Why these upside down yoga positions could improve your skin
The quest for better skin can be convoluted and expensive.
With the aim of achieving a glowy, youthful, radiant complexion, and banishing wrinkles, we buy into lotions, potions, acids and creams, inject our faces, we even try facial massage.
But there could be a simple fix that could give your skin a real boost. Flipping yourself upside down.
We’re not talking about Simone Biles style flips, you simply need to hang your head upside down for a period of time each day. Yoga experts say it could be a real game-changer.
Chatty Dobson, yoga teacher and owner of FLEX Chelsea says ‘putting yourself into an inverted position makes it easier for fresh oxygenated blood to flow to your head, including your scalp and face skin.’
‘This increase flow of oxygen and circulation boost in your face can result in healthy and glowing skin,’ she says.
‘You’ll look fresher and plumper.’
Well, sign us up.
Additionally, Chatty says that hanging upside down also helps remove visual signs of toxicity (including acne), giving your skin a natural ‘face lift’.
Celebrities also swear by this bat-like technique, with Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes using an inversion contraption every morning (it also helps support back pain and improve posture).
Eva Mendes says inverting in a shallow angle for 20 minutes at a time does wonders for her skin. Britney Spears, Naomi Campbell and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are also apparently fans of a handstand.
But you don’t have to be a yoga expert, or proficient in headstands o handstands in order to experience the benefits of this upside down facial.
Chatty has shared us a few of easy inversions that you can try at home – no matter your level of yoga ability:
Forward fold/rag doll
Stand upright with your feet together.
Reach your arms overhead and then fold forward from the hips, sweeping your arms down on either side of your body.
Bring your finger tips in line with the toes and press your palms flat to the mat if you can.
Keep a slight bend in the knees so they are not locked. Let your head hang.
For a rag doll, you can keep your knees bent and tilt your pelvis forward more, just hanging your head.
Begin on your hands and knees. Align your wrists under your shoulders and knees under hips.
Spread your fingers wide and press firmly through palms and knuckles. Exhale as you tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor.
Reach your pelvis up towards the ceiling, then draw your sit bones toward the wall behind you. Gently begin to straighten your legs, but do not lock your knees. Pull your chest towards your thighs.
To start with, hold the pose for 30 seconds (and roll up slowly to avoid head rush).
Then, the longer the better as you progress.
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