You are all aware that exercise is excellent for your heart, lungs and mental outlook, but did you know that regular exercise plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin?
Here is why
Physical activity has many benefits and one of them is that it improves your blood circulation.
Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body. Skin being our largest organ, it follows suit that a great many of these working cells can be found in your skin.
In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.
By improving blood circulation and oxygenation of the skin, exercise tones the skin and gives you a healthy glow.
Contrary to some claims, exercise doesn’t detoxify the skin. The job of neutralizing toxins belongs mostly to the liver. But by increasing blood flow, exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system through the liver – think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside.
Research investigating the link between stress and skin is relatively new, but there are a few elements we can already consider. For instance, we know that exercise eases stress; we also know that sebaceous glands, which produce oil in the skin, are influenced by stress hormones. It is therefore logical to consider that exercise, by reducing stress, helps in the management of conditions exacerbated by stress such as acne and eczema.
Exercise also helps your body control blood sugar reducing glycation which can age skin tissue, including important proteins like collagen.
Now, we must point out that certain skin conditions such as rosacea can be exacerbated by exercise because anything that promotes blood flow may trigger redness.
On the whole, regular exercise combined with a solid skin care routine will help you get a more youthful glowing skin!
Because exercise increases sweat and may exacerbate skin conditions:
– Remove your make-up before exercising
– Keep your hair pulled back
– Cleanse your skin after exercise