We all know great exercise and Pilates is for the body, but did you know the positive benefits it has on your skin? Doing regular sessions of Pilates has great regenerating effects on our ageing process, thus on our skin as well. Not only can our bodies be fit but our skin too!
1. EXERCISE EQUALS ELASTICITY
Recent studies at McMaster University in Ontario began showing that engaging in exercises such as Pilates, regardless of the age you start, will have almost-immediate positive effects on our skin’s thickness and elasticity. The research found that the more we engage in exercise the more myokines (IL-15-small proteins) are produced, which are thought to result in improved texture of the skin.
2. IT CRANKS UP CIRCULATION
Pilates and the Pilates breath helps improve our circulation meaning more nutrients are sent to skin cells, which in turn radiate through your skin! If we train dynamically like we do at Paola’s BodyBarre, your heart rate will stay elevated, flushing the bad toxins from the body whilst feeding important minerals and nutrients to skin cells. The nutrients will in turn rev up the skin’s collagen production. With the ageing process comes the laziness of fibroblasts (the collagen-producing cells in the skin). The nutrients delivered to the skin during Pilates help fibroblasts work more efficiently.
3. YOU GET A FREE FACIAL
Another bonus of sweating during Pilates and exercise is we receive a mini facial- as we sweat the pores dilate, expelling trapped dirt and oil. (Make sue you wash your face afterwards, or that dirt will get sucked back into the pores).
4. NO SAGGING SKIN HERE
Engaging in exercises like Barre, Pilates and yoga are far less aging on your skin than continuous, repetitive high impact training which can cause premature sagging and ageing of the skin. All you need to do is compare the skin of a long distance runner to a Pilates goer and you will see the difference.
5. DYNAMIC MOVEMENTS = LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Regular Pilates improves lymphatic drainage. Hard and concentrated breathing during a Dynamic Pilates session coupled with the fast movements encourages this! And voila, smoother skin and improved appearance of cellulite is yours.
6. IT CUTS DOWN THE CORTISOL
As we know all types of exercise are a great stress reliever, therefore decreasing the amount of stress hormones such as cortisol in the body.
Cortisol not only contributes to fat accumulating in the body but also makes your skin very dry, oily, wrinkled, or full of acne. Cortisol can also increase wrinkling of the skin. When cortisol is released, sugar levels in blood increase, which, in a continual flow, encourages a process called glycation, a stress effect on the skin that damages collagen, hardening it, increasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
So as you can see the list of benefits is endless. At 47 years of age, I still get asked how I keep my skin fresh. The answer is simple, regular Pilates, PBB and exercise! There are no miracle IL-15 pills, cream, botox or fillers that can compare with the NATURAL glow we receive from exercising.