Sex is already both fun and totally free, which is hard to say about many other things besides like, hikes, which I have mixed feelings on anyway. But getting busy may have other benefits besides being an excellent way to pass the time, because as it turns out, there are some pretty surprising benefits of sex for your skin. So if you skip your nightly skincare routine in favor of a roll in the hay, rest assured that your complexion is still getting a natural boost.
You’ve probably already noticed that you feel relaxed post-sex (and maybe extra sleepy). This is because hormone levels fluctuate during intercourse, and “oxytocin is released during sex. This is known as the ‘feel good hormone’ [and it] relaxes and calms you,” Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist, tells Romper. Oxytocin can also ease inflammation in the skin and reduces the stress-hormone, cortisol, which is precisely why sex is relaxing. “Sex helps lower stress hormones and that can help reduce inflammation within the body that reflects on the skin as reduced acne, fewer flares of chronic rashes, and glowier complexion,” Dr. Michele Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City tells Romper. Read on for five more ways sex can be just as good for your skin as the fanciest, most snail mucin-y products out there.