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How Is Exercise Good for the Skin?

by Abigail Ekue

About Abigail Ekue

Abigail Ekue is a writer specializing in health, fitness and nutrition. She is a NATA-certified Athletic Trainer with a degree in Sports Sciences. She has experience in sports physical therapy and personal fitness training. Her work has been featured in "AM New York," "AskMen," "New York Resident," various blogs along with LIVESTRONG and eHow.

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Exercise is known to have positive health benefits for your heart, bones and muscles. Exercise can also improve your mood and self-image. You feel better and have a proven “glow” after a great workout. That’s because exercise also has great benefits for your skin. Regular exercise can improve the appearance and health of your skin.

Blood and Oxygen

During exercise, your heart and lungs are responsible for delivering oxygen-rich blood to your muscles as well as to your skin. That’s the physiology behind that flushed skin you experience after a workout. Improved blood flow also carries nutrients to the skin. The added blood, oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin improves collagen production. Collagen keeps the skin smooth and plump.

The Post-Workout Glow

The natural oils of the skin are produced when you exercise. That helps the skin look healthy and supple. Those natural oils can also moisturize the skin. Exercise can help regulate sebum production levels which can minimize excess oil and clogged pores on the skin. That rosy complexion you sport after a workout is indicative of health and a level of attractiveness, according to research done at the universities of Bristol and St. Andrews in the United Kingdom.

Sweat Purge

The kidneys, liver and the skin are responsible for eliminating toxins from the body. During exercise, sweat purges the body of toxins that could have clogged your pores causing acne. Regular exercise increases the functions of the sweat glands. Exercise also boosts cell renewal. It is important to shower after your workout to remove the toxins and dead skin cells. This step will prevent clogged pores or bacterial or fungal infections.

Good Stress

A major reason many people exercise is for stress relief. In some cases, acne and psoriasis can be triggered by stress. Exercise decreases stress levels, which could also minimize stress-related skin conditions. When the body is under stress, cortisol levels increase in the body. Exercise decreases levels of that stress hormone and increases level of endorphins; not to mention that you generally feel more relaxed after a workout. A constant relaxed expression can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

Plump and Smooth Under the Skin

Weight training strengthens and tones your muscles. The toned muscles under your skin make your skin look healthier and feel better. The firmer muscles can provide support to your skin and minimize the appearance of cellulite. Stretching can also help improve the skin by minimizing the appearance of cellulite by releasing the tension in muscles and improving tone.

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This article reflects the views of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Jillian Michaels or JillianMichaels.com.