Exercise and your Skin

Exercise, a word which always brings me mixed feelings. On one hand, I love the feeling I get after a good workout. Running outdoors and Pilates are my personal go to. But actually, getting to that good feeling, well that’s another set of emotions entirely. 
Of course, we all know exercise is amazing for your body. It can help you lose weight, gain muscle and tone. It can help with strengthening yourself after an injury or illness. It is even amazing for your mental health. I love running outside and exploring new places, little things like smiling to local people I know as I run past. But I do wonder what my sweaty face may look like to them!
One thing I began to research into a while ago was how exercise was affecting my skin, as I found I would often breakout after a workout at the gym. I would go straight from work, and when I was younger, failed to take my make-up off. Nowadays, I know this is a big no no. 
When you sweat, your temperature increases, and your pores are more likely to absorb whatever make-up is sitting on your face. 
For me, bare-facing it is no issue, but I know a lot of people will want something on their skin when they’re out and about. 
Decleor’s Green Mandarin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream is amazing, as it sits right on the boarder of skincare and make-up. It contains Green Mandarin essential oil, as well as lemon and sweet orange essential oils, but it also has a slight tint to it. I often wear this when popping to the shops, if a full face isn’t appealing to me that day. 
So, I would always recommend to go as free of make-up as you can, and feel comfortable to do. Your skin will be able to breathe, and will thank you for it later on.
Exercise is obviously good for your mind and body, but it is amazing for your skin too. Here are a few reasons how, and why.
  • Exercise releases endorphins, these can lower your stress levels. Lower stress levels can help certain conditions such as eczema, which can be brought on by stress.
  • When you exercise, tiny arteries open up and blood-flow increases and goes to the skin’s surface. This can help repair damage from the sun and environmental aggressors. 
  • Exercise also keeps your lymphatic system happy. When muscles contract during exercise, they put a squeeze on your lymph nodes, which in turn helps to pump waste and toxins from your system. 
  • It also helps you to sleep, as your body is a little more tired out. We all know it is called beauty sleep for a reason!

So whether it is a gentle jog, a yoga class, training for a marathon or simply nipping outside to run around with your children, getting active will do your mind, body and skin wonders.  

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