We all know that weight loss is the most obvious benefit in exercising regularly, but did you know that your skin is also reaping the rewards of your fitness efforts?
It reduces stress
Exercising on a regular basis helps to alleviate stress. Stress triggers a hormone called cortisol (a stress hormone), which actually slows down skin cells. This means they will take longer to reach the surface and flake off. This build up of dead skin cells can make your face look dull and lifeless.
Through exercise you can reduce the production of cortisol and encourage a brighter, more glowing complexion.
You sleep better
Sleep deprivation affects skin in many different ways; from accelerating levels of cortisone to reducing collagen production. If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, sleep deprivation can also exacerbate your condition.
Regular physical exercise improves the quality of your sleep, and a great nights sleep makes for glowing skin.
Improved circulation and blood flow
Glowing skin is a result of healthy skin cells in receipt of oxygen. When you exercise you improve the flow of blood and therefore oxygen to your skin, which is why your skin appears flushed after you exercise.
Boosting your circulation with regular exercise will keep your skin glowing for longer.
You flush out your skin naturally
When you workout, you increase your body temperature. This increase in temperature opens up your pores. And when you start sweating, the sweat flushes out the dirt and oil that is clogging up your pores.
So a workout is basically a mini-facial when you think about it!
Warning - Be careful of encouraging flare ups
If you suffer from certain skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, make sure to take precautions when you exercise so you don’t suffer from a flare up. Try to workout in a cool environment and wear lots of moisteriser to protect the skin from dried up sweat.
We've used Curtis Mac Newton's photograph for this blog post, see more of his work on Flickr.