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Beauty / Health and wellbeing | 05.05.2017

7 ways exercise boosts your skin and slows the signs of ageing


We know exercise is important for longevity, health and weight control. But have you ever considered the potential benefits that moving your body provides for the skin?

I'm not talking about facial exercises or facial yoga that’s supposed to lift the skin by building the subcutaneous muscles. I’m talking about anything you do that gets your blood pumping. Like a good old-fashioned bush walk, swimming, power-walking, yoga...

Exercise is one of the best medicines for prevention of skin ageing and, in some cases reverse loss of elasticity, sagging, drooping and loose skin.  

Your skin is made up of three main layers. Around 40 years of age the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum, starts to thicken and becomes dull, coarse, flaky and dense (like your ex). The middle layer, the epidermis, loses collagen and the deeper dermal layer or dermis starts to thin. The good news is that if you exercise the outer layer doesn’t thicken as early and the inner layer doesn’t become thinner.

  1. Increased myokines
    The protein that’s responsible for the age-related skin changes are called are myokines. They’re released by the muscles and enter the blood. They increase during and after exercise. So, the more myokines you provide to your skin, the younger the skin stays.
  2. Increased collagen production
    When you get moving, the tiny capillaries in your skin dilate which means more nutrient-rich blood flow to the skin. These nutrients help collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts work more efficiently. And more collagen means plumper skin that resists sagging. Plus, increased blood flow gives you a healthy, rosy glow that can last all day Increased skin cell regeneration.
  3. Better sleep
    You might already know that people who exercise more, sleep better, which is an incredible benefit on its own as well as translating to younger-looking skin. At night, while your body rests, natural healing processes are activated – including regenerating your skin's natural collagen and elastin. Two of the main molecules that are essential in the fight against gravity. Better sleep means brighter, smoother skin under the eye are that can take years off your appearance.
  4. Detoxification
    Increased circulation that results from exercise not only carries nutrients to the skin, it assists with detoxification by the process of transpiration and good old sweating so that the body can eliminate toxins. By Increasing blood flow to your liver, you increase its capacity to detoxify and remove waste. The cleaner your blood means fewer environmental toxins getting to your skin resulting in skin that stays firmer and tighter over time.
  5. Deep cleaning pores
    Clogged and blocked pores create acne and blackheads but they also can contribute to ageing, droopy skin. Impurities can stretch the pores and drag the skin southward resulting in less luminosity in the texture and sagging. Sweat assists with cleaning the pores by pushing a build up of oil, dirt and bacteria to the surface of the skin so that it can then be washed away.
  6. Stress reduction
    Not only does constant stress feel draining and life-sucking, it's physically detrimental to your skin. Stress leads to the production of cortisol, a hormone that blocks collagen production. Over time, excessive stress can cause your skin to actually lose its internal structure and elasticity. People who engage in regular exercise generally have much lower cortisol levels than their sedentary counterparts.

    A study published in 2008 by scientists from Michigan State University found that cortisol levels drop by as much as 18.5% after an intense workout. Exercising regularly will help you feel more relaxed and can also protect your skin from premature thinning and sagging.
  7. Improved posture
    Looking down and slouching can show on your face in the form of sagging skin. Improving your posture can help fight gravity and train you to keep your body in a more upright position with good posture. You can help your skin fight gravity by improving your posture, and training yourself to keep your head held upright and strong, through exercise. The best kinds of exercise for improved posture are yoga, Pilates, or dance.

    But any exercise that strengthens the core muscles will help you stand tall and upright, which will help your skin stand the test of time and help you to exude more confidence, which of course is ageless.

Whether it’s a daily trip to the gym, or a brisk walk around the block, the best thing you can do for your skin is exercise regularly to get your blood pumping.

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