We all know that exercise is beneficial to one’s health; cardiovascular health, pulmonary health, and overall health. What you may not know is that exercise is extremely beneficial to your skin’s health! Exercise promotes healthy circulation and increases blood flow. Your blood caries oxygen and vital nutrients to your body’s cells, including your skin cells.
Yoga has proven especially beneficial for boosting oxygen levels and reducing stress and inflammation, both of which have negative effects on your skin. Exercise can also aid in carrying away waste products such as free radicals from your skin’s cells. All of this is very nourishing to the skin.
Another benefit of exercise is the effect it has on the body’s collagen production. Collagen is the main component of our body’s connective tissue and makes up approximately 25% – 35% of our bodies. Collagen cushions your joints and helps them to move smoothly. Collagen helps to hold your muscles in place and connect your tendons, bones, ligaments, cartilage, etc. Keeping collagen levels high is one of the keys to arthritis prevention. Collagen also helps your skin retain a subtle appearance and that youthful glow.
Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can boost your health in countless ways; so get out there and get moving. Walk, run, ride, dance, stretch… find something you love and stick with it. Your body (and your skin) will thank you!
It’s official… summer has ARRIVED! That means sunshine, BBQs, beaches, and for some… sunburns! Today the sun will reach its highest point in the sky at 10:04 pm PST. [This is the summer solstice and marks the official start of summer.] Summer is many peoples’ favorite time of the year, however, it is also the season when most aging happens. Summer weather, suntans and burns, humidity, salt water and chlorine can all wreak havoc on our skin. Summer is the perfect time to pay special attention to your skin care routine.
Make sure to keep your skin moisturized from both the inside and out. Drink plenty of water and use a quality moisturizer twice a day. We like Skin Medica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer. It contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a form of vitamin C which helps to fight free radicals and Hyaluronic Acid which is naturally found in the body and helps the skin retain moisture.
The most important part of your summer skin care routine is SPF! We love Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. It is sheer, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic [<– this means it won’t clog your pores]! This product is perfect for everyday use and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. *Studies have shown that 78% of sun damage is incurred from incidental exposure, this means while walking to and from your car, running errands, and even while driving. This makes it extremely important to wear sun protection on a daily basis and reapply often. If you keep these key skin care tips in mind there is no reason not to get out, have fun, and enjoy the sun. Happy summer!
* This study was performed by the UCLA Skin Research Department
We are nearing our 40th anniversary here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery and felt it was the perfect time to launch a blog and connect with our patients in a whole new way. Not only will we provide you with information regarding both invasive and non-invasive procedures offered by our practice; we also aim to be a top resource for your general health and wellness concerns. Please check back often as we will be keeping you up to date on what is going on in our practice, the plastic surgery industry, and the world of health and beauty. We are here to answer your questions as we feel that patient education is one of the keys to success! We look forward to connecting with all of you!
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