Have you ever had a supercharged workout where you leave the gym or studio with your face bright red from exertion? Although you might not look picture-perfect immediately after your spin class, research shows that regular exercise has several beauty-boosting effects on the skin.
Along with the well-known physical benefits of staying in shape, it can also help keep your hormones balanced and support a holistic, healthy routine that enhances all areas of your life. When combined with a nutritious diet, ultra-effective natural beauty products, and plenty of sleep, exercise forms an essential part of your daily routine for skin care.
Read on to learn more about why exercise is so important and how it can help support you on your journey toward healthy skin.
Exercise Boosts Circulation
Whether you’re pushing yourself with high-impact cardio or taking it easy with a yin yoga session, almost any type of exercise can help you enhance your circulation and support radiant skin.
While circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and organs that need it most, it also has some additional benefits for healthy skin:
Increasing your circulation delivers more oxygen to the blood vessels in the skin, which is essential for keeping it looking healthy and glowing.
Increased Nutrient Delivery
Exercise can also help to increase the delivery of nutrients to the skin, which keeps it nourished and healthy.
Exercise increases the circulation of lymph fluid, which helps remove free radicals from the body.
Increased circulation helps speed up the skin’s natural healing process, which can help you manage skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Working Out Helps You Destress
Stress is a common cause of skin concerns such as acne and eczema—which is why people often seem to experience a breakout before an important day! Stress arises when you’re under mental, physical, or emotional pressure, but no matter the cause, the body’s reaction is the same.
When stressed, your body produces the hormone cortisol, which can stimulate oil production in the skin and lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Along with this, the hormone epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) decreases blood flow and alters your body’s immune functions. In an attempt to regulate your stress response, your body then releases glucocorticoids which have been shown, over time, to decrease collagen synthesis.
Exercising releases feel-good hormones, including serotonin and dopamine, which can help fight the effects of havoc-causing stress hormones to keep your skin looking healthy and happy.
Exercise Supports Your Self-Care Routine
As if contending with a stress-induced hormonal cocktail wasn’t enough, stress has also been shown to cause sleep loss, contribute to overeating (especially fatty and high-sugar food), and disrupt self-care routines. We’ve all experienced the domino effect of a stressful event, which begins to affect every area of your life, including your hobbies, relationships, and routines.
Psychologists believe that exercise can be a powerful tool to prevent the cascading effects of stress. It can have a knock-on effect on other healthy habits, helping you maintain self-care practices like getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and continuing your natural skincare routine—all of which are crucial for glowing skin.
Keep Your Skin Glowing, Even When Life Happens
Stress is a normal—and sometimes even healthy—response to life’s natural ups and downs. Between work, life, and relationships, the last thing anyone needs is a high-maintenance skincare routine that features products packed with anxiety-inducing ingredients.
At re: Skin Ethos, we’re passionate about formulating natural skin products that champion plant-based ingredients, designed to help you maintain glowing skin even in the face of everyday stressors. Our flagship Botanical Serum is powered by natural ingredients, including Baobab Oil, Bakuchiol, and Lupine to keep your skin radiant without a greasy feel.