7 Beautiful Ways Exercise Benefits Your Skin

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Regular exercise comes with many benefits for your and skin. Exercising is a great way to burn calories and lose body fat that results from eating disorder and poor lifestyle. According to Ellen Marmur, MD, dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, most people focus on cardiovascular benefits of exercise although they are unaware that workouts improve circulation for healthy and vibrant skin. People with dermatological conditions should keep their skin protected when exercising. Here are some of the ways that your skin benefits from exercising;

1. Nourishes and Revitalizes the skin


Exercising boosts the flow of blood which is essential in nourishing and revitalizing the skin. Marmur says that blood supplies oxygen and nutrients to all working cells in the body, including the skin. In addition, blood helps in the elimination of waste products like free radicals from working cells. While most detoxification is carried out in the liver, Marmur says exercise helps in elimination of cellular debris from your body, and thus cleanses your skin from the inside.

2. Reduces Stress


In reference to Brian B. Adams, MD, associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, exercise decreases stress, and some skin issues can be worsened by stress. By reducing stress, you can overcome or diminish symptoms associated with skin problems like acne and eczema. Although there is little scientific evidence to prove this claim, scientists have demonstrated that oil production in the sebaceous glands can be influenced by stress hormones. Other studies suggest that stress can trigger eating disorders leading to weight gain and more skin breakouts.

3. Firmer muscles, prettier skin


According to Dr. Adams, exercising regularly helps to tone the muscles. Although this may not have a direct impact on your skin, he says that with firmer muscles, a person looks better overall. Dalton Wong, a celebrity trainer, says that by exercising correctly, it can help tone your skin the same way you tone your muscles. Wong explains that eating disorders and age lowers the lean muscle mass and that the key in training to tone your skin should focus on increasing lean muscle mass. By training, Wong says that it is the lean muscle mass beneath your skin that creates a lifted, taught looking skin.

4. Prevents skin from sagging


Other than helping in weight loss, regular exercising prevents weight gain. Pounds perk up with a sedentary lifestyle and eating disorders. If you are obese and shed extra pounds within a short duration, chances are you will end up with sagging skin. By engaging in regular workouts, your skin gradually shrinks to fit your new body size. This means that other than controlling weight loss and preventing weight gain, exercising prevent your skin from stretching that can lead to saggy skin after you shed the extra pounds.

5. You get a “happier” skin


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If you are in a sad mood, it can be difficult to smile and people will notice there is something wrong from the appearance of your skin. Sadness over a long time (depression) can result to a dull complexion. Numerous studies have shown that engaging in regular exercise stimulates production of “feel good” hormones and brain chemicals that improve mood. Other than preventing a dull complexion, exercising makes you happier, relaxed and boosts your confidence as well as self-esteem. With an improved mood, it will be easier to combat eating disorders that cause weight gain.

6. Reduces Wrinkles

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In reference to Noelle S. Sherber, M.D., board certified dermatologist based in Baltimore, Maryland, by increasing your heart rate when engaging in an aerobic activity, you are supplying your skin with an adequate dose of oxygenated blood, essential for an instant glow. In addition, Sherber says exercise helps to maintain healthy levels cortisol, a stress hormone. High levels of this hormone can negatively impact on collagen and elastin production, which can accelerate premature aging of the skin which is marked by fine lines and wrinkles. Army Dixon, an exercise physiologist and celebrity trainer based in Los Angeles says that exercising boosts collagen and elastin, which are proteins, to help keep your skin firm, supple and elastic.

7. Healthier Hair


In reference to Dixon, exercising improves the flow of blood which helps to keep your hair healthier and stronger. An adequate supply of blood enriched with oxygen, nutrients and minerals stimulates the hair follicles while promoting growth at the same time. People with eating disorders usually develop cravings for particular foods, especially sweets and sugars. This can lead to deficiencies in other essential minerals, vitamins and nutrients, which can hinder hair growth. Deficiencies can also trigger hair loss, fading as well as breakages.


Your skin can benefit in several ways if you regularly engage in workouts. By boosting the flow of blood, exercise ensures a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients which are vital for your skin and other body organs. While too much exercising isn’t necessarily good for your skin and body, health experts recommend engaging in moderate physical workouts to enhance your overall beauty. In addition, combat eating disorders that contribute to weight gain and mineral deficiencies that can exacerbate health issues in your body and skin. If you are beauty lover, it is the right time you should start exercising on a regular basis!

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