Are you sitting down again? A recent study found that the appearance of a woman’s skin on her chest, hands, and arms greatly impacts how old she is perceived to be. In other words, it’s not just your face that you need to worry about for looking younger or aging — it’s your skin, too.
It’s no secret that aging is inevitable. But, if you have to age, why not do everything you can to put it off as long as possible? It turns out it’s more than your genes and the sun that may be aging you. Read on for yoga poses to maintain a youthful appearance and for looking younger than you are…
Generally, any inverted positions will reverse the effects of gravity on your face, making you appear younger and holding off the onset of sagging facial features that make you look old. In particular, Surya namaskara and inverted pose are beneficial in this regard. Another yoga pose that is considered good for maintaining a youthful appearance is Halasana, the plough pose.
So, forget aging gracefully — here’s a guide for looking younger with the help of the below-mentioned yoga poses and to learn how to age youthfully. Keep a healthy glow, a spring in your step, and a radiant appearance with wellness tips from industry experts.
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I. 8 Wellness Tips for Looking Younger:
- Stay out of the sun
- Drink plenty of water
- Get some ZZZs(Sleep)
- Rub it in (Use moisturizers as per your skin type)
- Eat a diet rich in plants
- Get moving- Stay Active
- Establish a good routine
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
Note: By no means I am referring to aging to be a bad thing. Aging is a natural and beautiful thing. And we all have to age sooner or later. But the only purpose of this article is to guide you through some mindful tips and yoga poses so that you can maintain your health and youth as long as possible. Like we all do for our physical fitness and well-being.
II. Yoga Poses for Looking Younger
Yoga Pose #1 for Looking Younger: Halasana / Plough Pose
- Lie flat on your back with your legs together and your arms by your sides, with the palms facing down. Inhale and lift your legs from the floor without bending them, letting your abs do the work.
- Hold the breath, and push against the floor with your arms and hands so that your buttocks and back are lifted, vertebra by vertebra, in a rolling motion towards your head. Lower your legs over your head until your toes touch the floor above your head. If you can’t make it quite that far, don’t force it.
- You may either hold the pose by pressing the palms against the floor, or bend the elbows and bring the palms against the back so that they support you that way. Hold the pose for as long as you are comfortable and breathe deeply, allowing the muscles, particularly in your upper back and neck, to relax.
- You may resume the original supine position by slowly lowering the back, vertebra by vertebra, to the floor, then the buttocks, then legs. If you have been holding your palms against your back, first return them face down to the floor, then lower your back, buttocks, and legs.
- Another way of getting into the plough pose is to start with an inverted pose (above) or its more advanced version, Sarvangasana, the shoulder stand pose.
Benefits: Plough pose has many benefits, including promoting a youthful appearance by allowing blood to flow to the face. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles and massages the organs of the abdomen, promoting good digestion.
It stretches and strengthens the muscles in the back and neck, removing tension from the shoulders and neck and increasing blood flow to that part of the body. Plough pose, along with inverted pose, will also decrease acne.
Yoga Pose #2 for Looking Younger: Virabhadrasana I / Warrior Pose I
- The warrior sequence of poses involves three poses, the third of which is more challenging. These poses are excellent for toning muscles in the legs, butt, core, back, and arms, as well as encouraging circulation and restoring a youthful appearance. They also instill a sense of youthful confidence and courage, making your awareness sharper and more focused—the attitudes of a determined warrior.
- This sequence of three poses is named for a legendary warrior, Virabhadra’s. The first pose imitates his stance as, summoned by Shiva, he rose from the earth with the swords in his hands piercing the sky.
- Stand straight with your arms at your sides. Stretch your arms above your head, joining the palms. As you inhale, stretch your legs apart, so that they span about two-thirds of your height. Then exhale as you turn to face the left.
- At the same time, rotate your left foot so that it points in the same direction. Bend your left knee and lean in that direction, with your back arched and arms still pointing upwards, and your eyes aimed at your hands about your head. Your right leg should be straight and stretched behind you.
