Stretch and sweat for beauty benefits
There are numerous positives to exercising regularly, but did you know that a glowing visage was one of them? That’s right, beyond the most commonly associated benefits – such as better sleep, mood-boosting endorphins and an improved wellbeing – certain exercises can also help to promote both an inner and outer radiance.
It’s not just about a clear complexion, either. We’re talking about that perceptible shift that’s obvious in others, but somehow you can’t quite put your finger on what it’s attributed to. It’s a distinguishable confidence, an attitude, an overall glow that just seems to emanate out of certain people you meet.
The good news is, it’s often down to a healthy, balanced lifestyle that prioritises regular exercise. You can cultivate it for yourself by factoring glow-promoting practices into your every day, even if it’s just taking an extra minute or two to stretch your body in the AM. Here are a few of our best tips for getting that unique inner and outer glow courtesy of beauty-through-wellness.
Time spent in savasana on your yoga mat can actually help your body to restore itself, releasing stress-causing hormones such as cortisol from your system. High cortisol levels caused by stress can result in a number of issues on the skin, including acne and dullness. This is where soothing exercise comes in, to not only balance your body but to reduce inflammation in the body and simultaneously release those pent-up wrinkle-inducing worries. As an added beauty bonus, wind down post-workout with WelleCo’s Nourishing Protein, which contains a curated blend of pre- and probiotics, herbal extracts, vitamins and minerals to keep the glow going long after your sweat session.
Cardio gets you glowing in more ways than one (and we don’t just mean glistening with sweat). High intensity exercises that get your heart pumping encourage blood flow to the body, sending oxygen to your organs and your skin. Getting your blood pumping helps to ensure that your body has enough oxygen throughout the day to fight off free radicals – such as pollution – which significantly contributes to ageing your skin. In short? Sweating your way through a HIIT session can actually help to keep your complexion looking more youthful. Sweat is also a natural detoxifier, which means your skin will look and feel rejuvenated and plump.
Get your hard-working organs going with a bit of aerobic activity outside. You’ll not only reap the rewards of vitamin D – which aids your skin’s cell turnover and reduces stress – but you’ll also instantly feel happier thanks to those endorphins and the mood-boosting effects of the sun. Just make sure you’re wearing sunscreen, or that hard-won youthful glow will go to waste.