Dr. Perricone Discusses

How Exercise Improves Your Skin


As you have no doubt heard hundreds of times, exercise is vital for your health. There are mountains of studies proving that exercise can take off pounds, reduce the incidence of heart disease, lower blood pressure, improve mood, solve sleep problems, and even cut risks of certain cancers.

As a dermatologist, my first concern is beautiful skin, and exercise will help you achieve just that. Studies have indicated that exercise benefits the skin in much the same way it improves bone and muscle quality. Without regular activity, bones become fragile and muscles atrophy. Without regular activity bones become fragile and muscles atrophy. When the skin of athletes is examined under a microscope, the impact of their high fitness level is clear. The skin is thicker and has more and healthier collagen.

Exercise of almost any kind has a powerful, positive, anti-inflammatory effect on all our cells, including the skin. In addition, people who exercise have better blood circulation to the skin, giving it a healthy glow, which adds to an attractive appearance. Better circulation in the skin also decreases the chances of wrinkling.

Sadly, too many of us avoid exercise and consider it a time-consuming, painful or rigorous process. This does not have to be the case. Simple exercise, such as a brisk walk each day, can make a tremendous difference in overall health and beauty. So start moving, your skin will thank you!

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