Slowing down the ageing process is a multi-billion-dollar industry, with men and women seeking a more youthful appearance. The market offers an abundance of anti-wrinkle creams, serums, vitamins, and cosmetic treatments, making it overwhelming to determine the right choices for your skin and body.

While meditation is commonly known for reducing stress and anxiety, I, as a woman in my early forties who has been practicing meditation for 15 years and teaching for 10, can attest to its anti-ageing benefits that extend beyond mental well-being. Often mistaken for being in my early to mid-thirties, I humorously suggest that meditation may be my secret.

However, it turns out that meditation indeed has anti-ageing properties. Here’s how:

1: Stress Reduction

Meditation primarily helps you appear younger by reducing stress, a major contributor to premature ageing. The burden of stress can accelerate the ageing process. Stress triggers the production of cortisol in our bodies, which leads to inflammation and collagen breakdown in the skin. Regular meditation has been proven to lower cortisol levels, resulting in reduced inflammation and healthier, more youthful-looking skin. The difference in our appearance when we are constantly stressed and burned out compared to when we are ‘cool, calm, and collected’ is remarkable.

2: Increased Grey Matter Volume

Another way meditation reverses the ageing process is by increasing grey matter volume in the brain. Grey matter plays a crucial role in cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and decision-making. As we age, our grey matter volume naturally decreases, leading to declines in these functions. Nevertheless, studies have demonstrated that regular meditation can actually boost grey matter volume, effectively reversing our biological age.

3: Deactivation of Inflammatory Genes

Meditation deactivates inflammatory genes like NF-kB, slowing the skin’s aging process. Although more research is needed, a 2013 study by UCLA found that dementia caregivers who practiced meditation for eight weeks experienced remarkable skin rejuvenation.

Mantra-based meditation techniques such as Transcendental and Vedic Meditation, which I practice and teach, offer numerous anti-ageing benefits. For instance, one study revealed that long-time meditators had a biological age that was 12 years younger than their chronological age, as determined by factors like blood pressure, skin resistance, and hearing.

The health benefits of meditation are impressive. By reducing stress, inflammation, and enhancing skin health while increasing grey matter volume in the brain, meditation holds the potential to help you both look and feel younger for a more extended period. It may be time to consider incorporating meditation into your daily beauty routine.


Solae is one of the Greencare Lifestyle Experts, a wellness initiative targeting a holistic approach to well-being. The team also includes experts like Dean Gladstone (stress management and breathwork coach), Michael Klim (former Olympian and mindset coach), Kate Kendall (yoga and breathwork facilitator), Zoe Bingley-Pullin (Nutritionist), Charlotte Dodson (yoga and movement teacher), and Tory Trewhitt (health and wellness coach). Greencare Clinics CEO George Moskos stated the initiative’s objective is to equip individuals with the knowledge, strategies, and tools needed for overall health and wellness. Greencare Clinics is an online Telehealth and medical clinic connecting patients with doctors and nurse practitioners experienced in alternative, plant-based medication. For more information on meditation with Soelae, please visit You can also access free monthly meditations by Soelae at

This article was first published in the Summer issue of Retail Beauty:

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