Working out isn't just about shedding pounds. Regular exercise also gives you a healthy, glowing look. Studies show that exercise in general—whether resistance training or cardio—strengthens the skin’s ability to defend against aging and other damage.
Need more convincing? Here's the science behind how to reap the benefits of your next workout.
1. Improved Blood Flow to Nourish Cells
Did you know that exercising can increase your heart rate and blood flow to your muscles? This can not only help you feel more energized, but it can also impact your skin’s appearance. When we exercise, the blood is pumped through our body, working our heart muscles and circulating blood and oxygen. In addition to more effectively delivering vital nutrients to the body’s cells, improved blood flow also means toxins are removed from the body more efficiently.
2. Reduced Stress
To help reduce stress and improve your mood, the Mayo Clinic suggests hitting the gym or going for a brisk walk outside. Stress triggers numerous physiological responses within the body that can cause breakouts, inflammation, and allergic skin reactions. Exercising can relieve stress and release feel-good endorphins that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
Working out can also minimize the risk of chronic skin condition breakouts and flare-ups. It keeps the immune system healthy and better able to respond if needed to combat skin and whole-body health concerns. By taking steps to help reduce the stress you’re experiencing, you can help pave the way towards beautiful-looking skin.
3. Toned Muscles and Wrinkle Reduction
The more muscle tone you have, the healthier your skin will look and feel. Skin is the largest organ in your body and when your skin has better support from strong, firm muscles, this will lead to firmer-looking skin; not to mention, toning your muscles may also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite.
4. Bring on The Sweat
Sweat is great for keeping your skin clear. Sweat also plays a role in your immune system. When you sweat, your pores flush out toxins that can lead to blemishes. To keep skin clear, always shower after a workout.