The Benefits of Sweat to Your Skin

Kristina Brooks | Jan 13th 2016

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Let’s be honest, sweat isn’t always the most attractive thing in the world. But did you know that sweat can boost whole-body health in a number of ways? Whether through exercise, weight lifting, the sauna or sex, here are 7 ways sweating is actually really good for you. Just remember to stay fully hydrated!

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Flushes out pores

Sweat helps remove gross buildup inside pores that could eventually clog up and cause breakouts. This benefit is best seen during mild to moderate sweating. Be aware not to let the moisture stay on your skin for too long after sweating. Excessive sweat or moisture on the skin, usually caused by a condition, can actually cause skin issues such as eczema, warts or tinea versicolor.

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Improves circulation

Activities that promote sweating typically also involve increasing your heart rate. Doing so improves aerobic strength and blood circulation throughout the body. This helps boost the removal of toxins and even makes skin more vibrant and healthy.

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Removes toxins

Moderate sweating helps to remove alcohol, cholesterol, and the ultimate offensor, salt, from our bodies. When removing salt, sweat also works to lower risk of kidney stones since the salt isn’t left to accumulate in the kidneys and urine. In addition, sweat glands work to remove harmful toxins caused by pollutants in the air around us, particularly BPA or DEHP - harmful chemicals found in plastics.

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Prevents colds

Within sweat are antimicrobial components that attract bacteria and break it down. This helps fight off harmful germs since the germs have a harder time building up a resistance to sweat. Medical Daily reported that these antimicrobial properties are best in sweat that is salty and slightly acidic.

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Makes us happy

Exercising to release sweat also releases endorphins in the body and caters to certain mood regulating pathways in the brain. It may take some time to find the right exercise level for you, but typically, endorphin benefits are best seen with heavy weight training or other anaerobic exercise.

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Relieves pain

That’s right, along with giving our mood a boost, releasing endorphins while sweating can act as a natural painkiller. As you tune into the type of and amount of exercise that gives you that energized “rush,” you might find that you’ll reach for painkillers less and less, and instead go for a run or session in the sauna.

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Keeps us cool

One of the most basic benefits of sweat, but also one of the most essential, is keeping our body temperature regulated. Switching into extreme cold or hot environments, or even during menopause, sweat uses the properties or water to either trap or release heat. This helps to keep our body relatively comfortable, even though it might not always seem so.