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Skin + gym = BFF's

Posted by Michelle Stafford on

The other day someone wrote to us and asked if yoga, especially hot yoga, was good for their skin. 
We were so excited to reply with an resounding "yes yes and more yes!" 
Any and all exercise is going to have great benefits and results on your skin.
Swimming, rock climbing, roller blading, yoga, running, pilates...really any form of can't go wrong on your skin.
Now, I know how hard it can be to get yourself to the gym, or outside too run when either:
A. Your schedule is WAY too busy to even think about allowing time to flew those biceps
B. Stepping into the donut shop is way easier than stepping onto a treadmill 
Trust me, we've all been there. Raising both hands in the air to say I'm guilty of charge for those two excuses up there. Getting the motivation to exercise daily isn't always the easiest task. No judgment from this side of the screen. 
And this isn't to say that eating donuts is bad. The heart wants what the heart wants, so if that's a donut then by all means, skirt that car right on over to Krispy Kreme. 
But, exercise should be on the list of To-Do's before the drive thru is. Your skin is asking, no begging for you to give it some TLC, along with the rest of your body every day. Even if it's 20 minutes, that is 1,200 more seconds than 0. Whether it's a quick walk in the morning, or dancing around the kitchen like Beyonce while making dinner, you're still working up a sweat and cleansing the pores of the oil and junk that has settled in them.
But, breaking a sweat isn’t the only way exercise benefits the skin — it also reduces bodywide inflammation.
When you exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, and allows more blood to reach the surface of the skin and deliver nutrients that repair sun damage and pollutants from the environment. The nutrient's from the blood also revs up the skin’s collagen production, fighting against wrinkles.
Alright, now who wants to continue reading this on an elliptical? I'm totally sold on all of this. 
*all hands go in the air*
Exercise is so so so important, guys. I know that sitting and grabbing coffee or ice cream with a friend sounds so much more fun than going on a walk or hike in the park together, but before you agree to meet up at Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast, maybe ask your skin where it would like to meet up instead.


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