Hi again, #FitFam! Lisa here! Today, I'm going to answer one of the most frequently asked questions I get about my appearance: namely, skincare. So many of you want to know about my skin care regimen, and the products I use to care for my skin.
We're going to get to all that, but first off, let's just get one thing out there on the table: my absolute best skin care tip is to exercise. That's right: sweat. Not only does exercise increase blood flow, giving your skin that youthful, glowing, flushed look, but it actually increases your body's skin-plumping collagen production. As most of you know, collagen production slows down as we age, but by working out, specifically, resistance-based training, we encourage our bodies to produce more again. The reason is simple: the increased blood flow our bodies experience as a result of exercise enables more vitamins and oxygen to be delivered to skin cells, importantly, the fibroblast cells in your skin that produce collagen. What's more, strength training increases your body's production of human growth hormone (HGH), which aids in cell repair and again, encourages your cells to produce more collagen.
Oh, and one more thing: exercise reduces stress and helps you sleep better, and since stress can cause damage to your cells, aging them prematurely, and sleep is when your cells do the vast majority of their regeneration, a puddle of sweat can really be your fountain of youth.
So, next time I encourage you to load up in one of our Sweatflix workouts, don't moan and roll your eyes at me, sass pants: pick up the weights! I'm trying to do you a favour here. (Another favour: if you don't have Sweatflix, you can get it totally free, no risk, for 30 days. Try it. Take pictures of your skin before a month of working out with us and after. I guarantee you will see a difference).
You still with me? Great! Let's get onto my skin care tips, featuring my favourite products.
Tip 1: Don't wear makeup when training. I never do. When you sweat, your pores open up and if you have makeup on, they get clogged with cosmetics. The result is dull, more acne prone skin.
Tip 2: Invest in a good face wash. I love my dual cleansing wash from Dr. Obagi. It makes my face feel and look fresh and clean — definitely a plus after a good workout. And for any twenty-somethings reading this, trust me, you may not think it matters now, but cleansing and moisturising your face is insanely important if you want to keep your skin looking awesome in years to come.
Speaking of moisturising...
Tip 3: Hydrate your skin! Obviously drink tons of water (aim for 2-3L per day) to hydrate from the inside, but also, get a quality moisturiser to hydrate from the outside. I moisturise in the morning, before I put on makeup and at night. I also make sure my daytime moisturiser contains SPF, usually of 30, since we should all know by now that UV can wreak havoc on your skin, increasing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and dullness.
Tip 4: Try my cellulite treatment. I've already done a whole blog post about this, which you can read here. Loads of BodyRockers are doing it and loving the results. With a dry brush, massage brush and cupping cups, you can see incredible results in just a few minutes a day. (My cellulite treatment also just feels amazing after leg day, and can help flush your system for faster recovery.)
Tip 5: Bath scrubs! By sloughing off dead skin cells, exfoliation is an excellent way to instantly rejuvenate your skin. I love our BodyRock bath scrubs and use them regularly for glowing, hydrated skin.
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Tip 6: Oil up. When I'm out of the bath or shower, I apply a few drops of body oil all over. There are really cool oils with Q10 and other anti-aging elements in them, and trust me, this tip will make all the difference. Your skin will feel soft and look radiant all day long. Just rub it in, give yourself a couple minutes to air dry, and you're golden.
Just remember: no amount of face washes, lotions and potions can blur the age-accelerating effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. I eat healthy. I exercise with resistance on the regular. I do my best to get enough sleep. These are really the cornerstones of my skincare regimen.
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