Good sex means even better skin — and we’ve got the science-backed facts to prove it.
– KEYS SOULCARE
We brought sexy back to soulcare with Dr. Emily Morse and broke all the relationship rules with our favorite “Sex-Positive Asian Auntie” — but when it comes to skincare, the noteworthy benefits of copulation is more than enough reason to add a steamy sesh to your weekly ritual.
From acne prevention to smoothing fine lines, read on to discover why radiant skin is arguably the ultimate aphrodisiac.
One of the most visible perks of doing the deed? Bright, dewy skin caused by improved blood circulation. Like any form of physical exertion, sex is exercise, which means it gets your blood flowing to all the right places. (Translation? You’ll score well-oxygenated, vibrant skin.)
Orgasming — solo or partnered — can lower cortisol levels (a.k.a. stress hormones) by releasing oxytocin (you know, those “feel good” hormones). A little exotic exploration also increases the production of dopamine — a neurotransmitter that signals pleasure and happiness to your brain. Okay, but what does that mean for your skin? Lower stress means fewer stressed-induced skin issues (acne, much?), causing clearer and more youthful skin.
Sex means working up a sweat, which opens up the pores and brings toxins to the surface to be rinsed away. Pollutants, dirt, and makeup can clog up your skin, but a sweaty session between the sheets can be the deep cleansing facial you’ve been looking for.
During sexual activity, your estrogen levels increase, causing collagen — the naturally occurring protein that supports skin’s elasticity and supple appearance — to “plump up.” Sex’s ability to lower coristol also protects collagen from the damaging effects of high cortisol levels — keeping this vital protein healthy enough to work its skin-repairing magic.