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Exercise can help promote healthy skin. Physical activity increases blood flow and normalizes hormones.
Other ways to promote skin health are to eat a nutritious diet, avoid tobacco, manage stress, and use sunscreen.
Lark can help you establish healthy habits that support weight loss and improved health.
What do you know about skin health? Do you follow a skin care regimen with special products for your face, hands, and body? Do you choose serums, creams, and exfoliators with care?
There's something else you can do for your skin. It doesn't cost extra money or extra time compared to your usual healthy lifestyle. Exercise! On top of keeping you healthy in other ways, physical activity can make skin look and feel healthier.
How Exercise Can Affect Skin
Exercise increases blood flow. You can feel this when your heart beats faster and you breathe more deeply. An effect of increased circulation is that more oxygen and nutrients get to the cells in your body, including skin cells. This allows an increase in metabolism, including in cell repair.
Another possible benefit of exercise is that it helps normalize stress hormones. That's helpful for skin because too much chronic stress often leads to breakouts and even allergic skin reactions. An intense workout may raise levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. But, cortisol levels soon fall and are overall lower with regular physical activity.
More Ways to Support Skin Health
Mayo Clinic offers more ideas for supporting skin health with everyday lifestyle choices. For example, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and stay out of the direct sunlight when you can.
Here are some ways to support skin health that Lark can help with!
Eating a nutritious diet. Focus on vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean proteins, especially fish and plant-based proteins.
Drinking lots of water.
Managing stress. Along with exercising, other stress management techniques include deep breathing exercises, visualization, and journaling.
Avoiding tobacco. Smoking reduces blood flow, which has the opposite effect as physical activity does. Smoking also breaks down collagen, which is the compound in your skin that keeps it tight and firm.
And that skincare regimen? Don't throw it out the window completely, but you can keep it simple.
Use a clean towel.
Use a mild cleanser.
Use warm, not hot, water in the bath or shower, and keep it short.
Gently pat your skin dry instead of scrubbing hard.
Lark helps you eat better, move more, stress less, and improve your overall wellness. Lark’s digital coach is available 24/7 on your smartphone to give you personalized tips, recommendations, and motivation to lose weight and prevent chronic conditions like diabetes.