• Jacqueline Lovett (BHSc Naturopathy)


Exercise not only makes you happy, healthier and more comfortable in your body, its also super important for vibrant skin. For myself, skin is my weak point – if something is out of balance, then its sure to show on my face. So lack of exercise in these cooler months really start to take its toll. But now spring is here (even though its raining and freezing today) its time to get moving to bring vibrancy back into your skin!

When it comes to exercise, I’m talking about anything that gets your blood pumping and your lymphatic system flowing (lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials), such as swimming, running, bushwalking, yoga, the list goes on…

Think of exercise as cleansing from the inside out!

How does exercise improve skin health?

Increases collagen production - Ever notice your ‘red face’ after an intense exercise session? This is because tiny little capillaries in your skin dilate, which means more nutrient rich blood flows to your skin. This process assists fibroblasts, which are a type of cell that help produce collagen to produce more collagen, which means plumper skin that resists sagging and ageing.

Improved sleep if you exert yourself more throughout the day, it’s a no brainer that you’re going to sleep that bit better at night. When you’re travelling through dreamland your bodies natural healing processes are activated, which includes the regeneration of natural collagen and elastin which help fight against the impact of gravity on the skin. The benefits of sleep are endless, see my post over here to read more.

Detoxification – when you’re moving your body, you’re stimulating your lymphatic system which, as mentioned above, assist the body with removing toxins and wastes so they don’t accumulate and try excrete their way out through the skin. Increased circulation increases blood flow to your detoxification organs so they can work more efficiently and ‘detoxify’.

Improves stress – stress wreaks havoc not only to your whole body, but especially the skin by increasing cortisol which blocks the production of collagen. Engaging in regular exercise has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and therefore allowing the production of cortisol to flow freely.

Unblocks pores – sweating helps unclog pores so they can be washed away. Clogged pores leads to lacklustre skin, acne and blackheads – it can also contribute to ageing and sagging. So get sweating!

Myokine production myokines are released from muscles into the bloodstream and can cause changes in the skin. An increase in myokines helps your skin stay youthful and vibrant. So mixing up your exercise routine with some weight training will assist this process along.

So are you someone who suffers with unforgiving skin? Believe me, I know its hard sometimes to leave the house when you are not happy with your appearance. The reality is that no-one actually notices and you’ve got to start somewhere! So when the rain stops falling and the clouds move over, get outside, run around the block, go for a brisk bush-walk or jump in the ocean and exercise your way to beautiful skin ~ you wont look back.

Written by Jacqueline Lovett Naturopath & Nutritionist

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