How Exercise Affects Your Skin by Jacquie Carter

Exercise and skincareThe benefits of exercise and a healthy, active lifestyle are numerous. A regular exercise regimen can provide amazing benefits for your skin. 

Our skin is the largest living organ of the body and it’s the one that everyone gets to look at. It becomes part of our identity, part of our uniqueness and something that we need to take care of every single day. When people think of exercising they are most likely trying to get fit, stay fit, lose some weight or improve their overall quality of life, because, exercise is vital to our overall health and well-being. But, did you know that exercise has an amazing, positive impact on our skin? You heard me. Exercise can improve our overall appearance including our skin. Just the thought of this might get me off the couch once and for all!

If you are one of those people who have already embraced the concept of exercising and a healthy, active lifestyle, then you can attest to the positive results on your skin. Just take a look at yourself in the mirror post workout. I bet you skin has a gorgeous glow to it. You may see tired and sweaty looking back at you, but take a closer look. Your skin is reaping the rewards of your exercising efforts and here’s how.

Sweating it Out!

Now, as I have said since I was a teenager, I don’t sweat, I glisten. And, I still hold firm to that statement. “Sweating”= yuck. It doesn’t sound very sexy or glamorous, but the end result sure is. When we exercise, we are increasing our blood flow to the living layers of the skin. Opening up those sweat glands can push out some of what clogs the pores, too. You’ve got to love that. It’s important to practice healthy hygiene post workout, though, as we definitely want to wash off the dirt as soon as possible. If we don’t, we may run the risk of their running right back into our pores. Dirt and bacteria lodged in our pores…well, you get the picture. If you can’t hit the shower right away, then at the very least reach for your favorite facial cleanser and give your face a good cleansing.

Tone Those Muscles!

Let’s face it everyone looks better with toned muscles. When our bodies are toned our skin takes on a more toned appearance. And the more muscle tone we have the healthier and more youthful we will look, from head to toe. If you wear any kind of body shaping garments you know exactly what I’m talking about. And, if you are living with cellulite and you aren’t thrilled with how it looks, consider exercising. It may give the whole area a more flattering appearance, diminishing the aesthetic effect of bumpy skin.

Go for the Glow!

If you are an athlete, then you want to go for the gold! If you want fabulous looking skin, then it’s time to exercise to go for glowing skin. That instant, healthy-looking post workout glow is undeniable. Why do we glow you ask? It’s quite simple really.When you get your heart really pumping, it does wonders for your skin. the living layers of your skin receive a nice delivery of oxygenated blood and nutrients. Ah yes, think SKIN cells. When this happens your circulation is improved, which helps with your skin’s overall glow. You will then start to produce more natural oils, which will provide your skin with that healthy “glisten”.

Hey, it’s better than my old tricks of pinching the heck out of my cheeks or bending over and quickly tossing my hair back over my shoulders to get the same look, only temporarily. (With a side of pain and dizziness…sigh.)

Stress Less

If you want to clear your mind in the pursuit of mental clarity and relaxation (or fabulous skin) then take a long walk, an aerobics class or a swim in the pool. Exercise is wonderful at reducing stress and if you can achieve that you will be able to see it reflected in your skin. Stressed out skin is never a good look. In fact if you can find an exercise routine that you enjoy, it will help to ease that stress. Anyway you look at it, stress lines and brow furrows are some of the primary targets for special cosmetic attention. Relax!

So these are a few positive effects that exercise can have on your skin but there are a few cautions to consider as well.

  • If you are exercising outdoors remember to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun by applying your SPF before you get started.
  • Keep your exposed skin as covered as possible, seek shade when you can and avoid working out during peak sun times, which is usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Depending on what type of exercise you are doing be aware of skin chafing. Tight fitting exercise clothing coupled with sweating can lead to skin irritations. Avoid clothing that is too restricting and apply a nice moisturizer or powder to the areas that are most prone to irritation.
  • If swimming is your exercise of choice, be sure to rinse off as soon as possible. Chlorinated pools and salt water can both be a bit dehydrating to the skin and the hair.

Well, I have never been what you would call an “exercise buff,” but my counterpart, Samantha Clayton, has finally found a way to convince me to exercise. Who knew? It’s all about the skin baby!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the HerbalifeSKIN line here. 


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