Sex is an essential part of life, but we often forget that it also has some real health benefits, including having a positive impact on skin beauty and health. Those engaged in regular sexual activities look and behave younger, sleep better (orgasm makes us produce endorphins and oxytocin – associated with bonding), and also burns calories. Finally, an active sex life increases blood levels of DHEA; and this hormone is credited with anti-aging effects.
The problem is that our daily habits are not always conducive to having the best sex or the best skin. A good example is our perception of FATS. Yes – we are taught that “fat” is a dirty word of sort and we should eradicate all fats from our diet. This may result in lower libido (sex drive) and dry, aging skin often plagued with inflammation (acne!).
Therefore, a healthy sex life and a healthy diet go hand in hand with improving the look of your skin, and may actually help in some instances to fight acne.
Acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that most often is routed in a hormonal imbalance, specifically in the imbalance of sex hormones (androgens/testosterone, estrogen and progesterone). While a real acne treatment is needed to break the cycle of acne, here are basic reasons why sex may actually be good for your skin:
Sex will help to balance your hormone levels, and this in turn may help in keeping your skin clearer.
Sexy moves will improve blood circulation, which helps to deliver oxygen to your skin. In addition to adding a healthy glow to your complexion, sex can also help to eliminate toxins through the sweating process.
Having sex once or twice a week increases levels of an antibody called immunoglobin, which can have a positive impact on your immune system. Improved immune function may help in fighting inflammation and infection caused by acne bacteria growing in your clogged pores.
Sexual activities are obviously physical, so when performed with gusto and a healthy dose of passion (followed by a good shower), they may work as a mini-skin facial, which provides your clogged pores with a much-needed reprieve.
Sex is (or certainly should be) a pleasure provider, so it often replaces sweets and treats, and keeps your weight more in control. Sugar and carbs are not skin friendly especially if you have acne. Remember, there is a clear connection between the health of your digestive system and the health of your skin.
Sex will also boost the production of the “happy hormone” called serotonin, which is responsible for making you feel younger, happier and more desirable socially. These positive feelings can encourage you to take care yourself, including committing to a healthier skincare regimen. So as you’re revitalizing your sex life this Valentine’s Day weekend, also try this sexy feast full of aphrodisiac foods that are also good for your skin.
Fresh Oysters on half a shell, lemon wedges; arrange on crushed ice Oysters are very rich in zinc, which is essential for testosterone production and the maintenance of healthy sperm. Even though women have far less testosterone than men, it plays a key part in the female libido as well. Oysters also boost dopamine, a hormone, which results in increased libido in both men and women. Main Dish: Broiled trout or wild salmon; stir-fry asparagus with crushed garlic; avocado salad.
Trout and wild salmon are high in Omega-3 that will certainly increase overall health and sexual stamina, improve mood and memory and of course bring a healthy glow to your skin.