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How Does Exercise Affect Skin Health?

It is hardly uncommon knowledge that exercise and working out are extremely beneficial not only to overall health but also for building muscle, controlling weight and keeping your body in healthy condition. While this is reason enough to start jogging or lifting weights, there’s another reason to start breaking a sweat. A little known fact is that exercise is also exceptionally helpful in keeping your skin young, vibrant and healthy. Here are a few reasons that exercise can give you healthy skin-

  1. Post Workout Glow

Exercising regularly improves the blood flow to the entire body including the surface of the skin. While this gives a good dose of oxygenated blood to the skin, it also supplies nutrients to the skin! Moreover, when you sweat, a lot of harmful toxins that accumulate in skin are removed. Your skin also starts producing more of its natural oils, which are essential to skin health and give it a vibrant glow.

  1. Prevents Aging

Regular exercise promotes the production of collagen, which is a protein that supports skin structure giving your skin a strong, supple look. Additionally, exercising strengthens the muscles underneath the skin, toning them and making the skin firm and elastic. Exercise is an excellent way to combat the signs of aging like wrinkles, saggy skin and fine lines, ensuring your skin remains young and strong.

  1. Prevents the Formation of Acne

Exercising helps to regulate hormonal levels in the body. Lowering the levels of cortisol, exercise deters the formation of acne caused by an overproduction of the stress hormone. Furthermore, when you sweat, the pores on your skin are cleaned out and the congested oil, dirt and skin cells are all removed. This prevents the formation of black heads and any other inflammation that may be caused!

  1. Alleviates Stress and its Effects

Stress is one of the primary factors that affect skin health. While it takes a toll on the entire body, it causes more frequent breakouts, dull skin and makes your skin appear less radiant. Exercising releases the ‘feel-good’ endorphins in the body. This not only improves your mood but also alleviates stress. The reduced stress and hormonal balance even improves the quality of sleep and as a result it is very beneficial for your skin. When you are healthy, relaxed and well rested, your skin can feel the same. 

A few skin care tips post workout :

  •  Hit the showers to wash away all the sweat 
  • Cleanse your face properly
  • Sit back, relax and use a sheet mask like LuxaDerme’s Firming Bio Cellulose Sheet Mask to help restore skin’s moisture, firmness and keep it well hydrated.

Within an hour of exercising, you feel less anxious; that night you sleep better; and for 72 hours afterward your body processes blood sugar more efficiently. The whole-body benefits of exercise aren’t a mystery, so go pack your gym bag or put on your sports shoes and work up a sweat today!

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