Exercise is known to help to prevent diseases, lose weight, and build muscle, but there are also other benefits of exercise. One of the benefits of exercise is the positive effect it has on your skin. Researchers have recently stated that the glow we get post-exercise may last up to twelve hours. So if you work out every day, you’d potentially have glowing skin almost all of the time!
What is the connection between your activity and your skin?
Firstly, when you exercise, your body releases feel-good hormones, which give you that post-workout high. These hormones in turn reduce stress, and if you’re prone to acne, you’ll know that stress usually induces breakouts. So connecting the dots, exercise reduces breakouts on your skin.
Secondly, exercise increases circulation and helps the body produce collagen. If you’ve heard of collagen, you’ll know it is the main protein that supports the skin’s connective tissues. Thus, higher collagen production means fewer wrinkles because your skin would be more elastic.
Thirdly, when you do exercises that pull on your muscles, like weight lifting, you may actually be able to reduce lumped cellulite. Cellulite is that lump of skin that usually packages itself together on or around the bum. Lastly, exercise actually helps to remove toxins from the skin; toxins like cigarette smoke from the air. It is in essence serving as a cleanser for your skin. Thus, frequent exercise does contribute to overall skin health.
We’ve covered exercise, now let’s talk food.
Are there foods that are great for your skin?
Yes, there are also a few great eats that contribute to that skin glow. Foods rich in vitamin A are great for the skin. Vitamin A is most commonly found in low-fat dairy products such as milk or yoghurt. Food with a high level of antioxidants also helps protect the skin from damage. Most berries (blackberries, strawberries, etc.) are high in antioxidants. Whole grains also contain a mineral called selenium, which plays an essential part in protecting the skin from sun damage. There are a ton of nutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities in green tea. Green tea is seen as one of the best foods to promote skin health. However, the most important nutrient your skin needs is water. Drinking lots of water helps keep the skin constantly hydrated, and helps with that glow.
Any additional skin advice on skin health?
Although you get great skin from exercise, do not forget to wash your skin (especially your face) after working out. Not washing your face after physical activity may actually lead to breakouts if you sweat a lot. It’s like letting bacteria hang on your skin for longer than necessary. Also, understand that eating bad food can have as much of a negative effect on your skin as the positive effect of good food, so it’s important to keep your diet balanced. After all, the skin is the largest organ in our bodies so skin health is an important part of our overall health.