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The Benefits of Yoga (for the skin)



We all know that exercise is good for our health, state of mind and body, but how many of you consider your  skin? This month guest author Eve is talking yoga, and what it can do for your skin!

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If you know me or keep up with the Eve Organics blog, you’ll know that I love yoga. As a practice, it offers a multitude of benefits, from increased flexibility and lower blood pressure to an improvement in body image (yes!). It’s a wonderful habit to cultivate for general wellbeing, both mental and physical - but what you might not know is that yoga also offers benefits outside the body. Here are some ways in which regular yoga can improve your skin:


Circulation

Sluggish circulation is the cause of a number of skin care woes – it’s the major culprit behind puffiness, uneven skin tone and dark circles. The slow, deep breathing practiced in yoga increases the amount of oxygen in the cells, and facilitates oxygenated blood flow and lymphatic drainage. This results in an increased ‘flow’ of fluid around the body and face, and a reduction in dark circles and the water retention that causes puffiness. Hello bright eyes!


Hormonal balance

Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands. It’s normally produced in response to a stressful situation or ‘trigger’ – but too much of it can be a bad thing. Cortisol triggers inflammation, aggravates acne and encourages the break-down of collagen – i.e, it’s not good news for your skin. Regular yoga reduces the levels of cortisol in the body by helping to regulate the adrenal glands, promoting both a calmer outlook and a clearer complexion.


Detoxification

Yoga stimulates the lymphatic system, through the contraction and release of particular muscles. The lymphatic system is responsible for flushing out toxins in the body, so it’s important to keep it healthy and functioning well. Skin complaints such as acne and discolouration are usually a sign of imbalance on the inside – so stimulating the body’s natural detoxification and defence processes is a great way to heal skin from the inside-out and restore its natural ‘glow’.


So, what are you waiting for? Give your body, mind and complexion a boost and start adding yoga into your weekly routine. I promise you won’t regret it!



Kelsey xx
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