26/08/2010 12:10 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Yoga For Glowing Skin

Sweaty Betty

Fed up of spending a small fortune on fancy face creams? Make yoga a part of your regular beauty regime instead.

Practising yoga may involve more effort, but the results are real and last longer that a tiny pot of cream.

Apart from improving fitness and flexibility, yoga can add colour to your cheeks and a twinkle in your eye that no cosmetics can fake.

Inverted poses like the downward dog, head stand and the plough all boost blood flow to the brain and increase circulation around the cheeks and eyes. This rush of fresh nutrients and oxygen can improve your skin and keep it looking fresh.

"These asanas (positions) clear the skin and makes it look healthy. Between seven to 10 days of practicing these and you can see the difference clearly," Uma Gautam of Bharat Thakur's Artistic Yoga, India's top yoga company, told The Times of India.

Of course, yoga - like any regular exercise - also works on your wider wellbeing. Studies show practicing yoga every day reduces stress and anxiety, both of which can cause visible ageing. All those worry lines aren't natural!

Meditation and other relaxtion methods that involve deep breathing techniques can also help you calm down and feel more alive. Yoga devotees talk of a peaceful inner glow that radiates into their daily life and their frown-free faces.

"Even when it's not so visible to the naked eye, I can feel that it's there" says Lara Chandler, co-founder of children's yoga company

Will you be swapping your Creme de la Mer, for the crow anytime soon? Or perhaps you've been a yoga fan for years and are always complimented on your looks. Tell us below!