These days you won’t get an argument out of anyone about the health benefits of exercise. While many of us may not engage in physical activity as much as we would like, there is no one who doesn’t know that doing so benefits a person in many ways. What is less clear to some is that there is a connection between exercise and healthy glowing skin. In other words, fitness experts have concluded that regular physical activity benefits both the inside and outside of our bodies. Aside from our clarifying toner, here are some ways that regular exercise helps us to maintain youthful, glowing skin.
- Increases circulation – Regular exercise nourishes our skin by bringing more oxygen and blood to it. According to Mauro C. Romita, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Ajune Center for Beauty Synergy in New York City, this helps draw toxins out of our bodies.
- Increases endorphin levels – Exercise increases the levels of Endorphins the body releases. This in turn reduces stress levels. As everyone knows, stress is bad for the skin. In fact, too much of the cortisol hormone (a hormone that is produced when the body is under stress) actually increases the breakdown of collagen.
- Improves sleep – Research has suggested that not only does exercise help people sleep better; it may also give skin the time it needs to repair itself from the damage done to it during the day.
- Cleanses the pores – During intense workouts, sweat helps to purge the body toxins that are trapped in the pores. However, it is always important to still shower after working out in order to further help remove these toxins and dead skin cells.
- Tones the muscles – Working out helps to keep the muscles tone. The muscles form the framework for our skin. The more tone the muscles underneath the skin are the better the skin looks.
- Increases vitamin D – Known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is produced in the skin by exposure to the sun. This vitamin optimizes the immune system and destroys free radicals which can damage the skin and cause premature aging. Outdoor exercise facilitates the production of vitamin D in our skin. However, care should be taken in exposing the sun to too much sun. Doing so can increase the appearance of wrinkles and sunspots and increase the risk of cancer.
Yes, there are many benefits to exercise and healthier skin is just one of them. The connection between exercise and healthy glowing skin is a bond that every person should explore.