August 1, 2012

Exercising in the sun makes the skin vulnerable

Did you know that exercising in the sun is not good for your skin? This is what the latest studies acclaim. Dermatologist Alexa Patzelt from the Charité University Hospital in Berlin says strenuous physical exertion produces oxidative stress that depletes the skin of antioxidants, making it more vulnerable to sun damage.

In a research she did, she found out that volunteers, who did cycling and running outdoors, decreased their antioxidant levels of their skin by 2 to 40 percents.

Dr Patzelt recommends avoiding working out or doing physical activities when the sun is strong, and protecting the skin with high SPF protection when outdoors. Also, a way of increasing the amount of antioxidants in the skin is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.