Whether you’re driven by the desire to lose weight, tone up, stay healthy, or get a confidence boost, you know that exercise can transform your body from the inside out. One more reason to get moving and stay active? Studies reveal that exercise is an ace at making you look younger and giving you that healthy glow.
The even better news: Experts say that just two weeks of regular exercise can bring tangible results. Here, we list the top beauty benefits you can look forward to scoring from your sweat sessions:
Skin cells receive their nourishment from tiny capillaries located deep within the inner layers of the skin. When you workout and your heart rate spikes, the increased blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to those capillaries and cells. The result? A natural, pretty flush. Plus, anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
Here’s a fun fact: The increased circulation and blood flow that’s so beneficial for your complexion also stimulates your scalp and hair follicles, promoting healthier, stronger locks.
Sweat has gotten a bad reputation for supposedly clogging pores. The truth is, it’s your skin’s way of naturally detoxing itself—think of it as a steam clean for your pores from the inside out. Just remember to remove your makeup right before a workout and hit the shower right after your gym sesh so sweat and bacteria don’t get trapped in your pores.
Researchers from the MacMaster University in Ontario, Canada recently found that exercise may not only keep the skin younger, but may also reverse skin ageing. According to the researchers, study participants over the age of 40 and have led an active lifestyle have visibly younger looking skin, similar to that of someone in their 20s or 30s—even if the participant was over the age of 65!
Chronic stress damages the collagen and elastin that keep your skin tight, while slowing down the production of new skin growth. Your antidote? Regular exercise. It releases healing endorphins that can counteract the harmful effects of the stress hormone cortisol, making you look and feel better. In fact, researchers from the University of California found that stressed-out women who exercised vigorously for an average of 45 minutes over a three-day period had cells that showed significantly fewer signs of ageing compared to their sedentary counterparts.
Suffering from acne or eczema? Hit the gym to ease the stress levels that usually exacerbate these conditions. Sweating it out is also said to help flush cellular debris out of the system, which contributes to clearing the skin.
The National Sleep Foundation in Australia reports that exercising in the afternoon can help deepen your shut-eye. And it is during this deep sleep that the body secretes a growth hormone that helps repair and rebuild body tissues. This means you wake up having that youthful glow which comes from a great night’s rest.