Topics on how exercise effects your skin and overall well being. How exercise can help you maintain and develop glowing, health skin. Various topics and tips.

Active Bodies Need an Active Skin Care Routine

During the course of a week, healthy adults should be getting a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, as well as doing strength training for all major muscle groups at least twice according to recommendations by the Department of Health and Human Services. Making exercise a part of your daily routine supports not only cardiovascular health, but your skin too. Increased blood flow naturally nourishes skin cells, provides oxygen and carries away waste. Prepping skin before and after exercise will support this natural process and enhance the overall look of your skin.

 

Cleanse skin before and after exercise

Whether you get moving in the morning or evening, cleanse your face before your exercise regimen begins. Many natural DIY face wipes can be easily made at home and transported in your bag. Starting your workout with a fresh face means removing makeup, especially heavy foundation. Your skin’s pores open up while sweating and allow it to breathe. With makeup on, sweat and oil may clog the pores. That said, makeup on the eyes and lip are okay. For those who never leave home without wearing a foundation, a light weight tinted moisturizer will work. It helps your skin retain water.

Wash your hands before and after a workout. Bacteria is left on workout machines as well as other gym equipment including matts. Avoid touching your face while exercising. At a gym, always use clean towels after washing your face and hands.

Post workout, wash your face to remove oil, toxins and sweat. Your fresh face may be a bit rosy because of increased blood flow. You may even see a natural glow.

 

Hydrate skin before and after exercise

Skin loses water through evaporation. Dehydrated skin causes premature death for skin cells and increases wrinkles. Drinking fluids is important for the body but research shows a more efficient way to hydrate the skin is through a topical moisturizer. Adding a hydrating body cream and hand cream before working out helps skin retain water. Applying moisturizer after exercise restores water levels in skin.

Misting can help but only if you apply a moisturizer to seal the mist in. Without a moisturizer, misting will draw water out and dehydrate the skin.

 

Protect skin during outdoor exercise

Apply a light moisturizer and protect your skin from sun rays with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Tie your hair back and away from your face. Avoid headbands which can trap skin oils and bacteria while sweating. Don’t apply hair products that can drip onto your face and clog pores.

 

Workout clothing that’s good for the skin

Wear breathable, moisture wicking clothing. These clothes help evaporate sweat away from the skin and help regulate body temperature. They are good especially for acne prone or oily skin. Dark color dyes and synthetic fibers can irritant skin. Loose fitting clothes can irritate the skin because it rubs against the skin while you’re in motion. Natural fabrics are best.

Most fabrics are treated with chemicals so wash them before wearing. Turn workout clothes inside out when washing. Inside is where workout clothes hold sweat, dead skin cells and oil.  Fabric softeners tend to lock in odors and damage stretchy fabrics so avoid using them. Air dry clothes outside if possible. Sunshine has anti-bacterial properties, gives a fresh smell, doesn’t shrink clothes and is energy efficient.

Change out of active wear within 30 minutes, shower, and let skin breathe. Don’t forget to apply your favorite luxe wellness hydrating body cream and vegan hand cream.

Finally, at least once a week, take time to notice and admire your skin in the mirror. Commend yourself for keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.

Why Your Skincare Routine Should Include Exercise

Most people are aware that exercise is good for the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs) and for bones but many may not know how good exercise is for the skin. Keeping skin vibrant relies on healthy blood circulation. Your skin’s working cells receive nutrients and oxygen through the blood stream. Every time you increase blood flow through exercise your skin cells are being nourished. For this reason, exercise should be a part of your natural skin care routine.

It’s never too late to start. No matter what your age, research shows that people who exercise have healthier and thicker skin compositions than those who don’t exercise. Here are some suggestions on how to get the most benefits to your skin naturally, while exercising.

Work Up A Sweat
Skin is one of the body’s six organs that secrete debris. Working up a sweat flushes out waste products including free radicals, which are damaging to skin. This natural release process helps bring toxins to the surface, where they can be washed away.

Here are several natural skin care tips for getting the most from a workout.

Breathe
Let your skin breathe while exercising. Go natural and leave the makeup at home.

Cleanse
Dermatologists recommend washing the skin as soon as possible after exercising so your pores don’t get clogged. Such clogging can cause bacterial or fungus infections.

Hydrate
Dehydration leads to dead skin cells and clogged pores. Drink water before, during and after a workout.

Moisturize
You lose moisture when you perspire so it’s important to moisturize. Moisturizers help retain the skin’s water.

Relax
Exercise reduces stress, which can have an effect on skin. Stress can cause fluctuations in hormones that may impact skin.

AVoid the Sun
Sun exposure effects the distribution of elastin and collagen in the skin. Exercise indoors or when outdoors apply sunscreen to protect your skin.

Exercise Tones Muscles
Firm muscles support the skin and can make skin appear firmer and more flexible. Toned muscles also support a healthy body image. When you love your body, you will take good care of it.

Exercise often, stay out of the sun and apply a natural organic moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and vibrant, naturally.