YOUR FACE ON FITNESS
Exercise can be the route to better skin. Here’s proof:
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.