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The Skin Benefits of Working Out!

We know what you’re thinking – is there anything exercise can’t do?

There are plenty of reasons to work out from fitting into your old jeans to staying healthy. Regardless of what your goals are, we all can agree that the results you get from working out are almost always obvious – this includes exercise’s impact on your skin too.

1. Goodbye Acne!

Working out regularly boosts blood circulation, which increases blood and hence, nutrient and oxygen flow beneath the skin. In addition, increased blood circulation also elevates the skin’s ability to draw out toxins from the body, including those that clog your pores.

Having a great sweat sesh pulls out the toxins, dirt and sebum from the pores, making your skin look clearer. However, working out isn’t enough. You need to maintain a water, antioxidant and mineral-rich diet and make sure cleanse your skin properly, especially after working out to remove all that gunk.

Pay special attention to acne-prone areas of your skin. Exercising can flush toxins from your skin but they’ll still remain on your skin if you don’t wash them off. If you’re using a prescription acne treatment, be sure to ask your doctor if it is safe to reapply the product after an afternoon or evening workout shower.

Another noteworthy benefit of working out that benefits the skin is the fact that exercise helps reduce stress. Exercise boosts endorphin release in the body and reduces cortisol, thereby countering one of the most common the effects of stress i.e. acne.

2. Delay Wrinkle Formation

We aren’t going to lie to you and say that you can prevent wrinkles forever. Wrinkles and fine lines are inevitable so it’s important that you learn to embrace them with age – however, you can slow their development by working out.

As mentioned earlier, working out helps reduce cortisol levels in the body. Too much cortisol leads to collagen breakdown which can increase sagging and wrinkles. Exercise, on the other hand, supports collagen production and keeps the skin firm and elastic.

3. Glowing Skin

Increased oxygen flow also allows the skin to glow. In fact, you and your friends will notice that your skin keeps glowing for hours after your workout too.

Your skin is being constantly nourished by blood vessels under the skin and this increases with a boost in blood supply from your workouts. When you exercise, your blood vessels dilate to release heat from the body, giving the skin a glowing, healthy appearance.

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