Whilst going to the gym exercises our hearts and tones our bodies, it also has a glowing effect on our skin, blood circulation is increased which helps arteries to open up, allowing more blood to reach the surface delivering nutrients so helping to speed up collagen production. The surge of oxygen can also help flush out impurities.
But too much of a good thing is never good for us – high impact training such as running outside for long distances can have the opposite effect, the impact of skin being pushed up and down in a repetitive movement can give stress to the face breaking down elasticity and promote sagging.
Skin is the largest organ in our bodies, it protects us, controls our heat, and is the most visual part of our face to face communication with others, portraying our thoughts through facial expressions.
Being stressed not eating properly, lack of beauty sleep and the lights from our phones can wreck havoc on our skin. Break-outs and eczema can flare up, puffiness under the eyes and dry patches will appear. Being stressed sometimes causes us to take shallow breaths leading to flushing and redness. Tensing muscles will make skin feel tight, and furring your eyebrows or pursing your lips can bring on fine lines. Great isn’t it!
Take a deep breath - Taking deep in and out breaths during exercise or anytime during the day will lower stress levels and give a calming effect onto your face.
Tone your muscles – to help plump up the skin, and stop sagging.
Sweat – to help take out the impurities from your skin, so helping to clear up acne, be sure to wash your face afterwards so the debris doesn’t sucked back in, and avoid wearing make-up when working out, as that can block pores, not to mention cause mascara to run down the face!
Go Plogging – the new faze from Scandinavia combining the Swedish word plocka with jogging, which means going for a run and picking up litter. The motion of bending up and down stretches the body, increases skin elasticity, and helps the planet at the same time!
Hydrate - exercise can also dry out the skin through lack of fluids, be sure to hydrate with plenty of water.
If you are not feeling energetic, lie back, relax and go to a face gym, Meghan Markle attributes her toned sculpted look to the strategic act of massaging the 43 muscles in her face which stimulates muscle movements to tone, lift and smooth out wrinkles. Regular sessions can have the visual effect of a face lift!
Face love - or face yoga practice strategic exercises to the muscles on your face that will tone in the same way that yoga does to the body. Actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been said to practice this before going on set. Do these at home, in the office or whilst on the go and get a radiant glow from the inside out.
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