Exercise For Healthy Skin

exerciseYou probably know exercise is good for your heart, lungs, and mental outlook.  But did you know exercise is beneficial for your skin’s health too?

Why Exercise is good for your Skin

There are two main reasons why exercise is good for your skin: improved circulation and stress reduction.

Improved Circulation

Anything that promotes healthy circulation also keeps your skin healthy and vibrant – and exercise definitely falls into that category!

Exercising increases circulation.  This increased blood flow brings nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout the body – including the skin.

In addition to bringing good things to the cells, blood also takes away the bad.  The blood carries waste products from the working cells of our bodies.  One thing that is stripped away is free radicals.  Free radicals can have a very negative effect on our skin – especially premature aging of the skin.

Basically, the exercises you perform and the increased circulation it produces can be thought of as a skin scrub from the inside!

Stress Reduction

There have been many studies that show exercise reduces stress.  Even if you don’t think you are excessively stressed, a vigorous workout will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

While the proof isn’t definitive yet, there is some evidence that skin conditions show improvement after stress reduction.  For example, acne and eczema seemed to clear after the burden of stress had been lifted.  Researches point to the fact that the sebaceous glands – which produce oil in the skin – are affected by stress hormones.

How to Make Your Workout Skin Safe

Your skin will benefit greatly from your exercise routine; however, all those benefits come with a stipulation.  You must exercise with skin safety in mind; otherwise, the bad aspects will outweigh the good.  Fortunately, keeping your skin safe is pretty easy to do!

Protection from the Sun

Sun damage is one of your skin’s biggest enemies.  The sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.  If you plan to exercise outside, follow these suggestions:

  • Avoid exercising outside during peak sun times (10am and 4pm), no matter what month of the year.
  • Use clothing to protect as much skin as possible.
  • Wear a hat to shade your face and protect your scalp.
  • Apply sunscreen to any skin that isn’t covered by your hat or clothing.  There is a chance your sunscreen will run into undesirable places (your eyes) as you sweat so shop for athlete-friendly sun block.  There are new ph-balanced sunscreens that don’t sting if you get it in your eyes.
  • If you have naturally oily skin, choose a gel or oil-free sunscreen.

Reducing Chafing

Chafing can cause rashes.  Your exercise is supposed to be improving the condition of your skin, not worsening it!  Here are some tips to keep the bad side-effects of exercise at bay so you can enjoy just the good ones.

  • Remove your make-up before exercising.
  • Wear moisture-wicking clothing to keep your skin dry and cool.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing while exercising.
  • Always shower as soon as your workout is over.

If you are looking for a natural, healthy way to improve the condition of your skin, try exercising.  By increasing the blood flow and reducing stress, your skin will have a healthy glow.

Citations:

Brian B. Adams, MD – associate professor and director of the Sports Dermatology Clinic at University of Cincinnati

Ellen Marmur, MD – associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

April Armstrong, MD – assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, Davis

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Guest author Dennis Adams stumbled upon these skin care tips while trying to lose weight.  He was exercising regularly and using HCG injections (http://ehcginjections.com has information) in an attempt to reach his target weight.  His doctor pointed out the wonderful side effects his exercise was having on his skin!

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