Who does not want to look younger and ageless? The human skin starts to get wrinkles as a person gets older.
According to Mayo Clinic, each time a person uses a facial muscle, a groove forms under the surface of the skin.
When a person is young, the skin springs back, but with age, it loses its flexibility and bouncing back becomes harder and less frequent. This leads to permanent grooves or wrinkles. Pollutants and a rash diet make their effects felt on the human skin too.
But there are ways to keep one’s skin looking healthy and glowing. While exercise is great to keep one’s heart, lungs, and mental health in check, it also is one of the key elements to healthy skin.
Exercise increases the production of natural antioxidants
Exercise has not only been shown to improve a person’s mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress, but it also helps in reducing oxidative stress on the body.
A study conducted by the Faculty of Physical Culture and Health Promotion, University of Szczecin, Poland, found that regular moderate exercise can increase the body’s production of natural antioxidants, which help protect cells, thus keeping the skin glowing.
A separate study by the Department of Physiology of the University of Valencia found that moderate exercise acts as an antioxidant, which helps in making the skin look younger.
Exercise helps rejuvenate the skin
Poor sleep causes the skin to age faster. It does not allow it to recover from the environmental stressors and causes a decline in skin quality.
A study, published in the journal Sleep, found that the faces of sleep-deprived individuals were perceived as having more hanging eyelids, swollen eyes, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.
Exercise can help with relaxation and sleep quality. A University of Toronto study found that exercise increased total sleep time and delayed REM sleep onset as well. Thus, a better sleep cycle caused by exercise could also help keep the skin rejuvenated.
Beauty benefits of yoga
Yoga too has immense benefits on the human skin. A study, published in the journal Future Science OA, found that the insulin regulation and glucose control through yoga can be translated to improvement and maybe reversal of the effects on AGE (Advanced glycation end products) protein accumulation in the body tissue.
According to the study, it could point towards yoga being a holistic anti-aging cosmetic skin rejuvenation method.
So, make exercise and yoga a part of your daily routine and get going!