Come on, let’s sweat.
Ah, exercise. You either live for it or it makes you want to die – there’s hardly any middle ground. If you belong to the latter group, and the cardiovascular benefits of regular exercise aren’t enough to make you get up for that 5 a.m. spin class, maybe this is: working out is one of the best things you can do to maintain gorgeous, healthy skin. Whether you’re pumping iron or going for a hike in the great outdoors, exercise will give you the confidence that comes with a no-filter-needed complexion.
While you sleep, your body – and your skin – go into repair mode. This overnight maintenance is best done when you’re sleeping well. So when you expend energy through exercise, you give yourself the gift of better sleep and ultimately, gorgeous healthy skin.
One of the many factors that contribute to acne breakouts is the hormonal fluctuation that comes with stress. But breaking a sweat triggers the release of endorphins that reduce stress levels to keep you feeling good and looking good. Of course, simply changing your exercise habits won’t magically banish all breakouts. But when combined with adequate sleep, proper hydration and a healthy skin diet, a clear complexion is within reach.
An after workout glow-up can be hard to imagine when you’re covered in sweat and your face is beet red. But getting your heart rate up brings more oxygen-rich blood to the surface of your skin which, in turn, gives you vibrant, radiant skin.
All the heart-pumping goodness of a workout is also helping to clean out your pores. Though it may seem counterintuitive, sweating is good for acne. It offers your skin the chance to purge the dirt, oil and toxins that clog pores and lead to blemishes. But it’s important to properly cleanse your skin before and after a sweat sesh to ensure you’re not undoing all the good you’ve just done.
It’s always best to work out with clean skin to prevent any dirt and oil that may be on the surface from making its way deeper into your pores and wreaking havoc. A simple face wipe is sufficient for this, and it’s easy to stash a pack in your gym bag. But your after workout routine is what really counts.
Since you’re likely covered in sweat, you want to wash your face as soon as possible post gym. Pair the oh-so-portable LUNA go with a refreshing cleanser like this one to lift away dirt, oil and impurities with gentle but effective T-Sonic pulsations. Follow it up with this calming facial spray to help reduce redness and instantly hydrate. A cooling mask like this one will help soothe skin and minimize the appearance of pores. Finish things up with a lightweight, gel moisturizer and you’re good to glow!
Healthy skin starts within – consistent exercise and healthy lifestyle choices are the foundation of a no-filter-needed complexion.
Katie Steadman is a native Texan roaming Asia with a penchant for writing and solving sudoku puzzles at breakneck speed.