How Exercise Can Benefit Your Skin
Written by Kerry Benjamin
Ever left the gym and noticed that post-workout glow? Exercise is great for your body and mind—but it does wonders for the complexion as well. Here’s what science tells us about exercise’s skin benefits.
Bring on the Sweat
Sweat is great for keeping your skin clear. When you sweat, your pores flush out toxins that can lead to blemishes. But don’t forget to wash after a sweat sesh—leaving toxins, oil, and dirt sitting on your skin can cause breakouts as well. To keep skin clear, always shower after a workout and use a gentle peel like our TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel weekly to kill acne-causing bacteria and remove dead skin cells.
Exercise helps maintain healthy levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Spiked cortisol levels can lead to breakouts or cause the collagen in your skin to break down, which can increase wrinkles and sagging. A good workout can actually help your body stimulate collagen production to keep your skin firm and supple.
The more muscle tone you have, the healthier your skin will look and feel. Skin is the largest organ in your body and when your skin has better support from strong, firm muscles, this willl ead to firmer-looking skin; not to mention, toning your muscles may also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Wonder where that post-workout glow comes from? When you get your heart pumping from aerobic exercise, your skin receives a good dose of oxygenated blood. Your skin also starts producing more of its natural oils, helping it look healthy and naturally moisturized.
Research suggests that exercise may help skin repair itself more quickly, which can help protect against UV skin damage. Be sure to always wear sunscreen when working out outdoors. Sun damage can occur quickly; use an SPF of at least 30 with broad-spectrum protection and preferably waterproof so that it stays put even while you sweat. Just remember to wash it all off after your workout so you can enjoy that glow!