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Train Your Way to Perfect Skin

Train Your Way to Perfect Skin

If you ever struggle to drum up the motivation to pull on your Lululemons and hit the gym, we feel you. It can be hard to get stoked when the very practice can feel like a punishment. But here's a motivator that's getting us out of bed: exercise is amazing for your skin. And, in keeping with the RESCUE philosophy, it all starts with the cells: When you get your heart pumping, the increased circulation feeds your skin a rejuvenating dose of oxygenated blood, which nourishes skin cells. According to dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, "Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin." And that's not all: "By increasing blood flow, exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system," says Marmur. "You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside." Dr. Emma Wedgeworth, consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation explains it even further: "Enhanced skin blood flow can also help skin cells regenerate and remove toxins more efficiently. All of these changes can help regulate comedogenesis, the pore blockage which is the first stage of acne."
"Enhanced skin blood flow can also help skin cells regenerate and remove toxins more efficiently. All of these changes can help regulate comedogenesis, the pore blockage which is the first stage of acne."

For added benefit, keep that healthy circulation going with a cold shower after your workout. Among its many other benefits, you'll enjoy tightened pores, reduced redness, and de-puffing around your eyes. Trust us, it's worth the shock to the system!

Stress Relief = Skin Relief

It's not news that stress can do a number on your skin; breakouts, ramped-up oil production, sallow skin tone, even eczema flare-ups. But exercise is a scientifically-proven stress reliever that also slows the production of cortisol, our bodies' stress hormone, which can be pro-inflammatory and exacerbate chronic skin conditions. By decreasing stress, you'll be kiboshing many skin scourges before they start.

Plump & firm while you huff & puff

As if cortisol wasn't already bad enough, elevated levels of it can also cause collagen to break down, resulting in wrinkles and skin-sag. Exercise actually supports the production of collagen. The boost in this protein helps to keep your skin firm, supple, and elastic, says Amy Dixon, a Los Angeles based exercise physiologist and celebrity trainer.

Want to make that a double dose of procollagen? RESCUE helps support it from the outside and the inside.

Making sure your workout works for you, not against you

Exercise may be essential for head-to-toe health, but some skin conditions require a little extra care when working up a sweat. If you're acne-prone, always cleanse your face and other breakout-prone areas immediately after exercising. Fragrance-free cleansing wipes are perfect, since they're easy to use and travel well. And for Pete's sake, do not work out in full makeup. Focus on impressing your gym peers with the bossness of your burpee game, not your cheekbone contouring. If you have rosacea, raised body temps and skin flushing can trigger a flare-up, so seek out cooler workout environments. Swimming is a great solution, since it'll keep your skin cool even as your body temp rises. Just be sure to moisturize afterward, as chlorine can dry out sensitive skin. Eczema or psoriasis sufferers can also see flare-ups after strenuous activity. This is another instance of moisturizer to the rescue, as applying it to your bod before a workout can provide a protective barrier against sweat that sits on your skin causing irritation.

Did we say RESCUE? Because our Ultra Moisturizer will be your hero in the above scenarios, given its incredibly soothing emollient protection and hydration, plus its support of healthy cellular turnover and pro-collagen production. Now get out there and sweat - your skin will thank you!