Exercise & sport is important in keeping us healthy. But is it as good for our skin as it is for our bodies and minds? Here’s what you need to know. We all know that we need movement in our lives. According to the Mayo Clinic, at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity is necessary per day for optimal health. It helps both body and mind to feel strong and balanced and boosts longevity. Not just that, but it also gets blood flowing, which can give your skin a gorgeous glow.
But are there any downsides to participating in sport that pertain to our complexions? Here’s how your exercise or hobby might be impacting your skin.
Sport and signs of aging
Many people go to the gym or take part in some kind of sport or outdoor activity. This has a lot of benefits as far as your physical and psychological health is concerned.
But are there any downsides to sport when it comes to our skin? There can be.
The main reason that being involved with outdoor physical activity is the fact that we are exposed to the sun. And, for enthusiasts, far more so than the average person. Photoaging refers to signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, that develop as a result of UV damage. And it doesn’t take much time in the sun for it to start impacting our complexions.
This is why it’s crucial that athletes and anyone who works out outdoors invest in a good-quality sunscreen.
Other ways to keep your skin protected include wearing a broad-brimmed hat and clothing that keeps you covered. Not exercising during the hottest time of the day will also help to prevent sunburn and dehydration.
If physical activity or a hobby see you spending a lot of time outside, it’s also imperative that you go for regular mole screenings. This will help to detect any skin cancers early so that treatment is swift and more likely to be successful.
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