The Effect of Exercise on Your Skin & How to Protect it Outdoors

The good, the bad, and the sunny.

Exercise has a positive impact on skin health and may even boast an anti-aging effect on skin.1 Cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow and therefore the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin’s cells. This feeds the skin and aids the process of repair and regeneration.

Exercising outdoors and in the sun may come with even more health benefits.23456 Unfortunately, most of us don’t use enough sun protection when we head outside to work out.789 This can lead to skin damage, increasing the likelihood of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scaly patches called actinic keratosis, and skin cancer.1011

But by taking the proper precautions you can help protect your skin against the sun and reduce the risk of sun damage. Whether you’re running outdoors, hiking, or playing golf, here’s what to do to stay safe in the sun.

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Step-by-Step Guide

Reduce sun exposure during outdoor exercise with these sun protection strategies:12

  1. Limit time in the midday sun, especially between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Consider exercising after 4pm when the sun is less intense. If you’re outdoors during this time try to seek shade when possible.

Exercising outdoors in the sunshine has a bevy of benefits on both physical and mental health. But it’s important to reduce the risks associated with sun exposure. So protect your skin from the sun. And trust me on the sunscreen.

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