Ex­er­cise can be the route to bet­ter skin. Here’s proof:

Women's Health Australia - - BEAUTY&STYLE -

It im­proves skin tex­ture

Ex­er­cise re­duces stress, which low­ers cor­ti­sol, the hor­mone that spikes when you’re feel­ing tired and over­worked. When cor­ti­sol lev­els are out of whack, it can lead to an over­pro­duc­tion of oil and col­la­gen break­down, says Hale. Keep­ing yours in check can mean fewer break­outs, tighter pores and firmer skin.

It detoxes pores

Think of sweat­ing as the steam por­tion of a fa­cial. “It causes pores to di­late and pushes out oil and bac­te­ria,” Hale ex­plains.

It de­liv­ers nat­u­ral glow

When we ex­er­cise, our heart beats faster and pumps more blood. “Much of that in­creased blood flow goes to the brain, and the face re­flects this up­ward surge by flush­ing,” says Hale. Cue that bright lit­from-within look.

It fights puffi­ness

Work­ing out tones your body over time, but it can also have an im­me­di­ate im­pact on your skin. “It helps clear out ex­cess wa­ter so you look less bloated,” says Frank.

It de­lays signs of age­ing

“Stud­ies show ex­er­cise boosts skin-cell en­ergy, in­creas­ing cell me­tab­o­lism and col­la­gen pro­duc­tion,” ex­plains der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Joshua Ze­ich­ner.

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