We have all heard that daily exercise is good for the heart, lungs and your overall stress levels. And although the overall cardiovascular benefits of exercise are important, we often forget about how exercise affects your skin tone. You might find that exercise can be the most thrifty skin care regimen in your arsenal.
- Exercising increases your blood flow, which allows the blood to carry oxygen and beneficial nutrients to cells in your body, including your skin. Blood flow also helps in carrying away free radicals from these working blood cells. In laymen’s terms, think of it like detoxifying your skin from the inside out, as well as fighting off premature aging.
- Stress levels have been known to decrease when exercising regularly, but on top of that reducing stress has been shown to improve acne and eczema.
- Hydration can flush out any additional toxins and oils from your skin during exercise.
- Sweat also purges your body of toxins and oils during exercise.
- Exercise tones your muscles. The stronger those muscles are underneath your skin the more toned and healthier your skin will appear.
- Exercising regularly produces natural oils that will make your skin have a healthy glow, while also keeping your skin moisturized. However, it is important to shower after working out to prevent breakouts.
*** If you plan on exercising outside, be sure to protect your skin with sunscreen. ***
Many women struggle with controlling oily skin. On top of that, numerous over the counter products promise to minimize oil but just end up drying out your face. You would be surprised by some of the simple steps one can take to eliminate or minimize oil prone skin.
1. Apply milk to your face – It has been said that milk can assist in moisturizing your face, while simultaneously not creating additional oil production. Try dipping a cotton ball in milk and applying to your face. When the milk has dried on your skin, wash it off with cold/luke-warm water.
2. Try using citrus as a natural astringent – Lemon and lime juice, citrus essential oils have been used as a natural home remedy for fighting oil prone skin. However, to avoid any irritation make sure to mix your citrus products with water or lotion. It is best to use citrus as part of your nighttime ritual and in the morning apply sunscreen if you are planning to be in the sun as citrus can make skin photo sensitive.
3. Washing your face regularly – I know it sounds simple but washing your face two times a day is important to control oil. Keep in mind that if you wash your face too much, your skin can react by producing more oil. And when washing, try using cold/luke-warm water which has been shown effective in controlling oily skin. You don’t need to necessarily buy an organic cleanser, as not all cleansing products are bad.
4. Drink lots of water – Another simple trick that will keep your skin hydrated. Staying hydrated can help regulate your skins oil production. Drinking water helps to moisturize your body, thus sending a message to your brain that oil is no longer needed.
As always, every product works differently on each person so it’s important to remember that you may have to try several different products/natural remedies before you find the right combination for you.