Healthy Body, Healthy Skin


I’ve noticed a pattern among many of the people receiving cosmetic treatments such as BOTOX® in Orange County: they tend to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. I have seen the beneficial effects of exercising firsthand—both in my own life and in my patients. And while most people are familiar with the positive effects of exercise on the mind and body, many overlook the benefits that physical activity can have on the skin. Here are just a few more reasons to get out and get moving.

  • Improved Circulation

Regular physical activity has a “cleansing effect” which helps wash away potential toxins while delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Better blood flow means that your complexion will take on a rosy glow and appear more radiant. Keep in mind that it’s important to stay properly hydrated before and after exercise to help encourage the purging of toxins. Your skin will look better and be healthier.

  • Clearer Skin

It sounds counter-intuitive, but exercising can be helpful for individuals with acne-prone skin. The sweat produced during a workout actually helps to unclog pores where dirt and oil become trapped. Additionally, physical activity moderates certain testosterone-related hormones in the skin that are associated with stress and acne-flare ups.

  • Anti-Aging

Have you ever noticed that many active people often look more youthful than their peers? That’s because exercise helps influence the natural production of collagen in the skin. This connective tissue is responsible for the “bounce” or resiliency associated with a youthful appearance. As we age, collagen production slows, causing the skin to loose firmness while becoming drier more prone to wrinkles. The increased circulation of nutrients to the skin sets up a perfect environment for cells to make more collagen and keep wrinkles at bay.

It’s Never Too Late

No one eats a perfectly well-balanced diet and exercises regularly 100% of the time. But the good news is that the benefits of exercise are almost instantaneous—you can begin to see and feel the rewards immediately.