6 Scientific Reason Sex Makes You Look Younger and Beautiful

Sex Makes You Look Younger and Beautiful
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Dr. David Weeks, a British consultant clinical psychologist found in the course of one of his studies that couples who had sex three times a week looked up to 10 years younger than their chronological age. He published his findings in his book titled Superyoung: The Proven Way to Stay Young Forever. Dr. Weeks provided a couple of his theories why regular lovemaking seems to be the fountain of youth. He believes sex stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals that reduce* stress levels. Couples who have frequent sex also want to stay in shape and make an effort to look good for their partners. The emotional, psychological, and physiological aspects of lovemaking seem to influence a person’s overall health and well-being. While we are all familiar with the health aspects of sex, not everyone is familiar with the science behind it. In this article, we will lay out the scientific reasons why sex makes people look young and beautiful.

1. Sex Makes You Glow

Everyone is familiar with the glowing bliss people with a good sex life seem to exhibit. But is this a subjective or objective observation. Sex apparently boosts* our immune system and improves* blood circulation both of which contribute to the post-sex glow according to Dr. Amy Wechsler. Sex also increases* estrogen levels in women which prevents excessive skin dryness. This also contributes to the post-sex glowing complexion.

2. Sex Can Keep Acne at Bay

Sex Can Keep Acne at Bay

Apparently, sex also helps in keeping acne at bay according to AcnEase. Sex helps balance hormone levels and thus reduces* the appearance of hormonal acne. Sex also improves* blood circulation which helps skin eliminate* toxins and helps the skin get its nutrients. Sex also increases* the levels of immunoglobin, an antibody that wards off inflammation in the body. Other ways sex helps keep acne at bay is by diminishing* our need to comfort ourselves with sweet foods and by improving* our overall mood. A better mood means we will pay more attention to our skin and health which can reduce* acne.

3. The Stress-Reducing Benefits of Lovemaking

Being in an intimate relationship can reduce* stress and anxiety levels. Dr. Weeks believes that the stress-reducing benefits of sex make people look younger. Stress is the next major contributor to premature aging, right after sun damage. Furthermore, sex releases feel-good chemicals in the brain like oxytocin and dopamine which are known to lower stress levels. Having a vibrant sex life also improves* our self-esteem, and good self-esteem makes us feel invincible. Other than that, orgasms result in the release of prolactin, which makes us feel relaxed and sleepy. And with that being said, sex helps us sleep better, and quality sleep is important in reducing* levels of stress.

4. Having a Significant Other Reduces* Anxiety Levels

Dr. Weeks believes that the stress-reducing effects of frequent sexual activity only apply to committed couples. One-night stands and affairs cause too much stress and anxiety which takes away some of the benefits of sex. He also states that casual sex does not offer the levels of intimacy and security that makes people feel blissful and happy after sex.

Reduces* Anxiety Levels

5. Physical Aspects of Sexual Activity

Having sex two times a week means that you are somewhat physically active. After all, sex requires you to put some effort into the act and engage your muscles. Dr. Weeks also states that sex increases* the release of human growth hormone in women which can help them increase* muscle mass. This is especially true if you frequently exercise and eat a nutritiously rich diet.

6. Sex is Simply Healthy

Four scientists who are also experts in the areas of sexual medicine were asked to give their view on the health benefits of sex in a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The scientists stated that sex stimulates testosterone production which can improve* general health. But the health benefits of sex are not limited to just men; women also experience an improvement of hormonal levels from regular sex.

Conclusion

Having regular sex with a loving partner is an indicator that you are in a happy relationship. Fostering loving relationships is important in reducing* stress and anxiety levels, and we know how stress and anxiety are damaging to our physical and mental health. The stress-reducing effects of love making are not the only reasons why sex makes people look beautiful. The physiological aspects of the act also contribute to better looks. The release of feel-good hormones makes our skin glow and the hormone-balancing effects of sex keeps acne at bay. Sex also improves* immunity and improves* body composition through the release of testosterone and growth hormone. But scientists also believe that this only applies to couples in committed relationships as casual sex with different partners cannot offer the same levels of satisfaction and can even increase* anxiety.

References:

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/294119.stm
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sex-look-younger-hotter_n_3604824.html?section=india
  • http://www.acneaseeu.com/acne-treatment-blog/can-sex-help-treat-acne-the-7-skin-health-benefits-of-sex.htm
  • http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health?page=3
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19817979

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Expert Author : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.