You already know exercise is good for your body, but did you know it may also give you better skin? That’s right: Provided that you stay hydrated and, if you exercise outdoors, always wear your sunscreen, because a regular workout can work wonders on your complexion.
Here are three ways exercise makes skin more radiant and healthy-looking:
1. Exercise cleanses your skin from the inside out. A good, sweaty workout gets your heart pumping, which boosts circulation and blood flow. That, in turn, nourishes skin cells. Plus, the increased blood flow delivers reparative nutrients to your skin and increases collagen production. Improved circulation aids in the removal of cellular debris, free radicals, and toxins.
2. Exercise helps clear clogged pores. Sweat and heat open your pores, making it easier to expel debris like dirt and oil – kind of like getting your face steamed during a facial. Just be sure to remove your makeup before working out and wash your face immediately afterward to keep that pore-clogging gunk from sinking right back in.
3. Exercise helps you de-stress and sleep better. When you are tired and stressed, your face reflects it. That might mean waking up with dark undereye circles or puffiness, dull skin or acne breakouts. Regular exercise can lower your levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol. Studies show that regular exercise can also ease insomnia — so you may finally start waking up with the great skin you’ve always dreamed about.
With a consistent workout regimen and a consistent skincare Regimen, your skin will look better than ever. Best of all, with both skincare and exercise, it’s never too late to start!
What’s your favorite workout? How has it helped your skin?
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Be sure to use sunscreen during the day, too; topical retinoids can increase your skin’s sensitivity to UV damage. Avoid retinol and retinoids if you’re pregnant; you can speak to your dermatologist about other options that are safer while you’re expecting.