By Kimaya Singh
Those who practice yoga tend to have a distinctive physical appearance that is attractive and highly sought after. Their bodies usually have better than average muscle tone and are flexible, their erect posture is a statement of self-confidence, while the skin is radiant and supple. As a result, many individuals take up yoga for reasons that are purely skin deep, only to be surprised and disappointed to find that their skin seems to experience the opposite effect. Instead of a clear, bright and luminous complexion they are plagued by excessive oil, blemishes and congestion of pores. Due to a Yogic lifestyle, this is easily remedied.
When people first start practicing yoga, they sometimes experience an extremely negative reaction from the skin. Their bodies have dramatic flare ups of inflamed acne that are most unpleasant. This is normal at first and is due to the detoxification of the body and skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and sweating is one of the body’s ways of dealing with toxins. This initial detoxification period should pass quickly with continued yoga practice. It’s well worth working through this beginning phase.
Always cleanse the skin immediately after yoga practice to prevent unnecessary breakouts. Sweat and oil trap toxins on the surface of the skin where they have nowhere else to go but into the pores, leading to a poor looking complexion. Facial cleansing cloths are a good choice for cleansing the face away from home and can be easily kept in a yoga bag for convenience.
Another important step is to keep the yoga mat sterilized and free of impurities since the skin has a lot of contact with the surface during a typical yoga class. One of the easiest ways to keep a yoga mat in a perpetually clean state is to spray it down with a mat cleaning solution after each use.
Once these steps have been taken it’s time to examine the old skincare routine to see if any changes are needed. For example, scrubs are excellent for stimulating blood flow to the skin, but are rendered excessive when used in conjunction with daily yoga practice since yoga gets blood moving to the face and scalp quite effectively. It may be wise to replace harsh treatments with gentler alternatives in order to restore balance. Be mindful of the new needs of the skin after taking up yoga practice and react accordingly. This will make all the difference.
With blemishes no longer an issue, one may focus on promoting the anti-aging effects of yoga. The most effective way of doing this is to increase the amount of healthy foods that are eaten on a daily basis. The inversions of yoga practice promote increased blood flow to the face and neck, so giving the blood more nutrients to carry to these areas is an easy way to maximize the benefits of yoga practice for the skin. Try to consume as many different colors of fruits and vegetables as possible on a daily basis, and consider drinking a few cups of tea every day for the antioxidant content. This dietary nutritional support will be good for the entire body, including the face.
The main thing is to be mindful of the skin, always seeking to bring it into balance. By doing so, yoga will have a positive impact on the overall health and texture of the complexion.
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