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Submitted by: Gurjeet Phungura
Haven t you wondered why after a great workout your skin feels smoother? Why you have less acne and fewer breakouts?
We have all heard the health benefits of exercising and how a regular exercise routine can benefit us. What about exercising and how it affects your skin? Daily exercise can be extremely beneficial to your overall skin health and it can also help clear your acne!
Many people tend to forget that our skin is the largest organ of our body and thus dismiss that it, too, needs to be taken care of properly with good habits such as exercise. Among the benefits of exercising for our skin s sake is increased circulation of blood and oxgyen delivering nutrients to skin cells, as well as creating the best environment for producing collagen (the substance that helps the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles).
When you sweat, toxins get released through the skin from pores, which open when they are heated. Sweating cleanses the pores from dirt, dead skin, and excess oil all of which create unfavourable flare-ups and ugly looking skin.
One of the greatest benefits of exercise to the skin is on acne-prone skin. Exercise controls the body s production of male testosterone-related hormones, which in turn are related to stress and acne. Since increased stress is one factor that contributes to our acne breakouts, when you exercise your stress levels lower and your body needs less of the testosterone hormones that are part of acne flare-up. Therefore, exercise control stress, and so it helps control acne.
The more you sweat the better, so anything that makes you sweat and that you enjoy doing is what you should stick to in order to stay motivated to keep exercising. Don t want to be indoors at a gym? Outdoor activities are a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine, which also contribute to good health. Walking, hiking, jogging, cycling, skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy in the great outdoors. On the inside, there is swimming, and let s not forget dancing!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are working out:
1. Take a shower after exercising. Do not sit around in wet clothes. Taking a shower after your workout will wash away the sweat from your body, which by the end of your workout is loaded with bacteria and excess toxins that have escaped through your pores.
2. Drink plenty of water after your workout. Water is essential for ridding your body of toxins and replacing all the water lost from sweating. There is a correlation between drinking water and reducing acne breakouts, so drink, drink, drink!
3. If you go for a swim, it is important to rinse yourself after swimming to clean off the chlorine on your body, which can irritate you later.
4. If you like the outdoors, always wear sunscreen, even in the winter. Prolonged exposure to the sun can actually clog pores and of course, cause unsightly sun damage.
Finally, remember to have fun! Working out and exercising does not need to be dull. Get into a team sport or a jogging club. Find an activity that you love to do and do it regularly!
How sweating worksby Melinda Walton
Sweating is our own personal, internal air conditioner. Learn how it works!
The first thing to start sweating, is our brain. When our muscles create extra heat-energy, the brain reacts by sending a signal to the sweat glands to start working to keep the body cool so that it does not over-heat.
Our skin, is made up of different layers, at the bottom there is the Subcutaneous Tissue, which is where nerves and large blood vessels are held in fat and connective tissue. On top of the subcutaneous layer there is the sensitive tissue that houses nerve endings, subaceuos glands, bloody and lymph vessels, and sweat glands. This layer is called Dermis.
Next comes the Epidermis, which is a protective, nonvascular layer. Then there is the new skin layer, which is just underneath the Stratum Corneum, which is what we see, in some areas it is thicker than in others, for example our foot skin is harder then our arm skin.
So, our sweat glands start in the dermis, and continue up and into pores through the other layers. Sweat glands are wrapped in nerves, which is how our brain sends the signal to our sweat glands to start working.
There are many different ways to start sweating, including sweat-inducing gadgets, sauna s, steam baths, or working out.
Note: while sweating, be sure to drink lots of water so that you do not become dehydrated.
About the Author: Gurjeet and Melinda are beauty writers who love all things to do with
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