Americans are always on the move, but ironically, few of us are actually moving
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, only 35 percent of adults in 2009
reported getting regular exercise. This low statistic is cause for concern
considering how vital frequent physical activity is to maintaining optimal
health and, not to mention, optimal skin.
popular belief, great skin starts from the inside out—not the outside in. So focus on your health and start by breaking a sweat. For adults 18 to 64-years-old, the CDC
recommends at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week in addition
to a few muscle-strengthening activities. If that sounds impossible to fit into your busy schedule, understand that moderate aerobic exercise can mean something as simple as taking a brisk walk or as fun as a dance class—not necessarily braving the gym.
How does exercise help your skin? It increases blood circulation. The more you move, the
more your blood has a chance to transport oxygen and nutrients to your skin
cells, which means a more luminous appearance.
thing Americans don’t seem to be getting enough of is sleep. In their 2010
Bedroom Poll, The National Sleep Foundation found that only 42 percent
of respondents reported getting a good night’s sleep almost every night. As for
the rest, they reported squeezing in a refreshing rest only a few times per week,
to a few times per month, and for some, almost never. As a result, many
Americans are not feeling or looking their best.
What These Two Have in Common:
adequate exercise and sleep promote healthy skin in their own way, but what
they have in common is that they reduce another skincare culprit—stress. Stress makes the skin more sensitive and reactive, meaning that preexisting
conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and acne can become worse, or issues like dryness
and irritation can crop up. To prevent these concerns, and camouflage
them should they occur, consider these tips:
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