Enviable glow, anti-ageing benefits, and the elimination of dry and tired skin. What miracle product are we talking about, you ask? The latest hyaluronic acid serum, perhaps? The newest night cream? A $5000 snail slime face mask even?
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Nope, none of the above. n fact, the latest skin care saviour won’t cost you anything but a wild night in the sheets. Yes that is correct, we are talking about the infamous post-o-glow.
How exactly does it work?
“When we orgasm, our bodies release the love hormone oxytocin. This reduces the amount of cortisol, a stress hormone, in our system – and we all know how stress can age us,” says Vanessa Rose, certified sex coach at wildsecrets.com.au. “So, it makes sense that regular orgasms can make us look good, and younger in fact, according to long-term research.”
Plus, according to dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger, you might not need to work yourself so hard in your next spin class either, as the benefits of orgasming aren’t dissimilar to those of a vigorous workout.
“This boost in circulation is what brightens the complexion and gives your skin that glow,” He says, speaking to Women’s Health. “It also increases your heart rate, which gets the blood flowing.”
So how often do we need to be ‘doing the deed’ to flaunt our flushed cheeks and glowing skin?
Well, as it turns out, you’ll see a difference after just one orgasm. This is due to a reduction in cortisol levels (the stress hormone), which can be responsible for damaging our collagen stores AKA the very thing that keeps our skin smooth, shiny and elastic.
On top of this, lower cortisol levels mean regulated hormones like oxytocin, prolactin, and estrogen, which can all help to prevent hormonal acne-flare ups.
But do not fear, having a partner is not essential. Masturbation is a sure-fire way to enjoy the benefits of the post-orgasm glow, solo. And if you’re in the market for a sex toy to get you there quicker.
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Have you noticed a visible post-o-glow?