Is Exercise Good for Your Skin?

Clare McLoughlin
By Clare McLoughlin

Clare McLoughlin is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and advanced procedure aesthetic nurse and trainer with more than 16 years’ experience.

Exercise – whether you are a seasoned marathon runner, or end up jumping into the car or on the bus to travel a mile (we’ve all been there!), there is one thing we can all agree on; with the long evenings and warmer weather, it’s a fabulous time to be outside!

If you can combine your time spent outdoors with a little bit of light exercise, we’re sure you’ll be able to see and feel the results this summer.

Exercise is a great way to help you feel and look better, on the inside as well as the outside!

As you exercise, blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin.

Exercise can also help to reduce stress – an issue which has been linked to flare-ups of acne, eczema and rosacea.

How exercise affects the skin

The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity (i.e. fast walking) per week to help maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle. You’ll be pleased to know that pushing a lawnmower counts as ‘moderate activity, so just keeping on top of the fast-growing grass at this time of year could all contribute to a healthier and more active lifestyle!

Do you suffer from anxiety or low self-esteem that manifests in feelings of dissatisfaction with your physical appearance or in other aspects of your day-to-day life? If so, exercise has been proven to help improve mood.

This is due to the fact that when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins which can reduce your perception of pain, trigger positive feelings, and can help to improve sleep.

However, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, including depression or anxiety, it is important to seek the advice of your GP prior to embarking on an exercise regime so that they can ensure your condition is being managed appropriately.

Why is sun protection so important to keep your skin healthy?

The other thing to be aware of if you are planning on getting out and about and active in the lovely weather is to ensure that you are wearing an appropriate SPF, and reapplying it regularly if you are perspiring.

Wearing a hat, sunglasses, and long-sleeved, loose, and breathable clothing should also help to protect your skin and keep you cool in the warmer weather.

Adequate hydration is also a must, so don’t forget to pack a large water bottle in your sports bag and to stop regularly to take on water!

Whatever you do this summer, we hope you enjoy being out and about and active!

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some Acne, rosacea, and SPF sun protection treatment FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the Acne, rosacea and SPF sun protection treatment questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited Acne, rosacea, and SPF sun protection clinics in your area.

Many thanks to the author of this blog Clare McLoughlin who founded Appearance Based Medicine in 2004, driven by a desire to provide advanced facial rejuvenation solutions and aesthetic treatments to patients in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas. 

People choose Appearance Based Medicine because of the top-quality and personable service that they receive, and always leave the clinic with a welcome boost to both their inner confidence and outer radiance. 

Call Clare McLoughlin now on 01628 303 020 or visit

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