Costhetics is always alert to the latest news and information about cosmetic enhancement.
Sometimes, however, we like to focus on old-school remedies for 21st Century problems like ageing skin. If you’re bothered by skin that’s lost its radiance, we have a solution that’s fast, easy, and super-easy on your budget. In fact… it’s free!
So simple, and you never knew.
Physical Effects of Mental Stress
Stress, big and small, is part of life, and there is nothing like stress to activate your body’s sympathetic nervous system. When you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or burned-out, your body enters a phase where breathing is shallow. In turn, this triggers:
- Stress hormones such as cortisol
- Cortisol surges that break down collagen
- Cellular oxidation
Over time, all these internal stressors rob skin of its self-protective mechanisms. Skin produces more sebum than is necessary while simultaneously leaking water through sweat and hot flashes. This results in skin that is oily and dehydrated at the same time, laying the groundwork for:
Celebrities, Skin Beauty, and Mindful Breathing
Long before the pandemic turned us all into shallow breathers, celebrities have been using oxygen to transform their bodies for the better. The Daily Mirror points to people like Kate Hudson, Naomie Harris, and Fearne Cotton as proponents. The technique is known as mindful breathing, and it is a wonderful antidote to daily life.
Mindful breathing teaches you to focus attention on your breath. Mindful breathing can be done anywhere at any time. Breathing is extremely valuable when you need to calm yourself in a moment of stress. However, a daily breathing practice can help you keep stress at bay, along with the skin problems that stress triggers.
All That and Weight Loss Support Too
Breathing pumps oxygen into the body’s cells. Deep breathing exercises trigger activity in the thyroid gland, which is responsible for regulating metabolism and hormone production. This can help:
- Raise metabolic rate
- Provide more energy
- Accelerate the fat-burning process
- Facilitate weight-loss efforts
How to Breathe Your Skin Beautiful
Now that you understand why breathing is good for your skin, you are probably wondering what techniques you can use to improve your own relationship with the way you breathe. Don’t be anxious. You’ve been breathing all your life! All you need to do is:
- Take deep, long breaths
- Expand your chest and diaphragm
- Feel your belly rise and fall
For maximum benefit, do this twice a day for 30 minutes. This will help your lungs open more fully, increasing pulmonary circulation and blood oxygenation too.
Does Breathing for Beautiful Skin Really Work?
Are you sceptical that simple breathing can really transform your skin? Well, if seeing is believing, you need look no further than Nitsa Citrine for evidence that this mindful practice works. Nitsa is a global phenomenon on her Instagram Women with Superpowers page. Her following is enormous, thanks in part to her “supernaturally glowing complexion and her transformative private and group (breathing) workshops,” says Vogue Magazine.
In an interview with The Cut, dermatologist and author Dr Whitney Bowe reports on the success her patients have had with simple twice-daily breathing breaks. They simply pause for five minutes to do nothing more than inhale and exhale in a mindful way. She says individuals notice “changes in texture and tone in as little as a week.”
Better skin in seven days? Costhetics says yes to that, and you should too. Keep breathing and stay beautiful.