10 ways working out can help and hurt your skin

Exercise may actually help keep your skin feeling and looking healthier

Keeping up a regular fitness routine can improve your skin’s overall appearance, as Dr. Marisa Garshick, board-certified dermatologist shares the following.

“Exercise, by getting the heart rate up and improving blood circulation, can help to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin which keeps the skin healthy, promotes collagen production, and promotes new skin cells which keeps the skin looking glowing and is also helpful for anti-aging,” she said.

She also said that sweating while you exercise can help clear out your pores “as long as you make sure to clean [your] skin prior to exercise removing anything that can potentially clog the pores, [like] makeup or other skin-care products.”

Increased blood flow during exercise could lead to a ‘post-workout glow’

If you’ve ever noticed that your skin has a certain glow after a jog or yoga class, you’re not imagining things — the “post-gym glow” is real and it can last for several hours after your workout, according to our experts.

“The post-gym ‘glow’ that people describe is likely a combination of the increased blood flow [which can promote circulation in the skin], dewy appearance from sweat, and the endorphins released during exercise,” said Dr. Kathleen Cook Suozzi, assistant professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine.

The stress-relieving properties of working out can also benefit your skin

Regular exercise is known to be stress-reducing and working out is known for positively affecting one’s mental health. It might not seem like this link would extend to your skin, but a fitness routine that you enjoy can help your skin look its best.

“Exercise has also been shown to reduce stress and we know stress can affect the appearance of the skin, leading to breakouts and [irritation],” said Garshick. Stress can also cause eczema and rosacea flare-ups, and even hives.

And so, Garshick said, when you reduce stress by exercising you can improve your overall skin clarity.

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