How Exercise Affects Your Skin

How Exercise Affects Your Skin

Our skin is the largest organ in the body.  It acts as a protective layer against infection, light, heat and injury.  It should be noted that whatever lifestyle choices we make, we can see those choices reflected in our skin.  Sometimes when we change our eating habits or exercise routine we will see the reaction to those changes on the surface of the skin.

When we are experiencing a lot of stress or tension, our body responds by releasing cortisol.  An increase in cortisol production can also increase our sebum production, which can then lead to acne.  It has been shown that regular exercise decreases the levels cortisol in the body, thus leading to a decrease in break outs. 

One thing to keep in mind is that regular exercise can speed up metabolism and flush out toxins that have built up in the body.  The easiest way for these toxins to be eliminated is through the skin.   It’s important to thoroughly clean your skin after a workout so that the body can more easily release the build up of grime and chemicals that our skin is exposed to on a daily basis.  Exercise is also beneficial for cell renewal.  Again, make sure to keep your skin free of dead cells to ensure that you keep acne at bay and see a healthy, radiant glow shine across your face.