If you are thinking – what is this woman on about!? Exercise for beautiful skin?
You are not alone – many of my clients give me ‘that look’ when I tell them to exercise more to improve their skins.
Firstly you need to remember that your skin does not stop at your chin, it is our body’s largest organ. And although most beauty articles, blogs, and skincare companies tend to only discuss the skin on our face, it needs to be treated from the tip of our head down to the tip of our toes.
So basically whatever you do to your body, will benefit your facial skin.
Poor circulation is one of the key factors behind a dull and lifeless skin. When you exercise, you stimulate your blood flow throughout your whole body including your face.
Stimulating your circulation improves broken capillaries on our face and legs, it brings blood to the surface of the skin stimulating collagen and elastin production as well as nourishing our cells. It assists with eczema, rosacea and other skin ailments as the blood boosts the skin’s immune system.
When you exercise, you also stimulate your lymphatic system removing the toxins from your body, therefore removing the toxins from your skin. The lymphatics draw toxic waste from the cells in your skin, decreasing puffiness, removing the infection from acne and other skin disorders.
Sweating detoxifies your body and gives your skin an amazing glow. After the red has died down, and you have drunk a couple of glasses of purified water, your skin takes on that gorgeous luminous glow.
The best time to pop a mask on is straight after a work out as the skin is hot, the pores are open and anything applied will enter the skin quickly and effectively. Many spa’s offer you the option of a steam room or sauna to achieve the same results prior to a facial or body treatment – so you can give yourself a mini treatment at home post exercise.
Yoga practitioners have always believed in practicing yoga for great skin. Certain poses assist in clearing acne, cellulite and even dry skin. Yet again, when it comes down to it, all of the different poses stimulate your circulation and lymphatic system.
If you are not a keen exerciser, start off by doing anything which makes you sweat, even if it is just for 15 minutes a day.
Ride a stationary bike, even better – ride on a real one! Walk – it is the easiest exercise to do, but get that upper body working out as well. Swing your arms back and forth and up and over your head to get those lymphatics working. When no one is looking do a few facial exercises such as over pronouncing A E I O U – move your mouth into strange shapes as you pull your jaw tight as you say your vowels! Repeat at least 10 times.
Another good one is open your eyes and mouth as wide as you can, and then screw both eyes and mouth into a tight ball. Repeat a few times – at least 10 times.
The facial exercises do not only tone up the face, they drain the lymphatics, therefore, draining the toxins from the skin.
Get onto YouTube – there are so many 10 minute fat burning exercises to choose from which will get your blood flowing, but will also have the added side effect of toning your body! Just be careful to not choose something which could injure you – this also includes yoga.