Breathing your way to better skin is a real thing, not just some myth or passing trend and we cannot wait to tell you all about it!
Not only will a deep breathing ritual help to alleviate stress so you can feel better equipped to deal with life’s inevitable challenges, both big and small, it will also contribute to clearer, glowing skin that will have everyone clamoring to know all your beauty secrets!
Let’s get started!
How can deep breathing help my skin?
Before we dive into the techniques that will guarantee happier skin, we just want to touch on why a regular deep breathing ritual is so beneficial for your skin.
Deep breathing helps to immediately lower cortisol, your stress hormone, which can wreak havoc on your skin. Cortisol can break down collagen, as well as increase sebum so you’ll have to deal with accelerated aging and breakouts, no thanks!
Deep breathing also helps to stimulate lymph flow, which helps to flush toxins out of your system that may have manifested as skincare woes.
Breathing through trauma
We’re taught that mouth breathing means shallow breathing, but when done correctly it can reap many fantastic benefits.
Michelle D’Avella, a breathwork facilitator and the founder of Pushing Beauty loves a breathing technique that involves two deep inhales, one into the stomach, then into the chest, followed by one long exhale, all through the mouth. She recommends practicing this technique, or another that feels comfortable, for at least 7 minutes a day to see results.
Trauma is stored in the gut and this breathing technique helps in releasing all that accumulated internal pain. She also mentions that this breathing exercise was a game changer in helping to finally clear up a lifetime of chronic, hormonal acne. That’s all we needed to hear!
Alternate nostril breathing
If stress rules your life and nothing seems to help then give this breathing technique a go!
Shallow breathing not only has a negative impact on the skin, it can also contribute to many anxiety symptoms such as dizziness, chest pressure and tension headaches.
Alternate nostril breathing helps to control the stream of air coming in and out of your body for immediate relief from stress and panic. Long-term, your skin will reflect this inner calm.
This is a classic breathing technique that even soldiers have used to immediately decrease stress and help to return breathing to its natural rhythm.
We hope this article has inspired you to incorporate a deep breathing ritual into your life. Not just for your skin but for your overall well-being because you deserve to feel good and at peace within, no matter the turmoil that may be going on around you. Your breath is your anchor to that place within that is always still and calm, your true essence.
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