Sure, most modern day anti-ageing solutions come in the form of potions, lotions and lasers.
But, there’s a lot more to skin care than potent face serums and anti-wrinkle creams. Seriously.
We at Gritty Pretty believe it’s important to consider not only what we put in and on our bodies, but also how our thoughts and emotions affect our skin and body as well.
For even the most zen of us, stress has become a constant part of our daily lives, and consequently, our beauty routines. And, with high levels of stress, can often lead to acne, wrinkles, dry skin and even hair loss. Instead of only recommending topical treatments, dermatologists are also prescribing meditation—the practice of calming your mind to reduce stress.
“Cortisol and stress related hormones wreak havoc on our health and especially our skin. Vedic meditation actively reduces stress related hormones from the nervous system and allows the metabolism and nervous system to stabilise,” says Jacqui Lewis, Meditation Teacher and Founder of The Broad Place. “Meditation also works to balance the hormones that make our skin go crazy, break out and over react! Stress causes the blood vessels to constrict and triggers hormone imbalances, making the skin sensitive to acne and eczema.”
And, because meditation not only reduces stress, strengthens immunity and reduces heart disease, it can also produces a natural sebum oil on the skin, filled with happy hormones that balance the skin. “Meditation will quite literally give you a ‘glow’,” says Lewis.
Here, Lewis reveals how even just five minutes of “me time” does wonders for your appearance and mind.
The Benefits of Meditation
A thicker moisturiser or stronger retinol may relieve some of the symptoms of stress on the skin, but the smartest cure is to relieve the stress itself. When we meditate (even if for a few minutes a day), we are allowing our minds and bodies to enter a more relaxed state. Allowing yourself to focus on calm breathing helps oxygenate our bodies and both the breathing and state of calm will help with toxin elimination.
If you still can’t bring your mind to meditation (we know there’s a lot going on in there!), try yoga poses to release the force of gravity on the skin. Yoga stimulates blood flow, lymphatic flow and oxygenation throughout the entire body. And, because we know you expect results, after meditation, you can expect to see and feel results—not only on your skin and hair, but on your mental well being—immediately. Yes, straight after!