Have you had one of those encounters when you met someone who look years younger than their chronological age. And if you speak to enough such beautiful people, you may come to the same conclusion as me. That they have both a beautiful soul as well as beautiful skin.
I kept wondering if it is just a coincidence or is it a fact. A scientist by training (to be precise a biochemist), it intrigues to dive deeper into understanding the physiology of meditators and how if the action of sitting still and deep breathing helps to give them the distinctive glow.
Here are my findings.
In 2011, Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard found that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain. Eight weeks of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was found to increase cortical thickness in the hippocampus, which governs learning and memory, and in certain areas of the brain that play roles in emotion regulation and self-referential processing. There were also decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress
How does meditation help the skin glow?
- Meditation helps reduce anxiety, fear and stress
Stress is one key reason for hormone imbalance which is the main reason for pimples (read Pimple Treatment in Singapore) and other skin disorder including sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis or hyper-pigmentation.
A calm disposition is also very important for a good night’s sleep, where skin regeneration is most needed from the day’s exposure to pollution, sun damage or simply aging.
- Meditation helps to oxygenate our cells
Concentrating on our own deep breathing is the most commonly used meditation technique. It helps to oxygenate our cells and speed up skin rejuvenation. And hence the distinctive glow and firm apple cheeks.
- Meditation makes us happier and in good mood
In one of studies at Yale University, researchers found that mindfulness meditation decreases activity in the default mode network (DMN), the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts – a.k.a., “monkey mind.” The DMN is “on” or active when we’re not thinking about anything in particular, when our minds are just wandering from thought to thought. This uncontrolled self talk is associated with mood swings and worrying about the past and future.
As meditators are trained to be conscious of this trail of thoughts and behave more of an observer than being absorbed into it, they also can snap out of it. A happier person is also more likely to choose an active lifestyle to sedentary lifestyle, a healthy diet to fast food and indulge in growth and contribute to society. All the right attitude to a more motivated person who look beauty naturally.
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