Exercise & Skin

Do you ever wonder why people’s complexions look so dewy and healthy after working out? Most of us know that, when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, there is no escaping the need for physical activity in order to have a healthy body. The Department of Health and Human Services recommend that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. With exercise being so vital to your entire body, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it impacts your skin’s health.

One of the most important factors of exercising is that it increases blood flow and circulation. Along exfoliation and massage, it brings blood to the surface of and wakes up your skin. Dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD says, “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin”.  So, as you are getting your blood pumping throughout your body, you are actually helping your complexion in the process. A little extra glow doesn’t hurt. Right?

Studies show that exercise is also a great way to relieve stress. You might wonder what that has to do with your skin. It actually has quite a bit to do with your skin if you suffer from conditions such as acne and eczema. “By decreasing stress, some conditions that can be exacerbated by stress can show improvement”, according to Brian B. Adams, MD. Since acne and eczema can flare up due to higher levels of stress, you want to decrease stress levels as much as possible. Please note that you still want to make sure to cleanse your face after exercising. Sweat caused from exercise can lead to further breakouts if not cleansed properly.

Most of us might blame our busy schedules as the reason why we aren’t getting our exercise in daily. There are a few tips that you can try to get your blood pumping regularly (and get that dewy glow in the process):

*Take a walk around your neighborhood. If you have kids or a dog, this is a great way to get your exercise in while spending some quality time together.

*Put your treadmill or equipment of choice in front of your TV or a window with a nice view. You will be more inclined to utilize it if you are not just looking at the wall.

*Ditch the elevators and escalators. Taking the stairs is a great way to get a little more activity in your day.

*Utilize your break-time at work to do squats or jumping-jacks at your desk. You can also take a brisk walk around your office building during this time.

Skin health is not just on the surface. Taking care of your body internally is just as important as taking care of it externally. Remember that we are all different and not every routine will work for each of us the same.

RESOURCES:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/exercise#1

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/stress/physical-activity-reduces-st#

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/lifestyle#1


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