Exercise Is Good for Your Body—But Even Better for Your Skin

There are big things that make us happy (such as Instagram-worthy beach vacations and pricey spa treatments), but it’s the small things that keep us sane and smiling on a daily basis. We’re partnering with Clinique on a new series to help you look and feel your best every day. Check back each week for ways to take your life from good to great, whether that means finding a foundation that boosts your confidence (try Clinique’s Even Better Glow™ Light Reflecting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15) or learning how to eat more mindfully. This week, we're sharing how to fake a workout glow. 

Think about the last time you had a really good sweat sesh. Your skin looks clear and plump, your cheeks are slightly flushed, and your natural lip color is enhanced—you aren’t afraid to admit that you look good… really good. “Breaking a sweat isn’t just great for your body; it can give way to more radiant, glowing skin,” explains Shari Marchbein, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and a fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology. “When you exercise, the blood vessels in the skin dilate, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface, [improving] free-radical damage and [boosting] collagen formation. The pores also open, which allows for dirt and oil to be pushed from the skin.”

We know what you’re thinking: What about the days when you just don’t have time to hit the gym? As it turns out, you can still achieve that post-workout glow without all the work (although admittedly you’ll be missing out on some of the above skincare benefits). “I think people want to re-create this look because it’s healthy-looking and much more about sheer, dewy skin rather than caking on makeup,” says NYC-based makeup artist Neil Scibelli. But before we go into more detail, let’s be clear: We don’t suggest skipping your workouts altogether; it’s still important to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. That being said, today Scibelli is sharing his tips for faking that post-workout glow.