wait, what? how?!
exercise increases blood circulation, allowing for nutrients
to be delivered all over the body (skin included). it also carries away waste
products, thereby improving your complexion. yet another benefit of exercise!
obviously, use sunscreen if you’re outside. and after working out,
take a shower to prevent your pores from clogging up.
a lot of people wonder which is better after a workout— a cold
shower or a warm one? well, it’s really up to you!
cold showers/ice baths
are commonly used by athletes to help reduce
inflammation (swelling up) and prevent post-workout soreness. but… this isn’t
advised for those who have high blood pressure or a heart condition, as the
cold-induced constriction of blood vessels can raise your blood pressure and cause
are said to help the muscles to relax. but… if it gets too hot,
the water can dry your skin out and deplete the skin’s natural oils.
A LOT of people alternate between cold and hold water in what is referred to as a
contrast shower (example: alternating between 30 seconds of cold and 30 seconds of
hot). this really does help improve recovery and reduce soreness.