We often hear that exercise is bad for our skin. The rumor is, sweat gets clogged in our pores, causing us to breakout or even develop acne. Well, that’s partially true. Breakouts occur only if we don’t take care of our skin immediately after the workout. While you’re working out, however, that’s a different story.
Sweat, contrary to popular belief, is good for your skin. It can help keep your pores cleaned out while removing harmful chemicals that are stored deep down under the surface, which can cause breakouts or acne.
Here is some medical info to ponder: Blood flow is going to increase whenever you exercise. By increasing blood flow, you’re nourishing your skin cells and keeping them vital. “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals (molecules responsible for aging and tissue damage), from working cells.
Anything that promotes healthy circulation in the body, also helps keep the skin healthy and vibrant, “You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside,” says Marmur.
The real danger for your skin is when exercise is taken to the outdoors and you have a high amount of skin exposure. Sunburns increase skin cancer risks and rapidly ages skin. The positive affects are overshadowed when we work out in the sun for too long.The best advice is to avoid exercising outside during peak sun time, which is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you need to workout during those peek hours, layer on the sunscreen. Protect your face and the rest of your skin as much as possible, and wear a hat and sun glasses if you can.
So there you have it, the rumor is squashed! Exercise is great for your skin, so is sweating! Make it easy on yourself and bring your face wash and moisturizer with you to the gym and clean up right after your workout. Otherwise, by the time you get home, you will most likely be distracted by other priorities and the grim build-up in your sweat will sink back into your pores. I know you’re ready to pack it up and get out of there, but it’ll only take you another couple of minutes, don’t be lazy on this one ladies!
Between blood flow distributing nutrients, sweat removing bacteria, washing your face to rid your skin of that bacteria, and moisturizerizing to keep your skin hydrated, your face will have the kind of glow people are jealous of!