AskMen.com asked Dr. Joel Schlessinger to weigh in on the skin care benefits of sex
As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has answered countless questions on how various things affect skin. Recently AskMen.com asked Dr. Schlessinger to weigh in on an unusual subject: sex. Although he was a little surprised, Dr. Joel Schlessinger did some research and found there were actually some interesting benefits. His insights are included in a recent article on AskMen.com titled “Skin Care Benefits of Sex.” Read on to learn more.
Sex improves blood circulation, giving the complexion a radiant glow, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
One of the things Dr. Joel Schlessinger found is that, like any physical activity, sex helps improve blood circulation. This boost in circulation increases the flow of oxygen to the skin and other organs, giving skin a radiant glow.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how sex affects hormone levels, and in turn, skin.
Physical intimacy also helps balance hormone levels, which can diminish breakouts and promote clearer skin. Much like exercising, working up a sweat can help naturally cleanse the pores of impurities as well, but this is only beneficial if you wash your face to remove these impurities.
There’s also some evidence that sex boosts your skin’s natural production of collagen, which can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It triggers the human growth hormone, which makes skin look more elastic. Additionally, an increase in estrogen levels helps prevent dryness and improves skin elasticity.
Sex also releases beneficial anti-inflammatory molecules, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.
Physical intimacy also releases anti-inflammatory molecules like oxytocin and beta endorphins. These are two of the four neurochemicals that are responsible for happiness. Oxytocin builds intimacy, trust and healthy relationships. Endorphins help to diminish our perception of pain and alleviate anxiety and depression. In relation to skin, these molecules act as anti-inflammatories to help repair damage.
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