Many people have asked me, “Does meditation make you look younger?”
Yes, it is possible to use anti-aging meditation techniques to look younger and feel youthful. Thank goodness.
Let’s be honest. Everyone above the age of thirty wants to look younger. And anti-aging meditation techniques can help.
Indeed, many of my students in my online meditation lessons are surprised when they start to look younger. I’m not. It’s a scientific fact that meditation can improve your skin and hair and even make you more attractive.
I have seen both myself and my students look and feel more youthful by meditating. I always notice a younger attitude in the people I teach. It’s as though they are more playful and less stressed, and you can see that on their faces.
Research suggests the same thing.
Can Meditation Make You Look ? Science Answers
Scientific research shows that there is indeed a link between meditation and anti-ageing.
We all have two different ages: chronological age (for instance, I’m 38), and biological age. But your biological age isn’t set in stone, and you can change it by meditating.
It’s a well-known fact that the Buddha lived to the age of eighty. And he lived in the 5th Century BCE when the average age of death was under forty. That’s the equivalent of you or I living to the age of 150. How did Buddha do this? He stayed young with meditation.
How does it work?
Science shows that meditation slows ageing by affecting telomeres.
Telomeres are protein caps on the end of each chromosome in your body. According to Masood A. Shammas at Harvard (Dana Farber) Cancer Institute, telomeres shorten naturally as we age, until the point where the cell can no longer divide anymore. This increases ageing in the body and is associated with age-related diseases, including high blood pressure and heart problems.
If only we could keep those telomeres long, we’d age slower right? Well…
One of the main reasons why telomeres shorten quicker is because of stress, according to research from Elissa S. Epel et. al. at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California. So, no wonder meditation helps. It reduces stress and thereby slows the rate of telomere division.
Why Zen meditators are younger
One study by Marta Alda et. al. at Miguel Servet University Hospital  showed that experienced Zen meditators have on average 10% longer telomeres than the average person.
In other words, they have a lower biological age.
The researchers state that the reason for the longer telomeres is primarily due to an increase in self-compassion and a decrease in stress.
The researchers also state that mindfulness (mindfully accepting emotions, memories, and thoughts) has a positive effect on life longevity. In contrast, avoiding your problems and avoiding emotions appears to reduce life expectancy.
It works for you too
You might wonder whether these benefits are just for monks who have spent half their life meditating. Can you get the same results as a beginner meditator?
A 2013 study by Jill Sakai at the University of Michigan, showed that practising 15 minutes of meditation daily has immediate effects on genes and increases activity in the genes that create telomeres. It also reduces activity in genes involved in inflammation and stress, which helps to reverse body age. And this isn’t the only effect of meditation on ageing, either.
For starters, meditation reduces wrinkles.
Sure, you have a lot of options with skincare. You have serums, oils, tonics, vitamins, and lotions for tightening and exfoliation. But meditation’s anti-ageing properties beat all of those.
Meditation deactivates the NF-kB skin gene , which is the gene of inflammation that causes wrinkles.
In a 2009 study, dermatologist Dr. Howard Chang reversed the ageing process in mice and completely changed the appearance of their skin. He did this by applying a concoction that deactivated the Nf-kB protein. This caused the rats’ skin to become thicker and firmer, which removed the wrinkles, reversing body age.
A UCLA study in 2013  then revealed that meditation reduced activity of the NF-kB gene that causes wrinkles, which effectively means that meditation gives you younger-looking skin.
I can say from personal experience that after I had been meditating for many months, I noticed that my skin looked much clearer and more youthful. And I do personally believe that this is because I meditate every day and have far less stress in my life.
You might also note that many celebrities who meditate look younger, like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.
Meditation increases collagen and elastin
Collagen and elastin are proteins that reduce the appearance of wrinkles by increasing skin elasticity. They are our main defence against wrinkly and saggy skin.
However, the stress hormone cortisol breaks down elastin and collagen, effectively killing our defence against wrinkles. Therefore, stress makes you look older.
Meditation is well known to reduce stress, and numerous studies [including a 2013 study at UC-Davis and Rutgers University] show that meditation reduces cortisol by up to 50%.
As you can see, meditation reduces age-accelerating biochemicals and increases collagen. And that is how meditation reverses the ageing process naturally.
Meditation Makes Hair Look Younger
Not only is meditation anti-ageing for the skin, but it is also anti-ageing for hair.
We all know that stress affects hair. And hair problems, such as grey hair, are some of the sure-tell signs of ageing. Meditation, however, can help to reduce stress so it doesn’t destroy your hair.
A daily meditation practice Improves circulation, meaning more oxygen is carried through the blood to nourish hair cells.
Best Types Of Anti-Aging Meditation To Look Young
1. Start by stopping stress
The number one cause of accelerated ageing is stress. And yes, I know, it is hard as hell to stop stress these days. Thankfully, you can use my guide to mesitation for stress.
Stress has a massive impact on every single part of our health, and especially on the ageing process. Stress increases cortisol, which leads to wrinkles. Therefore, by reducing the stress in your life you will reduce wrinkles.
Some of the best meditations for this are:
- Anapanasati (mindful breathing)
- General mindfulness
- Tai chi and Qigong
Here is one amazing anti-ageing meditation to look young that will reduce the stress in your life.
