The beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar business taking advantage of our deepest insecurities by promoting beauty ideals that are almost impossible to achieve. The adverts and beauty magazines we see encourage us to become so consumed with our appearance, and is forcing us to constantly strive towards unrealistic ideas of perfect. We see the models on TV with prefect bodies and flawless skin, not considering that they are actually photo-shopped, retouched and alerted beyond reason- and yet we still endeavour to resemble these fictional characters. It is as if we believe that using the foundation or skin crème the models are use will start our inevitable journey to perfection.
Some people go as far as to getting medication, even cosmetic surgery to achieve this flawless look, and with hundreds of beauty products on the market promising unblemished skin, firming, toning and brightening, it is hardly recognised that there is another, cheaper, effective and healthier method out there that can help promote these ideals of beauty with out going to the extremes.
Instead of spending hundreds every year on cleansers, toners and exfoliators, why not just start to workout? Exercising is a natural, free and a very effective way to help combat any issues you may have with your skin, even when it comes to preventing the look of premature ageing.
Looking young seems to be at the forefront of most peoples minds in recent times, but getting older, unfortunately is inevitable. As you age your skin begins to wrinkle, this is because it is losing collagen. Collagen is one of the components responsible for the elasticity in the skin, which plumps it up and gives you a younger, more vibrant look.
As the collagen begins to fade, wrinkles begin to appear. Instead of breaking the bank and getting collagen implants, exercise is an easier, cheaper and safer way to promote collagen in the skin cells. This means instead of paying hundreds, even thousands of dollars to get Botox or a face-lift, exercising can help to give you that natural youthful look we all want.
Blemishes are another major skin concern for a lot of people, and many of us avoid exercise because we think that sweating can bring about acne flare-ups. The truth is that sweating flushes out the impurities in the skin, cleaning out the skins pores, vigorous exercise can even correct hormonal imbalances that could trigger pimple formation, therefore reducing the likelihood of breakouts altogether.
Stress is also another factor that can spark a breakout, although research is still being done on the link between the skin and stress. Studies have shown that the stress hormone influences the gland that produces oil in the skin. Excess oil in the skin can lead to blemishes and acne flare-ups, therefore incorporating exercise into your daily routine can help reduce your breakouts by lowering stress levels.
So the next time you have exams coming up or an important deadline to meet, remember that doubling up on that spot crème isn’t going to give you any relief. Completing a good weight training session, or Zumba class is a better way to help to lower stress levels, and therefore potentially combat the potential stress related acne epidemic from forming.
If you’ve ever wondered how the make-up artists get that dewy, natural glow effect, you’ve watched all the YouTube tutorials, spent hours trying to replicate that revived, fresh look and just cant quite figure it out. Wait no longer, all you need to do is start working out. Having a natural glow is also essential when it comes to achieving that flawless appearance and exercising helps with the underlying colour and tone of the skin by giving your skin a healthy glow.
As you exercise your heart rate goes up and circulates more blood and oxygen to the skin. As the blood goes to the surface of the skin it brings nutrients and removes toxins, while the oxygen helps to repair any damage that has been done to your skin. This is one of the reasons why your skin looks healthy and radiant after a good workout.
So if you are looking for that fresh faced, youthful, flawless appearance, close your lap top, lace up your shoes and instead of trying to cover up those blemishes by using makeup to emulate a natural glow, why not go out and run for it?
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Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.