It’s no secret that your entire body can benefit from the effects of exercise. While there is some dispute regarding the exact effects of exercise on your skin, there is no doubt that healthy living leads to a healthier look. Your skin is the largest organ you have, so renewing it from the inside out with a good workout is a key to looking your best. With so many exercise options available, it’s important to know how each type can affect your skin.
Increase Circulation for that Instant Glow
Getting your heart pumping produces immediate benefits inside and out. An increase in blood flow gives the cells throughout your body the oxygen and nutrients they need. That also enhances the cell renewal process and draws toxins out of your body. Speaking of toxins, some dermatologists report that sweating is another great way to cleanse your system. When you sweat, your pores open and provide an easy pathway for dirt and oil to escape. Concerned about breakouts? Sweat has natural antibiotic properties, which may actually help reduce acne!
Suggested Workouts: Running, hiking and cycling
Boost Collagen & Elastin for Younger Looking Skin
Higher collagen levels equate to firmer and more elastic skin, something we could all use! Recent studies and reports have shown that prolonged exercise may increase these levels and lead to long-term benefits. Weight training is a fun way to extend each workout due to the seemingly endless variety of moves to choose from. Another benefit of lifting weights: reducing the appearance of cellulite. Try incorporating lifting in your next workout to get firmer, smoother skin from head to toe.
Suggested Workouts: Combining weight training and cardio
Reduce Stress & Regulate Hormones
The stress hormone cortisol can cause excess sebum production and adult acne. Yoga is one of the best ways to ease stress and lower the hormone. This will normalize sebaceous glands, decreasing these stress-induced breakouts. Or in easier to understand terms, a clear mind can give you even clearer skin!
Suggested Workouts: Yoga, Pilates and sports
Some Additional Tips:
- Always work out with a clean face that is free of makeup, especially if you are prone to breakouts.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your muscles and skin hydrated.
- If exercising outdoors during peak sunlight hours (10am- 4pm), always wear sunscreen.
- Thoroughly wash your skin immediately following a workout. It’s always important to apply a moisturizer after cleansing. BREVENA™ Daily Hydration Moisturizer in the morning and Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream before bed is a great way to get lasting results all day and night.
Most importantly, choose exercises that you enjoy and be sure to consult your physician before starting any new activities. Mix it up regularly to eliminate boredom and to ensure your success in achieving healthier skin. We believe skin matters and you should always love your skin, so get moving and get glowing today!