Hot yoga is one of the latest trends to keep in shape, but did you also know that it can help improve the health of your skin? After every hot yoga classes students leave feeling re-energized from the inside and out, and part of the reason of that is thanks to the fresh and rejuvenated feel of the skin.
You may be wondering “how would sweating actually make ones skin feel sparkling and new?” since sweating a lot usually leaves our skin feel oily and need of a cleanse. The fact is, despite the icky feeling of sweat, it actually is great for the skin under the right circumstances.
Sweat essentially works to cleanse the body through the larges detoxifying organ in our body, the skin.
The skin actually eliminates around 30% of the nasty stuff that is in our body that isn’t supposed to be there; the effects of hot yoga help to speed up that process.
When you sweat, the body releases toxins into your circulation. The blood vessels of the skin dilate, so that the blood flows more to the surface of the skin in an effort to cool your body. Due to the fact the circulation comes closer to the skin’s surface it allow impurities, dirt and toxins to release through the surface of the skin through the pores. With the sweat comes out water, urea, ammonia, sugar, salt, toxins, toxic acid heavy metals and more. From the heat, the pores open to easily release all of these impurities that would not have exited the body as easily without the effects of the hot yoga.
So where is all the nasty stuff in your body coming from? Toxins come from all sorts of things- some are harder to avoid than others. Toxins can be caused by stress, pollution, poor diet, drugs, alcohol and cigarette smoke. Basically, it is hard to avoid the build-up of toxins, so we have to use exercise and a healthy diet to remove these impurities from the body. These impurities are bad for our long-term health leading to diseases like cancer, and they also have an aging effect on the skin!
The result is after every hot yoga the skin feels literally refreshed and soft due to it just being cleansed of all sorts of gross impurities that aren’t supposed to be in there anyways. Just try a hot yoga class to see the impact it has on your skin.
To enhance the effect of hot yoga on your skin, there are a few steps that you can follow that’ll make sure you are getting the best bang for you buck. Check it out:
- Remove all of the makeup and dirt from you skin before class. When the pores open, it allows things to pass into the skin as well as out, so you don’t want to clog your pores during hot yoga with dirt that was on the skin beforehand.
- Drink a lot of water. This will help the skin from shriveling up and getting dehydrated during the yoga class.
- Take a shower a.s.a.p after class. All of the stuff you sweated out will seep back into the skin if it isn’t quickly removed.
So what are you waiting for? Go try out a hot yoga in the name of your skin’s health!