Often we talk about the products we should use to achieve great skin. However, it is important to highlight that regular physical activity, our diet and our lifestyle choices are just as important as the products we put on our skin. Regular exercise is not only good for our physical and mental wellbeing, it is also one of the keys to healthy, glowing skin.
By getting our heart rate up and improving blood circulation, exercise helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This keeps the skin healthy, promotes collagen production and cells renewal, which keeps the skin looking glowing.
In addition to providing oxygen, increased blood flow during exercise also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from cells.
A number of studies demonstrated exercise improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture and may prevent future skin problem. (An example study linked here.)
Results of multiple comparisons showed increased physical activity related to significantly higher skin (stratum corneum) hydration − the higher the activity levels, the higher was the hydration.
Although several skin conditions can be exacerbated by physical activity, including rosacea, acne, eczema, and psoriasis, dermatologists advise the benefits of exercise outweigh any temporary problems it can cause.
There are many simple strategies to prevent flare-ups when you work out - some examples include: exercising in a cool environment, swapping running for swimming to keep skin cool, keeping skin clean (avoid wearing makeup) and applying soothing skin moisturiser to prevent skin irritation.
Our Nourishing Cleanser gently cleans the skin pre and/or post workout without stripping your skin of its lipids, which are vital components of the protective skin barrier that functions to retain water and prevent irritants from penetrating the skin.