21 Sep Can Exercise Improve Skin Health And Reduce Signs Of Aging?
We all know that exercise can help improve our figure, but can it improve our skin health and reduce the signs of aging? Almost every woman I know is not exactly thrilled about the appearance of wrinkles, aged spots or sagging skin that comes with aging. We all aspire to have a more youthful appearance which is why the beauty marketplace is oversaturated with products that promise to turn back time, but could the answer be as simple as regular workouts?
The benefits exercise has on your skin health
Skin health is particularly important to me as for years I suffered from skin complications. Together with diet, I have found exercise has really help improve my complexion and help it heal from the dermatological conditions I was experiencing.
Here are just a few benefits that might inspire you to regularly work up a sweat:
Leading dermatologist and associate professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York Ellen Marmur, MD, says exercise can help nourish your skin cells and keep them vital by increasing blood flow. “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin”. This will give you a nice post-workout glow keeping your skin healthy and vibrant. The blood flow also helps get rid of waste products. By doing this exercise helps cleanse the skin from the inside out by flushing out the cellular debris.
My view is that wrinkles are a sign of experience, a life story if you like. I would normally say embrace them, but I also want to make sure I look after my skin health and if that helps reduce wrinkles in the process, great! Exercise can help support the production of collagen, which gives the skin its strength and structure while also playing a role in the replacement of dead skin cells. Collagen naturally decreases as we age, which is why we see the formation of lines and wrinkles as well as sagging skin. Boosting this protein naturally through exercise can help to keep your skin firm, elastic and supple.
As mentioned, exercise boosts blood circulation which is integral to your skin health. The sweating also will help clean out the pores and correct any hormonal imbalances that are causing adult acne. If you are acne prone, it is important you take a little more care to protect your skin while exercising. Make sure you give your skin a good clean before you work out to prevent clogged pores and avoid wearing makeup while you exercise. Also ensure you immediately cleanse your face and other areas where you tend to break out immediately after your workout.
Can exercise actually reverse the skin’s aging process?
So it is clear that exercise has some great benefits for skin health and keep you looking young, but can pumping iron and breaking into a sweat actually revere the skin’s aging process? Researchers at Ontario’s McMaster University seem to think so.
A study carried out on mice has looked into the effects exercise has on our health. One group of mice were giving access to an exercise wheel which resulted in the mice having healthy brains, hearts, muscles and reproductive organs as well as healthy fur and so sign of going grey. Those who didn’t jump on the wheel become weak quickly, bald and appeared ill.
In a second test, the researchers of McMaster University tested the impact exercise had on people. The study, which was presented at The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, consisted of 29 male and female volunteers aged between 20 to 84 years old.
Half the participants were required to complete at least three hours of moderate to vigorous exercise each week, while the others exercised for less than an hour a week. At the end of the study period, the researchers examined the skin on the buttock, which was rarely exposed to the sun. They found that the skin of those who were more active and over 40 resembled that of someone in their 20s or 30s. That was even the case for participants over the age of 65 years old.
In part two of the study a sample of the skin was taken from participants over the age of 65 who were in the less active group. They were then required to up their exercise regime over the course of three months. At the end of the three months, researchers studied the participant’s skin microscopically and compared it to the original sample.
The results were remarkable and the skin samples looked completely different. The outer and inner layers of the skin appeared to resemble that of a person aged between 20 to 40 years old after the three months of exercise.
While the study is only small and more research is required, this is exciting news for those wanting to stop the aging process in its tracks! How exercise actually changes the skin’s composition is also not yet completely clear, however initial studies suggest that no pill, injection or skincare product can ever replicate the skin health benefits of a good regular workout.
So, guess I will be seeing you in the online gym!
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