The Ultimate Secret To Glowing Skin
Writer: Yeu-Gynn Yeung
Let’s talk about sex. It feels great, allows you to get creative, and brings you closer to your partner. After sex, have you ever looked into a mirror and felt like you’re just a little better-looking than you were before? Despite the messy hair and runny makeup, get this – your skin glows, your lips are a tad plumper, and your cheeks are flushed, ever so slightly.
Maybe it’s just the after-sex glow, or could a healthy sex life actually have some skincare benefits? The secret to glowing skin may just be a fun romp in between the sheets.
1. Sex improves blood circulation
Sex increases your heart rate, just like most exercises do. This in turn increases blood flow to your skin and other organs. The increased blood flow and oxygen to your skin creates an evenly brighter complexion almost immediately. Here’s the post-coital glow most of us valiantly strive for with our daily skincare routine. Improved blood circulation also leads to dilated blood vessels which can also make your lips appear fuller and plumper, possibly even more so than Dior Addict Lip Maximizer. Good sex is like natural makeup – so you go, girl!
2. Sex has some anti-aging benefits
Sex reduces the production of cortisol a.k.a. the primary stress hormone. This leads to improved collagen production – a type of protein that helps keep our skin supple, elastic, and smooth. High cortisol levels may be damaging to one’s skin, with stress causing wrinkles and scars. Sex equates to collagen production, so if you have more sex, you’ll have more collagen to fight those wrinkle-causing baddies. If you are not a fan of those healthy collagen shakes, and in dire need of an anti-aging intervention, sex may just be the answer you’re looking for.
3. Sex helps to regulate hormones
Regular sex, which means about one to three times a week, helps to regulate your hormones such as oxytocin, prolactin and estrogen to help prevent unwanted acne breakouts, especially during your period. Meanwhile, regulated estrogen helps to keep one’s skin plump and youthful. It builds on the thickness of your skin and makes it more resistant to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Say goodbye to wrinkles and hello to good hormones!
4. Sex prevents dry skin
You don’t need hours of lovemaking to benefit from this (unless you really want to), but an orgasm can actually help you prevent dry skin as much as slathering on a moisturizing sleeping mask. The higher blood circulation carries more water and oxygen molecules to the surface of your skin, hence hydrating it from the inside out. You can’t replace your eight glasses of water a day with sex though – but it helps with bringing the water molecules to the surface of your skin.
5. Sex leads to improved sleep
Late night thoughts keeping you up ‘til the AM? Don’t fret – because having sex can lead to a better night’s sleep. Sex regulates the oxytocin hormone in our brain, which induces the relaxed and sleepy feeling, especially after an orgasm. The best part is you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and alert, with skin that glows like a goddess. It prevents the production of cortisol too – remember the stress hormone? Better sleep equals less stress, and more beauty. Honestly, nothing is better for your skin than a good night’s sleep post-sex.
Getting frisky in bed sounds like such a good thing now! Do you have a unique secret to glowing skin? Let us know in the comments below.