you to realise a calmer, more positive you. Regular meditation also promotes better sleep quality, which is integral to skin health.
Supporting all life stages
Yoga isn’t just beneficial for skin from season to season. Yoga can help you to physically, mentally and emotionally progress through every life stage to realise a happier, healthier you.
Practising yoga can be particularly beneficial when relieving the hormonal changes and hot flushes experienced during the menopause. Menopausal women can even try specific poses that are known for their calming and cooling effects. Breakouts can also be countered with yoga as Charlotte Webb from Beautysyn.com explains:
“Excess oil production due to hormonal imbalance is the primary cause of acne. Yoga regulates hormones and balances the sebum production by the sebaceous glands. Also, yoga helps to remove toxins from the body, which is present can lead to breakouts.”
Yoga poses to try
There are a number of yoga poses that are thought to boost skin health and unlock anti-ageing effects. Sarvangasana, a.k.a. the shoulder stand, is said to be the most effective. Practising this pose for just five minutes a day can boost blood circulation towards the neck and face to leave your complexion glowing.
Halasana is another yoga pose that can unlock further benefits for your skin. Again, this pose is thought to maintain a healthy glow when practised regularly. It can also ease hip and back pain, aid digestion, and boost metabolism to leave you looking and feeling great.
Uttanasana is a forward bending pose that boosts circulation and oxygen delivery to skin cells. It is reported to encourage skin cell renewal to keep skin looking younger and healthier. Find more yoga poses for glowing skin here.
Supporting yogi lifestyles
Organic Apoteke doesn’t just offer a great, all-natural skin care line to team with your yogi lifestyle. Each and every product we develop and deliver is based on the principles of yoga. Like yoga, our products stimulate microcirculation to flush toxins out of the skin and nourish it from the inside out. Skin will be healthier as a result, and you’ll quickly notice that coveted ‘yoga glow’.
Our rejuvenating range offers nature’s best and most effective skincare solutions. Using plant extracts and oils, naturally occuring minerals, and food grade ingredients, our vegetarian, alcohol-free and eco-ethical products are evidence of our respect for nature. Because, as every yogi understands, we are nature.