Skin is considered as the largest sensory organ. It is the immune barrier that keeps infections away. Irregular diet patterns, pollution, stress, and irregular sleep timings affect skin health. The wrong lifestyle choices we make can easily be seen reflected on skin. The depletion in skin care has led to the rise of many kinds of skin problems as well as physical and mental issues. Healthy skin is an asset. A healthy-looking skin can boost our overall confidence. Likewise, a dull looking pigmented skin can lead to anxiety, resulting in physical as well as mental problems. Moreover, a healthy glowing skin can make you look younger.
Yoga plays an important role in skin care and protection. Poor lifestyle choices and pollution exposure can result in toxin accumulation. A morning yoga routine can help in detoxification. Oxidative stress is one of the reasons for early aging. Regular yoga practice can reduce the oxidative stress and act as an antioxidant to skin. Yoga can improve blood circulation and thereby, oxygen and nutrient transport to cells and tissues are also improved. Given below are the best 5 yogic practices for your skin protection. Start your day with these yogasanas and make your skin healthier.
The shoulder stand posture is one of the best morning yoga exercises for glowing skin.
Method: Lie down on your back. Gently lift your both lower limbs to 45 degree.Then slowly lift it to 90 degree. Raise your buttocks from the ground with the support of your hands on the hip region. Keep your legs in a straight line. Maintain the posture for a few seconds.
This asana helps in improving blood circulation. Moreover, sarvangasana helps in correcting digestive problems. A better digestion can create miracles in your skin texture and quality.
Kickstart your mornings with Bhujangasana, which is an excellent yoga for detoxification.
Method: Lie down on abdomen with both arms extended above head. Gently slide both arms and place it near the chest region. Then slowly inhale and raise the face, neck, chest and upper abdomen. Maintain the posture for a few seconds.
Bhujangasana is an excellent pose for reducing stress levels. This can indirectly reflect on the skin. Moreover, bhujangasana can flush out toxins from your body, which can result in brighter and rejuvenated skin.
This forward bending yoga pose helps in attaining a radiant healthy skin.
Method: Stand in sthithi(Tadasana).Raise both arms to horizontal level. Inhale and raise it further above your head. Exhale and bend down your body, so. Maintain the posture for a few seconds.
Padahastasana helps in improving oxygen supply and thereby helps in better transport of nutrients. This indirectly nourishes the skin also.
This inverted pose improves blood circulation to the face and head.
Method: Lie down on your back. Gently raise both legs to 45 degrees and further to 90 degrees. Then slowly support your hip with both hands and bring your legs to a horizontal position. Bend your legs further, so that the toes touch above your head.
Halasana or plough pose helps in calming the nervous system and thereby reduces stress and anxiety. Furthermore, this pose tones and rejuvenates your whole body.
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures. They help in attaining physical as well as mental harmony. When practiced in the right manner, mudras can even increase energy flow throughout your body. Varuna and prithvi mudras are found to be effective in skin health. That is, Mudras associated with earth and water elements can help you in protecting and nurturing your skin.
It symbolizes the water element. Hence also called jala mudra. It is practiced with the help of the thumb and little finger. This mudra rejuvenates our skin and maintains the moisture content.
Method: Sit in any meditative posture. Join the thumb and little finger. Keep other fingers straight. Place the hand over respective knees. Then close your eyes and meditate on the jala mudra. Maintain the mudra for a minimum time period of 10 minutes for better results.
The varuna mudra balances the water element in our body. This mudra also helps in purifying blood circulation. Skin starts looking young and fresh by regular practice.
It symbolizes the earth element. The earth element is responsible for production of new skin cells.
Method: Sit in a relaxed pose. Bring your thumb and ring finger closer and fold your ring finger to tap the tip of your thumb with some pressure. Place your hands above the knees, with palms facing upwards. Keep the remaining fingers extended and straight.
This mudra helps in growth and regeneration of new tissues. It is also highly beneficial for cracked skin. Prithvi mudra keeps the skin structure intact and smooth.
A healthy skin depicts our overall health. Skin is the physical barrier and the first defense of our body against infections. Hence by taking proper care of your skin, you can protect your body better. Yoga is the best economical approach for attaining healthy and beautiful skin.
A healthy skin can be the foundation of your overall wellness, hence start investing in your skin with the help of yoga.