3 Tips to Extend Your Post Yoga Glow
Why do we all love post yoga glow? Yoga is one of the most popular forms of physical activity all over the world. In our post ‘8 Astonishing Benefits of Yoga That No One Has Told You About!’ we’ve mentioned how yoga allows you to simultaneously improve both your physical and mental health. But other than helping you increase your flexibility and endurance, as well as alleviate anxiety and stress, yoga can also enhance the appearance of your skin — making it look freshly flushed, glowing, and healthy. In fact, the post-yoga glow has even become somewhat of a trend, with many makeup artists attempting to recreate it using makeup products.
With that being said, we’ve listed below the top tips to help you keep your skin healthy and retain your post-yoga glow.
1. Find a Skincare Routine That Works For You
One of the best ways to extend your post-yoga glow is by having a skincare routine you can count on. But with so many moisturizers, toners, and cleansers on the market, it can be hard to find one that works for you. A lot of skincare enthusiasts believe in the phrase “your mileage may vary”, which just means to say that what works for you might not work for the next person.
Indeed, only you know what your skin likes. In Byrdie’s review of retinols like Skinceuticals Retinol Cream 1.0, they mentioned that it’s important to be sure of what’s in a skincare product and check the ingredients list for any compounds that you might be allergic to. Furthermore, Pretty Me’s review of the popular AR Vitamin E Cream highlights how it’s important to patch test new products on your skin first before integrating it to your skincare routine. By doing this, you can make sure that a product has no adverse effects before using it on your whole face.
2. Eat Skin-Boosting Foods
What you eat is what you are. Indeed, your diet can greatly affect how your skin looks, so be sure to eat healthy and skin-boosting foods. Fatty fishes like salmon are packed-full of free fatty acids that can help you rebuild your skin cells. You should also look for foods that are packed with antioxidants like blueberries, cherries, and grapes. This is because antioxidants help shield your skin from free radicals that can damage your skin cells.
And in line with your yoga practice, you can also choose to eat foods included in the Sattvic diet. The Sattvic diet is largely based on Ayurvedic principles and is characterized by low-fat and high fiber foods. It also restricts eating fried foods and white sugar — both of which are common causes of acne breakouts.
3. Clean Your Yoga Mat
You should always clean your yoga mat. As you work out, your mat gets soaked with sweat and collects dirt. If you don’t regularly clean your mat and disinfect it after a yoga session, it can become a hotbed of nasty bacteria that can become an issue for your skin. In fact, an ABC13 report found that regularly washed communal yoga mats from studios have at least 3 million counts of normal environmental bacteria, while a personal un-cleaned one came back with 4 times as much microbes.
So, be sure to always disinfect your yoga mat by spraying a solution made with equal parts water and vinegar. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to cover the smell of the vinegar. However, if your yoga mat gets too dirty, it’ll greatly benefit from a deep scrubbing with mild soap.
Written by Hazel Lorelai
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