While it may seem strange that working up a sweat can help keep skin healthy, the fact is that exercise can contribute greatly to fantastic skin. Cardiovascular exercises which activates the circulatory system gives skin a healthy, vibrant glow, while also working to flush free radicals and other cellular waste products. Working out also does double duty by relieving stress, which is one of the foremost causes of acne breakouts. Those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea have also seen marked improvement after starting a new workout program.
And, here’s something you probably didn’t know: researchers now believe there is evidence that exercise provides a direct, anti-aging benefit to skin, by helping to keep skin younger, and more supple.
Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario placed several seniors on a ‘temporary’ exercise program, to examine the effects of exertion on human skin.
The results were astonishing: seniors (aged 65+) placed on a short, temporary exercise regimen of several weeks, actually experienced a ‘re-aging’ of various layers of dermis; this ‘re-aging’ revealed skin closer in composition to 20-40 year old skin specimens!
By improving circulation, increasing oxygen delivery to the body, and toning the shape of muscles beneath the skin, exercise provides a benefit for skin and body, alike.