5 ways yoga can benefit your skin

alignyo yoga lifestyle news: 5 ways yoga can help clear your skin
Hit the mat to get gorgeous skin
General by Rachael Pontillo

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.

About the Author

Rachael Pontillo

Rachael Pontillo is the bestselling author of Love Your Skin, Love Yourself: Achieve Beauty, Health, and Vitality from the Inside Out and Outside in, and creator of Holistically Haute. She is also an award winning AADP board certified holistic health and image coach, licensed aesthetician, writer, public speaker, and yoga practitioner. Her writing has been featured in several leading health and beauty publications around the world. Rachael is a recipient of the Institute for Integration®’s esteemed Health Leadership Award and is also a skincare expert and speaker for NeoCell™. Rachael is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Holistic Life Counseling.


Skin and yoga

I still remember my first yoga class-Oh my Bikram..I nearly died! What I remember even more however was sitting in the car after and feeling my face and thinking "My God, my skin feels all smooth, how nice." Not only did this crazy yoga thing that I just do "empty me" it has taken all the garbage from me face as well. That was 2004. I, to this day do not use any cream on my face or body, or any thing else for that matter. I don't need it. Yoga has done wonders for my health and life. I get a spa treatment and facial everyday. Namaste.

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