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Green living is vital to have a clean environment. Simple waste management could help the air we breathe to be fresh and pollution-free. Aside from our lungs, our skin is greatly affected by what we do to our surroundings.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget our skin is an organ. Skin is the toughest organ by far, but it requires a lot of care.

Having a solid skin care routine is extremely important. There are a lot of products on the market, but many don’t truly address the skin’s needs. When you read reviews of Dermaclara and other science-based products, it’s easy to tell that some products are worth your time and money while others are just a waste.

One thing that is guaranteed to compliment your skin care routine is exercise. More and more research is showing that exercise isn’t just good for your cardiovascular health and waistline. Surprisingly, it is also highly beneficial for your skin.

Exercise Gets The Blood Circulating

It’s no coincidence that skin glows a little after a good workout. That glow is a result of increased blood circulation that’s flooding the vessels close to the skin’s surface.

Exercise helps pump blood through the body, which delivers much-needed nutrients and oxygen to skin cells. The blood and oxygen also help the cells get rid of waste, including free radicals that can break down collagen and elastin. By increasing blood circulation exercise helps to improve the look of skin immediately and over time.

Exercise Builds Up the Skin’s Support System

Recent research has found that exercise can help rebuild the epidermis (top layer) and dermis (bottom layer) of skin. As we age the dermis gets thinner and loses elasticity while the epidermis gets thicker because cellular turnover slows. The result is the skin’s support system get weaker, the surface looks duller and signs of aging set in.

A study by McMaster University found that people of all ages could improve both layers of skin through exercise. They examined participants that ranged in age from 20-84. After exercising participants over the age of 40 showed marked improvements in their skin. The epidermis was thinner and the dermis was thicker. Even people as old as 65 had skin that was closer to 30 years old.

The best news is some of these participants didn’t start exercising until the study began. That means it’s never too late to get real skin benefits from working out.

Exercise Can Help Control Acne

One of the major contributors of acne is stress. When we get stressed out it releases a hormone called cortisol, which can cause acne by increasing oil production in the sebaceous glands. Exercise increases endorphin production, a natural feel-good hormone that counteracts cortisol. You’ll stress less and have better skin by working out.

Exercise Can Protect Collagen

Cortisol can also breakdown the collagen that helps support skin tissue and keeps it from sagging. Here again the endorphin boost from working out can help protect the appearance and health of your skin.

Aquatic Exercise Can Help People With Skin Problems

If you have eczema or rosacea you probably avoid strenuous activity and sweating since it can cause flare-ups. The solution is exercising in the water. Water aerobics, resistance training and swimming laps are great forms of exercise that will keep your skin cool.

Boost the Benefits by Working Out Outdoors

Getting out in nature is an easy and effective way to reduce stress, which is good for your general health and skin. Taking a hike, practicing yoga outside or going for a walk in the late afternoon when the sun isn’t quite so strong will provide exercise and boost your mood. You’ll also get a healthy dose of Vitamin D. When sunlight hits our skin it causes 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) to react and generate Vitamin D.

After working out it’s important to shower and clean your skin as soon as possible. Pay particular attention to the face and any other spots that are prone to breakouts. Follow up with a good moisturizer to provide the skin with additional hydration and protection.