You finally did it. You managed to actually keep your New Year’s resolution and have been to the gym three times a week for a year now, but the one thing that doesn’t seem to be keeping up with the rest of you is the largest organ your body owns.

Your skin. Physical fitness is a great goal to aim for. However, when it comes to being fit, it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts. Your skin needs just as much attention as your pecs and glutes. Below are three ways you can make sure that what’s on the inside shows on the outside.

Sweat It out

As we take trip after trip to the gym and work out our muscles and improve our cardio and endurance, we eventually feel better. With that said, did you know that working up a good sweat can help you look better, too? How many of you suffered through the trial of adolescent acne? That would easily be the majority of us.

Over the years, though, through bad food choices, inactivity, and other poor options, some of revisited our teen year and are entrenched in round two of the acne wars. A proverbial pimple is nothing but trapped dirt, oil, and bacteria. Sound gross?

Then, take a walk, lift some weights, clean the house, or spend some intimate time with your spouse. Whatever you do, make sure you work up a sweat. As we sweat, our pores open and the expressed fluids push out all that gunk. Be sure to wash your face afterward so your pores don’t become miniature clogged black holes.

Hydrate

You’ve heard it a thousand times. Drink your 6-8 glasses of water a day and you will be healthier than most and feel better, too. The same goes for your skin. Without water, your skin dries up like an overused sponge. It ages faster and remains dry and painfully cracked.

Not only does water help your body transport much-needed nutrients throughout your bloodstream and to your skin, it keeps your glow from looking like a post-apocalyptic picture from the Sahara Desert. This just hydrates from the inside.

You will also need to pay attention to the outside, as well. Simply applying a daily moisturizer after you get out of the shower will help you maintain elasticity and prevent dry, itchy skin. Especially in the winter.

Chill Out

Have you ever been told you worry too much? How about, “You really need a vacation, man.”? Either way, it becomes apparent that you need to take a chill pill and relax. It’s no surprise that when we are stressed out, our body reacts by producing hormones to help us deal with the problem. Unfortunately, it throws in a few less helpful hormones, as well.

The biggest culprit is cortisol. What does this have to do with the fitness of your skin? As we repeat the process of stressing out, the build-up of those not so helpful hormones causes inflammation and opens our skin to annoying breakouts of acne and all kinds of rashes, including hives. So, chill out and be kind to your skin.

It’s important to stay healthy in every way possible. Use the tips above to keep your skin healthy, happy, and glowing.

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