September is National Wilderness Month in the United States – in commemoration of the National Wilderness Act, enacted on September 3, 1964. Thanks to the National Wilderness Act, millions of acres of pristine land have been preserved for future generations to enjoy.
From a skincare perspective, being in the great outdoors offers some amazing benefits. Here are some ways getting out and taking in fresh air can directly improve your skin:
Detox Your Skin: You know that flush you get when you get outdoors and exercise? That’s a sign of increased blood flow to the skin – which means a surge of nutrients and oxygen being delivered to the surface. At the same time, cellular debris and waste are purged from the skin.
Reduce Stress: Stress is just bad for your health all around, and your skin’s health is no exception. When you’re stressed, your body releases excess amounts of a hormone called cortisol. This can cause a breakdown in skin’s collagen, for reduced skin elasticity and increased wrinkles, not to mention potential breakouts. So blowing off some steam by exercising can help boost collagen, and just being outdoors is a great stress buster in itself. That’s a powerful one-two punch in the fight for great skin!
Balance Hormones: Getting outdoors to exercise can help balance the body’s hormones – which goes a long way toward healthy, beautiful skin.
Of course, there’s always the downside of spending too much time outdoors – that big glowing ball in the sky can wreak havoc on your skin. But with a little foresight – in the form of a high quality, broad spectrum sunscreen, liberally applied before outdoor activity – you can enjoy the skin health and overall wellness benefits of a run on the beach or a walk in the woods without worrying about premature aging and skin cancer.
Ready to discover America’s natural wonders? Visit the National Park Service to find a glorious place to explore near you, or check out The Wilderness Society to learn more about protecting endangered land.
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