Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures – a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility – and breathing. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress. But there are also numerous beauty-related benefits that can be gained from yoga, so we thought we’d take a look at some of them:
Increased Blood Flow
Increased blood flow can have many benefits – as well as helping to give you a naturally rosy glow, it means that healing and cell renewal is increased, meaning that yoga can actually contribute to a youthful complexion. You can accentuate these effects by using Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Mask after your post-yoga shower.
The evidence for this is purely anecdotal, but a lot of people claim that yoga can help to heal acne. We assume it’s a combination of the increased blood flow we mentioned above and some of the poses helping to flush the body of toxins, but if it works, it works! We also recommend Dermalogica Breakout Control to help keep breakouts to a minimum.
Stress can have a number of negative effects on the body – poor sleep, frowning and increased cortisol levels will all increase the effects of ageing on the skin. Yoga is well-known for it’s stress-reducing, relaxing effects, which means that regular yoga could slow down the ageing of your skin. Dab a little Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm onto your temples before your yoga session to increase the de-stressing effects.
Tones the Muscles
Beauty isn’t just about the face – it relates to the whole body, from head to toe. Yoga is one of the best exercises for toning the muscles and streamlining the body, however, facial yoga, stimulates your facial muscles to regain its natural shape and prevent sagging. Use Elemis Pro-Definition Day Cream as a complementary product to your facial yoga.
Heals Damaged Skin Cells
Deep breathing opens up your lungs to accommodate more oxygen, which will facilitate the delivery of blood directly to your skin cells. This oxygenated blood is rich in regenerative properties that heal skin damages caused by free radicals and excessive sun exposure. Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel will continue to brighten the skin for a more radiant complexion.