1.) Guzzle water. I mean guzzle water. I have a cup of coffee in the morning, copious amounts of pure water (like 2+ liters), several daily mugs of herbal tea when the weather is cool enough, and the occasional kombucha or mineral water. Liquids are not just amazing for us mammals but they’re essential, our bodies are primarily composed of water as it is! A hydrated body has much more energy to make it through a challenging vinyasa flow and the glowing skin is a bonus.
2.) Don’t wear make-up. I know, I know…to some this is like, horrifying. I’m not saying go make-up free for the rest of your days, unless you want to. It’s a challenge, for many women these days. I definitely enjoy a swipe of natural mascara for a special occasion, or blush and eyeliner when I want feel really special, but as a rule of thumb I let my skin breathe and relish an honest face in my day-to-day life. The vast majority of men don’t don make-up and they look perfectly and naturally wonderful – so why do women feel so inclined to pile on a “face” over their own naturally amazing features? Plus who wants running mascara in yoga class? Not me. Let’s start a beauty rebirth and get to know our natural-born faces once again.
3.) Do yoga! Seriously. Downward dog, forward fold, back bends…many yogic poses send the blood straight to the head nourishing the skin, the hair, the scalp, creating a rosy glow and excellent blood flow. Also the deep cultivation of pranayama increases fresh oxygenated blood.
4.) Protect yourself from the sun. Hats, zinc oxide sunscreen, shade…whatever your device, do it. Ten minutes of sun exposure is recommended for vitamin D intake, anything more than that try and protect yourself as best you can.
5.) Proper nutrition. There’s a plethora of information out there about what foods create glowing skin, but my best recommendation is balance. Lots of colorful produce, lots of whole foods, limited processed “junk foods.” Taking fish oil supplements help, too J as does a love of very dark chocolate, avocado as “nature’s mayo” and almond butter. All in moderation, of course! But seriously, a square or two of extra dark chocolate with a smear of almond butter and sliced banana is a very rewarding dessert post-yoga!