Here’s How Sweating Benefits Your Skin!
May 2, 2023 • By Olivia Marjorae
Unlocking what sweat is, how it works, and the surprising beauty benefits for the body.
Sweating is often associated with discomfort, bad odor, stains on your gym clothes, and embarrassment, but did you know it also has many benefits for our health and well-being?
There’s a reason why pretty girls SWEAT! Sweating is a natural bodily function that helps regulate our body temperature and eliminate toxins. But beyond these obvious benefits, sweating can improve our skin health, boost our mood, and even enhance our athletic performance. So, keep reading to discover why sweating is one of the best things you can do for your body!
What It Is
“Sweat glands” are found all over the human body in the skin’s dermis layer. When stimulated, these glands produce sweat, simply a secretion of water and salts from the body.
How It Works
When our body heats up from exercise or exposure to hot temperatures, our brain signals our sweat glands to start producing sweat. Sweat is mostly composed of water and salt but contains small amounts of other substances like urea, ammonia, and lactic acid.
As sweat is released through our skin, it evaporates and cools our body down. This cooling effect helps regulate our internal temperature and prevent overheating, which can be dangerous.
Our body has two types of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine glands are found all over our body and produce clear, odorless sweat. On the other hand, apocrine glands are found in areas like our armpits and groin and produce thicker sweat with a stronger odor.
Sweating is one of the best-kept beauty secrets and a VERY inexpensive skincare tool! According to dermatologists over at U.S Dermatology Partners, sweating will offer your skin the following:
•Hydration: Bringing water to the skin’s surface offers your skin an additional layer of instant hydration, which can keep your skin glowing and moisturized.
•Exfoliation: As sweat expels from the body, it also pushes out excess dirt, grime, and dead skin cells. Since these things rise to the skin’s surface after sweating, it’s very important to make sure that you are thoroughly washing your face after a sweat sesh!
•Anti-Aging: Frequent sweating can encourage the skin to produce more collagen, retain more moisture, and increase cell turnover rates, all of which are things that would otherwise decline as the body ages.
•Eliminating Acne-Causing Bacteria: Sweat naturally produces an antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin, which helps to eliminate harmful bacterias within the dermis and epidermis that would otherwise lead to acne and clogged pores.
Get Your Sweat On
Ready to sweat? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Check out this PGS-approved routine below to unleash the sweat and give your skin some TLC!
Oh, and members, make sure to join in on our 7-Day HIIT Challenge.
While sweating can be uncomfortable and embarrassing at times, it’s an essential bodily function that helps keep us healthy, safe, and glowing. So the next time you break a sweat, remember that your body is just doing its job to keep you cool, comfortable, and confident in your skin! When was your last sweat sesh? Let us know in the comments down below!