Can You Stretch Your Way To Glowing Skin?

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With the increase in awareness in physical and mental wellbeing over the recent years, it’s no surprise that people are turning to natural methods to make themselves feel as good as possible. Not to mention, in this time poor society, if we can get our daily exercise and make our skin better in one fell swoop, that’s surely got to be a winner? And don't worry, I’m not suggesting you hit the gym in a facemask...although actually that could work too...

This is an altogether more relaxing approach to beauty than many and the secret tips for glowing skin to glowing skin lies with a few simple stretches. The connection between mental clarity and emotional balance play a very important part in the way our skin reacts. Many skin problems are often due to stress, lack of exercise and hormonal imbalances. By using Yoga to calm our mind and body, it will show on our face, calming our skin and leaving us glowing.

Supermodel and Yogi Christy Turlington is a prime example of the benefits of Yoga for the skin. She famously said " I did more yoga, I exercised more and so my skin came into its own."

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With that in mind, read on for our 5 yoga tips for glowing skin:

5 yoga tips for healthy skin

Tip for glowing skin 1: Practice asanas (yoga postures) that will increase blood circulation to the head and face, as all inverted postures and forward bends, which increase blood supply to the head, can help achieve the glowing skin you’ve been dreaming about. Examples of this for any yogi, beginner or advanced are the Cobra Pose, Fish Pose, Plow Pose, Shoulder Stand, Triangle Pose, and Child Pose. These postures help increase oxygenation to the system, pumping blood around the body and adding to your facial glow. Tip for glowing skin 2: Practice Pranyanas. Often, acne can get worse in the summer months, especially for those who already have oily skin. By practicing cooling breathing exercises Sheetali and Sheetkari, called pranayamas, it can help stop the overproduction of sweat and oil which can exacerbate acne, and also help you maintain a stress free demeanor, which means less wrinkles too. All together now, deep breath.

*Tip for glowing skin 3:*Detox your gut. A sluggish digestion can be easily identified in the face. Take a look at your digestion, so to speak. Our digestive system is where we absorb our nutrients from our food and also expel toxins through elimination. If your digestion is on the sluggish side toxins remain in your body. As skin is the body's largest organ is the quickest route for toxins to escape from. Therefore it’s really no surprise that and acne, eczema, rosacea, and dermatitis crop up when your digestive tract isn't doing its job.To improve the digestive process, on empty stomach try doing the amusingly named Wind-Relieving Posture (Pavanamuktasana) (warning: it does exactly what it says on the tin), Kneeling Pose (Vajrasana), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing), and Kapal Bhati pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique), Kapal Bhati, an effective detoxifying technique, is so aptly named, as Kapal means forehead and Bhati means glowing. By breathing exhalation in these process, it kick starts your digestion and detoxification for naturally glowing skin.

Tip for glowing skin 4: Meditate twice a day, every day. Meditation reduces stress, and therefore wrinkles. The more you do, the more you will radiate from within. Which means your face will naturally glow.

*Tip for glowing skin 5: *Practice at least 20 minutes of facial yoga exercises everyday at home. You may look silly, but when you're 60 and you look 40 you’ll be thankful! Massage your jaws to reduce stress, massage your eyebrows for a dose of instant relaxation, and stretch out your mouth and lips to tighten the face muscles.

With skin cleansed from the inside out you can really begin to see the benefits of the products you are using, as your newly radiant skin will be more receptive. In the meantime, there's always facial oil to give you an added glow. Shop for it here.

Want to team a workout with your yoga? Follow these beauty hacks to look gorgeous post gym.