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Is exercise good for my skin?

The stress response preps your body to leap into action. But 90 percent of the time you don’t need to climb tall buildings or even dash down the street—what you need to do is stay calm. That’s why exercise is so cathartic: It releases all that revved-up energy inside you so you actually can stay calm. If you can hop on a stationary bike and pedal madly for twenty to thirty minutes, great. But running the vacuum with intensity, bounding up and down the back stairs at the office, or playing fetch with Fido will accomplish the same thing, settling you down instead of leaving you pent up.

At the same time, you'll boost the activity of white blood cells, increases levels of beta endorphins, improves your mood, and gets your circulation going—all good things for your skin. Beta endorphins have immense anti-inflammatory benefits that fight your stress hormone cortisol.

The science is well-documented: Exercise fights the onset of age-related disease, lifts your spirits and sense of well-being, increases your lung capacity so you can take in more oxygen, boosts circulation to deliver nutrients to cells and skin, lowers inflammation, and, for many, is said to be the ultimate stress reducer.

That healthy glow you get after a great workout (rosy cheeks indicative of the increased circulation that is nourishing all those facial cells and tissues) isn’t just for show.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Exercise is essential for your overall health, including the health of your skin. For certain people, though, exercise can cause skin problems. For instance, many people who have rosacea find that vigorous physical activity worsens their symptoms, which include skin flushing and acne-like bumps. Exercising in a cool environment and taking frequent breaks may help prevent rosacea flare-ups. 

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