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Can Running Help Improve Your Skin?

Can Running Help Improve Your Skin?
Emily Cotton
Beauty Editor3 years ago
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We all know the benefits of running when it comes to improving our physical and mental health. But did you know running can benefit your complexion too? Well, it can, and in a big way. 

How Running Affects Your Skin 

When we exercise - running, swimming, weights, whatever - we boost the blood circulation to our skin. This circulation boost increases oxygen and nutrient delivery, which is what gives us an immediate post-exercise glow. 

Enhanced blood flow can also help skin cells regenerate and remove toxins more efficiently, whilst also decreasing our levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can be beneficial for chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.


How Much Running Will Help My Skin? 

Don’t worry if you’re not an avid runner, it doesn’t take miles and miles of jogging to boost your skin’s appearance. Exercise, of any kind, a few times a week is enough to elevate your heart rateand in turn increase circulation and boost your skin. 

How To Look After Your Skin On A Run 

If you’re running outdoors, save your skin by making sure you always wear SPF. No matter the weather, UVA and UVB rays from the sun can damage your complexion. UVB rays are stronger in the summer months and are the rays responsible for burning the top layer of skin when you’ve been in the sun too long.

However, UVA rays are the same all year round - even on a cloudy day - and can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and cause unwanted signs of ageing. Applying SPF to your skin before you run can help protect your skin from these rays.


Other Ways To Improve Your Skin 

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Emily Cotton
Beauty Editor
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I'm someone who loves getting glammed up, but I feel like I never have enough time. Frequently running between work, the gym and seeing friends means my makeup routine is quick and often touched up on the go. Therefore, beauty products that serve as multi-purpose are perfect for me - a blush that works for cheeks and lips is a must in my makeup bag!