WE LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT. PSA: If you want healthy skin, it’s time to get up and moving ladies and gentlemen. The fact that exercise and movement benefits your cardiovascular system and tones your muscles is no breaking news, but we are here to explain how exercise can be beneficial to achieving a more radiant complexion. There is a common misconception that exercise can pose a risk to your skin, but we are also going to give you simple, easy steps to protect your skin.
THE SCIENCE TO BACK THE GLOW
Exercise increases circulation and gets the blood flowing throughout the body to help nourish skin cells with oxygen and nutrients. These nutrients also rev up the skin’s collagen production to minimize wrinkles. As we inevitably age, our skin’s collagen-producing fibroblasts begin to diminish, but the nutrients delivered to the skin during exercise help fibroblasts work more effectively, so your complexion looks more youthful! Increased blood flow also helps carry away waste products (including free radicals) from your cells. Exercise doesn't necessarily detoxify the skin because the duty of neutralizing toxins belongs to your liver, but, by increasing blood flow, exercise helps flush debris out of your system aka cleansing your skin from the inside!
STRESS VS. SKIN
Exercise also eases stress by producing endorphins - chemicals in the brain that reduce stress. Conditions that can improve when stress is reduced include acne and eczema. When you are stressed, your body produces hormones like cortisol which cause glands under the skin to produce excess oil and clogs pores. NO THANKS!
One of our favorite cortisol lowering workouts is yoga! Yoga restores the harmony in our bodies to balance out our hormones. According to Rachel Williamson from BioEffect, “Certain asanas, such as rabbit pose, cobra pose and camel pose, stimulate hormone producing glands and help them stay naturally balanced.” We love our partner Corepower Yoga!
Try to avoid working out outdoors during peak sun time! If you do have to work outside during peak sun time, however, wear sunscreen. If you have naturally oily skin or problems with acne, choose an oil-free product or the latest innovation; a spf powder brush!
That’s not all. Don't count on sunscreen alone to keep you protected from harmful UV rays! Sweat can remove the sunscreen that you put on and evidence shows that sweating actually increases the chance of burning. Make sure your skin is clean and makeup free before you work out to prevent clogged pores that lead to breakouts.
Try to exercise in a cool environment. One of our favorite options is swimming, since the water keeps skin cool even when you build up body temperature. You have to be sure to moisturize your skin afterward since chlorine is very drying. If you do get flushed while exercising, apply cool compresses to problem areas of the skin immediately after your workout. We love to keep our ice globes ready-to-go in the freezer so you can whip them out when you get home!
Link to shop our favorite oil-free, sensitive sunscreen: https://www.spakingston.com/store/ultimate-protection
Link to shop our SPF brush: https://www.spakingston.com/store/colorscience-sunforgettable
Link to shop our Ice Globes: https://www.spakingston.com/store/spa-kingston-ice-globes?rq=globes