We all know how great exercise is for the body and overall health and mood. But another extremely wonderful benefit is that it’s great for your skin! Not only does working out give you a more toned body, it makes your skin glowing and gorgeous too! Read along for all the benefits that exercising can bring, and why you should definitely make it a part of your regular beauty regimen.
Smoother, more radiant skin
Working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini-facial. When the pores dilate, sweat expels trapped dirt and oil. Just be sure to wash your face afterward so the dirt doesn’t get sucked back into the pores.
“Preliminary research by scientists at Ontario’s McMaster University shows that exercise not only keeps skin looking younger, but also enhances skin health at a microscopic level.
One experiment analyzed the skin of 29 men and women ranging in age from 20 to 84. When researchers sorted skin samples based on exercise habits, they found that people over 40 who exercised frequently had skin comparable to that of people half their age.”
Confident people radiate a certain physical appeal and charisma. Our self-worth directly correlates to our energy levels, feelings of competence and our perceived attractiveness. And nothing is more beautiful than the self-assurance that comes with feeling good in your own skin and loving the skin you’re in!
Exercise helps maintain healthy levels of the stress hormone called cortisol. High cortisol levels lead to breakouts. This also causes the collagen in your skin to break down, increasing wrinkles and sagging. Exercise helps your body produce collagen that keeps skin supple and firm.
The more muscle tone you have, the healthier your skin looks and feels. Your skin has better support from strong, firm muscles, and increased muscle tone will lead to firmer appearing skin. Toning your muscles helps to downplay the appearance of cellulite.
The post-workout glow is real! Your skin gets a hearty dose of oxygenated blood with heart-pumping aerobic exercise. Your skin also starts producing more of its natural oils, which helps skin look healthy and moisturized.
Skin repairs itself more quickly after a workout. This helps protect against the development of skin cancer. That being said, use caution when exercising outside and always wear sunscreen. Just remember to wash it all off after your workout so you can enjoy the glow!
…As if you needed even more reasons to go to the gym, exercise also gives you less stress, better immunity, and more restful beauty sleep! What could be better than that?