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Can you exercise your way to healthy and beautiful skin?

The answer is YES! Did you know that your workout isn’t just a great way to feel good, lose weight and get yourself healthy and happy? It also gives you glowing and amazing skin! How is that so?

Ever notice when you’re stressed, you start breaking out? You think, great another thing to be stressed about! Next time instead of grabbing a sweet snack or slathering on acne cream, hit the gym. Vigorous exercise helps to stop stress hormones and circulate oxygen and nutrients back into your skin. Exercise also helps you get a good night’s rest which helps your skin repair and renew itself. Exercise also helps other hormones regulate themselves in your body that may cause breakouts and other nasty skin woes.

Your fitness routine is shown to give you improved circulation, anti-inflammatory benefits and increased blood flow. If you have less inflammation in your body you will have less redness, fewer acne spots and less dead skin cells. Improved circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells, giving you a healthy glow and more collagen and elastin (think less wrinkles!) You all know the flushed cheeks you get from a good workout? A prime example of your skin reaping the benefits of a good workout!

If you’re not convinced because you get all sweaty, oily and tend to break out after a workout, you may just need to revamp your skin care routine. If you plan to workout outside or in the water, be sure to apply a water and sweat resistant sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun (that causes sunburn and wrinkles!). If you want to further protect your skin, grab a hat and sunglasses.

Wear clothing that is light and loose to prevent chafing. If you swim regularly, this is a fantastic workout but can wreak havoc on your skin and leave it dry and flaky. Apply lotion and condition your hair before swimming to moisten and protect your skin and scalp from drying out. Wash yourself AND your swimsuit after every swim.

Be sure to shower immediately after your workout, wash your face thoroughly and moisturize! This will help you ensure that sweat, dirt and oils that you picked up while you exercised will not affect your skin.

Did you know that your workout affected your skin in such a positive way? What’s your favorite way to sweat?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.