We’ve all heard about the pros of running, such as strengthening muscle, improving stamina and fitness. But running is not all about dropping kilos or getting fit. In addition to these physical benefits, running can also do wonders to your skin.

Need more reason to lace up your running shoes? Read on to see how running improves your skin.

1. Gives skin a gorgeous glow

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Running helps to open up the tiny arteries in your skin, transporting more oxygen and blood to reach the skin’s surface and carry nutrients that repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants, resulting in better skin with a more radiant and glowing skin. These nutrients also stimulates the skin’s collagen production.

Dr Emma Wedgeworth, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson explains, “When we exercise, we boost circulation to our skin, increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery, which gives us that immediate post-exercise glow.”

2. Clears up skin

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When you run, your body literally heats up, stimulating your sweat response. Sweating is one of the best ways to remove toxins from our body that can clog pores and lead to pimples and blemishes.

3. Running lowers inflammation 

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Running prevents free-radical damage and reduces body stress hormone cortisol, which is what causes a number of skin conditions such as eczema, says Dr Wedgeworth. “So managing stress by regular exercise may prevent skin damage from that.”

4. Running helps you sleep better

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People who exercise regularly fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Needless to say, a good night sleep helps reduce the appearance of dark eye circles. Sleeping better leaves you looking fresh and healthy.

Read also: 7 Skin Rules Everyone Should Live By

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