Outdoor Workout WarningsA study on mice that appeared in the journal Mechanisms of Aging and Development shows that exercising for 30 minutes a day can cause skin damage. Why, you ask? Exercise generates heat, and heat has a variety of adverse effects on the skin. For one, blood vessels dilate during exercise to bring warm, oxygenated blood to the skin’s surface to help release heat, leaving skin looking (temporarily) red and blotchy. Then there’s the issue of sweat, which is the body’s built-in cooling system. When temps rise, thousands of endocrine glands located throughout the body release perspiration—which is mostly made of water and minerals such as sodium—to regulate body temperature, and this loss of fluids can dehydrate skin.
Workout the Right Way…for your SkinThere are three things you can do to enjoy (and reap the benefits of) your sweat sesh, without damaging your skin.
Focus on Hydration
Dehydration not only causes rough skin texture and makes wrinkles more pronounced, but it also impairs the body’s ability to generate more sweat, holding heat hostage within the body. And heat, research shows, can be as be as aging to the skin as the sun’s rays. A review of research published in the Journal of Dermatological Science suggests that heat exposure triggers MMP proteins that break down collagen (leading to wrinkles and sagging), and melanocytes, which are pigment-producing cells that cause brown spots. That’s why Saudi Arabian women have "sun damage" even though they wear face coverings and are not exposed to the sun, and bakers—who spend all day working in the kitchen, not sunbathing on the beach—have spots on their arms caused by heat emanating from the ovens. Exercising outside, like most of us are currently doing, creates additional skin issues. Exposing your skin to the elements—cold air, whipping winds, beating sun—can result in inflamed, red, chapped, itchy, or sunburned skin. Pour Moi Skincare is formulated to prevent heat-triggered skin damage and protect your face from the environmental stressors in your particular climate. All of the Day Creams include a super-hydrating Geo-hydradynamic Complex of three different sizes of hyaluronic acid molecules plus truffle oil from France to protect against dehydration. They also contain squalane oil (a natural component of skin sebum that is packed with antioxidants, boosts moisture, replenishes fatty acids, and helps the skin barrier repair itself) to protect against temperature fluctuations. In other words, it prevents your skin from freaking out when you leave your comfortable 70-degree home and head out for a run on a 30-degree day.