Your gyno might have all the answers about what’s going on ‘down there,’ but when it comes to the link between sex and skin health she may have left a few things out.
Make Good Sex a Part of Your Skincare Routine
“Orgasms release sex hormones that benefit the skin, including estrogen, which is responsible for maintaining collagen. It is an essential protein that aids the appearance of youthful skin and also has anti-aging effects.” - Dr. Mukesh Gupta, OB/GYN
That ‘After O’ Glow
The Big O can have multiple benefits for your skin health. During an orgasm, the body releases oxytocin (a hormone that reduces inflammation), estrogen (the hormone responsible for stimulating collagen production and increasing skin elasticity), and also increases blood flow, detoxifying the skin, regenerating skin cells, and giving you that endlessly sought-after glow.
It May Not Be Worth ‘Going Bare’
Grooming down there can have a negative effect on your skin’s microbiome, causing increased risk of contracting urinary and vaginal infections.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Yes, sex can actually make it easier to fall asleep. This is mostly because of the hormones that are released during the act. Sex boosts oxytocin (a hormone that makes you feel connected to your partner) and lowers cortisol (a stress-related hormone). And we all know that beauty sleep is the best recipe for good skin.