Health

Work out for better skin

Exercise can help improve your complexion

As the saying goes, there are no ugly women, only lazy ones.

Other than going through your daily skincare routine, exercise is also essential when it comes to attaining a better complexion.

We often emphasise the various cardiovascular benefits of working out but fail to stress how better circulation during exercise can promote healthier skin as well.

Even if you suffer from sensitive skin, you can still reap the benefits of exercise. Here is how your sweat session can give you a clear and radiant complexion.

GIVES POST-WORKOUT GLOW

Getting your heart pumping increases circulation in your body. This means more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the skin cells.

The extra dose of oxygenated blood is sure to give you a nice post-workout glow that lasts for hours.

INCREASES CELL REGENERATION RATE

Exercise gives your beauty sleep a huge boost. Missing out on sleep often leads to skin that is more prone to breakouts, not to mention the puffiness and dark circles that form under your eyes after you pull an all-nighter.

That is why it is important to hit the sack.

According to the National Sleep Foundation in the US, people who exercise report better sleep than those who do not.

A restful night is sure to give skin cells more time for repair and regeneration.

REDUCES STRESS-RELATED BREAKOUTS

The pressing deadlines and multiple projects you are taking on may be the culprits behind dull and blemished skin.

When stress levels skyrocket, the stress hormone, cortisol, can cause skin problems such as acne.

This is because cortisol increases sebum production and clogs pores to cause breakouts. Excess cortisol may also destroy the collagen in your skin, causing the formation of wrinkles and saggy skin.

Exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood.

So if you feel overwhelmed by work or problems, take a breather by stepping outdoors for a quick workout - your skin will thank you for it.

PREVENTS PREMATURE AGEING

Even with regular skincare, we cannot escape the ageing process. Over time, skin loses its elasticity and appears saggy.

Thankfully, there are things we can do to slow down this process, and exercise may well be the secret to looking young.

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada found that mice that ran three times a week on a treadmill for five months were less susceptible to premature ageing in almost every organ.

Further research on people over the age of 40 who exercised regularly revealed that they had a skin composition 10 to 20 years younger than their actual age.

PROVIDES SKIN WITH VITAMIN D

While we are often told to protect ourselves from the sun, it does not mean we should avoid it completely.

With proper suncare, some sunlight can actually do your skin good.

Vitamin D plays a key role in cell renewal on the surface of skin - crucial to preventing moisture loss if you want soft and supple skin - and is also responsible for treating skin damage through cell repair.

So do not be afraid to head outdoors for your workouts.

Just remember to avoid the peak hours from 10am to 2pm and always apply sunblock.

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