- Hold the position for a count of five, then straighten your left leg again. Rotate your left foot back to its original position. Then turn to the right, rotate the right foot, and repeat the pose on the right side.
- Repeat for five to ten rounds. Then exhale and return to the standing position.
Benefits: Warrior pose I strengthen muscles in the legs, feet, back, shoulders, and arms. It also stretches the hips and calves. It increases balance. Warrior pose I also improve concentration.
Yoga Pose #3 for Looking Younger: Virabhadrasana II / Warrior Pose II
- The second warrior pose imitates Virabhadra’s stance as he spotted his enemy from afar.
- From the same standing position as before, again stretch the legs apart to the same width as before. Stretch your arms to either side, parallel to the ground. Then, again rotate the left foot so that it points straight to the left. Lean into that direction with your left leg, bending the knee. Keep your back straight. Your gaze should move along the left arm. Hold the pose for a count of five.
- Then return to the stretched, square stance. Repeat the same movements on the right side.
- Repeat for five to ten rounds, then return to the original standing position.
Benefits: Warrior pose II tones the leg muscles, arms, and back. It improves balance. Cognitively, it instills a sense of courage.
Yoga Pose #4 for Looking Younger: Virabhadrasana III / Warrior Pose III
- The third warrior pose imitates Virabhadra’s stance as he thrust forward with his sword, slicing off the head of his enemy.
- This one’s a bit tricky and looks like something out of a Kung Fu flick. Once you’re comfortable with the previous two warrior poses, you can perform the third Virabhadrasana.
- Again begin standing straight, and again assume the squared stance with legs stretched apart. Turn your left leg so that it points to the left. Then, exhaling, lift your right foot off the ground at the same time as leaning to the left with your entire body, arms stretched out.
- The aim is to form a kind of T-shape, with all of your weight balanced on the left leg, the right leg stretched out behind you, and your arms stretched out in front. That way your entire body is parallel to the ground.
- Hold your balance for a count of five, if you can. If you can’t keep it for that long, return to the squared stance—and try not to fall! (But if you do, no big deal. Just rinse and repeat.) Then repeat on the right side.
Benefits: Virabhadrasana III improves agility and balance. Just as it imitates an extremely focused sword thrust, this asana improves concentration and focus. It tones the muscles in the leg, as well as strengthens your core.
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1. How to Look Younger?
- Stay out of the sun. While it’s true that the sun isn’t the only factor in the overall appearance of your skin, it does play a huge role.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get some ZZZs.
- Rub it in.
- Eat a diet rich in plants.
- Get moving.
- Establish a good routine.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine.
2. Does Yoga Help You Look Younger?
Yoga is not only ideal to make you fit and healthy physically but also makes your mind more active and strong. It is also effective in making your skin healthy and erasing wrinkles. Many yoga poses will slow down the aging process and make your body look younger.
3. Best Yoga Poses for Looking Younger?
Here are some of the yoga asanas to turn back that aging clock:
Warrior pose (Virabhadrasana)
Forward bend (Hastapadasana)
Tree pose (Vrikshasana)
Downward dog position (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Seated twist (Bharadvajasana)
4. How to Get Younger Skin?
- Protect your skin from the sun every day.
- Apply self-tanner rather than get a tan.
- If you smoke, stop.
- Avoid repetitive facial expressions.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Drink less alcohol.
- Exercise most days of the week.
- Cleanse your skin gently.
5. How to Keep Skin Young?
Youthful, beautiful skin doesn’t happen by chance; it takes some work. No matter what type of skin your parents have, your genes are only a small part of the equation. As the years go by, the signs of aging start to affect your body, and skin is no exception. Thankfully, there are easy ways to slow down the aging process and prevent damage to your skin. That’s because damage can also be caused by a wide range of factors such as sun exposure, your diet, and stress. Factors that, contrary to your DNA, you can easily control. Follow these tips and take the first step toward youthful-looking skin.
- Clean your skin (with the proper cleanser!)
- Use a cream formulated with retinol two or three times a week.
- Protect yourself from the sun.
- Hydrate your skin.
- Eat healthily.
- Stop smoking.