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That flushed-face, pink-cheeked glow you might have noticed after working out in the gym or walking briskly in the neighborhood is trying to tell you something: exercise isn’t just great for your body, it’s also very

Lose weight, tone muscle and…

Feel better with exercise. At Alison Wellness Clinic, we work with patients who are trying to feel healthier, so it only makes sense that we would include exercise in many of our treatment plans. (Call for your appointment today: Call today: (256) 489-5748.) And while most of us realize that exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, the added benefit of actually improving skin health and appearance might be a surprise bonus.

Need more proof?

Recent studies are showing a direct link between the skin’s ability to remain “young” and exercise. Whether you run, walk, lift, ride or do yoga, here’s how your skin can benefit by moving your feet:

Sweat is good

If you think sweating is the worst part of exercising, it’s time to reconsider. Researchers have found that sweat contains a natural antibiotic called Dermcidin, which has been shown to kill dangerous bacteria such as E.coli and staphylococcus. In addition, when you sweat, you create your own steam bath, opening pores and even dislodging what might be clogging them. (But you should wash soon after exercise before the sweat has a chance to dry and re-clog pores.)

Flex your fascia

Fascia is the web of tissue that holds your muscles, blood vessels and nerves together, and it needs to be kept springy and busy. You can help keep your skin and body younger by keeping elasticity in your tissue with exercise. Working out makes your fascia better able to do its job and your appearance gets to share in the benefits.

Less stress, better face

Exercise can help us maintain balanced levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Elevated cortisol levels are linked to everything from increased oil production and acne breakouts to collagen break down and increased wrinkles and sagging. So in addition to Botox and filler treatments, give your skin a shot of exercise!

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