Get Your Sweat On: How Exercise Makes Skin Glow
According to the New York Times, recent studies show that exercise plays a large role in preventing skin aging. They even go so far as to make the claim that it may reverse skin aging in people who begin to exercise later in life.
You may think exercise means intense running workouts that can be a little intimidating, but in fact, just 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise just 3 times a week can have a positive impact on both your health and your skin, yes, speed walking counts!
So keep reading to find out how getting off the couch and getting your sweat on can leave your skin glowing and youthful!
Anything that promotes circulation works to promote skin health
Increasing blood flow brings fresh blood circulation to all areas of the body, especially to the skin, the body’s largest organ.
Increasing blood flow to the skin helps to rejuvenate and nourish skin cells by bringing them oxygen and nutrients and helping to carry away toxic substances such as free-radicals and other waste products that may be harmful to the skin cells.
Exercise decreases stress
Stress has a bad reputation as a major factor in aging. Certain skin conditions, such as acne and eczema are exacerbated by stress, and exercise is effective in calming this type of blemish producing stress by releasing naturally occurring feel-good endorphins.
Stress hormones also directly affect the sebaceous glands, or the glands in the skin that produce oil.
Exercise firms muscles, and firm muscles lead to tighter skin
It might be a fairly simple concept, but exercise tends to slim and strengthen the body, and as a result improves overall appearance of the skin. Excess skin can lead to wrinkles and cellulite, and tight muscles helps to keep skin tauter and firm in appearance.
Healthy lifestyle = healthy diet = healthy skin
As a rule, people who exercise regularly tend to eat healthier diets, and people who eat healthier diets tend to have healthier skin. Food choices hugely impact skin health and in order to focus on the health of your skin, it is important to focus on the health of your body as a whole.
For example, just like “you can’t out-exercise a poor diet,” you similarly can’t expect to eat a poor diet and have clear and healthy skin. There are many foods that are crucial for promoting a healthy cardiovascular system, allowing you to exercise more efficiently, and these foods just so happen to promote healthy skin as well!
These foods tend to be rich in heart-healthy antioxidants, micronutrients such as essential vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, as well as provide powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Try to include some of the following into your diet and watch the improvements unfold.
- Berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.
- Nuts & Seeds – almonds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, cashews, etc.
- Oils – Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, & Coconut Oil are a few of our favorites.
- Leafy Greens – Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, etc.
- Citrus Fruits – oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes
- Sulphur Veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onion, garlic
- Roots – turmeric, ginger
- Veggies – carrots, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, olives
Sweating regularly is good for the skin
Sweating can affect skin health by flushing toxins from the body that may affect the skin. In a similar fashion to reason number four, people who exercise tend to drink more water than people who don’t.
Drinking water helps to flush the system and sweating uses this extra hydration to flush toxins from the body through the pores. Sweat is known to purge the body of the compounds that cause blemishes and acne.
Your pores tend to open up wider during exercise than at any other time, in an effort to cool the body. In turn, your body is able to more efficiently release the buildup inside the pores, minimizing blemishes.
You’ll already be feeling good after you exercise, but for an extra boost, throw our Hydrating Facial Mist in your bag or purse before you head out – it’s cool, refreshing, energizing, and it balances skin oils so you go about the rest of your day looking and feeling radiantly awesome!
We hope this article gives you reason to become your healthiest self this year! Health and beautiful skin go hand in hand, so by exercising regularly you are doing far more for your body than simply gaining a glowing skin!
Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition. She is currently working toward a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. She spends her spare time listening to music, being outdoors, and reading.