Does Exercise Improve Your Skin?

November 16, 2015

Most everyone would agree that exercise is great for your heart, lungs and mental outlook. But did you also know that exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin?

The obvious cardiovascular benefits of physical activity are important, of course, but anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant.

If you have a skin condition such as acne, rosacea or psoriasis, you may need to take special care to keep your skin protected while exercising. Sometimes exercise can aggravate the condition. But don’t let that prevent you from being active. Here’s why.

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.

Contrary to some claims, exercise doesn’t detoxify the skin. The job of neutralizing toxins belongs mostly to the liver. But by increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system. Think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside to maintain healthy skin.

Exercise has also been shown to ease stress. And by decreasing stress, some conditions that can be exacerbated by stress can show some improvement.

Skin conditions that show improvement when stress is reduced include acne and eczema. Exercise helps your body reduce stress and produce endorphins, your brain’s natural feel-good neurotransmitters. Exercise supports healthy skin.

Although research is ongoing about the link between stress and skin, studies show that the sebaceous glands, which produce oil in the skin, are influenced by stress hormones.

Resistance exercise such as lunges, pushups, and planking are beneficial for toning your muscles and skin and eliminating cellulite.

It’s important to drink plenty of water when exercising. By weight, the average human adult male is approximately 55% to 75% water. Staying hydrated is essential, but especially so when you exercise.

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