It’s not a secret that your entire body can benefit from the effects of exercise. Your skin is the largest organ you have, so cleansing it from the inside out with a good workout is the key to looking your best. With so many exercise options available, it’s important to know how each type of workouts can affect your skin.
Cardio – An Instant Glow
Cardio is a fantastic way to improve your circulation and get that instant glow. An increase in blood flow helps the cells throughout your body receive the oxygen and nutrients they need. That increase will also enhance the cell renewal process and help draw toxins out of your body. Speaking of toxins, sweating is another way your body gets rid of them. When you sweat, your pores open and dirt/oil is pushed out. Concerned about breakouts? Sweat has natural antibiotic properties, which may actually help reduce acne!
Weight Training – A Boost in Collagen
Higher collagen levels equate to firmer and more elastic skin, something we all could use! Research has shown exercising for long periods of time can increase collagen levels. 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: it can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Try incorporate lifting in your next workout to get firmer, smoother skin from head to toe.
Yoga – More Normal Sebum Production
The stress hormone cortisol can cause excess sebum production and acne. Yoga is one of the best ways to ease stress and lower the hormone. This will normalize sebaceous glands and decrease stress related breakouts. Or in easier to understand terms, a clear mind can give you even clearer skin!
- Always workout 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, avoid doing so during peak sunlight hours (10am- 4pm) and always wear sunscreen.
- Thoroughly wash your skin immediately following a workout. It’s always important to apply a moisturizer after cleansing.
Cardio, weight training and yoga each do their part to help to improve circulation, boost collagen and ease stress to give your skin a youthful look and feel. Most importantly, choose exercises that you enjoy. 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!