Does Meditation Help Clear Skin? – Beauty From Within

“Hey Catherine, you look great and beautiful” my colleague calls out to me.

I don’t think the same about that, but apparently I radiate something that strikes her. It makes me realize that how you feel has a big influence on a positive appearance. You don’t need makeup or perfect hair for that!

Think of those cute blushes on your cheeks when you’re embarrassed or the moments when your face turns white with fear. Your complexion can appear pale, dry or aged, especially during difficult times. This is because your skin won’t look any better after a heavy dose of stress. The solution is closer than you think 😉

Our skin fulfills many tasks. One of them is that our skin reveals our -often unspoken- emotions to the world.

That’s why during holidays you have a beautiful, shiny and even skin. But as soon as you go back to work or the to-do list gets bigger again, you notice that your shiny skin starts to look drier and more stressed.

We all know that meditation helps to reduce stress, but did you know that meditation addresses underlying problems that may cause skin problems? There even is an emerging field of ‘psycho dermatology’ that researches the interaction between mind and skin, looking at the effects of emotions on the skin and diseases with skin symptoms.

 

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Stress And Skin Problems

Our bodies have to deal with more and more stress. Meditation can help you to get back in balance, which also provides more peace. A relaxed body can recover better than a stressed body. The stress hormone cortisol has a lot of influence on your skin and is an important factor in the recovery of wounds.

When you experience stress for a longer period, your body continuously produces too many stress hormones. Without you knowing it, these stress hormones increase the production of sebum. This clogs your pores and you get pimples faster. But that’s not all. The most harmful stress hormone cortisol damages collagen and elastin in the skin. Elastin and collagen are proteins in muscles and connective tissue that are essential for firm skin. A lot of stress can give more impurities, wrinkles, acne, puffiness when you’re lying in bed.

It is known that skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and even melanomas (malignant cells) are aggravated when there is chronic stress. By meditating regularly, you will produce less stress hormone, which in turn affects your skin.

 

 

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It Has Been Proven

More and more research shows that meditation has a positive effect on our stress levels. It would also reduce feelings of anger, fear, depression, fatigue, tension and confusion.

In addition, meditation would have a positive effect on the condition of the skin, because the stress level decreases significantly and the immune system is increased. During a stress period, more stress hormones and inflammatory proteins are released into the blood that deteriorate the skin condition. In some cases this aggravates an already existing skin problem or provokes skin problems.

Research from the University of Sheffield has shown that techniques such as meditation, relaxation sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy offer real benefits for people suffering from skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and vitiligo (a pigment disorder).

 

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Work From Inside Out

The bottom line is that you can keep lubricating expensive facial creams. In the end, beautiful, fresh skin really starts on the inside. The less stress you experience, the less stress hormones are produced. As a result, there are fewer inflammations in your body that can lead to skin problems.

The best way to deal with stress differs from person to person. Many people find their salvation in a yoga mat or by meditating.

Don’t ignore your jaw and facial muscles. If you are under so much stress that you start clenching your jaw and gritting your teeth, you may develop pain associated with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). The temporomandibular joint, or jaw joint, is the joint that attaches the lower jaw to the skull and allows you to open and close your mouth.

You can start by doing a few facial exercises only 5 minutes a day. You can expand your lower lip in such a way as to create wrinkles on the chin, and lower your chin to your chest. Another exercise that does wonders, is to look at the ceiling. It stretches the muscles to make the skin firmer.

 

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Influence of Nutrition, Hydration And Sleep

Besides stress management techniques there are of course other factors that can contribute to a better, healthier skin.

Healthy food is very important! Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. By minimizing cell damage, they fight aging from the inside out, plus they are high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins (Vitamin C!). Look at green vegetables, fruits, all with omega-3 (wild salmon), avocados, nuts / seeds and berries.

Drink plenty of water (at least 1,5- 2 liters per day) and make sure you get a good night’s rest (8 hours at least)!

Protect your skin from the sun, we can’t say this often enough. Did you know that it’s best to rub your skin with a cream with SPF each day? Even on days when it’s not so sunny, UV rays can damage your skin.

 

Yes, Meditation Helps!

So it is true that meditation can help to improve your skin condition. And, of course, there are other things you can do, to improve your beauty and charisma from inside out.

If you would like to read more about these topics I can recommend the following books:

“The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out” by Dr. Whitney Bowe

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“Glow from within” by Joanna Vargas

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Hope you enjoyed reading this article! If you experience problems with your skin, meditation can help you reduce your stress to improve your healthy look.

Feel free to share your impressions below.

Start being beautiful inside and out 😉

With love ❤,

Catherine.

8 Comments

  1. Sasha

    What a lovely article! Thank you Catherine, for sharing such useful information.

    I just wish I had known this earlier when I was dealing with horrible skin. Reading through your article really reminded me how much stress contributes to unhealthy skin and avoidable skin problems. Meditation is an awesome solution to stress management! Do you think it matters what time of the day you meditate or it matters more to do it at least once a day, regardless of what time?

    It is so true when you said that beauty begins from the inside. I have noticed a significant difference in not just my skin, but also my nails and hair when I make healthy food choices.

    Thanks again for another great read! 🙂

    1. Hi Sasha, Thanks for your nice comment!

      Meditation really is an awesome solution to stress management. If you like to know more about what time of the day and how often you have to meditate, I can advise you to read two of my earlier posts about these topics. I’ve put a link in the text, so you can easily access them.
      Hope you find an answer to your question there! Feel free to get in touch if you like to discuss more about it. Have a nice day, Catherine.

  2. This was an interesting read for me. Meditating as an effective way of reducing the harm of stress is something I’ve been thinking about for some time now. Your article has motivated me to put 5 minutes into my daily time planning system and do it. Thank you!

  3. Amy Smith

    This is such a great artillery, I really enjoyed reading it! it makes such good sense with everything I think to always start from within, it is so interesting how stress affects almost everything that goes on with our bodies so it is hardly surprising that it will effect our skin too, after all it is our largest organ!
    I think meditation is something w should all try to incorporate a little more into our lives.
    Thank you for the recommendations.

  4. I am a living testimony that meditation does wonders to our mind, body and soul! I love the fact that it gives you the head space. Personally, I found it very useful to manage stress and there is no turning back for me. Once I was less stressed out, everything came together for me. My skin was beautiful and I glowed inside out!

    Thanks for this post Catherine.

  5. Simon

    Even though we’re having a cooler and cloudier summer than what we normally do in England this year so far, I always take a hat with me when I go out in July, August and September time – because sometimes only a few minutes in direct sunlight can burn the top of my head quite heavily. You can never be too careful when it comes to taking care of your skin.

    1. Hi Simon, a hat is indeed a great idea to protect your head and skin from the sun!
      In my article the main focus went to benefits of meditation for skincare. Have you had any experiences on that topic? Curious about it! Kind regards, Catherine.

      1. Simon

        I’ve never tried to meditate directly, but I did experiment with brainwave entrainment audios a few years back. I had mixed results with them, and really wonder if a forced brain state – which utilises artificial tones – is a healthy way of getting into a place of real meditation.

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