5 Benefits Of Yoga For The Skin

The reports on the health benefits of yoga are endless. From lower risks of heart disease to even improved brain function, yoga seems to be good for everyone. It’s even been proven to help your skin.

Which got us thinking, yoga and skin care often go hand in hand. Just like you show up for your skin every day, you have to show up for your body. We’re all about intention here. In a hectic world, it’s important to take a moment each day for yourself. Yoga, while a great form of exercise, is also all about intention. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of reasons yoga is great for your skin.

1. Can you say Ommm?
An increase of stress chemicals wears the body down over time. Our skin is often the first thing to show this. Bags under our eyes, wrinkles, rashes, or even a sudden breakout of acne can all be the result of stress. As any yogi will tell you, a consistent yoga practice helps reduce stress levels and develop a more positive outlook. Frown lines are now a thing of the past.

2. Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic?
Timeless Britney lyrics aside, Toxins is a word that’s been thrown around a lot lately.
Toxins are defined as a substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues.

To keep it simple, toxins are a foreign substance that can often lead to negative effects in the body. Although the body naturally eliminates waste, the modern day lifestyle is often too much for us. That’s where yoga comes in to help. With yoga the we can help the body eliminate carbon dioxides, lactic acid, and lymphatic fluid. This thus helps clear your skin.

3. Show Up and Glow-Up
Have you ever heard someone say the phrase, “Yoga glow?” It turns out there is a lot of truth to that. Yoga causes an increase in blood flow in the body. This, in turn, helps increase the amount of oxygen and nutrients you are receiving. Your skin, as a result, will look brighter and clearer.

 

 

4. Catch some Zzzzzs
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. In contrast to this, the average American sleeps 6 hours at night. Young mothers reportedly only receive an average of 5 hours a night. It’s important to remember that sleep is the body’s time to recharge and rest. Lack of sleep not only affects your overall health, but it also negatively impacts our skin. Just picture those baggy eyes you wake up after a restless night. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep at night, yoga might be the answer.

5. Don’t Call Me Moody
Hormones have long been associated with impacting our mood and behavior, but did you also know that our hormonal cycle can affect our skin? For those of you that seem to break out once a month, an increase of hormones may be the culprit. Yoga, along with making you feel more zen, helps balance hormonal glands. So when you are feeling a bit out of whack, it might be time to hit the mat. 

Namaste

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