It’s no secret that exercise is beneficial for your overall health. Getting your blood flowing and your heart pumping is great for your cardiovascular system. Exercise also prompts your body to produce endorphins giving you an overall sense of well-being and reduced stress levels. But what about men’s skin health? The good news is that exercise is beneficial to your skin. Just follow a few simple pre and post-workout tips to enhance the benefits for your skin.
How exercise improves men’s skin health
Exercise increases the rate of blood flow throughout your body, enhancing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells. This includes skin cells, and bursts of activity with increased heart pumping and blood flow will promote the natural processes of healing and restoration.
Decreasing your stress levels is also beneficial to skin health and appearance. Studies have shown that regular exercise increases the level of endorphins resulting in reduced stress levels and an improvement in your overall sense of well-being.
Working out will also make you perspire more heavily. That doesn’t sound very glamorous, but as you sweat, your body sheds impurities through pores in your skin. Basically, it cleans your skin from the inside out, ridding your body of impurities which can cause troubled skin and even acne.
How to care for your skin before and after exercise for best results
There are a few tips to ensure your skin benefits as much as possible from exercise. If you prefer to exercise outside, especially if it’s in the middle of the day, use a good quality sunscreen. The sun in Australia is very harsh and regular exposure will age your skin prematurely. It is preferable to use a sunscreen that doesn’t block your pores, so you can sweat out impurities.
It’s important to cleanse your face thoroughly but gently after exercise. This will ensure that any impurities or bacteria from your pores are cleaned away. Leaving them on your skin long-term could result in inflammation or even acne. Ideally, you should cleanse your skin immediately after your workout to enhance its benefits.
Finally, apply moisturiser to your skin to replenish the water lost during your workout. If you are prone to oily skin, use an oil-free moisturiser. And always remember to go natural!