We all know how exercise can help control heart disease, improve bone health, and burn a couple of calories, but here’s another reason to stick to your gym routine: exercise can also give you glowing skin! And we’re not just talking about the flush you get after a workout. Here are some of the long-term effects of exercise on your skin health.
Sweat is good for you
Sweat can help remove toxins that block your pores, which will eventually lead to blackheads and pimples. That’s because the increased blood flow improves your body’s “neuronal stimulation” and you get the natural equivalent of a good facial steam. But be sure to wash your face after a workout, since sweat is a breeding ground of bacteria that can also lead to infections and breakouts.
Toned muscles improve the appearance of skin
When your muscles are firmer than the skin looks more elastic. Any cellulite you may have will seem less obvious.
Your skin gets a nutrient boost
Since exercise improves blood flow, all the vitamins and nutrients you are eating are delivered to the skin—and we all know how important these nutrients are to skin cell regeneration.
You stress-proof your skin
Many skin problems are aggravated by stress. That’s because of the effect of stress on hormones, which can trigger oil production, cause episodes of psoriasis, and dampen your skin’s ability to produce collagen efficiently. Since exercise can help you manage your stress, it can shield your skin from its negative effects.
Your skin looks more supple
Exercise can help your skin produce the natural oils that maintain its suppleness and keep wrinkles at bay.
photo from Body and Soul