Getting regular exercise is not only essential for your physical and mental wellbeing (getting those feel-good endorphins flowing is a sure fire way to brighten your mood!), but it’s also crucial for healthy skin.
Exercise which raises your heart rate pumps oxygen-rich blood around the body and causes blood vessels to dilate, giving skin a plump, healthy glow.
Sweating can also help flush surface dirt from the pores, detoxifying and clarifying more congested skin types.
But when it comes to skin health, all exercise is not created equal – and the types of exercise you choose can have a profound effect on your skin.
Now I’m confess I’m not what you’d describe as a ‘gym-bunny’ – so I’ve enlisted barrecore founder and fitness guru Niki Rein to give us the low-down on the ultimate ‘skin-friendly’ workout.
“Low impact exercise is best for those who want to age gracefully. Aerobic exercises involving higher intensity vertical movements such as an aerobics class or regular jogging can cause decreased elasticity and loosening of the skin on the face, neck and rest of the body (picture saggy boobs here!).
Stick with weight bearing exercises and keep high intensity training to short 20 second bursts to keep skin taught and help maintain precious, skin firming elastin.
Although sweating is a great way for the body to get rid of unwanted toxins, it’s best to keep it to under 60 minutes continuously, as excessive perspiration can irritate inflammatory conditions such as acne and eczema.
Make sure you always properly cleanse after exercise with a skin-balancing like Pai’s Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, to remove any excreted toxins and sweat.”