- Sit comfortably with good posture. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Roll your shoulders back then let them relax. Slightly lower your chin to elongate your spine.
- Close your eyes and breathe. Watch as your breath moves through your body. When thoughts or feeling occur, gently label them, and continue to focus on your breath.
- Once you have been meditating on your breath for around ten minutes you will notice a feeling of inner peace in your body. Meditate on this feeling of inner peace. Continue to do so for ten minutes. This will relax your mind and reduce stress to help your body to stay young.
2. Practice Zen
Scientific research has pinpointed Zazen as one of the best anti-ageing meditations.
Zen monks have been proven to have shorter telomeres and higher life expectancy specific because they practice meditation. And I don’t know about you, but every time I see a Zen monk they seem to have fewer wrinkles than the rest of us.
Zen meditation is also ideal for beginners. So, if you’re new to meditation and want to reduce the effects of ageing, give Zen meditation a shot. You can combine it with Zen walking for extra benefits.
3. Practice Loving Kindness Meditation
Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta) is a Buddhist meditation technique. It’s all about generating thoughts and feelings of compassion and love for yourself and for others.
Studies have revealed a direct link between self-love and the ageing process [The Relationship of Aging to Self-Esteem: The Relative Effects of Maturation and Role Accumulation, Bernadette E. Dietz].
People with higher levels of self-love age slower. That’s partly because they are more likely to live healthy lifestyles such as by not smoking and not drinking. And it’s also because self-love boosts positivity and reduces stress, leading to a decrease in chemicals that cause accelerated ageing.
4. If you want to look younger and more attractive…
Not only does meditation help you to avoid the numerous health problems of ageing, but meditation also makes you more attractive.
Sounds weird, right? But think about it. Meditation makes you more relaxed and more confident (both of which are sexy). It improves your posture, so you stand taller and look leaner. And it has positive effects on your skin and hair.
If you want to use meditation to stop ageing visually, focus on relaxing meditation techniques. These tend to be the best anti-ageing meditations to look younger. They reduce the effects of stress and make you feel more relaxed and more confident, which will make you appear even more attractive than you already are.
5. Use mindfulness exercises like tai chi
There are lots of good anti-ageing meditations that involve movement. For instance, Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
These movement meditations help you to learn to move your body in better ways. This reduces the effects of arthritis and helps reduce stress on your joints.
Tai Chi and Qigong also slow the mind and produce inner peace so you’re more relaxed. That can have a profound effect on stress levels and can help prevent age-related conditions associated with stress.
I highly recommend the video tutorials of Tai Chi teacher Paul Lam.
Mantras are words or phrases used in Buddhism, Hinduism and Yoga. Mantras are chanted sounds that we meditate on (some people think of these as beauty spells, but they are far more scientific). We can think of these as sound meditations.
To look young, try the Surya mantra. It’s a powerful and ancient mantra that is used to create beautiful hair and smooth skin. Reciting this mantra daily will help to slow down the ageing process according to sacred Hindu texts.
Mudras are specific hand or body positions that are used in yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism. There are mudras for a multitude of health concerns—both psychological and physical. For instance, there are mudras for weight loss, mudras for beautiful skin, and even mudras to reduce wrinkles. The best mudra to look young is the Prithvi mudra, which helps with hair growth.
Here’s how to perform this mudra:
- Hold your hands a little in front of your face with your elbows bent
- Lightly hold the tips of your thumbs and fourth fingers together
- Hold the other fingers straight
- Meditate in this position.
Ayurveda is a complex health system that originated in India and has recently become popular in the West. There are many Ayurvedic practices to look young, including enemas, steam baths, and oil pulling (which is used for dental hygiene).
Remember, you’re only as old as you feel, and you can use these anti-ageing meditations to look younger. If you ever wonder, “Can meditation make you look younger, the anwer is yes. And I can help you with this in a private online meditation lesson.
1: Alda, M., Puebla-Guedea, M., Rodero, B., Demarzo, M., Montero-Marin, J., Roca, M., & Garcia-Campayo, J. (2016). Zen meditation, Length of Telomeres, and the Role of Experiential Avoidance and Compassion. Mindfulness, 7, 651–659. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0500-5
2: The Anti-Aging Impact of Meditation, Dr. Thiago Freire, Associate Professor & Lecturer, University Of Moscow PFUR, Anti-Aging Medicine, Head of Product Development and EMK Research, WSIMag, https://wsimag.com/wellness/35256-the-anti-aging-impact-of-meditation
3: Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation, Jill Sakai, University of Michigan, https://news.wisc.edu/study-reveals-gene-expression-changes-with-meditation/
4: Yogic Meditation Reverses NF-κB and IRF-related Transcriptome Dynamics in Leukocytes of Family Dementia Caregivers in a Randomized Controlled Trial, David S Black 1, Steve W Cole, Michael R Irwin, Elizabeth Breen, Natalie M St Cyr, Nora Nazarian, Dharma S Khalsa, Helen Lavretsky, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22795617/
5: Black, D. S., Cole, S. W., Irwin, M. R., Breen, E., St Cyr, N. M., Nazarian, N., Khalsa, D. S., & Lavretsky, H. (2013). Yogic meditation reverses NF-κB and IRF-related transcriptome dynamics in leukocytes of family dementia caregivers in a randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(3), 348–355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.06.011