THERMOREGULATION AND SWEAT
When your core temperature rises as a result of exercise, your body automatically takes steps to compensate. Thermoregulation is the body’s capacity to maintain a relatively consistent core temperature even when heat is lost or gained.
The human body regulates heat gain by initiating the perspiration mechanism. Sweat is expelled to the surface of your skin and evaporates to produce a cooling effect. Our sweat contains ammonia, urea, chlorides, potassium, proteins, bicarbonate and sugars, as well as traces of metals such as manganese, lead, cadmium, nickel, iron, copper and zinc.
Sweat also helps the skin to expel metabolites and exfoliate naturally, drawing out toxins and traces of dirt in the pores, and shedding dead skin cells. The dermis is regenerated naturally, thanks to the more frequent elimination of potentially harmful substances.
EXERCISE AS A BEAUTY TREATMENT
With regular exercise, skin texture becomes softer, smoother, firmer, suppler, more luminous, more attractive and, ultimately, healthier. Importantly, physical exercise also boosts blood flow, increasing oxygenation and nutrients to all the body’s organs, including the skin. When you work out regularly, production of elastin and collagen increases, helping your skin cells to regenerate.
The benefits of an active lifestyle and a good workout routine go much more than skin-deep. When you exercise on a regular basis, other indirect benefits are reflected in your skin:
- Stress levels are reduced, preventing premature ageing of the skin.
- You feel happier, so your skin glows, your eyes sparkle, you are naturally beautiful – your ultimate objective.
- The fatigue generated by an active, sporting lifestyle is conducive to a good night’s rest. When you sleep better, it shows in your skin, as well as helping to prevent puffy eyes and dark circles.
PRECAUTIONS AND BASICS
- Before you do any physical exercise outside, apply a day cream with a sun protection factor to guard against the sun’s harmful effects.
- When you finish training, always do two things:
- Cleanse your skin to remove the impurities released by sweating;
Skincare products applied after a workout are more effective because your pores are open and more receptive to their active ingredients. Post-workout, the skin on your face and all over your body is better prepared to receive and make the most of skin care and maintenance products.
When you work out regularly, you encourage your skin to become thicker, stronger and therefore more resistant to developing signs of ageing. At the same time, you promote muscle tone and avoid sagging. Your skin is firm and toned.