Everyone knows that exercise is essential for a healthy body and a healthy mind. But did you know that it can breathe new life into your dull skin?
What happens when we exercise?
As we exercise our heart rate increase and in turn so does our blood flow around the body. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the working cells of the body, including the skin. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Furthermore, this dose of oxygenated blood being delivered to your skin gives it a rich vibrant glow. Increased blood flow also has the added benefit of helping to remove waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. Although exercise doesn’t detoxify the skin (that’s the job of the liver which neutralises toxins) increasing blood flow, through exercise helps remove cellular debris.
Working out helps to reduce the concentration of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a known stress hormone which increases sebum production in the skin which in turn leads to greater acne. Cortisol can also damage the delicate collagen in your skin and thus contributes to wrinkle formation. Exercise actually supports the production of collagen and helps your skin to be supple, elastic and firm.
Regular exercise helps to draw out the traces of toxins from the skin, thus adding a new life to your skin. Just remember not to exercise while wearing makeup. Keep fragrance-free cleansing wipes in your bag when you go to the gym and wear fabric that absorbs perspiration from your skin.