Sweating it out
When we exercise, we’re increasing our blood flow to the living layers of the skin. Opening up those sweat glands can push out some of what clogs the pores too. However, it’s important to practice healthy hygiene post-workout. We definitely want to wash off the dirt as soon as possible and not risk re-clogging our pores.
Tone those muscles
When our bodies are toned, our skin takes on a more toned appearance. And the more toned muscles we have, the healthier and more youthful we will look from head to toe. If you wear any kind of body shaping garments, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Go for the Glow
If you want fabulous looking skin, then it’s time to exercise. That instant, healthy-looking, post-workout glow is undeniable. How do you ask? When your heart gets pumping, the living layers of your skin receive a nice delivery of oxygenated blood and nutrients. When this happens, your circulation is improved, which helps with your skin’s overall glow. You will then start to produce more natural oils, which will provide your skin with that healthy shine.
If you want to clear your mind in pursuit of mental clarity and great skin, then take a long walk, an aerobics class or a swim in the pool. Exercise is wonderful for reducing stress, and if you can achieve that you’ll be able to see it reflected in your skin. Stressed out skin is never a good look. In fact if you can find an exercise routine that you enjoy, it will help to ease that stress.
While exercise can have positive effects on your skin, here are a few cautionary tips:
- If you’re exercising outdoors, remember to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun by applying your SPF before you get started.
- Keep your exposed skin as covered as possible, seek shade when you can and avoid working out during peak sun times.
- Depending on what type of exercise you are doing, be aware of skin chafing. Tight fitting exercise clothing coupled with sweating can lead to skin irritations. Avoid clothing that is too restricting and apply a nice moisturiser or powder to the areas that are most prone to irritation.
- If swimming is your exercise of choice, be sure to rinse off as soon as possible. Chlorinated pools and salt water can be dehydrating to the skin and hair.
Written by beauty expert, Laura Chacon-Garbato. Laura is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.