Does exercise improve skin

Read Olay’s guide to improving your skin care through exercise with four easy steps.

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You are probably familiar with the benefits of staying active for your cardiovascular and mental health, but could regular exercise be your skincare secret weapon?

Why Skin Loves Exercise Too

When your heart rate increases during exercise, it boosts circulation, spreading oxygen and nutrients throughout your body — including to your skin cells. Regular workouts also stimulate the production of skin’s natural oils, so your complexion stays smooth and supple.

Exercise Your Skincare Smarts 

Help your skin get the most out of your workout with the following easy steps:

  • Play it Safe. 

    If you are exercising outdoors any time of year, it is important to use a moisturiser with an SPF of at least 15 to help protect facial skin from sun damage. Apply sunscreen to your face, neck, chest, arms and any other exposed areas.

  • Cover Up. 

    When braving cold conditions for your workout, cover your skin as much as possible. The harsh winds and temperatures can strip your skin of moisture and even result in wind burn in extreme cases.

  • Keep it Clean. 

    After exercising, wash away perspiration with a gentle cleanser. If sweat is left on the skin it can clog pores and lead to breakouts. The salt in sweat can also irritate sensitive skin.

  • Wipe it Off. 

    Take your cleanser on-the-go by packing handy and convenient facial cleansing wipes in your gym bag or post workout clean-up.

Whether you are already a lean, mean, workout machine or an exercise novice ready to kick your exercise routine into full gear, know that beautiful, glowing skin is waiting for you at the finish line!