Meditation shines your light from the inside out. The more you meditate, the more you glow! And the more you glow, the healthier your skin looks and becomes.
There is an emerging field of research called psychodermatology that studies the interaction between mind and skin. We know that our emotions and stress levels affect our skin. As a result, addressing skin issues begins from within. Because meditation reduces stress, fear, worry and anxiety – conditions that are often the root causes of skin problems--time spent on the cushion can actually improve the quality of your skin.
Here are five reasons why meditation is the new facial:
- Meditation slows down the aging process.
Meditation increases telomerase activity. Telomeres are the caps that protect the ends of our chromosomes. Telomerase is a type of enzyme that prevent the age related shortening of telomeres. Studies have shown that the increased telomerase activity may lead to increased longevity and better quality of life, especially as we age.
2. Meditation calms inflammation
Numerous studies on meditation and meditation-like practices have shown anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress. Chronic inflammation can lead to changes in the skin, such as wrinkles, sagging, and acne. Anything that helps combat inflammation can help our skin remain youthful and clear.
3. Meditation addresses the underlying issues that cause skin problems
Whether chronic or not, skin issues worsen with stress. Reduced stress equals healthier skin. Therefore, stress reduction is critical to successfully treating skin ailments and promoting healthy skin cell growth and regeneration. What could be more anti-stress than meditation?
4. Meditation improves your mood
A regular meditation practice increases the brain’s ability to repair itself and grow new neural connections. Like a muscle, these neural pathways get stronger and more effective with practice. As a result, people who meditate experience more inner peace and an overall sense of wellbeing. Meditation also increases your brain’s serotonin production, which literally makes you happier. Indeed, the skin shows us that happiness comes from the inside out.
5. Meditation helps you make healthier choices
With a meditation practice comes more awareness of your breath, your body and your surroundings. This leads to an increased ability to pause, be present and consider your lifestyle choices.
This can manifest in several ways, including simply becoming more conscious of where and how your food, clothes and skin care products are created. Also, that pause between stimulus and response may lead to less alcohol, smoking, and substance use, all of which impact the way our skin looks and feels.
So get your glow on by taking the time you need to take care of yourself. Just as meditation helps us be grateful, your skin will thank you too.