Exercise and Skin Health
Exercise has a positive effect on your skin’s appearance, here’s why:
One: Exercise gives your skin a beautiful, healthy glow.
When we exercise, our skin produces its own natural oils that help the skin look plump and healthy. While these oils are great to moisturise the skin, we must remember to cleanse the skin twice a day to remove excess oils and dirt and to ensure the skin doesn’t become congested. A great cleanser post working out is Pore Cleanse Gel from Medik8 €24 http://www.mediskin.ie/product/porecleanse-gel/
Two: Exercise makes you perspire.
When we sweat, it purges our bodies of toxins that clog our pores and therefore cause pimples and blemishes. Exercise increases the blood flow to the skin, and allows the sweat glands to increase their functions and rid the body of toxins. Always shower after a workout to prevent bacterial or fungal infections that may occur from dirt and sweat clogging up your pores.
If you do find your skin on your body or face breaking out post workout, this spray is amazing for taking down inflammation and clearing breakouts, Salcura Antiac Spray €19.99 http://www.mediskin.ie/product/antiac/
This body wash is another great product for the gym €15.99 http://www.mediskin.ie/product/bioskin-body-cleanser/
Three: Exercise boosts oxygen, nutrients and blood flow to the skin.
Exercise gets the blood flowing, and increases circulation, therefore carrying more oxygen to the skin. The boost in blood flow and oxygen to the skin cells also carries nutrients that improve the skin’s health, reinforcing our moisturisers and serums on the skin’s surface.
Four: Regular exercise tones our muscles.
The more toned you are beneath your skin, the healthier your skin will look and feel. The stronger and firmer your muscles are, the more support your skin will have, and the firmer and elastic it will appear. Toning your muscles may also help to minimise the appearance of cellulite, that often appears on thighs and buttocks. You can’t exercise cellulite away, but you can help it look better. My favourite cellulite cream is Cell-u-lift from Image Skincare: http://www.mediskin.ie/2013/05/16/cellulite/
Five: Exercise helps to lower stress levels.
Exercise has always been known as a great way to relieve stress. Studies on this matter are small but some show that stress may worsen, if not actually trigger, acne and adult acne. It may also trigger flare-ups of psoriasis. The best treatment I have came across for this condition is a spray called Dermaspray, €19.95 http://www.mediskin.ie/product/bioskin-dermaspray/
Exercise boosts hormone production and suppresses the body’s ability to heal, but regular workouts can keep stress and these skin conditions under control. When you’re feeling tense, take a deep breath and get out for some fresh air.
Why not make exercise your new secret skin care for a younger, healthier complexion?