You probably already knew that yoga is great for fitness, stress reduction and overall health, but did you know it can also work wonders for your skin? Well, when done the right way, it can! What could be better than combining that Zen state of mind we all long for with a great hair day? Fellow busy girls who love multi-tasking: Listen up — this is for you.
Team MDC was able to chat with Tanya Boulton, yoga instructor at Pure Yoga in NYC and co-owner of chic new yoga lifewear line to get the scoop on how to maximize your time practicing yoga for big beauty results.
Tanya was very clear about one thing; remove your makeup! She said it is a great time to let your skin breathe and sweat out all of the impurities deep in the pores of our skin. “A clean, moisturized face is the way to go,” says Tanya. A team MDC quick tip is to keep towelettes in your yoga bag such as Garnier Clean+Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes.
Want to walk out of the yoga studio with shiny, healthy hair? Tanya has a great tip! Wet your hair and comb in a deep conditioner or mask before heading in to practice. Genius! To prevent product from getting in your eyes or on your face recommends wrapping it in a tight bun and wearing a headband. You can strengthen your hair at the same time as you strengthen your body. Win-win!
“I can actually see stress on people’s faces during practice,” Tanya tells us. It is so important to take the time in yoga to consciously relax the face and soften the jaw and lips, she says. When you scrunch your face, you are actually holding your breath, putting your body into “survival mode.” Instead of allowing this chain reaction to occur, relax the facial muscles, breathe deeply, relax the central nervous system and deliver much-needed oxygen to the body.
“The better circulation and breathing capacity, the more oxygen flowing. This gives you a natural glow and increases the elasticity of the skin,” Tanya says.
Even better news? When you learn to relax your facial muscles during yoga, it brings awareness to this typically neglected set of muscles. You will be more conscious of scrunching your face in your everyday life; an important feat in the fight against wrinkles!
Post-Yoga Tanya recommends taking a medium-to-warm shower after practice to continue the relaxation and allow the muscles and skin to slowly come back to the reality of the conditions that lurk outside the studio. She said putting makeup on your freshly washed face after practice is always fine — she just recommends leaving makeup application as your last step to give your skin as much time as possible to acclimate. Keep up your multi-tasking efforts, and try these beauty activities while blow drying your hair.
Tanya summed it up perfectly, “By far the biggest beauty booster of yoga is that when you are emotionally and spiritually centered with a clear mind, you are happy. Happiness is the best beauty secret that exists.”
We agree with Tanya on that! Hit the yoga studio and get these multi-tasking beauty boosters on. Do you have any others to add? Let us know in the comments section below!