How does exercise improve the skin?
Makes you sweat: Along with kidneys and liver, the skin is one of the body’s mechanisms for ridding itself of toxins. Vigorous exercise helps the body do just that. It gives the sweat glands a workout too, helping the skin to get rid of things that can clog pores or cause breakouts. It’s very important to wash the face after exercising.
Boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin: Exercise increases blood flow to the skin and that increase also carries more oxygen to the skin. The increased blood flow and oxygen also helps carry nutrients that support skin health. That means all the nutrients from the good food consumed as part of a New Year’s diet makeover can benefit the skin.
Relieves stress: Stress affects every cell in the body and amplifies existing skin problems. It causes everything from breakouts to prolonged redness to an acceleration of the skin’s aging process by as much as 6-10 years- making stress the 2nd greatest influence on aging, second only to sunlight. Cortisol- the master stress hormone- triggers inflammation at a cellular level, damages cell membranes, shortens DNA strands and reduces cellular production of youthening proteins, especially collagens , elastin and glycosaminoglycans. This leads to early cell death and the onset of premature aging. Luckily, exercise is the ultimate stress reliever and can keep your skin looking young, healthy and vibrant.