Exercise is fantastic for many well known things – it is a natural mood booster, helps you to maintain your ideal weight and keeps you feeling supple and strong. But did you know that exercise may also be your skin’s best anti-ageing remedy? Recent studies indicate a direct link between your skin’s ability to stay looking youthful and your exercise regime. Here’s a few reasons why:
As unattractive as you may feel sweating through a workout, you can feel better with the knowledge that this acts as a DIY steam bath – opening your pores and dislodging any gunk that was found there. The magical part of this is that perspiration has been found to contain a natural antibiotic called Dermcidin, which kills E.Coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Just make sure to wash your face soon after exercise to avoid re-clogging your pores.
By pumping blood faster around all parts of your body including the limbs, organs and skin, exercise helps to re-oxenggate the blood at a faster pace than usual. It also helps to flush cellular debris out of the body’s system, similar to cleansing the skin from the inside. Ever felt that tingling, itch sensation during a Power Plate class? That’s your body’s circulatory system kicking into overdrive and boosting your blood flow.
Fascia is a web of interconnected tissue which holds your muscles, blood vessels and nerves together. Your fascia needs to be kept supple and busy. “Keep the body young by keeping elasticity in your tissue,” says Thomas Myers, an anatomy expert and author of Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists. He explains, “We can train ourselves to be younger.” Essentially, you’re building muscle memory, but it’s anti-aging memory.
According to a recent study published in The New York Times, these small proteins released by muscle cells during muscle contractions, may be the link between much younger skin and exercise. These jumpstart operations in other cells of the body, and stimulate other processes including tissue regeneration and repair. In this study, even people who started exercising later on in life saw an immediate difference in the quality of their skin. When samples of skin were placed under a microscope, those who exercised had skin which “looked like that of a much younger person, and all that they had done differently was exercise”.
Exercise helps reduce the body’s stress-related hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol in the body can cause the collagen in the skin to break down, which can increase wrinkles and sagging.
Let’s get moving!