Exercise for Your Skin
Most often, we think of exercise as a means to lose weight, keep fit, gain muscle, feel better, or as part of a healthy lifestyle. Indeed, it is all these things and more, but something you may not know is that exercise is also great for your skin.
Exercise gets your heart pounding, which boosts your circulation. This causes nutrients to be delivered more rapidly to your skin cells and also speeds up the elimination of toxins. In this way, exercise not only protects your skin from damaging toxins, but also actively promotes its growth and overall health through increased efficiency of nutrient delivery. Furthermore, better circulation can cause your skin to have a healthy glow.
Studies have shown that exercise increases collagen production. Collagen is a fibrous connective tissue in your skin that helps keep it smooth and wrinkle free. As we get older, the collagen producing cells in our body, called fibroblasts, diminish. This causes skin to lose firmness, elasticity, moisture, and leads to wrinkles. Exercise delivers the oxygen needed for optimal collagen production in your skin cells. Also, exercise has been shown to fight the stress hormones that trigger enzymes that can break down collagen.
In addition to its detoxifying effects, which help prevent acne, exercise has been shown to counter the production of testosterone related hormones like DHEA and DHT that provoke acne outbreaks. Furthermore, exercise lowers stress, which can cause your body to release hormones that cause acne. Exercise can also unclog your pores, which will help clear up your skin and prevent future breakouts. Also, exercise lowers the levels of insulin, cortisol, and other hormones that can cause inflammation, which aggravates acne.
Sweat it out
Exercise also promotes the direct elimination of toxins through the skin. Along with the colon, the skin is a major player in the detoxification of your body. When you exercise, you sweat out toxins through your pores, cleansing your body, and your skin. Getting rid of toxins that actively attack your skin, like environmental toxins such as air pollution and cigarette smoke, helps keep it looking fresh and youthful.
While exercise can help you lose weight, it is also very effective at fighting unsightly cellulite, the lumpy fat found on the buttocks, backs of legs, and upper arms. It is thought that cellulite forms when connective tissue is pulled tighter, which creates pockets of fat. Exercise tones muscle, burns fat, and stretches the skin and connective tissue, which helps break up cellulite.
A yoga face-lift
Many yoga practitioners promote the practice of inversions and certain movements that stretch the facial muscles and increase blood supply to the facial skin. These movements help tone the face as well as provide the nutrients your facial skin needs to keep healthy.
Relax your wrinkles
Another benefit of exercise is relaxation. When you exercise, your entire body relaxes, including your facial muscles. When you hold less tension, you are less likely to make expressions like furrowing your brow that can cause wrinkles. Also, your more relaxed muscles will be more fluid and pliable, which can help prevent wrinkles.
Remember to hydrate
Always make sure to be properly hydrated before exercise and to re-hydrate yourself after exercise. Water intake can increase the blood flow to your skin, which adds to the toxin eliminating aspects of exercise.
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