All of us know that exercise is very good for your heart, lungs and general health, and thus it stands to reason that it will be great for skin care as well.

We tend to look at physical exercise as having benefits for mainly the cardiovascular system but actually anything that promotes good blood circulation will inadvertently also play a part in keeping your skin vibrant and healthy.

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Should you have skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, or psoriasis, you will need to take extra care to protect your skin while exercising but don’t let this stop you from being active.

Exercise nourishes the skin cells due to increased blood flow. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all cells throughout the body, which also includes the skin. Good blood flow also aids in removing or carrying away waste products as well as free radicals from good healthy cells. But one thing exercise does not do is detoxify the skin, detoxification in the body is mostly done by your liver.

Regular exercise has also been known to reduce stress and in doing so can help conditions that are adversely affected by stress, says Brian B. Adams, MD, associate professor and director of the Sports Dermatology Clinic at the University of Cincinnati, these include acne and eczema. Even though there is more research being done on how stress affects your skin, there have been studies that show that sebaceous glands which job is to produce oil in the skin are definitely influenced by stress hormones.

Even though regular exercise does not affect the skin directly it does of course help tone and build muscle which has an overall effect on you, looking and feeling healthy.

The biggest danger of exercising outdoors is prolonged exposure to the sun. As we all know ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the biggest cause of skin cancer and plays a big part in rapidly aging skin.
Dermatologists recommend to exercise either before 10 in the morning or after 4 in the afternoon as this is at the times when the sun is less harsh.

But if the only time you have free to exercise is during the day, make sure that you are using a good quality high SPF sunscreen on your face, arms and back of your neck, any parts of skin that is exposed to the sun.

In addition to wearing sunscreen, is to wear clothing which covers those parts of the skin which are exposed to the sun because, as you are exercising you are sweating and the sweat will remove some of the suntan lotion.

Make sure your skin is clean before you exercise and don’t wear makeup as the dirt and makeup can clog the pores which in turn can lead to acne problems.