There’s nothing like that healthy glow when you leave the gym after a workout.
Aside from enhancing your fitness levels, exercise releases those feel-good endorphins that control levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
It also produces a side effect that we’re not all too fond of: sweating.
What is sweat?
Sweat consists primarily of water, but also contains sodium, chloride and potassium.
Two types of glands help out the body’s sweating process: eccrine and apocrine.
Eccrine glands trigger perspiration, which works hard to keep our core temperature regulated.
Apocrine glands release sweat as a response to heightened nerves or stimulation, such as exercise.
Why do our bodies need to sweat?
When we exercise, our body generates heat. In response, the blood vessels near the surface of our skin dilate.
Their purpose is to carry the excess heat away from our internal organs, to areas where cooler air flows.
Sweat prevents our core temperature from rising to dangerous levels; it’s our body’s built-in mechanism for dispersing heat and keeping us cool.
Why sweating is good for your skin
Sweating “opens” up our pores, which cleans out congested skin and removes impurities.
It also helps to protect our complexions from bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli.
It does this by treating the skin with a dose of Dermcidin, a natural antibiotic.
For sweating to occur, the human body must increase blood flow to the surface of the skin.
It’s gifted with a substantial dose of oxygenated blood – which gives our complexions that sought after healthy glow.
It’s official: sweating detoxifies the body – removing alcohol, cholesterol, and salt.
A 2011 study found that many toxic elements are eliminated by sweat –proving it’s a great way to help purify your system.
Whilst mild or moderate sweating can benefit the skin, severe perspiration can trigger a breakout or occasionally a flare up.
To avoid a sweat-induced breakout, be sure to cleanse thoroughly before getting started.
Post-workout refresh the skin with a spritz of our skin balancing BioAffinity Tonic, which helps to rebalance the skin’s delicate pH levels.
Enough to get you in the mood for a workout? Let us know how you get on!