1. Massage your scalp
"Inverted yoga poses like the headstand reverse the flow of gravity," says Kathy Sprague, yoga instructor at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass. "Blood rushes to the head, boosting circulation in the face and scalp." But if you're not as flexible as a Bendo doll, you can get similar benefits from a scalp massage, says Jennifer Maner, director of Gadabout Day Spa in Tucson, Ariz.:
- Rub a silver-dollar-sized amount of a jojoba-based oil (like Tara Spa Therapy Bindi Herbal Infused Body Oil; 800-552-0779) between your palms to warm it. Then, run your hands over your head. Repeat until the hair and scalp are coated.
- With the pads of your fingers, massage your scalp in a circular motion, from the sides to the back of the head, then from the front to the top, and finally from the back to the top.
- After 5-10 minutes, add some shampoo (no water), lather and rinse. Shampoo again to remove all the oil and end with a conditioner.
2. Experiment with exfoliators
Yoga gurus agree that there's nothing like an hour of yoga to make your body feel alive (thanks to the allover circulation boost from rhythmic movements and breathing). Re-create that feeling by massaging a salt rub like Origins Ginger Body Scrub (www.origins.com) into your skin or by applying your favorite body-cleansing gel with an exfoliating mitt (available for about $6 at most beauty-supply shops and at Bath & Body Works, 800-395-1001) on each hand.
Stroke briskly back and forth, starting at your feet and working your way up your body. Areas to avoid: your chest and face, where skin is too delicate for anything but a washcloth or a gentle, granular scrub like Remede Sweep (888-243-8825).
3. Rub on a self-tanner
ith self-tanning, you can create that just-back-from-Nirvana look, even if you're really just back from Schenectady. Exfoliate first (see No. 2), then using long, even strokes, apply a tanner like Estée Lauder Go Bronze (esteelauder.com) to your body. The secrets to a flawless application: Make sure your body is totally dry first (even the slightest bit of bathroom humidity can result in streaks), and always wash your hands with soap and water when finished, says Regina Viotto, spa director at the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa in New York. The tint lasts two to three days. For more temporary, daily color, brush Clinique Blended Face Powder in Transparency Bronze ( www.clinique.com) or Revlon Skinlights Loose Powder in Golden Light (800-473-8566) on your face, neck and shoulders.
4. Use natural-looking makeup
Ever wonder why all those women coming out of your gym's yoga class have a healthy rosy-cheeked glow while you, panting away on the treadmill, sport a face that looks like a beet? Credit it to the peaceful feeling you get from deep breathing and tension relief, Sprague says. To duplicate that dewy face: Apply a sheer foundation like M.A.C Hyper Real Foundation (800-387-6707) all over your face, including your eyelids. ("It has barely visible glitter in it, which makes skin look luminous," says Los Angeles makeup artist Joanna Schlip.)
Then add a stain (not blush) to cheeks and lips. (Try BeneTint by BeneFit, 800-781-2336, or Trish McEvoy Lip & Cheek Tint, 800-431-4306.) Top it off with a shiny cream like Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (www.elizabetharden.com) on your cheeks and a gloss like Nars Lip Lacquer (888-903-NARS) on your lips.
5. Brighten your eyes
To create that bright, clear-eyed look of an intense yoga session, use a de-puffing eye treatment like Lancôme Vitabolic Eye (www.lancome-usa.com) or Awake Eye Concentrate Mask (877-33-AWAKE) morning and night. In the morning, follow up with a creamy eye shadow like BeneFit Smudge Proof Creme Eyeshadows (800-781-2336) or Revlon Skinlights Eye Glossing in Bronze Gleam (800-473-8566), all over the lids. Use apricot or a color close to your skin tone to make the eye look very dewy, says Los Angeles makeup artist Natalie Miller. Brush on an eyelash conditioner like Origins Underwear for Lashes (800-ORIGINS), then black mascara on the top lid only to "open up the eye," Miller says.