It is not stated very often but the skin is the largest organ in our body, both in terms of weight and the surface area. It separates your body parts from the outside world. It is the protection you wear for your internal body organs. It also protects you from the different harmful organisms as it insulates your body.
Your skin is unique in so many different ways, but no other body organ demands so much attention and concern in both states of disease and health. The medical conditions around our skin are increased tremendously in the past few years. With the growing awareness around the issues concerned with skin-related diseases – you should totally opt for a natural solution for these problems.
It is very interesting that there is a potential correlation between the two disciplines – Yoga and Dermatology. With the importance and awareness of practicing yoga has spread widely – it would have been inevitable that patients would likely inquire about the benefits of yoga in managing their skin problems, and even perhaps a chronic disease such as skin cancer.
Skin Cancer is Dangerous
The Australian actor Hugh Jackman who received a Guinness World Records certificate for having the longest career as a live-action superhero as Marvel X-Men’s Wolverine; had his sixth skin cancer removed back in 2016. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, this type of cancer is “usually caused because of a combination of cumulative and intense sun exposure.” The actor successfully used his reach to spread awareness of this disease.
Skin cancer develops primarily on areas which are sun-exposed, including scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women. But it can also form on areas which rarely see the light of day – your palms, beneath your fingernails or toenails, and sometimes even your genital area. While it is important to understand that Yoga does not cure cancer, but it would at least stop the underlying symptoms of it.
Yoga can Help
The sensitivity of the skin to the sun can be improved by improving blood circulation, balancing hormones, scavenging free radicals and delivering more oxygen to cells and making your immunity stronger to combat skin issues. Much of this can be achieved with following these simple 5 Yoga Asanas:
- Standing Forward Bend:
This yoga posture can help the blood circulation to your face, neck, and head, which are the common areas where skin cancer grows. It also helps to relax the facial muscles and balance out the hormones, thereby promoting healthy skin.
- Triangle Pose:
It helps you to remove toxins, kill free radicals and clear out blockages. As the facial muscles lose tension and relax, your skin may be left healthy and glowing. This posture is supposed to help open your hips, torso, and heart which increases the blood circulation.
- Wind Relieving Pose:
This stimulates and regulates your digestive system. It not only helps you to flush out the toxin of the system but also improves your blood circulation, which helps you to clear the skin of acne and blemishes.
- Cobra Pose:
As you stretch and open up your heart and lungs, your breathing improves. When you breathe in more oxygen, your circulation automatically improves. With better oxygen delivery it can help you to remove toxins and scavenge free radicals throughout your body. The pose is also known to regulate your hormones. This pose also improves skin conditions such as premature aging, acne, and psoriasis.
- Legs Up The Wall:
Practicing this on a regular basis may help you to achieve scavenge free radicals and also increase in the supply of oxygen to the face. Which can help you clear toxins out of your system? And your skin will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
While the above-given yoga practices may help your skin in improving its circulation, delivering oxygen to cells and relieving stress, it’s always best to get professional help if you suspect something is far more serious. Don’t forget to wear your best skin every day!
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.