Want to achieve youthful, glowing and clear skin? Get on the mat! A regular yoga practice can help improve your complexion. While practicing yoga might not seem as glamorous or technically advanced as buying the hottest new miracle skin cream or going to a medical spa for the latest anti-aging treatments, regular practice can have significant positive effects on the skin.
Why hitting the mat can help give you beautiful skin:
Yoga increases circulation
The deeper layer of the skin (dermis) contains blood vessels that provide nourishment (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) to the cells that are formed there such as fibroblasts—the cells responsible for producing two proteins of youth: collagen and elastin—which build healthy, strong, supple skin on the inside.
Yoga improves digestion
Poorly digested foods can cause an imbalance of bacteria and microflora in the gut, which may promote skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Certain asanas, pranayamas, and bandhas massage and stimulate the stomach and other digestive organs to help them more effectively break down and assimilate nutrients from foods.
Yoga releases stress
Stress can be your skins worst nightmare. It affects the skin by disrupting the skin’s barrier function, causing subcutaneous fat cells to release toxins into the skin, interfering with proper digestion, and also exacerbating unwanted facial expression lines. Yoga has been proven to help reduce stress, so next time something has you worked up, do a little yoga to relieve the tension and keep your skin clear.
Yoga aids in detoxification
Built up toxins ultimately appear on the skin as acne or other skin conditions. With the benefits of improved digestion, increased lymphatic flow, deep breathing, and perspiration from regular yoga sessions, you can help purge unwanted bacteria that causes breakouts.
Yoga is part of an overall healthy lifestyle
In general, when people partake in a mind-body-spirit practice like yoga, they also engage in other healthful diet, lifestyle, and spiritual practices which support healthy skin from the inside out.