Ever notice how healthy your skin looks after a tough workout? You may be sweaty and tired, but your skin is glowing! Exercise doesn’t just improve your overall health- it can greatly benefit your skin as well. I always encourage my clients to stay active and here are a few of my favorite ways working out can lead to healthy skin.
Bring on the Sweat
Sweat is great for clearing skin! It purges your body of toxins that can clog pores and lead to blemishes. Exercise allows your sweat glands to increase their functions and get rid of those toxins. But don’t forget to wash after sweating! Leaving those toxins sitting on your skin is something you want to avoid. Make sure to always shower after a workout to prevent dirt clogging up your pores.
Exercise helps maintain healthy levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol. A high cortisol level could lead to acne breakouts or cause the collagen in your skin to break down, which can increase wrinkles and sagging. A good workout will actually help your body in the production of collagen and this keeps your skin firm and supple.
The more muscle tone you have, the healthier your skin will look and feel. Your skin has better support from strong, firm muscles, and increased muscle tone will lead to firmer appearing skin. 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 skin look healthy and naturally moisturized.
Research suggests that exercise may even help skin to repair itself more quickly, which can help protect against the development of skin cancer. Be sure to always wear sunscreen when working out outdoors. Sun damage can occur quickly; use an SPF of at least 30 with broadband protection, both UVA and UVB, 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!