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Meditation practices like yoga have been used across cultures for centuries to relieve stress and quiet the mind. There are many different types of meditation including deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, transcendental, spiritual, and focused meditation. While some of these techniques are harder to master than others, all of them are known to offer a variety of health benefits, not to mention these 3 benefits of meditation for beauty.

1. Stress Reduction

With today’s hectic lifestyles most Americans are under prolonged periods of stress every day. When your body is under stress, it produces small amounts of a hormone called cortisol as a part of the fight or flight response. When you experience chronic stress, however, the body produces so much of it that it can damage your skin’s luminosity. Too much cortisol in the body has been associated with skin dryness, collagen loss, redness, acne, and puffiness around the eyes.

In one recent study, researchers found that office workers who listened to a self-directed mindfulness CD during the workday experienced a 31% decrease in workplace stress levels. Participants additionally reported a 28% increase in energy levels.1

If that’s not a good enough reason to do meditation regularly, another study showed that a daily meditation was able to reduce systolic blood pressure – by 48%!2

2. Boosts Immune Systemmeditation | Beverly Hills MD

Many different skin problems are actually a function of the immune system. As part of the immune response, inflammation can contribute to acne, rosacea, and the visible signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Research has shown that a mindfulness meditation practice may reduce inflammation.3

One study revealed that psoriasis sufferers who practiced meditation saw a significant reduction in lesions, along with a rapid increase in healing time.4

3. Improved Circulation

The skin is your body’s largest organ, and it needs optimal blood flow to function properly. If you want dewy, youthful-looking skin, try meditation! During meditation, the deep breathing increases oxygen in the blood, delivering more nutrients straight to the skin cells for a radiant complexion.

One study showed that Zen Yoga meditation was able to increase nitric oxide (NO) – a substance that widens blood vessels to improve circulation and oxygenation.5

Furthermore, as you learn to consciously breathe, the body naturally relaxes at high-tension areas including the shoulders, chest, and neck – all places that can restrict proper blood flow.

Other Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation can create a flow-on effect across all areas of your life.

For one, meditation can help us to make healthier decisions. When your awareness and emotions are centered and calm it’s much easier to be drawn towards healthier foods and activities. You have a greater perspective on your life as a whole and are less likely to lean towards self-destructive behaviors. This can translate into choosing healthier foods and sticking to your exercise plan for the day. Both of which benefit the skin.

Meditation can likewise boost self-confidence. Self-confidence promotes a happier, relaxed outlook which can soften facial expressions due to the relaxing of tension in the brows and jaws. Self-confidence promotes a natural attractiveness and energy that can take years off your face.

Anxiety, stress, and an overworked mind can also disrupt your sleep cycle preventing you from getting the “beauty sleep” that your body needs for proper regeneration. And, nothing ages you faster than a lack of sleep. Meditation has shown that it can help improve sleeplessness because of that same calming effect on cortisol levels. With better regulated stress responses, sleep becomes a much easier beast to conquer.

meditation | Beverly Hills MDHow Do I Meditate?

There are many different types of meditation and levels of mastery, but you don’t have to be a guru to gain these benefits for beauty.

Try this simple breathing meditation for just 5 minutes a day:

  •  Take a deep breath through your nose. Inhale deeply enough to fill your lungs with breath. Inhale for 5 seconds.
  •  Exhale for 5 seconds out of your mouth. Fully release the breath from your center.
  •  Repeat for 1 minute.
  • Next, use your index finger to plug your left nostril. Inhale for 5 seconds.
  • Exhale for 5 seconds out of your mouth.
  • Repeat for 1 minute.
  • Lastly, use your index finger to plug your right nostril. Inhale for 5 seconds.
  • Exhale for 5 seconds out of your mouth.
  • Repeat for 1 minute.
  • Repeat the steps for up to 5 minutes of meditation.

As you exhale, you may choose to repeat any of these meditation mantras: “Om,” “I am at peace,” or “I let go and surrender.”

Zen O’Clock

In just minutes a day, you can gain so many beauty benefits! Not to mention many other benefits for your health, and longevity.

Set your alarm for the same time each day and stop what you’re doing for just 5 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the difference that it’ll start to make in your life, and your face.

Namaste.

Article updated: April 3, 2018


Sources

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2. Indranill Basu Ray, MD, Arthur R. Menezes, MD. Meditation and Coronary Heart Disease: A Review of the Current Clinical Evidence. Ochsner J. 2014 Winter; 14(4): 696–703.
3. Perla Kaliman, María Jesús Álvarez-López.
Rapid changes in histone deacetylases and inflammatory gene expression in expert meditators.

4. Kabat-Zinn J, Wheeler E. Influence of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention on rates of skin clearing in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis undergoing phototherapy (UVB) and photochemotherapy (PUVA). Psychosom Med. 1998 Sep-Oct;60(5):625-32.
5. Kim, DH et al. Effect of Zen meditation on serum nitric oxide activity and lipid 
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