The skin is the largest organ in the body, both in terms of weight and surface area. It separates your insides from the outside world. It protects you from different harmful organisms and also insulates your body.
Clogging and irritants can irritate your skin and cause these very common problems:
- Acne: This happens when the follicles of the skin glands are clogged with the excessive sebum. It is the most common skin problem that affects about 80% of the world.
- Eczema: This is a long-term skin problem. Its symptoms include dry and itchy skin with a whole lot of rashes on the face, hands, feet, etc.
- Hives: In this condition, you develop red bumps on the skin. It can be itchy sometimes. This is mainly caused due to a reaction to food or drugs.
- Melanoma: This is a type of cancer that usually develops owing to the melanocytes or the cells that contain pigments.
- Psoriasis: This skin disease causes swelling and scaling. It causes thick red patches with silver scales that feel itchy.
- Rashes (basic dermatitis): This can make your skin dry and itchy.
- Rosacea: This is caused mainly because of sensitivity to the sun. It causes redness and inflammation. The skin becomes thicker, and the nose swells up.
- Wrinkles: These are mainly caused due to aging. You develop sagging skin and fine lines, which make you look older. Lifestyle issues have caused people to have wrinkles earlier than they should.
How Does Yoga Help You Fight Skin Problems?
Toxins, messed hormones, free radicals, and sensitivity to the sun are all common causes of skin problems. The solutions? Better blood circulation, balancing the hormone levels, arresting free radicals, pumping of more oxygen, reducing stress, and making your immunity stronger. All of these can be achieved with yoga. These simple asanas can provide everything that your skin needs and more.
Also Known As – Padahastasana, Hasta Padasana, Standing Forward Bend
Benefits – This asana helps increase the circulation of blood in the face, neck, and head. It helps to relax the facial muscles and balance out the hormones, thereby promoting healthy skin.
How To Do It – Stand straight and place your hands on your hips. Inhale. Then, bend your hip as you exhale. Your hands must be placed on the floor beside your feet. The feet must be parallel to each other. Push your torso forward as you extend the stretch and lift the tailbone. Hold for a few seconds and release.
Also Known As – Triangle Pose
Benefits – This asana helps to pump fresh lots of blood to your face. This helps to remove toxins, kill free radicals, and also clear out blockages. Any trapped stress in the facial muscles is relieved. Your skin is left healthy and glowing.
How To Do It – Place your feet apart. Raise your arms such that they are parallel to the floor, with your palms facing downwards. Turn your left foot at a 45-degree angle, and the right one at a 90-degree angle. Your heels should form a straight line. Twist your body to the right, extend the upper body and bend towards the floor. Touch the right foot with the right hand, and extend your left arm in the air. Look at your left hand. Hold and release. Repeat on the other side.
Also Known As – Cobra Pose
Benefits – When you stretch and open up your heart, your breathing improves. When you take in more oxygen, a better circulation route is created. This removes toxins and kills the free radicals in the system. This asana also regulates hormones. Premature aging, acne, sunburns, psoriasis, rosacea, and many other skin problems can be reduced with the practice of this asana.
How To Do It – Lie flat on your stomach, with your legs stretched out and feet facing down. Place your elbows by your side and lift your chest, placing the body weight on the elbows. Inhale deeply, and exhale strongly.
4. Janu Sirsasana
Also Known As – Head-to-Knee Pose, Head-to-Knee Forward Bend, Head-on-Knee Pose.
Benefit – This asana works on balancing the hormones and clearing toxins from the system. It also increases blood and oxygen supply to the facial muscles. Your skin feels refreshed and rejuvenated.
How To Do It – Assume the Dandasana. Fold your left leg such that the left foot touches the right thigh. Gently bend forward touching your head to your knee and your hands to your feet. Hold the pose for a few seconds as you breathe deeply. Release and repeat with the left leg stretched out.