Fitness experts and most physicians tout the benefits of exercise for our physical and mental well-being, but in addition to helping our heart, weight, and state of mind, exercise also facilitates clearer, healthier skin.
A solid 20 to 30 minutes of exercise speeds up blood flow, which in turn nourishes skin cells and keeps them at peak health. Blood flow also washes away waste products that cause and exacerbate poor complexions and other skin conditions. Additionally, exercise reduces stress, which functions as a primary contributor to skin problems like acne breakouts.
I recommend taking a few precautions to protect the skin while exercising. For example, going for a run on a warm summer day feels great, but exposes the skin to high levels of sunlight. Simply wear sunscreen or avoid exercising between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the sun’s hottest hours, and wear a sun and clothes to protect the skin while still keeping cool. Also, wear looser clothing to avoid chafing and rashes.
About the Author
Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, David Weingold works with patient to diagnose and treat numerous types of skin cancer.