Exercise is often associated with weight loss or muscle building. But did you know that performing certain workouts can help you achieve a smooth, supple and healthy skin?
In addition to following an exceptional skin care regimen, working out regularly benefits your skin in so many ways than you’d imagine. So, if you haven’t been in the gym or tried any physical exercise that’s designed to keep your skin looking and feeling young, then you need to start now.
However, you can’t achieve good results by performing random workouts. Of course, different exercises are designed to address different concerns. So, if you want a remedy for your prematurely aging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, acne and other concerns, you need to know and perform the right exercise that will address your concerns.
That said, here are five ways exercise makes your skin look and feel young.
Prevents Premature Aging
While aging is inevitable, many studies have proven that working out regularly can help you maintain a smooth, supple and firm skin. In fact, it can also reverse skin aging in people who start exercising even late in their lives.
The best exercises that make your skin look and feel young include resistance training and endurance training. These types of performances are the best as they focus on large muscles groups, which help increase the production of Human Growth Hormones (HGH). According to some studies, an increase in the production of HGH boosts the production of collagen; one of the essential proteins that help maintain your skin’s firmness and health in general.
However, it is important to note that excessive training, especially marathon training and other extreme body workouts can be the cause of early aging. So, just make sure you do the right drills.
Gets Rid of Acne
I don’t have to remind you that regular exercise boosts the circulation of blood through the body. But, did you know your acne-ridden skin can also benefit from the increased blood flow through the skin?
When you get involved in any high intensity training, your blood vessels widen, allowing more blood to be pumped through the body, and in this case, even the skin. Blood carries oxygen and removes toxins and other wastes; thus more blood equals more oxygen and fewer toxins.
Toxins and debris are solely responsible for clogged, which is one of the main causes of acne.
So, when you exercise, sweating decongests pores while more blood increases the amount of oxygen that’s pumped to skin cells which play a major role in rejuvenating skin.
Helps you Sleep Better
Many studies have found that exercise helps you sleep better by increasing your total sleep time. The recommended sleep time is approximately 6-9 hours, but most often than not, many people end up sleeping less due to various reasons.
Lack of sleep is not only bad for your health, but also your skin. It causes an increase in the production of certain immune hormones which prevent collagen production. A decrease in the production of collagen thwarts the recuperative process and weaken your body’s ability to produce collagen. This, in turn, affects your immunity and the ability of your skin to fight infections.
When you get a long and good night sleep, you boost the healing process of damaged skin cells and creating new cells. Also, sleep increases the production of collagen. All these processes are important for treating acne, wrinkles, fines lines and other embarrassing skin infections.
Helps Beat Anxiety, Stress and Depression
Have you realized that you regularly breakout when you’re stressed, anxious or depressed?
Under stressful conditions, your body is stimulated and produces hormones like cortisol.
While cortisol does a great job in regulating blood pressure, improving cardiovascular functions, and ensuring proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in the body are put into good use, elevated cortisol over the long term triggers excess secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Excess sebum equals oiliness.
Oily skin is prone to acne and other skin infections. If you’re unable to manage stress over a long period, you make it hard for the body to fight most skin disorders. And that’s where exercise helps the body.
Exercise is a stress reliever as it balances and calms the body.
Improves Immunity and Detoxification
If you know how the immune system works, then you know that better immunity tantamount to good health.
Exercise is one way of boosting your immunity. Thus your body can defend itself against bacteria, fungi, viruses and other infection causing pathogens. This is because there’s constant production of white blood cells including neutrophils and natural killer cells.
Exercise also increases blood flow through the body.
When there’s increased circulation of blood, then there’s increased the supply of white blood cells through the body including the skin.
This, in turn, rejuvenates the skin while keeping skin infection at bay. The result is a radiant, revitalized, elastic and healthy skin.