WHY POST-WORKOUT-GLOW IS REAL: THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW WORKING OUT AFFECTS YOUR SKIN

Ready for radiance, ladies? Then get your workout on! Cause you know what’s to follow: the glow! You’ll read below how it all works.

Here’s the good news: Those of you who exercise regularly are laying down one of the most important cornerstones for radiant and rejuvenated complexion.

The bad news? Well, there is none - sorry! ;-) The benefits your skin enjoys thanks to a balanced exercise routine are very real:

ROSY CHEEKS FOR FREE

Crank up that pulse, girl! When your heartbeat increases, more blood is transported into even the smallest of capillaries and veins- which immediately brings on the rosy cheeks. Otherwise, you’d only get that if you spend an arm and a leg on a wellness weekend. Sounds much simpler, no? Well, ‘cause it is!

GET SOME TH-AIR-APY

Every workout counts! Especially when you’re outdoors because the fresh air gives your body an extra flow of oxygen. With that, there’s an increase in the formation of new blood cells, your organs and vessels are supplied with more blood and nutrients (e.g. collagen,) and there’s an increase of elasticity in the tissue. Besides, who doesn’t want firm, plump skin?!

STRESS WHO?

When we experience emotional stress, our skin will often respond with pimples and impurities. Conditions like eczema and psoriasis often get worse from an increase in the body’s stress hormone, cortisol. Especially when your stress levels stay elevated over a long period of time, the neurotransmitter cortisol often accelerates the body’s inflammatory processes and therefore boosts the production of sebum. Then we can tell by our face that we are stressed - and it makes us feel even worse. A vicious cycle! But did you know? Just a few 30-minute cardio workouts per week can boost your happiness hormone, serotonin, which can then enhance some inner balance. Speaking of serotonin: at least two-thirds of its production takes place in our gut! Reason enough to make sure you have a healthy gut flora and a sufficient amount of “good” bacteria.

LET'S WORK THIS OUT

A good ol’ sweat is not only the visible proof that our system is running at full speed, but also pushes excess oil and dirt through our pores. But there’s more: a majority of your dead skin cells make their way out at the same time - which makes space for new ones! So the more regularly you get moving the better, because consistent training also helps the body's own production of growth hormones. And with that comes a faster renewal of our skin.

So throw on your favorite gym outfit and go sweat it out!

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