If you’re looking for exercises that have great benefits for the mind, body - healthy skin connection and are less focused on physical activity, yoga and meditation could be worth exploring. 

All parts of our body react to our emotions, but the skin is the one suit we never take off. Mind, body and skin are intimately connected.

Eczema and psoriasis in particular are sensitive to increases in stress.

Meditation and movements help to relax the body and reduce stress and anxiety levels. You will feel calmer.  This is due to reduced cortisol and adrenaline, and increased serotonin and norepinephrine, which moderate the brain’s response to stress.

Meditation also directly affects the function and structure of the brain, therefore changing it in ways that appear to increase attention span, sharpen focus, and improve memory.

Meditate twice a day, every day (even if it’s just for 10 minutes). The more you do, the more you will radiate from within.

Yoga works similarly to a regular skincare routine.  

Many yoga postures rejuvenate and revitalise the body which in turn firm and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.  Specific yoga poses may also help prevent and heal existing acne due to the movements which stimulates detoxification.

Meditation and Yoga also benefit:

  • Mood and feelings of happiness.  Both mind (meditation / yoga),  and physical exercise trigger endorphins, the brain’s ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters. Endorphins boost your mood and help you relax and promote self-esteem and confidence.   
  • Better sleep - research studies suggest links between mind / body workout and improved sleep.  It is an important factor in being able to fall asleep and enhancing the quality of sleep. 

In the case of skin benefits, extra sleep produces natural healing.  Sleep increases elastin and collagen production in the body.

End your day with gratitude!  Take time to find two or three things in your day to be thankful for.  This is a great time to congratulate yourself on incorporating these new exercise techniques into your routine.