Did you know that when we regularly meditate our skin will literally glow!! How does this magic happen?
Telomeres (the protective caps at the end our chromosomes) shorten as we go through the natural aging process. They can also be damaged due to chronic ongoing stress which can cause the blood vessels to constrict and trigger hormone imbalances. But recent studies have shown that when we regularly practice meditation – the condition of these telomeres can actually improve and lengthen. This, in turn, suppresses the response of inflammatory and age-promoting genes. Meditation also produces a natural sebum-oil which is filled with happy hormones that balances the skin - therefore we will have fewer wrinkles and healthier skin!
Psychodermatology is an emerging area of research which explores how our skin reacts to the detrimental internal stress of emotions such as stress, fear, worry and anxiety - and how stress-reduction through regular meditation can impact and improve the health of our skin. Their study concluded that by bridging the gap between our mental and emotional states with our overall health, meditation actually reduced the stress that caused skin problems in the first place - and also triggered the body’s innate ability to repair itself. Whether chronic or not, issues with our skin will worsen under stress.
So,we should reduce our stress levels for healthy glowing skin.
Meditation has also been proven to slow down the aging process. Meditating for just a few minutes each day brings energy (prana) into our bodies and creates feelings of calm, well-being and relaxation. Prana also helps to repair the tissue and cells in our bodies which gives our skin a fresh youthful glow. Deep and mindful breathing while meditating also adds oxygen to our skin and blood which is key to boosting our cellular health. These increased levels of oxygen help to balance our body and mind and transforms our body’s cells and tissue. The aging process slows down, our wrinkles are reduced and our complexions will improve and rejuvenate from the inside out.
A regular meditation practice also makes us more aware of our body, our breath and our surroundings. This can lead us to pause and be present, to be mindful and to consider our lifestyle choices. This will then manifest in how we communicate with our loved ones and of being more aware of how we live our lives:
· We choose to eat clean and healthy nutritional foods and to wear ethical ecofriendly and comfortable clothing.
· We avoid chemical-laced skin creams. Find the most natural of skincare lines made exclusively of the highest quality clean, plant-based ingredients that will gently cleanse, hydrate, nourish and protect - and give us the most healthy and beautiful glowing skin.
So, for healthy and glowing skin - a daily dose of meditation can help in slowing down the aging process making us naturally look younger and brighter. How magical is that!!!!!
For an even more in-depth information on the incredible benefits of meditation and using natural skincare products - check out my Podcast page and meet guests –
Meditation Educator, Leah Kinsella and Shelby Ondrus, Of Shelby Naturals Skin Care