A stressful life usually means stressed out skin. If you’re dealing with acne, dry skin, or premature wrinkles, too much stress in your life could be to blame.

While you can’t eliminate all types of stress from the day, you can take steps to prevent hormone imbalances that wreak havoc on your skin. Many people don’t realize that something as simple as daily meditation practice can help. Here’s what you need to know…

What Stress Does to Your Skin

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Since stress affects your nervous system, your body can start releasing stress-related hormones which upsets your inner — and outer — balance. Too much stress can make your body produce extra oil and make your skin super sensitive. You might become prone to acne or eczema when your hormones are out of balance.
But there’s good news. Your skin also responds to ‘happy hormones’ which means there are ways to restore balance.

Get Your Glow On with a Meditation Routine

Stabilizing the nervous system is one way to reduce stress in your life. Meditation is an easy way to keep stress at bay and deep breathing exercises can help bring more oxygen into your body, helping you de-stress naturally.

Regular meditation practice can help to minimize the effects of stress so you’re less likely to trigger hormonal imbalances. Even a few minutes a day can help you relax and focus. Besides, regular meditation practice is linked to a number of health benefits, including controlling anxiety, improving memory, and increasing focus.

Vedic meditation practice is especially beneficial for managing stress. Vedic practice involves focusing on a particular sound or mantra in silence. It should be effortless, a chance to be more settled and just ‘be’. You’re still conscious but the goal of this practice is to clear your mind and be more centered. You don’t have to worry about deep breathing (although it helps) or think much about anything at all. It’s a ‘sitting practice’ that can help you feel more grounded when everything around you feels chaotic.

Starting a Beauty Meditation Routine

Meditation practice doesn’t have to be boring. Many people make the mistake of thinking you need more time in our day to meditate or you need to go to a meditation center just to practice.

The great thing about Vedic meditation is it can be done anywhere and for any length of time. All you need to do is dedicate some time to break away completely from any tasks, your to-do list, and even thinking about anything. Focus on your breath and then shift your focus to the mantra or sound to tune in.

This can be a great practice first thing in the morning, before bedtime, or even in the middle of the day when you’re feeling frazzled. Start with a few days a week, then build it into your daily routine. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel within a few days — and your skin will show it.

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