Skincare isn’t just about balms, creams, and treatments. Your skin is the largest organ in the body and it requires care to keep it toned and healthy. Diet is just one, but an important, part of this care regime. The other key to good skincare is exercise. We’ll look at all the ways exercise can help aid your skin’s elasticity and glow, and also point out where it’s important to care for your skin. And with a new lockdown in place, now’s a good time to establish a routine. This doesn’t mean an hour of HIT if that’s not your thing, but a simple walk in the fresh air, with the birds and the squirrels every day can work wonders for the skin and soul.
First, and foremost, exercise can improve the appearance of your skin by simply getting rid of toxins in the body. Cardio-based exercises and exercises in high temperatures such as yoga help your body sweat out the toxins. Your skin is integral to detoxifying and is one of the main avenues for your body to get rid of bad chemicals.
Removing toxins improves your health, reduces the impact on processing organs such as the liver, and promote healthier, happier skin. Dr Shyamalar Gunatheesan, a dermatologist, goes on to say; “Apart from your liver, the skin is the biggest detoxifying agent. Sweating removes toxins which not only makes you feel better, it rejuvenates the skin.”
Exercise, and cardio, in particular, can also reduce inflammation and level out cortisol levels. Spots are as a result of inflammation so exercising these toxins out can actually help reduce breakouts and leave your skin looking healthier than before.
During exercise, blood flow increases and rushes to the skin delivering essential nutrients, oxygen, and hormones. Now you may look red and puffy during exercise, but afterwards, this boost will leave your skin looking more even and glowing. It’s important to note that sweat on the skin can clog pores, so it’s important that you shower as soon as you’re done working out and prevent moisture loss by applying moisturiser straight away.
Radiant, glowing skin is something we all want. Besides treatments and specific products, diet and exercise can help you achieve a natural, healthy glow. Glowing skin is moist and soft with an even complexion and small pores. Exercise, along with good skincare, promotes healthy, glowing skin.
The celebrity trainer, Jess Schuring, explains, “…cardio training is essential in keeping our skin healthy and glowing” Whether jogging, swimming, cycling, or taking part in HIIT training you’ll find exercise is a great way to “great ways to keep your body and skin taut, toned and healthy looking as we age”.
One major concern when it comes to exercise is the strain it puts on the skin. Running and other exercises continually stretch the skin and some people may be concerned that it takes away from the elasticity of your skin. Fortunately, exercise and other skincare can combat this, and keep your skin looking supple and healthy for years to come.
Exercise develops the muscle underneath the skin. As you develop your muscles and they grow, the skin will naturally become tauter of the muscle and hold its shape for longer. You can also add a few steps to your daily skincare regime to combat the negative effects of exercise. Here are a few ways to improve muscle tone and maintain healthy skin;
Use sun protection if you exercise outdoors. Exposure to the sun is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing. Try our natural SPF with a mattifying effect that won’t run into your eyes and sting as chemical sunscreens do.
Get your beauty sleep. Your skin repairs itself as you sleep so try to make sure you get a good night’s rest every night. If you struggle with sleep, tell your body its time to switch off with a warm bath with calming essential oils and a mug of sleepy tea.
- Stay hydrated when exercising and relaxing.
Things to think about if you have skin conditions
While exercise is great for the skin, it’s important to manage skin conditions if you have any. Showering or rinsing off sweat as soon as possible after exercising stops sweat and dirt from clogging pores or irritating skin.
People living with rosacea often react to body temperature changes which obviously goes up during exercise. Rajani Katta, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Houston McGovern Medical School, suggests;
“‘You want to keep body temp steady,’ says Katta. ‘You may not want to jog outdoors in the middle of the day. Instead, jog indoors on a treadmill with a fan blowing and cooling towels on your neck.’ Those with eczema should also try to keep the core body temperature low.”
As for your hair, it’s not feasible to wash it every time you exercise but make sure to wash your hair regularly to prevent dandruff from forming. Dandruff is caused by a yeast that thrives on oily scalps.
We hope this little guide gives you an insight into the importance of skin health and exercise. Listen to your body, do what exercise you can, and you’ll find your skin looks and feels healthier and stronger.
If you’re looking for some expert advice or want to experience our bespoke, restorative skincare treatments then contact us now. The Soothe team makes everyone who walks through our doors feel special. We’ll soothe your skin, mind, and soul, and help you find the inner beauty you’ve always had.