Skin health goes far beyond skincare and having a strict skincare routine or having the latest skincare products. Whilst good skincare products do help your skin significantly we also need to be paying attention to our foods, exercise and overall wellbeing. For years I was convinced and told skincare will solve my skin problems but hundreds of dollars later I discovered that it wasn't just skincare that would help my skin but also other factors such as diet and exercise. Skincare products are key to having good skin but you also need to pair that with a wholesome foods (see previous blog post) as well as healthy lifestyle habits such as exercise to really help and preserve your skin health.
Here's 3 reasons why exercise helps your skin!
Exercise is like a mini facial:
Working up good sweat is the like getting a mini-facial. When your pores dilate, sweat expels trapped dirt and oil. Just be sure to wash your face afterward so the gunk doesn’t get sucked back into the pores. It is also best to avoid wearing makeup when working out as makeup can clog your pores and lead to congestion and breakouts.
Exercise also reduces inflammation in the body which helps regulate skin-significant hormones and prevents free radical damage. Every time you exercise tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients that repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants. These nutrients also boost your skin's collagen production, which can help in slowing down the formation of wrinkles.
Less Stress Less Breakouts:
Anxiety, fearfulness and uncertainty all drain your vitality and dampen your mood, which in turn tends to show on your face and in the way you carry yourself, exercise is an incredible release of both stress and tension which boosts your mood and lowers stress. Those post-workout endorphins are seriously the best and keep you buzzing! Stress can also contribute to the formation of acne and breakouts so regular exercise helps lower your stress levels which in turn reduces acne and breakouts.
Exercise is such an important part of having and leading a healthy lifestyle, exercise improves you mental state, your overall physical health as well as your skin. Find an exercise activity you enjoy doing and ensure you are consistent to reap the rewards of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.