Working Out to Healthier Skin

November 29, 2010

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We all know that physical activity has a direct impact on muscle tone and cardiovascular health, but did you know regular exercise can have a positive impact on skin health? That’s right, regular physical activity has been linked to healthier, younger looking skin in addition to reduced risk of acne and breakouts.

A recent article by Colette Bouchez on WebMD Online investigated the benefits of physical activity when it comes to skin health. Here’s a brief overview of her findings:

  • Exercise is used as a stress-reduction technique for individuals throughout the world. When you exercise, your adrenal glands produce fewer male-type hormones that cause acne flare-ups. In this way, exercise is used to reduce acne flare-ups, especially for individuals who already have acne.
  • Regular exercise increases sweating throughout the entire body, which can unclog pores and reduce the occurrence of breakouts.
  •  Exercise enhances the natural production of collagen, which plumps your skin and gives you a more youthful appearance.
  • Exercise stretches and strengthens skin, which reduces the appearance of cellulite.
  • Yoga stretches in addition to controlled and conscious breathing techniques have been seen to give the facial skin a face-lift appearance.
  • Aerobic exercise is seen to “cleanse’ the skin by removing toxins such as cigarette smoke and air pollution.
  • Exercise encourages muscles to become more pliable and hold less tension, which reduces expression lines and crow’s feet.
  • Exercise promotes better blood circulation, which gives the skin a rosy appearance. Keeping yourself hydrated before, during, and after exercise contributes to healthy skin appearance.

As you can see, the benefits of physical activity when it comes to skin care are almost endless. Not only does physical activity reduce your likelihood of acne and breakouts, but also reduces the appearance of cellulite, cleanses the skin of toxins, and gives your skin a plump, more youthful appearance. To read more on the benefits and reasoning behind working out for skin health, please visit WebMD.

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