How Exercise Helps Skin Care
Exercise helps you to maintain a healthy weight, lungs and heart. It also may offer an additional benefit--the improved appearance of your skin. In order to reap the maximum benefits of exercise, you should care for your skin before and after your exercise session.
Exercise causes the body's processes to speed up. For instance, the heart beats faster, which results in increased blood pressure, according to Brigham and Women's Hospital. Exercise also causes the body to sweat, thus detoxifying the skin through lost sodium and impurities, according to Psychology Today. Because exercise reduces stress hormones produced by the body, this can reduce the amount of inflammation that can cause breakouts to occur.
Exercise encourages the body's circulatory system to bring nutrients and oxygen to the skin. The increased blood flow increases cell renewal, according to Dr. Rodney Basler, a dermatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Stress-relieving exercises, such as yoga and Pilates, also help to reduce the incidence of lines in the face because muscles are being used.
There are some people with skin conditions who may not benefit from exercise, according to Psychology Today. These include those with rosacea, a skin condition that causes facial redness. Aerobic activity that increases circulation can actually aggravate this condition. A number of skin conditions also may be caused by exercise: urticaria, intertrigo and miliaria, according to Psychology Today. If you notice a rash or break out in hives following exercising, notify your physician.
In order to experience the optimal skin results from exercise, it's a good idea to wash your face prior to exercising, according to Ole Henriksen, a skin-care specialist who has a website dedicated to skin care. This can remove any excess makeup that can clog the pores while you exercise. Exercises that are best at boosting circulation include running, dancing, jumping rope or in-line skating. Cleanse your skin post-workout in order to eliminate oil and sweat that is produced during your exercise session.
If you choose to exercise outside, the sun exposure can outweigh the benefits exercise has to your skin by causing sun damage that leads to premature aging, according to Care Fair. For this reason, you should always apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or more in order to ward off the sun's rays.
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