Exercise Benefits for your Skin

Compliment your skincare routine by exercising!

Young woman training in the gym

There are many reasons why people start exercising from losing weight, improving mental health to improving overall physical health and well being. Now you can add another reason why regular exercise should be part of your routine…

 

Exercise & your skin

Here are 5 reasons why exercise is so good for your skin:

  1. Increased blood flow to the skin

The red face we get when we exercise is caused by increased blood flow to the skin. More blood means a greater flow of oxygen and nutrients, which flushes free radicals (toxic waste from our daily lives) from skin cells and helps repair sun damage. Less free radicals results in brighter, healthier skin. Exercise also increases the production of fibroblasts which produce collagen. Collagen helps to improve the signs of aging by plumping and rejuvenating the skin.

 

  1. Sweat helps to flush pores

As your body temperature increases during exercise, your pores expand allowing the sweat to flush out acne and black head-causing irritants. It’s important to clean your face post workout to remove the dirt and oil from the open pores before they close and possibly become clogged.

 

  1. Reduces stress and inflammation

By lowering cortisol levels (the hormone the body produces when you are stressed), exercise aids in reducing inflammation. Cortisol is known to increase sebum production, causing skin conditions such as acne and eczema if it blocks pores. Cortisol also breaks down collagen. Therefore, stressing less has healthcare and skincare benefits.

 

  1. Improves sleep

Regular exercise helps to improve sleeping patterns allowing increased time for your mind and body to rest and recoup. This helps to reduce dark rings that form under our eyes when we are tired and gives our skin cells the opportunity to rejuvenate while we rest.

 

  1. Encourages a healthy lifestyle

The more exercise becomes part of your life, the more motivated you will feel to make healthier lifestyle choices. You’ll find yourself feeling more motivated to take care of your skin and less inclined to eat junk food.

 

Boost your skincare routine with exercise

OPTIPHI® encourages you to make exercise part of your day. This will support beautiful skin to go with your new, improved body and mind.  And don’t forget to wear sunblock!

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Get moving & grooving!

Here are some great tips to get your body moving

Pretty young girl riding bike in a forest.

The health benefits of exercise have been proven over and over again. Not only can it make you feel better and give your more energy, regular exercise can help you lose weight and even extend your lifespan.

 

Exercise is fun

Added to the health benefits of exercise are the mental and emotional benefits:

  • Make new friends – Starting a new sport or joining a sports club is a great way to make new friends. It’s so much easier to meet people when you have things in common or share goals like building fitness and/or competing in a race.
  • Boost your confidence and well-being – the moment you realise that exercise is paying off, you will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and pride.
  • Endurance – the endurance of the human body and mind will amaze you. You will learn about your inner strengths and how to overcome weaknesses. This will help you in every aspect of your life.
  • Stay busy – exercise keeps you mind and body busy. This helps to stay positive, sleep well & have fun all day, every day.

 

Choosing the right exercise for you

While some people love their local gym others long for the outdoors. Here are some tips to help you find an activity that you love:

  • Past experience – you can pick up where you left off in a sport that you enjoyed at school or in the past.
  • Local is lekker – it’s much easier to take up physical activity close to home or the office because it makes it easier to keep it up. Speak to your neighbours and colleagues. There might be a runner’s group close by, a cycle team from your office or a gym in the office park.
  • Join a friend – sometimes it’s as easy as joining a friend on a Sunday morning for a cycle or a friend who belongs to a tennis club.
  • Couples who train together stay together – training with your partner is an excellent way to spend time together.

OPTIPHI® encourages you to get active, not only because of the emotional and physical benefits but because you won’t recognize yourself as your fitness and endurance grows. Much like flawless skin, fitness will make you feel great!

Remember, just because you are training doesn’t mean your skin can’t look absolutely stunning. A daily moisturizer is essential to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. OPTIPHI® gives you the choice of five to choose from.

Also the OPTIPHI® Protect the Canvas offers a facial SPF 30 to ensure you keep your skin protected from the aging effects of the sun.

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