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It’s well known that regular exercise is great for your overall health, so it should be no surprise that prioritising a workout can have a significant impact on your skin. We’ve asked Dermatologist Dr Katherine Armour to answer your burning questions on how breaking a sweat can benefit your complexion.
When we exercise, the blood vessels that supply our skin open up and increase blood flow to the skin. This occurs to help us regulate our internal body temperature, and avoid overheating. This increased blood flow also increases the flow of oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin, whilst carrying away waste products. Exercise also decreases stress, which normalises blood cortisol levels. This is good news in terms of our general well-being, skin collagen levels (yes, wrinkle prevention!), and avoiding acne flares in those who are susceptible. For some of, this will lead to a red, blotchy face for up to an hour or two post
exercise. This is entirely normal, but, may be more significant in those with underlying skin conditions such as rosacea or eczema.
The other crucial thing that occurs within our skin when we exercise is sweat production.This is also part of regulating our internal body temperature.
Anything that gets your heart rate up! So, anything from walking, running, HIIT, to cycling and Bikram yoga.
Contrary to popular belief, the pores in our skin don’t open and close. But, if you’re wearing heavy skincare or make up when you exercise, you do risk clogging your pores and causing the blackheads that are part of the causation of acne. Post workout, it’s ideal to apply soothing skincare to protect your skin barrier, and reapply a broad spectrum sunscreen if you’ll be heading outdoors after your shower.
Don’t be tempted to remove your sweat and sunscreen with harsh products such as make up removal wipes or foaming cleansers. That squeaky clean feeling means you’re potentially damaging your skin’s precious epidermal barrier. Stick with gentle, non-foaming cleansers. Do a quick double cleanse with these if needed to help your skin feel clean and refreshed.
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