Hi All! Today’s post is by Micheala Connolly. Micheala is an avid exerciser and works as a dermatologist in the UK. I hope you all enjoy her post. I know all of you never need a reason to go to the gym, but just in case you are lacking motivation, here are 3 reasons why hitting the gym will not only make you more fit, but also help you have clearer skin!
3 Benefits Exercise Has on the Skin
Exercise obviously has its own benefits to our health; it’s great for our heart, for burning fat, and for creating muscle. However, many have failed to overlook the ways in which it can vastly improve our overall skin tone and reduce the number of break-outs.
This article is intended for those who are particularly interested in reading about health benefits exercise has on overall skin health. For example, exercise promotes proper blood flow circulation, reduces stress and ensures we get a better night’s sleep! For more information regarding the relative importance of skin, simply click here.
1. Increases blood flow
Exercise is great for pumping blood around the body, particularly cardiovascular activities. Running, swimming and skiing are great ways to propel oxygen around your body as they’re faced paced and create more energy.
As increased blood flow occurs around the body, due to the heightened production of oxygen, the skin becomes nourished. Increasing blood flow to skin cells helps to remove free radicals from the skin. This means that the skin is less likely to become clogged and is provided with the correct amount of nutrients in order for it to thrive and glow.
2. Eases stress
Hormone levels are the primary drivers of skin health.
- It is widely documented that the detection of stress causes the overproduction of the adrenal glands.
- The adrenal glands are responsible for the production of hormones, which includes cortisol.
- This hormone pushes our hair follicles to create sebum.
- Sebum is great for our skin in small quantities.
- However, over excess leads to the clogging of the skins pores.
- This in turn leads to what we know as acne break-outs.
Exercise is vital to reducing stress as it not only reduces the levels of cortisol but it also boosts endorphin production. Endorphins are also known as the ‘happy hormones’.
3. More sleep
Those who suffer from a lack of a proper night’s sleep often find that their skin appears dull, with persistent dark circles residing under the eyes. Previous scientific research has suggested that regular exercise leads us to feel tired and require more sleep for proper recovery time.
Sleeping also provides a number of benefits, leaving the skin looking and feeling fresh. It reduces the appearance of lines and reduces the dreaded cortisol levels.
Stress levels, which also impact on sleep, ensure that the levels of cortisol are constantly present, which also makes us feel unhappy and permanently wound up. It is imperative that if you’re suffering from chronic stress that you visit your health practitioner. Stress is detrimental to whole body health. It increases the chances of heart disease, reduces sex drive and promotes unhealthy weight loss.
So, there you have it, exercise has many benefits, particularly for the skin. Other ways to improve overall skin health includes: healthy eating, drinking plenty of water and regularly moisturizing.