Exercise is an important factor in healthy glowing skin … But, are your exercise habits promoting healthy and youthful skin, or are they ageing your skin? There are several factors to look at regarding exercise and its effects on the skin. I personally think it’s about striking the right balance to reap the rewards …
The Benefits of Exercise for More Youthful Skin
There’s no doubt that exercise improves the health and appearance of skin. It can make the difference between a dull and lifeless complexion, to one that appears more glowing and youthful. Exercise and fresh air are vital to the healthy circulation of oxygen around the body – a key factor in terms of skin and its health.
Get That Body Moving Outdoors
When we get our body moving, and preferably outside in the fresh air. We increase the blood circulation and cellular oxidation which gets all of the essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals and growth factors and proteins, moving in the body and being delivered right where they need to be. The fresh air and exercise also aids metabolism and the removal of toxins from cells. Vital antioxidants are also delivered effectively and are ready and able to fight any damaging free radicals that cause premature ageing in the skin. This therefore promotes healthy, more youthful skin.
Reduce Stress and Improve Sleep
In addition … Exercise is a real ‘feel good factor’. It produces endorphins in the body that lift our mood and it helps us to have a better quality of sleep – and quality sleep makes such a difference in the health and appearance of skin, as that’s when all of the important regeneration and repair is happening. Furthermore, it reduces stress levels which is hugely beneficial as stress is a factor in the formation of free radicals in the body. Now on the other hand, let’s look at how a lack of exercise effects skin health …
A Lack of Exercise and the Effects
When there is a lack of exercise and fresh air, skin’s health and functioning is negatively impacted as a result. Blood circulation is slower and there’s also less oxygen available. The impact of this has the opposite effect of the benefits. Less oxygen means cell functioning and cellular metabolism are all much slower and that much like a sluggish body, the skin is also sluggish as a result.
Exercise for a Natural Glow
Skin regeneration slows down and the skin will generally look less healthy and won’t have that ‘glow’ that exercise so naturally gives us. The vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and also proteins won’t be delivered where they need to be as easily. This will have an effect on the skin’s health and appearance. So, if you’re eating a very healthy diet but not combining it with any exercise at all, your skin may not be getting all the benefits of the nutrients you’re providing. A healthy diet and regular exercise really are the perfect partner for one another.
Balance is key
As with most things in life, a balanced approach is often the best way. Too much strenuous exercise and excessive amounts of exercise – will ultimately have the opposite effect on skin health. Too much ‘hard’ exercise can be ageing to the skin. The formation of free radicals will occur and this will cause oxidative stress in the body, the result of which is premature ageing.
In conclusion, getting outside in the fresh air is one of the best things you can do to promote healthy skin. Walks or runs, swimming and bike rides, and yoga and pilates are all good examples. Even just moving around in your garden doing some gardening or other kinds of garden activities are all good. Generally trying to be more active and getting some fresh air, all helps to get the blood circulation flowing and is a good balance towards healthier, glowing and more youthful skin!
And don’t forget to use an SPF Cream daily when outdoors. Protect your precious skin from UV rays and the damage they can cause.