Keep exercising… for the sake of your skin!
Were you one of the many, many people who joined a gym in the New Year with every good intention of being a regular visitor? Is that enthusiasm waning? Have you given up on achieving the perfect body this year?
Well an added incentive to “keep going” may be the fact that whatever changes exercising makes to your body (be that pumping up or slimming down) it’s your complexion which could be reaping the real benefits!
It’s true. While exercising is improving your cardiovascular health, building muscle and whittling away unwanted pounds, it’s also giving you a more youthful bloom.
The main reason is that when you are exercising you are opening your arteries, which encourages collagen production and also pumps blood to the surface of your skin.
By increasing this blood flow, skin cells are nourished as blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.
So, by increasing blood flow in during an exercise session you will help to flush cellular debris out of the system. This will help prevent premature ageing and leave your skin with a more youthful bloom.
If you exercise in the evenings, you will also be raising your core body temperature. Then, when you go to bed a few hours later your temperature will have decreased significantly which induces sleep mode. A good night’s sleep is, as we know, nature’s way to fight signs of ageing.
Stress can cause signs of ageing. So, if you’ve had a tough, stressful day at work rather than go home to turn into a coach potato, hit the gym or go for a walk, work up a sweat and you’ll release endorphins which will relive the physical and mental stress.
And if the gym is not for you, at least try getting out and about. Walk around the block in your lunch hour, get off the bus or train a stop early and walk part way to work.
Our bodies need vitamin D (it’s found in food and is also synthesized in the skin from exposure to sunlight – even weak Winter sunlight). This vital vitamin contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism. It optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging.
So, don’t just think of the benefits being active will have your body… think of your face too!