Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that benefits the entire body. The mind, body and spirit work in conjunction with one another, to create an overall state of well being.
When most of us think of the term “Tai Chi”, we think of bodily exercise or movements. We can also use the same principals and techniques for the face as well.
Before we dive deeper into the facial aspect, let’s take a closer look at Tai Chi as a whole:
What Is Tai Chi?
According to this article, Tai Chi is based on slow and controlled movements, paired with proper breathing and a sense of mindfulness. There are actually a wide variety of Tai Chi styles, but each of them encompass the same, overall principals.
When proper breathing and movements are performed, along with stillness of the mind, an energy will be created. This energy, which is also called “life force”, is what we want to flow through the body. When the energy flows freely, our inner self connects with our outer self, creating an overall sense of harmony and peace.
How Does Tai Chi Help The Skin?
Performing Tai Chi on a regular basis will significantly reduce stress in the body and mind. We feel more relaxed. When we are not stressed, there is less cortisol released in our body.
This article states that when stress levels are running high, the it can really take a toll on the skin. Things like increased oil, will create inflammation and acne. Psoriasis, eczema and rosacea are also common with high cortisol levels. Some may also find that hives or cold sores will appear during times of stress.
When we are stressed out, we also tend to acquire more fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, our diets often wane, when life gets thrown off kilter, which also causes more skin issues.
Facial Qigong is an incredible way to stimulate blood flow to the face, neck and head. Increased blood flow will promote healing and bring more oxygen to the skin cells. This makes the skin appear to have a healthy glow.
Facial quigong movements that are shown here, will also relax the face and the body, which will in turn, greatly reduce the stress level.
The overall health benefits of Tai Chi are astounding. The fact that this practice has been around for nearly 2000 years, speaks volumes. Incorporating it into your lifestyle can help keep you feeling and looking more youthful. You will have a greater peace of mind and a healthier state of being, in doing so.
There are also other factors that you should also keep in mind to care for your skin.
Always protect your skin from the ultra violet rays of the sun. You can do this by applying a sunscreen to exposed skin, every time you go outdoors. Another way to combat sun induced skin damage, is to wear sunglasses with a UV protection on the lenses and a wide brim hat to cover your face.
Our bodies should always stay hydrated to be at peak performance and appearance. Strive to drink half of your weight in ounces of water on a daily basis. This will ensure that you are fully hydrated and that all the toxins are being flushed out of the body.
Diet also plays a large role in obtaining healthy and younger looking skin. Eat a diet rich in greens and other vegetables. Limit your intake of alcohol, sugars and processed foods for optimum health, as well.
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