We may have just discovered the secret to Candice Swanepoel's perfect complexion—yoga. Turns out the workout doesn't just benefit your bod, it helps you save face. Perhaps this is what will finally get me back to the mat.
According to Alignyo:
Yoga increases circulationThe deeper layer of the skin (dermis) contains blood vessels that provide nourishment (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) to the cells that are formed there such as fibroblasts—the cells responsible for producing two proteins of youth: collagen and elastin—which build healthy, strong, supple skin on the inside.
Yoga improves digestionPoorly digested foods can cause an imbalance of bacteria and microflora in the gut, which may promote skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Certain asanas, pranayamas, and bandhas massage and stimulate the stomach and other digestive organs to help them more effectively break down and assimilate nutrients from foods.
Yoga releases stressStress can be your skins worst nightmare. It affects the skin by disrupting the skin’s barrier function, causing subcutaneous fat cells to release toxins into the skin, interfering with proper digestion, and also exacerbating unwanted facial expression lines. Yoga has been proven to help reduce stress, so next time something has you worked up, do a little yoga to relieve the tension and keep your skin clear.
Yoga aids in detoxificationBuilt up toxins ultimately appear on the skin as acne or other skin conditions. With the benefits of improved digestion, increased lymphatic flow, deep breathing, and perspiration from regular yoga sessions, you can help purge unwanted bacteria that causes breakouts.
Yoga is part of an overall healthy lifestyleIn general, when people partake in a mind-body-spirit practice like yoga, they also engage in other healthful diet, lifestyle, and spiritual practices which support healthy skin from the inside out.