You might be tired of hearing how important exercise is for good health,
but how about just once more? Exercise is important for good health --
including skin health. Plus, it's really not that bad. Just try hitting
the gym or taking a brisk stroll around the block, and you might find
yourself enjoying the feeling of a solid workout.
Regular exercise not only helps flush out pores and fight acne, it can
also aid skin by promoting toxin removal and decreasing signs of aging
by boosting collagen production and diminishing wrinkles.
The acne bit tends to work like this, although like the rest of these benefits,
results may vary. Stress amps up the production of certain hormones --
many of which have been linked to acne flare-ups -- and exercise is believed
to help decrease stress levels. Ergo, less acne. A good workout also sends
more oxygen and nutrients pumping through your bloodstream. "We tend
to focus on the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, and those
are important. But anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps
keep your skin healthy and vibrant," says dermatologist Ellen Marmur,
MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime
of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin.