Is exercise good for skin? YES! Doctor and dermatologist Alan J. Parks is sharing the top 5 ways working out makes you glow.
We all know how important exercise is to keep us looking and feeling strong and healthy. Exercise tones our body, gives us energy, improves our mental health, reduces our chances of heart disease, and so on. What many people don’t realize, however, are the positive effects that working out have on your skin. Many people believe that exercise and sweat will only cause breakouts, however, the truth is that hitting the gym (or doing any type of exercise) will help your skin improve and look better. I try and get to the gym at least six days per week. I guess this classifies me as a fit dermatologist 🙂 I truly enjoy the way my body and skin feel after hopping on the elliptical machine for even just 30 minutes.
Whether you’ve just graduated college or are approaching sixty, like me, working out will improve your overall look and feel.
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Is exercise good for skin? Here are 5 skin benefits of working out!
Working out will help clear up your skin. When you’re working hard and sweating, your pores will open up and all of the dirt and oil in your skin will be expelled. It’s almost like getting a facial! Just make sure you wash your face immediately after you’re done working out so all of the bad stuff doesn’t get sucked back in. If your skin tends to be on the oily side, I recommend throwing some wipes in your gym bag that contain either a little glycolic, salicylic or LHA in them (or a little of all), which will help clean out the pores after a work out. And just remember: If anyone asks, you’re not sweating, you’re glistening!
Exercise will make your face glow. Working out increases oxygen to the blood, which will promote cell renewal, and in turn, make your skin look like it’s glowing. Women pay tons of money for products to give them this very same effect without realizing that they can get it for free at the gym! There are nutrients delivered to the skin during a workout, which helps your skin look younger. Who knew working out had so many health benefits!
Working out relieves stress. Stress shows on your face and tends to cause breakouts in the short term and wrinkles in the long term. So, if you can find a workout routine that’s fun and enjoyable for you, you’ll stress less. Less stress equals better skin, fewer wrinkles, and less breakouts. Sounds like a win-win to us!
Exercise helps you sleep better. There’s nothing worse than waking up after a terrible night’s sleep and looking in the mirror. Your skin looks dull, you have bags under your eyes, and every blemish and imperfection seems to be at its worst. When you’re tired, your skin looks tired. With consistent exercise, however, you’ll find you’re sleeping better. Your skin will look best when you’re well rested and have had a good night’s sleep, and exercise can help you accomplish this. So hit the gym and say goodbye to those under-eye bags!
Working out will make you feel better, which will in turn, make you look better. Let’s face it. When you get a good workout in, you just feel better about yourself. You know you’re doing healthy things for your body, you feel fit, you feel productive. Often, the first step to looking great is feeling great. When you have more confidence in yourself, it will show on your face, on your skin, and all over.
Now you know the amazing benefits that working out can have on your body and your skin. You’ll look better, you’ll feel better, you’ll be well rested, and you’ll feel more relaxed. So, what are you waiting for? Lace up those sneakers and get out there! Just remember to always apply sunscreen (and wear a hat and sunglasses) if you’re planning to exercise outside.
Dr. Alan J. Parks founded Eastside Dermatology & DermWarehouse. Dr. Parks is board certified in dermatology with clinical interests including cosmetic and surgical dermatology, laser treatments, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and skin cancer surgery. Dr. Parks is a recipient of the American Academy of Dermatology Community Service Award for skin cancer screening and the Edmund D. Lowney Teaching Award for teaching dermatology residents.