As an esthetician, it’s my job to try to heal problematic skin with treatments and therapies that target my clients’ complexion issues on the surface level. But as any good skincare professional will tell you, the health and vitality of your skin is influenced by so much more than just what you put on it. Healthy eating, internal peace, and an active lifestyle are key to radiant skin. One of the best lifestyle changes that you can make to promote skin health is adding a yoga practice to your exercise regimen. Yoga has myriad internal and mental health benefits that can significantly boost your glow.
Aids in Digestion
So many health problems actually begin in your gut, and problematic skin conditions are no different. If your digestion is slow or your gut is inflamed, chances are, you’ll start seeing signs on your face in the form of eczema, acne, or rosacea. Yoga poses like Seated Twist, Triangle, and even Savasana help kick-start your digestion and cleanse your gut.
Increases Circulation To Your Face
If you’re a yogi, you know how flushed your face can get during a stimulating stretch session. Yoga actually boosts circulation all over your body, pumping fresh oxygenated blood to your face. Increased circulation not only helps heal blemishes and inflammation; it also supports facial tone and elasticity. To increase circulation to your face, try Child’s Pose, Fish Pose, and Shoulder Stand.
Cortisol is a stress hormone released in the brain that can have serious impact on your health and your skin. Cortisol causes a depressed immune response, leading to irritation, inflammation, and acne. Luckily, yoga actually decreases cortisol levels in your body—part of the reason you feel so chill post-practice. Try Downward Facing Dog and Bridge Pose to increase the stress-busting benefits of your practice.
Have you noticed a difference in your skin after beginning a yoga practice? Share in the comments!