Ever look in the mirror post workout and notice your face is glowing? And no, I’m not talking about the sheen of perspiration. Exercise is incredible for your body and mind—but it does wonders for the complexion as well. Here’s what science tells us about how keeping your body moving bestows amazing results in your skin.

Exercise gives your skin Clarity

Sweating is great for keeping your skin clear. When you sweat, your pores flush out toxins that can lead to blemishes. But don’t forget to wash after each workout—leaving toxins, oil, and dirt sitting on your skin can cause breakouts as well. To keep skin smooth and clear, always shower after a workout and use a gentle face and body exfoliant weekly to kill acne-causing bacteria and remove dead skin cells.

Exercise Reduces Wrinkles 

Exercise aids in maintaining healthy levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Spiked cortisol levels can lead to breakouts or cause the collagen in your skin to break down, which can increase wrinkles and sagging skin. A good workout routine can actually help your body stimulate collagen production to keep your skin firm and supple.

Exercise Increases Muscle Tone

The more muscle tone you have, the healthier your skin will look and feel. When your skin has better support from strong, firm muscles, this will lead to firmer-looking skin. Not to mention, toning your muscles may also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Exercise Gives Instant Glow To Your Skin

Wonder where that post-workout glow comes from? When you get your heart pumping from aerobic exercise, your skin receives a healthy dose of oxygenated blood. Your skin also starts producing more of its natural oils, helping it look healthy and naturally moisturized.

Exercise Repairs Your Skin

Research suggests that exercise may help skin repair itself more quickly, which can help protect against UV skin damage. However, be sure to always wear sunscreen when exercising outdoors. Sun damage can occur quickly— use an SPF of at least 30 with broad-spectrum protection, and preferably waterproof so that it stays put even while you sweat. Just remember to wash it all off after your workout so you can enjoy that natural glow!


Catch yourself the next time you think about skipping your early morning workout. If you’re dying to switch up your routine, join us at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology for a weekly yoga flow with a view that’s hard to beat. In addition to a rocking bod and a calm and sharp mind, we hope radiant, supple skin will motivate you to get up and just do it.