Belly Dancers: Forget Concealer, Just Head to the Gym
There are very few things that exercise does not improve. It can't increase your cup size or straighten your hair, but other than that it's pretty much got you covered. It can help you fight depression, keep your heart healthy, maintain your muscles, and even make you feel better about yourself.
However, there's been a misunderstanding about one apparent downside to exercise. A lot of people seem to think that a good sweat can wreak havoc on your skin, clog up your pores, make you smelly and just generally feel... gross.
But according to Acne Myths Etc., "sweat doesn't exactly clog your pores - the oil from your sebaceous glands do. Sweat glands and sebaceous glands are two different things." There is now a great deal of evidence to support the notion that exercise actually improves the skin. And being that belly dancers show a great deal of skin during performances, this holds enormous potential for us!
According to Barbara Jones, ARNP, exercise increases circulation, which in turn helps deliver nutrients to skin cells, and in retreat washes away toxins. Essentially, it's performing the same tasks as exfoliation: detoxification and cell renewal. Just from exercise!
Barbara has spent over 26 combined years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner to a prominent dermatologist and plastic surgeon in Miami, Florida. She says exercise can aid in producing collagen, which is connective tissues that, when lost, can make our face and body look aged.
Basically, exercise can help keep your skin looking healthy and young.
Studies show that while exercise is also able to help acne-prone skin, proper care is important to maximize the benefits working out can have on your skin.
Follow these steps, suggested by both Psychology Today and Acne Myths Etc.:
- Take your makeup off before working out
- Cleanse your skin after working out to remove toxins and oil produced while exercising
- Drink plenty of water, read more about the benefits of water here
- If you have or are prone to getting acne, stretch or cool down to decrease stress
- Keep your hair pulled away from your face during exercise
So, let’s not forget that with every shimmy we're working to combat skin toxins, wrinkles, and acne. How's that for a three-way punch?
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