We are all familiar with the benefits of staying active and exercising regularly, but could exercise be your skinâ€™s secret weapon?
Why Skin Loves Exercise
When your heart rate increases during exercise, it boosts circulation, spreading oxygen and nutrients throughout your body â€” including to your skin cells. That same increased blood flow helps flush out toxins and surface free radicals that can damage skin.
Regular workouts also stimulate the production of skinâ€™s natural oils, so your complexion stays smooth and supple.
Fitness for Your Skin
Help your skin get the most out of your workout with the following easy steps:
â— Play it Safe
If you are exercising outdoors, it is important to use a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to help protect skin from sun damage. Apply to your face, neck, chest, arms and any other exposed areas.
â— Cover it Up
When your workouts take you outdoors in the cold, cover your skin as much as possible. The harsh winds and temperatures can strip your skin of moisture and even result in wind burn in extreme cases.
â— Keep it Clean
After exercising, wipe away perspiration with a gentle cleanser. If sweat is left on the skin it can clog pores and lead to breakouts. The salt in sweat can also irritate sensitive skin.
â— Wipe it Off
Take your cleanser on-the-go by packing convenient facial wet cloths in your gym bag for a quick pre or post workout clean-up.
Whether you are already a workout machine or an exercise novice, know that beautiful, glowing skin is waiting for you at the finish line!