Teen skin & the benefits of exercise

14/05/2020 — By Hannah Mepham

Teen skin & the benefits of exercise

Need some motivation to start a new teen fitness regime? Consider the benefits of exercise for your skin. Not just great for the mind and the body, getting your heart rate up boosts circulation. This allows more nutrients to reach the skin, resulting in a less congested complexion and healthier skin.

Student loan won’t stretch to a personal trainer or gym membership? Read on to discover the circulation-boosting teen exercises that you can do with any budget.



Running is a great way to get your heart racing, and aside from the cost of your trainers, all you need is the open road to get going!

Not run for a while or just getting started? Download the NHS’s free Couch to 5k programmei. This podcast provides an easy-to-follow 9-week running schedule and celebrity coaching tips that aim to help you comfortably run 5km.

Ready to race? Head to your local Parkrunii. Free to join and suitable for all running levels, Parkruns provide the opportunity to take part in timed 5km trials that are designed to help you reach your PB.




HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and involves completing a series of exercises that get the heart pumping and help the body to burn off calories.

The Body Coach Joe Wicks is widely credited for popularising HIIT home workouts and on his YouTube Channel, @TheBodyCoachTV, you’ll find a wealth of HIIT exercises suitable for teen fitness. Better still, all can be completed within your own home, with little to no gym equipment required.

Don’t want to work out at home? Many local parks provide free outdoor gym equipment. Check out http://www.tgogc.com/Gyms/ to find out if there’s a free gym local to you.


Yoga, pilates & meditation

We lead stressful busy lives and, without the right care, the stress we are under can show on our skin. To battle the breakouts try soothing your stresses with relaxing exercises, such as practising yoga or mindfulness.

It’s so effective that one of the UK’s leading pharmacists has recently called for yoga classes to be made available to all school age pupils, claiming yoga techniques help students to relax and improves their ability to learniii.

Most leisure centres offer Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness classes. If you prefer to work out at home, grab your yoga mat and check out our guest post by yogi Nicola Jane Hobbs.



Team sports

If team sports are more your thing why not try out for your local five-a-side, or check out England Netball’s ‘Back to Netball’ programme.

Designed to gently ease you back into netball, you can find a team in your area using England Netball’s Netball Finder.


Your no-sweat gym kit


Invest in a good pair of trainers - you’ll need them for virtually all types of exercise and a good pair will ensure that your feet and joints are well supported whilst you work out.


Sweating is a sign that you’ve given your body a good work out, but, without an effective deodorant, keeping fit in your teens can become a sticky, and let’s face it, potentially smelly experience.

To keep B.O at bay, apply our OY! Deodorant to clean underarms before your workout. Designed to offer long-lasting antibacterial action, this fresh-feeling roll on is made without pore-clogging aluminium and is lightly fragranced with Orange & Vanilla.


Doing your workout outside? Don’t forget your sun cream!

Apply a non-greasy, SPF30 formula that offers effective UVB protection and allow it to soak into the skin at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.


Showering after your workout can help cool and refresh the skin. For skin-boosting shower, wash the skin with our Quinoa Shower Gel. Infused with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, it contains refreshing plant actives including Lemongrass, Ginger & Orange.

Oy! Deodorant 75ml

Oy! Deodorant 75ml

Natural deodorant for kids & teens, with Orange & Vanilla scent


Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 200ml

Scent Free Sun Cream - SPF30 200ml

High factor fragrance-free SPF30 sun cream suitable for sensitive skin


Quinoa & Calendula Shower Gel 200ml

Quinoa & Calendula Shower Gel 200ml

A supercharged shower wash to boost skin hydration and vitality



How do you care for your skin when working out? Join the conversation at @GreenPeopleUK or by commenting in the section below.

[i] https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/

[ii] http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

[iii] https://www.pharmacy.biz/leading-pharmacist-urges-uk-governments-to-introduce-yoga-in-primary-and-secondary-schools/

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