We all know that exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body and staying fit. However, there are even more benefits of exercise than we may have realised. What if we told you that exercising is equally as beneficial for your skin? Today, we will explore what those benefits are.
Exercise boosts blood flow, which nourishes your skin
Cardio is great for your heart, right? But now you know it’s also good for your skin as well! Yes, of course, you still need to workout without makeup and shower and to ensure you aren’t clogging any pores, but the cardiovascular benefits of exercise actually extend to your skin as well. As blood flow and circulation increases, so do the number of nutrients and oxygen carried to your skin cells. The oxygen and nutrients can flush out any toxins or debris in the skin cells, thus keeping your skin radiant and healthy.
Stress can cause breakouts, and exercise is known for decreasing stress
Do you remember that Legally Blonde quote, “Exercise creates endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!” Well, it turns out Elle Woods wasn’t far off the mark. Regular exercise is a known de-stresser, which allows your skin to reap the benefits. Lack of stress is typically helpful for decreasing breakouts and flare-ups of skin conditions such as eczema. Reducing stress is associated with lower cortisol, which is one of the hormones that can cause acne. Bonus points if you exercise outside, as the fresh air can be a double endorphin booster. Don’t forget to be sun smart when exercising outdoors – we want healthy skin, not sunburnt skin!
Exercise can allow your skin to feel healthy and glowing
Oxygen isn’t just the air we breathe, it is important for our blood cells as well. Performing regular aerobic exercise, such as swimming or running, produces oxygenated blood as the blood circulation is increased. This causes the blood vessels close to the surface of our skin to dilate, producing a vibrant and glowing complexion. Exercise can also improve your body’s production of collagen, which helps to keep your skin feeling firm and reduce sagging.
More exercise – more sleep – more time for your skin to repair and revitalize
We’ve all been told we should get more sleep – and see the bags under our eyes that turn up when we aren’t getting enough. When we exercise regularly, we are more likely to get a full night’s sleep. And that full 8+ hours does wonders for our skin being able to repair and revitalize itself.