Meditation is known for benefiting both the body and the mind in many different ways, but can it also benefit your skin? Even though we don’t always draw the parallel, our skin is affected by our emotions in the same way our bodies are. It changes color when we experience emotional stress for instance, or with physiological sensations like nausea, so it only makes sense that it is also affected by mindfulness practices like meditation and yoga. Psychodermatology is the study of how the skin reacts to internal stress, as well as how it is affected by self-healing practices such as meditation.
Here are some of the benefits meditation can have on your skin:
1. Healing psoriasis
One of the skin disorders meditation can help with is psoriasis. Several studies have shown that psoriasis sufferers heal faster when regularly attending guided meditation sessions or when listening to soothing music.
2. Slowing aging
Meditation fills your body with relaxation and calm, which helps your body repair itself, and reduces the signs of aging. Daily meditation slows the aging of the skin, making it look younger, brighter, and firmer.
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3. Bettering mood and self-confidence
Regular meditation builds and reinforces neural connections, helping you experience inner peace, happiness, and a profound sense of well-being. You feel better about yourself, your skin looks better, and you’re left with more confidence.
4. Helping you take care of your skin
Meditation also helps you to slow down and be aware of your body. When you are more in tune with your body, you also take better care of it, including your skin. Meditation often helps you make better choices with your skin care routine.
5. Making your skin glow
Meditation can give your skin a youthful glow by healing issues commonly associated with duller skin, such as insomnia, hypertension, low blood pressure, gastric ulcers, regular migraines or headaches, or chronic pain.
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6. Reducing acne
Studies have shown that acne severity can be impacted by stress, especially higher levels of stress. Since meditation can significantly lower stress, it is reasonable that it will help reduce acne as well.
7. Adding oxygen to your skin
The deep, relaxed breathing that happens while meditating brings a lot of oxygen to your skin. Oxygen plays a great role in boosting cellular health and in making your skin look rejuvenated and glowing.
Q&A About Meditation and Skin
- Does yoga or meditation help acne scars?
Meditation can help acne scars by letting your body restore itself.
- Can meditation heal your body?
Meditation puts your body in a state of relaxation, where it is able to start repairing itself.
- Can stress alone cause skin breakouts?
When you are stressed your body produces cortisol as well as hormones that stimulate oil glands in the skin, causing acne.
- Is it effective if I only do meditation for 15 minutes?
Many of the benefits of meditation can be seen after a short amount of time.
There’s no doubt that our mental health affects our skin, and the evidence is clear that meditation will help you on your quest to youthful skin. If you need a little help on the way, Rosy Radiant also has several products to help.