Pollution, dirt, sun, seasonal change and diet can have a lot of effect on your skin and hair. Keeping the hair and skin healthy in this hectic lifestyle can be a difficult task.
A good diet and some Yoga can go a long way in helping you keep your skin and hair healthy.
Art of Living Yoga Expert Kamlesh Barwal says there are different set of Yogasanas that can give you glowing healthy skin and hair. First, some Yogic tips for good skin:
1.Practice asanas (yoga postures) which help increase blood circulation to the head and face area. Some examples are Cobra Pose, Fish Pose, Plow Pose, Shoulder Stand, Triangle Pose, and Child Pose. These postures also increase oxygenation in the system. All inverted postures and forward bends, which increase blood supply to the head, can help achieve clean, glowing skin.
2.For some, acne becomes an issue, especially during summer. Cooling pranayamas (breathing exercises), such as Sheetali and Sheetkari, can help provide a cooling effect to the skin and retain its glow. Also, learn the Jalneti technique at Art of Living Yoga and practice it everyday.
It facilitates physical and emotional cleansing. The Shankh Prakshalan process taught at the program is also very effective in this regard. Make sure to do it once every six months.
3.To improve the digestive process, try doing Wind-Relieving Posture (Pavanamuktasana), Kneeling Pose (Vajrasana), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing), and Kapal Bhati pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique), on empty stomach. Kapal Bhati, an effective detoxifying technique, is aptly named so as Kapal means forehead and Bhati means glowing.
4.Meditate twice a day, every day. The more you do, the more you will radiate from within and without.
5. Practice at least 20 minutes of facial yoga exercises everyday at home. These will help tighten the face muscles. Massage your jaws to reduce stress, massage your eyebrows for a dose of instant relaxation, try the ‘kiss and smile technique’ (push out your lips as though to kiss a baby and then smile as broadly as you can) to exercise your face muscles.
6.To naturally remove toxins from the system, doing some fast-paced yoga exercises such as quick rounds of Surya Namaskar which make you perspire is also a good idea.