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Stress & Acne – How exercise can help

May 3, 2012 by Works with Water
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Exercise is great for both your body and your skin.

It charges your internal systems to work at peak power, and that actually helps in your battle against both stress and acne, so find out below how exercise can help.

How does it work?

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital.

Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells.

You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside.

Exercise and other activities that get you moving help to release serotonin – the hormone responsible for the “feel good” mood you get after exercising. This relieves stress and tension, which helps you think more clearly.

However, before you run off remember:

  • Do not apply any makeup. Allow the skin to breath and clean as you work out
  • Shower before and after exercising to remove any toxins and to open skin pores
  • Wear loose fitting clothing, preferably cotton to allow the skin to breathe
  • Keep well hydrated. Drink lots of water before, during and after exercising.

Simple Exercising will…

  • Speed up the heart rate increasing blood flow
  • Carry healing nutrients and oxygen to organs and skin
  • Carry toxins away to be eliminated
  • Strengthen internal organs to function better
  • Induce sweating to clean the pores and eliminates toxins
  • Relieve tension and stress
  • Balances hormones and reduces production of Sebum one of the causes of acne

Sunshine & fresh air

Sunshine stimulates the creation of vitamin D in the body — an essential vitamin for healthy skin.

A little bit of fresh air and sunshine every day will also reduce stress and increase oxygen to the skin. Even when it’s overcast, the sun’s rays reach us, so take a 10 minute walk outside every day.

Don’t get burnt in the sun though – always remember to protect your skin against harmful UV rays.

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