By Brian Stumbaugh
Want a smart list of the benefits of regular exercise?
Beyond helping you get that toned body you always wanted, there are some terrific skin benefits.
What most people don’t realize is that exercising can actually help your skin look and stay healthy. As an add-on to proven skin health remedies, you can exercise to help improve your acne, wrinkles, dull skin, and more. New research shows that exercise may help reverse skin aging, even for people who don’t start exercising until later in their life.
There are a lot of benefits to working out for your skin, but here are a few of our favorites:
Consistent, regular physical activity increases blood circulation. Exercise nourishes your skin. Blood and oxygen flowing through the skin help draw toxins out of the body, including toxins that clog pores. Sweating actually helps propel those toxins, oils and dirt out of your pores.
Don’t assume that your skin will automatically completely stop breaking out if you start working out, it just doesn’t work like that. Exercise – then shower as soon after as possible. Make sure that you’re cleansing your face and other areas that generally break out to take advantage of the process the exercise began. Exercising helps flush your pores but if you don’t clean your skin after, you’ll be negating the positive effects exercise can have on your skin. And if you’re using doctor recommended topical products for acne control, ask your doctor if you should reapply if you have a mid-day shower after a workout.
The Acne /Endorphin Connection
Exercise produces endorphins (the hormones that make you feel good) and subsequently, helps reduce your stress levels. Stress reduction and endorphins help decrease cortisol and other acne-provoking hormones that occur naturally when you are under stress. And did you know that too much cortisol will also increase collagen breakdown?
Healthy, Glowing Skin with O2
Aerobic exercise provides your body with a heavy dose of oxygenated blood. Your skin instantly glows more and that glow is maintained for hours after a workout. This is because the skin is filled with blood vessels that lie close to the surface. When we work out, the vessels dilate and give the skin a healthy, vibrant appearance.
Working out also helps the body to produce collagen, which is a protein that helps to keep your skin supple, firm, and elastic.
The Sleep Connection
Exercise also helps you rest and sleep better. You body and skin need repair time and does it best when you’re sleeping well. Research has also suggested that regular physical activity can help your skin repair itself faster.
The Outdoors Exercise Plus
Being outside, whether it’s while taking that daily walk or run or taking the kids to the pool or beach or soccer, is a natural endorphin booster. Fresh air, negative ions from trees, blue sky – all help you feel better about life in general. Put on your hat, your sunscreen and go start making your skin healthier and better looking.